2017-10-26 / Editorial

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Donations mean ‘two-ply’ win for patrons and residents
By Bob Cochran

I was perusing the new fiction section at Libby Memorial Library earlier this week when I heard an eerie “Oooooooooooooo” sound coming from the fiction Q to Z section. My curiosity piqued and I hurried over to investigate. There I saw a small figure wearing a bed sheet, rattling chains and saying “Oooooooooo! I am the ghost of Thaddeus Thermidor, or is it Bartholomew Bisque … I can’t remember.”

Fairly few deductive skills were needed to recognize that the rather unconvincing spectral figure before me was the library’s renowned companion crustacean, Libby Lobster.

“What are you up to now, Libby?” I asked.

“How did you know it was me?”

“Contour bedsheets don’t make a convincing ghost, especially ones with little race cars on them.”

“Ah. Well, I’m returning all these overdue DVDs that Lawrence Whelk, Stanislaw Starfish and I took out for our comedy night.”

“’Jaws,’ ‘Orca’ and ‘Moby Dick’ for a comedy night?”

“Depends on your point of view.”

“Why the ghost costume?”

“I figure there’s no overdue fines in the afterlife.”

“I don’t know about the afterlife, but if you can wait until Nov. 7, you can trade those sheets for rolls. Specifically, rolls of toilet paper or personal hygiene products such as shampoo, body wash or shaving cream. If you bring one of these, or other personal hygiene products, in with your overdue items between Nov. 7 and Nov. 21, your fines will be waived. This is all part of Libby Library’s November Fine-Free Period being held to benefit the Community Food Pantry.”

The pantry is in urgent need of personal hygiene products, especially toilet paper. We urge all our patrons, not just those with overdue fines, to donate these items so the food pantry can continue to serve those in need.

We’d also like to remind you that there are a few more days left to view artwork done by those folks who have, or are, participating in our Portrait Sessions series. These fine works will be on display across from the main circulation desk until Oct. 31.

I asked Libby why he didn’t have a portrait on display.

“I was going to do a nice Autumn theme of Uncle Laertes sitting on a pumpkin. It turns out the pumpkin was loaded on a trebuchet taking part in a pumpkin chuckin’ contest. It’s hard to paint a portrait of someone hurling 90 feet in the air clutching a pumpkin for dear life.”

“I’m guessing he’ll have to replace his library card again once he lands.”

Libby’s Uncle Laertes isn’t the only one who needs to replace his card. All of our patrons will need to replace their cards before Dec. 19, when we change over to our new cataloging system, MILS. Since our current cards are incompatible with this new system, patrons need to swap out their old cards prior to the system conversion date. Also, after this date, your old card number will not work with e-books, mango languages, cypress resumes or any of the many free databases we offer; an additional incentive to get your spiffy new card ASAP. Both staff and patrons will see many new benefits with this new system. We’ll have more information on these benefits in a future column.

I looked up from the informational material about the new cataloging system and saw that Libby had created a majestic looking lobster out of Legos.

“Who’s that?” I inquired.

“Why, it’s Leonardo, the greatest lobster ever.”

“What made him so great?”

“He wasn’t just great, he was a genius. He was the only lobster who could make shadow bunnies with his claws.”

“Shadow bunnies?”

“You try making shadow bunnies with these things,” Libby exclaimed, holding up his claw for emphasis.

If you would like to see a somewhat more famous hero in Lego form, we’ll show “Lego Batman” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 as part of our Fall Family Film series. As always, there’ll be delicious free popcorn.

While Libby’s off alerting aircraft to watch for his Uncle Laertes, we’ll perform a public service of our own by reminding Old Orchard Beach residents that Sen. Justin Chenette will hold a roundtable here at the library 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4.

That about wraps things up for now. As always, be sure to check ooblibrary.org or our Facebook page to keep up with our many lively, educational and informative programs and events. Bob Cochran is a volunteer at Libby Library.

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