Upcoming Programs All programs sponsored by the Friends of Benzie Shores District Library
Circle Time Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Infants and toddlers and their parents/caregivers will have fun rhyming and moving with Miss Char. Children build their repertoire each week with rhymes, both old and new.
Tech Tuesdays Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A library staff member will be available to help with library related technology issues. Learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks to your personal devices or learn how to use the digitized newspapers.
Adult Coloring Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Come to the library and enjoy an hour of coloring. All materials provided. All are welcome.
Artemis League Tuesday, September 20th at 7 p.m. For grades 7 and up. The Artemis Space Bridge Simulator is a multi-stationed, networked PC game simulating a working spaceship bridge. The Helm, Weapons, Engineer, Comms, and Science officers all work together under a Captain against computer enemies and other bridge teams. Defend the universe @ your library!
Breakfast Book Share Wednesday, September 21st at 9 a.m. Bring your own coffee or tea and talk about books. Share what you have read recently, and find out what fellow community members have been reading. This is a great way to discover new books!
Great Benzie Read
Presented by the Libraries of Benzie County
Wednesday, October 26th at 5 p.m. Meets at Geno's Bar and Grill, Thompsonville Meet up to talk about the book "After You" with readers from around the county. Refreshments provided by the Friends of Benzie Shores, Benzonia, Betsie Valley and Darcy Libraries.
THANK YOU BOOK SALE VOLUNTEERS!
The Friends of the Benzie Shores District Library wish to thank the community helpers who worked so hard to make the 2016 Book Sale an outstanding success. Despite the downpour, we sold thousands of books!
A special thank you to sale organizer Molly Harrison, book sorter Carol Beidler, book transporters Jim Larsen and Andy Bolander, and to our storage facility provider Rick Rineer.
Photo: Clean-up volunteer Lori Darling wore her wet suit to pack up books in the rain. She was the most appropriately dressed volunteer!
2016 SUMMER READING PROGRAM SUCCESS!
This year 345 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Program. Over 1,000 prizes were given to participants. These prizes were provided by very generous local vendors. Drawings for other prizes such as fishing poles, marble mazes, and a Samsung tablet, were also held. Raffle prizes were provided by the Frankfort Tackle Box and the Friends of Benzie Shores District Library.
In addition to reading, children were able to participate in many fun programs. Vickie Slater of Get Up and Dance, along with local teacher Clarissa Wright provided “Fun Fridays”, a story time for preschool aged children. For older children, the library hosted open Lego and board game programs. On “Maker Mondays” older children played with Ozobot Robots and Squishy Circuits.
Teen participants engaged in a teen book share where we talked books and had snacks- lots of snacks. They also enjoyed battling aliens in a galaxy far, far away during the library’s Artemis program. The Artemis Space Bridge Simulator is a multi-stationed, networked PC game simulating a working spaceship bridge. The program was so popular that it will continue this fall.
Of course, everything that makes the summer reading program so exciting and fun for kids takes money and sponsorship. We wish to thank the following businesses for their support:
Annette & Ollies Five and Dime
The Cool Spot
The Corner Toy Store
Frankfort Dairy Maid
Frankfort Tackle Box
Frankfort True Value Hardware
The Garden Theater
Kilwins of Frankfort
The Traverse City Beach Bums
Chestnut Hills Golf
Dan Collier Construction
The Inn at Watervale
and the Friends of Benzie Shores District Library
Overall, the Summer Reading Program was a huge success and we are so proud of our readers! The complete SRP report is available on the library’s website at www.benzieshoreslibrary.org. Please contact the library if you or your business is interested in supporting the library’s children and teen programming efforts. Thanks!
Books, Books, Books
Back to school
The library has a terrific array of back-to-school books in our children’s area. (Parenting titles that address many of the issues facing growing children are available in the adult collection.) Young adult novels tackle the angst of high school, the myriad changes that take place and the relationships that were formative for better or worse.
As adults, back-to-school time may not carry quite the excitement (or, perhaps, the trepidation) that it did when we were students. Still, seeing school buses and hearing kids at recess or football games being broadcast over the loudspeakers, we can’t help but think of school!
Some adult books that focus on school as a theme, backdrop or setting are…
THE TEACHER’S FUNERAL by Richard Peck has one of the funniest first lines, “If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it.” This story, set in the Midwest in the early 1900’s is about a boy who has an elderly, unpleasant teacher. He loves the freedom of summer and does not want to go to school. When his teacher dies suddenly right before school starts, he thinks he will have unlimited summer. However, he is in for a huge surprise; not only is school NOT postponed, his sister is hired as the teacher! If you haven’t read any of Richard Peck’s books, they are a treat. Like all of Peck’s books, this one is short, funny and insightful.
JOY SCHOOL by Elizabeth Berg. Katie, the central teenage character in this story, has lost her mother. Her father decides that he and Katie shall move to another state. She starts school and, of course, doesn’t fit in. Berg is a master at conveying emotion and has a gift for choosing the right words to communicate feelings. (Although Gail Godwin’s FINISHING SCHOOL does not actually take place in school but in the summer, it is similar to JOY SCHOOL in that a young girl unwillingly moves to a place where she does not belong. An adult takes an interest in her and teaches her many things including a crushing sense of betrayal.)
A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles is a classic that appears on many best books lists. It is well-written and set in a boys’ boarding school just before WWII. I’ve read it and maybe someday I’ll figure out what it is about. The story is fairly straightforward, but the meaning behind the actions is what is most significant.
WHISTLING SEASON by Ivan Doig is an irresistible story about a tornado in the form of a housekeeper who starts taking care of a motherless family. This is also the story of the new, unwilling ‘gentleman’ schoolteacher who changes everyone’s lives. As with Ivan Doig’s other books, this one is a treasure. He is an extremely perceptive author.
LORDS OF DISCIPLINE by Pat Conroy explores life in a Southern military academy and the friendships, brotherhood, abuse and heartbreak that are abundant. Conroy is a wonderful, emotive writer who can makes us feel as if we are participants in the story..
DOWNTOWN OWL by Chuck Klosterman is a book I really like, but have questioned whether I should suggest it to readers. The story takes place in a small North Dakota town where there is really nothing to do. Mitch plays high school football and much of the novel centers around school life and the characters in the town. Life goes on…then, without warning, a deadly blizzard hits. Who lives and who dies? It is a book full of the unexpected.
BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty could be re-titled “Adults Behaving Badly.” It’s focus is more about the parents than the students and on the dynamics of the relationships between the adults and children. It is about misconceptions, lies and personal courage. It is well-worth reading due to the great story and the insights into how out-of-hand some parents can get.
We love reading because of all the possibilities a book holds for us. As school starts, the library staff hopes to continue to foster a love of reading for everyone.
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