Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Well, long time, no write!

For those of you who had been keeping updated on Bourne Library's activities via the blog, we sincerely apologize for the very long hiatus. We are back, though, and will not abandon you again!

The crisp fall days that we love so much on the Cape seem to be here early, so now's a great time to switch gears from beach books to items to read by a crackling fire. If you have any suggestions for good books to read during a chilly Sunday afternoon, feel free to post them here. In the meantime, here are a few books on some JBPL staff''s pleasure reading list:

The Guy not Taken, by Jennifer Weiner. This Philadelphia native does her first foray into short stories, and they are great. Witty, sad, romantic, wistful, Weiner's stories offer glimpses into the lives of women whom you will recognize, in yourself or in someone you know. Weiner had previously enjoyed success with Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, among others. Weiner is a talented author whose works rise above the dismissive "chick lit" moniker.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Beacon of Support (Business Sponsor)

Falmouth Hospital Rehabilitation Services at One Trowbridge Road in Bourne is the sponsor of the month for July. Kiki Tura of the staff is pleased to announce three separate programs during July:

“Standing Tall in the Face of Osteoporosis” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19.

“Sitting Pretty: How to Set up Your Computer Workstation” at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 21 on the Mezzanine;

“A Helping Hand: How Adaptive equipment Can Make Everyday Life Easier” at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in the Program Room downstairs;

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information about them, please call Falmouth Hospital Rehabilitation Services (508-457-4620)

Stats to go

165 children and adults enjoyed the puppet show by The Tanglewood Marionettes July 7th at Crain Hall, our alternative program site when rain threatens.

Book Club browsings

A discussion of Queen Noir’s autobiography, Leap of Faith, will take place during the monthly meeting of the Wednesday Readers next Wednesday, July 20th, in the program room at the Library. Copies of the book are still available if you wish to join this group.

Off the Shelves (Book Recommendations)

Last Friday, as I was getting into my truck to drive to work, I put my favorite ceramic mug, filled with fresh coffee, on the vinyl cover of my truck bed to balance while I put my bag in the front seat. I walked around the truck, got distracted by my cats who were NOT supposed to be outside, and backed out of the driveway. I stopped to pick up some mail that had been scattered on the ground (who knows why mail gets out of a closed mailbox??) and continued down my street, turned right, right again, drove just a little over the speed limit (45 mph) along Rt 130 and Rt 6A until I reached the Gallo Ice Arena, where it suddenly occurred to me that I had started out with a cup of coffee. (You’ve probably guess where this is going by now, but I’ll tell you the end just in case you’re wondering if I’ve completely lost my mind this week!) I looked back in horrified fascination in my right side rear mirror to see the cup, still balance happily on the cover of the truck bed! When I arrived at work, it was to find the cup perfectly intact with only ¼ of the coffee gone! Why this story? To introduce a book that I should have read before I left the house that morning: How to Remember Not to Forget, by Joan Who? And Adam Rosensomething, actually, Joan Houlihan and Adam Rosenbaum (153.12 HOU pap.)! I can’t use the excuse that I am getting older, as I have been forgetful all my life, but I really wish this book had been written when I was in my 20’s, as I would now have a great excuse for leaving the house and driving my coffee to work on the back of my truck. The only problem is that the authors promise that “your memory can be just as sharp as it was twenty years ago”, so I’m not sure it will help me, but I’ll recommend the techniques anyhow. Some of the strategies are simple, like using mnemonics (the famous Stars’ quip “Be My Little General--in the Marines works wonders for remembering who wears 4-General and who wears 1-Brigadier), but some of the reasons for memory loss may come as a surprise. These include such things as having too much clutter around one, not getting adequate deep sleep, and even snacking on the wrong kinds of foods. The authors offer tips for remembering why one entered a room to the names of current statesmen. A small book of only 90 pages, this is as much of a gem for those of us who have always had memory problems, as those who are fearful that advancing age will soon see their memories as a thing of the past. (Just remember that the NEW books are on the back shelves and you’ll be able to find this one!)

