Business Sponsor Of The Month: Our July Beacon of Support, Dr. Timothy Biliouris of South Dennis (Cape Cod Medical Center) has had more experience as a trained Medical Review Officer than any other 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! IF you would like to advertise to over 9,000 potential clients, please contact Terry Johnson at 508-759-0600, extension 6106.
What’s New: Some days, we have no trouble fulfilling patron requests, others seem to take a little longer. This week, we have so many folks waiting for the incredible book, “Where the Crawdad Sings,” we had to order another copy for our rental shelf. Hopefully, no one will be turned away next week from our incredible program: “An Unlikely Space for Farming: Edible Landscapes,” presented by local landscaper Dave Scandurra. The program promises to contain everything you always wanted to know to turn your yard into a thriving vegetable/flower/herb garden. (Just think of the time you’ll save if you don’t need to mow!) Arrive a little early to enjoy some lavender cookies and lemonade. The program is free and starts at 7 PM.
Wednesday promises another kind of time—a return to the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s music with Swing Fever Trio. These dynamic musicians return again to get everyone’s feet tapping. Bring a blanket or chair, your bug repellant and maybe a picnic to enjoy with the music. Concerts on the Lawn start at 7 PM on Wednesdays in the side garden. In the event of rain, join us in the Program Room of the library. Don’t forget to get your puzzles into the “Universe of Stories” box on top of the new book stacks. This week’s winners are Rosemary Sullivan and Becca Beitt.
Children’s Corner: The children are winners this week, too, as Miss Terry was just informed that the library’s Beacon of Support account will receive $3,000+ for programming for next year. TD Bank helps libraries fundraise by contributing annually when folks open a checking or savings account. Inquire in the children’s room for more information about how you can help support library programming just by putting money into your own account! Next week, enjoy some of the programs that are supported through the Friends of the Library’s Beacon of Support, such as Books Around Bourne (Tuesday 10 AM) at the Aptucxet Trading Post, where families can enjoy stories about Native Americans. Or, join in with “Mad Science” on Wednesday, July 24, at 1 PM, if you are in kindergarten through grade 4. Although registration is required, there are some spaces left. Thursdays are always busy—and this week, Tweens and Teens can take The Cupcake Challenge! Register to join the fun (www.bournelibrary.org) for the July 25 program at 1 PM. Evening brings more Mad Science, but this time, “Do Not Try This At Home” might make one pause before attempting the awesome experiments. Bring a blanket, bug spray and join families from Bourne to Boston for this exciting event.
Book Club Browsings: Book clubs may not be quite as exciting as Mad Science, but they can take one away from all the challenges of summer: (traffic, too many friends visiting, how to get the laundry done between visitors—you know!). Our Knitters will be trying a different night this week to accommodate those who wish to attend the program, so join them on Thursday, July 25, at 5:30 PM for a scarifying discussion of “The Woman in the Window,” by A. J. Finn. The book isn’t the only scary part… And if you happen to want to attend two book clubs that night, the Mystery Book Club meets from 6:30 to 8 and will discuss “Behind Closed Doors.”
Friends of the Library: The Friends meet behind a closed door, only to avoid the noise of people walking through the back door on Monday, July 22, at 10 AM. Plans for the September Canal Day are in the works and the Friends can use your help. Drop in; no need to call ahead.
On The Mezzanine: No lions, no tigers, but bears and history abound this month at the library. The Bruins gave the children’s staff some great brag tags (if you need to ask what they are, you may be a little too old for one, but ask anyway). The history is in the main case, where members of the Bourne Methodist Church, our neighbor, have set up a display in honor of their church’s 225th anniversary. (My goodness, they’ve been around longer than I’ve been working here!)
Around The Web: Brian has been working to make sure everyone knows how to use their electronic devices, and I might even attend a class when I have more free time. Check out next week’s class about using Acorn TV, Quello and IndieFlix on Tuesday, July 23, at 10 AM. Please register in advance so Brian knows how many handouts to make.
Off The Shelves: In the past, we may have needed to make handouts of what was available, but I think the new furniture keeps everyone informed with that lovely “bookstore” look—and if you can’t find it, there’s always the staff to help. On another note, I have been finding that as I weed the large print, I noticed a few patterns of our readers of that format. First, they seem not to care for debut novels. I’ve let go to the back room more “new” novels than I thought—new, of course, being relative to the time period in which they were published. And large print readers also aren’t really fond of “slightly off-kilter” stories (such as those told by Mathew Pearl). However, the classic authors (Patterson, Michaels, Roberts, et cetera) have been read so many times, they are falling apart.
As I mentioned last week, the numbers are staggering and this week is no different. Even though we are seeing 659 requests for “Where the Crawdads Sing,” some of the large print have gone out over 150 times! It all goes to show that what folks love to read isn’t always what librarians think they should. However that won’t stop me from giving a few suggestions for this week. Both are large print, but we can get them for you in regular print if you don’t want to read them in large print. The first is a fun romance that involves four friends who meet to bake cookies every Friday. Sarah Price’s “The Amish Cookie Club” may not be in line for romance of the year, but it is a light-hearted look at the Amish country and the folks who make up that part of the world. And there just may be a little more sweetness in life after one reads it. The second, “Mrs. Morhard and the Boys” is the true story of a woman who didn’t let a little despair and financial depression get to her. Josephine Morhard left a Pennsylvania farm at age 12 to forge a new life, one that later included starting the first boys’ baseball league in history. Told with humor, an eye to the importance of life values and a wonderful sense of what baseball means to so many, this book is one that might not catch everyone’s eye, but it should be on your list as you ~Keep Reading.