I admire an author who writes a children’s book that works both as a great read-aloud while also appealing to youngsters just graduating from the easier beginning reader books. Local author Jamie Michalak has one such book with Frank and Bean.
In less than 50 pages and four short chapters we meet Frank, an introverted fellow who craves the peace and quiet required to write in his secret notebook, and Bean, who arrives on the scene with seemingly every instrument known to man. Not surprisingly, Frank (who if you haven’t already guessed is a frankfurter), is not happy about the intrusion. Bean (yes, the musical fruit) honks and toots and vrooms, loudly. (He’s also brought his motorcycle.) This is not auspicious for a workable relationship. And yet.
Bean is on a quest. And it turns out that Frank has the poetry that Bean is seeking to turn his (loud) musical musings into song. The humorous illustrations of Bob Kolar enhance this humorous yet warm story of the beginnings of friendship.
A sure winner with a gentle message.
By Nancy Kellner
Greetings! I’m Nancy Kellner and I joined the library staff in September 2018 as the Youth Outreach Librarian. What does a Youth Outreach Librarian do, you ask? Simply stated, anything conducted outside the four walls of our lovely Rogers Free Library that connects the youth of Bristol to the library and its programs. Here are some examples of our outreach programs–Reading Fur Fun (therapy dogs read with students in local schools), StoryWalks® (picture books deconstructed and mounted on stakes to be read page by page on a trail or path), Popup Story Times (fair weather story times in local parks) and attending local events like the State Street Fair and Mount Hope Farm Farmers Market.
Because I love the interaction with patrons, I also work shifts at the library. You can find me every Tuesday night (from 4-8 pm) in the Children’s Room and occasionally at Main Circulation.
Libraries and books have always been a part of my life. My first ever job was as a page at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA (a town not unsimilar to Bristol). I have also worked or volunteered in public libraries in Evanston, IL; Norwich and Hartford, CT; Plaistow, NH; and Northborough and Shrewsbury, MA. I spent a decade as a banker (don’t ask) and a few years as a stay-at-home mom. But the majority of my working life was as an elementary school librarian where I could combine my skills as a storyteller, my love of children’s literature, my interest in digital technology and my absolute delight at working with school aged kids.
While I haven’t always lived in Bristol (officially a carpetbagger as I moved here in 2017), I call myself a Bristolian-by-choice. Embracing the life of a retiree I found ample opportunities to read, bake, write, volunteer, hike, bike, kayak and (just recently) learning to knit. But libraries continued to beckon and I was lucky enough to be offered this part-time job at Rogers Free Library, a place that now feels like home.
No bio would be complete without mentioning the most precious part of my life, my family–two grown children (one of each variety), a daughter-in-law (and grandchild-to-be) and my college sweetheart of a husband to whom I’ve been married for 40 plus years.
I’m Ann Kathrin (Uhn-kah-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 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 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 four presidents who each entered office during a national crisis and how they successfully guided us during that time.
Abraham Lincoln entered office as the nation was on the verge of civil war. Teddy Roosevelt assumed office after the assassination of President William McKinley and inherited 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 style that makes it easy to follow the political machinations of the time periods involved. Even though I have never been one to pick up a history book.- 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!