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A patron came into the library looking for the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  We had the movie, I told her.  The book was checked out.   She said, “No, I’ll wait.  I always read the book before watching the movie.”
     I agree with her way of thinking.  After reading Heaven is For Real some time back, I went to Marysville’s Astro Theater to watch it along with my daughter and mother-in-law, who had also read the book.  We all agreed, “Heaven was not portrayed the way we had it pictured.”  We discussed that the movie seemed so….. Alice in Wonderland or any other G rated scenic children’s movie as it depicted heaven.  In our minds, heaven was peaceful, beautiful, clear, warm, soothing.  The film makers failed to get our mental picture of heaven onto the screen. Another one was the book Marley and Me.  The movie was clearly not as good as the book as they left out many of the emotional parts that made the book raw and honest….tear jerking.
      You wouldn’t think that the book would be better, after all, the movie is played out right there for your enjoyment.  Nothing to think about.  Nothing to imagine. You don’t have to decipher the vocabulary.  There is so much work to reading!
      Another negative to book reading is that it is so hard to read and eat popcorn.  There are no worries about buttering up the pages when watching a flick.
     Speaking of butter, couldn’t reading be considered a weight loss program?  With reading, your hands are filled with page turning instead of endless refills of sodas, overly buttered popcorn, Milk Duds, Whoppers, or in some theaters, nachos or hot dogs.  (Although, Marysville’s Astro 3 Theater has wonderful free documentary or non-fictional movies on Tuesdays that are highly recommended. Many of these films have books from which the story is derived.)  This month playing at the Astro, is the Oscar nominated movie,  Lion, from the non-fictional book,  A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.
     The library’s challenge to you is to pick any book that has a movie attached and see for yourself if “the book is better.”
     A man named J. W. Eagan was quoted, “Never judge a book by its movie.”
Happy Talking Picture Reading!

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“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
     Three young adults came into the library, went straight to their own computers or personal tablets from school, and their phones by their sides.  An older patron came in, looked, and commented, “No wonder we can’t carry on a decent conversation with each other.”
     I suppose that is what people thought about the radio in the 1920’s entering our young people’s lives and interrupting the invented print of 1846 or the mass production of continuous print in 1865.  What about television in 1927 that kept us away from books and reading?  The first video game of “Pong” in 1972 probably didn’t help the reading situation either.
     We fast forward to 2017 and the technology that seems to keep us away from print.  I say “seems” because a child learns early to master small amounts of print (we call it environmental print) in order to read all of the video-know-hows, text messages, signs and advertisements in order to get more out of their video games, cell phones, iPads, tablets, etc.
     That older patron checked out his book and continued, “I think reading still puts more vivid images in your head than you can watch on any device!”  How true!
     A good writer uses brilliantly placed words to tell their story, and faster than technology, your brain takes you to that place, situation, and time in more vivid colors than……the NBC peacock!
     “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  The greatest gift we can give a child – and I know this after 20 years as a Reading Specialist and 18 years as a Reading Recovery teacher – is to teach them to read.  Technology may try to tell you to buy a program or device to get your children reading, but a warm body, a friendly face, and quick, varied, real responses are what works.  Reading is like food you offer to any age.  If they see other people eating it, then they are apt to give it a try.  Let’s keep putting books in front of people.
     “The more things change, the more they stay the same” humorous quotes:
“”What a school day!  The computers broke down and we had to read!”
“Yes, some books are in high definition – they call them dictionaries.”
“I’m taking an innovative approach to teaching next semester – I’m using books!”
     Happy Book Reading!

