I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our community of patrons. You have been so patient and understanding during our software/catalog upgrade. We are still fine tuning everything, so you might experience a few oddities in your library account. Please do not hesitate to call us or stop in so we can help with any issues you might be having!
As you probably already know, we are upgrading our library catalog. Of course, even in this world of eat, drink, and sleep technology, these upgrades wont happen in the blink of an eye. So while the software adjust to its new library home, we hope that you will be patient with us as we learn to adjust as well.
You will be able to check the library catalog here and at home, searching for the latest best sellers or your favorite film. You can still access your account to see what you have checked out, put on hold, or if you have fines (anything you check out during the week of November 14-19 you will not see in your account).
Starting today, November 14 through November 19, our library staff will only be able to check items out to you with your library card. We cannot check items in, place things on hold, take care of fines or lost items, issue library cards, renew items….whew! There are many functions that we will not be able to perform. We can, however, welcome you with a smile and say hello, offer you a hot cup of coffee, help you get online, recommend a good book on CD or movie, show you where the comfy seating area is with many magazines for you to read, invite you to Lego Club…..
We are so much more than just books and movies! We’re your community meeting place, your hot spot for what’s new and different. Come on in out of the cold and stay awhile.
As we approach graduation time, I wanted to share a couple of interesting things I recently found. The first is a book called What I Wish for You by Patti Digh. This book is a collection of stories and essays written by Patti and followers of her blog, 37days.com. She compiled all of these writings as her daughter was graduating from high school. One of the pieces, written by Celeste Tibbets, caught my eye because it is titled “Live in the Library.” It starts by saying, “bring a pillow if they’ll let you,” and goes on to advise you to “become deep read, crazy deep read, and uniquely read.” This includes exploring areas and collections in the library that you normally wouldn’t look at. My favorite part is at the very end. The writer says, “Make friends with the librarians. Live there. Until they make you leave. And then come back again as soon as you can.”
I can definitely see the benefit of being well read, think of all the things you could learn and enjoy! Have you ever considered that there could be health benefits as well? According to an article from the May 2014 issue of Nature’s Pathways magazine, there could be. One of the health benefits can be stress reduction. Engaging in a good book can help us relax and if you read before bed it can also help you get a good night’s rest.
I plan to share this advice with my niece as she graduates this year. This is also great advice for anyone young or old. So go visit your library, explore it and become “crazy deep read.” Yes, we do make you leave when the library closes for the day but we also welcome you back with a smile when we open for the next day.
Most of us have read at some time in our lives Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. We all remember Anne! But do you recall Anne’s older sister Margot? To be honest, I didn’t. The historical fiction book I read recently titled Margot by Jillian Cantor puts a new twist on Margot Frank’s story as if she did not die in the concentration camp. To cope with her past Margot attempts to recreate herself in America. Margot longs to become someone new, free of her Jewish faith and her tragic history. She calls herself Margie Franklin. She lives in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and works for a Jewish law firm. No one knows her history. No one has seen her tattooed arm with her number from the concentration camp. Her true identity remains hidden, under her fabrications and her long sleeve sweater. Margot’s struggle to retain this mask overwhelms her when the diary her sister Anne wrote, while hiding in the attic, is published by her father, Otto Frank and shortly thereafter the movie is released. In the end Margie’s truth is slowly revealed. This well-written book has made me want to reread Anne’s diary and see the movie Margot would have seen in 1959.
My husband and I took a trip up north in mid-February to see the ice caves on Lake Superior. We had a wonderful time, both there and on the long drive north. We traveled about 800 miles in total, and I must say; I enjoyed my time in the car due to the great audiobook we heard.
Dave Barry and Alan Zwiebel’s book titled Lunatics is a riot. I laughed most of the way north, in spite of slippery roads and lots of traffic. It is rare that I can find an audiobook that appeals to both of us. This one was a winner.The story is about two guys who meet by chance at a soccer game where they get in a shouting match over an offsides call; from there their lives are thrown together from one mad catastrophe to another. The guys are complete opposites; one a nice guy who plays by the rules and the other an arrogant “jerk.” The plot is insane. It is so convoluted and crazy that the only title possible for this book is Lunatics. Please be aware the jerk in this story has a potty mouth and says pretty much everything your mother and mine told us not to say. You have been warned in this recommendation. Drive safely and laugh yourself silly!
As the cold January wind continues to blow snow around, spring seems like a long time away. We have definitely had our share of cold, snow and wind this winter. Earlier this week when the wind chill warning was extended, a radio DJ joked that it was in effect through April. So what do we do while we are waiting for spring? My thought was to do some reading and plan for a new addition to my garden.
I have always liked to plant flowers, bushes and trees in my yard. I love to sit outside in the morning with a cup of coffee and see the yard change through the seasons. In the past, I have only attempted to grow a few things for eating. I usually stick a couple of tomato plants in each year and I also put a few herbs in planters on the deck. Now that my kids are grown, I have a little more time so I am ready to try a vegetable garden.
Most of my yard is on a slope so I need ideas to grow things in small spaces. It didn’t take me long to find just what I was looking for at the library. My first find was All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! by Mel Bartholomew. He has also published a 2nd edition that I placed on hold from another library in our system. Both of these books show how to create raised garden beds and how to extend your space with vertical gardening. I continued to search for additional books on vertical gardening and found a variety of great books.
I am still looking forward to warmer weather but now I have something to keep me busy until then. Is there a new hobby that you would like more information on? If so, don’t forget to stop at the library to find just the right book to help you get started.