Friday, May 30, 2008

Ah, the season of new beginnings: spring

I had thought about beginning this epistle with something about being lost, but I stumbled onto a quote from J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) on “Not all who wander are lost”.

Guess I wasn’t lost after all. You see, gentle readers, (or will see if you visit our fine Pine River Public Library) the library is rearranging a little at a time. Fine for you. You don’t live here. It is, however, a little confusing for me. I have therefore been wandering.

The young adult books are now mixed in with the adult books. The large print books are thinking of moving themselves to the area where the biographies now live. The tables are the old ones but the chairs are new and I understand that new tables are on the way. There is a new computer desk thanks to the City of Pine River.

The paintings on the walls have gone from snow scenes to spring ones thanks to the Pine River Art Club. I worry. Will they be moving my food next? Will I, in my wanderings, be able to find it? Would you be willing to volunteer to come to the library and help with all the changes? Will you please be careful not to hide my food?

All that aside, the summer reading programs are scheduled to begin June 9th and will run through August 2nd. Interestingly – or it is for me! - The theme this year is “What’s Cooking at Your Library”.

Kids can sign up the first week in June to get their reading program packets. There are two age groups. Teen Read with participants from ages 13 to 18 and Children’s Read with ages 5 through 12.

The younger group with receive prizes for each week they complete. There are also summer activities for these readers on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30. The final program, “Chef Roberto’s magical cooking show” is open to the public at 2pm on August 7th.

A list of all the fun stuff is available at the front desk of the library. The teen readers will also receive prizes, but finish all 8 weeks and receive a free personal size pizza coupon and your name will go into a drawing for a really good prize. I promise! The library is also planning one activity a month for the teens who wish to participate.

Hope to see you soon.
I remain,

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal May 29,2008