Books Worth Another Look
Book Uncle and Me, by Uma Krishnaswami
Every day on her way home from school in an unnamed city in India, nine-year-old Yasmin gets a new book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who runs a free lending library on the corner. The right book for the right person on the right day, he says. One day, though, she finds him packing up his crates of books. The municipal government has said that he needs a permit, and he can’t afford this. When Yasmin investigates, she hears a rumour that someone wrote a letter complaining about the library. Puzzling over a folktale of a flock of netted doves escaping from a hunter, Yasmin realizes that the story holds a message for her. The small and weak, working together, can be powerful. A mayoral election is under way and she begins a letter-writing campaign to save Book Uncle’s library. Discovery of the current mayor’s lack of ethics — he wanted the street tidied up for his daughter’s wedding — gives added force to her efforts, with the whole neighbourhood getting involved. At the same time, we get glimpses of both the good things and the difficult that she and her friends and neighbours are dealing with, making this short novel not merely a story about the importance and power of community involvement, but a slice of local life with universal applicability. The book is suitable for early chapter book readers but will be enjoyed by older people as well.
Summer Reading Club
The Summer Reading Club will continue at the library throughout August. The Day Camp from L’il Sand Peeps comes every Thursday afternoon around 3 pm, but you don’t have to be in the day camp to join in. We’re reading Pugs of the Frozen North, by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, doing art projects, and keeping track of how many books the kids of Dorchester can read this summer. (Watch out for the movie based on Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, a somewhat darker tale for teens and older children, coming this fall! Or check out Reeve’s books Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain from the library to be ready!)
Stop Motion Animation
Thursday evenings, teens and tweens can join our volunteer Yahya for Stop Motion Animation and who knows, we make take on some other creative projects too.
Jigsaw Puzzles at the Library
Did you know you can now borrow jigsaw puzzles from the library? We have a number of puzzles you can sign out, ranging in difficulty from simple ones for young children to 500 and 1000 piece ones to keep the whole family busy on a rainy weekend.
Upcoming Garden Tour
Anyone interested in the library Garden Club’s upcoming garden tour is asked to drop by the library to sign up with their name and phone number so that we can get in touch about the date. (If you signed up at the last Garden Club meeting in the spring, you’re already on the list.) Thanks!