2016-07-28 / Editorial

Enjoy archived books and more

By Bob Cochran

Summer’s the time to relax with a book on the beach. Nature has provided Old Orchard with plenty of great beach. Libby Library’s also here to provide you with that great read. Not only do we have a great collection of books to choose from in our lending library, we also have a wide selection of books, book sets and more available at inexpensive prices during our much awaited and highly anticipated annual book sale.

This year, the book sale will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. There’ll be a variety of tasty treats to choose from at the bake sale table. There’ll also be brand-new gift items, handmade goods and a granny’s attic. Of course, there’ll be books – plenty of books from fiction to cookbooks and books for kids, too. Among the items to offer this year may be some vintage book sets from the library’s archives. Be sure to stop by and help yourself to some beach reads. You’ll also be helping the library raise funds to expand technology offerings in our Children’s Room.

I mentioned that some book sets from library archives may be available for purchase at this year’s sale. This is the result on an ongoing project to inventory and catalog the many books, periodicals, pamphlets, brochures, photographs and other material donated over the years. Some of these items, many of which are of local and regional historical interest, date back to the 1800s. These items will be available for in-library review. The Archive Room project is expected to be complete and open to the public by late Spring 2017.

We’ve talked a fair bit about enjoying the sunny summer weather in these last few articles, but as always, that can be too much of a good thing. As part of the library’s continuing efforts to inform and educate the community, we’re joining with the Cancer Care Center of York County to present the Sun Safety Program 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. This 50-minute program, recognized nationally with the Commission on Cancer, is highly relevant to our community as sun-related melanoma levels in York County are significantly higher than the national average. As always, this program is free to the public but we would greatly appreciate it if people pre-registered by calling the library at 934-4351 or emailing director@ooblibrary.org.

While on the subject of summer programs, we’d like to remind you that our free summer lunch program continues to be available from 11:30 to noon through Aug. 12. There’s also two movies remaining in our Summer Family Film Festival. These family friendly films are shown on the first and third Friday of each month in our comfortable, air-conditioned community Room. Show times are 6 to 8 p.m. The remaining films are “Hugo,” which will be shown Aug. 5. On Aug. 19, the film will be “Pixels.” Don’t forget, we’ve got free popcorn too.

If you want to stay current with the goings on at the library during the time between these columns, you can always check out the website, ooblibrary.org. There’s also our highly active Facebook page or if you prefer Twitter, you can follow us at @ OOBLibrary. We’ll see you next month.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer with Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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