Foreword – May 6, 2024

We’re taking a break from youth programming this month as we prepare for school visits and summer programming. There are no after school programs or storytime this month.

A new picture book, Not Perfect, written by Maya Myers and illustrated by Hyewon Yum provides a welcome lesson about the perils of seeking perfection in a big-hearted way kids (and adults) are sure to appreciate. Dot knows she’s good at many things, but unlike her parents, siblings, and even her cat, she’s not perfect at anything. “Close” does not cut it. Improvement may be positive, but it also means perfection has not been achieved. She really wants to find her “thing” to excel at. A school project and the frustration it generates a breakthrough and inspires a bit of creativity and celebrates friendship. The lovely color pencil illustrations capture Dot’s emotions, including her enthusiasm, frustration, and joy. Children are likely to relate to Dot, as are any adults who are recovering overachievers.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 20 for staff training.