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Lewistown’s Main Street, as viewed from the 600 block, shows off a line of automobiles.

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What’s In a Name?

By Dani Buehler


To turn over a new leaf. Rebirth. A new day. Resolution. These words and idioms fill our heads and our hearts this time of year as we hope for the promise of an untold future. And as we cast off the worn out shell of last year, we welcome the unknown with resolute determination. Or, maybe not resolute determination, but a few well-meaning visits to the gym in January. It is a new year and, some might even say, it is time for a new you. And instead of focusing on a resolution for a healthier lifestyle or a positive yearly mantra, I am going to pick a new name for this new year.

 Now, there is a side note here that is informing this blog. I am approximately two weeks away from welcoming a new child into our family. Naming a child, for my husband and I, is a long process. To name someone is a big deal. Your name inhabits you and you it. For example, George could never be a Jax and Jax could never be a Liam. You are your name. But what if you could change your name, would you?

In Sherman Alexie’s new book “Thunder Boy Jr.” we contemplate this very question. Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his father, and although he thinks Thunder Boy is a perfect name for his father, it just doesn’t fit Thunder Boy Jr. And thus we begin our journey with Thunder Boy Jr. as he contemplates names that are more in tune with his unique personality, names like Mud In His Ears, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth and Full of Wonder. This wonderfully fun book is a great read for this time of year. Vivid illustrations help capture the imagination and offer readers a fun activity in which to participate. What makes you unique and how would you change your name to reflect this special trait? Could this be the year, where instead of Dani, I become Dreams of Sleep? Haha, with a newborn on the way and an active 2-year-old, yes, I will be Dreams of Sleep!


New to Youth

“Thunder Boy Jr.” by Sherman Alexie; “Who Done It” by Olivier Tallec; “Giants Beware” by Jorge Aguirre; “Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin solved a mystery that baffled all of France” by Mara Rockliff; “Funny Bones: Posada and his Day of the Dead Calaveras” by Duncan Tonatiuh; “The Nest” by Kenneth Oppel; “Case of the Missing Moonstone” by Jordan Stratford; “Battle of Hackham Heath” by John Flanagan; “Blackthorn Key” by Kevin Sands; “28 Days: moments in Black history that changed the world” by Charles Smith; “Crystal Storm” by Morgan Rhodes; “Challenger Deep” by Neal Shusterman


Book Station News

The Friends of the Library’s Winter Fair Book Sale is Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Book Station. All sales benefit the library.


Friends of the Library 

January marks the time of year to renew Friends of the Library memberships. Mail membership or drop them by the library at 701 W Main St.

The Friends’ quarterly meeting is Jan 25 at 12 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.  


Story Time Schedule

Infant, toddler and preschool story time is scheduled for the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Play group is the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m.  


Save the Date!

Roman Culture Night is Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. This event is free and open to the public.


Take Special Note

The library will not be conducting a Chili Bowl on Jan. 20 as formerly announced. Due to January staffing issues, we have decided to take a hiatus this year and return in 2018 with the biggest and best Chili Bowl ever. Please watch future issues for more information, and thank you for your support during our time of transition.


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