Friday, January 27, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil

     It's hard to believe that January is almost over. Maybe spring is just around the corner.  I should check to see what the long range forecast is.  I could watch the weather channel, look online, or consult the Farmer's Almanac.  Better yet, I could wait until February 2nd for Groundhog's Day.  Punxsutawney Phil's shadow has been predicting an early spring or six more weeks of winter for the last 125 years at Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania. February 2nd is the midpoint of winter and was originally celebrated as Candlemas in Germany with the hedgehog in the starring role.  Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil actually lives in a climate controlled home at the Punxsutawney Public Library and dines on dog food and ice cream?  Our library may not have a real groundhog, but we do have some fun books to read for Grounhog's Day or actually anytime of the year.  One of my new favorites for children is Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby.  This charming picture book spins a delightful tale of friendship. Adults may want to check out the Groundhog's Day DVD with Bill Murray which was actually filmed in nearby Woodstock, Illinois. I'm just wishing everyone enjoys February 2nd this year minus a repeat of last year's snowstorm.  One final note: you may not want to rely on the groundhog's prediction because according to the National Climatic Data, Punxsutawney Phil's prediction is only 39% accurate.

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