July 3 is the official start of the Dog Days of Summer. 

In addition, there are several days which warrant mentioning: Compliment Your Mirror Day, July 3; Teddy Bear Picnic Day, July 10; and Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, July 27.

The Library will be closed on July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

What’s Happening

Thursday, June 27 — Summer Break Family Movie: Muppets from Space [G] in the Cumberland Meeting Room, 2 p.m.

Teen Summer Program [ages 12-18]: Escape Room! in the Cumberland Meeting Room B, 4 p.m.

Friday, June 28 — Origami Group Meeting, Obed River Room [112], 1 p.m.

Traveling Science Program at Lake Tansi Thunderbird Recreation Center outdoor pool, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 29 — Beginning guitar class, Cumberland Meeting Room A, 10 a.m. 

Intermediate guitar class, Cumberland Meeting Room A, 11 a.m.

Monday, July 1 — Children’s Summer Reading Craft [birth-age 6] and Summer Science [ages 7-11], registration required, 1 p.m.

Children’s Summer Reading Craft [birth to age 6] and Summer Science [ages 7 – 11], registration required, 2 p.m.

Teen Movie Night [ages 12-18]: Star Trek: The Future Begins [PG-13], 4:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 2 — KidBits Storytime and Craft; Children’s Library Carousel, 10 a.m.

Tuesdays at the Movies: The Reluctant Astronaut [PG-13], 2 p.m.

Teen Craft; Star Books & Enterprise, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3— Ewe Can Knit Needle Workers Group meeting, 10 a.m.

Stamp Collectors Group meeting, 11 a.m.

Great New Books

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand. The Levin children have always stayed at their grandmother’s house in Nantucket for the summer. But in 1969, Tiger has been deployed to Vietnam, pregnant Blair remains in Boston, and 13-year-old Jessie is stuck alone with Grandma, as civil rights-crusading Kirby travels to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend Mary Jo Kopechne. Hilderbrand’s first foray into historical fiction will rouse curiosity in new readers as well as devotees of her annual summer smashes.

Keto for Women by Leanne Vogel. International bestselling author Vogel delivers the ultimate resource guide for women looking to take charge of their health through a fat-fueled, ketogenic diet. Leanne draws upon her many years of experience as a Nutrition Educator as well as her personal success to bring women this first-ever custom built nutrition program that will meet their individual needs.

FKA USA by Reed King. In 2085, with America broken into numerous countries, young Truckee Wallace is tasked with saving civilization by taking a talking goat cross-continent. He’s joined by a gentle-souled former convict who’s had a lobotomy and an android who wishes he were human, and off they head along what sounds like a futuristic and dystopian yellow brick road.

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. Against a backdrop of conflict between Catholics and Protestants in 1562 France, 19-year-old Minou Joubert, the intelligent and spirited Catholic daughter of a bookseller, and Piet Reydon, a warmhearted Huguenot soldier, fall in love in this tense, atmospheric thriller, the first of a trilogy from bestseller Mosse (the Languedoc trilogy). Readers will eagerly await the sequels, which will chart how the feuding plays out over the next few centuries.


Recently society has been waking up to the fact that food and health are directly connected in both protective and destructive ways. 

Human bodies contain five defense systems that not only protect from illness but heal when sick — Angiogenesis, regeneration, the microbiome, DNA protection and immunity. 

Activating these systems can prevent many of the diseases everyone is most worried about, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. 

Research is proving that certain foods activate these systems. Chicken thighs, mangoes, purple potatoes, sourdough bread, gouda cheese, kiwi fruit and concord grape juice are some of these foods. 

Dark chicken meat contains vitamin K-2 which has been shown to help control angiogenesis which is the process bodies use to form and grow blood vessels. 

A healthy angiogenesis system regulates when and where blood vessels should grow and can prevent tumors from getting the blood they need to thrive. 

Mangoes are a grand-slammer food because they activate all five defense systems at once. They contain the bioactive compound mangiferin, which improves blood-sugar control and can prevent tumors from forming. 

Mangoes are high in natural sugar, so diabetics should consult their physicians about the amount to eat.

Stingy Schobel Says

Low-data cellphone plans can be an inexpensive way to use phones primarily for voice calls and texts. 

Anyone who uses a minuscule 100 megabytes of data or less per month, which is enough to stream about 100 minutes of music, post 40 social-media images or visit hundreds of websites, should consider FreedomPop 100% free service plan, Tello Build Your Own plan or US Mobile 100 Minutes Talk, Text and Data plan. 

Specifics and costs of the plans vary. Check the firms’ websites for details.

Library Laugh

What do you call a bear with no teeth?