6 reasons we love spring!

Spring is one of the best times of the year, primarily because it comes after winter. It’s the hope we have of better weather after trekking through snow and chiseling our cars out of the ice. Most people can’t really say anything too bad about spring; the weather becomes milder and we finally start seeing another color other than “dead plant brown.” We asked library staff what they liked most about spring.

  1. The promise of new life is one of the most beloved aspects of spring. Lynette Cookston, Reference Librarian, loves the blossoming trees and the bright green of leaves on new plants.
  2. Kathleen Piercefield, Circulation Assistant, enjoys waking up with the windows open and the birds singing outside. She also likes “seeing the haze of subtle colors as the buds start swelling on the trees,” and of course, the blooming lilacs!
  3. Improved weather is certainly something we all look forward to after the drab, cold months of January and February. Karen Hemle, Page Supervisor and Public Services Associate enjoys the refreshing smell of spring and being able to  take her shoes off in the grass.
  4. Teen Librarian Deanna Pina loves that the sun will be out after all the gray weather we’ve had. She hopes for sunshine at least!
  5. Spring activities and traditions are another fun part of this time of year. Susan Sitz, Youth Services Associate, enjoys everything about gardening. She likes planning it while it is still the cold in the winter, then something to work on as the weather becomes warmer. It also feeds her family-and sometimes her coworkers too!
  6. Kelsey Shackelford, Community Events Liaison, was introduced several years ago to the Bulgarian tradition of martenitsa, a red and white bracelet that is traditionally worn during March. At the the first sign of spring, the bracelet is hung on a tree branch. Signs of Spring include seeing a stork, swallow, or tree blossom. The bracelet is tied into the legend of Baba Marta, a grumpy old woman whose mood swings are connected to the wild weather changes during the month of March.

Spring is a time of new beginnings and (hopefully) better weather. It may be a bit problematic with rainy days and the ushering in of seasonal allergies for many people, but the pros certainly outweigh the cons. The reprieve from winter weather and flowers blooming are worth a few puddles and runny noses!

Fifty Shades of Greys: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact

Former Wright Patterson Air Force Base employee Raymond Szymanski discusses the rumors of the base’s connection to extraterrestrials at the Florence Branch, 7425 US 42 in Florence, KY on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Please register for this program.

During his forty years working at Wright-Pat, Raymond has collected factual information and photographic evidence to support the stories which he will share with you at this event. Raymond has published a book on his research and appeared on the History Channel’s popular Ancient Aliens show.

Award winning author and researcher, Raymond Szymanski, is currently the undisputed expert on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its heralded connection to extraterrestrials. In his recently published book Fifty Shades of Greys: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitation to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Beyond, Szymanski reveals a myriad of photographic evidence he has personally taken and factual information he has developed that supports long held rumors of Wright-Patterson’s alien involvement. As a forty year employee of the fabled Air Force base, Raymond has unique first-person access to locations and individuals with information that eludes other accomplished researchers, regardless of their pedigree.

Raymond holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Detroit (1975). In 1983 he completed his graduate studies in Computer Engineering at Wright State University. He holds six professional software certifications and has hundreds of hours of additional professional education. From 1983 -1993 he led the Ada Joint Program Office’s Evaluation and Validation Team sponsored by the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Late in his career he was competitively selected by the Wright-Patterson Base Commander to serve two years as the first Director of the Installation Civilian Wellness Program, impacting the lives of all 12,000 base civilian employees. Raymond is a certified Personal Trainer thru the prestigious Cooper Institute. He has run 16 marathons including the 2010 and 2015 Boston Marathons. He retired in 2011 as a Senior Engineer/Scientist from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson. He has been researching the UFO topic for decades.

Raymond has appeared on the History Channel’s popular Ancient Aliens show, now in its 13th season. He has made guest appearances on the following radio shows: Open Minds with Alejandro Rojas; Midnight in the Desert with Heather Wade; Fade to Black with Jimmy Church; The Unexplained with Howard Hughes (UK); Mack Maloney Military X-Files; The Danny Gordon Show; Spaced Out Radio with Dave Scott (twice); Strange Dimensions with Rosemary Ellen Guiley; Aquarian Radio with Janet Lessin; Sacred Matrix Radio with Sasha and Janet Lessin; Veritas Radio with Mel Fabregas; and many others.

His book won the Non-Fiction Best Seller Award at the 2016 Dayton Book Expo. Ray has made well-received presentations to the Los Angeles UFO and Paranormal Research Society; the Denver Paranormal Research Forum; the Florida Paranormal Research Group; the Arizona, North Carolina, and Michigan MUFON Chapters; Dayton Ghost Hunters; Engineers Club of Dayton; Fairborn Historical Society; and a long string of other public and Skype appearances. He recently appeared on the Dayton Fox 45 Morning Show, the Youngstown NBC Morning Show, and has been quoted and misquoted in every major UK tabloid including The Sun, The Express, and The Daily Mail.