Gardiner Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Spring Reads!

While you’re waiting for WARM weather to arrive, hang out with these!

Paris Spring by James Naughtie

This novel takes place in Paris, in April of 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for a Scottish-American spy working in the British Embassy–the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the Metro change his life.

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

Another great novel by Mary Kay Andrews! A woman truly believes she is over her ex-husband, so she has no problem attending his wedding. But when fate intervenes, she begins to wonder if she’s been given a second chance.

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in London.

The Coming by David Osborne

A novel of native-white relations in North America, intimately told through the life of Daytime Smoke–the real-life red-haired son of William Clark and a Nez Perce woman.

Dance into Spring with an old fashioned musical borrowed from the Gardiner Public Library

Easter Parade (1948) starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.  When his long-time dance partner abandons him for the Ziegfeld Follies, Don Hewes decides to show who’s who what’s what by choosing any girl out of a chorus line and transforming her into a star. So he makes his choice and takes his chances. Of course, since Fred Astaire portrays Don and Judy Garland plays the chorine, we know we’re in for an entertainment sure thing.

Babes in Arms (1939) starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.  This classic film stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland as teenagers living in Seaport, Long Island, NY just before the Great Depression struck.  What to do?  Put on a show!
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing.  Julie Andrews stars as Millie, an innocent country girl who comes to the big city in search of a husband. Along the way she becomes the secretary of the rich and famous Trevor Graydon (John Gavin), befriends the sweet Miss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore), fights off white slaver Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie) and hooks up with a lively paper clip salesman, Jimmy (James Fox). In the end it takes a rich nutty jazz baby like Muzzy (Carol Channing) to unravel all these complications, give a great party, and match up lovers.
Royal Wedding (1951) starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell.  A brother-and-sister musical team each finds romance when they tour London for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding.
Good News (1947) starring June Allyson and Peter Lawford.  Peter Lawford (as a campus football hero) and June Allyson (she’s the brainiac who tutors him) lead a high-spirited cast that includes Mel Tormé and Joan McCracken. The Varsity Drag and Best Song Oscar® nominee Pass That Peace Pipe stand out among the numbers that are all zip and joy.  And the bee’s knees.
Pitch Perfect (2012) starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.  Arriving at her new college, Beca finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competition.
Bye, Bye , Birdie (1963) starring Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, and Janet Leigh.  When rock star and teenage heart-throb Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation’s teenagers go haywire and Conrad’s manager, Albert, faces unemployment. So Albert and his girlfriend organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim McAfee turns out to be the lucky teenager and Conrad’s whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much to the chagrin of her ever irritable father and her jealous boyfriend.
Gentlemen prefer Blondes (1953) starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.  These glamorous showgirls have everything a girl could want – except engagement rings! In a quest for true love, Lorelei and her gold digger pal Dorothy set sail on a luxury-liner bound for France. But the pair hits rocky waters when a manipulative detective, an over-aged, over sexed millionaire (Charles Coburn) and the entire men’s Olympic team try to put an anchor in their marriage-minded mischief. It’s a wild and joyously funny ride across the Atlantic as our bathing beauties plan and plot a way to land their men.
Write-ups are from AMAZON.COM

Dreaming of Spring!

As the snow gets smaller and smaller.

 

We dream of Spring.
Insects will start to appear.
We turn the pages.
The dribbling of drops begins.

 

We dream of Spring.
Plan our gardens
With a magazine.
Some green starts to appear.

 

We dream of Spring.
Town meetings start.
Voices are heard.
Hoping for no flooding. 
We dream of Spring.
What do you dream of in Spring?
Ginni Nichols, Young Adult Librarian

Sure Signs that Spring is Coming!

Backyard Grilling: Last weekend, I joyfully cooked hamburgers and hotdogs outside on the grill with friends and family. Of course, the ground was covered with snow, but the food and camaraderie were fantastic.

2.    No Jackets: On Wednesday of this week, we had a delightful taste of Spring weather. I rebelled in the morning by not wearing a jacket as I headed to work, and on the way home I had the windows rolled down in the car as I enjoyed 53 degrees. Okay, so it was only one day, but it was simply gorgeous.
3.    Walking: People are beginning to take leisurely strolls to enjoy the sunshine. At work, people are taking walks outside on their lunch-break instead of eating, just so they can soak up the warm sunshine.
4.    Productivity Increase: After yawning all week due to the time change, I am finally feeling great and full of energy, ready to tackle my To Do list in full force and with a smile!
5.    Birds: While washing dishes, I looked out my kitchen window and was pleasantly surprised to see a little Robin Redbreast happily fluttering in the tree. A sure sign!
So winter can have one last hurrah this weekend, and I will enjoy snowshoeing one last time. Then I shall declare winter OVER. I know Spring is coming, because yesterday, on the way home from work, I saw MOVING WATER in an otherwise frozen lake. So bring on the thaw! Bring on mud season! Soon I will be having lunch outside at my favorite spot, the Gardiner Waterfront, doing my favorite thing, reading a book (checked out of course from the Gardiner Public Library).

Springtime Trivia Quiz

To get you in the mood, here is a Springtime trivia quiz:

What is the first day of Spring called?
The Easter Equinox
The Spring Solstice
The Easter Solstice
The Vernal Equinox
Around what day does Spring begin in the Northern Hemisphere?
April 21
May 21
March 21
February 21
Which holiday does not occur during Spring?
Father’s Day
Easter
St. Patrick’s Day
Mother’s Day
During the first day of Spring, where does the sun rise and where does the sun set?
Rises in due south and sets in due north
Rises in due north and sets in due south
Rises in due west and sets in due east
Rises in due east and sets in due west
What myth is associated with the first day of Spring?
Only on that day can you balance a raw egg on its end.
Body hair doesn’t grow on the first day of Spring.
You’re most likely to get into a plane crash on the first day of Spring.
Only on that day can you see Saturn with the naked eye from anywhere in the USA.
What does Spring symbolize?
Love
Death
Rebirth
Faith
On the first day of Spring, it is said that the day and night are exactly what length?
12 hour day & 12 hour night
10 hour day & 14 hour night
16 hour day & 8 hour night
14 hour day & 10 hour night
Is Spring considered the first, second, third or fourth season of the year?
First
Third
Second
Fourth
For Australians, in what month does Spring begin?
September
March
May
October
Why does daylight increase in Spring?
Because the Earth’s axis is increasing its tilt toward the sun.
Because the Earth doesn’t spin as fast on its axis.
Because the Earth is closest to the sun in its orbit.
Because the Sun moves closer to the Earth in the Spring.
This quiz was from the website:     http://www.kidzworld.com/quiz/quiz-spring-trivia/question
SPOILER ALERT !  The answers now follow:
1.        Vernal Equinox
2.       March 21
3.       St. Patrick’s Day
4.       Due East and due West
5.       Raw egg answer
6.       Rebirth
7.       12 hours each
8.       First
9.       September
10.    The axis increases its tilt towards the sun

The calendar SAYS Spring

“The spring came suddenly,
bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room,
with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name
of it is. And when you’ve got it,
you want – oh, you don’t quite know
what it is you do want, but it
just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)