The biggest news this week is something that will happen at the library and all over the planet at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday. Spring arrives. Ah, glorious!
Sunrise Wednesday will occur at 7:39 a.m., the temperature should be cold, about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, but the sky is supposed to be clear.
If you get a chance, celebrate the coming of spring by catching the sunrise, you’ll be seeing it at one of the two times a year that it rises due east.
Equinox folklore tells us that Wednesday morning also is one of the two times a year that you can balance an egg on its end. Give it a try before you turn yours into breakfast.
Spring brings a lot of terrific library programs with it.
On Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m., Neal Oliver, a retired major paramedic who had 21 years of experience with Winchester Fire-EMS will teach a Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers class. This course shows healthcare professionals how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking. Upon completion, participants receive a certification card good for two years. Certification is through the American Heart Association. Neal has been an instructor for the AHA for 20 years. There is a $50 fee for this class. To enroll or to get more information, call Community Education at 745-3946.
On Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the Kentucky Picture Show presents a classic Hitchcock thriller about a psychotic socialite who confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder — a theory he plans to implement. If you’d like to check the title, call the library and choose phone option 4 for the movie hotline.
At noon on Thursday, we’ll have a little Saki with Book Lunch. Saki was the pen name of H.H. Munro, a wit, and master of short story style in Edwardian Britain. Saki was to the pretentions of Edwardian Upper Crust what the skewer is to the kabob. Copies of four Saki stories are available at the library circulation desk. If you like arch humor, Saki is a must read. Please remember that you must register to attend Book Lunch. Just call the library.
On Thursday at 4 p.m., learn how to organize your records with Microsoft Excel.
Need to keep track of some basic monthly expenses, lists of items, or plan a family budget? Microsoft Excel is the perfect bit of software to do all these things and more. Space is limited, so you must register to attend.
On Friday morning, Write Local meets. All right now, I want everybody who has said they’d like to come to Write Local to put their work in progress in their old kit bag, smile, smile, smile, and actually come to a Write Local session, because we smile a lot during the sessions too. Heck, last week, Joe Barnes even sang us a song he wrote. It was great. No stuck up, stuffy literati, here.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Community Ed offers a Community Wide Volunteer Training Program in the library community room. This program is for anyone who needs to interview prospective volunteers or for people who’d like to volunteer for community services. Local volunteer options will be presented, covering everything from the animal shelter to recreation, from working with children to senior citizens, from the arts to tutoring.
Any agency is welcome to send current volunteers and staff. This program is free and open to residents age 14 and up. Pre-registration is required. Call Community Ed at 745-3946.
Spring forward at the library.