Opinion

The merry month of March

We welcome March with open arms! How wonderful to look forward to the Equinox, the middle of this month, when we will have equal day and equal night. From this point onward the days will become progressively longer. March is also the month of St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, 2019, we celebrate his feast day in honor of his bringing Christianity to Ireland. The Irish harp is the official symbol of Ireland. However, it is hard to think of anything but the lovely shamrock representing all things Irish. The shamrock is a three-leaf species of clover. Shamrocks and clover were thought to be two distinct plants, but botanists have proved this is not true. The Irish shamrock is simply a smaller species. The Gaelic word for shamrock is “seamrog.”

March is a busy month at the Washington Public Library. Piecing Together is a group that meets every Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Rebook Room in the basement. You can piece anything from puzzles to quilts. The puzzles are provided by the library. Bring your own sewing. Color Me Calm is a group that meet every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Wolf Conference Room on the second floor. A huge variety of pictures are supplied by the library. Books & Brown Bags meets the second Tuesday of each month from 12 until 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy an Irish short story on March 12. We are excited to be hosting a special author, funded by Humanities Iowa, at our Washington Writers’ Workshop on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. Mary Swander will be visiting us to discuss her writing process during the first hour. Mary is a “local poet, playwright, and non-fiction writer, drawing her inspiration from the landscape and its people. From the Iowa Amish to the New Mexico mystics, she has captured the extraordinary folkways and idioms in the ordinary person’s life.” During the second hour of the workshop we will critique submissions from our members. This is free and open to adults and teens.

We leave you this week with this simple Irish wish, “May good fortune be yours, may your joys never end.”

New Materials at the Library 3/4/19

Adult Fiction

Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

Vox by Christina Dalcher

A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James

California Girls by Susan Mallery

When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

The Cassandra by Sharma Shields

Large Print Fiction

On Death & Flying by Tim Martin

Maxilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Adult non-fiction

Parkland by Dave Cullen

How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Adult Biography

Deep Creek by Pam Houston

Easy Children’s

Little I by Michael Hall

Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine

Gobi by Dion Leonard

I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep by Dev Petty

Because by Mo Willems