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"If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."

—William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist noted for literary criticism

 
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POLLY'S STUDENTS ART EXHIBIT

The artwork of a dozen students of the late Polly Link will be on display in the library annex from Sept. 18, 2014 through the end of October. Artists include Wendell Glaser, Rosine Downing, Sandy Wheeler, Bob Green, Anna Bruggeman, Jeannine Price, Jo Ann Singles Rotzien, Ann Schang, Karen Riches, Ned Horton, Mary "Pete" Hausch and Donna Barhite.  A selection of china painted by Mary "Pete" Hausch, Ned Horton, Karen Riches, and Donna Barhite can be viewed in the display case in the library. Several paintings by Polly Link on loan from Wendell Glaser, Mary Teeter, Jo Ann Singles are on display in the library and a painted lamp on loan from Carma Sutton is on display in the annex.

INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY

If you missed International Dot Day at the library on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, stop in through the end of September to see the library decked out in dots...and have some DOTS candy...while supplies last! You can also create art using a variety of materials on the Art Cart (read "The Dot" if you need a little inspiration).

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 REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS...

STAIR TEEN BOOK CLUB & TEEN WRITERS GROUP

The group meets at 11:11 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month in the library annex and also for these special activities:

9.27.14: Field trip to Holland Barnes and Noble bookstore to see author Lisa McMann.

10.11.14: Field trip to Maumee Barnes and Noble bookstore.

10.18.14: Con-Troll, YA literary conference at Adrian Public Library, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12.6.14: 90-Second Read with YA Authors: 2-4 p.m., Stair Public Library.

BOOK DISCUSSION

NOTE: The book discussion group meets the third Monday of the month, February through November.

Who: Anyone who loves books and a good discussion

What: Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberley Rae Miller

When: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 7 p.m.

Where: In the Library Annex

TALK @ TWO ON THURSDAYS

Talk @ Two discussion group tackles issues from local to international, mundane to esoteric. Come talk about it!

Discussion group meets at 2 p.m. every week on Thursday in the annex.

PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through Oct. 22, 2014.
  • Pre-schoolers (accompanied by a parent or other adult) enjoy crafts, snacks, and stories read by volunteer readers 
  • Registration is not required, but is helpful for staff planning.
  • Storytime is canceled when Morenci schools are delayed, canceled or otherwise not in session.

BABY & TODDLER TIME

  • Baby & Toddler Time meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
  • The program is a participatory, rollicking half-hour of short stories, songs, nursery rhymes, finger plays and the like for children under two and their parents or caregiver.
  • Registration is not required, but is helpful for staff planning.
  • The program is canceled when Morenci schools are delayed or closed.

 

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM WRAP UP:

AUGUST 15, 1 P.M: PLATE PARTY!

Summer Reading Program participants who complete their Reading Logs are invited to the Plate Party! Participants will design and color a paper disk which will be sent to the Make-A-Plate company and returned to the library as a Melamine dinner plate.

AUGUST 20, 1 P.M: VOLUNTEEN PARTY!

VolunTeens who worked at least 10 hours are invited to the VolunTeen party

JULY 26: STAIR TEEN BOOK CLUB & TEEN WRITERS GROUP

The Teen Book Club and Writers Group for high school students will meet July 26, at 11:11 a.m.

 

JULY 26: Reception for Polly Link Artwork Auction

A reception is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014. Winning bids will be announced following the close of bidding at 8 p.m. that evening.

 

JULY 30, 11 a.m.: Storyteller La'Ron Williams

Everyone in the community is invited to hear favorite storyteller La'Ron Williams when he returns to the library July 30. A storyteller like no other, La'Ron incorporates singing, acting and visual art into his performance. All Summer Reading Program groups will meet at 11 a.m.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM:

LUNAR LORE...AND MORE! 

The moon! The stars! The planets! And more! Join us for another action-packed, educational and entertaining summer of fun!

This year's program runs June 25 to July 30 and features special events from favorite presenters every other week (July 2, 16, and 30). On Wednesdays June 25, July 9, July 23 children will meet in grade groups for stories, snacks, games, art, and super science!

Students will meet in grade groups every week except July 30 when all groups meet at 11 a.m.

Grade Group Meeting Times (Next fall grade levels)

  • Pre-school - 1st grade: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • 2nd & 3rd: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 4th - 6th: 3 to 4 p.m.

July 2: Out of this World Animals

The Toledo Zoo returns with unusual animals. Students will meet in grade groups. See times above.

