Sunday morning after donning thick socks, snow boots, two pairs of gloves, a cap, a long-sleeved t-shirt, a sweatshirt and heavy jacket, I took a careful walk outside to take a few photos of the ice around the yard. Despite cold temperatures and damp conditions it was quite beautiful! I can say that because I didn’t have anywhere to go, we had plenty of food, and the power hadn’t failed.

Before leaving work last Friday I made sure to check out a third book, and a couple of movies. I figured we’d have a run on DVDs that day, but I was surprised to find out how many folks visited to get books. Maybe their pioneer spirit had kicked in and they thought we might lose power. Then at least they could read by lantern or candlelight. We figured there would be a run on the grocery store, so we were glad to see everyone stocking up on books as well. OK, there were some optimists who checked out movies as well.

We know that having something to read is essential to a number of our patrons. They don’t watch much television, and like to stay busy. They have their favorite authors (who never write books quickly enough) and enjoy series. When they’ve read everything in our collection they want to read, we begin ordering books from other libraries for them. The books can’t get here fast enough. Thankfully, we have
new books arriving almost everyday. We also have books that rotate among the libraries in the Southeast Kansas Library System every six weeks. A new batch came in Friday morning, and I hurried to get them shelved for our visiting book “shoppers.”

Thankfully the weather is scheduled to improve this week, just in time for our next Music on Main! Jam Session Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. We’ll have snacks and beverages available, and look forward to the warmth of a room full of musicians and guests. If you play an instrument, don’t be shy. Bring it along and sit in with this fine group of pickers. All are welcome, and there is no charge for the event. We will continue to hold this event monthly, every third Thursday as long as we have musicians who enjoy getting together. So plan to join us, bring a friend or two and a snack if you can.