June 2015: Library Newsletter by Vi Lovejoy

The Friends of the Library and the library itself wishes to thank the community for all your support during the Azalea Festival book sale. Thank you also to the many volunteers who helped set up and sort books for the sale, and those who helped during the sale. Thank you to everyone who purchased books during the sale. Proceeds from the Friends book sale support our adult programs and our many children’s activities throughout the year.

For those in our community who know about and are interested in the plight of the endangered Monarch butterfly population, here is some news for you. On Saturday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. we will have a special presentation, “Milkweed & Monarchs: Let’s bring Monarch Butterflies back to Southern Oregon.” Presenter Tom Landis will begin with a discussion of the basic biology of monarch butterflies and the extent and causes of their recent decline. He will talk about what folks can do to create pollinator habitat and monarch waystations. Monarch waystations are specialized pollinator gardens that create a “milkweed railroad” along their migration routes. Attendees will learn to grow native milkweed species, which are the only food for monarch caterpillars.

Tom Landis is a forester who retired after thirty years of working as a nursery specialist for the U.S. Forest Service. With the change from commercial forestry to ecosystem management, Tom became more interested in propagating all types of native plants for restoration purposes. On moving to the Rogue Valley, he saw just a few monarch butterflies each year and assumed they weren’t that common.  When he found out that western monarch populations had crashed, he decided to use his nursery training to propagate milkweed and other nectar plants to bring monarchs back to the Rogue Valley.

This is a free program and all are welcome who are interested in this type of restoration of wildlife.

The Gardening & Community series continues on Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m. with “The Buzz on Bees” with Russ Rose and on Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. “Container Gardening” with Cliff Bennett of Chet’s Garden Center.

Here is news from the children’s librarian, Linda Mulvany. Story Time resumes on June 3 – Wednesdays at 10:30AM. Come join the fun. Stories for the month: June 3 – Turtles, June 10 – Dream Worlds, June 17 – Dads, June 24 – Barnyard Antics.

After school arts and crafts is finished for the year. This program will resume in September.

Summer Reading Program activities at the library run June 22 – August 6. There will be a weekly drop-off program with activities for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. There will be two afternoon workshops for teens. There are reading challenges for teens and preschool children to earn prizes with their summer reading.

Registration is required for the elementary program and the teen workshops. For more information, check our Facebook page and our website (chetcolibrary.org) or stop by the library to pick up flyers and registration forms.

We have a special summer event on June 26 at 1:00PM for families and other interested folks. International Reptile Rescue will be presenting a Safari Adventure Program with live reptiles.

Some new books recently added to the fiction collection are:

Beach Town, by Mary Kay Andrews.  Complications arise when a Hollywood location scout tries to arrange a shoot in a Florida Gulf Coast town.

The Forgotten Room, by Lincoln Child.  Probing a death, the “enigmatologist” Jeremy Logan discovers a hidden room at the Newport estate where a dangerous experiment took place.

Dry Bones, by Craig Johnson.  Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates the death of a Cheyenne rancher on whose property a valuable dinosaur skeleton was found.

God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison.  Her mother’s rejection shapes the life of a dark-skinned woman who is successful in business but personally unhappy.

The Bone Tree, by Greg Iles.  In the second book of a trilogy, following Natchez Burning, the prosecutor Penn Cage comes up against the K.K.K.

New non-fiction books among those added to the collection are:

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough.  The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies, by David Fisher.  Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

Dead Wake, by Erik Larson.  The last voyage of the Lusitania, the passenger liner sunk by a German-made torpedo in 1915; by the author of The Devil in the White City.

It’s a Long Story, by Willie Nelson and David Ritz.  The country music star discusses his life’s journey, from selling encyclopedias to professional fame.

The Quartet, by Joseph J. Ellis.  How Washington, Hamilton, Jay and Madison created the Constitution.

Four artists present the June art show in the large meeting room titled “Del Norte Four – Artwork.”  They are Cathy Dean, Linda Elmore, Pauline Holmes and Arlene Krogstad.

The display case in the Lobby has a great array of kites and information about the upcoming Kite Show July 17 – 19, 2015.

A little advance notice that the library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  It will reopen at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 6.

June 2, 2015

Vi Lovejoy