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
The Bartlesville Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 on Monday evening, May 8, in the Bartlesville Public Library’s upstairs meeting room (Conference Room A). The public is invited.
During the 6:30 Beginner’s Corner portion of the meeting, Rita Bibles, an experienced genealogist, will discuss “The importance of using maps and visiting locations in your genealogical search”. At the second portion of the meeting, about 7:15, the guest speaker will be Nadine Hawke, Head of Reference Services at Bartlesville Public Library. She will discuss “Navigating the Local and Family History Map Collection for Your Family Research.” Those in attendance will learn about the maps in the library and how to use them for genealogical research, as well as the new restructuring of your Family History room at the library.
Join us upstairs in meeting room A
on Thursday at noon with Bettye Williams to talk about the book, Hidden Figures—now a major motion picture! The book is a New York Times #1 best seller about the African American women mathematicians who defied discrimination to help the USA win the space race during the Cold War.
(Bring your lunch!)
A free class on how to use your Kindle to check out e-books and e-audiobooks from Overdrive will be held Tuesday, April 25 in the Library’s Meeting Room C from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Overdrive is a service offered by Bartlesville Public Library that lets patrons borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and more from their digital collection for free.
You are welcome to bring your charged and registered Kindle device to the class.
Class size is limited, so please call to register at 918-338-4169.
If you are looking for assistance in tracking your family information, experienced genealogists will be available on Saturday, April 22 from 9 to 4 in the Local and Family History Room of the Bartlesville Public Library. Volunteer genealogists will be there to guide you, whether you are beginning family research or need suggestions to further your research. It is helpful to bring the family information you already have, along with the questions or family information you need answered.
The purpose of the Bartlesville Genealogical Society is to promote and encourage the common interest of family genealogy. All genealogy assistance is a free service provided by the Society.
Come join us on Tuesday April 18th for the fourth session on healthy cooking and nutrition presented by Josh Wright. The class will be held at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Bartlesville Public Library.