It's Your Library; Check it Out!

I should have done it a long time ago! You all know that I talk about our annual battle with fallen leaves. Our front door points in an easterly direction and for some interesting reason, this actually creates a small wind tunnel that sucks up all the flying leaves and deposits them at our front door. The back door is no better, as the leaves seem to be interested in parking at there as well. So this year, I dipped into the budget and bought an eco-friendly leaf blower.
I used to use a broom and it took a while for me to clear things out, now I haul out the leaf blower and it makes short work for me and blows the leaves away. OK, I’ll admit it is also fun to use, so you may see me out in front of the library on weekday mornings blowing away the leaves!
You may wonder why leaves change color and drop off the trees in the fall; here is a short answer for you: in the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor. Of course the leaves then drop off the trees to be replaced in the spring.
If you are interested, we do have some books which might help you fill in the gaps on Trees, Flowers, and Vegetation, here are some titles:
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • Field Guide to Trees of North America by National Audubon Society
  • Wildflowers of North America by National Geographic Society
  • Trees and Shrubs of North America by National Geographic Society
  • Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams by Michael Miller
  • Field Guide to Wisconsin Grasses by Emmet Judziewicz
  • Wildflowers of Wisconsin by Merel Black
  • The Vegetation of Wisconsin by John Curtis
That gives you but a taste of the many items that we have in our collection…I’m waiting on a large order of books that seem to be stuck in the warehouse at this time…I guess it is part of the whole transportation problem affecting us all. But hopefully, they’ll arrive before Christmas.
In the meantime, we have all of our Thanksgiving Books out and we gave in because so many people asked us and put out all of our Christmas items as well. They are in a special grouping on tables at the back of the library. So feel free to come and browse that collection as well.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I do want to let you all know about our holiday schedule for that week. We will be open:
  • Monday Nov 22nd  10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday Nov 23rd  10am to 7pm
  • Wednesday Nov 24th 10am to 7pm
  • We will be closed on Thursday Nov 25th and Friday November 26th
  • We will reopen on Monday Nov 29th at 10am
I know, the Holidays are beginning to sneak up on us and the weather will soon change. It’s nice and warm in the Library, stop by and say hello!