2017-03-16 / Editorial

Books, bots and spies abound

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By Bob Cochran

On my most recent visit to Libby Library, I was greeted by the sight of our mascot, Libby Lobster, being chased through the stacks by a roaring Sphero robot ball. I picked the ball up and returned it to the Children’s Room. I then asked Libby about the cause of his latest misadventure.

“I was just in the nonfiction section, innocently misfiling the lobster recipe books, when that ball appeared out of nowhere and began chasing me all over the place!”

I next inquired what the Sphero robot ball was there for, and was informed by Libby that part of the library’s next STEAMY Saturday event centered around some fascinating and fun new tech toys. It’s scheduled for Saturday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Some of the other great toys include snap circuits and dot and dash. There’ll even be robot kit, too.

Libby then added, “You’ve got to be careful with some of those tech toys. I was messing around with one of those snap circuits, and went back in time.”

“Back in time?”

“Indeed! I found myself in St. Petersburg, Russia in March 1917. I was in the kitchen of the renowned local chef Yvgeny Yimmelstov. While there, I thought I’d help out a few fellow crustaceans by replacing the paprika in his famous lobster dish with foot powder.”

“I underestimated the reaction a bit. His customers were so angry that they not only overthrew him, they overthrew the Tsar, too. It was followed soon after by the Bolshevik Revolution. So you might say I’m the original red lobster.”

I informed Libby that I was fascinated by that era of history. He then perked up and told me that I would really enjoy the next Author Talk featuring Ocean Park resident Marsha Samoylenko Denison. She’ll discuss her book, “Grisha’s Loop: From the Bolshevik Revolution to America, a Story of Courage and Survival.” The book is a nonfiction recounting of these events incorporating the memoirs of her father, Gregoire Ivanovich Samoylenko, along with her own entries. She will also bring several Russian items and artifacts for the audience to peruse. The program will take place Tuesday, April 4, with a meet and greet/book signing at 6 p.m. and the program going from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.

Libby, still full of pride over his bit of culinary sabotage, exclaimed that he now had a feeling what it was like to be a Cold War era spy. While on the subject of spies and spying, he went on to describe another upcoming event he was looking forward to, Spy vs. Spy. This event, designed especially for teens and tweens, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31 and will feature puzzles, brain teasers, a “laser” maze and more. Participants will be formed into teams who’ll get to compete and find out who are the best spies.

I told him it sounded like a great way to pass the time. While on the subject of passing time, I asked him how he spent the recent cold, stormy days.

“Books, lots of them. I love books of all types: mysteries, histories, romances to recipes ... maybe not recipes so much. By the way, did you know about The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale? It will be held March 24 and 25 in the library Community Room. Friends of Libby Library offer hundreds of books at bargain prices. Fill a net, I mean bag, for $2. All proceeds help support the many wonderful programs Libby Library provides all year ‘round. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.”

Libby then exclaimed, “Smother me in butter and garnish me with parsley! We’re over our word count.”

We’ll be back soon to tell you about more great library news and events.

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

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