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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
NEXT UP for Muslim Journeys: House of Stone
Thursday, Dec. 5, @ 6:30 p.m.
Grab a copy of House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East at the circ desk and participate in the nation-wide ALA and NEH reading and discussion program, Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.
Anthony Shadid was working as a journalist for the New York Times in Libya in early 2011 when he was captured and assaulted. After the ordeal was over he decided to delay returning to the United States and instead go back to his great-grandfather's home in Lebanon, a beautiful stone house that was severely damaged during previous wars with Israel. As Shadid works to restore and rebuild the home he begins telling the story of his family's history in Lebanon and how the house came to be built. He also reveals why the family ultimately fled to the United States, eventually settling in Oklahoma. The construction and repair of the house parallel this story and Shadid's own life and also provide a wider perspective of life in the Middle East and Lebanese culture. Shadid twice was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. He died in Syria in 2012. --Books & Authors Gale.
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.
- First Thursday of the month (except January: 2nd Thursday)
- at 6:30 p.m.
- Led by Dr. Michael McGrath of Adrian College
- 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: Broken Verses, by Kamila Shamsie
- Feb. 6: Dreams of Trespass, by Fatima Mernissi
REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS...
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: A Slender Thread by Katharine Davis
When: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: In the Library Annex
TALK @ TWO ON THURSDAYS
Talk @ Two discussion group will tackle issues from the database "Opposing Viewpoints in Context" (available through the MeL Databases link on Mel.org) for the next several weeks.
Discussion group meets at 2 p.m. every week on Thursday in the annex.
STAIR TEEN BOOK CLUB & TEEN WRITERS GROUP
The Stair Teen Book Club and the Teen Writers Group will meet together the second Saturday of the month at 12:22 p.m.
- Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
- 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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FEDERAL AND STATE TAX FORMS
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MUSLIM JOURNEYS KICK-OFF EVENT
4:45 p.m. Meet the Scholar, Michael McGrath; Exhibit
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.
MAKER CAMP 2013 for Teens
Our library is a Super Affiliate!
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:
- 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.
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.
book is a memoir that covers nine chapters reflecting one word
"elemental" themes that each encompass snippets of memory throughout his
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
We're showcasing the children's books from our Libri Foundation grant with an Animal Extravaganza!
Who: Families and anyone else who's interested
A visit from the Toldeo Zoo
DK Eyewitness videos showing in the annex
- Animal puppets
- Animal puzzles and games
- 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
We're kicking off the Pushing the Limits program with a STEAM Extravaganza!
Who: Families and adults
A visit from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
- Student Art Show
- Meet the Science Guy
- Pushing the Limits books
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: In the Library and AnnexWhat's STEAM?
STEM + A = STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. A stands for Art.
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.
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:
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
FACE TIME ART SHOWApril 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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