Monday, February 2, 2009

A Groundhog in the Library?

It's that time of year again: will the groundhog see his shadow -- predicting six more weeks of winter -- or fail to see his shadow, meaning spring will be here sooner than we think?

This tradition of relying on groundhogs to foresee the change of seasons dates back as far as 1841! Perhaps the most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil, who lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania! Phil has been making weather predictions since 1887, and believers claim that Phil is immortal -- that he is the same groundhog celebrated in Punxsutawney today. Phil apparently takes a sip of an immortality drink each year and even communicates in a secret language to the official human "Inner Circle" president, who translates Phil's predictions into human language.
Phil's life is surrounded by lore and has even been depicted in the magical feature film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.

Did you know, however, that the real Phil the Groundhog lives in, and is cared for by, the
Punxsutawney Memorial Library? Visitors to the library are likely to find Phil hibernating in a terrarium that comprises the Groundhog Zoo. If you stop by, try to convince him that we're all interested in an early spring!

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