2017-07-20 / Editorial

Books, books, books … and a cemetery question

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By Leslie Rounds

Cemetery question first, while I have your attention. Following a walking tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery that attracted quite a turnout, I am working on a history of the cemetery, with the blessing of its trustees. What I would love to have for the history are some photos that date back as far as possible. Unfortunately, I only have two postcards from 1906 (yes, postcards of a cemetery) and a photo in the Laurel Hill collection that may date from just about that time. What do you have? I’m hoping that perhaps people might have their own early photos of it. I’m looking for images that might predate, say, 1940? It’s possible that they would be included in a book, so if you aren’t willing to have the image published, best not to tempt me with it. Give me a call or an email if you might have something.

Books, books, books. As I’m sure you must recall it’s time for the Giant Annual Book Sale at Dyer Library. If you are an eager beaver, it starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, and continues all the next week, with the last day on Monday, July 31. This is a very important fundraiser for us, and with us having to raise some additional money for our fabulous new geothermal project to cover unexpected costs for an electrical update, it’s more important than ever that the book sale be a huge success. As always, this is your opportunity to shop for a cause – shop a myriad of excellent, gently read, wonderful, marvelous, outstanding books (meticulously sorted for your browsing pleasure) and support the nonprofit Dyer Library at the very same time. How much better can it be?

This year, we have an especially fine collection of U.S. and world history. A very large donation of books on the Civil War and World War II came in this week to augment what was already a banner year for those topics. We also have lots of high-end coffee table books on a wide variety of topics. We have two (really!) of the antique book that has the high quality Currier & Ives prints. As in the past couple years, books for young adults and children abound – especially that young adult collection. Paperbacks. Everywhere. (Not really, those are all segregated in the hallway.) Many, many audios and CDs. Quite a few DVDs. More antique books than usual. If you are interested in the antiques, ask about the pricier ones that are stored in my office. We could play “Let’s Make a Deal,” eh?

While you’re visiting here at the library, don’t forget to take a trip across the parking lot to view the “Embellishments” exhibition at Saco Museum. This first-rate and very extensive collection of fine women’s 19th century clothing is only going to be here through Aug. 27 so time is running out. And don’t miss Curator Astrida Schaeffer’s talk at 6 p.m. Friday, July 21, “Three Dresses Up Close and Personal.” So there you have it: 1. Photographs wanted of Laurel Hill Cemetery. 2. A ginormous book sale. 3. The “Embellishments” exhibition at the museum. See you there!

Leslie Rounds is executive director of Dyer Library/Saco Museum.

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