July 16: Star Lab with the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands On Museum will bring its Star Lab planetarium for a program on the universe for grades K-6. Students will meet in grade groups. See times above. Special other activities will be planned instead for the Pre-school and DK group.

July 30: Storyteller La'Ron Williams

Favorite storyteller La'Ron Williams returns to the library July 30. A storyteller like no other, La'Ron incorporates singing, acting and visual art into his performance. All groups will meet at 11 a.m.

JOIN MAKER CAMP WITH THE STAIR MAKERS!

Who: VolunTeens and anyone age 13 and up.

What: Maker Camp is an online do-it-yourself camp for teens. You can do it all at home or register to participate in Maker Mondays and Field Trip Fridays at the library. View Maker Camp on Google Hangouts and make cool projects on Mondays; go on virtual "field trips" on Fridays.

When: Mondays and Fridays, July 7 to August 15

Where: In the Library Annex

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FROM THE STUDIO OF POLLY LINK...ARTWORK AUCTION

Who: YOU!

What: Artwork from the studio of the late Morenci area artist Polly Link will be on display in the library annex and available for viewing on Facebook.

  • A silent auction will take place simultaneously in the annex and on Facebook. Bids will be cross updated daily.
  • The starting bid is $10 for each piece of artwork.
  • Each piece is either matted or mounted and 66 works are available for bidding.
  • About one third are signed by Link, but they are all believed to be her works.

 

When: June 18 to July 26 at 8 p.m. during summer hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: In the Library Annex

How: You can begin bidding immediately on Facebook (first send a Friend request to Kym Ries or Colleen Leddy if you aren't already a Friend of either of them). Then you can make your bid in the comments; start at $10 and increase previous bids in whole dollar amounts). Be sure to register by calling the library at 458-6510 or sending a message to Kym Ries, Colleen Leddy, or Stair Public Library on Facebook and providing name, address, email address, phone number, Facebook name.

What else: Party! A reception is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014. Winning bids will be announced following the close of bidding at 8 p.m. that evening.

Check us out on Facebook!

Access the artwork on a Facebook album by going to Kym Ries’s or Stair Public Library’s page.

STAIR TEEN BOOK CLUB & TEEN WRITERS GROUP

The Stair Teen Book Club and the Teen Writers Group meet together the second Saturday of the month at 11:11 a.m.

The group will have brunch and watch "The Book Thief" at its next meeting, June 12.

CELEBRATE MONEY SMART WEEK, APRIL 5-12

Money Smart Kids READ! Extravaganza!

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here's another FREE library event where you'll actually get money for coming, plus a free book! Stair Public Library is offering this family event with local support from United Bank & Trust and First Federal Bank.

The first 75 kids who attend will receive a free copy of "Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money" and the first 75 adults who attend will receive a free copy of "Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security." The free books are made possible by the CULink credit unions of Michigan and the National Credit Union Foundation. 

Come enjoy refreshments and lots of activities! Make and keep dollar bill origami! Make coin people and coin rubbings and keep the change!  And more! It pays to visit your library!

 

GONE WITH THE WIND...The movie

Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, 3-5 p.m.

Settle in for two hours of "Gone with the Wind" in two parts. We supply the popcorn; you supply the audience. 

GONE WITH THE WIND...The Answer Lady

Saturday, March 29, 1 p.m.

Civil War buffs, classic movie lovers, and “Gone with the Wind” fans are especially invited to attend this event, but adults and teens will also be interested  when the “Gone with the Wind” Answer Lady, Kathleen Marcaccio of Royal Oak, presents a program on all aspects of the book and movie. She covers Margaret Mitchell, the writing of the book, the making of the film, and a lot of behind-the-scenes information. 

For 20 years, Marcaccio has presented at libraries, historical societies and museums, Civil War Round Tables, retirement communities, book clubs, professional groups, church groups, and adult enrichment and cultural institutions. She brings a selection of her GWTW memorabilia along with her to her events. 

Marcaccio’s GWTW presentation provides background on author Margaret Mitchell and her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Gone With The Wind;” the 1939 film by the same name; Margaret Mitchell’s post-GWTW life; and Gone With The Wind in popular culture.


NEXT UP for Muslim Journeys: Dreams of Trespass

February 6, 6:30 p.m.

