LIBRARY NOTES – April 2016

apl library-thumbnailBy Barbara Mellon

Busy, busy things are going on at the library as Spring makes an appearance. Outside, the Town Board is having some much needed maintenance done on the building to repair the ravages of weather and time, while the lilies in our garden are starting to poke out to welcome the new season. Indoors, a non-functioning bathroom has been turned into glorious new storage space, something you can never have enough of.

A couple of upcoming events have drawn plenty of interest; in fact both have waiting lists in case a space opens up. One is an adult reading and discussion group sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. Titled “Muslim Journeys,” the four sessions, which began in March and will run through May, will explore the experiences of Muslims in various countries through novels and memoirs. Fourteen participants are eager to begin their journey through this timely topic.

The second event is part of the ongoing “Table of Contents” fundraising program developed by Mary Davis. Based on the movie Giant, a Texas-style dinner will be hosted by Bobbi and Mark Howell on April 9th. Mouths are watering at the prospect. Check back in the next issue of the Gazette for photos of this exciting evening.

The March meeting of the library’s Italian Circle featured another journey. Tom Navin and Gino Zamparo guided the group through Italy with fascinating tales and photographs from their own travels. Their excitement about all the places they visited brought such life to the presentation.

Our book weeding project is close to completion; over 300 titles will be added to our “For Sale” collection in order to free up space for new volumes. It’s an incredibly difficult task, but all those involved reported how much fun they had going through book after book, finding things they decided they just had to read before deeming them “excess.”

What’s up for April? Our book group will be discussing The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry at 5 pm on April 7th, and Movie Night will feature an exciting adventure film at 7 pm on April 14th. On Thursday, April 21st the Italian Circle will meet again; all are welcome, no matter your nationality. Make plans to attend any or all of these events, or just stop by to browse and chat. We’d love to see you here. ~