Chris Van Burgh
Database Instruction Librarian
The End is Near
Thirty-one days left in the year. 2018 is rapidly approaching its conclusion and if you’re like me, the year has gone by in a blur. But take heart and remember what Warren Zevon said: “We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read them.”
What kind of celebrations routinely occur this month—other than the obvious big two? I’m glad you asked. December 4th marks National Cookie Day in the U.S. and the 27th is National Fruitcake Day. There’s also Festivus, Wright Brothers Day, and International Monkey Day.
We thought it might be nice to feature something a little different for the Christmas season. Kids know all about the history associated with Santa Claus, so why not encourage them to take a look at the tastes and traditions of other cultures?
Take a spin through CultureGrams and while you’re exploring, check out the festive recipes included for each country, state, and province. For example:
- Jamaica: Christmas Cake
- New Zealand: Pavlova
- Slovakia: Buchty
- Zambia: Pineapple Chutney
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Figgy Duff with Molasses Coady
And don’t forget to check out the downloadable resources below. It’s all good stuff.
Information for Librarians
Review the resources we’ve assembled here to promote these ProQuest resource in your library. These items are intended to assist the the promotional efforts of Wyoming librarians as they reach out to their patrons. We hope you find them useful. Feel free to download and distribute according to your needs.
GoWYLD.net Database of the Month Video Tutorial
A perfect database for public libraries and schools! Learn about countries around the world—the people, their lifestyle and customs, even recipes. CultureGrams includes lesson plans and a blog with additional ideas for classroom and library use.
Library Marketing Links & Downloads
- WSL CultureGrams Month flyer (jpg)
- WSL CultureGrams Month flyer (PDF)
- CultureGrams African Culture Poster (PDF)
- CultureGrams Movie Poster (PDF)
- Official CultureGrams Bookmarks (PDF)
MAC users: you already know what to do, but just in case: enable Secondary Click in System Preferences and tap two fingers on your mouse to make the right click menu appear.