This isolation has given me a chance to catch up on my reading, Adult, YA, YR and picture books. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry (a new very simple picture book with a very Early Childhood approach to bullying), Pete the Cat by Kimberly and James Dean. I highly recommend the YA book, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, (this novel is based on the author’s relative’s experiences under Stalin regime in Lithuania, and historical facts.) Unfortunately, it was released the same year as Fifty Shades of Gray, though a movie based on Sepetys’ book will be titled Ashes in The Snow. The Adult books are: The Bee Keeper of Aleppo by Lofteri, Alternate Side by Quindlan, Carnegie’s Maid by Benedict and am now reading This is Happiness by Williams.
In addition, to prepare for and filming my weekly Tales for Tots, I have been giving my neighborhood a weekly story hour for school-age children. Unfortunately, I had just given a bag of books for school children away to Big Brothers two months ago.
I attended a Storytellers webinar a month ago and am enjoying the weekly Yin Yoga given by Catherine, our Library Assistant Director. (She has generously taken the time to give me different stretches for chair sitting.)
All in all, I am doing well as I have neighbors who have generously included my list in their shopping. One week, I had three large barbequed chickens dropped off and could only digest the white meat as the chickens were loaded with fat (very tasty) so I added them to the two carcasses I had in the freezer, and the stock pot produced a very nourishing 8 quarts of chicken broth for my well-stocked basement freezer. I’m sure the garbage men thought I had a dead body in my trash with heft of what was strained out!

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