Wanted: experienced gardeners to take care of the curbside plot in front of the library. For $15, you can purchase a plaque in memory of a loved one through David Gulden, Uptown Manager (419) 660-8696 or contact one of the Master Gardeners, soon. See you at 9 a.m. May 26 at Bresson Park for the Uptown Planting! Don't forget that the library has more than 500 items on bulbs, containers, designs, gazebos, heirloom plantings, lawns and pests. Check them out!
It's Monopoly tournament time again for young adults on May 12. First round begins at 10:30 a.m. while the six winners move to a final round at 1:30 p.m. Kids in grades six to 12 can have some fun, enjoy pizza and win some great prizes by registering ahead for the tournament. Refreshments and prizes are paid for by the Friends of the Library. Attend the "Dance Dance Revolution Open Play" from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30. Again, pre-registration is required. Watch for sign-up for the "Solve the Mystery @ Your Library" team summer reading on June 11.
In case you missed the April "Beginning Knitting" class, you can catch it again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14 or June 4. You must provide your own knitting needles (size 8) and a skein of worsted weight yarn. Carolyn Cicillian from New London is the teacher. Register at the adult desk or call (419) 668-6063.
The fun of reading or listening to books is discussing them. You can join The Faithful Reader Discussion Group and enjoy "Though None Go With Me" by Jerry Jenkins and led by Jean Beier, coordinator at 6:30 p.m. May 21. On Wednesday of the same week, I will be introducing readers to Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence" at noon. Both books are available at the adult desk now. The adult summer reading program theme will be "Sleuthing in the Stacks" and will begin June 11.
The Children's Department staff will be showing "Happily N'Ever After" an animated feature with the voices of George Carlin, John DiMaggio, Andy Dick and Sarah Michelle Gellar at 2 p.m. May 19. They are gearing up for the summer reading program titled "Get a Clue at Your Library" beginning June 11.
Our new automation specialist, Vanessa Bradt, is offering several computer classes: "Introduction to the Internet" from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 and "Microsoft Word II" from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22. There is no charge for the classes, but space is limited to eight students so sign-up immediately.
The Friends of the Library will be underwriting much of the cost of the summer reading programs along with the Rotary Club of Norwalk. Please attend the Friends' Membership Meeting at 4 p.m. May 12, at the library and meet new president Jeff Reed.
Martin Haffey is the executive director of the Norwalk Public Library.