Monday, January 20, 2014

Dream Weavers, Dream Makers, Dream Catchers ...

Dreams are often associated with goals.  Each year while celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. we are inspired by by his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  We also recognize that it was the hard work of Dr. King, other leaders, and Civil Rights Activists that made those dreams a reality.  James  Allen, author of As a Man Thinketh,  says it best:  “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”  

 One can think of a dream as the final destination and goals the path taken to get there. 

Dreams are important self-motivators and the fuel to fire our ambitions ... to help us reach our goals.
Langston Hughes reminds us to Hold Fast to Dreams , for without dreams there is nothing.
 Dreams start at the library.  A dream can start with a book, a literacy class, a lecture or access to a computer.  Often it starts with a question ... Where would I find ... and could you help me?  Librarians are fortunate to have the opportunity to help people pursue their dreams everyday.  Our dream is to make the best place for you and your children.
Last week local author, Fran Cook, visited the library to share the craft of making dream catchers.  Program attendees enjoyed creating works of art and learned about Native American culture.  Dream catchers are often hung over beds while sleeping and said to be magical and protective.

The web-like designs are used to filter a sleeper's dreams.  Nightmares are caught in the net, while good dreams are allowed to filter through, sliding down the feathered hoops into the sleeper's head.  Fran made hoops for the dream catchers out of Forsythia branches and explained that a similar method was made for making snowshoes. 


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