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, www.dignitymemorial.com, or by calling 508-759-3511.

What’s New: Red, white and blue adorn the shelves this Memorial Day at the library. Although we don’t have any upcoming programs about the subject, we have a host of books, DVDs and other items that can help you think about what it means to remember those who died in wars of the past and to help you celebrate with family and friends as we welcome back our “snowbirds” from the South and West. According to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1906, the first Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) occurred in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, when a Civil War soldier’s grave was decorated. Although this is an unofficial date, it does take precedence over others that have become local lore. Most folks think that it was started by Abraham Lincoln after the Battle of Gettysburg, but the commemorations were observed widely after Lincoln’s assassination. Memorial Day may have its controversies as to who was “the first” to commemorate, but no one can deny that it is the unofficial start of summer, and we all celebrate differently. Hopefully, my readers will be able to get out to the many observances that honor our dead, especially at the National Cemetery, where all the graves will be marked with flags. And do remember that the library will be closed on Monday, May 27, so you have to see the displays the following Tuesday through Saturday.

Children’s Corner: The children’s room is full of displays about upcoming programs and classes, including The Teddy Bear Picnic on June 7 from noon onward. Big Ryan will tell tall tales, as children and caregivers enjoy their picnics brought from home—sharing with their “stuffed friends.” No registration is necessary; just join the crowd on the library lawn. This event marks the end of registered storytimes and play groups until the summer reading sessions begin at the end of June.

Book Club Browsings: The book clubs won’t end for the summer, although the Knitters will move to a different time, as Tuesdays will be filled with the Adult Summer Reading Authors and More. For May, though, the Knitters meet on Tuesday, May 28, to decipher the mystery of “The Muralist” (B.A. Shapiro) at 5:30 PM.

Within The Web: It’s no mystery that the Friends of the Library are rejuvenated. Check out its page on the library’s website to see how you can join this dynamic group.

Friends Of The Library: The board of the Friends met Monday, May 20, to plan upcoming programs and to finalize the newsletter, which will be sent via US mail this week. If you are on the mailing list and have NOT provided an e-mail address, please do so soon, as this is the last year that print newsletters will be sent. We will, of course, have some copies at the library, but it has become increasingly clear that sending a print newsletter is not a good use of resources (for the Friends or the planet). In this month’s copy, though, is a plea for two things: books for the upcoming June sale AND volunteers for that same sale. Please contact Chris Crane (508-759-5418) to sign up to help or if you have more than one carton of books to donate.

On The Mezzanine: The Bourne on the Fourth of July Committee is not donating T-shirts, but selling them at the library. We are starting a little early this year; however, they will sell quickly, so get yours before all the favorite colors and sizes are gone. Shirts are short-sleeved and cost $20. While we usually have our shirts in the display case, this year we will have them on a separate display so that we can accommodate a different display that will coordinate with one of our Adult Summer Reading Programs (Sailors’ Valentines). This month, though, do come in to see the wonderfully intricate dollhouse miniatures that are part of a collection belonging to Sue and Roy Dow. The children’s display case holds “Dolls of the World,” on loan from Melinda Mcara.

Off The Shelves: For this Memorial Day, I am not quite sure what to recommend that is not frivolous or completely out of keeping with the day, because, clearly, we need to remember why we celebrate this holiday. Interestingly, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” is one of the places folks can go to obtain a brief synopsis of the holiday and its difference from Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day. The history of how the poppy came to symbolize Memorial Day is explained in the article and a copy of the poem, “In Flanders Field” by World War I poet (and soldier) John McCrae is also featured. There are also several titles that help children learn about this holiday, one of which is “Memorial Day” by Mir Tamin Ansary. A fictional title by one of my favorite authors, Anne Perry, depicts the battles and engagements in which many of our armed services men and women died. Perry’s World War I series (Starting with “No Graves As Yet”), although focused on Britain, mentions American GIs. Another title in the CLAMS system, “Section 60” by Robert Poole, has a poignant history of Arlington National Cemetery. Thanks to Kate Haynes for putting together a lovely display for our Memorial Day here at the library. And do remember that however you are planning to recognize this holiday, use the resources of your library and keep reading.

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