As I mentioned in my last column, we’ve been celebrating Love Your Library month and the responses have warmed our hearts during these cold, snowy, windy days. Patrons of all ages have participated, sharing thoughts about why they love their library, such as: “my audiobook nerd needs are always met,” “my salary doesn’t support my reading habits,” “thair are allot of games!” and “it has a good childrens place!!!!!!!!!!!” We love and share the enthusiasm for reading, programs, games, and yes, as one young patron said, "great trucks."
In March we have several events on the calendar to keep that enthusiasm and warmth going. On Wednesday, March 13 author Matthew Dickerson will share some of his experiences, photos, and videos from his times at Glacier, Katmai, Lake Clark, and Acadia National Parks, as documented in his newest book "The Voices of Rivers.” An avid fly fisherman, Matthew served as the artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park in 2017 and Lake Clark National Park in 2018.
For Cookbook Club we’ll celebrate sugaring season by cooking recipes from Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Using Pure Maple Syrup by Katie Webster. We even received a donation of Warren-made maple syrup if you need any for your recipe! Cookbook Club is meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 6pm. Please stop by the library to peruse the book, decide on a recipe, and sign up. Limited to 12.
I’m thrilled to announce that the Warren Arts Commission has generously sponsored another Family Contradance. The dance will be on Saturday, March 23 from 6-9pm and features the band Red Dog Riley with Don Stratton, caller. As anyone who attended the dance in January can tell you, it is a ton of fun for all ages and will definitely warm you up!
New on the bookshelves this week:
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. A twist on the traditional Cold War spy novel that centers around a young, black, female intelligence officer in the FBI and her work in Burkina Faso - not the usual Eastern Bloc scenario one expects! A warning to readers who prefer linear timelines, this jumps back and forth throughout the 1960’s-1990’s.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper. A man is found dead in the Australian Outback and his hermit-like brother sets out to find out how he ended up there. Highly praised for its beautiful and evocative descriptions of the landscape and setting.
All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey by Betsy Mason and Greg Miller. Maps have been used throughout history to communicate data visually. From a 2013 North Dakota fracking map to a 1927 map showing Chicago’s gangs, this large-format book contains maps that cover science, history, economics, and much more (e.g. hand-painted ski trail maps and Death Star plans). It would be hard not to find at least one map in this book that didn’t draw you in and want to read more.