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Shorelines June 2016
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.

Coloring for Grown-ups : Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (note new time)
Come to the library and enjoy a stress-free hour of coloring.  All materials provided.

Fun Fridays : Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The library is lively on Friday mornings during "Fun Fridays." Stories, songs, and dance with Miss Vickie and Miss Clarissa. This program is designed for preschool age children and a parent or caregiver; however, all are welcome.

Maker Monday : Monday, June 20th at 3 p.m.
Join us for DIY activities, crafts and technological exploration. Designed for grades 2-4. Registration not required, but recommended. Meets the third Monday of the month at 3 p.m.

Open Lego: Tuesday, June 28th at 10 a.m.
Your imagination is the limit. All ages. Legos provided.

Artemis League: Wednesday, July 6th from 7 to 8 p.m.
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. Registration not required but recommended to guarantee a position on the crew. For grades 7 and up. Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Patio Games: Tuesday, July 12th at 10 a.m. (weather permitting)
Hop scotch and board games on the library's patio. Designed for grades K-4; however, all are welcome.

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, July 20th 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!

Teen Book Share : Wednesday, July 20th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
An "any book" book club for teens. Share what you have read recently and find out what your peers have been reading. Meets on the library patio. Snacks provided. For grades 7 and up

Annual Meeting of the Friends of Benzie Shores District Library : Thursday, June 23rd at 9:30 a.m.
Public welcome.
It's Summer Reading Program time! Miss Julie promoted the program to local K-3rd graders with a summer reading program themed puppet show. The program runs June 10th through September 3rd with prizes, programs and fun for all ages.

BSDL Kicks off First Teen Summer Reading Program

     It's not uncommon to see kids lose interest in summer reading programs as they age. That doesn't mean they are not susceptible to "summer slide", when students experience a significant decrease in math and language arts skills over the summer. Summer reading programs are designed to help battle the loss of academic skills over the summer. In order to keep older kids interested, we had to get creative with reading incentives and programming specific to teens.
     When teens register for the teen reading program, they are given a bookmark to track their reading time. For every two hours they read, they are entered in a raffle for a Samsung tablet. They also receive a prize for every two hours read, such as a slushy from the Frankfort Dairy Maid or "something cool Ms. Pasche found on the internet, like glow cubes or metallic temporary tattoos."
     Getting teens exited about the program is no easy task. To create awareness about the new program and to highlight the many new teen book titles we have at the library, Ms. Pasche visited the 6th through 9th grade classrooms at Frankfort Elementary and Frankfort Jr and Sr High School. Most librarians will agree that school visits are effective, rewarding, and absolutely terrifying. I am happy to say that not only did I survive, but it was not so terrifying and I was happy to see that Frankfort students are eager to read. All of the books I talked about at the school are currently checked out and being enjoyed by area youth.
     Like the children's summer reading program, the teen program is open to all teens regardless of residency and regardless if they'll only be here a short time this summer. Library programs are open to all as well.
    Click  to view the list of this summer's recommended teen reading, otherwise known as "Pasche's Picks."
New Staff at BSDL!
We welcome (back) Hilary Turner and Erin Melcher to our BSDL family.
"I live in Arcadia with my husband and two daughters.  My husband and I moved to Northern Michigan from Colorado 15 years ago after spending many summers vacationing in the area.  I worked at the library from 2007 until 2014 and I'm very happy to have the opportunity to return to BSDL!"  -Hilary Turner 

"My name is Erin Melcher. I am a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and ten year resident of Alexandria, Virginia. I have happily found myself in Michigan for the past 28 years (minus one spent in Tokyo, Japan). My background is in education, having been a classroom teacher, college professor and elementary school principal. Books and libraries have always figured prominently in my work and throughout my life.  I am a mother of four, a Spartan and a devoted Tigers fan. In addition to reading, my interests include gardening, cooking, knitting and crossword puzzles. I am thrilled to be living and working in Frankfort. I made my first visit here many years ago, and fell in love with the town, the lake and the people. It is truly a blessing to be working, learning and reading alongside each of you. Please say hello the next time you are in the library. I look forward to meeting each of you." -Erin Melcher

Books, Books, Books
Exploration...In your own backyard

Walks on the beach, hikes in the woods, and swimming in the lakes…summer is such a great time to explore this wonderland!! There are so many fascinating things, right here, to pique our curiosity: beach stones, wildflowers, animal tracks, insects, and birds to name a few. It’s fun to pay attention to the details of our small area of the world. Summer, I find, is also a quite a good time to explore the larger world through reading. It’s an amazing experience to read a book that challenges our world views. The library staff is always happy to suggest titles that will enhance your quests whether you are looking for the name of a wildflower or the ‘must’ read of the summer.