While you’re looking for the memory book, take a glance at Nancy Pearl’s newest book of reading recommendations. If one is at a total loss for what to read, this is THE book to have around. Ms. Pearl, a Seattle librarian and sough- after consultant for reader’s advisory has followed up her first book with a second title, More Book Lust, 1,000 NEW reading recommendations for every mood, moment and reason (011 PEA). The author’s “Pearls” of wisdom about what to read are doubled in this “non-sequel” to her first book, Book Lust, (reviewed last year-hmmmm, I think I forgot exactly when…), with added categories and more wonderful annotations about what she terms “her eclectic collection of titles”. Although I can’t claim to have read all the items she suggests, I know that each one will find a good home in some reader’s hands. Her index is short but complete, with titles of books in bold type to make it easier to check the pages one wants if one needs a specific review. She also has a detailed table of contents with such catchy chapter headings as “Men Channeling Women” (always a good pick if only to see how well men can “get inside a women’s head”) and “Plots for Plotzing” which is a category for books which have such bizarre plots that only a dedicated reader will be able to wade through them. All in all, reading the recommendations takes on a life of its own-making the reader realize that even a book about books can be a special experience.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Flea Market at the Library, July 30th

Summer wouldn’t be the same without yard sales, craft sales, outdoor art sales and book sales!

July 30th, the Friends of the Library will be holding another “Last Saturday of the Month” Sale on the library lawn (weather permitting). Tables are $30.00 each to sell any art, craft or “whatever”. Or, you may donate items (used items welcome, if they are clean and in good condition) to the Library table. All proceeds are to be used for the renovations. Set up is between 8 - 9 a.m., with the sale running from 9-1. Please call Vicki Coates for more information.

Beacon of Support (Business Sponsor)

Falmouth Hospital Rehabilitation Services at the Bourne Health Center (Cape Cod Healthcare) at One Trowbridge Road offers a variety of outpatient physical therapies. This month, the staff will be presenting a program about posture screening for osteoporosis. Check the Bourne Enterprise newspaper for times and dates.

Children’s Services

What has 10 beautiful paintings of animals, 2 bales of hay, several colorful hanging piñatas, over 5,000 items of interest to readers, 2 exceptional librarians and over 200 children?

The Bourne Library Summer Reading Program in the Children’s Room, that's what! Although the Canal Kids project is about as full as it can get, space is still available for the Bourne Book Buddies Program, which takes place every Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m. This summer, the Book Buddies, led by Library Assistant Terry Colon are writing their own books. The program will culminate with an author tea in August. This group is for rising 2nd - 4th graders.

Pre-K thorugh 4th graders are also still welcome to sign up for the regular reading program, in which they read one book, design a new book cover for the title and have this design placed in a notebook in the Children’s Room. For every “newly designed” book cover, the Friends of the Library will donate one dollar to Heifer Project International.

If none of the above appeal, why not try the Annual Guessing Game? This year, the child who guesses the exact or closest to number of beans in the bowl (behind the barn in the children’s room), will win a gift certificate to Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shop in Monument Beach. This contest ends July 23rd, so get in to the library and put your guesses in the box!

Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the side lawn this Thursday, July 14th for the magic of “Marcus the Magician." 7 p.m. is show time for this extraordinary free show.

Stats to go

To date, 261 children are taking part in the Summer Reading Program. 193 have signed up from grades pre-K to 4 to read a book and send an animal through Heifer Project International; 25 Canal Kids are learning videography; 18 Book Buddies are writing their own books; and 25 infants and pre-schoolers heard stories this week.

Off the Shelves

What would summer be without barbeques and vegetable salads, key lime pie and steamers? Dull and boring that’s what. But how does one find new and different or even old stand-by recipes to grab the attention of family and friends? One way is to check out the shelves of the cookbooks in the library-new to our taste buds are the delicious, mostly simple recipes of The Beach House Cookbook, by Barbara Scott-Goodman. From the first photographs by Rita Maas through the last pages of the incredibly detailed index, this summer cookbook is a must read and possibly a must have for all those who aspire to easy cooking and great eating. Each recipe has a highlighted list of ingredients, making the gathering part of cooking a joy, with some containing an explanation from the author about how or why the recipe came to be included in her culinary repertoire. I have it on the best of authority (relatives at our Fourth of July celebration at the family’s “Big House” in Brant Rock) that the Key Lime Pie is "scrumptious” and almost as good as that of the premier chef in our extended family and she has been making it for over 40 years. I decided that this is the cookbook to recommend this week-if I can take a recipe from the book and make it well enough to pass muster with the multitude of great cooks in our family, the book must be good!

