2016-12-22 / Editorial

A feast of films, food and fun

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By Bob Cochran

It was a bitterly cold evening last week, so I decided to avail myself of the cozy fireplace over at Libby Library. Once there, I was greeted by Libby Lobster, who was already curled up by the fireplace reading a book about Christmas. I asked him how lobsters celebrate Christmas. “Christmas! Who has the time? I’m still working on Easter. You try hiding 70,000 eggs,” was his response.

He did admit he was curious about Christmas, as this was the first time he’d be celebrating the holiday amongst humans. He was especially looking forward to the library’s two-day open house. The first will be held noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, and if you can’t drop by then, you’ll have another chance from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. There’ll be holiday tunes, yummy treats and delicious hot cider, along with all of the wonderful things the library offers every day of the year. When I asked Libby if he was bringing anything along to these celebrations he replied, “I offered to bring along my patented bottom feeder’s buffet, but was voted down. I don’t know why. Who could possibly resist a barnacle canape?”

While he was talking, he also scrolled down his Facebook feed, then proudly showed me a photo of him taken during his recent visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston. I then inquired as to how he enjoyed his trip.

“It was great. I got to visit with my Great Uncle Luigi, who had an illustrious career in film before he retired to the aquarium.”

It turns out that Luigi played an important part in the filming of “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

“That guy in the rubber suit could never come up with any convincing monster sounds. Then one day, Luigi tried to warm himself by crawling into the suit. The guy then put on the suit, not knowing Luigi was in there. Luigi expressed his displeasure with a few pinches to the nether regions, and an illustrious film career was born.”

While on the subject of film, Libby reminded me that the library would be showing holiday movies during the open house on Dec. 23. A list of the highly enjoyable cinematic treats, and their start times, is available on the library website, ooblibrary.org.

I asked Libby if there was anything he’s looking forward to in the rapidly approaching New Year. He responded without hesitation that he was looking forward to a new four-session program called Active Parenting, which begins the third Tuesday in January and continues every third Tuesday of the month through April.

“I think with 800 kids I’d qualify as an active parent.”

Read our next column for details on the program. In addition, our highly informative Medicare Minutes Program will resume in January.

Libby gasped and then added, “Oh, I almost forgot to mention that our book club will meet again on the first Wednesday in January. It’s a great time, even though they don’t seem to read much featuring lobsters. I suggested some great books like, ‘A Mandible for All Seasons’ and ‘The Prince of Bisque,’ to no avail! You can check our website or Facebook page for the books being discussed.”

I would also like to add that we have a three-part series of monthly local author talks starting in February. I’ll have more detail to relate on these talks in the next article.

In closing, Libby and library staff suggest that, in the event of inclement weather, you should check their website, Facebook page or Twitter feed to see that the library is open. We want to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff and, as amazing as the library is, in bad weather, it is not worth the risk of frostbite, a fall or a slide off the road. Additionally, library storm closings, along with all local closings, will be broadcast on Channels 6 and 13 as well as local access Channel 3. Stay warm and safe and remember, during the chilly Maine winter, the library is a warm place to spend some time (and hang out with our friendly neighborhood lobster).

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

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