One feature of this “winter that wasn’t” is the way we keep getting surprised by snow after a string of warm days. If you’ve read any science fiction apocalypse books dealing with climate change, this is too freaky. For comfort, I present the 50th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time, the first science fiction book I ever read, and the book that set me on a lifetime of reading science fiction and fantasy. It won the Newbery Award for children’s fiction in 1963, and was the first in a series of books featuring Meg Murray and Calvin O’Keefe and their children. Here is a 90-second “synopsis” of the plot, but you are better off reading the book yourself, though this film is very cute. Wrinkle in Time in 90 seconds
Today at the library, we present “TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s Funny”. Members of the Junior Friends will be reading funny stories and telling jokes. Just the thing for a rainy/snowy/no-back-to-rainy day. At 2:00, join fellow knitters and crocheters for tea and cookies. You can stay for the whole hour and a half, or drop by with a knitting or crocheting problem, or to find a pattern for a new project. Or just to chat.
Next week, the Friends Board will meet at 6:30 on Monday, Feb. 27. There will be a drop-in craft for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2. Story times will start the following week, starting March 6.
I apologize in advance for the grumpiness of this post, but we just found out that yet another publisher is refusing to allow libraries to purchase their e-books. This leaves just one major publisher, Random House, who has agreed to sell to libraries, but at a higher price. Follow THIS LINK to find out more, and contact these publishers to let them know what you think. We can give you a script to follow if you’d like. Just let us know. I realize it’s frustrating to search through Overdrive and not find the books you’d like, or to have to wait. There are several alternative sources of free ebooks, such as The Gutenberg Project, which has many classic or obscure titles that have gone off copyright. We will continue to search for more. We apologize for this, but it is not the fault of the library or SAILS.
I’m also grumpy because we have a fun Saturday lined up at the library and it’s going to snow! The Trustees are meeting at 8:30, and the Junior Friends at noon. We’ll let you know if any of these are canceled or postponed.
Mary Leonard’s Knitters (and Crocheters) are meeting today at 2. We had a couple of people turn out last week, so drop by for tea and cookies, and suspense! Will Jen figure out how to crochet before Lisa does? Tune in to find out!
(Now I can’t get The Mamas and The Papas out of my head.)
Coming up at the library this week:
“ABC, Music and Me” will end tomorrow, Jan.31. Or will it? Watch this space to see if this popular program for the youngest ones will return next month.
The return of the knitting group: we’ve tried it a couple of times and have had little interest, but here’s hoping the third time is the charm, as they say. I’m considering calling this “Mary Leonard’s Knitting Group”, in honor of Mary Hall Leonard, co-founder of the public library in Rochester. Her smiling portrait hangs on the east wall, and I’m sure she’d approve of ladies not being idle. “Idle hands are the devil’s plaything”, my grandmother used to say, and I’m sure MHL agrees. Join us Fridays at 2:00 for tea, cookies, and crafting.
Symphony Tales will be here on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11:00 to present Scritch Scratch: A Perfect Match. The author will start by talking about how she came to write the book, then a cellist and a reader will preform the book. There will be a child-sized cello to try, and the author will sign copies of her book, which will be on sale for $10. Pre-registration is strongly required, and, as of this writing, there are 2 spots available. Call or drop by to register.
And finally, the Oscar nominations are in, and, as in the Golden Globes, several of the nominated movies are based on books. Here is a link from USA Today about this very thing. Over the weekend, Mr P and I saw The Way Back, based on the book The Long Walk. Incredible movie and highly recommended.
Five knitters dropped by this past Monday (Oct. 6) for the rebirth of the knitting group. While we were knitting away, another woman came by to tell the group about the Prayer Shawl Project for a local hospice program. The project is to knit a shawl for the comfort of a patient in hospice or his/her family. She left off instructions and bags of yarn, so, if this sounds like a project that you’d be interested in, stop by my office. The shawl instructions look easy, even for a beginner like me, and there are crochet instructions, too. The Knitting Group will meet again Oct. 20 (the library’s closed Oct. 13 for Columbus Day). Miriam from “The Wool Patch” yarn shop in Middleboro will be there, presenting new yarns and patterns.