Saturday, February 4
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
in the library’s Community Room

Still a Family, by Brenda Reeves SturgisAuthor Brenda Reeves Sturgis will join us to share her new picture book, Still a Family (Albert Whitman, 2017) about a family that has fallen on hard times and are living in different homeless shelters. Even though they are separate, they are still a family.

“A sensitive and necessary picture book to provide comfort and raise awareness and empathy.”–Kirkus Reviews 

“With an estimated 2.5 million children homeless in the U.S., this is an empathic and valuable book, both for families without a home and for those in a position to help.”–School Library Journal


Join us for this special story time, with crafts, and gingerbread people courtesy of The Cookie Jar.

Families with children 3 and up and all those
interested in making a difference are welcome to attend!

We are also be collecting toiletries and other items for Preble Street Resource Center, Florence House, and the City of Portland Family Shelter.

Please click here to download a wish list of items needed.



About Brenda Reeves Sturgis

Brenda Reeves Sturgis is an award-winning author of the picture books 10 Turkeys in the Road, The Lake Where Loon Lives, and Touchdown! This is her fourth book. She is a member of SCBWI and currently lives in Maine on a lovely little lake.



In the News:

Portland’s family homeless shelter strains to keep pace with demand
Portland Press Herald, July 12, 2016

Winter Weather Poses a Danger to the Homeless
WCSH6, January 15, 2017

Portland homeless shelters reach capacity because of bitter weather
Portland Press Herald, December 15, 2016