You may have seen the ad in the B-Monthly magazine regarding the author’s visit to Bartlesville this week. Unfortunately, due to hurricane & flight issues, all presentations planned this week by Patricia Polacco have been postponed until Spring. She will NOT be at the Bartlesville Public Library this Friday evening.
Thanks to generous donations of LEGO materials that the library received from our patrons over the past few months, the monthly LEGO club will begin very soon! Youth Services staff is currently in the process of cleaning and disinfecting the thousands of pieces that will be enjoyed by all. After a big kick-off event during school fall break, the club will meet one Saturday a month for building, creating, and designing fun! More details to come on the library’s website (http://www.bartlesville.lib.ok.us/) , Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bvillelibrary/), and local news media.
We enjoyed the eclipse presentations by Richard Kowalczyk of the Bartlesville Astronomical Society and storyteller Fran Stallings!
ATTENTION!!! Yesterday’s article in the E-E concerning the library’s eclipse programs today and tomorrow gives an incorrect time. BOTH PROGRAMS BEGIN AT 10:00am, NOT 2:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.
FRONTIER POOL / FRIDAY, JULY 28TH / 6:30 – 8:30PM
Pictured are LEGO Contest winners, judges, and just a few of the fantastic projects that were entered! Thanks to the Bartlesville Friends of the Library for funding this event.
Thirty-three participants, ages 5 to…ahem…middle-aged, entered projects into our 8th Annual LEGO Creations Contest! Winners were Malachi Hakola, Jackson Gerber, Andre Lemay, Jonathan Glover, Sloan Hewitt, Ian Holdman, Melissa Rupprecht, David Glover, Christian Melton, and Camden Melton. They received LEGO products which were funded by the Bartlesville Friends of the Library. Judges were George Halkiades, Becca Hall, and Eric Randall.
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman’s A Time to Dance is a tale of a dancer in India who rediscovers herself after a serious accident leaves her with only one leg. It is hard to feel sorry for Veda, because she fights so hard to not feel sorry for herself!
Veda has been studying the traditional dance Bharatanatyam for 10 years, and after winning the Bharatanatyam dance competition, the bus taking her back to her studio is in an accident – she has lost her right leg. But her dream of dancing has not been shattered, and with the help of Jim, who creates a special prosthetic (artificial) leg tailored to the remainder of her knee, and the help of an amazing dancing teacher, she learns about herself and her strengths and dances once again.
What has made the difference is understanding the spiritual part of the dance as well as the physical. She begins to teach little ones and watches what the dance does for each. There is a difference in knowing and seeing and understanding. Along the way, we suspect she has found someone worthy of her love.
The story is based loosely on the author’s memory of dancer Shoba Sharma who was injured and became a dancer, as well as several other dancers, Indian and other nationalities, who overcame much to dance.
This was a 2017 Sequoyah Intermediate nominee. The author has written two other books, Island’s End, available in our library, and Climbing the Stairs. – Review by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, is one of those books you wish you had never read so you could read it again for the first time! It is short and simply written.
The book begins with this quote: “Dogs speak words, but only poets and children hear.” The narrator is the poet’s (Sylvan’s) dog Teddy. Teddy was a stray, rescued by Sylvan. And Teddy in turn rescues a boy and girl who have become lost in the woods on a bitter, snowy day. He takes them home – and the children understand his words.
The children were left in their mother’s car when she went to find help after their car stalled in the storm. Teddy and the children weather the storm together, and through Teddy’s remembrances we learn of Sylvan’s work as a poet and teacher. When Sylvan died, it is his student, Ellie, who feeds and checks on Teddy – because Teddy could not leave their home, a cabin in the woods.
When the storm clears and Ellie comes, the children and Teddy wait for the parents to arrive. And the story ends there.
This is a thoughtful book, with little truths and little moments of poetry. MacLachlan is a writer of many children’s books – and winner of the Newberry Medal. Her books bear reading again and again. – Review by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant
Sign up now, at the library’s Youth Services Department, for the 8th annual LEGO Creation Contest!
The contest is free to all and participants will be divided into three age groups: Kindergarten through 4th grade, 5th grade through 8th grade, and 9th grade through adult. First, second and third place will be awarded in each category with one overall grand prize being awarded. Winners will receive LEGO products and ribbons.
Contestants will build their LEGO creations at home using their own LEGOs, abiding by the rules and criteria noted on the registration form. They will then drop off their entries at the upstairs meeting room of the library on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The room will be closed at 11:00 am to allow judging to take place.
Public viewing will begin that same day at 1:00pm, with awards being given out soon after. Winning entries will be shown in the library’s lobby display cases from April 30th through May 6th.
“I hope to see lots of sign-ups for this competition,” says Laura Pryce, Youth Services librarian. “And it would be great to have more adult competitors this year!” To register, come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170 for more information.