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What’s New: I was hoping to have a final number for everyone for the Great Pajama Game (better known as the Boston Bruins/Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive), but as I write (days ahead to make that pesky deadline!), we can’t reveal anything except that we have more than ever. By the time this is published, we will have mentioned it on Facebook, but suffice it to say—we send a very BIG thank-you to all who donated. This is one of the most fun (though exhausting) programs that the library runs each year. The only other one that comes close in staff time and effort is the Summer Reading Program (and it’s a mite too early to mention that line-up!) But, it is the efforts of our patrons and the people who see that we are trying to make a child’s life more comfortable that reveal the real heroes in this drive. So—THANK-YOU! one and all who in any way helped: purchased pjs, came to programs or donated cash. The underserved children of Massachusetts will be far better off after this year’s pajama drive.
Children’s Corner: That said, the children’s staff is slowly coming back to life after their efforts in collecting, folding and shipping over 3,000 pairs of PJs in 94 boxes to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in Boston. Today, the last of the donations came in delivery from the South Dennis Library. From the CLAMS office to the Hyannis Library, Whelden Library, the Dennis Libraries, the Yarmouths (and forgive me if I’ve left anyone out), we are grateful that the network supported us. Those whose own libraries weren’t competing urged their folks to donate to us—and they did. So—what’s on the agenda now that we aren’t frantically taking in pajamas? A host of children’s programs, such as “Science Saturday” on April 6 at 10 AM. “Jr Whiz Kids” will unlock their inventor’s creativity with a little help. Spring into the new playgroups and story-hours, too. All are listed on our website (www.bournelibrary.org. Click on “View events here” to access the calendar.
Within The Web: Although there are only three “Tech Buddies” programs left this school year, I am sure Brian will have more programs for those who visit in the summer. Check our website to register for the last Tech Buddies on Tuesdays March 26, April 9 and 23 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM at the Bourne Middle School.
Friends of the Library: With all that has gone into pajamas, we almost are forgetting that the Friends have some exciting news of another sport. Thanks to the efforts of Heather DiPaola, the new Friends’ president, Bourne residents will be able to see the Red Sox World Series Trophy in May. Come to the meeting on Monday, March 25, to hear about all the details. Join the Friends at 10 AM, for their monthly meeting. You might be able to help out on Red Sox Day! Then, stay for the program at 1 PM about how to research your ancestors, “Using the Census for Research,” a genealogy workshop. There may even be a baseball player among them! Check the website for registration information.
Book Browsings: I don’t think any of the book groups are reading about sports themes this month, but that shouldn’t stop patrons from joining in the fun of what they are reading. The Knitters will be rollicking over “All the Single Ladies” (Dorothea Benton Frank) on Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30 to 7ish. The Mystery Book Club is trying another spookily realistic Nelson DeMille title, “The Cuban Affair,” on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 PM Come to either or both for some great discussion—no knitting required!
Off The Shelves: I am thinking that I will try more audio books—as a knitter, I can enjoy my books and knit at the same time. However, haven’t done that this week, but did finish a fun art book that I had checked out a while ago and forgot I had (yes, librarians are sometimes the most awful returners of books!) The book, titled, “Book Art: Creative Ideas to Transform your Books into Decorations, Stationery, Display Scenes and More” by Clare Youngs, does not at first glance seem the type of title that a librarian would like (most of us can barely part with withdrawn books, let alone change them into decorations!). However, the author of the book makes it clear that she uses only titles that are not first editions, and the results are quite amazing. If you have a plethora of used books which you cannot bear to send to the Salvation Army, check this out and make something that will delight your friends and yourself.
If you tire of making stationery with which to awe your relatives (and we have lots of titles on how to write fascinating letters, too!), sit down with a cup of tea and delve into a new novel that is so highly rated by other authors that one wonders if it can live up to the hype. But it does—picture an old man walking into a bar and starting the story of his life—but not just all the people with whom he has come in contact—only five—the five who have meant the most to him. Then, reflect on the five whom you would choose…a fascinating read with a world of discussion in its pages, “When All is Said” (Anne Griffin) may very well live up to the reviews. So stop obsessing about how you’ll get over the Bourne Bridge to the library when the Army Corps starts its repairs next week and just ~ keep reading!