Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913
Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913

“Once upon a time, on the edge of a great forest, lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children.”

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

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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 attended. The tales in their collection were based on oral stories handed down through generations. Often used politically over the years, the tales have mostly evolved, through many adaptations by both the Grimms and others, into the stories we all remember. Wilhelm was born on this day in 1786.

Recipes, Book Clubs & The Copper Country Strike of 1913

Thinking of Spring, please join us tonight at 6:30 p.m. when Justin Stockwell of HTG Supply shares tips on starting your summer garden through the use of grow lights.

On Monday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m., we will show 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 through Michigan Humanities.

We are still accepting recipes for our homegrown booklet of your favorites. Please feel free to email me yours or drop it off at the circ desk. Don’t forget to include your name and a sentence or two about why you like it! We LOVE your Kitchen Stories!

Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets April 6 at 4 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Books are geared toward girls ages 3-6 grades, although older girls are welcome! Because the girls are scattered across a variety of schools, they have decided to continue to meet via Zoom for now. Takeout bags with themed crafts, activities and snack will be available the week before the program. Discussion is fun – there’s no wrong answer. If you are interested in participating 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 at the circ desk on a first come basis.

Reading Dog Lani is back on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. We are not taking appointments. Just come on in and read to our favorite library pup!

The Friends of Peninsula Community Library are looking for someone to chair their Bayshore Marathon Aid Station on May 28. It is a lot of fun – I speak from experience – and you can be done well before noon. The position involves getting volunteers for race day, picking up supplies and generally one short meeting. If you can take this on, let me know and I will pass your contact information on to the Friends of PCL, who generate more than over $1200 from this one event. Friends can assist in finding volunteers!

Books at the Boathouse

Our “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser will be takeout for another year. Please set aside April 12. Tickets, which may be purchased beginning March 1 at PCL, include a fabulous meal for two with wine. You will pick your meal up April 12 in the PCL parking lot.

We will offer a Silent Auction that week in the library instead of our usual live one. If you have a special item (nothing used please) you are willing to donate, let me know! Many 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 Grimm brothers were influenced greatly by earlier German philosophers who believed that the stories handed down in the oral tradition were the purest form of culture. Would they recognize their tales in modern commercial bedtime stories? Perhaps.

Over the years, they themselves softened the stories to make them more suitable for children. Regardless of whether you enjoy their stories or not, we invite you to check out the hundreds of “tales” we have here at PCL!

Enjoy the sunshine!

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