Summer at the Library

Jul. 01, 2023 Jan Burney

Even though most of us have been longing for the summer months and a chance to get outside and enjoy the heat and sunshine, there are a few things happening inside the library that you may wish to note. Summer Reading Program starts Wednesday July 5th and runs for 7 weeks. There are two sessions: 4–6-year-olds (1:00-2:00 pm) and 7–10-year-olds (2:30-3:30 pm). Please note the program will be taking place in the afternoon this year, not the morning as in previous years. It is not too late to register. Please call the library to reserve your spot.

Throughout July and August, we will be hosting an Artist in Residence on Tuesday afternoons. From 1:00-3:00 pm, Jackie Blight will be working on her pastel art pieces at the big table. Anyone is welcome to drop by and watch her work and ask questions.

If you are looking forward to spending time lounging around on your deck with a good book, here are some staff picks you may enjoy:

Doris recommends:

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles.

Lyrical language, gritty characters, a gripping plot and emotional tension--you will experience all this and more in Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles.  The novel is set in the turbulent times of post-Civil War Missouri and tells the story of spunky and fearless Adair Colley, a character who will stay with you long after the last page is done.  Readers may be familiar with News of the World, a recent Tom Hanks movie, adapted from Jiles' book of the same name. News of the World was a great read--in my opinion Enemy Women is even better. Note to reader: hang in there with this book.  Jiles does not use quotation marks and it takes a few chapters to get your head wrapped around her dialogue style.  

Gita recommends:

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

I absolutely loved this book, and the most pleasantly surprising part was that I didn’t at all expect to. It’s a beautifully written, extraordinary, inspiring and unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture designed to silence her. In this story, Ana is sister of Judas and wife of Jesus. The book is grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’ life that focuses on his humanity.

And for those who like a little light non-fiction, Teagan recommends:

Marie Kondo's Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life by Marie Kondo

From the Japanese author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up, Marie Kondo’s newest book is filled with beautiful pictures and suggested prompts to help you discover daily routines and rituals that will help you achieve a balanced harmonious home and life. Kurashi or “your ideal life” provides the reader with tips for your home and ways for you to connect with your envisioned way of life and to help you feel more joy. Perfect for previous fans of her work or those looking for an easy read about home improvement and "lifestyle" enthusiasts.  

Hope you get a chance to delve into the pages of these suggestions this summer.

The library will be closed Monday August 7 for the Heritage Day holiday but will be open 10-5 on Saturday August 5.