Bike across America talk and Summer Reading Program signup
Join us for a special talk by Steve Garufi called “Bike across America – Stories from the Road” this Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m.  Steve has ridden his bike across the country three times.  He will tell stories of his travels, show route maps and photos, answer questions and autograph copies of his book “Under a Triumphant Sky: A Bike Across America.”  No registration required.

Registration is now open online or at the library for this year’s free Summer Reading Program, which takes place June 6-July 29.  Summer Reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Detailed schedules are available at your library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Lifelong Learning tonight
This evening (Thursday, May 19) at 5 p.m. marks the last of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series.  Jean Strahlendorf will speak on “Mind from Matter: How Real Is Your Reality?”  She will discuss our brains, which house the cellular machinery required to think, communicate, conceptualize, dream and create – the essence of who we are.  The lecture is free and no registration is necessary.

Teen advisory board today
This afternoon (Thursday, May 19) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free all-ages board games tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, May 20) is an all-ages board games session from 2-3:15 p.m.  Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with family and friends.

Free book club for tweens
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Join us next Wednesday, May 25 from 4-5 p.m. when we’ll discuss “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman.

Free DIY session for adults
This month’s free DIY project takes place Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m. when we will make fortune cookies.  In the past these fun DIY sessions have included making your own cheese, sushi, centerpiece, tea wreath, candles, mustard and mayo, household cleaners, coke pops, jewelry, shampoo and screen-printing a t-shirt.  No registration required.

Free Spanish classes
A six-week Spanish language class taught by Jean Broderick starts next Thursday, May 26 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-4:45 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

“Seven Years in Tibet” stars Brad Pitt.  “The Hours” stars Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.  “A Walk in the Woods” stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.  “The Lady in the Van” stars Maggie Smith.  “Concussion” stars Will Smith.  “Ghost” stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoppi Goldberg.  “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” is based on the book.  “My Sister’s Keeper” stars Alec Baldwin.  “Eat Pray Love” stars Julia Roberts.  “The Jungle Book” and Cinderella” are Disney films.

Memoirs and biographies
“Under a Triumphant Sky” by Steve Garufi documents a man’s solo bike ride across America.  “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt describes the life, love and losses of a famous mother and son.  “I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself” by Jen Kirkman is a humorous look at a life in progress.  “Trespassing across America” by Ken Ugunas tells of his hike along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  “The Mathews Men” by William Geroux describes U.S. Merchant Marine heroes fighting the U-boat war in World War II.

Other nonfiction
“Heart of a Lion” by William Stolzenburg documents a wild mountain lion’s 2,000-mile journey across America.  “Far & Away” by Andrew Solomon is a collection of essays about places around the world undergoing dramatic change.  “Pit Bull” by Bronwen Dickey explores how this breed became misunderstood and feared.  “American Pharoah” by Joe Drape shows how a brilliant racehorse became a legend.

“Alice & Oliver” by Charles Bock tells of a young family’s journey through a medical crisis.  “Night Shift” by Charlaine Harris is a Midnight, Texas vampire novel.  “The Versions of Us” by Laura Barnett imagines three versions of a love story.  “The Apartment” by Danielle Steel follows the lives of four young women.  “Children of Earth and Sky” by Guy Gavriel Kay is set in Renaissance Europe.

Large print
“Everyone Brave is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave is set in World War II London.  “The Railwayman’s Wife” by Ashley Hay is set in 1948 Australia.  “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick starts with the discovery of a gold charm bracelet.  “Hide Away” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “Redemption Road” by John Hart is a thriller.  “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker thriller.

Story CDs
“’Til Death Do Us Part” by Amanda Quick is a Victorian London mystery.  “Family Jewels” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Most Wanted” by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery.    “Hide Away” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery. “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “Journey to Munich” by Jacqueline Winspear is a Maisie Dobbs spy story.  “Darkness” by Karen Robards is a mystery set in Alaska.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Kim Collins, Dana Dellmore, Sara Wilson and, of course, our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
Six best medicines in the world:  1. Sunlight  2. Rest  3. Exercise  4. Diet  5. Self confidence and 6. Friends – Anonymous

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