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Good reads @ JCPL

Twenty years is a long time, but the older I get the faster time goes. Time flies; that is the phrase used when we can’t fathom how quickly the days have passed. For example, I remember when the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling was introduced, and became such a hot item that the reserve list was as long as my arm. Well, I’m short, but the list was really LONG.



 

Photo of smiling girl reading book on grass

We waited and waited; sometimes patiently, sometimes not so much. All that waiting has paid off, however, because summer is finally here!

The month of June is just the beginning, and then it will be July 4th and then the month of August, which heralds the end of all we waited for.



 

Photo of a painted wall sign with clothespins for lost socks.

The month of April honors the poet in all of us, and so we celebrate with National Poetry Month all month long.

The month of May has many holidays and specially designated days to its credit, not the least of which is ‘National Lost Sock Day Memorial Day’ on May 9th.



 

Libraries Leas National Library Week 2018 logo, a colorful compass

Libraries Lead; that is the theme for this year’s National Library Week, celebrated April 8-14.



 

Hamster giving two thumbs up

It’s March, and there is so much to celebrate! As Dr. Seuss, one of my most favorite of authors would say, “You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”



 

wallet with money clip and a JCPL library card on top

What’s in YOUR wallet? This is a question asked by a popular celebrity on a current TV commercial advertisement. In our house the question happens to have more to do with what’s in your pocket than what’s in your wallet.



 

Drawing of the Ice King from Adventure Time reading a book titled Fiona + Cake.

When ‘ugh…’ is the best word that you can come up with to describe your feelings about a situation, you know it’s not good. I am referring to Old Man Winter, of course, which could be described with these words: rain, sleet, snow, blow, repeat, all with temperatures that could freeze an Alaskan.



 

Christmas is for kids. Making lists of their heart’s desires and dreaming of all the presents under the tree consumes them in the month of December. For adults, I believe it’s all about the food. Great meals and sweet treats; that’s what the month of December is about for adults, and it turns out that for once, I am right!



 

Morpheus from the Matrix What if I told you meme

Sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. We’ve heard the term ‘fake news’ frequently of late, which leads us to believe the catch phrase, “Believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear.”



 

Photo of skiers on slope, all wearing shorts with no shirts or belly shirts.

Alas, the weather is turning colder; that means it’s time to break out the long sleeved shirts & sweaters, blue jeans and wear real shoes, not flip flops.



 

Photo of cat sleeping on books.

Dog tired; I think I’ve wondered about this aloud in one of my articles before, and I still wonder how this phrase came to be, when my own dogs seem to be the exception to this idiom.



 

Photo of a carved jack-o-lantern wearing a santa hat.

It’s September, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; everywhere I go.

Mixed in with the scary Halloween costumes and decorations are glistening lights, colorful garlands and even decorated Christmas trees.



 

Photo of two girls watching eclipse through solar glasses with awed expressions

Meteorologist, Tom Skilling, was moved to tears by the awesomeness of the solar eclipse of 2017. It WAS awesome, so bright and beautiful at its peak, with the earth covered in darkness for a few minutes, right in the middle of the day.



 

cartoon of a cricket with a book

“Our menu options have changed;” the automated message is one that is a familiar sound when we make a phone call. Reading a Reuters article about ‘new’ items on the menu in Brussels, I realize that some changes are not always for the better.



 

Available by appointment only; we’re accustomed to hearing this phrase, whether it is to see the dentist, the doctor, get our hair or taxes done, or take care of some other important business of the day. We wrestle with what time is best, morning or afternoon, today, tomorrow, next week or next year.  “What works best?” the receptionist might ask.