Time to Clean-Up the Landscape at the library
The Master Gardener Volunteers for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County
will be at the library Saturday May 30 at 10:00
Getting the Landscape in shape for spring - please call the library if you can join us!





On Monday, May18, we had an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and an expert operator here for those interested in a short trial of its use. Library users of all ages immersed themselves in the 3-D virtual world of a new children’s book, Christopher Counts the Constellations, by Mary Moodey.
The Rift uses custom tracking technology to provide ultra-low latency 360° head tracking, allowing you to seamlessly look around the virtual world just as you would in real life. Every subtle movement of your head is tracked in real time creating a natural and intuitive experience.





A Tour of London’s Historic Gardens & Chelsea Flower Show with Sharon Reed
Thursday May 21 at 1:00PM (Rescheduled from May 7)
All are welcome!




Issues and Interests is a discussion group that meets twice a month. Each meeting focuses on a
different topic chosen by our group members. Anyone can attend, and anyone can volunteer to
choose a topic for a future meeting
. Healthy debate is encouraged, our goals are to educate
one another and be exposed to new information and different points of view.

Mseetings are held the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
From 5:30 - 6:30 PM

All are welcome!



Free Computer Classes with Rajabali Karimi

Tuesdays 10:30—11:30 AM and Thursdays 2:30-3:30 PM
Sign up now to reserve your seat & to let us know how we can best serve you!




The group will meet at the library on Tuesday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.

Come in to pick up a copy of the printed discussion schedule at the circulation desk.

Copies of the book are available at the library and through OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

Those attending are encouraged to bring recommendations for titles to be discussed at future meetings.


We also have a new group started - READ ALONE, TOGETHER
Bring what you are currently reading and read “with” us!
Next meeting is Tuesday June 16 from 2:00-4:00

Meetings Scheduled - 3rd Tuesday of month at 2:30 pm


June 16

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (F)
Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply, but instead he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie–who is 600 miles away–because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die.

July 21

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid (NF)
The author was a world–renowned, Pulitzer Prize–winning Lebanese American journalist who died while covering the uprising in Syria.
In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family’s ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great–grandfather’s once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside the history of his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East.

August 18

Light in August by William Faulkner (F)
This novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

September 15

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard (NF)
James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation’s corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield’s inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office–seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but became the object of bitter, behind–the–scenes struggles.

October 20

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (NF)
The improbable, intimate account of how nine working–class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

November 17

Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (F)
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent–film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen–year–old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty–six–year–old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

December 15

Sycamore Row by John Grisham (F)
Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?





Terrie L. Johnson and daughters Kristin and Ashley share their photography & artwork
during the month of May