2017-12-28 / Editorial

Libby’s plush pals party down

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By Bob Cochran

Yesterday, while browsing the biography section at Libby Library, looking at the newly published book about Lemuel Schimmelglobber, the man who attempted to teach meat cutting by fax, I heard some festive sounds emanating from the staff room.

On investigating, I found our mascot, Libby Lobster, regaling the staff with holiday stories, including one about his first Christmas dinner.

“Believe me. It’s a lot nicer being on the guest list than on the menu!”

Libby then turned to look at a Santa figurine, and said ‘Do you know the true story behind that guy? I’ll tell you.’”

He then went into great detail on how, during one of his Uncle Laestrygones many failed rocket experiments, a strong wind kicked up and blew his rocket sideways. He went careening through a matador cape mending shop. Next, the shock wave from an explosion set off during a filming of a Michael Bay movie about a disaster at a pocket lint factor sent Laestrygones’ rocket hurling in rapid succession through a pill bottle cotton stuffing section of an assembly line at a pharmaceutical company, a storage shed where a horse sleigh was kept and a toy factory. The rocket then collided with East Gelsnard’s most famous landmark, a statue of Murray the Musk Ox, with the rocket lodging in Murray’ hind legs. The rocket carried Laestrygones and the statue skyward until it crashed into the roof of a nearby house, sending a red cloth and pill bottle cotton over Laestrygones, along with a large quantity of toys from the factory, which went plummeting down the chimney.

“Songwriter Johnny Marks witnessed everything that happened that night and immortalised it in song. Of course, he changed some words here and there. You have to admit ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ sounds a lot better than ‘Murray the Flame Butted Musk Ox,’”

“That’s all well and good, Libby, but I believe you have some big library-related news.”

“That’s right!” Libby exclaimed. “We’re now part of the MILS Library Consortium.”

MILS stands for Maine InfoNet Library System. Becoming part of this consortium greatly benefits both our staff and patrons. This includes gaining access to a large collection of books and other materials available through the MaineCat network. This increased ability to connect with other libraries in that network will also make the interlibrary loan process quicker and more convenient, even allowing patrons to place their own holds. Patrons will be able to access and manage their accounts in a far simpler way. Patrons will also receive automated notices reminding them to either renew or return their borrowed materials.

Libby then went to the counter to get a coffee cup, and shrieked with horror.

“What’s wrong, Libby?”

“This!” he exclaimed while holding up a magazine for us too see.

“What ... Pentagon investigating UFOs?”

“No, that’s just Uncle Laestrygones. He’s still flying the skies lodged in the hindquarters of a stone musk ox.”

“Well then, what is it?”

“This!” he shouted, pointing to the second article listed on the cover.

“101 Holiday Stuffing Recipes.”

“Yikes. You’re right. That not a good thing to have lying about during this weekend’s stuffed animal sleepover. While we’re on the subject of the sleepover, do you want to tell the good folks more about it?”

“Sure! Libby Library’s Sultan of the Shelves, that A-lister of the Aquariums ... namely me, will be hosting a Teddy Bear Sleepover this Saturday, Dec. 30th, There’ll be a bunch of fun games, activities and free food ... no stuffing. It’ll be a blast for both stuffed animals and their owners. Children can have their favorite plush toy pose for pictures with me. The pictures will be posted on the Libby Library Facebook page. So, if your child would like to have a favorite stuffed animal celebrate New Year’s Eve with Libby Lobster, they need to drop it off no later than 3 p.m. on Dec. 30.”

“It looks like you and your plush pals will have a real ball ringing in the New Year. The New Year also brings in a new Family Film Program schedule. We are moving the show time from Friday evening. We’ll now have Family Film Matinees on the first and third Saturday of each month. The movies will show from 1 to 3 p.m. The first matinee on the schedule is ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.’”

“Did I tell you that I tried to make a sequel, ‘Windy with a Chance of Watermelons.’ We had to quit filming on the first day.”

“Enough of that for now, Libby. Before we go we’d like to remind you yet again to check our Library Facebook page for delayed openings and closures during these harsh winter months.

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

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