While you’re looking for cookbooks that are slightly out of the ordinary, glance at The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th edition, by Marguerite DiMona Buonopane. This exceptional book is not only a feast for the mouth, but also a beautifully written toast to a special part of Boston. I liked this one so muc,; I am buying a copy for my daughter-in-law who loves to go to different North End restaurants. Written by a former restaurant owner and now, Boston Globe food columnist, the pages fairly beg one to try the recipes even if one cannot boil water accurately! So, this week, instead of take-out at the local clam shack, check out the CLAMS catalog and choose a great cookbook.

On the Mezzanine

Patrons who are just arriving for the summer have one more week to see Farren Williamson’s beautifully creative photos of “The Gates” Exhibit in New York City. The photographs are on display on the Mezzanine until July 21st.

What’s new

I’m in a questionable mood as I write today, so here is another question of the week: What would you like to see on the library’s website? Since the advent of the site, we haven’t been particularly happy with the interface, but have had so many other pressing matters, that we haven’t paid attention to this as we should have. Consequently, the other day when I was looking over the site again, I realized just how out of date we are-we still have the 2003 summer reading lists as a link---ARG! With this in mind, we are asking for your help with the design of the new site. We have a wonderfully creative volunteer, Chris Dwight, who has designed a children’s page to rival most others, but we need help with the adult side. Rather than a survey, which can be off-putting to some, we would like to hear your opinions or read about them-let us know what we can do to improve the content of the site as well as the way it is laid out. We can’t guarantee that all of your ideas will be incorporated, but we will consider every one that comes to us in writing!

Reference question of the week

Is “facto” a real word?

Answer of the week: Actually, no, it isn’t, but it is fun to use it in a Scrabble game to see if anyone else will challenge it, as was done this past weekend by a relative of one of our patrons!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Beach Books!

These titles, as recommended by some of the staff here the Bourne Public Library, can be enjoyed anywhere--not just the beach. All titles can be requested via the CLAMS website:

From Lee Savard (Circulation Assistant, Paperback Maven and NASCAR enthusiast):
  • Two Dollar Bill by Stuart Woods--the latest in the Stone Barrington novels, with the ex-cop turned lawyer involved in another twist-filled adventure.
  • Broken Prey by John Sandford. This novel takes Sandford's popular investigator Lucas Davenort to London, where he must solve a string of grisly murders.
  • A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber. A sequel to 2004's A Shop on Blossom Street, Mascomber's book once again focuses on the friendships formed by women taking a knitting class.
  • Idiot : Beating "The Curse" and enjoying the game of life by Red Sox centerfielder and hearthrob Johnny Damon with Peter Golenbock. The life and times of Johnny Damon.
From Sandy Cortese (Circulation Assistant, Jill of all Trades, proponent of Freecycle.org):
  • The Third Secret: a Novel of Suspense by Steve Berry. Sandy believes this novel, a Vatican-centered conspiracy thriller, could be the next Da Vinci Code.
From Carrie Tobey (Circulation Assistant, maintainer of this here weblog, and fan of cheese):
  • Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. This graphic novel from the author of Ghost World was serialized in Clowes' comic Eightball, and centers on the lives of a bunch of misfits in the town of Ice Haven.
  • Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. Fans of American History and/or This American Life will love this travelogue/history lesson from Sarah Vowell, who waxes rhapsodic about the events surrounding the assassinations of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Witty and informative, just like Vowell herself!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Don’t forget “Texas Hold-Em Poker Night” on July 6th, at the Weary Travelers Club in Monument Beach.. Players still needed for this great fund-raising and fun night out. Call Carol (508-759-5070) or Fran (506-563-7938) to volunteer. Applications are at the circulation desk in the library.