Grab a copy of the novel, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi, at the circ desk and participate in the nation-wide ALA and NEH reading and discussion program, Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood takes place in Fez, Morocco, in the 1940s and early 1950s. The harem of this memoir’s title is a large house with its own courtyard, shared by several generations of an extended family. Fatima Mernissi recounts her experiences and observations as a precocious young girl living in the harem, acutely aware of the many sacred frontiers she is forbidden to cross—the barriers between men and women and between Muslims and Christians, the threshold separating one room from another or the interior of the house from the street outside. She learns that all the women around her chafe at the limitations of harem life in one way or another, but she also comes to realize that she can transcend these limitations covertly—through imagination, creativity, learning, and even mischief.

 

Muslim Journeys Film: Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember 

February 8, 1 p.m.

“There is a passage in the Qur’an that says if you memorize the Qur’an and teach it to others, you will be successful in this life and the next life.” In Koran by Heart, the young scholar who says this has already committed the entire Muslim holy book to memory. He has also earned a place in the Islamic world’s oldest Qur’an memorization contest—though he’s only ten.

Every year, about 100 of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Many are in their late teens, some as young as seven. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age.

Scheduled during Ramadan, the two-week event is both grueling and exhilarating. The competitors adhere to the practice of daytime fasting prescribed for the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, and the rounds sometimes go well past midnight. But the boys and girls recite before audiences of clergy and family members who, though discerning, are full of admiration. Introducing a child who is about to recite, a cleric says, “We must praise God when we look at this boy.” The finals are broadcast on Egyptian national television.

Koran by Heart captures the skill, determination, and faith of the young competitors, but never lets the viewer forget that they are children: the solemn girl we watch as she accepts a prize from the president of Egypt is the same high-spirited kid who squeals with delight on her first camel ride.


LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: MUSLIM JOURNEYS

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

Discussions:

  • First Thursday of the month (except January: 2nd Thursday) 
  • at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Led by Dr. Michael McGrath of Adrian College 

The books:

  • Oct. 3: In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar
  • Nov. 7: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi
  • Dec. 5: House of Stone, by Anthony Shadid
  • Jan. 9: POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 16Broken Verses, by Kamila Shamsie 
  • Feb. 6: Dreams of Trespass, by Fatima Mernissi

 FANTASY VILLAGE ABOUT TO BE BUILT!

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Children can decorate a "gingerbread" house with a wild assortment of candy, cookies, crackers, cereal, pretzels...and sometimes even spaghetti. Register by Dec. 4 to reserve a house; after that it's potluck...you may get a house or you may get to decorate a "tree." Houses will be on display at the library through


MUSLIM JOURNEYS KICK-OFF EVENT

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013, 4:45 TO 8 P.M.
Attend any or all of the activities
 

4:45 p.m.  Meet the Scholar, Michael McGrath; Exhibit 

          viewing

5 p.m.  Overview of the Arab World and Arab Americans

          presentation with a brief overview of Islam and 

          Islamic art and architecture

6 p.m.  Dabke Dance Demonstration

6:20 p.m. (approx.) YallaEat! (Arabic for “Let’s go eat!”)

          experience foods common to Islamic cultures

7 p.m. Cultural Sensitivity  presentation

8 p.m. Refreshments, Exhibit  viewing 

Funding for the Kick-off Event is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and the Friends of Stair Public Library as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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MAKER CAMP 2013 for Teens 

Our library is a Super Affiliate!

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Find us on the map: (http://goo.gl/iKoaj)

Read what Dale Doughtery, MAKE Magazine Founder and Publisher, has to say about Maker Camp:

Camping has long been a summer tradition that calls us to explore the outdoors, engage in fun activities and make new friends.

Maker Camp is a whole new kind of camp: an online summer camp that is completely free and open to everyone. Maker Camp takes place wherever you are, by letting you do fun activities and share them with others through the Google+ platform. You’ll make cool projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet awesome makers. 

Each weekday morning, we’ll post a new project or activity on our Google+ page—30 things to make over six weeks. Each weekday afternoon, tune in to a live Google+ Hangout to meet expert makers who create amazing things. And like last year, our Field Trip Friday Hangouts will take you to new places that few of us get to see. For instance, we’re excited to take you to NASA Ames Research Center next week, and this week we’ll be checking out one of the world’s fastest sailboats, from Oracle Team USA.

Maker Camp hopes to foster the DIY (do-it-yourself) spirit in young people. We want each camper to see how much there is that you can do and how much there is to explore all around you. Once you begin doing things, you’ll meet others who share your interests, and you can collaborate to work on projects together. We call that DIT (do-it-together). Google+ is a platform for that kind of collaboration, and it extends to any location and any time zone. And when Maker Camp comes to an end, you’ll have friendships that last beyond summer.

