Powers: The dog days of summer in Lyons
If you research the history of the term “the dog days of summer” at your library, you will find that the ancient Greeks and Romans actually were the ones who first began associating the “Dog Star,” Sirius, with the extremely hot summer weather.
The dog days originally were the days when Sirius rose at the same time as sunrise (although this is no longer the case), and the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the star, Sirius, was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. Dog days were believed to be an evil time when seas boiled, wines turned sour, creatures became languid and dogs grew mad. Even man became lackluster and uninspired. The dog days generally are considered to be in session from the middle of July through the middle of August.
Lethargy in hot weather and leisurely activities during the summer months seem to be the norms even today. This is not the case, however, in the world of public libraries. During the summer months in the public library world, the biggest event, of course, is summer reading. In Lyons, we’ve had an extremely successful program this year.
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