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The tallest known tree on earth is located in Redwood National Park in northern California. More than twelve hundred years old, it is approximately 380 feet tall–and still climbing!

The tree in this book sprouted, flourished, and survived ecological threats for over twelve hundred years before being discovered by tall-tree researchers. The coast redwood tree provides a unique ecosystem for the many plants and animals in its tree canopy and managed to survive extensive harvesting by loggers nearby. Discovered in 2006, the tree’s location is kept secret to protect it.  Learn more about Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth.

Stretch to the Sun

Stretch to the Sun

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  • The 3rd annual Heikki Lunta festival, which celebrates Finnish heritage and all things winter, will be in Negaunee January 18-19, 2019. They are seeking vendors for a Tori (Finnish market). Last year’s attendance was 1,000 and they are working to get double this year.
  • The tori is from 10-2 on Saturday at the Negaunee City Center. Setup begins at 9 a.m. Booth fees are $25.
  • To reserve a table or for more information, contact Wendy Koski – 906-475-7939 or Negaunee.Rocks@gmail.com
  • For more festival information, visit www.upluge.org
Thanks,
Tyler Tichelaar

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Young Authors is looking for authors to present to students for a week in May. Our Vice President, Gretchen Preston, says about the Young Authors conference:

“Authors of all genres are welcome. The audiences are elementary school students.  I think the older students would also be interested in aspects of writing such as : character development, research, editing, and illustration. Anything goes. Sessions are only 45 minutes. You can spend the day presenting to multiple classes or just do one presentation. Each day, Mon-Thursday is a different grade level; PreK and K, 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6. So, there is a wide range of educational levels. It’s a fun day. I have always enjoyed the program. It’s a non-paying gig. You do get lunch. It is a great way to market to the schools, have fun with young students, and get them excited about writing. The students love to meet “real” authors. I highly encourage interested UPPAA members to volunteer!”

More information is available below from Katie Holt, who is the contact person. If you are interested or have questions, email her at:

From: katie holt <katiehlt@hotmail.com>

Hello,

It’s that time of year when we start planning our specials presenters for Young Authors where almost 3,000 students from the UP gather to learn new things on campus at NMU! This is highlight for so many of our local students and the specials presenters are a huge component to the success of this wonderful program. We would like to have you volunteer as a specials presenter this year, if you are available. Our author this year is Aaron Reynolds. We are excited to have him be a part of our conference. You can learn more about him on his website: http://www.aaron-reynolds.com/ . You can also visit our Young Authors page at: http://youngauthorsmqt.weebly.com/.

The week of Young Authors is May 6-9, 2019. If you are interested, please consider the following times for your presentation. Our conference is Monday through Thursday with three session times. You are welcome to present for one or all sessions.

The tentative session times are as follows:

  • 10:00-10:45
  • 11:35-12:20
  • 12:45-1:30

Please let me know if you are able to join us this year or if you have any questions! Reminder to please include the day(s) and time frame if you are available to join us this year.

Thanks so much! We greatly appreciate it!

Katie Holt

The Discovery Center (Hancock, MI) was the first homeschool co-op to express an interest in the Dandelion Cottage Award.  As such, the UPPAA board has extended an invitation to all U.P. homeschool co-ops representing 10 or more students to submit short stories to this annual contest.  Schools and co-ops have until January 31st, 2019 to submit work for this year’s contest.  Please bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • Only teachers or school representatives may submit short stories.
  • Schools are limited to two entries, so make them your best.
  • Short stories must be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment.
  • Short stories should be in Word (preferred) or pdf format.

As always, you’ll find complete submission guidelines on the Dandelion Cottage website.

Katie McEachern

Katie McEachern, 1st Place Winner of 2018 Dandelion Cottage Award

Last year’s first place winner (2018) was Katie McEachern. Katie is a freshman at Negaunee High School where she is active in band, chorus, and gymnastics. In her free time Katie enjoys music, writing, drawing, poetry and many other fine arts. She enjoys adventuring to “cool and unique” places. The $250 prize money will no doubt help her enjoy those “cool and unique” places.

Emma Locknane, who is a junior at Gwinn High School, will receive $100 for her second-place finish. She enjoys hobbies such as writing, drawing, knitting, and daydreaming. Her favorite reading genres are science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.