Maker Camp might not be surrounded by trees or near a lake, but it has many of the wonderful features of camping. For instance, you can think of your computer as the campfire that we gather around, and with more than a million campers, our virtual campfire is pretty big! Plus, like any camp, you’ll get the most out of Maker Camp by participating. Meet other makers, get involved in conversations, do things you’ve never done before, and most of all, make something!

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Full STEAM Ahead!  

Celebrate Reading through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math! 

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: July Jubilee

Starting July 10, all groups will meet at 11 a.m. for a variety of educational entertainment. (The July 24 Magic of Reading show will start at 10:30 a.m.)

  • July 10: Bichini Bia Congo Dancers
  • July 17: Audacious Hoops, including the Physics of Hula Hooping
  • July 24: Baffling Bill, the Magic of Reading (This program will start at 10:30 a.m.)
  • July 31: The Storytellers, Musical Folktales

 

On Wednesdays, June 19 and June 26, children will meet in grade groups for:

  • Stories
  • Snacks
  • Games
  • Art
  • Science experiments

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Grade Group Meeting Times (Next fall grade levels)

  • Pre-school & Developmental Kindergarten: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Kindergarten & 1st: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • 2nd & 3rd: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 4th - 6th: 3 to 4 p.m.

TERESA IRISH, editor of "A THOUSAND LETTERS HOME"

Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m.

Author Teresa Irish presents the touching story of “the journey of the letters.” One month after the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, Ms. Irish opened his army trunk. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife, Elaine Corbat. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Battle Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith and true love. A Thousand Letters Home is comprised of 320 of these poignant letters and 104 corresponding photographs. This book is for the children, grandchildren, and future descendants of all veterans. This book is for all Americans…Lest we forget.
  • Hardcover and softcover copies of “A Thousand Letters Home” will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Irish was the featured speaker at more than 60 events in five states in 2012, and appeared on ABC News, NPR, The National Defense, Veterans Radio, and Military Author Radio. The story of the “journey of the letters” has been reported in newspapers throughout the country.
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BENJAMIN BUSCH, author of DUST TO DUST

Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

  • Benjamin Busch is one of 20 authors selected as a Michigan Notable Book winner. 
  • Busch’s book is a memoir that covers nine chapters reflecting one word "elemental" themes that each encompass snippets of memory throughout his life.
    Arms, Water, Metal, Soil, Bone, Wood, Stone, Blood, and Ash are the chapter titles.
  • Sign up to make a visual representation of a chapter and create a 3-D display representing the chapter you select. Need inspiration? Come to the library Monday, June 10, at 3:30 p.m. when a variety of materials will be available to help inspire readers to create a visual representation of a Dust to Dust chapter. The final work should be no wider than two feet, no longer than three feet and no higher than three feet. 
  • Copies of Dust to Dust are available at the circulation desk.
  • The 2013 Michigan Notable Books Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Michigan Department of Education, the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Meijer and the Michigan Center for the Book.

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3 P.M. SESSION OF CLASSROOM CRITTERS ADDED!

The 11 a.m. and 1 p .m. sessions are full, so a third session has been added at 3 p.m. To sign up, call the library at 458-6510, message the library on Facebook (and "Like" us while you're at it!) or stop in before closing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 or before the 3 p.m. session starts Wednesday, June 12.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICK OFF: Classroom Critters, June 12, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Franklin the Tortoise will welcome kids who register early for the Summer Reading Program.
  • Franklin, his owner Paul McCormack, and the rest of Paul’s Classroom Critters will help the library kick off the “Full STEAM  Ahead!“ reading program with two lively sessions of animal viewing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 12.
  • A wide variety of animals will be shown including Franklin’s friend, Roxanna Banana, an albino Burmese python who is about 14 feet long and weighs 140 pounds.
  • Participation in the special event is limited to 50 children in each session.
  • Tickets will be given to the first 100 children who register for the Summer Reading Program and may be reserved by calling the library at 458-6510 or signing up at the library or through Facebook.
  • Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before each session to those who have registered.

 

VOLUNTEENS NEEDED!

Who: Next fall's 7th-12th graders.

What: Help Stair Public Library staff with "Full STEAM Ahead!", this year's Summer Reading Program. Assist with preparing programs and cleaning up afterward. Be a good role model for the younger children.

When: Wednesdays, June 12 - July 31 (except July 3). Work 2-4 hours each week; Wednesdays during storytimes & optional Mondays at 1 p.m. to help prepare.

