We just wanted to inform all of our patrons at the Oshkosh Public Library that with the holiday season approaching there will be different hours of operation. November 27th, 2013 for Thanksgiving Eve we will be open from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On November 28th and November 29th which is Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the library will be closed. We will reopen Monday, December 2nd for our regular business schedule.
As of September 9th, 2013 we added a new Librarian Assistant to the Library. Her name is Morgan Bennett. She moved from Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband Ben Bennett and 2 children Lily and Ethan. Ben and Morgan have 2 dogs name Rocky and Shay. Rocky is a brown/tan border collie/Aussie Shepard mix and Shay is a pit terrier. Morgan came to the library with full intention of expanding the library’s media and doing more things to change the library. For Halloween this year, we did a Pick-A-Book/Pick-A-Pumpkin Contest. It was our first year and even though we only received 14 pumpkins, we felt that it was a great turn out. We had many patrons that voted so thank you to all of you.
Morgan was only known to read Nicholas Sparks books but the library has expanded her reading choices. Since she has been here she has read over 15 books.
Lily and Ethan both attend Garden County Elementary School. Lily is in the 4th grade and she joined the Volleyball team as well as the cheerleading team. Ethan is in the 3rd grade and he will be joining the basketball team.
Morgan has many more plans for the library for the future so we will do our best to keep everyone posted thru the library webpage, the Garden County Newspaper, flyers around town and look for us on facebook. Oshkosh Public Library is up on facebook and ready to be liked by many. That page will too keep you updated on upcoming events.
This is one of my favorite poems. Very appropriate for my last day at the Oshkosh Public Library.
Stepping Backward by Adrienne Rich
Good-by to you whom I shall see tomorrow,
Next year and when I’m fifty; still good-by.
This is the leave we never really take.
If you were dead or gone to live in China
The event might draw your stature in my mind.
I should be forced to look upon you whole
The way we look upon the things we lose.
We see each other daily and in segments;
Parting might make us meet anew, entire.
You asked me once, and I could give no answer,
How far dare we throw off the daily ruse,
Official treacheries of face and name,
Have out our true identity? I could hazard
An answer now, if you are asking still.
We are a small and lonely human race
Showing no sign of mastering solitude
Out on this stony planet that we farm.
The most that we can do for one another
Is let our blunders and our blind mischances
Argue a certain brusque abrupt compassion.
We might as well be truthful. I should say
They’re luckiest who know they’re not unique;
But only art or common interchange
Can teach that kindest truth. And even art
Can only hint at what disturbed a Melville
Or calmed a Mahler’s frenzy; you and I
Still look from separate windows every morning
Upon the same white daylight in the square.
And when we come into each other’s rooms
Once in awhile, encumbered and self-conscious,
We hover awkwardly about the threshold
And usually regret the visit later.
Perhaps the harshest fact is, only lovers–
And once in a while two with the grace of lovers–
Unlearn that clumsiness of rare intrusion
And let each other freely come and go.
Most of us shut too quickly into cupboards
The margin-scribbled books, the dried geranium,
The penny horoscope, letters never mailed.
The door may open, but the room is altered;
Not the same room we look from night and day.
It takes a late and slowly blooming wisdom
To learn that those we marked infallible
Are tragi-comic stumblers like ourselves.
The knowledge breeds reserve. We walk on tiptoe,
Demanding more than we know how to render.
Two-edged discovery hunts us finally down;
The human act will make us real again,
And then perhaps we come to know each other.
Let us return to imperfection’s school.
No longer wandering after Plato’s ghost,
Seeking the garden where all fruit is flawless,
We must at last renounce that ultimate blue
And take a walk in other kinds of weather.
The sourest apple makes its wry announcement
That imperfection has a certain tang.
Maybe we shouldn’t turn our pockets out
To the last crumb or lingering bit of fluff,
But all we can confess of what we are
Has in it the defeat of isolation–
If not our own, then someone’s, anyway.
So I come back to saying this good-by,
A sort of ceremony of my own,
This stepping backward for another glance.
Perhaps you’ll say we need no ceremony,
Because we know each other, crack and flaw,
Like two irregular stones that fit together.
Yet still good-by, because we live by inches
And only sometimes see the full dimension.
Your stature’s one I want to memorize–
Your whole level of being, to impose
On any other comers, man or woman.
I’d ask them that they carry what they are
With your particular bearing, as you wear
The flaws that make you both yourself and human.
ESCAPE FROM THE HEAT THIS SUMMER WITH A NEW BOOK! ALL OF THESE BOOKS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN ADDED TO THE COLLECTION.
TAPESTRY OF FORTUNE / ELIZABETH BERG
THE DROWNING HOUSE / ELIZABETH BLACK
TRUTH STAINED LIES / TERRI BLACKSTOCK
BREAKING POINT / C.J. BOX
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS / AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
HER MOTHER’S SHADOW / DIANE CHAMBERLAIN
KISS RIVER / DIANE CHAMBERLAIN
SIX YEARS / HARLAN COBEN
THE THIEF / CLIVE CUSSLER & JUSTIN SCOTT
THE GODS OF GOTHAM / LYNDSAY FAYE
PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS / JOANNE HARRIS
BENEDICTION / KENT HARUF
SHADOW WOMAN / LINDA HOWARD
CALLING ME HOME / JULIE KIBLER
HERE I GO AGAIN / JEN LANCASTER
FATHER NIGHT / ERIC VAN LUSTBADER
STARTING NOW / DEBBIE MACOMBER
LITTLE WOLVES / THOMAS MALTMAN
THE FEVER TREE / JENNIFER MCVEIGH
ROBERT LUDLUM’S: THE UTOPUA EXPERIMENT / KYLE MILLS
THE ICECUTTER’S DAUGHTER, BK. 1 / TRACIE PETERSON
LARGE PRINT FICTION:
BULLETS IN THE SUN / ROBERT J. HORTON
MARBLE RANGE / ROBERT J. HORTEN
THE FIRST MOUNTAIN MAN: PREACHER’S ASSULT / WILLIAM W. & J.A. JOHNSTONE
THE FIRST MOUNTAIN MAN: PREACHER’S FURY / WILLIAM W. & J.A. JOHNSTONE
BREAKING NEWS, BK. 5 / FERN MICHAELS
DEADLINE, BK. 4 / FERN MICHAELS
HERRON’S COVE / CARLA NEGGERS
THE MAN FROM YESTERDAY / WAYNE D. OVERHOLSER
SNAKE EYES / JORY SHERMAN
200 BEST CANNED FISH AND SEAFOOD RECIPES / SUSAN SAMPSON
AMERICAN SNIPER : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER / CHRIS KYLE
BETTER BASICS FOR THE HOME / ANNIE BERTHOLD – BOND
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS / JEAN -PIERRE ISBOUTS
MOM & ME & MOM / MAYA ANGELOU
THE NATURALLY CLEAN HOME: 150 SUPER-EASY HERBAL FORMULAS / KARYN SIEGEL – MAI
STICKS AND STONES:…BULLYING…../ EMILY BAZELON
STOREY’S GUIDE TO GROWING ORGANIC ORCHARD FRUITS / DANNY L. BARNEY
STOREY’S GUIDE TO GROWING ORGANIC VEGETABLES AND HERBS / KEITH STEWART
THE VATICAN DIARIES:….JOHN THAVIS