Summer activities are underway. Last week was T-shirt paintings and we had lots of fun creating our one-of-a-kind shirts. This Thursday at 10:30 a.m. will be the ancient art of Gyotaku (fish prints). July 1st at 10 a.m. Last Leaf will be back with us to perform Show Down at Starfish Canyon. Don’t miss them!! They are always so entertaining.
Have you heard we moved around our story times? Baby ‘N Me (birth to 18 months) is Wed. morning at 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time (18 months to 3 years) is Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. and, just for the summer, there will be a Pre-school/Primary story time (ages 3-6) on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 10:30. There is something for everyone. Come check us out.
New books are always coming in. Here are a few you might enjoy reading.
Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban.
Daring Young Men by Richard Reeves. In the early hours of June 26, 1948, phones began ringing across America, waking up the airmen of World War II -- pilots, navigators, and mechanics -- who were finally beginning normal lives with new houses, new jobs, new wives, and new babies. Some were given just forty-eight hours to report to local military bases. The president, Harry S. Truman, was recalling them to active duty to try to save the desperate people of the western sectors of Berlin, the enemy capital many of them had bombed to rubble only three years before.
The Man Who Ate His Boots by Anthony Brandt. A riveting read of the 19th century search for the Northwest Passage from Europe to the East, written with grace and mordant wit. After their defeat of Napoleon, the Brits thought they were invincible, even in the face of one failed expedition after another. Failure was not an option, and so into the frozen unknown they pushed in their quest for mastery of the world, urged on by one man who wielded great power in the Admiralty, John Barrow. Trouble is, until recently the Northwest Passage did not exist. They also could not be bothered to learn from the people who lived there, the Inuits so they paid the price.