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
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)