What’s New: With all the building going on inside the library this week, it’s hard to decide whether to keep weeding the large print or trying to squeeze one more program into the summer activities. I am thrilled that we are finally getting shelving that fits our books, DVDs and music CDs, and we can showcase our new titles in a more fashionable way. Do drop into the “new” library to see the changes and to get all the information you need for a fun-filled summer of activities. We start Tuesday, June 25, with “Sharing Space With Eleanor,” the first of our adult programs in the Universe of Stories summer reading program. Carol Cohen, a professor and author, portrays Eleanor Roosevelt after her husband died. Eleanor is seen as a living history personage. Register at www.bournelibrary.org and come to enjoy tea and cookies with her at 7 PM. The following evening, join Stanley & Grimm for the first Concert on the Lawn. We’ll move outside for this one. You’ll need your lawn chair, bug spray and a donation to the Bourne Food Pantry for the concert starting at 7.
Children’s Corner: The grand opening of the children’s summer reading program may not call for bug spray, but it might call for a pair of earplugs! Bring the little ones to dance the morning away with DJ Ooch on Friday, June 28, from 10 AM to noon. Packets of summer reading materials will be given out at this time. Miss Terry and Miss Loretta have planned a terrific summer with guessing games, workshops and musical days all set to a theme; we are using Space as the launching point for our Universe of Stories. You might even be able to get a picture with a space travel machine.
Book Club Browsings: Apologies to anyone who unexpectedly showed up for Knitting on Tuesday this week. We had to postpone our meeting until July 2. At 5:30 that night we will discuss “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” Bring your knitting, bring your ideas, and bring yourself to a lovely time with fellow book lovers.
Friends of the Library: The Friends are having a rollicking good time with their annual Book Sale. There’s still time to come to pick out a few beach reads today (9 AM to 4 PM) or tomorrow (9 AM to 3 PM). Once that wraps up, start the week with a Friends board meeting on Monday, June 24, at 10 AM. See how well the sale did and start planning for the next big fundraiser.
On The Mezzanine: The Sailors Valentines have arrived with a flourish, and they are beautiful. I am excited about the program that goes with them—Gregg Roberts and his Sailors Valentines, “A Space in the Heart.” This will be our second program for the adults, on July 9 at 7 PM. While they may not be as prominent as they were, we are still selling “Bourne on the Fourth of July” T-shirts for the parade committee. Get yours soon; there will not be any sold the day of the parade.
Around The Web: I cannot let today go by without a little history of the day—anyone who follows the weather should know that this is the first day of summer. According to the online version of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, https://www.farmersalmanac.com/summer-solstice-2958, “solstice” means sun stands still (from the Latin sol and sistere). The solstice therefore, is the day that the angle between the sun’s rays and the equator appear to stand still, making it the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere (us) and the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere (below the equator). So enjoy the season, especially the activities at the library, which you can always find at www.bournelibrary.org.
Off The Shelves: The shelves are radically different this week, so please ask for help with anything you can’t find. Admire our new shelving and rejoice with us that we finally have enough shelving to display new books and DVDs. While you are “casing the joint,” as a famous mystery writer once said, try the new, intriguing tale of “Six Cats a Slayin’ ” by Miranda James. This latest in the line of tales from the “A Cat in the Stacks” mystery series about Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, brings a plethora of suspects to the required murder of the neighbor (not giving anything away here, as it occurs almost immediately. Even if it was written for a different season, the fun of the new kittens on the doorstep and Charlie’s semi-curmudgeonly attitude bring another cozy mystery to fans of the genre. For some summer fun, try “Jell-O Girls: a Family History,” by Allie Rowbottom. Allie is a direct descendant of the man who bought the patent in 1899 (for the then-astounding amount of $450). Her tale of the women who made the quivery gelatin famous is almost as much fun as trying to think of one more Jell-O salad” that has yet to be invented. And for the more serious-minded, we have the also-famous history of the actual events that took place on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. Eric Hammel, a noted military historian, has written “Two Flags Over Iwo Jima” to explain the real actions that took place that day.
History, mystery or Jell-O, just...