Happy August. As you read this, the month is almost one-third gone.

The dog days will technically be over on the 15th, but the heat we associate with them will no doubt persist. Our dogs don’t respond any differently to this weather. For them, summer is one long snooze. I checked the derivation of the expression dog days and found it goes back to the Greeks and Romans and is referring to the dog star Sirius. Homer refers to ‘Orion’s dog rising’ in the Iliad. Then as now, it is associated with hot weather.

Preparing for school

The lull in organized events in early August provides us with the chance to gradually get ready for the new school year. Athletic teams are starting to practice and Aug. 23 will be open house for area schools.

Plan to attend and meet your child’s teacher and other school staff. Teachers will have their first work day on Aug. 22, but likely most have been attending workshops or preparing their classrooms before officially starting back. Custodial and office staff worked all summer to get things ready for a fresh start. Students, you can wait no longer to start that book that you were supposed to read over the summer.

Area college students will be headed toward new adventures as well, and we send our best wishes. If you know a college freshman’s address, consider sending a card or two during the first few weeks to help that transition from known to on-their-own.

Be cool at the library

If the call from your hammock is louder during the heat of the summer stop by the North Davidson branch of the Davidson County Public Library’s book sale. Donated and discarded books are on sale for only $1 for a whole bag of books. Bags of all sizes are allowed.

The library has partnered with school librarians and created a list of Teen Lit Top Ten for 2018-2019. Titles are available at the library or through the North Carolina Digital Library at: ncdigital.overdrive.com/ncdigital-davidson/teens. The books are: "Red Queen" by Aveyard, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" by Haddon, "The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Lee," "The Female of the Species" by McGinnis, "Yaqui Deigado Wants to Kick You" by Medina, "Long Way Down" by Reynolds, "The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever" by Strand, "The Hate U Give" by Thomas, "They Both Die in the End" by Silvera, and "Eliza and Her Monsters" by Zappia.

The September book club selection is "A Piece of the World" by Christina Baker Kline. Ask for it at the desk and join the discussion Sept. 7.

Need knows no season

For many the words ‘food insecurity’ is a new and unfamiliar phrase, but for others in our area it describes the daily struggle to have sufficient nutritious food. Our area food pantries do a tremendous job, but the need continues. Consider getting involved with one of these agencies. There are many ways to help. Also consider helping area schools with supplies of pencils, paper and notebooks as well as tissues and sanitizing wipes or gels.

Something to think about

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” - Sam Keen

To report news of Arcadia, call Lynette Wikle at (336) 408-1280 or email at arcadianews16@gmail.com.