With warmer temperatures, spring flowers, and longer days in the Midwest, our minds turn to gardens. Vegetable gardens filled with crisp, fresh cucumbers, squash, and green beans; flower gardens brimming with sweet fragrances and bright colors; rose gardens with delicate blossoms and deceptive thorns… regardless of the type of garden, we possess this desire to dig in the soil, plant seeds or seedlings, and watch the magic happen. If you are like me, you can always use some visual inspiration and some instructional advice to create these gardens. Here at NMPL, we can easily supply both of these with gorgeous magazines like “Blooms” and “Garden Gate” and books like Richard Gianfrancesco’s How to Grow Food, and DK’s Gardening Shortcuts and Gardening Month by Month. I know that it seems counter intuitive to come inside to plant outside, but trust me, getting a bit of inspiration or direction from a book or magazine is always a sound decision. As always, remember that my staff and I are always here to help you… even if means finding a book or magazine to help you plant your carrots at the ideal time, choose which variety of seed is best for this area, or determining how best to keep those pesky rabbits out of the garden patch. Stop in and see us soon!
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In our 3rd grade Patriots Book Club yesterday, I was reminded of an important fact – we don’t all see things the same way. At the end of each book we finish, the readers and I “rate” the book on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest. Then the reader adds a comment about why he or she rated the book this way. Well, today’s book was fairly popular with several 10’s on the rating, but one reader explained that his rating of a 1 was because it was a boring book. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the privilege to read a book written by Geronimo Stilton (who just happens to be a mouse journalist living in New Mouse City), but his books are very lively. An interesting discussion about favorite books followed, and since the next reader rated the book a 10,000, the discussion became lively. The exciting element was the fact that nine-year-old readers were discussing the merits of literature with each other and defending their choices quite eloquently. Each reader shared some element of the book that earned the rating given.
Sometimes we forget to ask the “But why?” questions because we don’t like the first answer. We need to remember that even children can use evidence to support their judgments. We just need to keep listening long enough to hear it. So the next time someone shares a quick opinion, give her time to finish by sharing the “why” behind her choice. You just might learn something…
It’s hard to believe that the levy renewal campaign is behind us. The Trustees, the staff, and I are so humbled and inspired by your overwhelming support. We are moving forward to plan for the future with your resounding support. Top on the planning list is updating the facility with automated doors to assist those who have trouble opening our entrance doors. The back doors are finished and the front doors are on the schedule for a spring update. We are also beginning the process to replace our 25 year old roof. But our attention is not solely focused upon the facility, we have also increased our budget for materials over 16% for 2016. Plan to see more titles on the shelf as well as in the ebook, audiobook, and film offerings. We will continue to carefully select items that invite our patrons to read favorite authors and about popular topics, but with our selections we also strive to encourage our readers to sample new authors and interests. As always, we welcome suggestions.
We are starting a blog here at the library! Brenda and the staff will be writing to keep you informed of all the goings on here at the library. We will let you know about changes we make, programs we’re having, new items that are coming to you. We may also throw in a few book reviews. Please check back often!