The name “Peyton Place” has become synonymous with scandal or melodrama in American society. The first thing that always came to mind for me when I heard the name was the 1960s prime time television show that made stars of Mia Farrow and Ryan O’Neill (and that I usually didn’t get to watch because my mother sent me to bed!) A few months ago, I ran across an old article in Vanity Fair magazine about Grace Metalious, the author of the book. (here’s the link to that article for those who are interested: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2006/03/peytonplace200603) It aroused my curiosity, so I decided to read it. Expecting something tawdry and “trashy”, I was pleasantly surprised. Metalious wasn’t a bad writer, and the story is actually rather tame by today’s standards. It’s not a literary masterpiece, but it’s not “trash” either. I put the title on the list of books to be considered by our library book club, and it was chosen as the March title. Our discussion is scheduled for Thursday, March 8 at 7 P.M. We have extra copies here at the library, so if you are inclined, why don’t you read it and join us? I think it will be a great discussion.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Nine years ago today on February 11, 2003, a small four-legged furry creature walked into the Lyme Library and made it her home. I can’t believe it’s been nine years, but at the same time, it seems like she’s always been here. For 3,285 days, Emma has welcomed us with leg rubs and meows, been on mouse patrol, made us laugh, kept us company while we worked (even if she does lie on top of our keyboards and steal our chairs!), comforted us on our bad days, shared our lunches, and in general made the library a happier place. I know we rescued her from a shelter and an uncertain fate, but I’m not sure that we humans didn’t get the better end of the deal.
We were hoping to mark her anniversary with a cake today, but the uncertainty of the weather sort of ruined our plans. Instead we will celebrate on Tuesday, and what better day than Valentine’s Day to let Emma know how much she means to us. If you are so inclined, please stop by on Tuesday to have a piece of cake and give Emma your good wishes. She’ll be glad to see you!