This fundraiser is being organized by the always-industrious and indefatigable Friends of the Library. Thansks for your unflagging support!

Children’s Services

Come on down to the farm; the McBourne Farm at the Children’s Room that is. This week, Librarians Terry Colon, Judith Blaisdell and Fran Bogden transformed the children’s Department into a farm to represent this year’s theme for summer reading, “Bourne Children Changing the World One Book at a Time."

What do farm animals have to do with changing the world? That was the focus of the talk given by Rachel Brown of Heifer International this past week. Ms. Brown explained how Bourne Library children who read at least one book can contribute to the project that matches people from around the world with farm animals. For this year, the Friends of the Library will donate one dollar to Heifer for every book read by a child in the program.

Watercolor paintings of the various animals that are donated through Heifer have been given to the library by artist, Frances Bogden. The paintings which are on display as part of the McBourne Farm theme will be auctioned in a silent auction throughout the six-week program. Children are also asked to make a “new” book cover for the book which they have read. All children from pre-school through grade 4 are eligible to take part in the “Changing the World” program.

For those in grades 5-8, Mrs. Jennifer McDonald will be teaching “The Art of Film Making” from 1-3 p.m. each Thursday. The program starts July 7th and will run through August 10th, when all participants will show their “masterpiece” at a special premier. This is the Canal Kids program for the summer and space is limited so sign up soon.

Bourne Book Buddies will meet every Wednesday afternoon, beginning on July 6th from 1-2 p.m. 2nd-4th graders may participate in this book and activities club.

For the toddlers and infants, the library will hold a drop-in story hour from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning July 6th.

Crafts will also be a part of the summer at the library, with a drop-in crafts program running from 1-3 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon at the library. This program starts July 5th. Pre-school and first graders are encouraged to stop into make a different craft every week.

Last but far from least, next Thursday, July 7th, the Tanglewood Marionettes will return to the library lawn to perform “The Sleeping Beauty” puppet show. The show starts at 7 p.m., with door prizes given at the end. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Children’s Garden and enjoy these great performers. In case of rain, the show will be held at the Bourne United Methodist Church.

Beacon of Support (Business Sponsor)

We welcome a new supporter this month--Falmouth Hospital Rehabilitation Center, located at 1 Trowbridge Place, Bourne in the Medical Complex, 508-457-4620.

Falmouth Hospital Rehab is a division of Cape Cod Healthcare specializing in individualized outpatient services for all ages. Rehabilitation services include physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy, cardiac rehab, hand therapy, lymphedema and many other therapies. Please check out their programs when visiting the library.

What’s new

This week has been bustling as summer folk return to the Cape and students are finally out of school. With that in mind, the Trustees have voted a revised policy for Internet use-decreasing the amount of time one can use the computers to ½ hour with one computer designated for those who need a word processing program and one for e-mail only, as well as the two for OPAC usage. With the increased usage of our services, we have found that a one hour time slot is simply too long, thus the change. The policy change was voted at a special meeting Thursday, June 30th at which other agenda items such as the upcoming town override and its implications (should it not pass) were discussed. Copies of the policy are available for review.

In another move that I was reluctant to make, we have changed the location of the DVD collection. In the past week, four new DVDs have “gone missing” from the library. Although I am hesitant to place blame on any one group of patrons, all of these items are new and would appeal to a certain age. No questions will be asked, we simply would like to have the DVDs returned and request that ALL library materials be checked out when leaving the building. Although this is a FREE public library that loans items, the emphasis is still on the “borrowing” part of that concept--our intent is never to provide persons with materials that they wish to own!

Reference question of the week

I am researching a local artist, Otis Jerome Tripp. Do you have any information about him?

Answer of the week: Unfortunately, after an exhaustive search of the entire art literature collection, general encyclopedias, American Biography and the Internet, no information was found other than a birth and death date (1950-1976). The patron was advised to called the New Bedford Genealogical Society, as she mentioned that the painting was a local New Bedford fishing scene. If anyone has any information about this artist, the library would be pleased to find out!

