Reading About: Refugees

At the moment all things related to refugees, particularly from Syria, are up for debate and discussion.  All of us, no matter what age, have questions.  What makes a person become a refugee?  What is life like for them?  When my own understanding falls short, books help me bridge the gap.  Whether fiction or not, stories allow us to experience life from another person’s perspective.  Books are a great resource to share information and begin conversations, especially with children.

Books for the Whole Family to Snuggle Up With

Whether you are in your favorite chair, alone by the fire, or snuggled up with the kids, it is that time of year. When it's cold outside there is nothing better than getting cozy with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. These books are sure to settle your holiday stress and warm your heart this season. Here you'll find a little something for all members of the family, and maybe even an idea for a gift or two.

Best of 2015 – Books for Kids and Teens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and if you’re like me, this is the time of year to scour all the awesome best of 2015 lists. Sure, best of lists aren’t always comprehensive, they may lack objectivity, they cannot account for everyone’s taste, and I would even go as far to say that they could be wrong. None-the-less, they are fun because you can devise your own list, compare with your friends, flat-out disagree or bond over shared favorites.

Does Your Book Move?

Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book. 

My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down.  The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces.  I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!

Stitch a Cozy

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Bring your stitching and have a snack.  Each month a different mystery will be discussed.

"Partners in Crime" by Agatha Christie

Book Group: "Moloka'i" by Alan Brennert

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Title: Moloka'i" by Alan Brennert

Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i.  Here her life is supposed to end--but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

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