Falling into September

As I write this it is beginning to feel like autumn with cool crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons. The summer flew by for us at the library. We had a fun adult summer reading program and once that was over Alana and I began to plan our fall book discussion series and programming.

I am happy to announce the fall book discussion series came from last spring’s Let’s Talk About It discussion series. One of the books read was The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Everyone loved the book and a few commented that they would like to read more about Native Americans. We listened and developed a book discussion series titled Native American Literature: Straddling Cultures. The series will consider three novels that tell of Native Americans crossing from their traditional cultures into the westernized world. Topics considered will be how and why Native Americans leave their land, how they are perceived once they are living away from the reservation, and if there are any consequences when they return home. To register and request a copy of the book please call the information desk at 743-5309 ext. 1.

 

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Thursday, September 28 6:30-8:00 pm Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Thursday, October 19 6:30 -8:00 pm The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Thursday, November 9 6:30-8:00 pm Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Fall flowers
fallmumsMy flower garden has gone by, though it wasn’t spectacular this year. I think it was the weather and some hungry deer that took the bloom off my flowering bushes. Anyway, my point is that it is September and mums will be arriving at local nurseries. I love having a burst of color around my house during autumn. I found a few tips to maintain my mums. Here is the link http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/all-about-mums/.
I found that mums, or chrysanthemums, originated in China and only royalty were allowed to grow the plant. Mums found their way to Japan where it has become the national flower. In fact since 910 A. D. the Japanese has held a National Chrysanthemum Day. The Japanese royal family uses the flower as its crest. You might have heard the term Chrysanthemum Throne when reading about the Japanese royal family. Now you know why.
I wanted to know more so I found the National Chrysanthemum Society, USA website (mums.org). It was a 17th century Swedish botanist name Karl Linnaeus named the flower using the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower).
Mums arrived in the United States during the colonial era. It has become the favorite fall flower for gardeners. Commercially the mum is widely grown and sold due to its dependability to bloom on schedule, variety of color, and the quality of blossoms. (mums.org)

Enjoy the beginning of fall in New England — Katherine

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