Why: A great job experience. Something to do this summer. A fun, worthwhile service to the community. Enjoy the comfort of air-conditioning and the thrill of helping others while you build an addition to your resume!

How: Pick up an application at the library. Fill it out and get parent's signature. Return the application by 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8. (Put in the drop box at the back of the library after 1 p.m.) Attend mandatory orientation at the library on Monday, June 10 at 1 p.m.

 

BOOK SALE!

June 5-7 during library hours

  • The Friends of Stair Public Library Used Book Sale is happening now! Help the Friends raise funds for library programs!
  • Books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games
  • All sales by donation...you set the price!
  • Sale hours are the same as the library’s summer hours: Wednesday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

 

CONTAINER GARDENING CLASS

Thursday, June 6, at 4 to 5 p.m.

  • The class will meet in front of the Library. Seating will be available.
  • Becky Miller, president of the Morenci Garden Club will lead the class.
  • Budding gardeners, and experts, children and adults, men and women—all are welcome to attend
  • The class will cover the basics of container gardening including what to look for in a container, the proper soil and fertilizer, and choosing compatible plants. 
  • Learn about the guidelines for entering the Garden Club’s annual Container Gardening Contest. Entry forms will be available that day and are also at city hall.
  • In case of rain, the outdoor class will be rescheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8.

 

NEXT UP FOR PUSHING THE LIMITS: KNOWLEDGE

Thursday , May 30, at 7 p.m. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

In The Land of Painted Caves, author Jean Auel concludes the saga of Cro-Magnon woman Ayla and her experiences in prehistoric France. Ayla and her mate, Jondalar, have produced a daughter and have joined a clan of healers. As Ayla trains to be a shaman, she makes several discoveries that broaden her way of thinking. In painted caves she learns the beauty of art. After consuming a mind-altering plant, she formulates the notion of committed love. Dangers abound in their Ice Age world, and Ayla and Jondalar must deal with fierce beasts and natural disasters to ensure the survival of their young family. The Land of Painted Caves is the sixth book in the Earth's Children series.


PUSHING THE LIMITS

Last Thursday of the month from February to May at 7 p.m.

  • The program covers four themes with books selected to match those themes: Connection, Nature, Survival, and Knowledge.
  • Read the book. Attend the discussion. Watch two short videos. Talk and listen. Enjoy great refreshments.
  • Come to all four sessions or come to just one. Any which way, it's going to be fun. And intellectually stimulating...even if you prefer to just listen. And even if you don't have time to read the book. Check it out!
CONNECTION: Feb. 28, Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

NATURE: March 28, When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle

SURVIVAL: April 25, Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler

KNOWLEDGE: May 30, The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

 

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers.  Their organizations include Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University.  

Stair Public Library is one of 20 libraries in the country selected for this pilot program.

 

NEXT UP FOR PUSHING THE LIMITS: NATURE

Thursday , March 28, at 7 p.m. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.

When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle

The novel combines adventure with a socially conscious tale regarding the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world.

Set on the wild and sparsely inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, it tells the story of Alma Boyd Takesue, a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the island’s endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated.

Alma is opposed by Dave LaJoy, a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his girlfriend, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any length to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

In this collision between protectors of the environment and animal rights’ activists, Boyle examines the question: Who has the right of possession of the land, the waters, the very lives of all the creatures who share this planet with us?

Short on time to read the whole book? Discussion leader and Adrian College professor Adam Coughlin suggests reading Part One, to page 136. That should allow you to at least be able to weigh in on the nature/human intervention part. After that, the further you can read into it, the better.

ANIMAL EXTRAVAGANZA! 

We're showcasing the children's books from our Libri Foundation grant with an Animal Extravaganza!

Who: Families and anyone else who's interested

What:

  • A visit from the Toldeo Zoo    

  • DK Eyewitness videos showing in the annex

  • Animal puppets
  • Animal puzzles and games
  • Refreshments
  • Pushing the Limits books also available!

When: Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: In the Library and Annex

The Toledo Zoo will be bringing hands-on biofacts for everyone to explore in addition to several live animals!

BOOK DISCUSSION: SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT...

NOTE: Normally, the book discussion group meets the third Monday of the month. However, the February meeting will be held in conjunction with the Pushing the Limits program.

Who: Anyone who loves books and a good discussion

What: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Where: At the Library

STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA! 

We're kicking off the Pushing the Limits program with a STEAM Extravaganza!

