About Pat Solin

Patricia Smith Solin works with her son, Michael, on creating posts and maintaining the technical aspects of the RFL Association website & Facebook posts. She was the school librarian for 10 years at Riverton Public School (NJ) and contributes articles for the Gaslight News, the official publication of the Historical Society of Riverton.

A Recommendation from the President of the RFL Friends

Iris Gaughan sent me this article that she recommended as a wonderful read about libraries.  She said: “A little realism goes a long way in a world where the next book purchase, the next apartment, the next significant other promise to finally deliver the goods.”

You, too, can enjoy this New York Times article entitled Library Books: A Small Antidote to a Life of Perpetual Dissatisfaction.”  From it: “The library does more than save me the cost of a paperback — it provides me with a template for navigating the great sea of longing and disappointment that is life.”

A Kids’ Guide to Coping With the Pandemic

Image thanks to NPR

In National Public Radio’s Goats and Soda, Stories of Life in a Changing World, their recent 4-minute broadcast came with a downloadable comic book that you may wish to share with your child.  Entitled A Kids’ Guide to Coping With the Pandemic, this helpful booklet can enable parents to share feelings and events that may be scary to your child.  Created by social workers, the comic book can allow children to open up to their fears and frustrations about the current pandemic.

Be safe and healthy!

Children and Books — Perfectly Matched

The New York Times has its 25 Best Children’s Books list for 2020.  Looking for a perfect holiday gift for a special child?  Why not consider sharing one of these titles?

Picture Books

  • Scott’s I Talk Like a River
  • Blackall’s If You Come to Earth
  • Pinkney’s The Little Mermaid
  • Tamaki’s Our Little Kitchen
  • Underwood’s Outside In
  • Berry’s The Story About Afiy
  • Alzauner’s The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor
  • Yoshitake’s There Must Be More Than That!
  • Van den Ende’s The Wanderer
  • Decur’s When You Look Up
  • Robinson’s You Matter

Middle Schoolers

  • Patterson & Alexander’s, Becoming Muhammad Ali
  • Shulevitz’s, Chance: Escape from the Holocaust
  • Craft’s Class Act
  • Pinkney’s Loretta Little Looks Back
  • Munoz-Ryan’s Mañanaland
  • Grossman’s The Silver Arrow
  • Watson’s Ways to Make Sunshine
  • Entrada-Kelly’s We Dream of Science
  • Jamison & Mohmad’s When Stars Are Scattered

Young Adult

  • Woodson’s Before the Ever After
  • Luen-Yang’s Dragon Hoops
  • Sayer’s Everything Sad is Untrue: A True Story
  • Hudson & Hudson’s The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth
  • Hesse’s When They Left

Great Fundraiser, and More Available for You! Thank You!

MasksFrom the President of the Association, Kim Paulsen
Thank you for your support of our Holiday Spirits Donation Drive!  Special thanks to the Friends of the Riverton Free Library for all their hard work to make this a successful fundraiser.
So far, we have made $2,200+!!!  We still have about 50 wine totes @ $30 each and 75 masks left @ $10 each to offer, just in case you missed our fundraiser.  Please call the library at (856) 829-2476 if you would like to buy more red or white wine or the attractive mask with its —   “So many books, So little time. Riverton Free Library”.
Again, thank you for your support and Happy Holidays to all!
Kim Paulsen