Hygge (Hue-ga) – Making your holidays happy!

During the holidays, we often focus on others and don’t use the “break” as an actual time to rest! Understanding the concept of “hygge” can be a way for you to harness some peace and appreciation, and nourish your spirit through the hustle and bustle of one of the most beautiful (but often crazy) seasons of the year. In 2016, “Hygge” was named the word of the year by Oxford Dictionary. This Scandinavian word doesn’t directly translate to English, but is trending as a way to describe moments we love to feel during…continue reading →

Halloween & History

Halloween - a time of year marked by adventures through decorated neighborhoods and the consumption of candy. But do you know the holiday’s origins? The origins of Halloween begin with the ancient Celts, from over 2000 years ago in the first century B.C.E. For the ancient Europeans, this was a time of darkness, but it marked the beginning of the year in their calendar. Darkness did not always have a negative connotation to ancient peoples of the world; this was a time of harvest as well as a time of death, where many…continue reading →

Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day This week at John Tyler Library (Midlothian), we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. As a Virginia resident, you may realize that many place names in your hometown are Native American in origin, or you be a member of a Native American tribe yourself! Regardless of your connection, there is no doubt that the presence and influence of Native Americans remains integral to the story of Virginia. The following is the list of recognized Native American Tribes in Virginia: Chickahominy Eastern Chickahominy Upper Mattaponi Mattaponi Rappahannock Monacan Nansemond Pamunkey Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Nottoway…continue reading →

MakerSpaces: A Place to Create

The libraries at John Tyler are embracing some new tools for learning, including our very own Makerspaces! What, you may ask, is a Makerspace? In a literal sense, a Makerspace is an open lab, with free materials, in which you can focus your creativity by designing, innovating, and mastering concepts for the real world. It is a designated area that offers resources to promote student synthesis of knowledge. By embracing the concept of kinetic learning and innovation, the student can take control of their knowledge and its applications. Why? Business leaders in all…continue reading →