Here’s what’s happening at the library!

I’ve said it before, since writing these articles for the library, and I’ll say it again.  I am so proud of readers! But let us focus on our male readers this week.  This library has a few brave men that walk through those library doors and exit with chosen reading materials.  Others send wives or significant others to do the choosing-no matter.
     It was “worth a Google” to find the following fun facts about our male bookworms out there, but females and everyone of all ages take heed.
     These facts are in no particular order of importance, but as interest grew reading each fact, they were jotted down.
     Fact 1 – The more he reads, the more he listens. (Wouldn’t we like to see that developed in everyone!)
     Fact 2 – He finds out that the book is always better than the movie. Duh! (Remind me to get out the book/movie combos and we’ll see.)
     Fact 3 – Male readers are adventurers.  All of his senses are heightened when engrossed in a book.  Reading uses the same regions of the brain as when people  use their senses on an actual adventure.  A patron came in after reading a book to the end and said, “I just didn’t like how that book made me feel.”
     Fact 4 – Gift giving for the male reader is a lot easier. Buy him a book!
     Fact 5 – Studies have shown that reading or staying mentally stimulated can slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  It improves the memory and who wants to lose those precious thoughts.
     Fact 6 – Reading can reduce his stresses and provide an inner peace.  We lead such busy lives – Keep Calm and Read On.
     Fact 7 – He develops knowledge and his vocabulary expands. (Chatting with those “higher-ups” becomes a self-esteem booster.)
     Fact 8 – He can develop writing skills. (What woman wouldn’t love to get a handwritten love letter from their “well read” significant other?)
     Finally, he realizes it’s free entertainment. Come on in to the library, choose a book, make your own couple’s book club, and talk.
A lady was heard in the library happily saying, “He asked me out in the nonfiction section of the library……..so I know he’ll be true!”
Happy Reading, fellas!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

I love Saturdays, but Saturdays are taking on a whole different look for me nowadays.
     I was told one day a few weeks ago that a tour group was coming through Waterville (and I admit to not listening to what day they would show up).  I was told that about 20 people would be walking around in the morning and the other 20 in the afternoon.  It really didn’t matter to me because Sunday and Monday, we’re closed, Tuesday 10-1, 2-6, Wednesday 1-6, Thursday 5-8, Friday 1-6, and Saturday 9-1 and my attendance record has been nearly flawless. (There’s the schedule again if you’ve forgotten.)
     Back to the tourists, I was pretty excited when I arrived at the library ready to face the day and saw small groups wandering around town. I quickly crammed some reading of the library’s history in my head like a college kid before a final.  I ran off the library pamphlet I had found(one side was printed upside down in my rush) and was fairly confident in being able to answer any routine tourist’s questions that might be asked.
I’ve become very proud of representing this library and was ready to show it off. I waited for those 20 something tourists.  I waited some more. Not one had stopped in.  Maybe the next tour bus, huh?
     Saturday.  When the board had made out the new schedule for the library and announced that 9 to 1 time on Saturdays, I admit, I did not grab onto the idea with a lot of enthusiasm.  Nine Saturdays have come and gone and I should have kept a journal on the people I have met and the “happenings” in the library on those Saturdays.
     It will be be my 4 month anniversary here on Saturday, the 8th.  I’ve grown to love them.  It used to be that with teaching all week, Saturdays couldn’t get here soon enough.  Now it’s for a different reason.
     I had a couple of patrons come in last Saturday, look at the books, and say, “I don’t like this!”
     Uh-oh, what did I do now?
     They said, “Too many choices!”
     What a great problem to have!
When you need to make a hard decision, flip a coin.  Why?  Because when that coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you’re hoping for.
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!
     Attending or spectating the Homecoming parade a couple of weeks ago brought back a lot of memories from the Westmoreland High days, especially seeing the different decades represented on their designated floats.  It also brought to mind many “fads” that were forgotten about and thankfully so after seeing Principal Green’s outfit!  You tend to put some of those once “groovy” things out of your mind.
     Saying that, it’s also fun to relive a few of those crazes.  Many new books, movies, even fashions have made a “come back”, with a few added tweaks.
Movies like True Grit from 1969, 101 Dalmatians from 1961, or Red Dawn from 1984. Books like Cinder from the Cinderella fairy tale, Dorothy Must Die from the Wizard of OZ series, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from, yes, the Pride and Prejudice classic. Colorful hair, fanny packs, flannel shirts, and even overalls have made their way back.
     Many people are worried about books being a thing of the past, and with iPads, e-readers, downloadable books, and books online, you can see their concern.  As I have been in this library business for almost 4 months now, I really don’t see that happening.  People enjoy the convenience and status of their tech-no books, but still come back to the feel of that physical book and its pages in their hands. There are no battery or connection worries either.
     We have some Die Hard readers here in Waterville (that from the 1988 movie and the 1979 book, Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp).  The proof comes when 358 patrons have used this library in the month of September.
     Books on the way out?  I don’t think so.  Come in and see the Fall themed books, craft a leaf, and help contribute to the Book Comeback Revolution!
Check out these groovy titles: Downpour by Wayne Dwops, House Construction by Bill Jerome Holme, or a soon to be classic, Come On In by Doris Open.
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

