Library Happenings

By: 
Dani Buehler

A little joy for your day 

 

 

 

I love fall, reveling in the crisp air, the hint of pink noses and cheeks and watching Mother Nature gradually slip into her most beautiful oranges, reds and yellows. Oh fall, you are my very favorite.

But fall also seems like the most chaotic time in my life. The life’s pace – instead of mirroring Mother Nature’s slow-down – seems to push harder. We pack just as many activities into our ever-dwindling daylight hours. And, if you couldn’t guess it, I’m tired. I crave moments of peace and stillness.

For this very reason, a book called my name as it sat on our non-fiction bookshelves. “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the 14th Dali Lama, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams is exactly what my soul searched for.

Douglas Abrams was invited along to interview and observe the interactions between the Dali Lama and the Archbishop as they came together to celebrate the Dali Lama’s 80th birthday in Dharamsala. Each leader shared their experiences and philosophies surrounding joy, compassion, suffering, humor and more during their week together. You begin to see how profoundly joyous each man becomes as you read through this influential book. It’s just what the doctor ordered for my increasingly chaotic life. It reminds me to slow down and breathe. To take time to continue to grow in compassion and empathy, and to always remember the power of choosing hope.

In conclusion, a small nugget of goodness to ruminate upon from the “Book of Joy,” articulated by the Archbishop as he contemplated genuine hope. He shared, “(T)o choose hope is to step firmly forward into the howling wind, baring one’s chest to the elements, knowing that, in time, the storm will pass.” (pg. 122)

 

New Youth books

“Ship of the Dead” by Rick Riordan; “Little Blue Truck’s Halloween” by Alice Schertle; “Mouse’s First Fall” by Lauren Thompson; “Pumpkin Trouble” by Jan Thomas, “Abby in Wonderland” by Sarah Mlynowski; “Big Nate: What’s Little Noogie Between Friends” by Lincoln Peirce; “Nameless City” by Faith Erin Hicks; “Zita the Space Girl” by Ben Hatke; “Our Dark Duet” by Victoria Schwab; “Warcross” by Marie Lu; and “Enlightened College Applicant” by Andrew Belasco.

 

Friends of the Library

The quarterly Friends of the Library meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.

 

Story time

Story time for babies, toddlers and preschool kiddos is held weekly on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Saturday story time is this week on Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Please remember the Saturday story time is held on the last Saturday of each month.

 

Attention Patrons

In observance of Veteran’s Day, the library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

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. “Like” us on Facebook to keep current on our happenings. Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage, www.lewistownlibrary.org, as well as the Montana Memory Project and Montana Library2Go to access our downloadable audio books and eBooks.

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