John Nalan

It is summertime at the library and, as the George Gershwin song says, the living is easy.

Summer has a special feel at our library. Sunlight streams brightly through the windows from the time we open until the time we close. Also, it is a different group of people that enjoy the sunlight. We still have about 500 people come in every day, just like we do in the winter months, but a number of them are the type of library users we only see in the summer.

For one thing, we see a lot of college students. A lot of them are seeking out our private rooms to prepare for a professional test or to study for a summer course. We also do a lot of test proctoring. People taking online courses often need a supervised place to take their exams. We offer test proctoring for college courses as a free service. Last week alone we proctored six exams.

We also have a lot of summer residents come to use the library while they are here. They are the people who live here in the summer, but also have a second home somewhere warmer the rest of the year. It can be a bit like greeting old friends when they return each year and as local property tax payers, they have access to the full range of library services. They usually are looking for the same thing full time residents are looking for. The families enjoy our summer reading program and children’s events and new book releases are popular with the adults. Our Wi-Fi and printers are also very popular because those things can be a luxury on the lake.

It seems that even the books people check out of the library change over the summer. When I look in our drive-up book return each morning, I see more books about backyard grilling and fewer travel books about the Bahamas. Motorcycle manuals certainly get more use than our cross-country skiing books this time of year.

Of course, I am looking forward to having our “winter visitors” back in a month or so. Seeing the students hopping off the school bus in the afternoon and pour into the library is a sight I miss in the summer. They usually need Wi-Fi to access their homework, so the library is an ideal spot for the after school crowd.

But I should not get ahead of myself. The living is still easy, so it must still be summertime.

Coming Up at your library:

July 22, Summer Book Time, 10 a.m. Join Tracy in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all sorts of other fun. Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.

July 22, Storybook Theater, 1:00 p.m. Come and learn how to develop a show and be ready to perform in the theater. Open to all kids age 6 and up. Space is limited, so please call to register.

July 23, Lego Club, 10:30 to 12:30. Are you a kid who likes to build? Join Dion for our next Lego Club. Lego Club is open to everybody, and creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs. Kids are welcome to drop in and build to their heart’s content in our meeting room.

July 23, Summer Independent Film Series, 7 p.m. Join us at The Reif Center for my favorite movie in this year’s film series. “I Am Not A Witch” is a 2017 British film set in Zambia. Beautifully photographed, this film is part fairy tale and part dark comedy. This is a remarkable story about a young woman’s journey to learn what it means for her to be truly free. The movie will be shown at the Reif Center’s Ives Theater.

July 26, Nature Shows: Beautiful Blossoms, 10:30 a.m. Learn about all the beautiful plants we might find in our backyards! First we’ll learn a little, then we’ll go exploring! Don’t miss this wonderful journey to find science in our own backyard! Open to all ages, space is limited, so please call to register.

July 27, Grandparents Day at the Library! We are honoring grandparents and children with free books at Saturday Story Time at 10:15 or 11:15, Join us in the Story Circle for books and songs. Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending Story Time.

August 2, 3, and 4, Annual Library Book Sale at the Central Square Mall. It is back and better than ever. All proceeds from this community tradition benefit our library. Bring book donations to the front desk at the library by August 1st.

Our next Yoga on the Lawn will be August 3 with Heidi Amouta at 9 a.m. Yoga is done on the lawn between the library and the Mississippi River or we move inside during bad weather.

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