Library Column for July 5, 2024

@ Your Library

July, the middle month of summer will hopefully provide all of us with sunny, warm (not hot) days with a bit of a breeze to keep the bugs not flying. I’m not asking for much am I? I just want to be able to sit on the beach, not be hot and buggy and read to my heart’s content.

The Friends of the Library will hold a booksale on Monday, July 8th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Come find a new favorite book or check out the variety of books on Compact Disc for your next car trip. All sales by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming.

That will be followed by the Silent Book Club, beginning at 6:30 pm on Monday, July 8th. Come enjoy a treat and beverage, a few minutes of discussion about what we’re all reading and then time to settle in and read. Tuesday morning, July 9th at 11:00 am Crafters’ Café will be held in the meeting room. Bring your current project and enjoy a beverage and time working together. All ages are welcome, but under 8-year-olds need adult accompaniment.

Wednesday at 11:00 am is the weekly Libratory, our STEAM activity for elementary students. Thursday morning at 10:30 am is storytime and Friday morning from 10:30 – noon is Big Play. Both are family oriented with a focus on the under 6 crowd, but all ages welcome.

Come explore your library! We have lots of materials available to loan to you besides books (of which we have a lot). Do you have family visiting? Borrow our jogging stroller or pack-n-play crib. Or maybe you are an active bunch and want to borrow our Dutch Blitz floor game, ladder toss or cornhole games just for starters. We also have a cotton candy maker, shaved ice or countertop popcorn popper for fundraisers, parties and more.

The library still has a DVD collection with new additions frequently. Audiobooks and magazines are also still available in physical formats. If you prefer to read your magazines on actual paper, check out our titles still available in print format.

I am not a fan of horror, don’t watch it and don’t read it. But many are and the library collection contains what I’m told is wonderful horror titles including by the much acclaimed author Josh Malerman. Bird Box is a Medusa like story of mass extinction while his latest Incidents Around the House is a tale of a family as haunted as their home by something young Bela calls Other Mommy.

Europe is on the brink of war and everyone is watching everyone in The Girl from the Grand Hotel by Camillle Aubray. The Cote d’Azur along the French Riviera is the place to be this summer and Annabel Faucon escaped New York with a broken heart to work with her uncle.

I had read several heavy books lately and needed something lighter and The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers by Samuel Burr fit the bill for a heartwarming read.

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