The book group for grown-ups is back! Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 7th at 6:00 pm at the library. We will be reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. If you would like to order a copy, you can give us a call or request online. Everyone is welcome!
WHAT’S NEW IN SEPTEMBER
Our prize this month is Ocean Prey by John Sandford. This 2021 novel mixes the long-running Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series. When three members of the Coast Guard are murdered, it will take all the skills of these two investigators to find justice.
Pre-school Storytime: Friday at 10:30
Beginning September 10th, storytimes will be held in the large meeting room. They are a great opportunity for pre-readers to enjoy a story or two, share songs or finger plays, do cool crafts and develop those pre-literacy skills. Not to mention a place for parents to relax and meet.
We’re back online recommending books for all ages and interests. We will post a new video to our Facebook and YouTube pages the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you have a few related books to recommend, we welcome guest stars!
It’s time to get the gang back together! We are currently selecting a day and time for our book group for grown-ups, so if you’re interested, please let us know when would work for you. We pick our next book as a group and tend to read widely, so get ready for a fun adventure.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MEA drop-in crafts coming October 21-22
Halloween party coming October 29, 4-6 pm
A mad scientist lab, games, crafts, treats and more. Fun for the whole family!
Food for Fines coming October 29-November 6
Donate any unexpired food item(s) to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library per card.
We are accepting donations of good-quality recent books now. We need volunteers to plan, sort and to assist on the sale day. If you can do any of these, please talk to us.
Escape room coming this fall
Teens and adults will need to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy!
Happy Earth Day! We are celebrating by sharing everything you need to grow a plant: a little biodegrable pot, some potting soil and a couple of seeds for either green beans or sunflowers.
Plant kits are free to anyone of any age while supplies last. We will also be offering a fabulous prize to whoever grows the most magnificent plant, so be sure to share a picture with us when your plant is flourishing!
This is it! Vote by Halloween to determine once and for all what is Lonsdale’s favorite candy. Vote here.
We’re down to the top four, all chocolate candy bars. It’s clear what the people like! Vote here.
In busy voting week one, all of the high seeds came through. The biggest blowout was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over candy corn 58 to 9. The closest contest was Tootsie Rolls edging out Jolly Ranchers 33 to 24. The top eight remain for you to choose from. Vote for your favorites here.
If this were a regular year, Oktoberfest would be finishing up soon in Munich and other cities around the globe that have chosen to adopt the festival for themselves. Sadly, in this unusual year, those parties have been cancelled. But you can enjoy some of the fun yourselves at home!
A good Oktoberfest must have authentic German food. You might want to try one of these yummy-sounding recipes. What’s your favorite?
There are many classic German beers to enjoy with your Oktoberfest. Or if you want to mix it up, we’ve had a blossoming of local breweries in recent years. Maybe now is a good time to check some out. (Note the limitations of each establishment in the COVID era.)
Turn on some traditional German music to make your home festival complete.
If you’ve been following us on Facebook or YouTube, hopefully you have seen that we are producing book chats of recommendations for what to read next. All of the videos are available on this playlist on our YouTube channel. New episodes are posted every Wednesday at 3:00 pm. What kind of books do we discuss? You name it, we will probably get around to it. If you have suggestions, let us know. The schedule so far is:
8/19: psychological thrillers
8/26: read alouds for the whole family
9/9: hot dish cookbooks
9/16: early chapter books
9/23: overcoming adversity memoirs
9/30: favorite elderly protagonists
Fun for kids
We’ve got some new activities in our window. You can do them without coming into the library. Just follow the arrows!
Jazz up your walk with this Lonsdale scavenger hunt. You can pick up a physical copy in the library if you prefer.
Fun for grown-ups
Your library staff loves recommending books. We do it in person when we can, but since we’re seeing fewer of you and spending less time together when we do, we’ve decided to go digital. We will take a few minutes to share a few titles that we love and why we recommend them. The videos will be available on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. Up first, Marguerite talks psychological thrillers.
Because we can’t travel abroad, check out Get Your Guide for virtual tours and experiences. There’s never been a better time to be an armchair traveler.
Did you know there’s a drive-in theater just up the road in Elko New Market? Check out the details on their website.
Take the kids camping in your backyard. Make s’mores, tell ghost stories, listen to the birds. You can even break out some scouting-style crafts like whittling, making lanyards, or making leaf rubbings. (Of course, not all activities are suitable for all ages.)
Want more ideas? The Mayo Clinic has a list of safe outdoor activities.