Library News: Brothers Grimm, Boathouse Books and the 1913 Copper Country Strike

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Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913

“Once upon a time, at the edge of a large forest, there was a poor lumberjack with his wife and two children.”

Almost universally, adults and children recognize these words as the first sentence of “Hansel and Gretel”. Originally published in German in 1812 as “Children’s and Household Tales”, they were not initially considered suitable for children due to their scholarly content and graphic detail.

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The Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, actually studied law. They became interested in folklore through a professor at the university they were attending. The tales in their collection were based on oral histories passed down from generation to generation. Often used politically over the years, the tales have mostly evolved, through numerous adaptations by the Grimms and others, into the stories we all remember. Wilhelm was born on this day in 1786.

Recipes, Book Clubs, and the Copper Country Strike of 1913

With spring in mind, join us tonight at 6:30 p.m. when Justin Stockwell of HTG Supply shares tips for getting your summer garden started through the use of grow lights.

On Monday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. we will screen the PBS film, “Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913”, followed by a brief discussion of the Great Michigan Read book, “The Women of Copper Country”. This program is made possible by a grant from Michigan Humanities.

We are still accepting recipes for our homemade booklet of your favorites. Do not hesitate to send me yours by e-mail or to deposit it at the office of the circle. Don’t forget to include your name and a sentence or two explaining why you love it! We LOVE your cooking stories!

Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets April 6 at 4 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. The books are aimed at girls ages 3-6, although older girls are welcome! Because the girls are scattered across various schools, they decided to continue meeting via Zoom for the time being. Take-out bags with themed crafts, activities and a snack will be available the week before the program. Discussion is fun – there is no wrong answer. If you would like to participate with your daughter or granddaughter, please email me so that I have enough books/kits available. April’s book is “Wish” by Barbara O’Connor, and copies are available now from the circus office on a first-come basis.

Reading Dog Lani is back on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We do not take appointments. Come in and read to our favorite library pup!

The Friends of the Peninsula Community Library are looking for someone to chair their Bayshore Marathon Aid Station on May 28th. It’s great fun – I speak from experience – and you can be done well before noon. The job involves recruiting volunteers for race day, picking up supplies, and generally having a short meeting. If you can handle it, let me know and I’ll pass your details along to the Friends of PCL, who are generating over $1,200 through this unique event. Friends can help find volunteers!

Books at the Boathouse

Our “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser will be on the go for another year. Please book April 12. Tickets, which can be purchased from March 1 at PCL, include a fabulous meal for two with wine. You will pick up your meal on April 12 in the PCL parking lot.

We will be offering a silent auction that week in the library instead of our usual live auction. If you have a special item (nothing used please) that you’re willing to donate, let me know! Many thanks to Boathouse owners Doug and Erin Kosch and their staff for their years of supporting our community library in this special way!

The Brothers Grimm were greatly influenced by early German philosophers who believed that stories passed down in oral tradition were the purest form of culture. Would they recognize their stories in modern bedtime business stories? May be.

Over the years, they themselves have toned down the stories to make them more kid-friendly. Whether or not you like their stories, we invite you to check out the hundreds of “tales” we have here at PCL!

Enjoy the sun!

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