July 2018
Hazel taking the stage at Wildflower Pavilion. Photo credit is “photo courtesy of Glynnis Farmwald”

July 2018

A shout out to a wonderful member of our community, Patricia McGrane. Patricia couldn’t make it to the Taste of Lyons-Hazel Miller event due to being out of town, so she went ahead and bought tickets for two other couples who otherwise would not have been able to attend. According to her Lyons Happenings post she did it “in honor of my EXTREME love for live Blues music and public libraries.” Patricia hopes that “everyone has an amazing time at this event and that the library gets the needed $$$ for its growth!” Patricia, thank you for your generous humanity and we hope you have a great time in Italy. (Or, as Patricia puts it, “Eatily.”)

Welcome new Library volunteers Joan Treece and Danny Eaton (age 16); incoming Friends Board Members Bonnie DiSilva, Pam Browning, and Lisa Sobieniak; and new Foundation member Bill Palmer.

Welcome home intrepid Blister Sisters Sarah Catchpole and Erica Ellingson, who hiked the 100-mile English Coast-to-Coast Trail and raised $3975 through GoFundMe.com.

Congrats to Katherine Weadley, who celebrated her 3-year anniversary as our awesome Library Director in June, and to our part-time cataloger Karen Selden, who was elected to the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Demand for services continues to increase: In May we registered 12 new library cards (that makes 73 new year-to-date), checked out 3352 items, and hosted 151 All-Ages Storytime patrons. Our “Walk Under The Strawberry Moon” event was sold out with a waiting list.

The book or the movie? Books being filmed include “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”by Maria Semple, starring Cate Blanchett as the brilliant but complicated mother who disappears; “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan, about a New Yorker who goes to Singapore to visit her boyfriend’s family and gets quite a few surprises; “Boy Erased,” Garrard Conley’s memoir of undergoing conversion therapy as a child, starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe; and finally Philip Reeve’s sci-fi/fantasy “Mortal Engines,” boasting a screenplay by Lord of the Rings (LOTR) team Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh. Order these titles through the Library now so that you can decide for yourself which is better.