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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Book in a Jar Guessing Game! Everyone who submitted a slip with their name on it got at least the 3 right to be entered into the drawing. The winner has already been contacted - but as a prize to all who participated we have a coupon to Grand Traverse Pie Company for you pick up at the circulation desk. Give your name to our staff and we will give you a coupon!
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"Edgar wanted a pet dog, but what he got instead was a rather brilliant octopus named Jarvis.".
Edgar's struggle to accept Jarvis for what he is, a delightfully precocious octopus and friend, makes for a wonderfully funny and warm story. McKenna's illustrations are lovely and the story rings true for anyone who has ever struggled with being loved and accepted just as they are.
"Meet Edgar. He's determined to train his new puppy. Sit. Stay. Fetch. What could go wrong? It's just that Edgar's dog happens to be an octopus. A particularly brilliant octopus at that. Meet Jarvis. Edgar's life is about to change forever."
Oh my goodness, this book broke my heart. Jacobson's tale of brother and sister, Arianna and Gabe, and their struggle to stay together no matter what is guaranteed to at least make you tear up. These siblings lose their father, their mother, and then their home when things are no longer working out between Gabe and Jana, Ari and Gabe's rules-loving guardian.
But surprisingly, this novel isn't an overwrought tear jerker. The author doesn't go for the easy cry. For me, the book was so moving because of how skillfully Jacobson conveyed how homelessness can make the small everyday tasks of living so difficult. For Ari, a lost library card means missing yet another deadline for her research paper. A forgotten backpack means she won't have a clean school uniform the next day and it will be that much more likely that her classmates will complain about her smell.
I read Paper Things solo in just a few days. I plan to read it again outloud to my 7 and 9 year old boys. This year one of them had a classmate that experienced a period of homelessness and both boys had lots of questions about how that could happen and what they could do to help. At the time we had several discussions about this issue but I think reading Paper Things will be another way for them to think about homelessness and family while enjoying a compelling and well written story.
Are you feeling stressed? Are you finding yourself frazzled by all life has to offer? Come to the library on Thursday evenings to relax and have some "me" time! This is an informal drop in group of coloring enthusiasts that will be meeting to encourage each other in their coloring endeavors. We will have some supplies on hand, but feel free to bring your own projects and supplies. ForAges 18+
Want to make a difference at the Library and in the community? Join the Teen Advisory Board! TAB is open to teens in grades 6-12 and meets over pizza to brainstorm & implement programs, recommend additions to the YA collections, and advocate for teen interests!