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Shorelines April 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.

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 lively on Friday mornings. In April we are having a dance party with Miss Vickie from "Get Up and Dance." There will be no Fun Fridays in May, as we prepare for our summer reading program.

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.

MySSA Social Security Program : Wednesday, April 13th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lindsay Susalski from the Social Security Administration will be here to share information on MySSA as part of National MySSA Week.

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, April 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!
Library Outreach to School
     Throughout the year, the library has been working with Frankfort-Elberta Area schools to promote library services to students and faculty. Several studies have shown that when schools and public libraries work together, student achievement is higher (regardless of socio-economic factors). It's simple, really. When kids read more and have academic support, they do better. This past week, Stacy visited Mrs. Hammon's 6th grade class to talk about evaluating websites and how to use the Michigan Electronic Library ( for their research projects. On Thursday, first graders visited the library to check out books and see one of Miss Julie's puppet shows.
     The library's successful after school program has been providing homework help to students in grades 3 through 12. This program relies heavily on volunteers and we are grateful to each and every one of them. If you're interested in volunteering to help with our after school efforts, please give us a call at 352-4671.

Books, Books, Books...A hodge-podge of non-fiction...

     Although I’m passionate about reading and will read anything that I can get my hands on, generally speaking, I’m not an avid non-fiction reader. However, the library offers an amazing selection of non-fiction titles many of which have recently piqued my interest. One of the best new non-fiction books I have read in quite some time is BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END. In this book author Atul Gawande discusses end-of-life decisions such as quality of life for the elderly and the limits of modern medicine. It is really an essential read. Lately, my non-fiction reading has been devoted to baby name books so I can give my expectant daughter LOTS of suggestions…which I am certain she appreciates! (Incidentally, the library has a great collection of baby name and pregnancy books.)  Some of the very best non-fiction books in the library can be found in the children’s area. These books are concise, have pictures and tell you exactly what you need to know without a lot of extraneous details. 

     In a political year, can we help but wonder how much we are being manipulated? How do we know that information, whether read or heard, is accurate and reliable?  In 1967 THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE by Marshall McLuhan was published. It’s been a long time (!!) since I read it, but it had a huge impact on me.  If I remember correctly, McLuhan indicates that the medium from which we get our information impacts the information itself. (Amazingly, he wrote this book long before the Internet and 24 hour cable TV.) One of my very favorite examples of this occurred during the 1976 Carter/Ford televised presidential debates when the audio went out for 27 excruciating minutes.  Neither candidate moved or spoke to each other!  Noam Chomsky in MEDIA CONTROL: THE SPECTACULAR ACHIEVENMENTS OF PROPAGANDA discusses the role of the mass media in wartime propaganda. Although elections are not wars, sometimes the tone can be as censorious.

     Every now and again, I have fun reading a self-help book.  I have a family member who thinks that’s ridiculous because if the books worked, no one would have problems. I, on the other hand, think that anything that gives a person even one insight is worth reading.  I always wonder if it is possible to transform yourself just by reading a book? One important thing to bear in mind about self-help books, as with all non-fiction, is the source.  Have the findings been substantiated? What are the author’s qualifications?

     I love poetry! What is the first poem you remember?  Maybe it was “This Little Piggy” or the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” From our first nursery rhyme on, poetry has been a part of our lives.  Unfortunately, many times we all have so much to do that it is difficult to find enough quietude to read poetry. April is National Poetry Month making this a perfect time to check out a book of poetry.  The library has a great selection of American and international poetry for both children and adults including collections by Amichai (Israeli), Heaney (Irish), Machado (Spanish), Szymborska (Polish) and Neruda (Chilean) and Jim Harrison (American).  It is so interesting to see how different cultural world views are expressed through poetry, as well as how we can relate to some country specific experiences. As adults it’s also fun to read poetry from our childhood and some of the new poetry for children, much of which is a hoot.

     Essays can be so interesting and often thought-provoking.  MAMA MAKES UP HER MIND by Bailey White is an especially good read.   Anna Quindlen, Barbara Kingsolver and Wendell Berry are all superb essayists.  THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF THE CENTURY edited by Joyce Carol Oates includes selections from a variety of authors such as Mark Twain and Martin Luther King, Jr,   In the Introduction, Oates says, "Here is a history of America told in many voices. It's an elliptical tale, or a compendium of tales, of the American twentieth century by way of individual essays that, fitting together into a kind of mobile mosaic, suggest where we've come from, and who we are, and where we are going."  

Whatever your interests, non-fiction titles are available either at the library or through the MeLCat interlibrary loan service. A few of the many new, intriguing non-fiction titles are:

EMPATHY EXAMS Leslie Jamison (how doctors are trained to be empathetic)  
BEYOND WORDS by Carl Safina (animal personalities and ‘feelings’)
WORK OF THE DEAD  by Thomas Laqueur (the history of mortal remains)
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SPORTS by Wertheim and Sommers (concussions)
IN A DIFFERENT KEY by John Donvan Caren Zucker (autism)
CAKE MY DAY by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson (best cover, ever, on a cake decorating book!)
GEOGRAPHY OF GENIUS by Eric Weiner (what fosters genius)
CHARLIE MIKE by Joe Klein (soldiers who made a difference)
THAT’S NOT ENGLISH by Erin Moore (British versus American English)
PART OF OUR LIVES, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC LIBRARY by Wayne Wiegand (historical and current importance of public libraries)
HORSE by Wendy Williams (the 56 million year history of the horse)
HOW TO LOVE by Thich Nhat Hanh (meditations on love)
PEACE TO END ALL PEACE by David Fromkin (everything you never knew about the Ottoman Empire)
SISTERS IN LAW by Linda Hirshman (Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

     As you can see by the titles, non-fiction is eclectic and the reasons people read it run the gamut. People may read non-fiction for specific information, to simply learn about something that sparks their interest, or just because “the truth,” as Mark Twain said, “is stranger than fiction…”
So, even if you are addicted to fiction, as I am, there are non-fiction books that are well worth your time.

Happy Reading,
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