Summer reading program launched by more than 110

Summer Reading fun: Over 110 children plus teens and adults have helped launch our Summer reading program. Keep on coming. Join the fun!
After a week off, I needed to get back (up to snuff). Meanwhile, Politeness will get you most anything! In “The Duckling Gets a Cookie” by Mo Williams, a children’s title, Duckling asks (politely) for a cookie, with nuts, and receives it immediately. Pigeon is jealous! He complains loudly and long about asking and not receiving. Finally, Duck says he got the cookie for Pigeon. Then Duck politely asks for another cookie, without nuts!

Kitty, kitty, kitty… We nearly had a library cat!. A bright orange kitty with a curled- back tail had been hanging around the Library for several days, looking hungry and appealing; needing to be petted and fed. Our librarians rescued kitty and sent her on her way to a new home. Her new owners named her Sheba Dew, short for the queen and of course, Mrs. Dewey.

Trouble! One dad and triplet girls who really want a mom; that’s what Tara Taylor Quinn wrote about in “Four Times the Trouble.” I loved it! Jacob’s 7 year-old girls are hiding something. They are behaving strangely in school. Their Principle knows they need motherly attention. Mom has left; she didn’t want the inconvenience. Michelle, Jacob’s partner in a live talk show, is mourning her missing military husband and not ready to let him go. She agrees to help Jake with the girls, and finds what she needs. Can they ever find courage to make a family. Maybe… but then Mom returns to the picture, wanting attention.
Miss-stated or miss-spelled! Our intern for June+ is Kourtnie Everson. She is working feverishly to learn all it takes to be a business manager. Even though we are more like family, the Library does require most all business practices of any Main Street establishment. We will try to impart all that knowledge in 180 hours, plus lots of fun.

Timely, yes! “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick arrived at the library in time with our new lilac bush putting forth blooms at the back door. Based on a true story of a turn-of- the-century housewife who wanted to be more. Hulda Klager, wished for an apple which was easier to peel and crisper, making pie-making a lot easier. She succeeded! Then came the lilac challenge. She ordered special shoots from France and set about her quest for a pure white lilac. Flooding in her acreage plus family tragedy, all but tore her from her goal, but persistence and the supportive love of her husband Frank helped her realize her dream. Family and friends supported her when all was lost and brought her back from desolation. For real: her lilac garden still exists today.

Books for less will not be an item for Crazy Day at the Library this year. We were fortunate to have a buyer who moved them all away and paid us for them too. We will be doing some withdrawing, so a few books are still available. Our big attraction, requested by our patrons, will be Coffee and rolls served until they are gone.

Coming soon: Not just another Day! The 4th of July: Freedom! Our Country’s Birthday. Fireworks mean something, not just entertainment. A parade recognizes our Now and Then: the past we had, the present moment, the future we extend,…We preserve the best, throw out the rest, but not the baby with whom we’re blessed. Our future depends on recognizing and preserving the goodness, weeding out the junk, giving our best to God and Country…then we can celebrate every day!
New materials include:

Adult books: Called and Chosen” by Hassah, “Torn in Two” (Patchwork Mysteries v.18) by Kristin Eckhardt, “11th Hour” by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro, “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade” by Diana Gabaldon, “The Road to Grace” (The Walk v. 3) by Richard Paul Evans, “Unexpected Treasures” (Miracles of Marble Cove v.9) by Melody Carlson, “Stolen Prey” by John Sanford, “Theodore Boone: the Accused” v. 3 by John Grisham, “Cherished Memories” (v.9 Stories from Hope Haven) by Patti Berg, “No Rest for the Dead” (one mystery) by 26 writers, edited by Andrew Gulli & Lamia J. Gulli, “Love is Murder” (lots of stories) edited by Sandra Brown, “The Storm” by Clive Cussler.

Large print: “A Life of Joy” (Kauffman Amish Bakery series v.4) by Amy Clipston, “Heart’s Safe Passage” (v. 2 The Midwives series) by Laurie Alice Eakes, “In Too Deep” (Kincaid Brides v. 2) by Mary Connealy “Snowflake Bride” (v. 4 of Buttons & Bobbins) by Jillian Hart, “The Lost Years” by Mary Higgins Clark, “Calico Joe” by John Grisham.

Little Large Print paperbacks: Bullseye” (Falsely Accused) by Virginia Smith, “Zero Visibility” by Sharon Dunn, “Small Town Protector” by Hope White, “Plain Secrets’ by Kit Wilkinson, “Four Times the Trouble” by Tara Taylor Quinn, “Just What the Doctor Ordered” by Karen Toller Whittenburg, “Seeds of Trust” by Cynthia Reese.

Non-fiction: “Finding Your Pink Flamingos: Celebrating the Gifts of a Mom” by Dee Dee Raap, “Rich Brother Rich Sister” by Robert Kiyosaki, “My Remarkable Journey” by Larry King, “The Juan-Carlos Cruz Calorie Countdown Cookbook” Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes” “The Oprah Magazine Cookbook” with an introduction by Oprah Winfrey, “Spies of the Balkans” by Alan Furst, “Of Love and Evil” by Anne Rice, “An Object of Beauty” by Steve Martin,
Paperbacks, Heartsong: “Unlikely Match” by Debby Mayne, “Glory and the Rawhide Preacher” by Linda Ford, “Just One Touch” by Terry Fowler, “Bound By Grace” by Amber Stocton, “White River Sunrise” by Frances Devine, “Sooner Sunset” by Janet Lee Barton, “Shoebox Surprise” by Jennifer Johnson, “Summer’s Belle” by Page Winship Dooly, “Counting on Starlight” by Lynette Sowell.

Children’s books: “Looking for Me “ (poetry) by Betsy R. Rosenthal, “Earwig and the Witch” by Diana Wynne Jones, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again” by Frank Cottrell Boyce, “A Mother Brother” by Matthew Cordell, “And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano, “Zero the Hero” by Joan Holub & Tom Lichtenheld,

Teen Title: “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper.

Your attention: Pie makers and pie eaters wanted! For annual Pie and Ice Cream Social Saturday, June 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All are welcome!

Fischer is director of the Valley City-Barnes County Public Library. She writes this column for the Times-Record.

June 11 - June 23
Open Hours: Mondays-10 a.m. - 7 p.m.- open evening!
Tuesday - Friday-10 a.m. - 5 p.m. , Saturday- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Telephone: Local-845-3821 - toll-free - 1-800-532-8600. YES, we have fax service!
Summer Reading: End of May (29)- end of July
Vote! then Library Board meeting - Tues. June 12 - 5 p.m. Library
PIE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Sat. June 16, 10: a.m. - 2 p.m.
Storytime: Wed., June 13, 10:30 a.m. - “Meet the City Adm.- David Schelkoph
Storytime: Wed., June 20, 10:30 a.m. - “Delta Kappa Gamma”