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221 South Main Street • Chelsea, MI 48118 chelseadistrictlibrary.org Non-Profit Org. Postage Paid Chelsea, MI Permit #28 POSTAL PATRON Perspectives Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books ignited my curiosity for pioneer living as a child. Now as an adult, I'd love to hear firsthand about the true stories of her life and the decisions she made in editing those stories to fit the narrative of the book series. ~ Jessica Zubik, Youth & Teen Librarian David Sederis because he's filled with good anecdotes and can make conversation with anyone. He's known for asking a different question of each person who waits in his book signing lines! ~ Emily Meloche, Adult Librarian I'd like to invite James Madison as he wrote the model of what became our US Constitution and find out what he would think about the current state of our country and our modern day interpretation of this glorious document. ~ Jerry Wilczynski, CDL Board Trustee Rod McKuen and Emily Dickinson because I really love poetry. Rod for the feelings and struggle in his work. Emily because she was a woman far ahead of her time and I love her imagery. ~ Ron Andrews, Head of Technology Richard Feynman was a great thinker who will always be remembered by his diagrams for describing reactions between particles and waves (that can go in either direction). He was a very charismatic guy with a loud voice and a distinct Queens New York accent. I have read a couple of great books by and about him, including Surely, You Must be Joking, Mr. Feynman! I would enjoy talking to him about food, wine and music; as much as I would enjoy hearing about his science … he was a real Renaissance kind of guy. ~ Charlie Taylor, CDL Board Trustee I would invite Barbara Kingsolver. Reading her books gave me important insights into Native American culture and environmental issues in ways that no other books have. Just thinking over some of the titles — The Bean Trees, Flight Path, The Prodigal Summer, and my all time favorite The Poisonwood Bible elicits so many topics that I would love to talk to her about! ~ Linda Ballard, Asst. Director Kate Atkinson — Life After Life, best book I ever read (repeatedly)! How does she come up with these ideas?? ~ Anne Merkel, CDL Board Trustee Next newsletter's question is open to you, our readers. In our Summer publication, we'll be talking about "Ways to build a better world." In one sentence, tell us something you've taken part in that has helped make the world a better place. Please email your response to email@example.com by March 30, 2017. Dorothy Parker did it all — poetry, short stories, criticism, screenplays — with a style that reflected ferocity and vulnerability. The conversation would crackle with her brazen wit and sparkle with her flair, intelligence, and compassion. She'd regale with tales from the Algonquin Round Table, her devoted friendships and bittersweet romances, her pet dogs, and her time in Hollywood that garnered two Academy Award nominations and a place on the Hollywood blacklist. ~ Lori Coryell, CDL Director " Printed with vegetable based inks Powered by 100% Certified Renewable Energy Printed in Michigan by Michigan Workers "Look who's coming to dinner!" Emily Dickinson J.K. Rowling — besides having written a lot of fantastic books (Harry Potter was my childhood!), she just seems like a pretty wonderful person. She has founded and donated huge amounts to children's and medical charities, and is outspoken against intolerance and bigotry. She's also so witty in her interviews and her tweets! ~ Shannon Powers, Adult Librarian Welcome to our new column, where each newsletter we will be highlighting perspectives from our staff, board of trustees, and you, the reader. This month we asked CDL staff & Board to tell us "which author (dead or alive) they would invite to their dinner party and why." ChelseaDistrictLibrary ChelseaLibrary