By Barbara Mellon

No matter what the weather forecasters predict, or how fickle Mother Nature can act at times, I know for sure that spring is here now. What makes me so positive? Well, the sun is shining more and more, I’ve taken to wearing sandals, albeit with socks, and like the plants and flowers in the garden, the patrons who abandon us for warmer climates during the winter have begun to pop up here at the library in growing numbers. It brings a smile to my face to see this seasonal renewal of life in such varied aspects.

Our April fundraiser, the Giant Dinner, was a tremendous success. I won’t say more here as Phyllis Galowitz has described it so beautifully in her column, but I do want to give a huge Texas-sized “Thank You” to Bobbi and Mark Howell, Dorothy Lyman, Mary Davis and Judy Garrison who worked so hard to make it a magical evening, and of course to all those who attended in order to help our little library. The next scheduled Table of Contents fundraiser will be an Ice Cream Social at Ballantine Park on Saturday, June 18th. Yummy!

Each year, the Library hosts an Open House to show our appreciation to our patrons, supporters and community. This year, the event will be on Sunday, May 22nd from 2 pm – 5 pm.  Be sure to stop by and sample the tasty treats, converse with friends and neighbors and maybe tap your toes to some snappy music. It’s always an enjoyable afternoon.

Also in May, our Book Group meets on Thursday, the 5th at 5 pm to discuss The Time in Between by María Dueñas. Their June selection is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Any and all are welcome to join these discussions; call us at the library for more information or to have a book ordered for you.

A summer favorite is our annual Garden Tour which invites attendees to tour a number of Andes gardens in a variety of sizes and styles. The committee in charge is busy making preparations for this year’s tour, scheduled for June 25th, and would be glad to hear from anyone with a garden they would like to have included. It’s always a treat to have new gardens to ogle over and get ideas from.

For April Movie Night, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed our showing of The Walk, an exciting look at the true-life story of Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. We will be moving this month’s Movie Night to Thursday the 28th at 7 pm. I’m ruminating as I write about just the right film to offer, always a challenging but enjoyable task. Hope to see you all then.

With the weather improving, don’t forget about our lovely streamside deck and gazebo. What a perfect place to relax with a book or settle with your laptop. But be careful; you may never want to go back home! ~