I’m Ann Kathrin (Uhn-ke-treen). I recently relocated to the US from Berlin, Germany. It isn’t a coincidence that my work has been centered on the written word in some form or other, from lettering comics to casting actors to translating and editing screenplays. I am taken by the art of storytelling.
But just because I’m a bookworm and a film buff, doesn’t mean I’m a couch potato. I’m an avid walker, biker and yogi. I also started playing a on a softball team this past summer and went rowing for the first time the other day on the East Bay (so much fun!).
I’ve been at the Bristol library for close to three months now and feel like I’ve hit the jackpot: I get to be surrounded by books and films and also be a part of a friendly and vibrant community. Thank you to my colleagues and patrons for the warm welcome. If you need a foreign movie tip, would like to brush up on your German or just feel like sharing a good read, please always feel free to stop by the circulation desk and say hello.
Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Goodwin investigates how four presidents who each entered office during a national crisis and how they successfully guided us during that time.
Abraham Lincoln entered office with as the nation on the verge of civil war. Teddy Roosevelt assumed office after the assassination of president William McKinley to inherit a Coal Strike. Franklin D. Roosevelt entered office facing a financial crisis.
Lyndon B. Johnson became president after the the assassination of president John F. Kennedy and he was able to engineer the passage of more civil rights legislation than any other president.
All four men were brought up in various circumstances in their early life. And, they each had their own reasons for entering office. But, all four wanted to work for the greater good.
Goodwin writes in a format ( I have never been one to pick up a history book.) that made it easy to follow the political machinations of the time periods involved. – JW
Jane, a library associate at Rogers Free Library, previously worked for many years alongside related service personnel (OTs, PTs, social workers, job coaches,…) in a large public school system (NOLA). It was during that time while training with her students and job coaches at libraries that Jane gained some transferable job skills to her present job in the Children’s Room of RFL.
More recently, Jane has trained and become certified in the Orton Gillingham Reading Method. She supports the IDA (dyslexiada.org). When not working, Jane enjoys all kinds of reading, music and gardening. She is really glad to be back in the New England area.
Becoming – By Michelle Obama. I’ve been on the wait list for this audiobook for a long time. However, after listing to the first discs, and trying a random sampling of other discs, I’ve decided to go back on the wait list for the actual book.
I adore Michelle Obama, but her voice is too monotone. I prefer a livelier voice to keep me focused on the story. – Deb
Have you met Jackie? Jackie is our new Assistant Director. Jackie previously was the secretary at Bristol Parks and Recreation for 13 years. She loves to exercise and walk her Golden Retriever, Riley, or the more truer version, Riley loves to walk Jackie! She is super excited to play the role as mother of the groom this year! She is also excited to take on this new adventure of working for a public library!! When all of the events and festivities calm down, she cannot wait to get into a good book!
My name is Aradhana Mehta. You may have seen me working mainly in Children’s, though I work on main floor and in reference too. I have been working at the Roger’s Free Library for the last 2 years now. I love working in Children’s, it a pleasure to see the spark in the eye of the little ones when they come in. I am fully delighted to help them find a book, answer questions about computers and dig out books from the Non-Fiction and J section.
Outside of the library I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Providence College and Rhode Island College in Providence. I love watching sports especially football, I am a big Patriots fan! I like these two books at our library, “The Night Gardener” and “The Book with No Pictures”.
How Can I Encourage My Child to Jump into Summer Reading?
Did you know, a great way to support your child’s summer reading practice is to let them choose their own books? Children and teens who choose their own books are more likely to find books they love, and people who read books they love are more likely to become lifelong readers.
We have a marvelous universe of books available for summer reading in the Children’s Room at RFL! Browse our picture books, early readers, graphic novels, chapter book series, and top-notch fiction and nonfiction books. Need a launchpad, a place to start? Look for our READ MORE Rhode Island Children’s Book Award displays. The RICBA is a children’s choice award. Each year students in grades 3 to 5 vote on their favorite book from a ballot of 20 selections nominated by a panel of librarians, reading specialists and teachers. Likewise, the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award winner is chosen each year by students in grades 6 to 8. So, if we’ve marked a book with a RIMSBA sticker or RICBA sticker, you’ll know it’s a stellar choice for summer reading!
And if you really don’t know where to start, our library staff can recommend excellent books and proven authors for kids who would rather do anything other than read this summer – and for kids who would rather read than do anything else!
Big thanks to staff member Kristen Q for this great advice!