2018-03-22 / Editorial

If A Book Shed could shed books

By Bob Cochran

I was on my way to Libby Library to return its copy of the newly published biography of Lazlo Spembsspog, developer of many bacon scented grooming products, who also had a very brief career as a wildlife photographer, when I heard the sound of frenetic activity emanating from the library’s Book Shed.

I peeked inside and found our mascot, Libby Lobster, hastily rummaging through book donations.

“What are you doing, Libby? Don’t you know the book sale is in a few days?” I urgently inquired.

“Let’s just say I’m doing some preserving.”

“I didn’t know you were into canning.”

“I’m not talking jams and jellies. I’m talking about selfpreserving,” he huffed.

It was then I noticed that he was culling all the seafood recipe books and replacing them with books about history’s greatest lobsters.

“’Famous Lobsters of the Civil War?’” I exclaimed.

“There’s a great story about Uncle Lutvig in there,” he announced proudly.

Trying not to roll my eyes, I asked, “You had an uncle in the Civil War?”

“Uncle Lutvig wasn’t just in the Civil War. He ended it.”

I settled myself on a nearby box of books, “This I’ve got to hear.”

“Uncle Lutvig was what you might call a guest of honor in the commissary tent of the Confederate Army near Appomattox. One day, he managed to slip the rubber bands off his claws, then managed to swap the Confederate battle plans with the cook’s seafood recipe. Several artillery men soon became suspicious when ordered to shell the enemy with tarragon, parsley and melted butter.”

“This highly unusual ordinance soon began landing behind Union lines. After enjoying his rather unorthodoxly delivered take out dinner, Grant wrote to Lee telling him how much he enjoyed it, and that ‘even though the intentions were honorable, the presentation left something to be desired.’”

“While still in a generous mood Grant then drafted some surrender terms. Lee, who was in a rather despondent mood on the unexpected loss of his lucky sprig of parsley, accepted. It was a grand day and all thanks to Uncle Lutvig.”

“Libby, I’m sure our readers would like to hear you talk about Uncle Lutvig all day, but don’t you think we should actually say something about that upcoming book sale?”

“Absolutely. Hey, you out there reading this. Did you know that Friends of Libby Library is holding an amazing, colossal, stupendous book sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 right in this here Book Shed located adjacent to the library on Staples Street in Old Orchard Beach.”

“You can load a bag with books, and buy ‘em for the mandible, I mean jaw, dropping price of $2. World War II history buffs will find a treasure trove on offer at this year’s sale. As always, we also have an excellent selection of gently used DVDs for sale, too. But if you find a dearth of seafood cookbooks, I know nothing about that.”

“Libby, that book sale is definitely not to be missed. We also have a pretty full schedule of goodies lined up for next month, too.”

“We sure do. New and experienced artists will be pleased to hear that we’re offering our popular Portrait Drawing Sessions again this spring. This three-session program will be held on the second Tuesday of the month starting April 12. Classes will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

“While we’re on the subject of art, Libby, we’ll have some outstanding works by young artists on display in our Children Section from April 16 through April 20 as part of an exhibit being held in conjunction with the United Way of York County in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.”

“April 16-20 is also spring break for many schools and we have plenty of fun activities planned for the whole week. We’ll be able to tell you more about them next month. Until then, please check out ooblibrary.org, or our Facebook page for more information and updates.”

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

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