Business Sponsor Of The Month: How “eggs-actly” can one advertise at the library this Easter? Call Terry Johnson for details on how to become a Beacon of Support and don’t put all your eggs in one basket this holiday! (508-759-0644, extension 6106)
What’s New: Well, this week has certainly been an exciting one and, as I’m writing this on Tuesday, patrons can only guess what the rest of the week will bring. First of all, we had a terrific time with Dorothea Benton Frank at her Fan Fest in Charleston, South Carolina, although coming home got a little dicey when my phone went off to indicate a tornado warning in the area in North Carolina where we were driving! Happy as I was for the warmer weather down South, I am even happier that we don’t have as many tornadoes in Massachusetts. Weather aside, spending time with “real, live authors” (as one fan mentioned) gives one a new respect for what they go through to produce a book per year or even one every five years, never mind the push to get it to production and then market it! I do have to say though, that DBF or “Dottie” as she asked us to call her, is as genuine as they come. If I wanted another sister, I’d snatch her up in a heartbeat. I know why she can write the scenes she does, having seen the way she interacts with “ordinary folk”. And anyone who hasn’t read her, really might want to give one of her 20 books a try. I can imagine her in the library as we were today with the semi-power outage, for which I will apologize, even though it was nothing about which we had control. She probably would have done just what our loyal staff did—help folks find things in the almost twilight and go back to writing on paper, when the computers went down. We do thank all our patrons for muddling through with us. With any luck at all, next Thursday when the Bourne New Comers and Neighbors have their second movie night, the power will stay on. And by the 30th, at 7 PM, when Dr. Edward Hoffer presents his program, we will have not only lights, but a few Southern lemon drop cookies to go with the program. Dr. Hoofer is concerned with sustainability of the medical system, so do join us for his talk on “Prescription for Bankruptcy.” The program is free.
Children’s Corner: Though not free, the children’s staff and local Yoga studio owner, Natanya Ruth will be offering Parent & Child Yoga for four consecutive Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28 and June 4 at 11 AM. Cost is $11/person for a 60 minute class, held at the library. Registration and payment through www.schedulebliss.com/theclearing. Please do not call the library to register. Grandparents may try a playgroup with their grandchildren if not into yoga. This free program runs from April 1 through June 7 on Thursdays from 10 to 11 AM. No registration necessary for this opportunity to engage with your grands on a fun basis.
Within The Web: Your last chance to have fun with electronic devices and the wonderful students at the Bourne Middle School this year will be Tuesday, April 23 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. These Tech Buddies are moving on next year, but take a moment to sign up to learn whatever they know about iPhones, iPads, Nooks, movie streaming and so on. Call the library or go online (www.bournelibrary.org) to our website for more details.
Friends of the Library: If, as the saying goes, “The Devil is in the details,” then the Friends of the Library are driving him out. The group is planning down to the last detail, a packed day for Red Sox Fans on Monday, May 5 from noon to 4 PM. Thanks to Heather DiPaolo, the friends’ president, Bourne folks will see the 2018 World Series Trophy on that day. Start with a lunch with Mike Shalin, whose book, “The Hometown Team” is one of the best histories of the Boston Red Sox. Stay through the afternoon to view the trophy and pick up a coloring sheet or two if you have children with you. The library will be the place to be that day, so mark your calendars now.
Book Club Browsings: Book club members should already have their calendars marked for Tuesday, April 23 for the Knitters at 5:30 PM and the Mystery Book Club on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM. Both groups welcome new folks and you don’t even have to knit!
Off The Shelves: I know I shouldn’t judge one by it, but I am always attracted to book covers. So no surprise, that “Boy Swallows Universe” by Trent Dalton caught my eye even in the galley stage. This debut novel may become one of the “sleepers” of the season, especially if book clubs start to find it. An endearing tale of a 12-year-old Australian boy, the book is filled with wisdom and based loosely on the author’s own life—if that is true, I can’t imagine how he became the man who wrote this book with all the strikes against him. From a father in jail to a notorious criminal as a babysitter, the cast of characters rivals a Dickens novel, but updated to the 1980s. It is always exhilarating to find new authors, so I do hope that Mr. Dalton continues to write. A little less colorful cover, but equally colorful inside story is Robert Dugoni’s “The Eighth Sister.” Reminiscent of John LeCarre and Scott Turow, this tale of a retired CIA agent who chooses unwisely to do one last job carries the reader from Washington State to Russia on a thrilling ride involving classic spy moves and intrigue. Fans of fast paced, plot driven counterespionage novels will love this, the latest in this author’s full repertoire. However you like your literature, just ~ Keep reading!