Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
There have been several books written about the plight of Afghan women but Kabul Beauty School:an American woman goes beneath the veil by Deborah Rodriguez takes a fresh perspective. Rodriguez traveled to Afghanistan to be an aid worker and nurse shortly after the fall of the Taliban. She soon discovered her training as a hairdresser and cosmetologist was in huge demand for both western workers and a small group of Afghan women. After befriending a number of these Afghan women, she found that even under a burqa, these women still had pride in themselves and their appearance. Using a great deal of ingenuity, she opened a small beauty school in Kabul to train her new friends in basic cosmetology. Through laughter as well as tears and lots of tea, she was embraced as a true friend and discovered that she could help her new Afghan friends change their lives for the better.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Stop by and visit- even when the doors are locked.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a twin? Or what if you had a twin, but didn't know about it? That's what happened to twins Elise Shein and Paula Bernstein, who were separated as infants and reunited at age 35. They've co-written the book Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited. It's a fascinating account, full of information about the biology of twins, the nature vs. nurture debate, and adoption practices in the middle of the 20th century. The book also packs in a fair amount of suspense as the twins, once reunited, try to discover the identity and circumstances of their birth mother. Highly recommended; this is a totally engrossing read.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Here are some tips that might help nurture that growing reader:
- Read with your child.
- Make sure they have plenty to read.
- Bring them to the library and let them choose what they would like to read.
- Respect their choices.
- Notice what interests them, and then help them find books about those things. Any of the librarians can help, too.
- Tell stories. This is a great way to pass on family history and build your children’s listening and thinking skills.
- Go places and do things with your children to build their background knowledge and vocabulary. This gives them a basis for understanding what they read.
- Be a reading role model. You can share and discuss what you read with your child.
- Not all reading takes place between the covers of a book. What about menus, road signs, or food labels? Magazines can often help reluctant readers improve; the shorter articles don’t seem overwhelming.
Let us know how we can assist you as you grow those readers!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
As we start this new year, I have been thinking about a recent visit I made to a library near where my daughter lives. This library is about 5 years old and is part of a complex that houses a performing arts center, city administrative offices, the police department, a fire station, and a sculpture garden. There is also enough parking for 750 vehicles. One of the most compelling ideas that this library represents is their commitment to the philosophy that the library is the “
Happy New Year to all of you from the Flathead County Libraries Staff! We hope that this year will bring the best to you and your loved ones. Stop by and fill out a How'd we do form so we know what to include in our list of resolutions. 2008 will be the best year ever at your local library, so stop on by and visit us soon.