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What nice spring sights abound. I love watching the vivid colors replace the dullness of the late winter.

It’s said that without the winter, spring would not be as welcome and I agree completely. How can we appreciate the burst of yellow if the trees and grass are always green and flowers bloom all year? Watching for the first buds and the wonderful tulips and daffodils is almost a pastime, one I would hate to give up. Of course the arrival of the black flies — the no-see-ums as they are called — and the mosquitoes is not welcome, but if it means summer is coming, I guess we just say hello.

Now is the time to think about the book sale. We can use your donations, and we would love your attendance, as well as your help. The sale will be held June 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We currently are accepting donations. If you want to help, call Lee at 978-454-5474 or sign up at the desk.

The long-range planning committee is working very hard to create a survey to help determine the direction of the library in the next five years. The state requires this as a condition for applying for grants, which enable the library to offer extras like homework centers, projects and activities. The survey will help us a lot. You will be able to reach it through our Web site, and paper copies will be available soon.

The summer reading program begins in June. The dates will be posted in the library and on our Web site. We also will have copies of all the reading lists for the Dracut schools. If anyone has lists from other schools, please leave a copy at the library.

Given its huge demand, the latest Harry Potter book isn’t a good candidate for reading lists, especially if you’re depending on the library for a copy. Since it won’t be available until July and the reserves are huge, there just will not be enough copies to supply everyone. In fact, once it is released, we will happily take any donated copies that people have. As long as no one gives away the ending, I guess everyone will be reading it right away. Maybe we should have a group session for those who finish it right away so they can discuss it without ruining the secrets. I will check on that.

Speaking of books though, we have more for you.

Jane Tesh has to be one of the funnier mystery writers. A Hard Bargain is set in Celosia, N.C. The main character is a former beauty pageant queen turned investigator haunted by two “fans” who want her to return to the circuit. The comments, a folk tale turned potential horror movie called the Curse of the Mantis Man, the love life and searching for lost umbrellas, overdue books and more keeps the reader laughing.

Lisa Gardner has not lost her touch with the psychological mysteries that linger in the mind of the reader. Hide is her newest foray into the field. Who is or was Annabelle Granger? Why is she alive yet dead? And who was her family running from that they moved from state to state for years? Not a horror story, just one that has enough character study to keep you wanting to know more.

Don’t miss The Crossroads Café, by Deborah Smith. Now I have to admit, I started this with the sense of oh goody, another book about a “famous” person with a problem. It didn’t turn out that way. Yes an actress is hurt. Yes, we get insight into the personal side of 9/11. But through it all is a story of personal growth, courage and a sense of person. Who are we and what makes each of us the person we appear to be is what Smith seems to ask, and her book tries to answer. A definite choice.

Does getting fired from the CIA make you a bad person? Katie doesn’t know. What she does know is that it has impacted her whole life and not in a good way. Past Perfect takes Katie back to the day when she was “walked” out of her office with no reason and never given a reference. This haunts her to the extent that when she is given a chance to find out, she almost gives up a great new life to find the answers. Susan Isaacs has not lost her touch and delivers as good a story as one of her very first books, Compromising Positions.

See you soon and get ready for the book sale and for summer reading.

Susan Schwarz is the director of the Moses Greeley Parker Library.