We’ve had limited success with Story Time in its current slot, so we’re going to move it to Saturdays at 1 pm! The library closes at that time, but if you’re here for a story, stick around! We’ll sing songs, read books, do some finger-plays, and talk about something in the world around us. Story time is aimed at children 2-4 years old, but all are welcome to attend!
The library and its board of trustees would like to thank the community for approving our 2018-2019 budget. We would like to welcome Janet Ramsay as our new trustee. Her term will begin July 2018.
Janet is a long-time community member who worked for many years in the state legislature and is now on staff at the Menands School. Thank you Janet for your willingness to serve on the board!
This year’s Menands Library Ice Cream social will be held on Saturday, June 16th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will have a performance and activities by Matt Cantello, who does a program called Super Sonics that explores different ways of making sound and music. And of course, there will be free ice cream!
The library board will also be holding a book sale in the library during the event, so if you’re keen to pick up some nice used books for cheap, then bring a bag, come browse, and start reading your new finds over a nice chocolate sundae!
This book review is by one of our local young people:
Review for Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
If I could pick one word to describe this book, it would be astounding! I was launched
into a world of fast-paced action and magic from the first page, and I found myself devouring every word of it. This is a very well-written work, with artful prose and a beautifully painted culture and society full of magical shapeshifters.
The main character – Anders – struggles with self-esteem issues, which I imagine many
people can find relatable in today’s world. There is a smattering of violence, but it is not
described graphically – unlike other books, such as Warriors by Erin Hunter or Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland – which makes it appropriate for the younger readers who are looking for some action. The fighting is just that – fighting. There are no heads getting ripped off or people being burned alive or bones getting smashed, and I found this surprisingly refreshing. The story also has some educational and inspirational purposes, as it teaches readers how to believe in themselves, as well as trust their friends to protect and stand by them during tough times. Also included are morals surrounding being supportive of your siblings, which is a valuable lesson to teach young readers. As to education, throughout the story there are subtle explanations of wolf behavior, such as nonverbal signaling, which I found to be accurate in all respects.
Overall this was a wonderful read, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the
series. In fact, the only problem I had with the story is this – it was too short! I highly
recommend it to anyone who has an abiding love for fantasy and animals.
– J. Browning