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On Sunday, June 16th we celebrate our dads on Father's Day. But what does it mean to be a dad? Fatherhood and the role of dads have in the family unit has changed over the years. Today's generation of dads are more involved in childcare and sharing responsibility of household chores. Dads do matter. Here's some resources that sheds light on redefination of fatherhood. 

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood. As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the "firsts" that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn't shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop. In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life.

Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession--the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he'd moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he's doing the right thing--but he's never quite sure. One Day You'll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into "life lessons" about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters--many of which have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times,Men's Health,Parents,Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine--the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad.

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Screen-Free Summer Kit is filled the tools to fill your day without staring at a screen. We’ve included a book of activities and games from the pre-screen era, a deck of cards, dice, a notebook, and a bag full of things to do to chase away boredom.

If you can’t make it to the library to get a kit, but want to plan some screen-free fun, here are some great resources to get you started:

  • Don’t forget your 62 Days of Summer starter kit!
  • Discover Magazine, a guide to fun and learning in the township, courtesy of Canton Leisure Services.
  • Michigan Adventure Pass– use your library card to check out free and reduced admission to attractions across the state, as well as select Michigan State parks and National Park Service sites.
  • Of course, the library is full of books to help you plan out some screen-free time!

New this month in the Large Print collection are a variety of romance, mystery, and thriller titles. A few are featured below, with additional new titles available in the Large Print collection at the Library.

Sunset beach [large print] by 1954- Mary Kay Andrews
Also available in: print | audiobook

Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach - it comes with a twist. Drue Campbell's life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn't seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother's funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he's remarried - to Drue's eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they're offering her a job. It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance - her grandparents' beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions. With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spendingher days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father's firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may - or may not - involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there's a storm on the horizon. 

Queen bee : a novel by Dorothea Benton Frank
Also available in: print | audiobook

Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she's a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly's sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly's escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie.

Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they'll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will.

Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale--warm, wise and hilarious, it roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Saige Copeland or Tenney Grant, two American Girl characters who believe in the importance of art and music, you might enjoy these other books about the arts. 

Fiction

Confusion is nothing new by Paul Acampora

Fourteen-year-old Ellie Magari's mother left shortly after Ellie was born, and now her mother has died, and Ellie does not know exactly how to feel about that. She is determined, with the help of her friends in the marching band (where she plays the glockenspiel), to make some kind of connection with her mother's memory.

 

Did you miss our Music Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own tuneful storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Because by Mo Willems

Peace and love go hand in hand.  We enjoyed reading and talking about both of those topics today in Family Storytime. After reading some of these wonderful books, be sure to get out into the world and spread the peace, love, and kindness we all have inside us.  Happy reading!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Looking for a new fantasy series to try? Already read popular series like Red Queen, Throne of Glass, and Shadow and Bone? You may have missed some of the fantastic fantasy titles below!

Daughter of the pirate king by Tricia Levenseller
East by Edith Pattou

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Below is a collection of graphic novels and illustrated works that paint our thoughts and emotions beyond words, offer art as therapy, and help inform us in new ways. 

 

Did you miss our What's Different? What's the Same? Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Dino duckling by Alison Murray

In 1992, the month of May was designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading a YA book by an author of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry this month! Some selections are listed below. 

After the shot drops by Randy Ribay
American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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