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What’s New: After listening to the music of Sean Gaskell, we are hard pressed to think of anything more soothing or uplifting for this month. However, we will be focused on our health and the health of the American Medical System later this month as we hear from Dr. Edward Hoffer. Join him on April 30 at 7 PM to learn what he has to say in his book, “Prescription for Bankruptcy.” The program is free and healthy refreshments will be served. Come early—this is a hot topic! Our health might be affected by the Peeps Contest on display in the corridor display case leading to the Children’s Room. Of course, the Peeps are not to be trifled with (or eaten—yet!). They will be judged on April 13 and prizes awarded the next week. Do check them out this week.

Children’s Corner: Children will be checking out the programs the staff has planned for April Vacation Week. Even the thought of peeps might not be enough to contain their enthusiasm for “Chain Reactions and Creative Contraptions” with Jay Mankita and the Playful Engineers and their Maker Space program. Join them on Friday, April 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 in our new space made possible through a grant. This is a registered program, so get on the list quickly. Details online at Thursday’s program, Rainforest Reptiles is open to all at 11 AM. Come to see what new reptiles are in the mix—and maybe even touch a baby alligator!

Within the Web: Brian will be hosting something other than electronic games next week, with the Wednesday night Family Board Games at 6 PM. Bring your own or use one of ours to learn to play games that require no electricity!

Friends of the Library: The electricity will be visible on May 6 as the Friends of the Library host the Red Sox World Series trophy at the Library. We are thrilled that Heather DiPaolo, the new president of the Friends, was able to secure the two-hour showing for Bourne. Come to listen to Mike Shalin, the author of “The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography” at noon. Bring a sandwich and talk with him before the 2 PM arrival of the trophy. Then get in line for photos! Prior to the big “Red Sox Day at the Library,” join the Friends for their Board Meeting on April 22 at 11 AM to help with the plans for the day.

Book Club Browsings: Our book club members keep planning to read more and more books, which we love, but we do ask that they pick up the books as soon as they arrive so that staff doesn’t have to re-enter all the requests. The Wednesday Readers are set to discuss a Dorothea Benton Frank novel, “Sullivan’s Island” on April 17 at 2 PM. I can’t wait to hear what they say about it and I will be on hand to let them know what the author meant by writing it, as I intend to ask her when I’m down in Charleston, South Carolina this week. The Knitters are all about semi-science fiction (a new genre for them) on April 23 at 5:30 PM. They are reading “Never Let me go” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Non-knitters are invited to the group as well!

Off The Shelves: As I mentioned above, by the time everyone is reading this, I will be in Charleston, shopping on the fabled King Street and enjoying a rare good time with author Dorothea Benton Frank at her home on Sullivan’s Island. We are traveling down to participate in her Fanfest to launch her latest book, “The Queen Bee.” I don’t write that to make anyone feel bad, but just to let you know that your library staff takes its work very seriously—so seriously that we even meet with the authors whose books we carry! Quite seriously, we are thrilled that we have many authors to offer to our patrons. Since I was reading (re-reading!) Dorothea’s books most of the week, I had to put a hold on some others. But, we have a host of new titles to offer those who are still waiting for “Where the Crawdads Sing” (420 at latest count), such as “Precious Jewels” by Dale Martellino. This story of those who worked to save the Jews in Germany during the Holocaust is more than a plot line of how they did it. Blending romance, history and philosophy, the author brings to life the heroism of those of many different faiths during that horrendous era. Coming soon is Anne Beattie’s “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck,” a story of what it means to learn how to not only tell the truth, but prevaricate when one thinks it is necessary. Beattie is another of my favorite authors, as she often takes the ordinary (a boys’ school, a pompous teacher) and throws the reader onto the edges of drama and reality, beautifully mixed so that one is not sure where the edges really are. Try any of these, or just pick a tried and true author you love, but be sure that when I get back, I’ll know that you kept reading!

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