Library Happenings

“A Story to Live By” 

by Dani Buehler

 

Every now and then, I read a book that just moves me. And Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” is one such book. As the 2017 Newbery Medal winner, you expect it to be good. I am here to tell you this timely little novel packs one heck of a punch, and is a must read for all audiences.

This is a book about family, consequence, power, a bog and a swamp monster, about magic, but most importantly, this is a book about story. Particularly, the stories that we live by or the stories we tell. Then again, it could be the stories that have yet to be told. All I can say is it’s a story about stories. What we learn is stories have power for both good and evil.

In Barnhill’s own words she tells us that she “wanted to write a story that grappled with the idea of false narratives – and how the Greedy and the Wicked and the Power-Hungry can so easily entrench their access to resources or money or power or respect by simply controlling the narrative” (*pg. 32).

Consequently, through her novel, Barnhill teaches us the story is only as powerful as we allow. In a time when truth seems to be as elusive as a bird taking flight, we as a community must acknowledge the power with which we imbue our storytellers.

What could be more important to a story than its characters? “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” is slippery and suggests multiple protagonists, each offering a unique narrative that speaks more to the reader’s journey than the character itself. Opening this lovely novel reveals not a tunnel into an imaginary world, but a mirror reflecting the reader and challenging their current narrative. This novel is delightfully witty and wonderfully written. It captures the imagination while enlightening our present reality. It truly is a must read.

*Barnhill, Kelly, and Gidwitz, Andy. “Newbery Magic,” School Library Journal, March 2017, pgs. 30-34.

 

Book Station news

The next book sale is Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Book Station. All proceeds benefit the library.

 

Board of Directors meeting

The Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m. in the library upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.

 

Author Dinner May 17

The seventh annual author dinner on Wednesday, May 17, features Montana suspense writer Christine Carbo. This exceptional event at the Elks Club involves a social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 6 p.m., and presentation by Carbo at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase at the library.

 

Presentation

Dr. Sarah Thompson will present “Following Nicholas Point through Blackfeet County 1846” on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the library upstairs meeting room. The program is sponsored by Humanities Montana.

 

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. This schedule is subject to change. Check the library website at lewistownlibrary.org for an updated schedule.

 

Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Contact us by phone at 538-5212, or e-mail library@lewistownlibrary.org. Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage: www.lewistownlibrary.org, as well as our downloadable audio books, e-books, and Heritage Quest Online. 

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