Autumn is, by far, my favorite season in Maine. The weather is perfect, the leaves are beautiful, and most of the bugs go away. It makes me want to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea, or go for a hike to appreciate the colorful foliage. I hope you all have had some time to get outside and appreciate the experience of fall in Maine!
Here at the library we’re preparing for spooky season by decorating the lobby and putting up some displays of scary books. October is one of my favorite months of the year, and Halloween is such a fun holiday. I hope you’re all looking forward to Farmington Fright Nights as much as I am! This is also the best time to pick up that horror book you’ve been thinking about reading--I feel like every Mainer has to read at least one Stephen King book at some point in their lives!
We’ve also added another weekly program to our roster, Writing Wednesdays. This is meant to be a fun writing group where people can get together to share their work and get feedback on it. So now we have something for everyone three days in a row: Tech Tuesdays, Writing Wednesdays, and Knitting & Crocheting on Thursdays. Come check out these events, we’d love to see you!
You may have noticed some work getting done on our old front entryway steps a few weeks ago. A few years back water leaked into the Children’s Room from these steps, causing some damage to the ceiling. We recently received a grant from the Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund that allowed us to get the steps resealed so we no longer have to worry about water coming into the building. We are very grateful to Belvedere that we were able to complete this part of the project with their help. The next part of the process will be to have the sheetrock in the Children’s Room replaced, which we are working towards.
And now, it’s time for me to talk about what good books I’ve been reading lately. Now that I’m back in grad school (last semester!) I have much less time to read for fun, but I still make a point to read something enjoyable. Graphic novels are an excellent medium when you don’t have a ton of time but still want to enjoy a good story. I highly recommend the Monstress series by Marjorie Liu. It’s a fascinating story and the artwork is just breathtaking. If you think graphic novels are just for kids, you’re wrong! For audio, I’m still on a Brandon Sanderson kick. I’ve finished all of the Mistborn series and have moved onto another of his series, the Stormlight Archive, which starts with The Way of Kings. The audiobook is read by the same narrator as the Mistborn series, and I just can’t get enough of him. I’d highly recommend it if you’re into fantasy, we have the print books and the audiobooks are available through the Cloud Library.
If you’re interested in what other staff are reading or want to see other fun things happening in the library, follow us on Instagram @farmingtonlibrarymaine. Enjoy the rest of your October!