Business Sponsor Of The Month: Our July Beacon of Support is Dr. Timothy Biliouris of South Dennis (Cape Cod Medical Center) who specializes in occupational health services on Cape Cod. He can be reached at 508-394-7113 with his practice at 65 Route 134 in Dennis. This is Dr. Biliouris’s second year as a Beacon, for which we thank him. To become a Beacon of Support, contact Terry Johnson at 508-759-0600, extension 6106.

What’s New: I may be winding down my library career and my columns (only one more after this one), but I still am working hard to bring great programs to our patrons. Next week’s program is full, but there is a waiting list and no one ever knows if someone else might just back out at the last minute. Check the website, get on the waiting list and maybe there will be an extra spot in the next program “Space in the Sky: Painting Starry Night,” the 5th in the line of the adult summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories.” Don’t forget to put your completed contest in the box on top of the paperbacks—you could win a lovely “space-related” notebook, as Rosemary Sullivan did this week. You might want to leave your notebooks at home for our Concert on the Lawn next week, though. We will welcome Leandra Botta and Sasha Stern, the perfect flute and piano duo. No fee except a donation to the Bourne Friends Food Pantry, but be sure you bring some insect repellent and your own chair. The concert starts at 7 in the Memorial Garden at the side of the library, Wednesday, July 31.

Children’s Corner: The garden is getting a workout this summer (as always), with Thursday Family programs. But, before we get to Thursday, let’s see what Books Around Bourne is doing next week. Enjoy a jumping good time at Tumble Time Gymnastics at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 30, then cool off to listen to a story. Wednesday, the calendar lists “Building Stories with Big Ryan” at 1 PM for those in grades 1 to 4, while the tween teen group will find itself making Alien Soaps on Thursday at 1 PM. We’re back to Family Fun that evening with musician Tom Sieling. There are also weekly guessing games in the Children’s summer reading program. Check out the latest near Miss Terry’s desk. Prizes abound for teens, too—enter to win a $100 Target gift card by reading and then tracking your minutes! Brag tags are all the rage in the Children’s Room, too—younger folks can get theirs filled with gorgeous and unusual beads by reading for as little as 15 minutes!

Book Club Browsings: I have to take a personal minute to thank the Wednesday Readers for their completely unexpected gift to me last week. Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe the Michael Magyar glass seascape with which they surprised me. We reminisced a little about how this group was the first book club for the library (at least under my tenure!), started in 1994 and has continued right through to this day. Thank-you to all the wonderful individuals in the group and for those who aren’t a part of it, please join them—they meet on the third Wednesday at 2 PM and are prolific readers of everything from biography to lighthearted women’s fiction. Our other book groups are the Knitters Book Club (and you don’t need to be a knitter to join!), which meets (usually!) on the 4th Tuesday of each month and The Mystery Book Club, which meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. Inquire about what they are all reading by checking www.bournelibrary.org.

Friends of the Library: The Friends met last Monday and won’t need to check the website for their activities—at least not until September when they will be part of Canal Day. They will take part in the second annual festival on September 14 in Buzzards Bay Park. Come over to see what it’s all about—food trucks, business sponsors, family fun and, of course, the FOL table where we will be giving away prizes! Volunteers are welcome to help staff the table in two-hour shifts from 11 AM through 6 PM.

Around The Web: It may not take that long, but Brian is hoping that folks will get more than two hours of fun out of his classes. In the next one, he will teach attendees how to use the Cape Cod Times online—a very useful tool that gives patrons free access to the latest news around the Cape. Included in his presentation will be a look at Consumer Reports online! Sign up for the July 30 (10 to 11:30 AM) program on our website or call the library at 508-759-0600, extension 6105.

On The Mezzanine: I don’t think the Cape Cod Times covered the first service at the Bourne Methodist Church on Sandwich Road, but their very informative array of materials in the front display case attests to its 250th anniversary this month. Take a look at what the church has done over the last two centuries!

Off The Shelves: I may not have been here for two centuries, but I am happy that I have been able to recommend some good titles to folks through the column over the last two decades (hard to believe I’ve been writing this for 22 years!). This week, no exception, I am pushing the latest in our titles—some will be on waiting lists, and some available right away if one gets into the library immediately after reading this column (lol). Hard to think that some books remain on lists for years while others sit awaiting that magic spark of “Did you read this? I loved it” conversation that then puts the title into the “must-read” category. One of the sleeper titles that we own is Katharine Smyth’s “All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf.” The book is part memoir, part literary criticism and part how to cope with grief. The author’s articulate writing is almost poetical and certainly worth a few hours in which to engage both her opinions and that most famous arbiter of sorrow, Virginia Woolf.

Another famous person in her own right is Oprah Winfrey and her latest is one with which I can relate: “The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose.” As I’m leaving one purpose, I’m moving toward another, and Oprah is right by my side with one-page mini-essays from Sue Monk Kidd’s thoughts about “life being a process” to Gary Zukav’s ideas on what constitutes success. I’m buying this one—but you can check it for two weeks to see if it resonates with you. And if none of the above catches your fancy or even tickles your reading nerve, get on the list for the latest Nora Roberts, “Undercurrents.” Whatever you choose, ~Keep reading!

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