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Shorelines April 2015

Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30 p.m. at Blue Caribou Cafe in Beulah

The libraries of Benzie County invite you to a countywide discussion of ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. This Great Benzie Read event will be held at the Blue Caribou Café in Beulah at 5:30pm on April 22. Nibbles will be provided by the Friends of the Benzie Shores, Benzonia, Betsie Valley and Darcy Libraries. Specialty drinks may be purchased. Everyone is welcome. Multiple copies of ME BEFORE YOU are available at the library.  The Caribou Café is located at 245 South Benzie Blvd. in Beulah.

     Thanks, everyone, for filling out the BSDL Technology Survey.   We learned that many of you who read eBooks or listen to eAudioBooks love that the library offers this service.  However, others find downloading library materials from the library a bit awkward and do not like that there is a limited loan period. To make things easier, every Tuesday morning our staff is available to walk you through the downloading process and to assist (when we can) with your technology issues. Please feel free to stop in anytime between 10:00-12:00 on Tuesdays.  Of course, we are happy to try to help if you give us a call. Additionally, help can be found at
We need a volunteer for the task of distributing flyers.  This job takes about 1 hour a month. 
If you are interested, please call Brook at the library.
    We are gearing up for our 2015 Summer Reading Program! This year's theme is "Every Hero has a Story." Registration will begin June 5th (last day of school for FEAS).
Save the Date : July 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Michigan's Family Funnyman, Joel Tacey will present his
"Super Caper Comedy Show"

FLY, POW, and LEAP into reading with Sidekick Joel!  Help unlock the secrets of 2 mysterious crystals which give and take away incredible super-powers, as Sidekick Joel brings several super-duper books to life.  Comedy, magic, music, and lots of audience participation highlight this exciting, wholesome youth program that will have kids and grown-ups laughing out loud and crazy about reading!
Upcoming Programs

Circle Time : Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Infants and toddlers and their parents/caregivers will have fun rhyming and moving with Miss Char. With a focus on repetition, children build their repertoire each week of rhymes, both old and new.

Tech Tuesdays : Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
A library staff member will be available to help you with your library related technology issues. Learn how to download ebooks, and audiobooks to your personal device. Learn how to search the library's digitzed newspaper collection. Non-library related tech issues will be addressed as time allows.

PubFiction : Monday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Stormcloud Brewing Company
Join us in a unique atmosphere for a lively literary discussion. The program uses the Great Books Foundation sampler "The 7 Deadly Sins." The program meets the fourth Monday of each month and each month we will explore one of the book's themes. This program meets at the brewery and is for ages 21 and up. Discounts available to those with an active library card from any library. Purchase not necessary to participate. Print copies of the short readings are available at the library and at the brewery. This month's reading, is "Rocking-horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence and can be found at:

Spanish Conversation Group : April 28th at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.

Let's talk about Non-fiction!

Suggestions from Cathy

April is National Poetry Month. The library has a lovely collection of poetry books both for adults and children.  There are collections by Nobel Prize Winners, poet laureates, local, international, the famous and the obscure.  Stop in and check out a collection of poetry.

Generally speaking, I read more fiction than non-fiction.  When I do read non-fiction, it is usually something informational, like NATURAL POSTURE (which, by the way, is a book worth owning). However, I have read some great non-fiction books and am always so delighted when someone recommends one to me. We have heard about many books through patron suggestions, but the one that has sparked the most patron comments of any book since I’ve worked at the library is UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand.

Some of my non-fiction suggestions are:
1491 and 1493 by Charles Mann are two of the best non-fiction books.  They cover the history of the Americas the year before Columbus arrived and the year after his arrival.  When I read these books, I was completely dumbfounded and amazed at all the things that I didn’t know about South, Central and even North America.

COD:  A BIOGRAPHY OF THE FISH THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Mark Kurlansky.  Who knew that reading about the history of a fish could make one feel entirely ignorant?  This is a fascinating book about the impact of cod on the history of the world.  

LOVE AND OTHER WAYS OF DYING by Michael Paterniti.  As with all essay collections, some of the essays included are better than others, but the good ones are really interesting. Paterniti, who is a reporter, found very esoteric people and things to describe in his essays.  One such essay is the FIFTEEN-YEAR LAYOVER where a ‘man without a country’ lived in Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport for fifteen years.

ART OF TRAVEL by Alain de Botton. In this philosophical observation of travel, the author describes his own travels and talks about some of the interesting and wondrous travels of others.  This is a gem of a book.

JUDGEMENT OF PARIS: THE REVOLUTIONARY DECADE THAT GAVE THE WORLD IMPRESSIONISM by Ross King. It’s hard to imagine the world described in THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS, a world in which art was of such supreme importance that people would line up for hours to see exhibits.  The years leading up to and following the first showing of impressionist art in 1874 were full of controversy, intrigue and completely turned the art world upside down. 
LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Mari Kondo. This little book could turn your life upside down.   Kondo, who believes that we all have too much ‘stuff’, has an interesting approach to dealing with it.  She says to only keep that which is beautiful and that you love and get rid of the rest. She maintains that if you follow her plan, it can change your life.

SOURCES OF THE RIVER by Jack Nisbet. David Thompson, a famous Canadian explorer, was essentially the Lewis and Clark of Canada.  However, one thing that sets him apart, in my mind, is that he took his wife and children on some of his trips!  The author makes the same voyage through the Canadian wilderness as Thompson. His observations, as well as Thompson’s writings are quite interesting.

RIVER OF DOUBT by Candice Millard. In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt did not win the presidential election.  He decided to leave the country and explore the Amazon.  The expedition was grueling beyond imagination. It was  physically and emotionally draining for Roosevelt and the entire party. 

PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS by David McCullough.  Building the Panama Canal was not for the faint of heart.  This interesting account of the long struggle to get a canal built through Central America makes the reader realize what an amazing feat it was.

MIRACLE OF MINDFULNESS by Thich Nhat Hanh.  Meditation and mindfulness seem to be the buzz words in health right now.  First published in 1975, this book is a guide to living a more conscious life.  It contains breathing and meditation exercises. It’s nice to read because it is straightforward without any pop culture overlays.

MAMA MAKES UP HER MIND by Bailey White. This book of essays is poignant, funny and memorable.  Bailey White is so observant and has such a likeable world view which she expresses through her essays set in her small, Southern hometown.

LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE by Anna Quindlen. This is one of those books that you have to read twice.  It is so good.  Anna Quindlen is best known for her newspaper columns and novels.  The essays in this book are based on her observations of life and her experiences.  It is wonderfully insightful.

MONUMENTS MEN by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter. This spellbinding account of saving the art stolen by the Nazis during WWII reads like a thriller.

There are non-fiction books available as books on CD, eBook, eAudioBook, and from other libraries through the MeLCat system if we don’t own the ones you like.  The staff is happy to help you find the ‘right’ book to read.

Happy Reading,

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