Stats to go

The cost of running the library at the present level of services is $42,000/month (based on the FY2006 budget). Any reductions in this budget would mean closing at least one day more per week.

Book Club browsings

All books are at the circulation desk for both book clubs. Please call if you would like to become a member of either club, Ex Libris (second Tuesday of the month at the Bourne Community Building) or Wednesday Readers (third Wednesday of the month at the library).

On the Mezzanine

Not many folks were able to travel to New York City this past February to see the exhibition in Central Park entitled “The Gates”, by the artist Christo. Thanks to Farren Williamson, daughter of Theo Giordano and Simon Williamson, patrons will be able to view this exhibit through her photographs. The photos will be on display on the Mezzanine from June 21-July 16th. For more info on this art installation, please visit The Gates website.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Friends of the Library

Finances are the talk of the town this week, as the deadline for an override approaches. Thanks to the Friends’ fundraising efforts, the library is moving ahead with plans for the new building, despite the aura of doom and gloom at Town Hall.

A big event is planned for next month, but we need some help. If you have ever dealt a poker hand, we need dealers for our Texas Hold-Em Poker Night on July 6th. Dealers will be “taught” the proper way to deal for the event, so don’t hold back if you have any experience at all. Call Carol (508-759-5070) or Fran (506-563-7938) to volunteer.

Spaces are still available if you’d rather play than deal too! Applications are at the circulation desk in the library.

Children’s Services

The Children’s Room staff will take a much needed break next week to finish planning for the Summer Reading Program and to do some outreach in the Bourne Schools. Miss Judith and Miss Terry have been traveling to the various grammar schools to give out Scholastic Books to students and to promote the summer reading program. June 28th is the official kick off of this year’s program which will promote helping children throughout the world by reading at home.

No programs will be held until June 28th.

What’s new

After an exhaustive four months, all of the Mass Market paperbacks have been re-labeled and moved to their new shelving home in the front of the library (to the right around the circulation desk as you enter the library). Many thanks are due to Lee Savard who is in charge of this collection for the work she did to bring all of our paperbacks to one site. Mass Market paperbacks are what most patrons think of when one says “Paperback”-the kind of book that can be stuck in one’s pocket or beach bag and whose print becomes harder to read as one gets older! Trade paperbacks are the slightly larger, usually more classic literature (think, Hemingway and Faulkner). Our trade paperbacks are still shelved with the regular hardcover fiction and non-fiction. If you have any questions about a title, please ask or check the online catalog for a call number. Mass Markets will have a PB in the call number, while the Trades will not. Although this shelving arrangement will separate some authors’ works (e.g., Nora Roberts) the scheme will be beneficial to those who prefer browsing only paperbacks and will make shelving and finding these materials much easier for both patron and shelver.

Stats to go

In 1964, the book budget for the library was $6,000. This year’s budget was $62,500, slightly more than 10 times the 1964 total, but the cost of books rose more than 19 times the cost in 1964. We’re still not up to the standard we need to be. According to the most recent stats from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Bourne ranks lower than average in all categories of municipal spending for libraries in the state--from population group (15-25,000) to Statewide average. Current figures and charts are available at the library or on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website

Off the Shelves (Book Recommendations)

Although the weather doesn’t know what season it should be, the brisk increase in circulation and Internet usage tells us that it is getting close to summer on the Cape. Now is the time to kick back and read all those “frivolous” titles you didn’t think you should be reading over the winter. Several titles that practically fell off the shelves as I walked by this week are the focus of my musings. All the titles happily blurred together with one objective; they are all about the ocean or, in one case, what happens to those who make their living upon it. A new, 50th anniversary edition of the classic meditation, Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the first to catch my eye. Written when she was on vacation by the sea, this timeless little book has much to offer us, men and women alike, even though Ms. Lindbergh wrote it from the viewpoint of women’s issues. The anniversary edition has a new forward by Reeve Lindbergh, the author’s son. If one has never read this gem of inspiration, now is a good time to capture the rhythm of the ocean in the prose of a writer whose words bring calmness to the spirit and hope for the future.

