Happy summer! I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather (and not getting eaten alive by bugs). I certainly am having a good time, I’ve been spending the majority of my weekends out hiking mountains. It’s been very rewarding!
We’ve been busy here at the library lately. As many of you already know, we’ve returned to our regular hours and are no longer requiring appointments in the library. It has been nice to start slowly getting back to normal. We just held a summer book sale last weekend. If you weren’t able to make it we’ll be having a couple more, one in July and one in August, so come on by and check those out! Our summer reading program has also started up. Summer reading is a great way to encourage children to read while they’re not in school, and there are lots of opportunities to win prizes. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and start reading!
We have a few other exciting library events coming up later this summer. On the evening of July 17th we’re planning a fun night we’re calling the Maine Event--expect Maine style drinks and snacks, music, and a silent auction and raffle for some Stanley Keirstead paintings that have been donated to the library. The library will also be starting up some programs that are a sort of hybrid between virtual and in-person events. These programs will be conducted at the library but will use laptops and virtual platforms, with the goal of getting people more familiar and comfortable with technology. We’re able to do this thanks to a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. Be sure to keep your eye out for more information about these upcoming events!
On a more personal note, I’ve finally finished the spring semester of grad school and am enjoying being able to relax a little bit! I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading now that I have a bit more free time. I’m currently working on Hiking Maine’s 4,000 Footers by Doug Dunlap. One of my goals is to hike all of Maine’s 4,000 foot mountains, so this has been a great resource! For fiction, I just finished The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall, which was an incredibly interesting read. For my audiobook I just got done with the second book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (the reader does a wonderful job).
What have you all been reading? Feel free to stop by and talk to me about whatever you’ve read lately! I hope to see you all back in the library this summer now that we’re more open again!