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Shorelines May 2015
    Summer is just around the corner and that includes our Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is "Every Hero has a Story" and registration will begin June 5th (last day of school for FEAS). Those who register can complete a reading log to collect prizes from local businesses.

And be sure to join us for....
Circle Time with Miss Char
(designed for infants and toddlers)
Mondays at 10 a.m.

Story Time with Miss Charlotte
Thursdays at 10 a.m.
(June 25th through August 6th)

Joel Tacey, Michigan’s Family Funnyman
and his Super Caper Comedy Show!

Thursday, July 16th  at 7 p.m.

Library story times introduce important early literacy skills in a fun atmosphere.
Programs are offered free of charge and open to the public.
For more information, vis

Staff Changes

     Ashley Olstad has accepted another job and will no longer be our Children’s Librarian.  We do, however, have a great team for children’s services lined up this summer.  Char Taber, a retired Children’s Librarian from the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland, will continue to do the Monday Circle Times for infants and toddlers. Charlotte Sanders, the former Children’s Librarian at Peninsula Library, will be our story teller this summer.  We can’t believe how lucky we are to have her lead the library story times. 
     We are also pleased to announce the addition of Renée Herman to our staff. See her introduction below.
    Hi! I'm Renée Herman and very happy to be joining the Benzie Shores Library team. I was born in Frankfort and raised working on my family's summer resort, Chimney Corners.  I received a Bachelors in Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, then moved to Los Angeles for 10 years where I performed and worked with various youth programs. I returned home 5 years ago to enjoy the seasons and am currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work through Grand Valley University while teaching voice lessons and directing Trinity Lutheran Choir. I am passionate about community development and specifically enjoy working with youth. Raised in a family of voracious readers, I enjoy all works of literature and look forward to getting to know and be of service to all our patrons.

Upcoming Programs

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.

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

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, May 20th from 9 to 10 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, May 26th at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.

Great Books with BYO Coffee/Tea : Wednesday, May 27th from 9 to 10 a.m.
This program will meet monthly, May through August. Please note time and date changes for the summer. The Great Books Foundation anthologies and the Foundation format is followed. Stop in at the library to borrow a copy of the current anthology, or read online using the link below. Since each discussion is complete and each meeting has a new reading, it is easy to join the group even if you are unable to attend every discussion. Please contact the library at 231-352-4671 for more information. The Reading for May will be Anton Chekov's THE DARLING.

Staff Summer Reading Lists

This summer we hope to read...

Stacy :  My summer "to read" list was inspired by a recent article in WIRED magazine. The article was about book titles on the bookshelf in the movie "Interstellar." Many of the book titles were chosen by the director because he felt they reflected themes of the movie. The titles were varied (Jane Austen's EMMA and Stephen King's THE STAND, just to name a few). On the top of my list is "FLATLAND: A ROMANCE OF MANY DIMENSIONS" by Edwin A. Abbott. It is the story of A. Square, a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland who has dreams of one day visiting a four dimensional land. Although it was written in 1884, in the world of science fiction it is still considered a classic.

Julie :  This summer I am hoping to read more of Toni Morrison's work.  I just read her latest, GOD HELP THE CHILD, and read SULA many years ago.  I love her wisdom, perspective and writer's 'voice.'

Brook :  This summer I am hoping to read Mario Vargas Llosa's THE DISCREET HERO.  I regularly read Vargas Llosa's column in the El Pais newspaper when I studied in Seville and love his work.  I've heard that this is a great book and I can't wait to check it out, preferably from a lounge chair in the sun!

Renee :  I love youth fiction so this summer I am hoping to catch up on the top ten youth series by The New York Times that I have missed including the Divergent trilogy, the Percy Jackson series and the Giver Quartet.

Cathy :  I have a LONG reading list for summer (actually, I have a LONG reading list at all times!)  I think this summer I should try…for the umpteenth time…to read THE GOLDFINCH.  I am not one of author Donna Tartt’s fans and have read such mixed reviews, so as my “to read” list grows and grows, I’ll probably, once again, talk myself out of reading it!  However, what I WANT to be reading is the third in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, which, very unfortunately, is not yet written.  The books are long and complex but I WISH he would write faster!!!

Summer!! Our busy time!  So, here’s a heads up on a few fiction books you might like to reserve. 

DISTANT MARVELS by Chantel Acevedo. Cuba is certainly in the news!  Maria Sirena, the main character, is an old woman alone in her house by the sea in the path of a hurricane. She is unwillingly rescued by one of the soldiers of the revolution and taken to a mansion to wait out the hurricane with other elderly ladies. Maria Sirena is a storyteller and feels compelled to tell the story of her life including the secrets she has kept.  It is a wonderful story of remembering and the terrible experiences of the Spanish American War.

PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos.  Taisy and Willow are half sisters who do not know each other. Their dad, who is self-absorbed and insufferable, has a heart attack and asks Taisy to come and stay with him, his wife and Willow. Taisy, against advice and her better judgment, acquiesces even though her father tried to ruin her life.  What she finds is Willow, who hates her and was raised to be a perfect young lady.  After the heart attack, Willow who was home-schooled and never allowed to have friends is sent to a big high school.  This is a good story of how sisters can become friends.

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel.  I did not think that I wanted to read this book because I thought it would be just another story of dystopia.  However, it was recommended to me by so many people, I decided to try it. I loved it!  I loved the characters and the paths they chose or were forced to choose. I loved the parallels with the problems we face today and I loved that it had a local setting. 

GUN STREET GIRL by Adrian McKinty is the fourth in the Troubles series featuring Sean Duffy who is a most interesting, complicated main character!  He has substance abuse issues, is not trusted because of his religion and always seems to be in trouble.  However, he is a genius at solving crimes in very adverse circumstances. The writing evokes the time of the Troubles in Ireland. These books are dark but so good.

If your favorite thriller/mystery author does not write fast enough, a few authors who are somewhat new to us are Taylor Stevens, Mick Herron, Peter Temple and Richard Yancey. It’s so interesting for the staff to see what patrons read in the summer. Some just want the newest book.  Others always ask what has been popular in our library over the winter or what the staff has enjoyed. Others use the gift of extended reading time to read classics and still others have their go-to repeat summer reads.  (One patron reads Bruce Catton’s WAITING FOR THE MORNING TRAIN every summer.) For the BSDL staff, one of our favorite aspects of summer is hearing about what people have read over the winter.  It gives us lots of new authors and titles to try.

So, for our summer people and those of you who spent the winter elsewhere: Welcome back!!!! 

Happy Reading,
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