Business Sponsor Of The Month: Thanks to returning business sponsor Dr. Timothy Biliouris of Cape Cod Medical Center in South Dennis. Dr. Biliouris can be reached at 508-394-7113 or at capecodmendicalcenter.com. Specializing in DOT examinations, occupational medicine and other screenings, Dr. Biliouris is at 65 Route 134, South Dennis. We’re grateful that he chooses to be a Beacon of Support for a second time.
What’s New: The furniture is in and arranged, the Fourth of July shirts are all sold, but the 4th of July traffic isn’t over yet. Welcome to summer in Bourne! Next week, we continue our Adult Summer Reading with “A Space in the Heart: Sailors Valentines.” We will meet an artist whose specialty is the intricate shell pieces which, legend holds, were sent home to waiting fiancées and spouses of the whaling seamen in the 1800s. Gregg Roberts, a self-taught master of this form will speak to us on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 PM. No registration is necessary and light refreshments will be served. Do join us in the program room for an evening of art in our ongoing “Universe of Stories” series.
On Wednesday, continue with our Concerts on the Lawn” as The Harper and The Minstrel regale with ballads, traditional Celtic songs and tunes that will lift your spirits and soothe those traffic woes. A can or two of food (please make sure the dates on them are current) for the Bourne Friends Food Pantry, a blanket or chair and maybe a snack will go a long way toward making the evening fun. Don’t forget the bug repellent—these Bourne mosquitoes are sometimes big enough to carry off a small cat. Concerts start at 7 and will be held inside, should the weather forecast be wrong.
Children’s Corner: The forecast doesn’t seem to slow down the Children’s Department no matter what it is. Next Tuesday morning, take a trip to the Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center (60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich) to learn all about park rangers and their very important job. This second in the series “Books Around Bourne” starts at 10 AM. Wednesday afternoon, July 10, it’s “Creatures From the Rainforest Reptiles” at 1 PM for children in grades 1 through 4. Thursday brings lots of activity for both teens and younger kids. First, let your little ones grab a Make and Take craft from 10 AM to noon. Then give your teens something to do to keep them tamed down—at 1 PM, it’s Yoga for Tween/Teens. An $18 copay to learn the basic yoga positions will give them hours of relaxation later. Registration is required and please bring a mat. That evening, the whole family can dance the night away with the Toe Jam Puppet Band at 7 PM on the lawn. Again, bug spray and a blanket will be necessary if you want to be comfortable.
Web Wanderings: July 11 starts our summer classes for those who may need refresher course in Overdrive, our online e-book program. As I write there are seven spaces left—go online quickly to reserve your spot. Brian Meneses, our technology librarian, is conducting the classes. Register at www.bournelibrary.org or call 508-759-0600, extension 6105.
On The Mezzanine: From the sp
aceship in the children’s area to the Boston Bruins Banner on the Mezzanine, the library is sparkling with different objects this summer. The Sailor’s Valentines will be in the case through this week, but you need to get to the library quickly to see them unless you are planning to come to the program next week! Please note the new banner which was given to us by the Bruins! For those who aren’t able to get here, it reads “The Boston Bruins Are Proud to Support Jonathan Bourne Public Library”—wow—nice to have a major sports team think so much of us!
Friends Of The Library: Another “wow” is the dedication of our Friends of the Library, which is supporting us by purchasing a lot of museum passes, including the Aquarium in Boston. Longtime tradition has been broken, so that the pass is now available in the summer! Check it out and say hi to the penguins for us when you go.
Off The Shelves: The new books are displayed so well even the penguins could reach them (although turning pages might be a problem with flippers…). Take a gander at the arrangement and grab a few beach reads, such as Mary Balogh’s latest in the “Someone to…” series. Starting with “Someone to Love,” this prolific regency romance writer has once again captured the era and the relationships in such a way that readers can’t wait to see what will be next. “Someone to Honor” is the latest in the saga of the Westcott family. I find that these are heartwarming, but not sickly sweet. The stories are intricate and the characters make one care about them. Reminds me that family isn’t always what one is born into, but what one picks up along the path of life.
Nonfiction folks should definitely try to catch “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby. This treasure trove of history in pictures, is not to be missed. Broken into chapters that tell about maps from those that amuse to those that instruct, both the text and colorful maps help one learn a lot about our world and the people who kept track of its foibles. So, this week, get to the beach, have a picnic or do whatever summer calls you to do, but above all....Keep reading!