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Join Us for a Special Story Time with City Manager Ted Staton! Tuesday, September 13, 10:30 a.m.


City Manager PhotoMiss Karrie's story time will have a special visitor for the first day we return to our regularly scheduled story times!  East Lansing City Manager Ted Staton will be joining us to read and celebrate the 2011 Michigan Reads title Memoirs of a Goldfish, written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers.

If you are not familiar with the Michigan Reads! initiative, it works quite a lot like the One Book, One Community program.  Every year, a different children's book, by a Michigan author, is celebrated and explored.

The Library of Michigan has announced that Memoirs of a Goldfish is the featured title for the 2011 "Michigan Reads!" One State, One Children's Book Program.  The program highlights the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary ages, and recognizes the vital role libraries play in providing access to the quality books, programs and services that lay the foundation for reading and school success.  Memoirs of a Goldfish presents a charming view of life from inside a small glass bowl!  With his bowl to himself and his normal routine, Goldfish loves his life, until one day... intruders arrive and it looks like things will never be the same.  But, time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life and discover what he's been missing.  Filled with clever rhyming text, the message about friendship accompanying the bright illustrations will captivate readers of all ages. "I've always marveled at the capacity of books to connect people. That's what Michigan Reads is all about," said author Devin Scillian. "And that they would choose my book to make those connections is absolutely thrilling." (

Please join us for a fun and lively story time filled with underwater stories, songs, dancing, and a fish craft!