Business Sponsor Of The Month: Our Beacon of Support, Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home in Bourne, has been serving families in the Cape Cod area for their funeral and memorial service needs for more than 120 years. As a locally operated funeral home in Massachusetts, it knows the needs of the community and provides the compassion grieving families need. Check out www.dignitymemorial.com or call 508-759-3511.
What’s New: Argggh! It may be Pirate Day in September, but I am using their language this week to discuss issues that I am sure pirates never run into! We’re talking about programs this week, and why you should disregard anything you read in last week’s column about not signing up for the June 25 program! PLEASE go to the website to register for “Sharing Space With Eleanor: An Evening Featuring Carol Cohen as Eleanor Roosevelt.” We have space for 65 people (maybe a few more…) but we do need you to register, as we have to know how many cookies to bake as part of the program! This first presentation in the Adult Summer Reading “A Universe of Stories” will take place on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 PM. Patrons may register online or by calling the library.
And be sure to save time for the first Concert on the Lawn on Wednesday. June 26, at 7 PM. This program calls only for a chair or blanket, some bug repellent and a donation to the Bourne Food Pantry for admittance. Join Stanley & Grimm for traditional music with a fiddler’s flair to open the season. It may seem like Open Season on Patrons next week, but we hope no one feels that we are denying them service. We are simply getting the new space set up. So, please be prepared to have some of the areas closed off (DVDs mainly, some large print and all paperbacks), as we build the new shelving and move the old out the door. If there is something you desperately need, please let us know and we can try to get it for you. We’re also sorry about the anticipated noise, but at least it won’t be for more than two days (Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18).
Children’s Corner: The children’s summer reading program will kick off the same week as the adult and the concerts. Boston Bruins mascot Blades will be in the Children’s Garden to dance his paws off with DJ Ooch on Friday, June 28, from 10 AM to noon. This annual event is so popular, we ask folks to come early to get a good parking space! Look for the other children’s programs soon—we are all set for a rollicking six weeks of fun!
Book Club Browsings: Despite the uproar of saws and hammers next week, the book clubs will be meeting as planned. On Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, the Knitters will meet (this is a different day than normal) to review “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” And Wednesday, June 19, in the midst of the book sale (but not the same place!), The Wednesday Readers will meet in the alcove to talk about “The Book That Matters Most” (Ann Hood). Their 2 PM discussion will be lively and hopefully settle the matter of which book is the most important.
Friends of the Library: Today is important for those who are donating to the Friends Book Sale—it is the last day for donations, as the sale starts Wednesday, June 19, with a Friends Membership Sale. Join the Friends or if you already are a member, join the sale from 4 to 7 PM. Others may purchase starting Thursday, June 20 (9 AM to 7 PM), June 21 (9 AM to 4 PM) and June 22 (9 AM to 3 PM). Volunteers are still urgently needed to help set up, sell and break down the sale after it is done. Please contact Chris Crane (508-759-5418) to volunteer. And by all means, don’t forget to attend!
Within The Web: Attending to all the information to be found on our website may be a little difficult, but we are sure that your attention should be on the three different links we have provided for recent news: The Mueller Report; the Final Report on the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study (wait till you read that one and figure out how the traffic patterns might flow in 10 years!) and the most important (at least to us)—a survey of how well we are doing in providing services to our patrons. Please take the survey (found on the initial page of our website on the far left side) and let us know what we can do better or what we are doing well. If you need assistance with the link or the survey, any staff member can help
Off The Shelves: Any staff member can help a patron find a new title as well. I am all about the new cookbooks we purchased recently, from Mark Bittman’s “Dinner for Everyone” to “Howard Mitcham’s Provincetown Seafood Cookbook.” And the funny thing is that I don’t usually cook, but these two are good enough to make me want to try their recipes when I retire! Mr. Bittman’s book is subtitled, “100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 ways—Easy, Vegan or Perfect for Company,” and I love the idea that he took basics and made them into classically delicious food. An example that I tried is Chicken Salad (with corn and miso dressing, the Easy); Everything But the Chicken Salad (the Vegan) and lastly for that special dinner with friends, Seared Duck Salad with hot, sweet and sour dressing. I haven’t reached the seared duck stage, but the easy recipe is just that—simple and good.
As for the “Seafood Cookbook,” this is a reproduction of the famous 1975 original that made eating in Provincetown an experience like no other. I particularly like the late Anthony Bourdain’s second introduction to the book, but what really makes the cookbook a classic is the author, Howard Mitcham. Even more than the recipes, the book introduces one to a way of life that is slipping by—Provincetown and its fishermen. If you read no other cookbook this year, try this one and...