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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2018

Gift recalls words of Robert Louis Stephenson

Sep 04, 2018

At the Library, by Mimi Ritti Jacoby


Last week a friend gifted me an electric scent warmer.

When plugged in, the wax cubes melt in the top pottery bowl and the delicious scent of warm vanilla diffuses throughout the room.

The calligraphy scrawled around this bowl reads “Live Laugh Love.” It was Robert Louis Stevenson who first wrote “Live well, laugh often and love much.” What a courageous and positive statement from a man who dealt with major health issues from the time he was a small boy until his early death at 44 years of age.

The majority of his works were written from a sickbed. His courage, optimism and indomitability are absolutely astounding.

In “A Child’s Garden of Verses” Robert Louis Stevenson paints deceptively simple memories and feelings to portray the profound truth and dreams of childhood. His novels Treasure Island and Kidnapped are swashbuckling adventures of fearful pirates on high seas adventures.

The Washington Public Library owns many of his novels including some in e book form, an adult biography of Stevenson, and even the graphic novel version of Treasure Island. Kidnapped is available in print and on DVD. He believed strongly in families and greatly valued loyalty.

His philosophy was optimistic and simple. He looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

Just a reminder that we have our first meeting of Sticks & Strings this Friday night, September 7, at 7 p.m. Bring your knitting, crochet, quilting, or other projects for a relaxing evening with some fiber arts friends.

Also, our next Brown Bags & Books is Tuesday, September 11, at noon. I will be reading from The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat. Sit back and enjoy a story time for adults!

New Materials @ the Library 9/3/18

Gifts & Memorials

The following books were given in memory of Norma Meyer by her family & friends:

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak; If You’re Groovy and You Know It, Hug a Friend! by Eric Litwin; Grow Up, David! by David Shannon; Get Out of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup; Shake the Tree! by Chiara Vignocchi.

Adult Fiction: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo; Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde; The First Love by Beverly Lewis; Safe & Sound by Fern Michaels; How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran.

Adult Nonfiction: Killing It by Camas Davis; The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler; The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore; Dopesick by Beth Macy; The Cut-Out Girl by Bart Van Es.

Adult Biography: My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum.

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