Business Sponsor Of The Month: Our beacon of support, Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, has been in business in Bourne for more than 40 years. The funeral home offers a wide variety of services, which can be seen on its website, https://www.dignitymemorial.com, or call 508-759-3511.
What’s New: As we welcome back our snowbirds from their winter retreats, we have a few changes for the summer and beyond. Last week we were all about the new computer stations. Please note that we now have seven public computers along the wall next to the Young Adult room. At the moment no other changes have been made, but please be careful of cords and piles of wood for the new shelving due to be installed soon. The next few weeks will be a bit of a challenge, as we rearrange the book stacks so that we will have a lovely space in which to hold programs if we feel that the audience will be more than 60. No more standing room only in the hall to hear Aine Minogue! People were standing in line last week to buy shirts for the annual Bourne on the Fourth of July parade. We have lots of sizes and all three colors (but no 3X in grey—sorry), so do ask about them. They are $20 each and can also be purchased at the town hall. Our summer reading program booklets will be out this week as well—we start on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 PM with a visit from “Eleanor Roosevelt.” Don’t miss Carol Cohen, as she portrays the president’s wife at home in Val Kill. No registration necessary; light refreshments will be served.
Children’s Corner: There will be a vast array of programs for which folks can register this summer, from Astronauts and Alien Soap Making to visiting the Traveling Planetarium. Registration will open in a few weeks, as soon as the Summer Reading Program officially kicks off with a dance party with DJ Ooch on June 28. This is an open invitation to join Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, from 10 AM to noon that Friday and start the summer off in our “Universe of Stories.”
Book Club Browsings: Book clubs are full of stories—this month, the Knitters Book Club story is about its change of date to June 18 so members can attend the June 25 program. It’s at the same time (5:30 to 7:30 PM) and they are reprising an old favorite, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Bring your knitting, or just bring yourself for this fun group’s discussion. The Wednesday Readers meet the next day at their regular time (2 to 4 PM) to decide “The Book That Matters Most.” This Anne Hood classic is more than a dissertation about what book matters; as always, her tale leads from character to character and is consistently entertaining and enlightening. Join them in The alcove for the discussion.
Friends Of The Library: Every book matters most to the Friends as they count down to the Annual Book Sale. They are accepting donations of newer titles (no textbooks, moldy or musty books, please) and need volunteers to help the days of the sale. This year, on Wednesday, June 19, from 4 to 7 PM, the Friends are sponsoring a “Join the Friends Membership” evening. Come to the sale, sign up and be one of the first to see what the sale holds. For those who are ordinary folk, the sale starts on Thursday from 9 AM to 7 PM, and runs Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Please call Chris Crane (508-759-5418) to volunteer or if you have more than two cartons of books to donate.
On The Mezzanine: The display cases may be bare today as I write, but this month we will feature Sailors Valentines, the simply astounding shell work that is on loan from artists at the Maritime Museum in Hyannis.
Within The Web: If you are looking for Brian, our IT specialist, these days, he should be at his new desk near the back wall of the magazine alcove. Within a few weeks, the print station will move nearer the computers. The fax machine has already moved closer to the computers. By the time we are finished rearranging, all the technology will revolve around Brian!
Off The Shelves: I have not been reading too much about technology this week, except for an article in Family Handyman Magazine about a different type of gutter that requires no maintenance. I will reserve judgment on that one until I see it in action. However, there is plenty of action in the debut novel, “Cape May” by Chip Cheek. (Contrary to my initial reaction to his name, it is not a pseudonym!). In this decidedly different from what I usually read novel, the characters (two newlyweds and a group of aging socialites) come together in the off-season of the named New Jersey resort town. Cheek does a great job of describing Cape May, and I should know, because I lived there for five years. Even the atmosphere of the town is in itself a character. Not for the prudish, “Cape May” is a sensual, character driven novel of what might happen when innocence meets the debauched in a half-deserted wild beach town of the 1950s. For anyone who is not ready to follow innocents into not-quite cynicism, there is always non-fiction. However this one may be just as searing emotionally as the previously reviewed novel. “A Long Dark Night: Race in America from Jim Crow to World War II” by J. Michael Martinez is one that we all probably should read to gain insight into present race relations. Though dense with facts, the writing is such that those facts are readily if not emotionally easy to absorb. The book will make a very good discussion title. Of course, if you don’t like the heaviness of this week’s nonfiction recommendation, just find something else and...