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Shorelines July 2015
Way to go readers! Our Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Just a reminder that registration for the program ends August 8th. Prizes may be collected through September 7th (Labor day).
Volunteers needed for Annual Book Sale

The library is in need of shifters, cashiers, set-up and clean-up volunteers for our annual library book sale on Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also need volunteers to move boxes from the storage facility to the sale tent on Friday, August 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. If you have a pick-up truck to help with this task, we could use that, too! If you can help with any or all of these tasks, please call the library at 231-352-4671, or sign up at the library.

Book donations will be accepted until Saturday, August 1st at 3 p.m. Click here for a list of what type of donations we accept.
And let's hope for better weather this year!
Friends of the Library Membership Drive

If you have not done so already, it's time to renew your Friends of the Library Membership. The Friends provide financial support for various programs, projects, and equipment purchases that make the Library a more complete community resource.

The Friends support a variety of projects, including:

    *Public and Staff Computers
    *Overdrive ebook service
    *Miscellaneous equipment purchases
    *Book sale
    *Ground maintenance and gardens
    *Planned giving project
    *Board books for babies
    *Various periodicals subscriptions
    *Financial support for Adult and Children's programs (including the Summer Reading Program)

To learn more visit

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.

Story Time : Thursdays, (through August 6th) at 10 a.m.
Encourage early literacy, foster a lifelong love of reading, and have fun. Children of all ages are welcome at Story Time. This year's theme is Every Hero Has a Story.

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.

Book Share by the Bay : Monday, July 27th from 7 to 8 p.m.
Readers come together to share their newest readings or old favorites. Book Share is a great way to meet other book lovers and learn about books you may otherwise miss. This program meets outside on the library's patio, so food and drink are allowed.

Spanish Conversation Group : Tuesday, July 28th at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, August 15th 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!


Books! Books! Audiobooks!

It may sound like heresy, but there are books I would rather listen to than read. There are many reasons to choose a book on CD or an eAudiobook…  It is a gift to be read to at any age! Many are just so well performed, which makes the experience of listening a great pleasure. Often, with a series, I prefer to listen to some so I can hear the pronunciation of names. A few of the series I particularly like listening to are Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Rowling’s Harry Potter books and any of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld titles. I also quite enjoy listening to books that I might not invest the time reading. The library offers downloadable eAudiobooks and has a collection of books on CD. These titles and many more may be downloaded using the Overdrive app, or by visiting

Stories from minor character's point of view:

Often when we read historical fiction or fiction based on a legendary character, it is from the point of view of the most famous character in the book. Some authors, however, make a person of little or no historical significance the main character instead of the famous person. The book that comes immediately to mind is WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel. Henry VIII is the center of the story, but it is told from Thomas Cromwell’s point of view. Thomas Cromwell is the person who turns Henry’s wishes and whims into acts. Very often they are acts that save the kingdom. Thomas is an interesting, arresting character. Even though you may know everything about Henry VIII, this story seems new because of the unique perspective… and the writing is exquisite.

MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley: This retelling of the King Arthur legend from Arthur’s sister Morgaine’s perspective is a compelling fantasy. It is the story of someone who is committed to the old ways when the world is going through difficult religious and cultural changes. Historically, the legend of King Arthur is told from a man’s perspective. This page-turner, full of good and evil, loyalty and deceit, is told from a woman’s. If you generally do not read fantasy, this may be the book that tempts you to try the fantasy genre.

MRS. LINCOLN’S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini:  It’s not always easy to bring history to life, but the turmoil surrounding the Lincolns during that time is especially riveting when observed through the eyes of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Elizabeth, Mrs. Lincoln’s seamstress, was fiercely loyal to the Union and Mrs. Lincoln. Mary Todd Lincoln, who was suspicious of many of the people around her, trusted Elizabeth.

WICKED by Gregory Maguire:  Although Dorothy is the main character in the WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, who wasn’t intrigued by the Wicked Witch of the West? WICKED is the retelling of the Oz story with the Wicked Witch of the West as the much misunderstood and frustrated main character.

TRAVELLER by Richard Adams:  If you like a very unique perspective, this is the book for you. Traveller is Robert E. Lee’s horse who is with Lee through all the battles. Lee and Traveller depend on, comfort and protect each other. Traveller understands Lee, is in tune with his feelings and knows that his job is to keep Lee safe. (Adams also wrote the wonderful book WATERSHIP DOWN.)

Mysteries told from the perspective of a secondary character are enlightening. In MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal, Maggie Hope unexpectedly works with Winston Churchill during the height of WWII. Her observations provide unique insights into Churchill’s personality and actions, as well as those of his inner circle.

Ursula Blanchard, in Fiona Buckley’s series, is the cousin of Queen Elizabeth I. Because of the intrigue surrounding royalty, the queen wants her cousin close and loyal to her. Ursula understands that she could be seen as a threat to the throne, so she spends her life solving problems, especially mysteries that arise around the queen.

It’s hard to imagine Sherlock Holmes in a story where he is not the center of attention but, in Laurie King’s series, the mysteries are investigated by Mary Russell who is Holmes equal in solving crimes.

My all-time favorite book told from the perspective of a minor character is a children’s book, BEN AND ME by Robert Lawson. Amos, a mouse who is the oldest of 26 children, is attached to Ben Franklin. In his telling of Ben Franklin’s story it is very clear that the real hero in American history, the genius behind Franklin’s great discovery was Amos, the mouse.

Happy Reading!

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