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Library Happenings – Book fairies continue to serve senior community

By Stephanie Eller

A staff member that started the delivery of books to the homebound and nursing home patrons found some newspaper articles and letters written to her saying how great this service is to the community.

It truly is a great feeling knowing we can serve those that cannot make it into the library and still bring them joy. She did a wonderful job during her time at the library, and the Library Senior Services Train program is still in operation today.

I absolutely love listening to the stories of patrons who have enjoyed reading certain types of books, or reading something they might not normally read and actually take delight in it. The friendships that are made through this program is one story that I hope will never end.

International Fairy Day

Today is International Fairy Day! The Children’s and Teen Services Coordinators have put together a fairy-themed, take-home craft for the kids. They will be making a fairy jar with glow sticks and glitter. They will include a more detailed list of instructions and materials in the bag for pick-up.

The talk of fairies has been around for centuries, mostly in countries located in Europe. Most people think of fairies as tiny creatures with iridescent wings, flittering around with a magic wand. History and folklore tell a different story. Some say that fairies are like ghosts, or spirits, to help guide you back on the right path.

During the 13th century, historian Gervase of Tilbury was the first to describe the oldest fairies on record in England. There have been some folks who come across what they think might be a fairy.

People will describe a small green man with pointed ears that will appear to guide you on a path when lost and disappear just as quick! So do you believe in fairies?

Fairy Tales for Adults

This year’s summer reading program is one of fairy tales. As we are not going to have a traditional program this year, I thought I would offer a few titles of adult fantasy and reimagined fairy tales for those brave enough to seek adventure.

The following are listed from newest to oldest: “Highfire” by Eoin Colfer; “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern; “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman; “The Book of Lost Things” by John Connolly; and “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire.

If you are ready for an adventure with dragons, sirens, and strange books that transport you into another realm, then these might be worth checking out. So grab that sword and shield, or in this case a book, and seek out that adventure you have always longed for.