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Did you feel the love this past week for Valentine’s Day…..and the anxiety and the uncertainty and the doubt, etc.?  It was felt in this house even after 32 years of valentine giving.  Although the rule during those lean financial years was made not to spend on each other for this commercial holiday, the Valentines expectation is still there, no matter how small.
     And let’s talk small gifts.  “Good things come in small packages”, yes, they do.  We’re not talking diamonds, jewelry, perfume, but cards, notes, actions.  Also, who said this day had to be for lovers, but instead for everyone you love or at least like a whole bunch.
     Valentines went out from the library on Saturday from its patrons.  As with the Christmas cards sent in December, Valentine well-wishers did not hesitate to pick up a pen, a card, and sign their name with a brief message to it.  Now that’s love.
     Having the dishes done, a specialty meal of pancakes and sausage made, or a thoughtful card laying on the table before going to work on Valentine Tuesday is befitting for this Valentine. Feel the love!
     Blind date books for unattached book lovers are displayed on the glass showcase profiled as songwriter, billionaire, or baby boomer.  That’s blind love.
     New books for novel lovers are on the shelves titled The Matchmaker of Minnow Bay, They Left Us Everything, or The Wedding Shop.  Read the love.
     New large print books for the story lovers are here titled Perfect Match, Kansas Kid, or If I Could Turn Back Time.  See the love.
     New audio books for the reading lovers are shelved titled Faithful, Hungry Heart, or See Me.  Hear the love.
     How about these books never written for joke lovers:
“Awaiting Valentines Day” by I.M.N. Love
“All About Flowers” by Chris Anthymum
“Don’t Leave Without Me” by Isa Coming
“When Shall We Meet Again?” by Miles Apart
“There Will Never Be Another Ewe” by Shep Herd
“A History of Valentines” by Bea Mine
     Happy Love of Reading!

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Once upon a time I thought about becoming a meteorologist.  I took a 101 class at Cloud County Community College and was pretty good at it after I became confident in my predictions. (You don’t hear many “I think’s”  in a professional weatherman’s predictions.)  How hard could it be if a groundhog could do it?  If your prediction is wrong, blame it on Mother Nature!  Who could argue with you?
     For many teaching years, no matter the grade, we would chart the weather after Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Weather Prophet Extraordinary, predicted the next 6 weeks of weather.  The Internet says his forecasts have been right 39% of the time.
     Ahhhh, the internet and technology, what would we do without it?  I would be willing to bet that there are many seasoned farmers out there that could predict the weather better than Phil’s 39%.  Many used or still use nature as their predictors.  For example, the stronger and larger the beaver’s den, the harsher the winter.  If skunks are overly fat, a cold winter is coming.  “When squirrels early hoard, winter will pierce us like a sword.”  When wild turkeys refuse to come down from trees, snow is imminent.  As high as the hornets build their nests, so will the snow be next winter.  The wider the wooly caterpillar’s middle brown band is, the milder the winter will be.  “Mushrooms galore, much snow in store.”  (“The Old Farmers Almanac”)  My brother-in-law’s standby, “in 90 days after a fog day – precipitation.”
     If by chance Phil sees  his shadow on February 2 and quickly returns to his den for 6 more weeks of winter, take those 6 weeks to organize a closet, bake, write to a friend, or maybe……read!
     “Weather” he sees his shadow or not, there’s 6 weeks between Groundhog’s Day and the first day of Spring anyway!
     Let’s not knock the weather. Nine tenth’s of us couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
Happy Reading!

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Kansas, as big as you think!  This state has everything.  We have beaches.  We have mountains.  We have canyons.  We have deserts.  We have prairies.  We have rolling hills.  We have all four seasons.
     If you’ve never see the “real” aforementioned sites, then these comparable spots in Kansas will suffice.  Which brings a story to mind of my son.
     My uncle had taken his Kansas City family with spouses and grandchildren to Florida’s Disney World.  Being the photographer that he was, Uncle Chuck showed slide after slide of their adventure.  One picture of a family favorite was the Dumbo “octopus” type ride.  Out of the mouths of babes came the comment from my young son of “we rode that”!  We failed to mention to my uncle’s family that it was a similar ride at the Days of ’49 in Hanover, KANSAS on a much smaller carnival type scale.  Beauty and greatness is in the eyes of the beholder.
     Kansas has the beaches of Milford and Tuttle Creek lakes, Mount Sunflower near Coffeyville, canyons just north of St. Francis called the Arikaree Breaks, the desert/sand dunes of Syracuse, the Tallgrass Prairie north of Strong City, the Flint Hills in Eastern Kansas running from the Nebraska border North to Oklahoma South, and all four seasons.  Will Rogers, Oklahoma born actor, cowboy, newspaper columnist once said, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait a minute and it’ll change.”  Kansas has it all.
     Kansas will be celebrating its 156th birthday as a state on January 29.  The library has many books on our state available, fictional or not, and written by Kansas authors on the glass display case.  Come and literally, check them out.
     What about The Wizard of Oz?  It’s a Kansas based favorite.  Maybe a Saturday morning the 28th library matinee for all ages.  I’m thinking out loud here.  No, it won’t be in a real theater, but the Day’s of ’49 is not Disney World either!
     Some have questioned if Dorothy was a good actress.  Yes, she was.  She brought the house down!
Happy Kansas Day Reading!

