Summer Reading Is Near

Although the temperatures have been deceiving, the trees and flowers are showing us that summer is nearly here.  With its arrival comes many opportunities from the library to stay engaged reading, learning and being part of the community.

One of the MRV Libraries’ main attractions is the summer reading program. With a theme of “A Universe of Stories” we have put together an exciting lineup of programs for all ages to explore Outer Space and all it contains. We blast off to summer learning on Saturday, June 29th at 10:30am at the Moretown Town Hall and welcome back the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum for “Alien Earth”. With the help of live animals, hands on artifacts and fossils this engaging presentation will take a look at the changing history of life on this planet like the time when oxygen almost killed everything and the age of cockroaches. Dinoman joins us at the Warren Library on Saturday, July 6th at 10:30am for an interplanetary outer space expedition with dinosaurs, meteors, comets, liquid nitrogen and a goldfish. And The Caterpillar Lab from Keene, NH will share part of the universe of insects when they bring a variety of New England species to American Flatbread on Saturday, July 13th from 3:30-6:30pm. Along with these Department of Libraries grant funded events, other programs include a Star Wars Trivia night, the Myth in our Stars, ponding at Blueberry Lake, a solar system walk on the Mad River Path and landing everything with a make-believe rocketship building event. Details on all of our programs as well as summer reading logs are available at the libraries and on our websites soon.

As we anxiously await the bounty of summer, we have one more spring program to offer to the community. CBD 101 with clinical herbalist Stephanie Boucher is an afternoon exploration of the hows and whys of CBD, which will include learning about how the remedies are created, how to source (or make) quality CBD products, how they work in the body, and for what ailments and conditions it can be useful. If you have been wondering about the differences between THC and CBD, or marijuana and hemp and whether it might be a good option for you or your loved ones join us at the Moretown Town Hall on Sunday, June 9th at 1:30pm.

And of course, once the busyness of Spring winds down the warmer months can be a great time to read down by the river or at the beach. New to our collection, and appropriate to read next to the ocean, is “Eat LIke a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer” by Bren Smith.  As the title suggests, this former commercial fisher shares his journey into the world of sea-based agriculture and his pioneering efforts developing vertical kelp/shellfish farming. Part memoir and part how-to, the book also includes recipes from acclaimed chefs and shows that getting more ocean vegetables onto our plates is good for both people and the planet. For something more sentimental and humorous, Dave Barry’s newest “Lessons from Lucy” shares life lessons on joy from his best old dog. We hope to see you at the library soon!