“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”           -Nora Ephron

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Who is not excited by the prospect of fall? Especially fall in New York State with the promise of apple picking, leaves aflame, cooler nights (I’m looking at all my sisters who sleep with a fan in the middle of winter), and of course, the ubiquitous pumpkin spice.

There is something exhilarating about the month of September. It’s a fresh start; a page turned and sharply creased down the binding. If summer is the time to lay low; goof off a bit, then September reminds us to get our acts together… make a plan, craft a new routine, write a list!

Summer is saying long languid goodbyes, and I’m in a bit of a rush to usher her the out the door. We’ve had a great season, with high enrollments for our Summer Reading Program Oceans of Possibilities, and capped off with our Beach Party Day, but we’ve got pencils to sharpen, projects to develop, best sellers lists to peruse, and Trunk or Treat on the horizon.

By the way, don’t September and libraries go together? Don’t the smells of crisp leaves and the pages of a brand new book evoke feelings both nostalgic and comforting? There’s even a (pricey) brand of candles that evokes scented memories, like “Old Books,” “Scented Bookstore”,”Book shelf,” and “Library,” and one called “Hemingway.” (How evocative might that one be?)

If you can’t tell, we’re pretty excited about fall and the new 2022-2023 programs we are developing. We’d love to hear your programming ideas. Drop in for a chat, or for the new best seller.

And maybe a pumpkin spice coffee on your way home.

Deborah