2018-07-26 / Editorial

Libby and the beanstalk: Yard sale to be held at library

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By Bob Cochran

I was browsing the magazine rack at Libby Library when I when I came across a rather high strung Libby Lobster taking full advantage of the Adult Stress Free Zone.

“Libby, it looks like you’ve really been through the wringer. Would you like to talk about it?” I inquired.

“Being put through an industrial strength wringer being run at half speed would have been like a weekend in Bali compared to what I’ve just been through.”

“Come on, tell me what happened.”

“I went to this gardener my Uncle Lukman told me sold these beans with magical properties. I figured I’d give him a try, as I’ve been highly irregular lately, and desperate times call for desperate measures.”

“There’s more?” I asked, and immediately regretted.

“It turns out the beans were magical, but not in the way I needed. I dropped one of those beans in my backyard, and it sprouted immediately. Soon I had to deal with this huge stalk that was growing rapidly skyward.”

“My curiosity got the best of me and I started climbing the beanstalk. After several greuling hours, I found myself up among the cloud tops. There I beheld two things that took me completely by surprise. The first was that Starbucks already had a franchise there, and second was that I was standing next to an enormous pair of shoes, which were being worn by an even more enormous seafood chef. Needless to say that not only was I frightened out of my wits, but my was irregularity was suddenly cured, too.

“I eventually escaped using several tricks devised for just such situations that I picked up from a book I bought at last year’s Friends of Libby Library Yard Sale.”

“Libby, it’s good thing you went to last year’s yard sale. It may have saved your life.”

“That’s right. So if you want to find some books, either educational or entertaining, be sure to come to this year’s yard sale. You’ll also find a huge selection of games and puzzles as well. They’re all at very affordable prices, too.”

“Libby, don’t you think you should tell them the dates and times?”

“I was so excited I forgot. I was thinking of all those delicious baked goods that’ll be on sale, too. Anyway, The yard sale is being held near the library’s Book Shed located at 27 Staples St., here in Old Orchard Beach, on Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

“Oh, we should also mention that the Book Shed is currently open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Money raised by Friends of the Library’s activities have been used to buy computes for the Children’s Room, purchase licensing rights for the Family Friendly Films, and fund various library events.”

“Libby, before you try growing more of those magic beans, or anything else for that matter, it would be a good idea to attend our next Getting Outdoors on Maine Program.”

“You mean ‘Growing Stuff,’ which is being presented by Sue Tkacik from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension on Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m.? She’ll provide tips on growing vegetables, lawns …”

“Giant beanstalks?”

“Thankfully, no. Speaking of giant beanstalks, there’s other downsides besides sky monsters. I’ve been eating 3,000 bean soup for the past month.”

“Anyway, while we were talking about beans and beanstalks I was reminded of my of my Uncle Ligish, who was recently injured while attempting to juggle baked beans.”

“He was injured juggling baked beans?”

“They were still baking at the time.”

“I hate to say it, but I’m glad you mentioned that juggling uncle of yours. It’s because we’re having a real and talented juggler named Michael Menes right here at the library on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 12:15 p.m. as part of our wrap up of the Children’s Summer Reading Program.”

“While we’re reminding each other about things…” Libby interjected “… maybe we should remind our readers that the library is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the remainder of the summer. This gives you a chance to pick up a good book on the way to beach, or check out a DVD to pass a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

“Hey Libby, we’re about to be pulled over by the word count police, so maybe we should wrap things up. There’s just time to tell folks to keep checking our website, ooblibrary.org, or our Facebook page to stay up to date on our many programs and events.”

Bob Cochran is a volunteer at Libby Memorial Libby and jazz director at WMPG in Portland.

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