How do you feel about Memorial Day? What images come to mind for this last Monday of May holiday? I picture countless red, white and blue flags lining the entrances to cemeteries large and small. Honoring the memory of United States veterans always puts things into perspective for me. And I treasure the personal moments of remembrance as I place colorful flowers at loved ones’ graves. After that I see the sights, I hear the sounds, I smell the smells of the beginning of summer and all that has come to mean. Though it’s not official until June 21, the summer season seems to begin with Memorial Day weekend.
On display near the front desk at Hastings Public Library are several books with titles like “The Mighty Fallen: Our Nation’s Greatest War Memorials” by Larry Bond and f-stop Fitzgerald, published by Smithsonian. Also featured is “The World War II Memorial: A Grateful Nation Remembers” by Douglas Brinkley. I think of these as picture books for grownups because the pictures grab my attention first, text second.
Summer is the perfect time to try out new outdoor pursuits. Farmers’ markets are a great way to spend a summer morning. Involve the children in your life in selecting the best fresh produce at the market, then helping to cook up a delicious meal. You’ll definitely want to check out “At the Farmer’s Market with Kids” by Leslie Jonath and Ethel Brennan. Each recipe or project includes a “kids can” section. Try the cherry turnovers or the blackberry tie-dye t-shirts.
I personally recommend “Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas” by Craig W. Priebe. Use your outdoor grill on medium-hot for the crust. Prepare it yourself or follow the author’s tips on premade dough from the grocery. Add toppings, move to indirect heat, enjoy! For inviting summertime recipes, look on the new non-fiction shelf for “Cooking with Greek Yogurt” by Cassie Johnston. You’ll like the pictures with step-by-step instructions for everything from breakfast to dinner and dessert.
Summer weekends are perfect for weddings. Are you in search of an alternative to the traditional service, a way to make your day more personal? Then check out “Rustic Wedding Chic” by Maggie Lord. In somewhat the same vein is “The Paper Bride – Wedding D-I-Y from Pop-the-Question to Tie-the-Knot and Happily Ever After” by Esther K. Smith.
Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget to visit your library soon and often. Our Summer Reading Program is in full swing with activities for all ages.