Brain Teaser – Christmas Songs


Christmas is a time for music! Here’s a brainteaser about Christmas songs. Want to download these songs for the holidays? Get 5 free songs each week from our Freegal Music service. Yes, they are FREE with your library card and PIN!

1. Which British rock group returned its 1973 Christmas chart-topper “Merry Xmas Everybody’ to the British charts no less than eight times?

2. Which Christmas song is about a reindeer who is chosen by Santa because his red nose lights up the night?

3. What is the English title of the Christmas hymn “Stille Nacht”?

4. Name one of the two singers who composed “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for Band Aid in 1984.

5. Which former member of the Beatles had a hit several times with “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”?

6. Which song was a No. 1 hit all over Europe for Boney M at Christmas 1978, having previously been recorded by Harry Belafonte?

7. Who wrote the song “White Christmas”: Irving Berlin, Cole Porter or George Gershwin?

8. Which group released the song “Last Christmas” in 1984?

9. Which singer-songwriter’s second album included a modern Christmas song, “A Spaceman Came Travelling”?

10. What Christmas song did Judy Garland sing to comfort Margaret O’Brien in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St Louis”?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Are you between the ages of 26-29? Do you have Health Insurance?


Historically, young adults have been a group with one of the highest uninsured rates. Although individual states had enacted laws that allowed adult children in various circumstances to be dependents on their parents’ private family health plans, only in 2010 was there a standardized national law that allowed all adult children under the age of 26 to be covered.  To gain a perspective on what was happening to a similar group of people, the report uses adults aged 26 to 29, who did not have access to their parents’ policies, as a comparison group. Read: Health insurance coverage of young adults aged 19 to 25 2008, 2009, and 2011

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What’s the Cause of Our Climate Change?


There are several current stories about different symptoms of climate change, including how satellites and space debris are affected, the threat to the production of wild crops like coffee, and the shortage of bamboo making foraging difficult for endangered pandas. Environmental policies aimed at controlling these events are often perceived as conflicting with the interests of corporations, but the effects of weather events like this summer’s drought in the middle of the country and Hurricane Sandy have made finding solutions to the extreme weather a priority. To learn more about Climate Change use these library resources:

Brain Teaser – Thankgiving Day


Are you getting ready to sit down to dinner with Turkey, cranberry sauce and all those other goodies? Here’s some trivia you can test your guests with at the dinner table! Let’s see if they know the history behind Turkey day! Need help? See Credo Reference.

1. Which month was the 1st Thanksgiving mostly likely held in?

2. What was the name of the Native American tribe who out numbered the colonist and they had a feast with?

3. How many days was the first Thanksgiving celebration?

4. After the American Revolution War the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789, was proclaimed by President George Washington. What date was it held on?

5. Which president proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held on the last Thursday of November?

6. In 1939, 1940, and 194, this president tried to change Thanksgiving Day to the next to the last Thursday in November, who was it?

7. Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving day?

8. What was the name of the colony in 1621, who held the 1st Thanksgiving?

9. In the poem: Over the river and through the wood,
 To _____________ house we go. – whose house do we go according to the original poem?

10. Who campaigned for 30 years to establish Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Does your child have a credit report? Have you checked?


Child Identity Theft happens when someone uses a minor’s personal information to commit fraud. A thief may steal and use a child’s information to get a job, government benefits, medical care, utilities, car loans, or a mortgage. Avoiding, discovering, and undoing the damage resulting from the theft of a child’s identity can be a challenge.

Most parents and guardians don’t expect their youngster to have a credit file, and rarely request a child’s credit report, let alone check it for accuracy.

A thief who steals a child’s information may use it for many years before the crime is discovered. The victim may learn about the theft years later, when applying for a loan, apartment, or job. Learn more in Safeguarding Your Child’s Future.

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