Programs and Events

Mending and Ironing at the Library

Do you have any clothing or other textiles that need mending or ironing?  If yes, stop in the library and we will have our "experts" help you out.  We are offering free ironing and mending (with donations appreciated) once a month. Dates are available here or on our Calendar

Library Board Meetings

Library Board Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at the library.

Story Time

Storytime will be held on the second Wednesday of each month during the school year (September-May) at 10 am.

Thurday Night Readers

Thursday Night Readers meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the library.

November 16, 2017

The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson

Though billed as memoir, Bryson's follow-up to A Short History of Nearly Everything can only be considered one in the broadest sense. Sure, it's filled with Bryson's recollections of his Des Moines, Iowa, childhood. But it's also a clear foray into Jean Shepherd territory, where nostalgia for one's youth is suffused with comic hyperbole: "All sneakers in the 1950s had over seven dozen lace holes," we're told; though all the toys were crummy, it didn't matter because boys had plenty of fun throwing lit matches at each other; and mimeograph paper smelled wonderful. The titular Thunderbolt Kid is little more than a recurring gag, a self-image Bryson invokes to lash out at the "morons" that plague every child's existence. At other times, he offers a glib pop history of the decade, which works fine when discussing teen culture or the Cold War but falls flat when trying to rope in the Civil Rights movement. And sometimes he just wants to reminisce about his favorite TV shows or the Dick and Jane books.

 

December 21, 2017

Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog, by Lisa Scottoline

Scottoline, author of several thrillers featuring women and writer of the weekly Chick Wit column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, offers a collection of her published columns and additional commentary on life from a woman's perspective. Her columns feature the people in her life mom (aka Mother Mary), brother, daughter, friends, and her pets, including four dogs of long and faithful companionship, thus the title of the book. Minor characters are two ex-husbands she calls Thing One and Thing Two. Among her observations and ruminations: how divorce has led to families having multiple dogs, the virtues of visible panty and bra lines, starting a religion that allows women to have multiple husbands, how women's magazines ignore women over 40, the bittersweet experience of a child going off to college, and the awkwardness of men determined not to look at women's breasts, which results in fixed stares.

 

January 18, 2018

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg

Flagg's achievement here lies in a well-choreographed story of loyalty and survival that zigzags deftly across the post-war years, panning in on the never-changing decency of Elmwood Springs, Mo., then pulling back to watch national TV news devolve into sensationalism, all the while drawing us into the compelling life of Dena Nordstrom. Star of America's most popular morning news show, Dena shuts herself down and shuts men out for painful reasons that are unknown even to her. Only after the stress of ambush- and sound-byte journalism brings on a hemorrhaging ulcer does Dena slowly unearth the scandal that, when Dena was four, drove her mother from Elmwood Springs, hometown of the war hero father that Dena never knew. That her mother's nemesis is a newspaper gossipmonger is nicely ironic, although her mother's secret shame seems slightly larger than life. In contrast, Dena's college friend Sookie and great aunt Elner are reminders of how well Flagg can cook up memorable women from the most down-to-earth ingredients, while a cameo by Tennessee Williams is uncannily true to life. Fans may be sorry at first to leave Elmwood Springs for the big city, but even the most reluctant will get wrapped up in Dena's search for the truth about her family and her past.

Silent Auction

By clicking here, you will find just a few of the numerous items we have on display! With some bids starting as low as $1.00 and items ranging from American Girl Dolls to winter jackets, theres sure to be something for anyone!

Windows

Every 2-3 weeks, the staff of the Jane Morgan Memorial Library selects a theme for our front windows.  For more information click here.

Open Gaming

Open Gaming with the Wii is available during all open hours.  The library offers Guitar Hero, Wii Fit, Mario, Wii Play, Carnival Games - Mini Golf, Wii Sports, Lego Batman, Lego Starwars, and Wipeout.

Cambria-Friesland Historical Society

The Cambria-Friesland Historical Society generally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. The December 2017 meeting was held on December 5th.  For more information about the history of Cambria or the Historical Society itself, contact Mary Jane Winter, President of the Cambria-Friesland Historical Society at 920-348-5940.