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Every last Wednesday in July, for as long as I’ve been on this earth, we head  to Flush, KS St. Joseph Catholic Church for the Annual Flush Picnic and Bazaar.  We get there, take a glance at the line for the fried chicken dinner, and go to the basement of the historic Pearl of the Prairie church.  There we see the raffle quilts (which we were lucky enough to win 2 of them in the last 5 years) and look at other hand crafted items made by talented members of that church community.
     After making our purchases, we stand in line making conversation with the friendliest of people.  As we near the hall entrance, musicians fill the air with requested songs or their specialty of music. (That was a nice touch added a few years ago.)  We sit and eat “family style” as dinner rolls, coleslaw, fresh tomatoes, relishes, and cottage cheese line the tables.  There we converse with still more of the friendliest people.
     After eating, we head out to he grounds where the men in my family try to win much needed (I say sarcastically) caps with Wamego, Manhattan, and Westmoreland business owner logos on them.
     We girls head to Bingo. We circle the stand housing future prizes we hope to be fortuitous enough to win and take our seat on the lucky side of the stand. We make our card selections.  Any card with a number 60 in the O column has been good to me.
     Bingo.  What a fun game of chance.  The first Bingo was played in Italy in 1530.  In the 19th century, a Bingo-like game was played in Germany to teach children spelling and their multiplication tables.  In the 1920’s modern American Bingo was developed.  The rest, they say, is history.  The value of prizes mean little to players, only the thrill of the numbers being called one by deliberate one.
     This past week, with a forecasted ice storm looming, more than a few people have come into the library saying they are in a reading rut.  BINGO could be their answer!  Twenty-four different book ideas are given on the card to lure them out of their reading comfort zone with a prize awaiting after each BINGO.  It’s a win-win!
     Some have taken the dot-to-dot, color mosaic, color by number, and country color sheet challenge already.  After the ice thaws….come on in and “check it out” as we say in the library business.
Knock, Knock.
Who’s there?
Bingo.
Bingo who?
“Bingo”ing to visit the library anytime soon?
Happy “Get Out of the Rut” Reading!

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The drama of the holidays are over and hope you are looking forward to the next chapter of 2017.  Most that have come into the library after their season’s festivities say they had a good time, but quietly add they are “glad it’s over”.
     Drama.  It’s what makes books and life interesting.  It’s the anticipation of the arrival of the holidays and family get-togethers that are wonderful.  Then the cousins start to squabble, the sister-in-laws make remarks, the uncles get a bit overzealous, the grandparents repeating stories of when they were kids, the moms and dads weary looks, all make for great holiday stories.  Most having happy endings, a few not, and others leave the family talking for months after.  And after all that, it’s hard to say goodbye.
     Books.  What makes great stories are ones that you are eager to start and they begin rather calm.  They quickly escalate into some sort of conflict and end happily….or not, and hopefully leave you talking about them for a  while after.  Here, too, it’s hard to say goodbye and place it back on the shelf.
     Three tubs of new books have come into the library, each with different tales to enjoy.  Most are being put on a lighted display on the glass case.  Some are being kept back for “a special reason and another season”.  Once again, it’s hard to put the “older-new” books back in the stacks after they have graced our shelves all of these months.
    I hope that a resolution of yours is to read more in the new year.  In that case, you may want to play a little library Bingo for reading ideas.  Prizes? Well, of course!
     Just a thought for the first library article of the new year.  An optimist stayed up until midnight to see the new year in.  The pessimist stayed up to make sure the old year left.
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May all your troubles last as long as your New Years Resolutions.
Happy New Year Reading!

