‘Owhwhe (I’m Reading)

By Kristin Freeman, Kim Yerton Memorial Library

Again and again we are reminded what a wonderful place on earth on which we live, here in the valleys and mountains along the Trinity and Klamath rivers.

As the produce is ripening in the many gardens plated over the late winter and spring and the fruit trees and berries are providing bountiful supplies for the picking it is time to remind you that KYML has in its collection some wonderful books with recipes for canning and preserving food as well as for presenting new dishes on the summer meal tables. Tomatoes with such wonderful flavor are ready for making a supply of marinara sauce and salsa to use throughout the winter and spring when that real tomato flavor is not available to us from the grocers.

If you are new to preserving food there are books to guide you with learning that process as well. The Dewey number to always remember for food preparation is 641.5; locate those shelves and you will be delighted with the selection of books available. If your needs exceed what is on the KYML shelves, remember that up to three books may be requested from the library catalogue and sent to you for pick-up in Hoopa with no charge.

Summer Reading Club is in the final four weeks. Keep bringing your children to KYML to get their books and record their reading progress. We are having a stellar success with SRC this year; more children are reading with their families than ever before and over half of the members are completing their game card and starting a second or third card. The craft projects designed by Janis Davis and Beth Trees continue on Tuesday afternoons from 2-5pm each week. This week the theme is Soar Into Reading and the project for this afternoon is origami. If you are unable to come today their will be crafts at the craft tables set-up and ready for the readers every day the library is open. Janice will be available to help you get the supplies and make a project or two. The staff at the library loves watching our readers Make Waves and Make A Splash at KYML this year.

The Digital Story Station recording project at KYML has received funding for assistance with staff costs for a second year of recording, editing and publishing stories from the community. If you or someone in your family would like to records stories as a part of this project please contact the library and we will schedule a time to capture your stories. Every storyteller receives copies of their stories to share with family and friends. A public presentation of the stories collected in the first year of the project will be held at KYML on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 6 pm. Watch this column for more details as we get closer to the day of the event. The California of the Past Digital Story Recording Project, for which the KYML has been chosen as a participant, is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the California State Librarian. Technical Services are provided by Media Arts Center San Diego.

Thursday, Aug. 26 at 1 pm “Kindergarten Here I Come” will be presented at KYML by KEET-TV Ready to Learn Project and First 5 Humboldt. All children entering kindergarten this fall are invited to come and enjoy the program with a video, stories, games, crafts and refreshments.

This week I have enjoyed reading a new book in the library system, Low Country Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank. A novel set in the Carolina low country it is well written and kept me awake later than I planned to be each day until I finished. The book can be requested through the on-line catalogue.

Are you reading anything good this summer? Found a new author whose writing has captured your attention? Enjoyed those reading times with the children in your home? Well, right now why don’t you get comfortable, open that book and READ, READ, READ!

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August 2nd, 2010

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