Book Review by Holly Petrich: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles is a kid who lived a quiet, uneventful life in Florida but all of that is about change as he ventures to a new boarding school, Culver Creek, in search of a “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet ). A “Great Perhaps” was surely introduced to him in the form of teenage deviance, friends, and religion class. Miles meets a brilliant student, and prankster, named Alaska Young at Culver Creek. Miles is immediately captivated by her beauty and humor, but what Miles doesn’t realize is that he is about to be plunged into an emotional roller-coaster and spit back out through the other side due to Alaska’s unpredictable and self destructive behaviors. With fun pranking and teenage love affairs, no one had ever suspected something to go so horribly wrong. Miles and his friends are hit with a terrible event which causes them to feel intense regret, but regardless of their hurting hearts and self blame, they strive to piece together what really happened the night that everyone wish had never had happened. Fortunately enough, Miles and his friends find content, forgiveness and acceptance with the final connections they have concurred upon about what really occurred that fateful night.

This book is so grasping, mysterious and philosophical that it’s an absolute page turner. The characters are well diverse even though the author doesn’t go too into depth with them. It is completely evident that each one has their own problems and emotional deepness about them and they understand that about each other. With interesting characters and so many events unfolding, it was impossible to not be curious about what would happen next or what would be found on each page. The ending was pleasantly relieving and satisfying after such tense moments. If you like reading about teenage difficulties and a bit of mystery then this book may be waiting for you to read its own “Great Perhaps”.

-By Holly Petrich

Fine Free Fall

Picture of Fall leavesDuring this Fall we will be having “Fine Free Fall.”

If you have any outstanding overdue items or late fines then bring in a non-perishable food item and we will reduce your fine by $1.00 per food item. All of the food we collect will be donated to Country Neighbor.

Eclipse 2017 at Grand Valley Public Library

A message from our director:

A grand time was had by all at the Eclipse Viewing Party at Grand Valley Public Library on Monday August 21, 2017. Over 350 community residents came out to enjoy the games, food, and fun at the library. Library staffer, Melissa Johnson worked through NASA to obtain a grant to get the 1,000 solar viewing glasses. “We started to give some away before the event and then realized- when we had given out over 600 – that we better stop or we would not have any left when people arrived for the Solar Eclipse Party,” Johnson said.


The GVPL Friends of the Library hosted a small book sale on the front porch of the library, and people were excited about an extra opportunity to be able to get books for a donation.

Conversation Station arrived with the popcorn machine and the snow cone machine. They provided all the materials to make the goodies and the workers to get the job done. Pat Hunter said they made over 350 snow cones and I am not sure how many bags of popcorn were consumed.


Grandma Duck, AKA Trudy Olah, arrived with 2 very friendly ducks for the children and adults to enjoy.


Jeannette Gage, Fiscal Officer, suffered through searing heat cooking up hundreds of hotdogs for attendees. Jeannie also helps all the time with shopping and making sure we had all the necessary condiments.

A special treat was provided by Mr. Sonny Williams with his solar ready telescope. He has a special filter on the telescope so everyone could see the eclipse close up.


GVPL Board Members volunteered to help the children with a Moon Dust project created with colored sand. Staff members helped students’ select free books and paint stars with glow-in-the-dark yellow paint. Large outdoor games of tic-tac-toe, big dominos, connect four, and the large block Jenga games were enjoyed by all.


The Board, the staff, the Friends of the Library and I want to extend our thanks to the whole community for making this a successful, exciting, and fun event – and the largest one for GVPL in our 114 year history!