Recently, my family hosted visitors from Chile. They were so interested in this area and asked many questions about the local flora and fauna. Through their questions, I realized that I don’t know enough about my neck of the woods. (It’s lucky that I work in a library where there are books that hold the answers!) The library has books on all aspects of nature that make this area unique. MICHIGAN TURTLES AND LIZARDS by James H. Harding and THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PETOSKY STONES by Bruce Mueller are a couple of examples of  the kinds of informational books which will aid in the exploration of your own surroundings. To plan another kind of local exploration, books such as TRAILS OF M-22 by Jim DuFresne are well worth reading. This little gem of a book contains trail maps and other pertinent information. Books on canoeing, bicycling, and fishing, to mention a few Michigan pursuits, are also available for check out.

If you are interested in exploring local history, the library has an extensive collection of local history materials. Just a reminder: the digitized Benzie County newspaper archive is available on-line through the library’s website.


It’s a small world! Perhaps we need to read a variety of diverse books to expand our understanding of other cultures. Although the following suggestions are novels, they may offer insights that will surprise you, the reader. The following are some titles that I have found interesting.
South Africa: POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay remains one of my favorite books. This beautiful story, set in South Africa, is about a boy of English descent growing up during an unsettled time in a turbulent country.
India: Aravind Adiga (WHITE TIGER), Salmon Rushdie (MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN), Arundhati Roy’s (GOD OF SMALL THINGS), Kiran Desai (THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS) are just a few of the many extraordinary authors from India. The one thing these books have in common is giving the reader a glimpse into an incredibly complicated society.
Mexico: LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel. I especially love books set in Latin America that have an element of magical realism. As this story unfolds, the main character uses food to evoke emotion and change the course of people’s lives.
Cuba: DISTANT MARVELS by Chantel Acevedo. An elderly woman is unwillingly evacuated from her beach house during Hurricane Flora. During the trauma, she retreats to memories which are full of love, adventure, history and rebellion.
Balkans: THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht. This book took my breath away. The author does a good job of interweaving the stories that a young woman’s grandfather told her with the reality of living in a war zone.
Dominican Republic: IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES by Julia Alvarez. The description of the lives of three sisters during the dictatorship of Trujillo poignantly demonstrates how women survive in a time of significant political upheaval.
Lebanon: HAKAWATI by Rabih Alameddine. The hakawati, a traditional storyteller, shares his stories with his grandson. The grandson intertwines the stories he remembers with the complicated political realities of the Middle East.
Portugal: STONE RAFT by Jose Saramago. Knowing absolutely nothing about the Iberian Peninsula, imagine my surprise when I read and absolutely loved this work of fiction. Strange things happen when the Iberian Peninsula breaks off from Europe and floats out to sea. But miracles also occur.
Ethiopia: CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese. The political turmoil of Ethiopia is a perfect setting for this story of orphaned twin boys whose lives follow drastically diverse paths.
Nigeria: PURPLE HIBISCUS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The impact on a sister and brother of tyranny and domestic violence is explored in this novel.
Chechnya: CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA by Anthony Marro. The main characters in this compelling novel are victims of political persecution and injustice.
Palestine: ALMOND TREE by Michelle Cohen Corasanti. What could be more uplifting than reading about compassion set in the midst of unbelievably bleak circumstances?

These books are not really what is usually suggested for beach reads! I hope that reading them will give you an extraordinary, thought-provoking reading experience. As Oprah says, “Nothing, not one thing or activity, can replace the experience of a good read—being transported to a different land, a different realm, through words and language.”

Enjoy summer!

Happy Reading!

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