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Dear Waterville family,
     I hope this Christmas letter finds you happy and healthy.
     2016 has been good to the Waterville Library.  This year seems a blur before June 8, but after that the “happenings in the library” are very clear.
     The library got a new librarian in June and she seems to be working out just fine.  She enjoys the 300 plus patrons that visit each month in the 20 or so days that it is open. Forrest Gump once said, “The ‘ library’ is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re going to get.”
     The library started new hours in July.  They seem to be working for most patrons.  Weekly articles were started in the Telegraph, regular posts on Facebook, and articles on the Library website tell of the “happenings in the library”.  The new lingo is difficult, but work will continue on social media skills.
     School began in August and the few students that were “regulars” are now seldom seen.  About 68% of the 300 plus visitors to the library each month are adults.
     September brought the library into more of a school routine.  Children in school….adults to the library.  An apple craft table was a big hit.
     In October, 28 little goblins came to the library on Halloween.  The library was not open on that spooky Monday, but Trick or Treaters seemed to smell the crafted ghostly treats that were being handed out.
     November focused mostly on Veteran’s Day for reading picks, although turkeys were made at the craft table with thankful notes written on each.
     It was “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” when the new books that were ordered arrived. Forty holiday titles are available, not to mention holiday magazines and movies.
     The library is looking forward to a wonderful 2017 and hopes that a good healthy dose of reading each day will be one of the resolutions for Waterville citizens.
     My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I promised them in 2014 and planned them in 2013.
                                                             Season’s Readings
                                                             The Waterville Public Library

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Our first Christmas card came the other day.  Simple. A family picture. It was great to see my husband’s uncle, aunt, and cousins.  That single card showed us that they cared and we were though about.  Better than even a family picture, is a card sent with a short hand written message.  My buddy from college is like that.  I don’t hear from her all year and Viola, sometime soon, her card will arrive with a short note about their year and good wishes for us in the coming year.  Yes, and there is a small part of me that like to receive those typed, mass produced letters that tell ALL about the family, and how wonderful the kids are doing, and the exotic trips they’ve taken and so on, and so on.  Here again, at least they thought about us to send a card and we get to be a part of that friend or relative’s lives for a few minutes.
     The written word.  I’ve always believed it can be so much more powerful than the spoken one.  You can hang on to it, keep it, and relive its message every time you read it.
     We read some of those same Christmas stories every year.  They’ve made movies out of most, but reading the book conjures up more beautiful pictures in your mind than any movie can present to you.
     I’ve pulled out all of the Christmas books and movies that we have.  Many I see are no longer on the shelf.  I’d like to think it was such a good book that “they” couldn’t bear to part with it.  Consider bringing them back for others to enjoy…please.
     Consider, also, starting a new tradition of reading a Christmas book or two to your whole family…..not just the children.  We have many that would make excellent choices.
     Speaking of writing letters, notes, and Christmas cards…..
What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?  The Christmas alphabet has no EL!
And remember throughout this hectic Christmas season that STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards.  Now that’s FOOD for thought. Enjoy!
Season’s Readings!

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Now that we’ve had our fill of turkey and all the fixin’s, how about an overload of books?  In the past couple of weeks about 6 boxes of books have been donated to the library.  Many will be placed on the library shelves and many on the Friends of the Library “for sale” shelves.  Christmas is coming and for 25 cents a book or 5 books for a dollar, you can’t beat it as gifts for the readers in your family!
     Speaking of books as gifts, for the past two years, my family has been doing the “something I want, something I need, something to wear, something to read” list.  This has narrowed down the list and helped them focus on the differences between the wants and needs at Christmas.  It also has given them the opportunity to ask for “something to read” without looking like a book nerd or being “uncool”.  (Guess where they are getting their “something to read” gifts from!)
     The library will also be changing the Veteran book display to a Christmas book and movie display of the books available here in this library.  Please feel free to check them out……literally!  These books and movies are not only for looks on the glass case.  So far, 28 Christmas titles are right here in this library for adult readers and more than 10 for the younger set. I repeat…so far. Please check them out!  They are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
     By the way, after you have done your Christmas “chopping”, please refrain from eating the tree decorations.  You could get tinsel-itis!
Happy pre-Christmas Reading!