Attending or spectating the Homecoming parade a couple of weeks ago brought back a lot of memories from the Westmoreland High days, especially seeing the different decades represented on their designated floats.  It also brought to mind many “fads” that were forgotten about and thankfully so after seeing Principal Green’s outfit!  You tend to put some of those once “groovy” things out of your mind.
     Saying that, it’s also fun to relive a few of those crazes.  Many new books, movies, even fashions have made a “come back”, with a few added tweaks.
Movies like True Grit from 1969, 101 Dalmatians from 1961, or Red Dawn from 1984. Books like Cinder from the Cinderella fairy tale, Dorothy Must Die from the Wizard of OZ series, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from, yes, the Pride and Prejudice classic. Colorful hair, fanny packs, flannel shirts, and even overalls have made their way back.
     Many people are worried about books being a thing of the past, and with iPads, e-readers, downloadable books, and books online, you can see their concern.  As I have been in this library business for almost 4 months now, I really don’t see that happening.  People enjoy the convenience and status of their tech-no books, but still come back to the feel of that physical book and its pages in their hands. There are no battery or connection worries either.
     We have some Die Hard readers here in Waterville (that from the 1988 movie and the 1979 book, Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp).  The proof comes when 358 patrons have used this library in the month of September.
     Books on the way out?  I don’t think so.  Come in and see the Fall themed books, craft a leaf, and help contribute to the Book Comeback Revolution!
Check out these groovy titles: Downpour by Wayne Dwops, House Construction by Bill Jerome Holme, or a soon to be classic, Come On In by Doris Open.
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

     If you didn’t get to see the Peterson Brothers at the Opera House last Sunday, you missed out on a nice afternoon’s entertainment.  They didn’t claim to be professional singers and dancers and the few little glitches in their routine added a little boyish humor to the act.  They did display a real passion for agriculture and the rural life.  The library received a poster from them exclaiming “Farming Grows Readers”.  Check it out.
     Speaking of autographs, two books out of several are now on the shelves and are signed by their authors. One, a cowboy poetry book, and another from a Kansas author taking life one “cow pie” at a time.  Check them out.
     The apple themed glass display case will be replaced by the Fall season subject this week as Autumn arrives on the 22nd.  Inside and on top of the case are many fall related books and movies. The apples were all made and now displayed in the library window.  How about crafting an autumn leaf?  They are there to be checked out.
     Did you ever have so much you needed or wanted to do that………nothing gets done?  Spring cleaning is done in the Fall at the Pralle house.  My way of thinking is I want the house clean after the months of opened windows and screen doors. By the time that cooler fall weather and cold winter weather comes and I lock up those windows and screen doors, I want to be enjoying days of binge movie watching and good book reading in a near spotless house. I said near spotless.
     The library continues to receive donated books and movies, as well as several more “found”  ones, and I’m getting brave enough to buy new books and movies.  Come in and check them out.
     Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall?
     To make up for his miserable summer.
And, a little food for thought.
     If money really did grow on trees, Fall would be everyone’s favorite month!
Happy Reading!