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.
Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn't bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella's community - her world - is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don't necessarily signify an end.
East Lansing Public Library - North Foyer Art Gallery
Art from East Lansing school age artists will be on display at the East Lansing Public Library's North Foyer Art Gallery until March 4. A reception for the artists will be held on February 21 from 1-3pm.
Please note: During September, the Spanish Conversation Group will be meeting at Grand Traverse Pie Company on Grand River in East Lansing. This change in venue is due to the library's closure for renovations. Starting October 6 the group will be back at the East Lansing Public Library.
An intercambio/exchange group, both English and Spanish are spoken equally.