Have you ever cleaned out a bookcase and found a book from the library that you checked out three months (or years) ago?
By Sarah Snavely
Bowman Regional Public Library
How about a book someone checked out over 2 centuries ago? It turns out our country’s first president, Mr. George Washington himself checked out two volumes in 1789 from New York Society Library and failed to return them! Shocking, I know. Presidents should know better. And at a few cents a day, the fine runs around $300,000 and is still unpaid. Thankfully, New York Society Library’s head librarian Mark Bartlett said “We’re not actively pursuing the overdue fines, but we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back.” And that is precisely our attitude at here at the Bowman Regional Public Library, too. So if you have a book floating around your house with our name on it, don’t be afraid to come by and return it. We won’t actively pursue a fine, although we will always graciously accept a donation. Or, if you can’t bear the shame of it all, sneak by under cover of darkness and leave it in the outside book return. No one will say a word…
And speaking of books, we have a several new releases just in, including Michael Connelly’s “Two Kinds of Truth”, Lee Child’s “The Midnight Line” (a Jack Reacher novel), and many more in the murder/mystery genre. We also have several new nonfiction books, some light and some a little weightier. Walter Isaacson’s “Leonardo Da Vinci” is sure to give your arms and brain a workout with 599 pages of insight into the famous artist’s life. We also have “Grant” by Ron Cherow, which shines a different light on the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant. If history isn’t your thing, we have plenty other books, DVDs and other materials to choose from.
And here’s a shout out and challenge to all the Grinchy-hearts in the area that are tired of the same old Christmas decorations. This year at the library, we are embracing and celebrating our natural habitat by having a Tumbleweed Decorating contest! Yes, you read that right! Not a wreath, not a Christmas tree, just a plain old stickery, prickly, crunchy, brown tumbleweed – and your challenge is to turn it into something festive and beautiful! The guidelines are simple: it must be a tumbleweed (the kind you find wedged under your car or careening across the road south of town) and be able to stand by itself to be displayed in the library. Use whatever materials you wish, just no live animals (or dead ones, for that matter), no fire and it must fit through the library’s front door.
Reminders and Upcoming Events:
Game Night is being held every Tuesday night from 4:30- 7 pm.
Story Time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 am for children up to age 6. Join Children’s Librarian Kaitlin Brooks as she brings to life stories and crafts for the little ones! This is an engaging and social event that helps kids experience the joy of reading as well as the creative aspect of story-telling and crafts.
After School Fun every Thursday from 3:45- to 4:45. Activities include LEGO blocks, science activities, crafts, sewing, crocheting, clay projects and much more for kids K-8 grade. No registration and no fees, just good fun and learning!