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Shorelines October 2015
Calling all writers! The library is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Visit for more information.

On Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m., we will host a NaNoWriMo kick-off event. Local author Sean McKenzie will talk about the creative process and fitting writing into a busy life.
After School Programs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Homework help, crafts, and more. Volunteers are still needed for these programs. Please contact Renée Herman at to volunteer or for more information.
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 will be a little more lively on Friday mornings as we begin "Fun Fridays." The 1st 4 Fridays are hosted by Mary Ann from M.O.B.B.I. (Movement Oriented Brain Body Integration). October 30th is offered by Barb Skurdall and will build body awareness and introduce tennis to the group. 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 Kick-off : Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m..
Local author Sean McKenzie will talk about the creative process and fitting writing into a busy life. This event is a kick-off for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Visit for more information. Then, on 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.

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, October 21st 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, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.
Coloring for Grown-ups meets on Fridays at 10 a.m. All materials provided. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.
Great Benzie Read
Wednesday, October 28th at 5 p.m.
This program will meet at Bayview Grille, 727 Main St. Frankfort

The libraries of Benzie County invite you to a countywide discussion of STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel. Everyone is welcome.
Keep the Great Discussion going!  Sign-up at the library for an optional Soup and Sandwich Dinner ($7.00) by Oct. 23 and enjoy dinner and conversation.

Books! Books! Books!

     Julie’s "Coloring for Grown-Ups" program made me think about how people deal with stress and challenges. Time and again, at the library, we hear people say that they are too stressed out or have too much going on to read, or are dealing with situations in which they have no energy left to concentrate.  For some of us a good “escape read” is the best medicine.  (Just a note on changing times: in the past we rarely heard that someone was too stressed or too busy to read. In fact, we would hear just the opposite:  “I’ve got so much going on, I need a good book!”)
     If your current world is complicated, perhaps it would be worth trying a book that transports you to another.   One suggestion of such a title is P. G. Wodehouse’s STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES in which Bertie’s problems are so completely mundane that you can’t help shaking your head at his antics and wish Jeeves were here to solve your problems.  Another, THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir,  is a terrific survival story if there was ever one!  Mark, the main character, is accidentally left alone to survive on Mars.  The problems he faces are massive!
     In a way, every book transports us to a different place but some are too complex and demanding for times when concentrating is a challenge. What do you read when it feels like your brain is a pinball machine?  My suggestion is to keep it light, have some laughs, and make sure the story has a happy ending.  No ambiguity allowed!  (Personally, a Regency Romance or a good murder mystery can cure just about anything that ails me.)  Mary Balogh’s MATTER OF CLASS is a short, Regency Romance that has quite a twist.  You will find yourself smiling throughout the book.
     As I’ve said before, I love re-reading books. It seems to me that reading a book for the second time is like meeting an old friend.  When re-reading a book there is always  more to discover . However, there is nothing that is completely unexpected, which can be great at times when life is already full of the unexpected. 
     I also think that short stories can be very relaxing because, well, they’re short! Every word counts, so a detail that might get lost in a novel is a stepping stone in the plot of a short story.  I’m often surprised by the numbers of people who say that they do not like short stories.  Good ones tell you everything you need to know about a character or a situation…and are well worth trying. Plus, they don’t require as much sustained concentration.
     I’m a great believer in the power of poetry.  No matter how busy you are, it might be nice to make time for a poem.  Perhaps every feeling is unique and individual, but poetry picks up the universality of feelings, and just possibly helps us recognize a kindred spirit.
The library staff members love a good Young Adult novel!  As Stephen Colbert said, “As far as I can tell, a Young Adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.”  They do transport you to a different world….the world of being a teenager.
     When you are too tired or busy to read, audiobooks are a wonderful treat.  Who doesn’t like being read to?  The library has many books on CD to choose from and there are hundreds to download from our Overdrive e-audiobook collection accessed from the library’s website.
     The library has a great collection of non-fiction both in ink-and-paper books and in e-books. In so many situations, information helps us understand what is going on a bit better.  We have a Parent/Teacher/Caregiver Collection that has informative books on activities, child development, and more.  We have books and electronic information on dealing with a variety of situations having to do with aging, divorce, illness, and finances. We’re hoping you use the library for information and to ask us for a good book to read!!

Happy Reading,

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