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Shorelines July 2016
Upcoming Children's Programs
All programs sponsored by the Friends of Benzie Shores District Library

SPECIAL PROGRAM! Fun-o-lympics with Karen Czarnik
July 20th at 3:30 p.m.
Karen Czarnik of will share her entertaining and participatory version of the Tortoise and the Hare along with Fun-o-lympic games. It will be olympic sized fun for all ages.

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.

Kaiya's Corner: Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Kaiya is a therapy dog who loves kids and loves being read to. Stop in and read her a story on Wednesday mornings. Designed for grades K-4.

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.

Open Lego: Tuesday, July 26th at 10 a.m.
Your imagination is the limit. All ages. Legos provided.


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.

Artemis League: Wednesday, August 3rd 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.
Can you believe it is almost book sale time???

The annual Friends of the Library book sale is Saturday, August 20th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of titles available! Please contact the library if you are interested in volunteering.

Books, Books, Books
"Time, time, time, see what's become of me" -Paul Simon

     Time certainly seems to be measured differently depending on circumstances. Suffering through a flight delay or taking a walk on the beach may take the same amount of time but there is undoubtedly a light year of difference in how the two experiences are measured by our inner clocks. In COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI the main character is listening for the phone and says, "Sometimes ten minutes is not ten minutes. It can stretch and shrink. That was something I knew for sure."; Our relationship to time also impacts what we can read. In our “real” lives the hubbub and overextended schedules may allow us short bursts of reading time, while on vacation we may have more downtime to read and, perhaps, fewer distractions. Sometimes, because of school, work, devices (and life!) we are dealing with so much that it is difficult to concentrate on books. At other times, those stresses make us want to find a good book in which to lose ourselves. Circumstances and the availability of time determine, to an extent, what we choose to read.

     The elasticity of time is a great device in fiction. For instance the use of time travel, bending time, flashbacks, parallel lives all add to the unfolding story. There are mysteries and novels in which the past is intertwined with the present, bodies from long ago are found, family secrets are uncovered, or a memory from the past is revealed that impacts the here and now. (There are even stories in which the future is intertwined with the present.) And for all of us, there are stories that are timeless…

     RIP VAN WINKLE by Washington Irving, THE TIME MACHINE by H. G. Wells, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT by Mark Twain. A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens and CINDERELLA are a few of the classics in which the element of time is a major factor. The story of RIP VAN WINKLE is becoming more and more relevant in my life. Technology changes so fast that there are times that software updates can make me feel like I’ve been asleep for 20 years!

     According to Mick Jagger, “Time, time, time is on my side, yes it is.” However, there are books that may create some skepticism about whether or not time is on our side. TIME AND AGAIN by Jack Finney is a fun book in which a young man goes back in time, falls in love and has to decide whether to return to the present or stay in the past. SOMEWHERE IN TIME by Richard Matheson is a love story in which a man from modern times becomes so taken with a woman from the past that he travels through time to meet her. Does the pull of time or the pull of love have more power? TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger is an unusual story about love and how people grow. Two people who love each other are forced to deal with extraordinary circumstances.

     Kate Atkinson is amazing at demonstrating the chaos of time, LIFE AFTER LIFE and GOD IN RUINS are companion novels that are completely different in style, but both mind boggling in the use of time. In LIFE AFTER LIFE every scenario in Ursula’s life is played out with a variety of outcomes. Both time and memory hold surprises for the reader in GOD IN RUINS. Novels that include the chaos of time through a revelation or memory of a past event, or its consequences include titles such as Sue Miller’s THE WORLD BELOW. SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay, MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD by Debra Dean, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson, GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes and FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles, to name a few!

     Time travel is a commonly used scenario in such genre fiction as science fiction in which time travel is a familiar occurrence. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis is a science fiction book that will make you laugh out loud. Romance novels that include time travel are very fun. Two books, KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and OUTLANDER, set the bar for this genre. Jude Deveraux’s KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR is an entertaining romance and a great reminder of the adage“be careful of what you wish for…it may come true.” OUTLANDER by Diane Gabaldon, is the gold standard for time travel romances and a real page turner. I love mysteries that use time as an element of the crime or the solution of a crime. In William Krueger’s TRICKSTER’S POINT, revenge is the result of an unpunished past crime. One of the most famous is Josephine Tey’s DAUGHTER OF TIME, in which a bedridden detective solves an historic murder. The author Peter Robinson often has a past crime impact a current investigation. IN A DRY SEASON, a reservoir goes dry to reveal a decades old murder victim whose story is interlaced with a current investigation. I love Irish mystery authors. FAITHFUL PLACE by Irish author Tana French puts time and family relationships into play. In LAKE OF SORROWS another Irish author, Erin Hart presents a story in which two bodies, one ancient and one modern, are discovered in a peat bog.

     Whether you are interested in bodies found in peat bogs or knights in shining armor, we hope you have the time to visit your local library this summer! Reading is a gift that not only allows us to travel in time, but sometimes, the right book can make time stand still.

Happy Reading,

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