Thursday, March 26, 2015


Now that March 20 has come and gone, it is officially spring. Called the Spring or Vernal equinox, this is the time of year when the sun crosses the earth’s equator making day and night approximately the same duration, each being 12 hours. That is the scientific explanation, but spring means so many other things—flowers blooming, bunnies hopping, and shedding our old skins and jumping into something new. There are so many books devoted to the topic of spring, each with its own angle, and here a few from the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library. 

People love it or hate it and always have. In Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Savings Time author Michael Downing has plumbed the depths of history and hearsay to chronicle all the facts and myths of why we change our clocks twice a year. Daylight savings time started in Germany before spreading to other European countries and then to the U.S. This is a story of legislators, bankers, farmers and scientists who debated springing forward and then falling back. Humor and history mix in this entertaining book.

The hills of California are alive with the presence of wildflowers. Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys and Coasts by Philip Munz is a classic guide that tells readers where to go to witness the glory of spring and illustrates and names many kinds of wildflowers.

In spring our attention turns to the rebirth of what has been missing during the colder seasons. Popular novelist Mary Kay Andrews has written Spring Fever about a divorced couple who rediscover love. This title is for readers who enjoy gentle romances. 

Our attention also turns to our cluttered houses and the annual rite of tidying up. That rite is highlighted in another light novel, The Spring Cleaning Murders by Dorothy Cannell who sets her mysteries in an English village. Ellie Haskell has hired a cleaning lady who is mysteriously murdered. Ellie goes undercover as a char woman to solve the crime. A charming setting and quirky characters make this an enjoyable read.

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