Sunday, Aug. 19 was a glorious day and the Maiolatesi Winery was filled with the sounds of laughter, animated conversations and pleasant background music. No matter what your taste in wine, you could find a sample to test. In addition, the hors d'oeuvres were delicious and we are grateful to all the local businesses who donated such a wonderful variety of goodies. Our library board members were delighted with the support from so many patrons at its second wine tasting event and thank all of you who supported this fund raiser.
Fundraisers help to keep our library doors open and make it possible for our library to offer the community more than a place where one can borrow books, movies, tapes, cds , magazines and newspapers. And the fall calendar certainly gives testimony to this fact. In fact, you'd better grab a pen and your calendar as there are plenty of events you'll want to remember.
First, there are some new programs for children. Don't worry; Kreative Kids ( for 3-6th graders) will continue on Monday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. But there's a new twist to these meetings. On the first Monday of each month, from 4-5 p.m., 3-6 grade girls and adults ( their moms, dad, or any adult who'd like to share ideas with these youngsters) will have a book discussion group. Celeste Cali and Janet Geeza will help with the selection of the book for each month. For the Oct. 1 selection, check the library web site or call Janet Geeza (563-2014) after Sept. 5. Then, make sure you get to the library on Monday, Oct. 1 to get this group off to an exciting start. I'm really looking forward to this meeting and an opportunity to participate with these young readers again. And on the last Monday of each month, there will be a LEGO club for 3-6th graders. You Lego lovers, here's a chance to create some fantastic building, city, animal, or whatever your imagination leads you to with other 3-6 th graders. The first meeting of the Lego club is set for Monday, Sept. 24 from 4-5 p.m.
Of course, preschoolers (ages 3-5) can still look forward to their Tuesday story hours. Janet Geeza always leads a most creative hour which features, stories, songs, finger plays, and poems. The fall story hour will start on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. and will continue at the same time on Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and Nov. 13, 20 and 27.
The favorite adult programs of Mah Jong ( Mondays at 10:15), bridge ( Tuesdays at 10:15) continue and both groups are always delighted when newcomers join them. Conscious Conversation will provide those attending a chance to try something new on the first Tuesday of each month – memoir writing. These meetings will give you the time to tell your own stories – from your unique perspective. This is a totally non-judgmental writing opportunity that will provide you with the chance to write about life events that you found rewarding, fun, exciting, sad, or even situations that made you angry. Mary Hart will facilitate the group and we'll meet from 4-5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The other Tuesdays in each month, from 4-5 p.m., Conscious Conversation will continue to meet.
The first Saturday Spotlight of the fall will meet on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. "Hamlet's Dresser" by Bob Smith, a memoir which is both sad and tender, and which Frank McCourt has called "a masterpiece" will be the focus of the discussion. For October's book ( Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m), we will participate in Scranton's annual "community reads program" as we discuss "Bless Me, Ultima" by Rudolfo Anaya. ( Copies of the book are available at our library. Call 563-2014 to request a copy.) "Bless Me, Ultima" is a wonderful coming of age story where young Antionio Marez, the protagonist, confronts the dilemmas that his family, his faith and his culture pose for him. You might also want to attend another program focused on this book . Pages and Place Cafe will present Dr. Agnes Cardoni, Assistant Professor of English at Marywood University who will speak about the role the curandera (the healer) in this book. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Sept.27 at the Platform Lounge at the Radisson at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome.
By now, you must have "writer's cramp," but I hope you will find all these programs worth noting and that you'll make plans to attend many of them.
Mary Keenan Hart is chairperson of the Friends of the Dalton Community Library. Reach her or the library staff with questions at 570.563.2014 or visit www.lclshome.org/dalton.