Fathers play an important role in children’s lives and in society, yet in the US about 1/3 of children live without a father in the home (datacenter.kidscout.org). Finding a great father figure in children’s literature is not an easy task, especially in the last decade, but there are a few that are real gems. Here are some of Children’s Literature’s great fathers.
Both of Auggie’s parents are amazingly supportive, but my favorite part in the book is when Auggie’s father tells him that it was he who got rid of Auggie’s space helmet (that Auggie wore to hide is facial deformity). Auggie’s father says he did it because he missed seeing his son’s face. There is no more validating message a father can send than “I love you, just the way you are.”
Billy’s father uses wit and wisdom to help his son through his difficult year. He isn’t perfect, and doesn’t have endless patience, but his gives Billy the most important thing, time and attention.
What is not to like about the loveable, absentminded-professor father of the Penderwicks. All through the series Mr. Penderwick obviously loves and delights in his children and in return, the children are utterly devoted to their father.
Being a good father is not always about having fun and baking cookies. Mr. Bell, the father to the two basketball prodigies in Crossover, knows when it is time to pull one of his boys up short when he is out of line. Although Mr. Bell uses a firm hand, it is always motivated by love.
It’s that time of year again! This is our 6th year holding the Teen Lock-In and we can’t wait for another fun night! The lock-in will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 7:00 - 11:-00 pm. We’ll start the evening in the ballroom with food, games, and crafts.
After the library closes we’ll play mini-golf in the library, participate in group games, help with the Stuffed Animal Sleepover, and more! Teens must bring a signed permission slip to attend the Lock-In. Permission slips can be obtained here or from the 1st Floor Reference Desk.
If you are teen ages 12-18, this is a program not to be missed!
Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you. Today's iteration features young adult fiction titles and some of our favorite things: finishing school, spies, servants, and secrets.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited and clever fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where lessons include dance, dress, and etiquette alongside espionage, poisoning, hand-to-hand fighting, and deceit. Not only does Sophronia excel at her lessons, but she also manages to solve a mystery—and fall in love—during her first year.
In an alternate 1914 WWI Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, fleeing the Russian Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn, who disguised herself as a boy to join the British Air Service and is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
Young Russian countess Anna must flee to England after the Russian Revolution. She hides her identity and becomes a servant for an important family. But will she be able to suppress her attraction to Rupert, the dashing Earl of Westerholme?
In 1559 England, Meg, an orphaned thief, is pressed to become a servant for the Maids of Honor, Queen Elizabeth I's secret all-female guard, but her loyalty is tested when she falls in love with a Spanish courtier who may be a threat.
In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where lessons include espionage, poisoning, hand-to-hand fighting, and deceit. When the convent sends her to Brittany’s court to protect its young princess, Ismae discovers the court harbors a nest of murderers and spies. It will take all of Ismae’s skills and charms to keep the young princess—and herself—alive.