by Josie Hanneman

It’s 60 degrees out, it’s snowing, it’s sunny and beautiful: Welcome to spring!

Spring means something different to all of us: maybe you have a spring break adventure planned, or you’re excited for time off from college classes. Perhaps you’re looking forward to Easter, you might be watching that warming soil and hoping for the day the snow has melted off Black Butte.

If planting is on your mind, the library has a wealth of gardening resources to help you have a successful year, even in our challenging climate. Check out this list of gardening resources for our area:, or grab one of these:

“Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” by Paul Bonine

I want to put this in all caps (but I won’t): this book includes the high desert regions! It’s not just the wet side, I promise. There is a focus on landscaping plants; vegetables are not included in this tome.

“High Desert Gardening” by OSU Extension

This is a monthly newsletter from OSU’s Master Gardeners program and if focuses on climate- and season-specific information for Central Oregon.

Is Easter on your mind? Here’s my slightly irreverent take on great books around the topic.

“Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient” by Michael Ruhlman

Eggs are integral to many of the world’s cuisines from savory soups to the most decadent deserts.

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s wicked imagination takes a different view of Easter, or Ostara, than is traditional. This is a book for mature audiences.

The library has a variety of children’s Easter books which have recently been moved to the “Celebration” section of our picture book collection. Come see our new layout and let us know if you need help finding anything!

Finally, are you dreaming of spring break? If you’re taking a road trip this March, I highly recommend audiobooks to help the miles pass.

“Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling and read by Jim Dale

This magical series is great for a car full of multiple ages. The first three in the series are accessible and enjoyable for younger readers, while the story is complex enough to engage middle school students and adults.

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Carter and read by Bahni Turpin

Starr Carter spends her life code-switching between her poor, black neighborhood, and her rich, suburban school. After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of police her worlds collide and she must decide what path to take. This story could inspire discussion between high school students and their parents.

“Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah

Are you a college student hitting the road? I highly recommend this title, read by the author. Don’t expect his trademark comedy; there are funny bits, but this is a serious, fascinating look at Apartheid South Africa and what it meant to grow up under that regime. A mature high school student could also get a lot out of sharing this with their parents.

— Josie Hanneman is a community librarian at the Redmond Public Library. josieh@dpls.lib.or.usfa