The visitor to the Prairie ROCKS class on Monday was Sr. Lillian Englert. She began her talk by asking the students what they would like to hear about life as a sister in a monastery. She encouraged the students by asking them what burning questions they have always had, but never before had the opportunity to ask! Sr. Lillian has a delightful sense of humor!
She talked about what brought her to the Monastery of St. Gertrude in 1961 after graduating from college. She has held many teaching positions throughout the state of Idaho and has had the opportunity to further her education and to travel extensively. Sr. Lillian especially enjoyed her trips to Ireland, Switzerland and to the Holy Land.
In addition, Sr. Lillian explained the process the sisters of St. Gertrude recently experienced as they chose a prioress for their Monastery for the next four years. The first step of the process, of course, is to pray. Eventually, the sisters gather to point out the gifts and good qualities of others who may have the leadership skills necessary to be the prioress. This was a perfect starting point for our class discussion on Tuesday………to identify and point out only the positive qualities we see in others.
The library will be closed this Saturday, April 23rd, which is Holy Saturday. We want to give all the librarians a chance to spend time with their families. We hope this won't be an inconvenience to anyone. There will not be a charge for fines on the extra days.
The blue spruce seedling trees have arrived at the library. They will be given out to anyone who wants them. Limit-two per customer. If there are some left at the end of the month, you may have more. Let the librarian know how many you want. This is a promotion for Arbor Day, April 29th. Trees need to be planted as soon as possible to take advantage of the cooler weather.
There are just two weeks left to save your receipts for a free membership at the library. You must have $250 worth from local businesses to qualify. You may bring in a bill that you receive early in May for items bought during the month of April. We will accept that also.
The board was pleased with the turnout for the book signing for Joan Kopczynski on Saturday, April 14th. Her sister, Theresa Wessels, accompanied her and it was good to visit with her also. We wish Joan well with her book. The librarians continue to put more new books on the shelves, so come in and see what we have. Spring and Easter decorations are up thanks to the work of Pat Trautman. Butterflies are everywhere! Maybe some of that spring fever will spill out to the outside and we will actually have SPRING!!