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Welcome to On the Waterfront , the place where library director Ellen Connor muses about books and libraries and sometimes things in between. It's finally officially summer, but we've known summer is upon us for a few weeks now because our summer reading program is underway and going strong. When we think back to last summer and the fog we were all in, it's a relief to feel things moving forward and having people, young and old back inside the Library. While we've held back on large in person programs for this season, we have moved forward with both virtual and outside in person programs.
We also expanded our knowledge of the Beanstack Tracker app for the reading and activity portion of the program and the community has responded. We have people registered on Beanstack and so far the feedback has been positive. The reading program is an all ages program and we have 38 adults ed up this year. As you read and do activities you earn virtual badges and those badges turn into virtual drawing slips for prize baskets.
Watching the black and white badges flip to color when you earn one is rewarding. Who knew?! Beanstack will choose random winners at the end of the 8 week program and several lucky people will go home with a basket of goodies. It ends July 30th. Go to manawalibrary. After a simple registration process you will be ready to log your reading and activities. Recovery after an historical event like a pandemic comes in baby steps. We feel like we've taken a lot of baby steps this summer.
The sound of children and adults having fun in the library is something we knew never to take for granted. We missed it so much through much of last year. We're feeling the joy it can bring this summer and we're grateful. It is December 31, A date that resonates with everyone right now because it's the last day of a year that most of us would never want to repeat. Living through a pandemic is not something that we ever thought we'd have to do. Our lives, our community, our country, our world And those gathering places in our cities and towns Suddenly, the places that brought communities together were becoming a threat to public health.
It was stunning and heartbreaking. As we moved through the phases of mitigation we all had to learn to switch gears quickly and it was not easy. Here at Sturm Memorial Library we closed the physical building in March, April and May but we kept the library open in other ways and kept our connection to the community going. On the first day we were allowed to do so we had staff in the building offering curbside service.
We moved to in person appointments as soon as we had safety protocols in place. We started online programming and offered a summer reading program in the only way we could. We opened up access to inside services a little more and were reassured by seeing familiar and new faces. With a dedicated board we developed policies to deal with the pandemic more effectively and we revised them and revised them and revised them again.
All of the staff remained working and decided as a team that we would see the pandemic through to the other side in the hopes that the post Covid library would continue to be a gathering place much like it was pre-Covid. Through all of the changes and uncertainty our patrons have remained steadfast. Adapting quickly to varying levels of access, dealing with the disappointments of limited services gracefully, recognizing that no one was alone in their uncertainty about things to come, our patrons have continued to let us serve them by using the library.
There are trying times ahead - the pandemic is not over, the new year brings the same virus still trying to spread, still making our communities vulnerable. But there is some light at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel. We don't know what the future is going to bring, but the library is still here, still serving, still being used and appreciated The new year brings hope but it's our resilience that will see us through it, through this.
People are resilient, libraries are resilient, communities are resilient. Happy New Year. Members also bring copies of their favorite books,or articles about books and authors they have read recently, or share websites about the reading life that they enjoy. Here is the list from some staff and some patrons…everyone is welcome to this group! Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. He has written a book of short essays and it got great reviews when it came out. Carol listened to the book and Mr. Hanks himself was the reader. She said he did a great job.
Becoming by Michelle Obama. Another book that has had a record of holds in our system. Carol listened to this book too and Ms. Obama was the reader and did a great job. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. This one deals with same sex couples and custody of embryos and along the way explores all complicated feelings that bubble to the surface. A nonfiction but coming from Morton probably a little gossipy too of Wallis Simpson and her relationship and marriage to the former King of England.
Contrary to popular myth that theirs was a relationship so tuned to love that the King abdicated for her, Morton tells a story of an unhappy liaison but one that persisted nonetheless. Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss.
Mary reports the book covers the reasons each president covered in the book decides to wage war in engaging detail. A well-crafted tribute to the noted author and his life in Concord where he spent some of the best years of his writing life. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. Prison life is described in rich detail as are some of the denizens the main character spends her life with. The book version includes many photographs to accompany the amazing story of Michelle Obama. Spinning by Tillie Wilden.
Tillie was never going to be an Olympic skater but for years she applied discipline to her practices and competitions and basically did it on her own. While she never outright condemns her parents for their lack of interest, their absence is obvious and painful. The Unwinding of the Miracle: a memoir of life, death and everything that comes after by Julie Yip-Williams. The author was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer at If any of these titles look interesting to you, click on the link to go to infosoup.
Or, you can call us to do it for you if that works better for you. The next one will be July 3rd. Our golden rule around here is that we never have to apologize for our reading tastes. We like what we like so why wouldn't we read what we like to read? Serving all of our readers and finding vastly different things for them is one of the best things about working in this library. And we never let anyone apologize for what they like to read. We have another rule too We wish we could help our users put reading before paid work but we know that's not in best interest of anyone.
Talking with library users of all ages about what they just read is a very fun part of our work - so go ahead This amazing story is almost unbelievable and we expect that the discussion will be flowing. Anyone is welcome to attend the book discussion — call the library if you want us to reserve a book for you or place a hold on the title in infosoup by clicking here.
The November book sharing highlighted the following titles: If you want to borrow any of them through the library click on the title to link to infosoup or call the library at Epic Hikes of the World. Beautiful photographs, four sections on places to hike. Includes logistical information and recommendations for similar hikes at the end of each section. House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Main character is obsessed with crime scene detective processes. A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs.
The author takes old photographs and develops characters around them. Prairie School by Lois Lenski. An older book that Fran read as and re-re every few years. Ten-year-old Dolores Wagner and her older brother Darrell attend a one-room prairie school.
Miss Martin is their dedicated teacher, living in a bleak apartment behind the classroom. When a sudden blizzard traps the children at school they first find it a great adventure, but when Dolores falls seriously ill, Miss Martin must find a way to get her to the hospital in town. Elinor had a tough beginning and keeps to herself and her tightly conscripted life. Until fate throws her together with a couple of people. A father and son are on the run after an accidental tragedy. The book spans decades and has story within the story. How the Democratic Party is abandoning the working class and why it will be its demise.
America: the Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges. Chance by Joseph Conrad. A story of a young woman, told by different narrators, who must rely on the kindness of strangers when her father is imprisoned. Published in this classic novel chronicles the ingenuity of a family shipwrecked on an island in the East Indies. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr.
Less: a novel by Andrew Sean Greer. Arthur Less, a failed novelist about to turn 50 and feeling rudderless, embarks on several journeys to avoid facing his life. He finds out sometimes less is more. Won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein. Through the eyes of Miss Toklas, Gertrude Stein reviews both of their lives before their meeting and during their years of companionship.Adult looking sex Manawa Wisconsin 54949
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