By Pamela West-Finkle

Come one, come all to the Andes Public Library Annual Party on Sunday, June 2nd from 2 pm to 5 pm.  There will be sweet and savory treats, many interesting characters to converse with, live music provided by our very own library talent pool, and a chance to all gather as a community.

This year the Town of Andes is celebrating its Bicentennial Anniversary, and thanks to an O’Connor Youth Grant, the library was happy to provide one of the first of many Bicentennial events to be held throughout the summer. The Old Fashioned Barn Dance held at Andes Central School brought over sixty people, young and old, out to sample the chili dinner, participate in group dances from around the world led by Peter, Paul, George, and our very own Ira McIntosh. Debbie Abbate organized and packaged a super-fantastic bake sale.  Thank you so much to all of the community members who donated their delicious wares.  Also thank you to the ACS custodians and music teacher, Kellie Daino, who set up for our event and provided sound support, and to Kari Haugeto whose support and time is always appreciated.

The 2019 Summer Reading Program’s theme this year is Universe of Stories.  Since we did space and solar system STEAM workshops for the area youth two years ago with the solar eclipse, this summer we plan on a variety of fun workshops, to include edible DNA, a Build-an-Alien stuffed animal and Dr. Seuss story workshop.  There is talk of an overnight sleepover, facilitated by Miss Kari, Story Laurie, and myself (Parents are welcome and invited to chaperone.) I am hoping to have the entire summer schedule available by mid-June before school lets out for the summer.

You will notice from the new book list this month that Gloria continues to acquire the best new fiction and non-fiction for our library.  One trend that I’ve noticed is  that there is suddenly a great deal of historical fiction that features the brave women—especially those in France—who aided the escape of those facing persecution by Nazi Germany.  There must be something in our collective consciousness that wants us to pay attention to these inspiring stories. Sometimes it is best to have reminders of the past so that we are not doomed to repeat it.

Speaking of books, this summer we will be doing a lot of book moving in preparation for our construction project.  We will also be relocating our collection essentials to our temporary location, so if you have some strong arms and a strong back and have some time to volunteer, we would greatly appreciate the help!

Finally, the Andes Public Library Board of Trustees and staff give our fondest best wishes and appreciation to board member, Marty Donnelly.  Marty joined the board after leaving his position as Town Supervisor but has plans to retire down south.  We greatly appreciated his feedback and help these last two years when it came to our construction project planning and facilities management.  He will be greatly missed by the library and our community.

Congratulations to all of the high school and college graduates! In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”~