Book Recommendation: Wolf Hollow

 WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren WolkEvil comes to rural Pennsylvania in an unlikely guise in this novel of the American homefront during World War II.

Twelve-year-old Annabelle’s coming-of-age begins when newcomer Betty Glengarry, newly arrived from the city to stay with her grandparents “because she was incorrigible,” shakes her down for spare change in Wolf Hollow on the way to school. Betty’s crimes quickly escalate into shocking violence, but the adults won’t believe the sweet-looking blonde girl could be responsible and settle their suspicions on Toby, an unkempt World War I veteran who stalks the hills carrying not one, but three guns. Annabelle’s strategies for managing a situation she can’t fully understand are thoroughly, believably childlike, as is her single-minded faith in Betty’s guilt and Toby’s innocence. But her childlike faith implicates her in a dark and dangerous mystery that propels her into the adult world of moral gray spaces. Wolk builds her story deliberately through Annabelle’s past-tense narration in language that makes no compromises but is yet perfectly simple: “Back then, I didn’t know a word to describe Betty properly or what to call the thing that set her apart from the other children in that school.” She realizes her setting with gorgeous immediacy, introducing the culture of this all-white world of hollows, hills, and neighbors with confidence and cleareyed affection.Image result for newbery honor medal

Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk’s novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)

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Book Ninjas!

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The library recently had a fun program called Book Ninjas.  Kids ages 6-9 joined Miss Laurie for a reading of Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez.  Then they had a fun tae kwon do demonstration by Dennis Kane and students of PKSA Karate Brighton.  Visit the Book Ninjas site for more martial arts and reading fun!  To see more photos from the library event, click here.

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens!

Related imageFor those of you ages 9 and up, we have two exciting programs coming up in February!  First is the Mother-Daughter Craft on Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-8:00pm.  This month we’ll be making a candy topiary — perfect to give as a Valentine’s Day gift or to keep for yourself!  Then on Saturday, February 4, fight in the Cupcake Wars — this time there will be two epic battles, one from 1:00-2:00 and one from 3:00-4:00.  To register for either of these exciting programs, go to our calendar and click on the program you want to sign up for.  See you soon!

Creative Play!

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Fostering Creativity     

Adapted from ‘The Connection’ – a newsletter resource from Child Connect for Family Success at

Many people assume that creativity is an inborn talent but is actually more a skill that can be nurtured. It is a key to success in nearly everything we do and is not limited to art and music—it is essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence.

Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change—as well as take advantage of new opportunities.

Researchers believe we have changed the experience of childhood in a way that impairs creative development. Children no longer need to imagine a stick is a sword in a game or story they’ve imagined: they can play Star Wars with a specific light-saber in costumes designed for the specific role they are playing.

Here are some ideas for fostering creativity in your children:

1. Provide the resources they need for creative expression. The key resource here is time. Children need a lot of time for unstructured, child-directed, imaginative play –unencumbered by adult direction, and that doesn’t depend on a lot of commercial stuff.








2. Space is also a resource your children need. Give them a specific place where they can make a mess – like room in your attic for dress-up, a place in the garage for painting, or a corner in your family room for Legos. Next time someone asks for a gift suggestion for your children, ask for things like art supplies, cheap cameras, costume components, building materials. Put these in easy-to-deal-with bins that your children can manage.

3. Foster a creative atmosphere. Ask for a lot of different ideas, but resist the urge to evaluate the ideas your children come up with. Brainstorm activities for the upcoming weekend, encouraging them to come up with things they’ve never done before. Don’t point out which ideas aren’t possible or decide which ideas are best. The focus of creative activities should be on process: generating (vs. evaluating) new ideas.







4. Encourage children to make mistakes and fail. Yes, fail – children who are afraid of failure and judgment will curb their own creative thought. Share the mistakes you’ve made recently, so they get the idea that is okay to flub up. Laughing at yourself when you make a mistake is a happiness habit.

Book Recommendation: Wish

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Wish by Barbara O'Connor

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

From award-winning author Barbara O’Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Preschool Open House Offers Options for Parents

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The Brighton Library will be hosting a drop-in Preschool Open House Saturday, January 21 from 10am – 1pm for parents who are interested in preschool for their young child.

Stop in and meet with local representatives and learn about preschool programs available in Livingston County. Businesses, local organizations, and agencies related to young children will also be displaying information.

Preschools Attending: LESA Early Childhood Programs, Magdalen’s Preschool, Pleasant Valley Day Care and Preschool, Brighton Montessori, Maple Tree Montessori, First Steps Preschool, Shepherd of the Lakes, Rosebrook Child Development Center, First Baptist Child Care Center

Businesses & Community Service Organizations attending: Children’s Center for Growth and Development – OT, Rollerama/Zap Zone, Brighton Community Education, Great Start Livingston, and SELCRA.



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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young children, and properly restrained children have a more than 50 percent GREATER chance of surviving a crash.  When driving with children, ALWAYS use the appropriate car seat or seat belt.  Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, Policy Statement, April 2011

On January 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm a car seat expert from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will answer your questions and give you information about how to keep your child safe while you are driving.  Please register for this program by visiting the Brighton District Library website, and clicking on this event on the calendar.

Light refreshments will be served.  




Letters to Santa

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Have you sent your letter to Santa yet?  Stop by the Youth Room from now until December 23 to drop your letter in our special mailbox and ensure that your letter arrives at the North Pole in time!

The Holidays are Coming!

dsc_0569Are you looking forward to the holidays? Come join us for some very special youth programs this December!

Story Time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus: Friday, December 2nd, 10:15-11:00am

National Cookie Day: Saturday, December 4th, 2:00-4:00pm

Holiday Open House: Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am-3:00pm

Holiday Crafting: Monday, December 12th, 6:00-7:00pm

Don’t forget to stop by between December 11th and 23rd to write a letter to Santa! A mail box from the North Pole Postal Service will be available in the Youth Department for a Christmas Eve delivery!


Spooky Halloween Night

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It was a fun time at the fire station last Monday night! Each year on the 31st, the Brighton Fire Department opens their doors for an amazing safe alternative to trick or treating.

The party included pizza, donuts, lemonade, apple cider, games, prizes, face painting, balloon art, a beautiful scene for photos ops and of course, lots of candy!

There were also costume contests throughout the night for the Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Original, and Best Over-all.

And…Story Time by the Brighton District Library!!! Mary and I had so much fun singing and dancing with the little monsters, fairies, firemen, ghostbusters, policeman…list goes on and on…..

We read and acted out stories and rhymes, sang and danced to songs, and flew spiders through the air with a parachute! We crafted our own spider web with a big orange spider and handed out tootsie roll pop spiders to make at home.

Please consider this outstanding alternative for Halloween night fun next year and come celebrate with us!!!