Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
Volunteering is rewarding in so many ways. You find out what's new, for instance. When I was training (all ten minutes of it) to volunteer at the Clearwater Beach Library I was told, most emphatically, that we must never mention to anyone what library patrons asked for, or checked out.
It's okay for me to tell on myself. Last week, I checked out Return To Harmony, by Philip Gulley. One chapter is about the town of Harmony's library, which the main character loved as a boy.
"If you went to the circulation desk to ask if the library had a certain book and Miss Rudy (the librarian) didn't think it was one suitable for Christian people, she would let you know," he writes.
"She'd say it in a loud voice, so that people would look up from whatever they were reading and stare at you. By the time you reached home, three people had phoned your mother to tell on you."
For some of us, that was the good old days! Return To Harmony is about a kinder and gentler time, provided you obeyed your parents and respected your elders.
By the way, volunteering at the Clearwater Beach Library is an interesting and rewarding adventure. We are almost to the point of having enough volunteers so none of us need to be there more than one day a month. Join us? Call volunteer coordinator Lorraine Freitag at 441-8539.
Over at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Complex the swimming pool is now open for swimming, from 12 to 5 p.m. for now. After April swim times will expand. Planned for the summer are swim classes, a swim team and "Frog Fridays," once a month, starting on May 2.
Aqua-Cise classes will begin May 12 (when those people who usually participate in water exercises will be less likely to squeal, "Oh, that's cold!" when their toes touch the water.
To talk about fees and sign up for the swim team and learn to swim classes, call the pool at 462-6020 or the center at 462-6138.
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