‘Owhwhe (I’m Reading)

By Kristin Freeman, Kim Yerton Memorial Library


We’re still having some gloriously beautiful fall days as the winter weather sneaks in here and there to remind us of the months to come. Planning for our family gatherings next week over succulent meals, often using food harvested right here in our home gardens and forests. If you are looking for a new recipe to put on the table this year we’ve some extraordinary cookbooks in the 641.2 non-fiction collection here at KYML; or if you go on-line today www.humlib.org, go to the library catalogue, search the titles and using your library card number and your name you may order up to three books be sent to you at Hoopa or Willow Creek and the books should be ready for you to pick up this Friday.

Share A Story, The monthly program designed for young children and their families is tomorrow, Nov. 17 from 6-7 pm. Bonny Roberts has planned a program that will stimulate the mind, delight the spirit and encourage the development of reading skills called “Monkeys and Crocodiles”. There will be stories, poems, songs and a craft project for everyone. The book “What Time is it Mr. Crocodile?” by Judy Sierra will be given to every participating family. It is our pleasure to present this family centered program provided by First 5 Humboldt and the Humboldt County Library System each month of the school year. We look forward to seeing families with small children at this tried and true library program.

Are you making plans for some crafts to create and sell this holiday season? Come and check out the selection of craft books at KYML or again, go to the on-line catalogue and see what is available for you to order. The annual bazaar is Dec. 11 at the Hoopa NF; the Friends of the Kim Yerton Library will have their booth set-up again this year. They will have a collection of wonderful gift baskets made by their members to raffle on that day; members of the Friends have raffle tickets available for pre-sale now. Some of the baskets will be on display at the library after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is a grand way to support the library materials collections and special programming.

Story recording sessions for December are being scheduled at this time; Monique Sonoquie our videographer for our second year of participation in the California of the Past Digital Story Recording Project is busily preparing for her recording sessions with elders and all other community members. Call (530) 625-5082 and set-up a time to get your memories and recollections of the California of the past in these river valleys and stories of coming to California made a part of the digital collection in the Humboldt County Library and the State of California Library. This project is supported 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.

I enjoyed re-reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho this past week. This simple fable has its character, Santiago, visiting places from his many dreams as he seeks to learn truths concerning the living of one’s life and the life of the world. The concept of the alchemist – those who believe that heating metal for many years would remove all individual properties and leave simply the “soul of the world” is at the heart of this tale that has been enjoyed for more than 20 years. With many of the library patrons requesting and reading this book I followed suit and was as enchanted with the story today as I was many years ago when it first was on my “to read” list.

Now I am reading a book by my favorite designer, Kaffe Fassett, ‘Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts.”perhaps there is a project in there for me to explore over the holidays. What are you reading? Isn’t it time to get the fire going, find a comfortable place to sit with a good light and READ, READ, READ!



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November 5th, 2010


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