After a bit of rain this past Saturday morning, the sky cleared and left us with a beautiful Fall day to enjoy General Pleasanton Day and the outdoors. It was fun to stroll down Main St. along the lines of shiny motorcycles, while their owners viewed those around them. I savored each bite of a powdery funnel cake while visiting with Kim and Steve Vinson. In line behind me were some folks who’d graduated from Pleasanton High School and returned for a visit with their children. The air near the grocery store was filled with the delightful scents of the cook-off.

Wandering south I turned the corner behind three couples who had driven down from Excelsior Springs and Olathe on their motorcycles. They were headed to Cookee’s car show, and I pointed out the Founder’s Elm Guest House to consider for their next visit. After popping in to Cookee’s for a scrumptious espresso ice cream cyclone, I caught up with the third couple from Topeka. I told them I loved the Topeka-Shawnnee County Library, and hoped they’d visit again to see our local library. They were interested in history, so I suggested they return next spring to visit Mine Creek Battlefield, and the Linn County History Museum. Walking along the back road to my car, I enjoyed the warmth of the sun and watched a few leaves flutter to the ground. It couldn’t have been a prettier day for an outdoor event.

With cooler days in the near future, we’ll bundle up for football games, hay rides and marshmallow roasts. We’ll spend more time indoors as well, cooking bigger meals of comfort food as we head toward winter. Though the holiday season isn’t far away, we’ll have more time to curl up on the couch to read a good book. Knowing this time is closing in, we’ve ordered a lot of good books that are arriving daily. These include hardcover fiction and non-fiction, large print westerns and Christian romances, audio books and movies. We’ll continue to feature our holiday books in various colorful displays to make selecting easier for busy parents. The library is decorated for the coming holidays to help get you in the spirit. Need Christmas giving ideas? Our staff members all read and watch movies, so perhaps we can suggest something for your loved ones.

We invite you to walk to the library during the beautiful Fall days in Pleasanton and enjoy the crisp air and colorful trees along your way!