Back to School

Even for those of us without a direct connection to schools, the beginning of a school year changes the rhythm of our lives. At the Public Library, evenings and weekends get busier. Groups that have not met in the library’s meeting room all summer begin calling to reserve meeting dates and times. Gardening books are checked out less and craft books are checked out more. I start to think about all those books on the recommended reading lists that I haven’t read. It’s an interesting phenomenon.

One of the back-to-school changes at the library is a change in hours. During the school year, the Public Library is open on Saturday afternoons. Beginning September 12, the library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.

Back to school means back to preschool storytime at the Public Library. Storytime is a 30-minute program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for children ages 3 to 6 that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. The first storytimes for this fall will be on September 14 and 15. Contact the children’s librarian, Dana Neu, for more information.

Two book discussion groups meet at the library year around. The next discussions will take place on October 15. On that date the group meeting at 1:30 will be talking about Still Alice and the group meeting in the evening will discuss The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Interested readers are welcome to pick up a copy of the book at the library and join us to discuss what we’ve read.

Six boxes of new books just arrived at the library. Watch the shelves for the new titles.