At the Library

The history of Father's Day

Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice advised “It is a wise father that knows his own children.” June is the month we celebrate dads of all kinds on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019, the third Sunday in June. In 1909, after she heard a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Smart Dodd realized she wanted a similar holiday to honor her father. After Sonora’s mother’s death, her dad, William Smart ,raised all six of the children on his own. Sonora was close to her father and she wanted to thank him for everything that he had done for the family. Her belief was strong that there should be a day of praise and honor for all fathers. She wrote a petition and presented it to the city of Spokane, Washington, where she lived. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the Young Men’s Christian Association were both supportive. Spokane celebrated the first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. As time went on there was a gathering interest throughout the states in establishing Father’s Day and making it into a national holiday. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day into law. It was now nationally official.

As we look forward to Father’s Day weekend, we are in full swing here at the library with all kinds of Summer Reading programs. The elementary children’s weekly SRC meetings began on Monday. On Tuesday, June 11, at 12:15 p.m. we have a special program for everyone. We will be showing Theremin: An Electric Odyssey which is a documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesizer instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB, as well as a history of his instrument. Following the documentary there will be a theremin demonstration by Don Hughes! If an adult read-aloud is more to your liking, our Brown Bags and Books is also at 12 p.m. on June 11. I will be reading from writings by John Grogan, owner of the infamous dog “Marley.” His life story and writings will be featured. At the end of the week, we are really excited about the Grout Museum-Star Lab coming to the library! The star lab is a portable planetarium where K to 12th graders can view the nighttime sky indoors to learn about constellations and their lore. This event is on Friday, June 14, from 9-11 a.m. and registration is required for a time slot into the star lab. Call the library or stop by to reserve a spot!

New Materials at the Library

Gifts & Memorials

The following books were given in memory of Larry Barnes by the Barnes family - Mercedita, Marykaye, & Stephanie:

The Black Hills (large print) by William W. Johnstone

The Jackals (large print) by William W. Johnstone

The Cattle Drive (large print) by Ethan J. Wolfe

Creating Moments of Joy given in memory of Bill & Becky McConnell

Adult Fiction

Whiskers in the Dark by Rita Mae Brown

Where We Come From by Oscar Casares

The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Lent by Jo Walton

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Adult Nonfiction

Amish Friends Gatherings Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Trench by Stephen Bull

Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy