WRITER OF THE WEEK Octavia E. Butler was a visionary writer of science fiction. She drew inspiration from her local library and from the conviction that she could write better stories than the ones showcased by the then-popular B-movies.
SUMMER READING Now that school is winding to a close, don’t forget to keep your children reading over the summer break. We have prizes and raffles – featuring a variety of musical instruments – for children and teens who fill up their reading worksheets. Stop in for the details.
COLORING CIRCLE Join us for our monthly coloring circle for adults. Bring your supplies or use ours and enjoy a relaxing hour making art in good company this Thursday the 21st at 2 PM.
WEEKLY QUOTE “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” – Natalie Babbitt, American author, in Tuck Everlasting
AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS Celebrate this month with Ogden Nash, Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Their books and more are on display next to Sophie’s tank, waiting for you to discover them.
WATER GUN PAINTING Children can come make a beautiful mess on our lawn this Saturday the 6th from 1 – 2 PM (weather permitting.) Bring your old clothes and your creative spirit.
WEEKLY QUOTE “Summer is not obligatory. We can start an infernally hard jigsaw puzzle in June with the knowledge that, if there are enough rainy days, we may just finish it by Labor Day, but if not, there's no harm, no penalty. We may have better things to do.” – Nancy Gibbs, American journalist
SOCIAL HOUR Social Hour is tomorrow, Wednesday the 8th, from 2 – 3 PM. Join your neighbors for coffee, treats, and conversation.
BEADING Come in to learn how to make a napkin holder with wire and beads next Monday the 13th at 3 PM. All materials are provided, and there is no cost to attend. If you would like to see additional crafting classes at different times, please offer your suggestions to library staff.
FALL WREATH RAFFLE Summer isn’t over yet, but we all know that Fall is around the corner. Enter our new raffle to spruce up your home with some Autumn color this coming season: we have three hand-decorated wreaths available to win. Tickets are 50 cents each or three for $1 and can be purchased at the main desk. The raffle will run through Friday, September 11th.
SUMMER READING This year’s summer reading program will end on Monday, August 31st. All books must be read, prizes claimed, and raffle entries entered by that date. Comic books and superhero designs must also be submitted by the end of the month. We hope everyone had fun, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s program!
BOOK SALE The book sale is here! Stop in any time the library is open from 5 PM this Thursday the 16th until 5 PM on Friday the 24th. Weather permitting, there will also be a tent for sales on the lawn. We have books, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles, sheet music, and more. Great deals await, so don’t miss it.
TRAINING DAY Calling all Super Heroes! As part of our children’s summer reading program, we’re inviting you to the library this Saturday, the 18th, at 11 AM for a day of training. Pick out a superpower and decide whether you’re going to use it for good or for evil, practice your heroics, and then engage in a water battle against the villains.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING As part of our summer reading program, we’ll be having a number of special events in July and August. On July 11th we’ll be blasting off in an introduction to rocketry with Edge on Science; Fragile Planet wildlife center will return on July 27th; and we’ll be hosting an ice cream social with the Fire Department on August 15th. Superhero training will be held on July 18th, but if villains are more your child’s style they can try out for the League of Evil on August 22. For children and teens who have a creative side, in the month of August we’re holding a superhero creation contest (ages 5 – 11) and comic book writing contest (ages 12 – 18.) Look for more details as the events approach (or check our website,) don’t forget to sign up for summer reading online or in person (we have prizes big and small,) and save the dates!
BOOK READING Local author Maggie Mitchell will be visiting the library on July 30th at 6 PM to read from her debut thriller Pretty Is. This novel, about two women who shared a terrifying experience as children, is on many of this summer’s must-read lists. Copies will be available for sale and signing after the talk.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Toddlers are invited to shake out their sillies every Tuesday at 10 AM. We’ll have music in the air, instruments to play along, parachutes to hide under, and more. Meet other area families and come dance with us!
AUTHOR VISIT Make time to meet local author Glenn S. Guiles this Saturday, June 20th, at 2 PM. Mr. Guiles has written two picture books about Harriet the miniature donkey: A Hug for Harriet and Harriet’s Big Adventure. Come hear these two charming stories read aloud by the man who wrote them, and learn how he was inspired to create his characters.
SUMMER READING Children can now sign up for summer reading. Visit our website for a link to register online. (They will need a parent or guardian’s email.) Once they’ve registered, they can track their books, earn points for prizes, design their own superheroes, and participate in fun activities. Those without computer access can participate using paper reading logs (available at the desk) and will be eligible for the same rewards and raffle tickets. We’ll have a full schedule of superhero (and supervillain) themed programming in July and August. Don’t miss it!