- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Alzheimer's... so many families are coping with this disease, trying to make sense of it, and trying to figure out how to help suffering family members or friends. I just read an excellent fiction book that tackles this subject, and the nice twist is that this book is for young audiences, generally about 10 to young teen. An Early Winter by Marion Dane Bauer is the story of an 11 year old boy who can’t believe there's anything wrong with his grandfather... he seems just fine most of the time. The book is thoughtful and sensitive, and very on target with the confusion, emotions, and difficulties faced by so many families in this situation. I recommend this book highly, but it made me wonder if I could find similar books for a young audiences. I found a few: A Beautiful Pearl by Nancy Whitelaw, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park, and If I forget, You Remember by Carol Lynch Williams. For younger children there's What's Happening to Grandpa by Maria Shriver. In Spanish there’s El Abuelito Ha Cambio (Grandpa Has Changed). All are available in SJPL libraries.
- Claire Glennon, SJPL
When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little Understood is written by two best friends, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli. It's a social account of funny text messages exchanged between parents/grandparents and their children/grandchildren. When "old fingers meet tiny keypads," we can expect to see hard-to-understand-and-yet-loving messages and emoticons.
Please check out the authors' website whenparentstext.com to get some more tastes of these hilarious texts.