July 2018

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Look at you! You haven’t melted! You’re still here! Congratulations to us for surviving the summer (so far)! It is hard to believe August is just around the corner and staggering to think we are 2/3 of the way through this year! Oh, you hadn’t thought that yet? Sorry. Where does the time go? Where ever it went, I hope some of your summer was spent in a beautiful way enjoying family and doing things you love.

While we are on the subject of surviving and beautiful times, let me tell you that we had another successful Summer Reading Program! This being only my second year doing this, I still feel I’m on a learning curve, experimenting with different ways to do things and working kinks out from last year. Every program I put on is a growing experience. This year each program offered something different for our students: live music, arrowhead and Native American History, the science of sound, the movement of dance, and lots of crafts. It was so rewarding to see different ones connect with certain programs. I had a student that was so inspired by the arrowhead presentation, that we he went out hunting for himself. Another has started learning guitar after hearing Cecil White perform for us and share his love of music. And, there may have been a couple enthusiastic kids seen dancing their way around town after the Christ in the Arts dance program. Then there was the time I showed a video combining music and science to show the actual movement of sound waves through water, salt particles, and even flames—the exclamations of “aww”, “that’s so cool!” and “I want to try that at home!” had me jumping with pleasure as I stood back and took in the kids’ responses. I’m not exaggerating, I was so excited that they were excited! I LOVE music, and science was always so intriguing to my curious mind growing up, so I was nerding out over the combination of these two amazing subjects in a way that my kids could appreciate. I just love it! These things make it all worth it! A library isn’t just a place to encourage a love of reading—the reason reading is encouraged is because it opens the door to so many other loves…reading is just the first domino to kick off a string of possibilities. Some love reading for reading’s sake, but I love reading for learning’s sake! With the help of great presenters, I’m so happy we were able to ‘learn’ the kids that came in this summer and see new interests sparked in their lives.  I love this quote by Kate DiCamillo, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” I have no idea who this Kate is, but I like how she thinks and I couldn’t agree more.

Speaking of gifts, we have received lots of donated books over the summer, and many of them are just now making their way onto our shelves. We have mystery and adventure titles like The 5th Horseman by James Patterson; Dark Zone by Tom Clancy and The Pharaoh’s Secret by Clive Cussler. Inspirational and Chic titles include Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer; Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews; and Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber. Some fiction reads are Heroes in Time: Robert E. Lee and Heroes in Time: Stonewall both by John J. Dwyer; The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom and The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. There were also a few non-fiction titles like the popular Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, just to name a few.

Along with these and other donated titles, we have five brand new large print books: Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich; Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel; The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter; and Woman of God and Bullseye both by James Patterson.

Coming up in August, we will be having a used book sale here at the library! Mark your calendars for August 6-10th, Monday-Friday during regular library hours. Books will be set out on tables all week, so come take some home with you. If you have books you are weeding from your collection, bring them by! Anything we can’t add to our shelves, we will add to the sale. Monies from the sale will be put towards new books and other materials. I hope to see you soon!

~Desarae Phipps~

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