By Pamela West-Finkle

Spring has finally come to the mountains and snow birds have been returning to the library, glad to be back from their migration south. It has felt good to get outside and start the cleanup from the winter.

A few people have stopped in to gather some seeds from the Countywide Seed Swap. Whether you’re an avid gardener or just plan to plant a few beds, please stop by if you would like to take or leave some seeds. Transition Catskills sent us more seeds to give out and provided seed pouches with labels so that you can take what you need and leave what you don’t plan to use.

On April 13th, we had a wonderful evening of intense chess playing between Ira and Charlie MacIntosh and James DePierro, followed by the inspirational chess movie The Queen of Katwe. It was so enjoyable that we are hoping to start a chess club so that young and old can meet to play on a regular basis. Since the Italian Circle will only be meeting occasionally now, the third Thursday of the month would be an excellent game/chess night. Players of any age or ability level would be welcome to come from 5 to 8 pm, starting Thursday, May 18th. We have one chess board and one checkers board, or you can bring your own set. We also have other games to choose from.

On Thursday, May 25th, we are excited to host a free Renaissance concert at 7 pm. Vocalist and instrumentalist Frederic Chrislip will be singing songs from the early 1600’s and accompanying himself on the lute.  Besides having had an illustrious music career as a performer with national symphonies and choirs, closer to home, Frederic has been tenor soloist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Choral Society, the Bach Project, and the Voices of Cooperstown. We are very honored that this wonderfully talented performer will be sharing his talents with our community.

Another important date for your calendar is our annual Party, to be held here at the library from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, June 4th. Please join us for an afternoon of food, friends, and conversation and allow us to say thank you for your patronage throughout the year.

Look for our Summer programs in the next issue.

Stop by to peruse our many new books and wonderful movie collection. One of the advantages to our library is that patrons do not have to wait for months to get the latest releases. We have a great selection just waiting for you to choose from!

I will leave you with a spring Haiku:

Sleepy spring comes late

Here in the Catskill Mountains

Gardeners awake!~