May: A Busy Month

In the month of May the days get warmer and the staff at the library gets busier in anticipation of spring programs and the return of summer patrons.

Adopt a BookNew children books arrived with hopes of being adopted by someone. The library celebrates Children’s Book Week, May 1-7 , throughout the month with books that the public can “adopt.” The books are on display across from the circulation desk. All you have to do it pick out a favorite or one that has special meaning and adopt it by purchasing it (check with circulation staff for full details on how to purchase a book). Then a bookplate is made with your name or in memory, or honor of someone. You can be the first to check it out, after that the book lives at the library for children to checkout and read. This is fun and in the past I have adopted a few books.

On Thursday, May 18 at 6:30pm the library will be hosting a program in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of American involvement in WWI. USM Professor Elizabeth Bischof will give a presentation on WWI Maine memorials. This is open and free to the public.

Right now reference staff is planning the adult summer reading program. Alana and I cat reading bookare reading books in hopes of choosing just the right ones to make an interesting and fun summer book discussion series. I cannot give away the theme, but I can give you a clue: bees. Be on the lookout in early June for titles, dates, and more.



I am hopeful that the weather will warm up and I can start planting my garden. It isn’t yellow tom 2the traditional big garden, but two small containers on wheels. It works perfect on my deck. I will plant yellow cherry tomatoes again as last year I had plenty. They are flavorful and look pretty in a salad. I will try peppers though last year they didn’t fare well. I need to check on how to raise peppers and great resource is the UMaine’s Cooperative Extension. To access the link to the YouTube videos visit the library’s web site at and scroll to the bottom of the page.


cilantro _signI also want to try cilantro in my garden. This herb is a favorite of mine. In addition I will plant basil and thyme. It is fun to step outside on my deck and have fresh herbs to include in my cooking.


Do you plant a garden and if so what do you plant? Do you start from seeds or buy plants (my way as I do not have a green thumb).