Let it snow …

Treetops glisten

By Deb

Real snowflakes are made from snow crystals joining together.  Millions of little, light, airy snowflakes drift down to make ground-covering snow banks inches to feet high.  And every snowflake is different.  The person who is credited with discovering the variations in snowflakes was Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1865-1931).  Snowflake Bentley was a farmer whose hobby was photographing snowflakes.  In 1885 he became the first person to photograph an individual snowflake. In his studies of his snowflakes he discovered that no two that he photographed were alike.  Many of his photographs can be seen on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.  Currently, Kenneth G. Libbrecht, a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is considered the world’s leading photographer of snowflakes.  His photographs, as well as snow science and activities are available on his website, snowcrystals.com.

After the snowmen are built and the paper snowflakes are cut out and decorated, it’s a good time to settle down with a good book.  Time has listed their pick of the top 100 books since 1923.  And here is the New York Times list of top fiction from the last 25 years.  BBC did a readers’ poll to find the most

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beloved books, which include many tried and true favorites to curl up with on a snowy day.  Personally, I’d rather have the lists come to me, so I’ve signed up for the Library’s Next Reads newletters, which give me regular lists of book picks in my favorite subjects, delivered to myhome computer.  You can sign up on the link above, or browse the page for other reading lists.

(photos by Deb Lawley)

4 thoughts on “Let it snow …

  1. Ha! I knew someone had to like this weather! I guess I’d rather watch it on TV.

    Curling up with a good book — well, that part makes sense!

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  2. It was wonderful to have a White Christmas- great timing for some of us to be snowed in without worrying about getting to work! Your photos capture that magical fresh snow – from safe inside, that is! Loved the photos at the snowcrystal site and the book suggestions – I’ll be ready for the next storm.

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  3. One of my former staff members made one of those 3D snowflakes out of some scrap computer paper. We hung it up several years in a row in the library. Everyone was always amazed by it – I should find it and put it up again.

    I first leaned about Snowflake Bentley from a picture book by J. Briggs martin that our FRL libraries have. It’s a beautiful homage to this man. I’m also fascinated by this part of the website you linked to: http://snowflakebentley.com/WBsnowflakes.htm

    However, I’m glad I got out of town before all the snow on Christmas Day. *whew*

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  4. Let it snow..let it snow..let it snow..
    just be careful if you have to get out.
    Your best bet is to check out a book from Fontana Regional Library and stay home.

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