We held our first Community Seed Swap on January 26. Master Gardeners, organic gardeners, and gardening enthusiasts were on hand to answer questions and offer guidance. Many seeds were exchanged, and many were donated to the library, effectively creating our new Seed Bank! Come in and see what’s available. We’ll be making an inventory, so come by and see if anything interests you. If you have seeds that might go to waste, consider adding them to our seed collection so they can be used by others.
Thanks to everyone who supports Moon Lake Community Library, including our patrons, volunteers and donors. Our library is funded entirely by donations from the community and book sales; we have no government source of funding. It’s our supporters who make it possible for the library to remain open, and we’re grateful. Over the course of 12 “open” days in January, 85 books and 111 DVDs were checked out; 22 books were renewed. We issued library cards to eight new patrons. We have deleted 65 books from our stacks and added 40 that are more relevant to our community’s interests. Fifty-six DVDs have been added to our movie collection.
The library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Check our Facebook page or web site (moonlakelibrary.org) for updates or to join our email list. The library is located at 4607 AL Hwy. 117 in Mentone. See you at the library!
– Kelly Leavitt
Our first Community Game Night in January was attended by 35 people who played a variety of games—checkers, Uno, Clue, chess, backgammon, Telestrations, Sagrada, Mexican Train dominoes, Apples to Apples Junior, and Rummikub. We had so much fun that we’ve decided to have Game Nights every two weeks for the remainder of winter. Join us on Fridays, February 8 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll share in a finger-food pot-luck. We have plenty of board games, but you’re welcome to bring your own!
Join us on Saturday, February 16, at 10:30 a.m., when we’ll honor the life and language of poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019) with a casual poetry reading. Bring your favorite poem or essay to read. If you're not familiar with Mary Oliver or her poetry, come anyway for the reading. You’ll likely become a new fan, especially if you appreciate nature, insight, beauty, and words...
Show how much you love reading throughout the month of February in this fun and friendly reading competition! Students and adults will be competing to see who can read the most books during February. Here’s how to participate:
Students (Anyone under 18 years old)
Read a book.
Ask your teacher or the Moon Lake librarian for a BLUE paper heart.
Write the title of the book you read, plus your name on the heart.
Turn the heart in to your teacher, who will give them to the librarian each Tuesday during February.
Adults (Ages 18 and older)
Read a book.
Pick up a WHITE paper heart from the Moon Lake community librarian.
Write the title of the book and your name on the heart and turn it in to the librarian.
Watch the hearts on the library windows to see who’s in the lead!
Do you have to be a Moon Lake student to participate as a student? No, this competition is open to everyone—homeschoolers, middle and high school students. As long as you are 17 or younger, you can participate as a student.
Does any book count? Even picture books? Graphic novels? Yes!
What if I read a book to my child? Does that count? Yes. That would count as a book for your child and also for you. Be sure to pick up your heart at Moon Lake Library.
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, has spent the past four months on the New York Times best sellers list. The author uses language beautifully, and tells an engaging story with a satisfying plot twist. Join fellow book lovers when the Moon Lake Book Club meets on Saturday, February 23, at 10:30 for a discussion. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and hot tea will be served.