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Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am

On Saturday, June 15th at 10:00am we will be welcoming Natalie Ziarnik to the store to discuss her book, A Lullaby of Summer Things. This is a free children's event best suited to children ages 4-8 years old. There will be a reading followed by a craft designed by the author to go with the book. Reservations are requested, please RSVP by calling 231.347.1180 or emailing events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

In the spirit of such bedtime favorites as Emily Winfield Martin's Day Dreamers, here is a quintessential end-of-day by the beach lovingly captured and perfect for reading aloud.

This simple, lyrical picture book is as warm, reassuring, and filled with joy as a vacation at the beach. Readers will join a little girl and her siblings as they wind down from a perfect day--hanging up towels, eating dinner, and getting ready for bed--each activity sparking a memory of their day--playing catch with the dog, chasing waves, and looking at sailboats along the shore. And when the lights of the family beach house go off--"In the dusky evening light, a sleepy house says goodnight"--young listeners will be lulled to sleep themselves.

In addition to writing, Natalie Ziarnik works as a children's librarian. She lives with her family in Barrington, Illinois, which is much too far away from the ocean. Learn more about her at natalieziarnik.com and on Twitter at @NatalieZiarnik.

Madeline Valentine is the author-illustrator of three books: George in the Dark, The Bad Birthday Idea, and, most recently, I Want That Nut! A graduate of Pratt Institute, she lives in Queens, New York, with her husband. Learn more about her at madelinevalentine.com and on Twitter at @illustrated_gal.
 

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 2:00pm

Stop in on Thursday, June 20th from 2:00-4:00pm to meet Allie Maldonado and to get your copy of Tough Cases signed. This is a free in-store book signing. 


A rare and illuminating view of how judges decide dramatic legal cases--Law and Order from behind the bench--including the Eli n Gonz lez, Terri Schiavo, and Scooter Libby cases

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have it easy--all they have to do is to present the evidence and make arguments. It's the judges who have the heavy lift: they are the ones who have to make the ultimate decisions, many of which have profound consequences on the lives of the people standing in front of them.

In Tough Cases, judges from different kinds of courts in different parts of the country write about the case that proved most difficult for them to decide. Some of these cases received international attention: the Eli n Gonz lez case in which Judge Jennifer Bailey had to decide whether to return a seven-year-old boy to his father in Cuba after his mother drowned trying to bring the child to the United States, or the Terri Schiavo case in which Judge George Greer had to decide whether to withdraw life support from a woman in a vegetative state over the wishes of her parents, or the Scooter Libby case about appropriate consequences for revealing the name of a CIA agent. Others are less well-known but equally fascinating: a judge on a Native American court trying to balance U.S. law with tribal law, a young Korean American former defense attorney struggling to adapt to her new responsibilities on the other side of the bench, and the difficult decisions faced by a judge tasked with assessing the mental health of a woman who has killed her own children.

Relatively few judges have publicly shared the thought processes behind their decision making. Tough Cases makes for fascinating reading for everyone from armchair attorneys and fans of Law and Order to those actively involved in the legal profession who want insight into the people judging their work.

Honorable Allie Greenleaf Maldonado is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB).  She was appointed the Chief Judge of the LTBB Tribal Court in 2012.  In 2014, Judge Maldonado was voted Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly Woman of the Year and Co-Chair of the first Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum.

Judge Maldonado is a nationally-recognized expert on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA). She has worked extensively with the State Court Administrative Office to bring Michigan into compliance with ICWA, and is a frequent trainer and speaker in the areas of ICWA and MIFPA.
 

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