Advent Calendar – 17th December

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Ghosts of Library past

The Ghosts of Library Past descend on their former colleagues to give them a festive jump scare!

(Please note that none of the above are actually ghosts...)

Christmas Book of the Day

Mrs Scrooge

Mrs Scrooge is a delightful Christmas poem from Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Published as a small hardback and filled with bright illustrations by Posy Simmonds, this modern take on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens makes a perfect Christmas gift.With her husband, Ebenezer, now 'doornail dead', the coldest Christmas Eve on record finds Mrs Scrooge outside the supermarket, protesting against consumerism and waste. 'Spoilsport!' shout the passersby as they load up their shopping carts with Christmas goodies. Just as Ebenezer did, Mrs Scrooge keeps to her frugal ways... but with the current state of the world, perhaps Mrs Scrooge has the right idea.That night, alone in her bed with Catchit the cat beside her, Mrs Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. As each in succession takes her by the hand and sweeps through the scenes of her life, Mrs Scrooge learns not only what the 'Christmas Spirit' really means, but the nature of the real gifts we give and receive. (Description from

Mrs Scrooge

Christmas Word of the Day


a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet.


Did you know?

Christmas Crackers...

London sweetmaker Tom Smith created the first Christmas crackers in 1847, based on the sweet wrapper design.

Christmas cracker

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