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, October 18th 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, October 19th 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.
A day doesn't go by where we don't feel the love from our supportive community. Patrons often ask "how can we help", so we thought we'd share a list of things the library could use. Our 2016 Wish List includes: End of range shelving for book displays ($500), a charging station for patron's phones, tablets, etc ($500)., Chromebook laptops for students and guests to use ($230 each), privacy screens for the circulation desk computers ($90 each), and a portable speaker/amplifier/karaoke system for outdoor programs and teen & tween programs ($300). Please contact the library if you would like to contribute to any of these items.
The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, and the Library are working together in conjunction with the BIG DRAW to create a very special community art project! Anyone visiting the Art Center or the Library during the month of October is invited to create a work of art using a discarded catalog card. These cards will be used to create a collaborative art work to be displayed at the Oliver Art Center.
Books, Books, Books...
I am an avid fiction reader, for the most part, but the library has such a cool and eclectic selection of new non-fiction books that I am quickly becoming an aficionado of non-fiction, as well. I am finding myself contemplating how authors become fascinated by topics which frankly are so esoteric. The new additions to the library’s non-fiction collection include many topics which pique our curiosity.
A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN 100 BUILDINGS by Dan Cruickshank. The history of architecture is chronicled in this book which is well-worth reading (and, perhaps, owning). Cruickshank categorizes some of the best known as well as some of the most obscure architectural wonders of the world and describes their cultural impact.
52 SMALL CHANGES FOR THE MIND by Brett Blumenthal. Blumenthal has created a very practical guide to improving our mental wellness. One of the interesting aspects of this book is that the author introduces one potentially impactful change to try every week, instead of overwhelming the reader with a list of things that must be done all at once.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF NATURE POETRY by J. Patrick Lewis. This is a lovely book of National Geographic photos of nature, with analogous poems. I believe it was originally meant for children, but adults will treasure this book.
BECAUSE OF SEX by Gillian Thomas. The history and impact of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the history and lives of women in the United States is revealed in this book. With the passage of this landmark Act, discrimination based on gender became illegal.
MY NAME IS MAHTOB by Mahtob Mahmoody. Do you remember the book NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER? Well, the daughter is grown-up, teaches at MSU and has written her own story… and what a story it is.
BRILLIANT BEACONS: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE by Eric Jay Dolin. In Michigan we are particularly drawn to and infatuated with lighthouses. This book is a must read for anyone who loves lighthouses. It is the history of the structures, the politics of building them and the people who tended them.
HOW TO READ WATER by Tristan Gooley We are surrounded by water! After reading this book, you will never look at water in the same way!
AND SOON I HEARD A ROARING WIND: A NATURAL HISTORY OF MOVING AIR by Bill Streever. Wind is as changeable as it is dynamic. As an undeniable force of nature, wind has had a monumental impact on history and it certainly has an impact on our moods. Noteworthy winds around the world have earned their own names and have even been known to blow our lives off course.
MISTRESSES OF CLIVEDEN by Natalie Livingstone. Are you a Downton Abbey fan? If so, you may want to try this book which the subtitle describes as “Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home.”
GRIT by Angela Duckworth. According to the author, sheer determination, perseverance and passion can work wonders. Using both historic and contemporary examples, Duckworth also tells how to develop grit.
TRANSGENDER 101 by Nicolas Teich. This book is a great resource for anyone interested in transgender issues and understanding what it means to be transgender. You might be surprised by what you don’t know and how some of your assumptions could be incorrect; I was.
Many of my favorite non-fiction books are actually in the children’s area. They are informative, to the point, give me exactly what I need to know without too much detail…and have pictures!! So, when you need information, don’t overlook the children’s area of the library.
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