Groundhog Day

Ever wonder why we anxiously wait for a groundhog to pop his little head out of the ground on February 2nd to predict the weather?  The celebration began in the United States among the Pennsylvania Dutch communities in the mid 19th century.  Then in 1887, the editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit, a newspaper in the town of the same name, started promoting the holiday with their own groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as the official meteorologist of the day. Historic origins probably rest in early European folklore which associate the date with a seasonal turning of the weather.  February 2nd is also Candlemas when Christians believe Jesus was first presented at the temple. Hence the following poem which has versions in countries across Europe:

 
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.

Gentle Yoga with Tina Livingston is offered at PCL Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for a small fee. Little ones are invited to Story Stew on Thursday also at 9:30 a.m.  Your library is a busy place!  Don't forget Hot Reads for Cold Nights!    Adults may enter their name for every library book they read by March 1 to enter a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.  Pick up a hot chocolate packet, too! 

 In case you think that Punxsutawney Phil is the only groundhog of fame, consider these other furry celebrities:  Chuckles in Manchester, Connecticut; Woody in Howell, Michigan; General Beauregard Lee in Lilburn, Georgia; and Fred (yes simply Fred) in of all places, Val d'Espoir, Quebec!

"You want a prediction about the weather? You're asking the wrong Phil.  I'll give you a weather prediction:  It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be gray, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life!" - Bill Murray as Phil Connors in the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day.  

Whatever the groundhogs predict tomorrow, Peninsula Community Library is always a warm and sunny place to hang out!


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