Business Sponsor Of The Month: Thanks to all who have sponsored a month for the Beacon of Support—your business can flourish when you advertise with us. Call Terry Johnson (508-759-0600, extension 6106) for details.
What’s New: I can’t believe that this will be my last column for the Enterprise (at least written as the assistant director of the Jonathan Bourne Library). Have to say that it really does seem like just a few months ago that I brought up the idea in a trustees meeting and all of a sudden, I was behind the computer writing away. But 22 of my 47 years have been spent mulling over the keys—trying to bring that perfectly right tone of optimism and information to the residents of Bourne. I also cannot believe that so many folks kept the secret of my surprise retirement party last Monday. (And if you don’t believe I was surprised, check the look on my face on Patrick’s Facebook page!) So, I’m thanking everyone—from the long-ago board that suggested I write each week to let you all know what is going on here to the newest patrons who remark that they like my reviews, to the staff who keep me informed if I miss something, to the great board of trustees who humbled me with the honor of naming the Program Room after me—it’s been a great journey together. I will miss you all.
However, we still have some summer programs that need publicity and that is what this column is all about. Please don’t miss next week’s last author talk—Jane Hattemer-Stringer’s “Ordinary Space.” Jane’s one-woman show promises to be full of memories and ruminations about how ordinariness is a gift in many people’s lives. Our last Concert on the Lawn is Wednesday, August 7, at 7 PM and will be anything but ordinary. So bring your lawn chair, the always-needed bug spray and a donation to the Bourne Friends Food Pantry to get you into a rollicking time with “Monica Rizzo.” The Texan brings her version of “Americountryblues” music to the Northeast. You won’t want to miss this one.
Children’s Services: I will miss interacting with Miss Terry in the Children’s Room when I leave today. Her programs, her sense of humor, her get-it-done attitude, her compassion have all been stalwarts in my time here at the library. And she keeps going with one last week of summer reading fun for children and teens. Books Around Bourne visits The National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay on Tuesday at 10 AM. It’s Elementary takes children in grades 1 through 4 into “Fairy House Building” on Wednesday, August 7 (please register for this one, so we know how many materials to plan) and teens enjoy an afternoon at the “Portable Planetarium”! The Boston Museum of Science brings its mobile planetarium to us (I may just try to be a teen for that one!) on Thursday, August 6, at 1 PM. Again, registration is needed to allow everyone to enjoy the show. Thursday night, Ed Popielarczyk, magician extraordinaire, will delight families with his tricks at 7 PM on the library lawn outside the Children’s Room. Show is held indoors if there is a threat of rain—but I think a magician can keep the skies clear, don’t you? Maybe he can help a teen win the $100 Target card that is being offered as a prize for reading this summer!
Book Club Browsings: Last week, my book club fun included a lovely gift from The Wednesday Readers; this week, I am saying a special thank-you to The Gray Gables Club for their darling starfish creation. Having been with them since 1994, when I was still a cataloger at the library, their gift means a lot to me! And what are the book groups doing this month that I can report (so it looks like I am actually writing a library column and not just a big thank-you to everyone?!) The Knitters will continue on their 4th Tuesday (next month, August 27, 5:30 PM) with “The Red Coat” by Dolley Carlson. The Wednesday Readers are (inexplicably) preparing for “Snow in August” on Wednesday, August 21, at 2 PM; while the Mystery Book Club will be following “The Sleepwalker” (Chris Bohjalian) on August 22 at 6:30 PM.
On The Mezzanine: Not much sleepwalking is being done at the Bourne Methodist Church this year, as they celebrate their 225th anniversary. Stop in to see the display that explains what has held them together all those years.
Friends Of The Library: Although I’ll be sending individual thank-yous to all of those who have honored me with cards and gifts and wonderful wishes for my retirement, this is a public THANKS to the Friends of the Library for all their support over the years and the lovely bonus, which will be used to fund my trip to California in a few months. Meanwhile, the new board is working on streamlining the membership process, deciding which fundraisers to support and generally having a fun time being “friends” to the library. Join them at their meetings every 4th Monday at 11 AM in the program room.
Off The Shelves: I’m getting to the end of my allotted space (and, possibly gone over!) but I can’t leave without saying thanks to all the authors who over the years have enriched my life and, hopefully, yours. I won’t recommend anything today, as I want to leave you with the idea that trying a new genre or author isn’t all that bad—from learning how to find Thai cook books in the nonfiction stacks to discovering that YA novels are a glimpse into our teenagers’ minds, the library can be the one place that allows you to cope with life’s ups and downs, gives you a new perspective about the world and helps you make dear, dear friends. In the 47 years I have worked at the JBPL, I wouldn’t trade even one day for another job—it’s been so rewarding helping people find their niches in the library and the exceptional worlds that writers create. All I can say is I’ll miss you all but ~Keep reading.