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: Summer has moved in and what could be cooler than the library? (Okay, maybe the beach…) We have a lot going on next week, starting with our Tuesday Adult Summer Reading Program: “A Space Inside: a Conversation About the Mona Lisa.” The program is slated for July 16 at 7 PM. No registration and all are welcome. If you’ve ever wondered just why the Mona Lisa is smiling, come to hear local artist Robert Manz give his impression of the painting.
In the spirit of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, we had a Space Words Contest this week. All those who turned in their July 2-8 Space Words puzzle have been judged, and Liz Duff is the winner of this week’s prize. For those who don’t know what I’m writing about, we have written contests/games that patrons enter by filling out their forms and putting them in the Universe of Stories box at the library. Each week, a name is drawn from all the correct entries. (I don’t pick them; it’s totally random!). If you haven’t received a booklet with the games, please ask at the circulation desk, so you can be part of the fun in “A Universe of Stories.” Stories and music make up the next Concert on the Lawn on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 PM. “Toast and Jam,” an award-winning musical group, will entertain us. Bring a blanket or chair, that darned bug spray and a donation to the Bourne Friends Food Pantry to be part of the fun.
Children’s Corner: Children’s fun begins on Tuesday morning-with “Books Around Bourne” at Doran Park. The Bourne Braves baseball team will join kids for stories and baseball themed activities at 10 AM. Wednesday, “It’s Elementary” again but this time, it’s a paint party! Children from kindergarten to 4th grade can make a space-themed canvas with Kreativ Paint Parties. Registration IS required for this activity, with a $20 co-pay per child. Thursday at 1 PM, the Tweens and Teens get to do the same painting—sign up at www.bournelibrary.org. The little ones can participate in a Make and Take craft from 10 AM to 1 PM that day. Of course, everyone is welcome to the Family Fun on the Lawn at 7 PM, with “Creature Teachers.” Don’t forget the bug repellent—some biting creatures are not invited! Teens are reminded of two things this week—The Summer Reading for their schools is listed and books are available for checkout. Also, this year’s prize for participating in the “Universe of Stories” reading program can net one lucky teen a $100 Target gift card! See directions on the library website.
Web Wanderings: No gift cards for those who sign up with Brian for the refresher courses online, just the gift of knowing how to download movies and books. Next week is Overdrive audio and e-books for Kindle and Kindle Fire. Sign up to learn or get pointers that you may not have seen the first time you took the class. Call if you do not have access to a computer at the moment. (www.bournelibrary.org or 508-759-0600, extension 6105).
On The Mezzanine: If you have yet to see all the small pictures and explanations of scientists and others on the ends of the book stacks and elsewhere in the library, do peruse them after you have gotten a copy of the “Space Scavenger Hunt.” Find all of them and win a prize. In the meantime, look at the children’s display case for a wide variety of books about space.
Friends Of The Library: Although the Friends are giving us a little “space” this week, they are in the background doing whatever they can to help the library. I don’t think I mentioned yet that the Friends are responsible for the funding of all the children’s and adult programs for the Universe of Stories programs. So—thank a Friend and consider becoming one!
Off The Shelves: This week’s picks for what to read start with two friends who co-wrote a unique tale of strangers who become friends along a very long walk. “Two Steps Forward” written by Graeme Simpson, the author of “The Rosie Project” and Anne Buist, a romance writer with over 13 books to her name, is the story of two unlikely travelers of “The Chemin” (or the Camino de Santiago), a pilgrimage road which is said to change one’s life, no matter whether one believes in it or not. The story concerns Zoe, an artist who is mourning her husband’s sudden death, and Martin, who is still dealing with a messy divorce. For anyone who is about to undertake a step out of his or her comfort zone, this book is a must-read. (And I am anxious to see just how it ends, as I step out of my comfortable workplace in a few weeks)! Perhaps, I should stick with non-fiction and hope for the best—as Matt Richtel did with his extremely interesting tale of our immune system. “An Elegant Defense: the Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System” (and, yes, I adore the title’s double meaning) is readable science. That says a lot for Mr. Richtel’s way of writing, as he never attempts to overwhelm the reader with medical terms unless he explains them and not in a dry way. Following four individuals who have vastly different immune systems, the book is one that ordinary folk can understand and get caught up in the “endings.” If ever there is a time to figure out what we can do to combat very serious illness, it is now and having “An Elegant Defense” is a priority. I suggest that patrons check out both books (although not necessarily at the same time!). Whatever one does this week to stay healthy, do try these and ~ Keep Reading.