Library Happenings

“You Can Go Your Own Way” 

by KellyAnne Terry, director

Each one of us walks a different path in this world, with no two the same. I see spring as the time to try a new path. In my book picks this week, I look at a variety of journeys, by land, sea and the aspect of the human mind. These voyagers may be on different paths, but they all have a good story for getting from here to there.

Sometime in 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett walked into the Amazon jungle in southern Brazil and vanished. Author David Grann sets out to find the answer in his book “The Lost City of Z” by giving a look at Fawcett’s life and, based on his own journey to the Amazon, his death. A very interesting read about a man whose curiosity could have been, ultimately, the end of the road.

Two shipwreck stories also make my list, and they both involve animals – who doesn’t need a sidekick on their journey? Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” went from bestseller to a major motion picture with the story of a boy lost at sea in a boat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger. But when he’s rescued, is Pi’s outlandish tale the truth? My second book involves a horse, and it was also a book that went on to be one of the most beloved movies I ever watched as a child – “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. Once again, a boy is lost at sea but washes up on a desert island with a wild horse from the ship. Of course, adventures and friendship abound.

Switching gears, let’s look at a recent release on the course of information and learning. Dr. Daniel J. Siegel writes of the many mysteries of the human mind and how it relates to our identity and wellbeing. Bringing in different personal and scientific aspects, “Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human” allows us a glimpse into who we are by a route we cannot see.

Finally, let’s look at those creatures that take a voyage every day, and tend to rack up a lot of air miles on vacations – birds. The library just got in this beautiful book titled “Birds: Myth, Lore and Legend” by Rachel Warren Chadd. Why do we say that storks deliver babies? Or, did you know the Mayans saw a hummingbird as the sun in disguise? The title alone should intrigue you, and with beautiful pictures and interesting history this will be the trivia book you can use to impress your friends.

Going to the library itself can be an expedition, and with all those books on journeys, you never know which path you will end up taking.

 

Library closures 

this week

The library will be closed March 29-31 for staff training. Hours will be extended on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, April 4 at 9 a.m.

 

Book Station news

The next book sale is Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Book Station.

 

Women in Music concert this Sunday, April 2

 Lauren Pelon returns to the library on April 2 showcasing her “Women in Music: Someone Will Remember Us” concert. Free and open to the public, 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Lauren Pelon traces the story of women in music and performs music from around the world. The concert celebrates music written by, or for, women. Crossing the boundaries of time, distance and culture, Pelon sings and plays ancient and modern instruments - some of which were traditionally played by women, some forbidden to women.

 

Annual author dinner

The seventh annual author dinner on Wednesday, May 17, features Montana suspense writer Christine Carbo. This exceptional event at the Elk’s Club involves a social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m.; followed by a catered dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation by Carbo, 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 1 and are available for purchase from library board members or at the library.

 

Story Time schedule

Infant, toddler and preschool story time is scheduled for the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Play group is the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. This schedule is subject to change. Check the library website at lewistownlibrary.org for an updated schedule.

 

Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Contact us by phone at 538-5212, or e-mail library@lewistownlibrary.org. Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage: www.lewistownlibrary.org, as well as our downloadable audio books, e-books, and Heritage Quest Online.

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