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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What's News @ Your Library This Week

Spring is just around the corner and your library is gearing up for a busy summer. But first, spring cleaning! You may have noticed that the wrought iron railings that accent the front of the library building are missing. Thanks to a generous donation in 2009 from the estate of Marian McCloskey (which also enabled us to clean the building’s fa├žade last summer) the railings will soon undergo restoration. Years of accumulated rust and grime will be sand blasted off the decorative ironwork, which will then be sealed, repainted and reinstalled. By the time Boscobel’s summer celebrations are getting underway, Boscobel’s historic library building should be all shined up and ready for the festivities. If you have an interest in the history, restoration or maintenance needs of our Claude and Starke designed Carnegie library, please stop by or call the library, we’d be happy to tell you more about our grand old building.

Helen Mears Awards
Students, parents, teachers and community friends enjoyed the 53rd annual Helen Mears Art Exhibition opening and awards ceremony at the library on March 5th. Award recipients in this year’s contest were:

7th Grade Sculptures:
• Honorable Mention: Brandon Wetter, Mysterious Pumpkin
• Third Place: Keeley Foley, Beeterfly
• Second Place: Shaedon Carlin, Vase of Flowers
• First Place: Nolan Robinson, She’s Back!

8th Grade Paintings and Drawings:
• Honorable Mention: Ashtyn Alice Miles, Coming from the Darkness
• Third Place: Kristin Chandler, A Million Voices Running Through My Head
• Second Place: Dillon Klahn, Air Jordan
• First Place: Alyssa Teynor, Black Horse (Wauzeka-Steuben School District)

GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club sponsors this annual contest and winning artwork will be eligible to participate in the GFWC state district contest, which takes place later this month. Congratulations to our student artists and thanks again to everyone who assisted in making this year’s contest a success.

Computer Basics II Course Offered
In conjunction with the Grant County Literacy program, Free Computer Basics II course will be offered at the library beginning Thursday, March 25th. Classes will take place in the lower level Club Room on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30. This class is for people who have spent a little time on the computer, know a few things, and would like to know more as well as have some time practicing the skills necessary to create letters, documents, newsletters, posters, and other projects of interest. There is no charge to attend this class and laptops will be provided for your use..Come and join us on March 25th , you can register then on site during the first day of the class. For more information, please call the literacy office at 375-5873 or contact library staff.

Book Review, This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

We’ve had some requests for more book reviews in this column, so we’ve invited a few of our library’s “frequent flyers” to share their thoughts about favorite recent reads. This week’s guest reviewer is Cynthia Smith.

Jonathan Tropper’s “This Is Where I Leave You” is all I need from a book- and more; pure pleasure. If you’ve never read his work, head for your library.

Tropper’s characters are lifelike. The gist of this book is about adult siblings who never get along but must when they’re called home at the death of their dad from cancer. They are to sit Shiva in the house where they grew up and comfort their mom ( a published author of child rearing books). Relatives and neighbors convene, and comforting widowers see a love interest in mom!

Wildly funny characters develop as the siblings return home. If you like this book, check out his others, three of which are opted for movies: “Everything Changes”; “How to Talk to a Widower”; “Plan B”; “The book of Joe”.

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