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 Tutoring : Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Designed for grades 5 through 12. Call Renee at 231-352-4671 for more information or to schedule an appointment for tutoring. Computer access, study space and book recommendations for students are available during all normal library hours.
Fun Fridays : Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The library is a little more lively on Friday mornings. Join us on Friday, December 18th for a live reading of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Steve Elrick has been providing this reading program for us for many years. A holiday treat for all ages.
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.
Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, December 16th 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!
Coming Soon : iPad class for beginners : date and time TBD Your kids bought you an iPad. Now what? This winter, the library will offer an iPad basics class. Watch the library's website or facebook page for updates on this program.
Food for Fines Continues through December 30th! The library is accepting donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries in lieu of library fines. If you have a library fine or currently have overdue materials that need to be returned, this is a great way to eliminate your fines while helping community members.
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Last year each of us talked about our favorite holiday books. If you would like to see what our favorites are, click here. This year we are talking about holiday books we are currently reading, some memorable holiday reads and what we would take with us if we were traveling this holiday season.
There are many wonderful titles that come flooding to mind this time of year! I chose a couple of my favorites from the shelves of BSDL's children's area to highlight. THE COBWEB CHRISTMAS (Shirley Climo) is the sweet story of an old woman called 'Tante' making her Christmas preparations in her cottage in the woods--sharing goodies with the village children and woodland animals alike. Christkindel notices shy spiders on her doorstep and learns that they've never seen a Christmas tree. When he lets them in, the results are magical! A SMALL MIRACLE (Peter Collington) is a wordless story that I have to pull off the shelf every year. This story also features an old woman (there seems to be a theme here!) who shows kindness in restoring a vandalized manger scene--and, in turn, is helped in a very unusual way. Collington's illustrations are delightful, and the story's message of charity is beautiful. Every December I love to view A CHRISTMAS CAROL (the George C. Scott version).
If I were traveling this holiday season the one book I would take to read is THE MERRY HEART (Robertson Davies). Davies' love of language and writing is infectious.
This year my family will find books under the tree- coloring books! Adult coloring is very trendy right now, so I had no problem finding a book for everyone in my family. My GOT fan brother will be getting a “Game of Thrones” coloring book. I found Harry Potter coloring books for my Hogwarts loving daughter and niece. Star Wars coloring book? Yes, please! So my holidays will be filled with books, just not the kind filled with words. If you think you’d like to try out some grown-up coloring, join us at the library on Fridays at 10 a.m. for our “Coloring for Grown-ups” program. All materials are provided.
While recently traveling, I found myself reading the back of an Afrin bottle. Yes, I got sick while visiting the “happiest place on earth”, Walt Disney World. A theme park vacation traditionally doesn’t include much time for reading, but there is certainly required reading prior to the trip. You can download the “HIDDEN MAGIC OF WALT DISNEY WORLD” from Overdrive. This book has over 600 secrets and tips for the Disney theme parks. I recommend “THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO WALT DISNEY WORLD” for anyone planning a trip to Orlando. This book will help you figure out the best time to visit, where to stay, and what to do while there, and is a great tool to narrow down the thousands of entertainment options in Orlando. And if theme parks aren't your thing, we have travel guides for just about anywhere you'd like to go.
“This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun.” -Clark Griswold
I recently re-opened THE POLAR EXPRESS (Chris Van Allsburg), a favorite of mine from childhood, with my little one. She was enthralled. It’s a beautiful book: rich pictures and an enchanting story that does not get old, year after year or read after read. This first person voyage of an unnamed little boy to the North Pole captures the magic of Christmas so perfectly; I think I like it just as much now as I did as a kid. (And I'm not usually one for children's movies, but the movie is magical as well!) For my winter travels, I plan to take LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton. It comes highly recommended and is a bit heftier than my normal novel, so I've been saving it to read when I'll have a nice chunk of time to savor it.
I've always been a huge Dr. Seuss fan, and a bit of "who-girl", so I would insist that my grandmother, with her big booming baritone, read me HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS every year. I also love the simple beauty of THE SNOWMAN by Raymond Briggs.
If I were traveling over the holidays I would for sure read the SUGAR QUEEN by Sarah Addison Allen, a deliciously fun and magical read.
Have you ever had the experience of trying to read a book, but you find yourself rereading the same paragraph? Sometimes it’s hard to focus with so many digital distractions! Or, perhaps it is hard to read when you’re busy making lists of what needs to be done for the holiday or staring out the window wishing for snow. This time of year is so busy…which is great, but if you are a person who reads in order to calm down, relax, enjoy, or who just finds reading one of the essentials of life, it can be quite disheartening to be so preoccupied. Laugh, if you’d like, but my personal solution is to read as many Christmas romances as possible. As you know, I read everything and anything (with the exception of graphic novels…I just haven’t learned to love them, yet!). Mostly, I read fiction and I love genre fiction: young adult, mysteries, science fiction…and romance is no exception. I think Christmas Regency romances are the best way to fall into reading during this busy time of the year. They are just so fun! Of course, there is a misunderstanding between two people that gets solved on Christmas. Perfect.
(Sidebar: Speaking of romance books, there is sometimes a bit of an attitude that they are not legitimate literature. Trust me, some are amazingly good. Surprisingly, the romance writers themselves are a pretty interesting group of people. For instance, Christina Skye has a doctorate in Chinese Literature and Diana Gabaldon has one in Behavioral Ecology. Margaret Mallory and Grace Burrowes are both attorneys. Julia Quinn and Susan Wiggs are Harvard graduates.)
Many folks travel during the holidays. It seems that inevitably there are delays, so it is really handy to have a good book or eBook with you. I’ve been saving the third Elena Ferrante THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY for when I travel. If I were traveling, I would definitely take Galbraith’s CAREER OF EVIL. I would also take Nobel Prize author Modiano’s OCCUPATION TRILOGY. I would take WINTER SOLSTICE by Pilcher, a reread for me and, as you know, I never travel without a Georgette Heyer!!
The Board, the staff and the Friends are truly grateful to serve you. We hope that this holiday season-and throughout the year- you give your loved ones (and yourself!) a good book, reading time, and many trips to the library.
Just a reminder that our e-library services never close: FREE Overdrive ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and our digital newspaper archive. MeL.org provides thousands of books and full text articles from home...all the time and anytime!