Who: Families and adults

What:

  • A visit from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum     

  • STEAM activities

  • Student Art Show
  • Meet the Science Guy
  • Pushing the Limits books
  • Refreshments

When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: In the Library and Annex

What's STEAM?

STEM + A = STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. A stands for Art.

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The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will be bringing hands-on STEM activities for everyone to do in the Annex and we'll be setting up a bunch more in the library, including art projects and activities on iPads and laptops.

 

TALK @ TWO ON THURSDAYS: PRIME TIME!

Talk @ Two will tackle Prime Time Family Reading Time children's books for the next several weeks.

Thursday, Jan. 24: Justice - “Is Turn-About Fair Play?”
The Sweetest Fig, by Chris Van Allsburg
One Fine Day, by Nonny Hogrogian
Aesop’s Fable: “The Fox and the Stork”

Discussion group meets at 2 p.m. every week on Thursday in the annex.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE

What: Books for all ages, fiction, non-fiction; DVDs, CDs, puzzles.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday & Friday, Dec. 6 & 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Liz Stella Annex

Note: Price of items is by donation; you set the price.

 

E-READER ROUND-UP, Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Part eReader "Petting Zoo" and part Show and Tell

Try out eReaders such as Kindles and Nooks as well as ipads and laptops. See how to download free electronic books through OverDrive. If you have an eReader device, bring it to show and share with others.


FANTASY VILLAGE

Who: Kindergarten through middle school age children

What: Decorate "gingerbread" houses made from cardboard. Must register by Nov. 28 so a house can be reserved.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:30 to noon.

Where: The Liz Stella Annex

 

YOU'LL BE "IN STITCHES" WITH DR. YOUN (MNB AUTHOR TOUR)       

Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m.

Nationally known plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn will speak as part of the 2012 Michigan Notable Books Author Tour. Join us for a rousing discussion of his book, "In Stitches," Q&A session, book signing, and fabulous refreshments. The Michigan Notable Book Author Tour is sponsored by the Library of Michigan, The Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council and a host of other sponsors. See more here:

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-54574_39583_39587---,00.html

MINI SPA DAY

Sunday April 29, 2 -3:45 p.m.

Prior to Dr. Youn's presentation, stop in the library for mini facials, mini manicures, mini foot soaks, mini massages, mini yoga classes...it's a small scale mini way to feel good. Feel good, look good...That's the premise of the program which reflects on issues of self-esteem, body image, beauty in Dr. Youn's book. The program runs from 2 -3:45 p.m.

FACE TIME ARTIST RECEPTION

Sunday, April 29, 5:15 p.m.

Meet the artists and enjoy delicious refreshments following Dr. Youn's talk. See below for more information about the art show.

 MONEY SMART WEEK CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Come make a bank!
Learn the art of decoupage and transform a container into a bank using paper and glue. 
Choose April 25 or April 26 session
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Call and reserve your bank! 

SPA PRODUCTS FROM THE KITCHEN

Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Hands-on activity for teens and adults. Make natural beauty products with Barb de los Santos of Barb's Soaps and More of Adrian.
Participation limited to 25; call the library to register.
 

FACE TIME ART SHOW 

April 11-May 25 during regular library hours
Main library and Liz Stella Annex 

Includes artwork created by Kym Ries' art students, featuring faces based on Nuba, Sudan tribal face painting; Maori tatoo and scarification; Christopher Agostino face painting; and Mayan calendars. Also includes a display of face collages made by several community members. The art show is planned in conjunction with the Michigan Notable Book Author Tour.

 

SIGNIFICANT LIBRARY NEWS...

GRANT AWARDED FOR LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS

The Reinhardt Library Fund of Midland, Michigan recently awarded Stair a $25,000 grant. The monies are aimed at developing a new teen area, with the added benefit of additional improvements such as new carpeting and the replacement of several book and media racks. The teen area will be designed to house a reading area equipped with small tables, shelving, an area rug, and comfortable seating.

Other improvements include the installation of slatboard display panels in the back foyer that will be used to display brochures and various public distribution materials, and thereby freeing up some shelving space for paperback books.

The fund was created by Robert Charles Reinhardt, who worked for Dow Chemical Company as a chemical engineer. The award is in homage to his value on education. Reinhardt passed away in 2008.

 

STAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY WINS STATE LIBRARIAN'S EXCELLENCE AWARD 2009

The joint efforts of the community, library board, Friends of the Library, the Fay Foundation, program participants and so many, many more people made it possible for Stair Public Library to win this top award sponsored by the Library of Michigan Foundation. Library staff thanks everyone for making this achievement possible.


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