Friday, March 30, 2012


"Easter Fountains"

(Taken directly from Wikipedia...) The Franconian Switzerland (Frankische Schweiz) is the origin of the so-called Osterbrunnen. It describes the colorful decoration of public water wells during the Easter season. Today, more than 200 villages decorate their village well with colored easter eggs. The main reason for this custom is probably the significance of water for the arid high plateau of the Franconian Switzerland. The Bieberbach Osterbrunnen (Egloffstein) was admitted to the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest Osterbrunnen of the world".

We went to the Bieberbach well last year, and it was pretty impressive - thousands of eggs on a fountain in a little tiny town!  And the drive out there was a wonderful springtime weekend activity.

But if you don't have time, you can probably find some, just by driving out our way!  They're in lots of little towns!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

From The Friends of the Library Erlangen...


1.COME SING AND READ TOGETHER Saturday, 31.3.12 from 10 am to 12pm

We are celebrating the International Mother Language Day and invite you to
a morning of song and dance and readings in English.

Australian children’s singer and songwriter Ben van Haeff will
entertain you with his wonderful songs from his new CD “Inside Out – This is my House”. 
Ben is a locally based artist and works in English – you can learn more about him via his website
The concert is for all children between 3 and 7 years old including children who are learning or
want to learn English as a foreign language.

In addition to readings and singing we will have a fun “make an apple spiral” activity for the kids – with healthy apples to eat!
The idea, apples and “spiral maker” equipment have been provided by Moira Drexler, FOLE member and owner of a locally based
Jewellery and Gift business, Australiss. Australiss is a drop off point for any English book donations for the FOL,E and is
located at Friedrichstr. 6.

The Program:
10.00 Introductions
10.05 Reading and actions - “My cat likes to hide in boxes” by Eve Sutton
10.15 Ben van Haeff : singing and movement activities
10.45 Readings - “Five little Monkeys jumping on the bed” by Eileen Christelow
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr Seuss
“Ten Apples Up On Top” by Dr Seuss
10.55 End first part of the program – kids who haven’t already done so will be invited to
make an apple spiral
Tables will be set up at the back of the room with 1)FOLE info and 2) Books that FOLE has bought
or received as donations will be showcased 3) Ben van Haeffs CDs will be available for sale
11.00 -12.00 Repeat program

2. ERLANGER FRÜHLING SUNDAY, 15.4.12 from 1pm to 6pm

We, Friends of the Library e.V., will be running an info stand at this year's "Erlanger Frühling" (spring Sunday shopping). This is an opportunity organised by the "Stadtverband der Erlanger Kulturvereine e.V.", of which we are a member, for the clubs and associations of Erlangen to present their work.

Our stand will be on the "Platz der Vereine" on the Neustädter Kirchenplatz from roughly 13.00 - 18.00. We will be directly next to the Church. There will be lots of other interesting events and lots for children (performances on stage, bouncy castle etc.), so we're in good company!

We will be looking for volunteers who would be prepared to spend an hour or so manning the stand: Perhaps you will be strolling through Erlangen anyway on that day and wouldn't mind giving up an hour of your time to tell people about the wonderful work you do - and enroll new members and/or ask for donations!

We will send round a google.doc link next week in which you can enter your name in one of the time slots. In the meantime, consider whether you could spare some time on that Sunday.

Easter Market in Herzo!

Easter Market

30 March to 1 April 2012

On the market square and on the castle courtyard

For several years now, the market has been growing and the number of booths has increased. Many guests bring their families and take a stroll through the market.  
The Easter market has traditionally been opened by the INA-retirees for years. On 30 March 2012, from 10 am on, they will decorate the Georgsbrunnen (St. George Fountain) with easter eggs. At 11 am, the Mayor will officially open the Easter market with a greeting and a school class from an elementary school will accompany the opening with some songs of spring.
The Easter market is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm on the weekend.


Stadt Herzogenaurach (Town administration) and Förder- und Werbegemeinschaft (advertising association)