2017-07-27 / Editorial

A shed full of books awaits shoppers

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By Bob Cochran

While out for my morning walk, I heard loud banging accompanied by someone yelling “Get me out of here!” coming from the Libby Library Book Shed. I ran into the library and got the key from one of the librarians. I soon had the shed doors open and beheld a rather disheveled Libby Lobster sitting atop a large pile of mysteries.

“How did you get in here and where have you been?” I exclaimed with furrowed brow.

“Those aliens who abducted me a few months ago beamed me in here last night,” he said calmly.

“Why did they let you go?” I inquired, refraining from wanting to hug him hard enough to crack his shell.



“Their whole society’s built on them. As you well know, I’m the meanest needum maestro in these parts. Well, I was on top of their world, until one day I decided to make needums the way mom used to, with scrod. I think that may have been the deal breaker.”

“Ummmm, you may have something there.”

“Next thing you know, I’m on an intergalactic garbage scow headed to Earth. Hey, fame’s a fickle thing,” he said with a lobstery shrug.

Ummmm, really, what does one say to that.

“Anyway, Libby, we’re glad you’re back. It looks like you’ve been getting heavily into mysteries.”

“Yeah. Human mysteries are so much better. Plots, page. Lobster mysteries only last about half a page. The detective enters the crime scene, sees someone wearing a bib with the silhouette of my Uncle Marty on it, end of story,” he said with the lobster equivalent of an eye roll.

“That’s your Uncle Marty on those lobster bibs. He must be rich from the royalties,” I exclaimed.

“Nope. They asked him if he’d like to go to a dinner in his honor and he said yes. Big mistake.”

“Man, I’m really sorry to hear it.”

“Hey, it’s not all bad. It made him posthumously famous, even if it’s not in the types of establishments that lobsters prefer.”

Anyway, if you enjoy mysteries, histories, biographies, we have them, along with many other genres available at affordable prices in our Book Shed. The Shed is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. If you are in the neighborhood be sure to stop by and pick up some good beach reads.

Libby then put down his book, and said “You know, I’m hungry.”

“Let’s make some sandwiches, or maybe a buttered roll,” I said, trying not to smirk.

“Hey!” he yelled.

“I’m sorry. I know I shouldn’t say ‘roll’ or ‘buttered’ around you, my apologies.”

Speaking of rolls, we have plenty of free bread available at the library. Weekly bread drop-offs are Tuesday mornings courtesy of Old Orchard Beach Food Pantry. Please come in and help yourself. And speaking of being hungry, we’re also still offering free lunches for children 18 and younger. They’re served every Tuesday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. These lunches will be available until Aug. 18.

Also available for teens is our Tuesday Lounge, held in our comfortably air-conditioned Community Room from 3 to 5 p.m. We have plenty of great stuff on hand to pass the time, including games, crafts, snacks and robots.

“Lounging is something I did a lot of while in space,” our intrepid lobster interjected. “You know there’s not much of a call for scrod-flavored needum makers in the Andromeda Galaxy.”

“Nor in this one, either,” I added with a wince.

“I wish I’d had access to this Cypress Resume Builder that the folks here at Libby Library added to the digital resources tab on our website, ooblibrary.org. This new Cypress Resume Builder is a great online resource that allows the user to quickly create an attractive, functional resume. It’s free for Library cardholders, too! There must be folks out there looking to hire a maker of scrodflavored needum,” he said with enthusiasm and a pinch of wistfulness.

I wisely remained silent on that score.

“Wow! Look at all these dark glasses. They remind me of my uncle, Blind Lemonbraised Fuller,” Libby then grabbed a toy guitar, and sang “I’m the 7,000th son.”

“No, Libby. They’re so patrons can safely view the solar eclipse at 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 21. Even though we’re only going see a partial eclipse here in Maine, it’s still not safe to view it without protective glasses.”

Libby snatched a pair in his claws, put them on his head and found that his eyes fit neatly between the lenses. I had to tell him that, in fact, that was not how they were supposed to fit and warned him that they would not be very effective. But they should fit everyone else pretty well, so come on down and pick up a pair between Aug. 14 and Aug. 21.

“Fine, you can watch the eclipse. I’ll be watching “Finding Dory” on Family Movie Night, Friday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. You can bet I’m going to avail myself to some of that free popcorn, too,” Libby responded.

That’s it for now but we’ll be back with more adventures of Libby Lobster and true tales of Libby Library.

Bob Cochran is a volunteer with Libby Memorial Library.

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