We had a two-way tie for third place. Anna Laakso, who is a sophomore from Republic-Michigamme, is an avid fan of the fantasy genre and seeks it out in her reading and writing choices. She is a talented artist, and her love of fantasy comes through in her many illustrations and drawings. Sarah Lauzon is an eleven-year-old fifth grader from Luther L. Wright K-12 School in Ironwood. She is the fifth-grade U.P. spelling bee champ for 2018. She loves to read and write. Her hobbies include playing the piano, playing with her cat, and swimming. Sarah and Anna will share the $50 third-place prize.

You can read the first and second place short stories in the 2018 U.P. Reader(available after June 2, 2018)

The Marquette Regional History Center presents:  

An Enduring Christmas by Ragene Henry – A Holiday Read

December 5, 6:30-8:00 pm

In 1850 when the first Christmas season approached the small community of Marquette, citizens were running out of food and waiting on a supply ship that their survival depended on. The 5thH Youth History Club will take us back to that time using the book Enduring Christmas by local author Ragene Henry. You will share the citizens’ tenacious spirit and enjoy an evening of holiday fun. Refreshments and a taffy pull will follow. Free! Donations appreciated.   For more info visit marquettehistory.org or call 906.226.3571.

Jessica “Red” Bays
Rental and Store Manager
Promotions and Membership Coordinator
Marquette Regional History Center
145 W. Spring St.
Marquette, MI

Celebrating our 100 Year Birthday!

Barnes & Noble plans to open 10-15 new stores in 2019, about three-quarters of which will replace larger stores whose leases have ended, while one-quarter will be in new locations, the company said yesterday in a conference call with analysts (transcript courtesy of Seeking Alpha) following the release of second-quarter results.

The company also expects improving sales trends to continue during the holiday season to the point where sales at stores open at least a year will have positive gains. CFO Allen Lindstrom attributed the anticipated gains to “benefits from favorable year-over-year comparisons for the balance of the quarter, our national ad campaign [which is currently airing in cinemas and on cable TV that highlights B&N as a place for discovery and celebrates its 23,000 booksellers], a strong publishing season, incremental investments we’ve made to capture toys and games sales and improved gift assortment and better in-stock inventory positions.”

As for stores, in recent months the company opened three new prototype stores–in Columbia, Md., Vernon Hills, Ill., and Hackensack, N.J.–and this week opened another at the Staten Island Mall in New York City. Carl Hauch, v-p, stores, noted that although recent new stores have been between 17,000 and 20,000-square-feet in size, the company is aiming in the future for 14,000-square-foot stores.

The prototypes, he continued, “feature a smaller footprint and a clean contemporary new design where books take the center stage. Each store has a slightly different approach to the new format, providing us opportunities to evolve based on what we learn. These stores were developed with a modern design aesthetic that provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. They include a large book theater located at the heart of the store and lower-profile bookshelves that provide an improved browsing and discovery experience. They also include plenty of comfortable community seating areas where customers can spend time relaxing, meeting with each other and gathering to talk about books.” The stores also have self-service kiosks, and B&N staff have tablets to help customers anywhere in the stores.

Among other information revealed during the call:

While overall sales at stores open at least a year fell 1.4% in the second quarter–the company’s best such results in more than two years–book sales fell 3%. In books, there was “continued strength in hardcovers and the reestablishment of our bargain assortment,” Lindstrom said. “We also saw improvements in our trade paper, kids, and young adult categories.” At the same time, non-book sales rose 1.9%, led by gains in toys, games, café and gifts.

Asked about its toy business in light of the collapse of Toys R Us, Lindstrom said toy sales had a comp-store sales gain in “the double-digit range” and called toys “a significant opportunity for the holiday.”

Chairman Len Riggio added: “The toy business is important for us, because the children’s business is so important. It’s not uncommon to have the kids bringing their parents to the stores. So it’s considered a strategic category for us at this point.”

Despite lower sales overall in the second quarter, B&N was able to cut its loss in part because of “lower store markdowns and decreased online promotions.” Expenses were reduced primarily through “lower store payroll and to a lesser extent Nook rationalization and indirect procurement,” according to Lindstrom.

At the same time, the company is “reinvesting in our business to drive top line growth.” For this, Lindstrom pointed to “the recent launch of our new ad campaign, remerchandising unproductive space to growing categories and recalibrating our labor model. In addition, we continue to make improvements to our website and recently announced a new Nook tablet.”

Capital expenditures were $38 million in the quarter, up from $29 million in the same period a year earlier, mainly because of investments in new stores and holiday merchandising initiatives. During the quarter, B&N distributed $11 million in dividends to shareholders.

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