Wallkill Public Library
Huge book sale tomorrow

  You can fill a bag with books for only $3 or $5 tomorrow during the blowout bag sale at the Friends' Used Book Shop!

Get beach reads to last the entire summer (and maybe into fall) during the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sale. Fill either a smaller plastic shopping bag with books for $3, or a larger paper grocery bag for $5! Inside the shop there will be a buy one, get one free sale going on, as well!
When you're done browsing through the books, you can pick up a few knick-knacks, antiques, or some of the other inexpensive decorative items being sold at Jim and Adrienne Perine's tables. The owners of Moonstruck Antiques in New Paltz have an eye for collectibles, so you're sure to find some treasures to display around the house.
All proceeds will go toward supporting the Friends of the Wallkill Public Library.
The book shop is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Bridge Street. Questions? Call the library at 895-3707.
Coming up at the Wallkill Public Library 

 Decompress after the tests! Now that the state tests are over (and the weather's finally spring-like), be sure to stop by the library for some of our outdoor programming, including Gnome and Garden Story Time and Fun on the Lawn!  


Tomorrow: Stop by the Friends' Used Book Shop between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and take advantage of their Book Sale Blowout!
Monday: The Mini Art Club meets at 10:30 a.m. The Library Board of Trustees' meeting is at 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Book Buddies meet at 10:30 a.m. Gnome and Gardening Story Time is offered at 4 p.m. A Friends of the Library meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. The community room at Town Hall is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for Textile Tuesdays.
Wednesday: Mommy and Me meets at 10 a.m., followed by Toddler Story Time at 11 a.m. The Art Club meets at 4 p.m. Computer Basics for Adults convenes at 7 p.m.
Thursday: The Knit and Crochet Club gets together at 6:30 p.m. Guitar Lessons take place downstairs at 6:30 p.m., as well.
Friday: Drop by the library at 4 p.m. for Fun on the Lawn - featuring games, fun, and fresh air!   
This season's last Story Time will be May 29, whereupon Mommy and Me, Toddler Story Time,and Book Buddies will go on hiatus until the Summer Reading Program, which kicks off June 25.
Poll shows parents big fans of libraries 
  Parents love the library, according to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey featured in Library Journal. The study found that a whopping 94 percent say libraries are important for their children, while nearly 80 percent say they're very important.
The majority of library lovers (84 percent) said the institutions were important because they instill a love of reading and books; another 81 percent said they're fans because libraries provide resources they don't have at home. Almost all parents agreed that programming and classes for children and teens are an important service offered by most libraries. What's more, these parents were likelier to be library users themselves than their childless counterparts.
Grow an Extra Row with Farm Market
   You'll soon be able to buy fresh produce locally at the hamlet's Community Farm Market, which will be open all season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.
If you're planting your own garden this year, you can help make a difference in your community with the Grow an Extra Row program. Bring your extra vegetables or flowers to the Farm Market each week at 9:30 a.m., and your surplus will be sold to benefit the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Profits will also be used to feed local children on weekends and during school vacations, when meals may not otherwise be available to them. Keep a lookout in this newsletter for the Farm Market's opening dates!    
You can start prepping for the SRP now!
  Of course, it's never too late to prepare for Wallkill Public Library's Summer Reading Program, since reading is a year-round pleasure. But in case you're curious and want to start lining your shelves with some fantastic material to tally on your reading log, you can get a sneak peek at this year's Dig Into Reading theme and book lists at this website.
Help your kids beat the "summer slide" by keeping them interested in reading with the assistance of a few great books.
This year's SRP will feature lots of raffles, in addition to the usual programming and events, starting with a June 25 Pot Luck Picnic and performance by Sammie and Tudie, who are coming up from New York City to provide the evening's live entertainment!
Keep an eye out for the new StoryWalk® 
   Those walking, riding, and rollerblading down the Rail Trail will soon have something besides the wonderful weather to enjoy!
Brenda Griffin's Girl Scout Troop 60226 is posting another story along the trail for exercisers to peruse as they're traveling. This time it's The Puddle, by David McPhail. We won't disclose the details, since you can read it while you walk! Pages of the book will be posted on stakes along the route.
  The StoryWalk® Project promotes the development of physical fitness and literacy skills by creating opportunities to walk and read outdoors.
Achtung, baby: Library Geeks hit Germany 
Local Geek the Library fans at last summer's Renegades game.

  Remember Wallkill Public Library's Geek the Library campaign (and the ensuing Renegades game that followed)? Well, the campaign's gone international, and magazines like this one out of Germany are quoting WPL director Mary Lou Carolan as part of their own public relations efforts!

In case you can't read German, Mary Lou's quote is on the last page of the article. In English, it reads, "Public libraries bring a lot to the able for their local communities. We need to talk about it and be proud of it. We can't afford not to."  

F. Scott Fitzgerald ledger now online
  Those with a renewed penchant for The Great Gatsby (popular among book clubs again now that the remake of the film is due out) can delve into the unpublished works of F. Scott Fitzgerald....his ledger, to be exact.
The author's financial ledger is available online courtesy of the University of South Carolina.
Though it doesn't exactly make for scintillating reading, it is written in Fitzgerald's own (kind of sloppy) hand, and it does reveal what he made on his books, short stories, and adaptations, which for fans and history buffs alike should spark some interest. The ledger is also referred to numerous times during the course of Therese Anne Fowler's current bestseller, Z, a fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald's misadventures as Scott's wife.
Cooked a recipe for a healthier America
   Cooked, by Michael Pollan

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook.

Each section of Cooked tracks Pollan's effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse-trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius "fermentos" (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships: with plants and animals, the soil, farmers, our history and culture, and, of course, the people our cooking nourishes and delights. Cooking, above all, connects us.

The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.

Cooked is available at the Wallkill Public Library. You can put a hold on it through the online catalog.


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