2016-12-01 / Editorial

A clawful of cheer: Libby’s staff and mascot plan festive season

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By Bob Cochran

I was recently browsing the fiction stacks here at the Libby Library when I heard some raucous laughter emanating from the adult reading lounge. I went to investigate and found Libby Lobster, our new mascot, gleefully leafing through a book.

“What are you reading?” I asked.

“Jaws,” he replied

“That’s hardly a comedy.”

“It depends on your point of view.”

He put the book down and we chatted for a bit. I then asked him how he spent his Thanksgiving weekend. He regaled me with a highly unusual tale that began with his attempts to assist with some holiday decorating.

“I was having some trouble getting that waddle thing on a cardboard turkey to stay down, so I got a hammer and a tack. Not a smart thing to do when you don’t have thumbs.”

He knocked himself out and fell into a lobsterman’s duffle bag. Next thing he knew he was on a dock surrounded by several fellow crustaceans, all caught in traps. In a fit of anger Libby released all of them. The lobsterman was highly upset to see his entire catch wandering freely, and thought he recognized Libby amongst them. He inquired which one of them was Libby. In a scene reminiscent of “Spartacus,” one by one the lobsters came forward, each saying

“I am Libby.”

“I am Libby.”

“I am Libby.”

The lobsterman pursued the most logical course of action in the situation and headed for the nearest bar. In a scene reminiscent of “Shaun the Sheep” tales, the lobsters commandeered his truck and brought Libby home to the library. They then headed for the place in that Beyonce song that sounded like a lot of fun, Red Lobster. He never heard from them again.

After that harrowing adventure, he’s looking forward to a far more enjoyable holiday season this month. He’s especially looking forward to the children’s party that will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. When I asked him why, he replied:

“They have this really cool guy, Wayne from Maine, coming along with some awesomely great songs that the kids can listen to, and even join in on one of the instruments if they want. It’ll be a blast for everyone, even me. I just love human kids. They’re much easier than lobster kids. Try rocking 8,000 babies to sleep, and see how your arms hold up. There will also be yummy food, crafts and games.”

I next inquired if there were any activities on offer for the adult patrons. This was his response:

“Sure we love our kids, but you adults are no chopped tomalley to us, either. We have a two-day Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Both days will feature hot spiced cider, yummy treats and tunes; Friday also includes Christmas films all day long. Check the library website for titles and start times.”

Libby also reminded me that the library has nearly 100 holiday films available for all ages. They range from animated classics like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to film treasures like “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He then exclaimed “They’re all great even though there’s not a lobster in the lot of them.”

I saw that my time with Libby was about up, so I asked if he had any reminders to which he responded “Now that Winter’s here, it’s important that patrons know they can find out if the library is closed due to dangerous weather conditions by checking the Library’s website, Facebook page or Twitter feed. Those without Internet access can find out about storm closings on Channel 6 or 13. We want our patrons to remain warm and safe this Winter and in bad weather, remember to check before you head out!”

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

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