Library Happenings

Gardens and libraries… Oh, my! 

By Dani Buehler

I think Cicero had it right, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Since I work in the library, I have half of the equation at my fingertips. But for the garden, I, like the rest of you, must wait. Thankfully, the wait is over. Summer is here and with her comes iced tea, cool evenings on the deck, baseball, music, sidewalk chalk, long lazy days and gardens -- gardens that tempt you to stay in that blessed moment just one breath longer.

But the heat, what are we to do with this heat? It’s like summer herself wrapped us in a blanket so warm that to simply move is difficult. As the temperatures rise and the sluggishness sets in, I say why fight it. Find a cool garden and a good book and let the adventures begin.

I tend to lean towards magical realism in my good book choice. Wikipedia defines magical realism as “a genre of narrative fiction … that while encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, expresses a primarily realistic view of the world while also adding or revealing magical elements.” Or as I like to think of it, reality with a little something extra.

Currently, I find myself following young Vasya in the deep northern woods of Rus (a fantastic version of medieval Russia) in Kathrine Arden’s “The Bear and The Nightingale.” Vasya, much like the woods that surround her, is wild and mesmerizing. Not only do the people around her find her intriguing, the spirits that inhabit this untamed land also are captivated by her. The icy landscape cools and soothes my sweltering mind. The characters mirror the depth and richness of the land itself. I haven’t finished this lovely little novel, but I’m excited to see where it will end up.

If you’re interested in reading another magically real book I would recommend “The Tigers Wife,” by Tea Obreht. This novel is not only magical, it is really awesome. Give it a try. I would say it made my short list.

Lastly, I would suggest Alice Hoffman’s “Blackbird House.” Hoffman uses the house itself as the narrator to follow the lives of the many people and families who come to reside within its walls. Again, this is a must-read but I usually prefer my Hoffman in the fall.


New Youth titles

“Lady Liberty’s Holiday,” by Jen Arena; “Madeline Finn and the Library Dog,” by Lisa Papp; “Lucia Luchadora,” by Cynthia Garza; “Make Me the Best Baseball Player.” by Todd Kortemeier; “Sputnik’s Guide to the Earth,” by Frank Boyce; “Rain Reign,” by Ann Martin; “Chester and Gus,” by Cammie McGovern; “Fuzzy Mud,” by Louis Sachar; “War that Saved My Life,” by Kimberly Bradley; “Stormy Seas,” by Mary Beth Leatherdale; “Midnight at the Electric,” by Jodi Anderson; and “Rose Under Fire,” by Elisabeth Wein.


Friends of the Library

The FOL quarterly meeting is at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in the library upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


Summer Reading: “Build A Better World”

Sign up anytime during the summer at the library front desk to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Children and adult programming are available. Get involved and indulge your love of reading and life-long learning this summer at your Lewistown Public Library.


Story Time schedule

Friday Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. on a weekly basis through Aug. 4. A second story time is added this summer for babies and toddlers – 6-year-old kiddos on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Story Time meets downstairs on weekly basis for stories and a craft through Aug. 5.

Please note: Friday and Saturday story times will cover the same material and activities so feel free to attend either.


Book Station news

Gently used books will be on sale at the Book Station on Saturday, Aug. 5. The Friends of the Library Book Station is happily open for the Book Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Board of Directors

The Lewistown Public Library Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


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 Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage:, as well as our downloadable audio books, e-books, and Heritage Quest Online.


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