The Week's Events
Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.
Visiting Belize, Friday, Aug. 22, 1:30 p.m
Windows 8, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.
If you're tempted or been thinking about going to Belize, participate in the session on Aug. 22 by Keri Hendry Weeg as she shares her experience/trip to Belize.
A live demo of Windows 8 is available on Aug. 26. Learn to be more proficient in using this program along with new features available. Pre-register.
The fascinating life of sea turtles that visit Florida each summer will be covered on Sept 9, at 10:30 a.m.
Register to vote on Sept 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fractured Fairy Tales
It's delightful to hear renderings of fairy tales that have added a whole new dimension to the tale. Storyteller Mary Lou Williams will be sharing such tales on Sept 11, at 10:30 a.m. The familiar fairy tales often have another level of meaning, or a different ending than usually expected and each twist and turn adds interest to the tale. Most of us know the story of the 3 little pigs. But a fractured fairy tale would note that we have not heard the wolf's side of the story. While we may recall that the wolf who visited the three little pigs huffed and puffed to blow the pigs' hourses down, it turns out that he simply had a powerful sneeze. Who could blame the wolf for eating the pigs that died when their houses fell as a result of his sneezing? Plus the wolf was only visiting the pigs to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his grandmother's birthday. Wouldn't you feel insulted if the pigs wouldn't give any sugar to you? Wolf got a little crazy when they refused and when police found him trying to break down the pig's door, reporters wrote the story that we have come to know.
Chess or Mah Jong
If you enjoy chess or Mah Jong and are willing to assist others in how to also play this game, please consider volunteering to do a few sessions so that others can come to enjoy the game or spend time with others fine-tuning their skills. You'll have the chance to just start out with less people in the next two months.
This area in the library gets many visitors and many who linger through the shells. And no wonder it's done as there are many fascinating shells to see. The shrimpboat has been returned to the display after a cleaning, and added also is a replica of the USS Constitution.
We have sand dragged into the library every day. Not only is this extra work for the cleaners but it adds extra wear & tear to the stairs and carpeting and misc areas. If you wipe your shoes or sandals on the mat outside the front door, it reduces the amount of sand available to fall off as you walk the stairs, elevator and floors.
A Good Library
"Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you not have to buy anything in order to stay." --Zadie Smith
One of the activities at the recent American Library Association Convention was the announcement of the recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt (new LP fiction TAR) received the medal for fiction, and "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (973.911 GOO in both large print and new nonfiction) received the medal for nonfiction.
Choosing the two winners is a long process and involves reading many wonderful books and passionate discussion. The reward for the process is that readers can be confident of terrific reads, wonderfully written, thoroughly absorbing, and illuminating.
"The Goldfinch" tells the tale of 13-year-old Manhattanite Theo. In the wake of his father's abandonment, Theo grows close to his vivacious mother--until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world. The work is written from Theo's point of view.
"The Bully Pulpit" examines the relationship between two presidents, Roosevelt and Taft. The historian author offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalist and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good.
There are bike racks at the corner of the library near the entrance from School Ave, and also in the parking garage. Please park only at these racks and nowhere else.
When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; on Wednesday between 9 and 7; and on Saturday between 9am and 1pm. We look forward to seeing you.