"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower," wrote Albert Camus, 20th century French author and existentialist philosopher. So it is with library materials; they are eternally new to the library patron.
Speaking of new, I have started a new adult reading program called, "Meet the Author" where readers get to meet writers who review their latest work and talk about their art. Many of us have thought about writing and maybe illustrating a children's book or publishing that first novel. Our guest writers are not limited to a published book; it can be a poem, a short story, a play or a songwriter like F. Christopher Reynolds who shared his new CD, "The Age of Magnification: The Highway Home" with stories and songs of Norwalk in August.
At noon Sept. 27, Janet Freehling and her famous therapy cat, Cosmo will be visiting with our patrons again. Cosmo's story was submitted by Freehling and published in "Animal Friends; Tail Wagging and Throat Purring Stories of Shelter and Rescue Pets." Since then, she has submitted other pieces for publication. Cosmo has been certified as a Delta Society therapy cat and appears often at Stein Hospice's Care Center, Firelands Hospital and the Norwalk Memorial Home bringing comfort to many residents and patients. On Oct. 11, Judy (Harkness) Dettre, formerly of Norwalk and Newark and now of Henderson, Nev. will be sharing some of her poems from her book, "Senior Moments" with us. The authors will sign and sell their books at these free reviews. The director is always looking for local writers and presenters for the program. Call (419) 668-6063 for information.
Want to take part in a fun and historic event? Sign-up with your child at 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 to listen to children's service head, Susan Vermilya, read "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record national campaign. By reading the official campaign book together on Sept. 20, the Jumpstart organizers want to break their record for the largest shared reading experience ever. They broke the record last year in the first year for the Read for the Record campaign.
Storyhour and Tiny Tot parents may register their children for the fall sessions on Oct. 1.
The Friends of the Library will be holding their quarterly membership meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 as well as a "Brainstorming Session" 10 a.m. Sept. 15. The fall book sale will take place from Oct. 3 to 6 at the library. The public is invited to all of the Friends' activities.
On Sept. 12, the library's Polaris computer circulation system will be upgraded so the library will be closed to the public while the staff attends an in-service training program.
Check out our newly renovated Web site atwww.norwalk.lib.oh.us for more information on the events. Keep in mind many of the activities require advanced registration because of space limitations or refreshments.
September events are scheduled for the following dates:
Monday "Knitting and Beyond" (6:30 p.m.).
Sept. 11 "Computer Basics" class at 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 15 Young adult movie, "Unaccompanied Minors" at 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 "e-Bay Treasures" at 6 p.m. with Dennis Stieber.
Sept. 18 "Microsoft Word" (10:30), 9/19-"Microsoft Word-Part II" (6:00),
Sept. 20 "The Story of Ferdinand" at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 The Faithful Reader Book Discussion, "Dinner with a Perfect Stranger" at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 "Word-Mail Merge" at 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 26 Between the Lines Book Discussion, "Empire Falls" at noon.
Sept. 27 Meet the author, Janet Freehling and Cosmo, the therapy cat at noon and "Teen After-School Social Time" from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Martin Haffey is the executive director of the Norwalk Public Library.