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Make every day history

submitted by Tracey Reed, Warminster Library Director

As I sit here and write this, the leftover snow is slowly melting and we’re preparing to have the coldest Thanksgiving in over 100 years.

Which got me to thinking, 2018 and 2019 are anniversary years for many of the seminal events of the last century.

By their very definition, these events shaped today’s world in so many different ways.

This past Veterans Day was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The summer marked the 50th anniversaries of the deaths of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy.

Earlier in the year saw the 75th year since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

This coming year celebrates, among other things, the 200th birthday of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Emily Bronte’s 200th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

It also brings my 30th high school reunion, but we’re not talking about that.

Looking at these cultural and historical milestones leads me to wonder what humanity will be celebrating 100 years from now.

Will these years be remembered for the joint Korean Olympic team, Saudi Arabia allowing women to drive, the Great Solar Eclipse in the US (when scientists learned that bees stop buzzing), or the more horrific tide of mass shootings and conflicts that we can’t seem to get away from?

There’s the chance every day to make history, and, in fact, many historians I know (ok, I know four) are as interested in day-to-day life as they are the Big Events.

Because it’s how we go about our daily activities, interacting with the world around us, that is most special.

Every day is a chance to make art, make music, make friends, do something new.

Libraries are places to do just that – from our DIY programs, storytimes, Maker Mondays, Family Fort Nites, movies and book discussions – we offer a place where you can make every day count.

Please check the Library’s website for a list of all the amazing programs we have coming up in December.

Come see what we have to make your day at www.warminstertownship.org/library/!