Another title that speaks of life rhythms is by Matthew Kelly, titled (not to be redundant!) The Rhythm of Life: Living Each Day With Passion and Purpose. Kelly’s book although more of a modern look at lifestyle challenges, can be read with the same sense of hope as Lindbergh’s book. Both titles will make a good start for those who are anxiously trying to alter a chaotic pace, whether young Mothers and Fathers who are “program challenged” by too many activities for their children and themselves, or empty-nesters who are on the verge of retirement but don’t know what to make of an imminent life change.

On the Mezzanine

Lily’s Lion Collection is ferociously fun -come in to see what she collects; all items are on display in the Children’s case.

Star Wars are erupting all over the Adult Display Case. Catch of good glimpse of Darth Vader and the gang, thanks to Anthony Cortese.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Summer Reading Lists

It’s that time of year again when school reading lists are showing up in book bags across the town. We have been fortunate this year to secure the lists early (thanks to Lyn Weeks of the Middle School and the Reading Dept. of the Bourne High School). Titles which are changed from last year have been removed from the Summer Reading list notebook and shelves. All titles for the schools should be in place this week. Parents are reminded that although the teachers require the book to be taken to class on the day of the testing in September, library books have to be returned after two weeks. We have limited copies of titles and wish to be fair to all students who use the library.

Children’s Services

Gearing up for Summer Reading this year has been a great deal of fun (as well as a lot of work!). As the Children’s Department staff closes the “Spring Fling” story hours, they are already well into planning for the summer programs. The last Spring Fling story hour will be Friday, June 17th.

“Barn Babies”, a special program in which children are able to learn about and hold baby animals will be presented on Friday, June 17th (a busy day!). As we have over 100 children signed up for this treat, registration is closing fast. There are still a few spots left, so call ahead (
508-759-0644) if you wish to participate. Time slots are from 11:30-12 and 12-12:30.

Beacon of Support (Business Sponsor)

June’s sponsor is Eye Healthcare & Optical of Bourne, Kathleen T. Cronin, M.D.

Dr. Cronin will present a program entitled "The Aging Eye" at the library tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th at 7 p.m. Her business, which is located at Trading Post Corners Medical Complex is family owned and run. We welcome Dr. Cronin into the Bourne community and thank her for her sponsorship of the library.

Web wanderings

Although I was not able to attend a recent workshop about a “new” technology called RSS, I have been able to examine some of the precepts behind it thanks to the wonders of a Powerpoint presentation on the web. The concept is one that will appeal to those who have little time to rummage around the thousands of websites that bring news and views to us in this too-fast paced world. Several names are given for the RSS –the most useful seems to be “Real Simple Syndication”. The purpose of the RSS is to gather all the (or selected portions of) a topic in one place, so that one is not forced to look everywhere for news about the topic. Many sites do this as part of their own news gathering process (e.g., The New York Times, Yahoo, etc.), but some are content “gatherers” unto themselves, such as http://www.findarticles.com. Most useful to those of us who have to disseminate information, these sites can be customized so that one need only look at articles that are a few hours to a few days old—thus ensuring a constantly new perspective on a subject. I do find that this is helpful for keeping up with the oftentimes manic pace of book publishers, but it would also be useful to those in business and education.

On the Mezzanine

The Bourne Grammar Schools’ Art show will conclude this week. The artists from grades K-8 have done an amazing job with different media and deserve a look! I particularly like the ceramic shoes—come in to view them, before these wonderful creations leave next Monday.

The Bergeron Family has graced our Children’s Display case this month with Lily’s Lion Collection. Thanks to her creative display of “all things Lionized”.

Thanks also to Anthony Cortese, son of Sandy Cortese, who has shared his extensive “Star Wars” collection with us as the final movie is making its way through local theaters. I must admit that the blinking Darth Vader and R2D2 catch me off guard whenever I glance at the case, but the collection is well worth examining. One small patron was disconsolate that he couldn’t “buy” the items.