Please come and join us at 10AM this Saturday, June 17, to hear author Victoria Houston speak. Ms. Houston has written a number of non-fiction books, but is best known as the author of the Loon Lake Mystery Series (17 books strong with an 18th on the way!) Set in the fictional Wisconsin community of Loon Lake, the series heroine is a police chief who is also an ardent fly fisherman. With the help of a retired dentist, she solves murders. Born and raised in Rhinelander, WI, Ms. Houston knows intimately her setting and characters. The books are fun, she’s led a very interesting life and is an engaging and fun speaker. Hope to see you there!
You may think, based on the weather the past few days, that summer has arrived. You would be wrong – it’s not officially summer until the library has its annual Sidewalk Chalk Party and Story Stroll! This coming Tuesday, June 6, starting at 10:30 AM we’ll have face painting, bubbles, (temporary) tattoos, hula hoops, a ton of sidewalk chalk and a whole lot of sidewalk to fill with art, and special visits from McGruff, Beatrix Potter and the Goodhue County Posse horses. You can also take a stroll through John Rich Park and enjoy a story with your walk – this year, we’ll be featuring Moo! by Minnesota author David LaRochelle.
See you on Tuesday!
It’s not easy being in the middle. With two big sisters who aren’t interested in having a little kid tag along and a baby brother and sister who are, you know, babies, it’s hard for Shannon to find someone to play with. Until kindergarten, when she meets her best friend Adrienne. Together, they’re unstoppable superheroes. And all Shannon really needs is just one good friend – right?
Until Adrienne makes friends with Jen, the most popular girl in their class. And suddenly Shannon, who loves to read, make up stories, and get silly, finds herself part of The Group. The girls in The Group are all desperate to be friends with Jen, and they’ll do anything to make it to the #3 spot in Jen’s list of BFFs (Jenny is #1 and Adrienne #2), even if it means stepping on the rest of The Group on their way to the top. Will Shannon find the courage to be who she wants to be, stand up for herself, say no to bullies (and frenemies), and still be friends with Adrienne? Or does staying true to herself mean a lifetime of lonely lunches?
With Real Friends, middle grade superstar Shannon Hale and graphic novelist extraordinaire LeUyen Pham tell the autobiographical story of the real Shannon’s childhood, and her super tough fight to find real friends – and be a real friend. With all the ups and downs of elementary and middle school family and friendships, Shannon’s story will resonate with you whether you’re looking forward to middle school, are right in, well, the middle of it, or are as far past it as I am but still remember how you carried all your stuff around with you for two weeks at your new middle school because you were too embarrassed to tell your new maybe-friends you didn’t know how to open a locker because it would make you look like a baby – until your social studies teacher helped you out after school one day (true story – thanks, Mr. Strasbaugh). For kids (and grown-ups!) who can’t get enough Raina Telgemeier, loved Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson and Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova, and cheered when El Deafo by Cece Bell won a Newbery honor, Real Friends is your next great graphic novel read!