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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the Burns Branch Library!

Did you know:

In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle (which had earlier been chosen by the Continental Congress). He argued that the turkey was a much more respectable bird and a symbol of courage.

In 2007, President George W. Bush granted a "pardon" to two turkeys, named May and Flower, at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held in the Rose Garden at the White House. The two turkeys were then flown to Orlando, where they served as honorary grand marshals for the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade. The current tradition of presidential turkey pardons began in 1947, under Harry Truman, but the practice is said to have informally begun with Abraham Lincoln, who granted a pardon to his son Tad's pet turkey.

Eating turkey makes you sleepy (sort of). Turkey contains the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do a lot of other foods including chicken, beef, pork, beans and cheese. Though many people believe turkey's tryptophan content is what makes many people feel sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal, it is more likely the combination of fats and carbohydrates most people eat with the turkey that makes most feel like napping after the feast. I personally think it's the football games!!

Americans eat over 530 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.

Ripe cranberries of good quality will always bounce.

More than 40 million green bean casseroles are eaten on Thanksgiving.

Turkeys can drown if they look up while it's raining.

Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.

Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

As a child, while my mom made turkey and all the fixin's, the rest of our family watched the Macy Day Parade. If it was cold enough, in the afternoon everyone in the neighborhood showed up at the pond and played hockey. Everyone was welcome, from little kids to grandmas and grandpas. Afterwards, someone would have a huge container of hot chocolate! After I became a mom, our family always drove to Colorado Springs to be with Grandma Marie. This year we are driving to my daughter's to spend the holiday with her – just like we used to do with Mom. My contribution over the years was, and is, cherry pie!

What traditional ways do you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday? I hope you take the opportunity to tell your families what you did as a child. Don't let those traditions get lost! I have found that my grandchildren love hearing about what Grandpa and Grandma used to do.

Burns has some events coming up. Saturday, November 23 from 10am – 4pm is the Annual Craft Show at the Burns-Plex Community Center. Lots of potential gifts for the holiday season.

Next, on Wednesday, December 4, is a Vaccination Clinic for your pets, taking place at the Burns-Plex Community Center. It is also an opportunity to get your dogs registered. If you have any questions, please contact the Burns Town Hall at 307-547-2206.

On Sunday, December 8, is a Community Hymn Sing to kick off the holiday season. It will take place at the Burns-Plex Community Center at 2 pm. All are invited to come, sing, visit with neighbors and enjoy an afternoon of fun.

The Burns Branch Library is trying something different this year. We will have a craft table all month long in December for anyone who wants to try their hand at different holiday crafts. All ages of crafters are welcome to come and make a special "something" – maybe a gift or a card or a tree ornament!

Unfortunately, after Monday, November 25, the Burns Library's preschool program held on Mondays will be suspended until February when we will resume the program.

"The Room" in Burns has been blessed with many donations. In case you didn't know, in the Burns-Plex Community Center is a room filled with donations from many people which are then available for someone else to take, if needed. It's very well organized and volunteers help keep it open and are happy to help. There are no fees involved – either for donating or for taking, so if you have a chance, come in and see what's available. The Room is in need of some non-perishable items such as food, diapers, soaps, etc. With the season of Thanksgiving here, let's all kick in a few items to help those in need in our community. If you have questions, please call 307-286-5576. Watch for information about a Christmas Giving Tree when our community will have the opportunity to help children have a happier holiday.

Burns Branch Library

Laramie County Library System

112 Main Street

Burns, WY 82053

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