Maps of this region from the 18th and 19th century mark this area as “desert”. Last year was one of the driest on record. I certainly hope that we don’t continue the drought through this year, but we will have more dry years. In addition to that, water is expensive – whether you buy it by the unit from the Village, or if you’re pumping it from your own well. To that end, there are some new books on garden plans for dry climates and Xeriscapes. Xeriscapes can contain many things besides rocks! We have pictures of some beautiful gardens that use very little water.
It’s said that April showers bring May flowers, and we had an April blizzard at the end of the month. After that return to “winter wonderland” it’s time for flowers. Since last year’s drought damaged most lawns and some other plantings, and the late freeze and snow may have destroyed some flowers, we have to re-plant. There are some old and new books in the library for choosing new plants for your yard and garden, as well as water-wise suggestions on Nebraskaccess. Come in for the password for your free access to this wealth of information.
t was a busy week at the library, with many patrons returning to the library since its move, and several people who have not used the library in a long time came in to look around. Most of them checked out a book, movie, or game.
In addition to books and movies, there are plenty of games in the library. Some of them are old-fashioned family-fun games such as dominoes and checkers, but there are some new games, including an electronic banking edition of Monopoly that comes with batteries. These games are available to be checked out for 2-week periods.
On May 18th, we plan a class on the next step for anyone who is getting online: Online Privacy and Security, or “Don’t get on the internet without fastening your seat belt”. The internet is fun, a powerful tool, and a great resource, but there are pitfalls which someone can harm you by using your information the wrong way. Safeguarding your privacy on the internet is a concern even if you don’t use the internet. There is a great deal of information online about nearly everyone, even if they, themselves, do not go online.
An intergenerational reading group, which will be reading the book Room One by Andrew Clement is planned for the early summer. This fictional mystery book, written for older children is set in the local area, and has appeal to community members of all ages.