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Shorelines November 2015
MeLCat Requests Temporarily Suspended

The MeLCat servers are being moved to a new host site and upgraded. MeLCat requesting will be turned off at 12:01 am on Wednesday, November 18. You will still be able to search MeLCat after that date, but the request button will be gone. MeLCat requesting will be off from November 18 until early December. For more information, visit
Upcoming Programs
All programs sponsored by the Friends of Benzie Shores District Library

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.

After School Programs : Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Programs, activities, homework help, and more. Intended for grades 5-12.

Fun Fridays : Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The library is a little more lively on Friday mornings. In November, we offer music classes hosted by Melinda Lise from Kindermusik. This program is designed for ages 2 to 5; however, all are welcome.  

Coloring for Grown-ups : Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Come to the library and enjoy a stress-free hour of coloring.  All materials provided.

Tech Tuesdays : Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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 digitized newspaper collection. Non-library related tech issues will be addressed as time allows.

National Novel Writing Month Quiet Time : Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays in November from 1 to 3 p.m., the library will provide a quiet work space for novelists participating in National Novel Writing Month. There will be an editor here to help with editing.

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, November 18th from 9:00 to 10:00 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!

Spanish Conversation Group : Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.
Giving to the Library
If you are interested in giving to the library, information is available on the library’s website. You are always welcome to have a conversation with Cathy Carter or Joe Hommel about donating to the library.

Books! Books! Books!

Books into Movies: The Frankfort Film Festival is always a great jumping off point for the movie watching season! The weather is getting colder and the days shorter…a perfect time for reading OR for a good movie! You’ve read the book, why not see the movie? Or, you’ve seen the movie but you know there is more to the story, so you want to read the book. For inspiration take a look at our ongoing display of books made into movies

Reading to Children Who Are Far Away:   What could be nicer than reading to a child you are holding on your lap? I can’t think of anything! However, not everyone has their children or grandchildren nearby. In the past couple of years, we have repeatedly been asked to suggest picture books that would be good to read to a child via video chat. The first criterion has to be that the book is riveting! Otherwise, you will lose the child out of camera range! The book has to be at the right level and the right interest for the child (and not bore the reader!). We love picture books and have so very many good ones in our collection. We are happy to offer suggestions!!!!

Black Sheep of the Family Stories: 
Another Thanksgiving! Last November I wrote about books in which so much difficulty happened to the characters that reading them would have us weep over imaginary lives. Whoa, I must have been impacted by the weather. (As an aside, all of the past email blasts are available on the library’s website.) This November, I chose a somewhat different theme... family stories. Thanksgiving is a time of families or friends reconnecting which means that family stories are repeated. One that every family probably has is the story of the person of some generation who was the Black Sheep of the family. There is an old cowboy song, “Old Paint”, that captures the Black Sheep theme:

Old Bill Jones
Had two daughters and a song
One went to Denver
And the other went wrong

Don’t you wonder what happened to the daughter who went wrong? Aren’t stories about the Black Sheep of the family always the most interesting and compelling?  Myths from around the world, Bible stories, classics and modern novels that have a wayward, troublesome Black Sheep character abound. Some contemporary fiction titles that come to mind are as follows:
A rebellious or troubled sister:
PRACTICAL MAGIC by Alice Hoffman. I love Alice Hoffman’s writing.  In this story two sisters were brought up by eccentric aunts who believed in magic.  One sister ran away and one got married.  When the sisters are unexpectedly reunited, they learn what a gift it is to have a sister.
THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg has a story within a story. Fritzie, the bright, challenging Jurdabralinski sister, becomes a pilot, which changes everything for her and her sisters.
THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE by Joseph Boyden. Actually, in this story, both sisters are sad cases, but one is way off the deep end. Annie, a loner who lives in the Canadian bush, searches the streets of Montreal, Toronto and New York City for her missing sister. The writing is very good, although the story is dark.
A wayward brother:
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT by Norman Maclean. As the narrators says, “ of the earliest things brothers try to find out is how they differ from each other…”  Stories in which one sibling is troubled often become tragedies. Maclean’s writing is perfect.
PAPERBOY by Pete Dexter. Ward, a journalist, comes home to investigate a murder. His brother, a college dropout, chauffeurs him around. A murder, of course, intensifies relationships in this sad, complicated story.
ENGLISH CREEK by Ivan Doig. Doig, who recently died, wrote exquisitely. In this story, the wayward brother is not ‘bad’ in anyway, just completely stubborn. It doesn’t help that his parents are stubborn, as well. Jick, the younger brother, adores his older brother, but, as an observer of his family, can see that heartbreak is in store for everyone.
Additional Titles with the Black Sheep Storyline:
CLARINET POLKA by Keith Maillard; a lost soul tries to find his way back into the family.
CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty; a recalcitrant daughter fleetingly becomes a star.
GATHERING by Anne Enright;  the damaged sibling has a sad secret.
HOME by Marilynne Robinson;  the bad boy is still the favorite child.
NO GREAT MISCHIEF by Alistair MacLeod; a sibling is honor-bound to rescue the difficult brother.
LOOKING AFTER LILY by Cindy Bonner; the responsible brother falls in love with the unruly brother’s wife.

Whatever your stories…the ones you tell, the ones you hear, and the ones you read…have a lovely Thanksgiving.
Happy Reading,
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