Book Review by Alison Genter, Fremont Library staff member
A book that I would recommend is Taisia Kitaiskaia’s Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles. The titular Baba Yaga of Russian folklore fame offers insight and wisdom to reader’s questions. It is a delightful blend of modern problems met with old-world pragmatism.
The questions range from romance to one’s own ego and the responses vary from thought provoking to whimsical nonsense. I’m not sure if the lead-in questions are real or not, but I don’t really think it matters. The questions are varied enough and sincere enough that I wager most can find one or two that resonates with them or someone they know. I doubt this book will change someone’s life, but might elicit some reflective “hmms.” And if you’re not looking for anything that deep, this book also offers a lot of humor. The author’s background is in poetry and that is abundantly clear in her use of imagery and phrasing.
A small word of warning for the written version as Baba Yaga's responses are written in imperfect spelling and grammar. The trade-off being the fun folk illustrations you miss with the audio version. The advice column setup is nice as it offers the option to sneak complete little portions here and there when you’re able without having to worry about remembering a larger plot. A previous interest or knowledge of Baba Yaga is not necessary to enjoy this book. However, if an advice column told in the voice of an old woman who lives in the woods in a house with chicken legs sounds good to you, you might just be the perfect audience.
Both the ebook and eaudiobook are available through HOOPLA (a digital collection) with your Fremont library card. This book can be found in the Hoopla Digital app or by visiting https://bit.ly/2Oq7i3q
“The wellness remembers the deep living of the wound, & so is happier than any easy health.”- Baba Yaga
Grand Rapids - In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and Hope Network invite visitors affected by autism and other sensory processing needs to visit for a Sensory Friendly Museum Night on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. held at the GRPM.
The Museum will adapt sounds, lighting and activities within the current exhibits to create a low-sensory experience for the evening. Visitors can add an experience to see Sean Kenney's Wild Connections Made with LEGO® Bricks, as well as a visit to the Chaffee Planetarium to view the GRPM created show, Subatomic: Detecting the Unseen, in which the lighting and sound will be adapted. This Planetarium show will play at 6 p.m.
“Hope Network has long been committed to positively impacting the lives of children and families affected by autism,” said Phil Weaver, Hope Network President and CEO. “We are honored to sponsor this event which allows families the opportunity to enjoy a fun night out to enjoy all that the Grand Rapids Public Museum has to offer.”
“The Museum strives to create inclusive experiences for all visitors, including being both physically and cognitively accessible,” said Dale Robertson, President & CEO of the GRPM. “We are pleased to partner with Hope Network again to allow families to explore the Museum in a low sensory environment, and to take part in our Subatomic Planetarium show which was designed for audiences with sensory processing challenges.”
The GRPM partners with KultureCity to improve the Museum’s experience for guests with a variety of sensory processing needs. A limited amount of sensory bags containing fidget tools, noise canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout at the Museum’s front desk.
Pre-registration for the Sensory Friendly Museum Night is required; visit grpm.org to sign up. To add Wild Connections or the Subatomic Planetarium show, use the “continue shopping” feature and find Wild Connections under the Admission tab and Subatomic under the Planetarium tab. For additional information, please visit grpm.org.
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