Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Almost June?

How did that happen? We are well on our way to summer! Here at the Library we are gearing up for summer vacation and summer reading. We'll have something for everyone from the littlest Read-to-Me reader to those significantly older.

After the FLOW Strawberry Festival and Book Fair this coming Sunday, June 5, Summer Reading flyers will be available at the Library in paper form and online on our website.

As you and your family get ready for summer vacation, why not watch one of these:

National Lampoon's Vacation. [DVD NAT]

Summer Vacation. ("Nickelodeon favorites" series.) [J DVD SUM]

Vacation. [DVD VAC]

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day ceremony at the American Cemetery at Suresnes, France, May 30, 1920, photo courtesy Library of Congress.

The Library is closed today for the Memorial Day holiday, we will re-open tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. Take the time today to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Here's a Washington Post article that may give you pause. Peace to all.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, Amelia Bloomer!

Women in bloomers. Photo courtesy San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive.

The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance.
~ Amelia Jenks Bloomer

On this day in 1818, Amelia Jenks Bloomer was born in Homer, New York. She, of course, went on to lend her name to a style of women's pants known as bloomers, but she was also an advocate of women's rights, and a writer and editor.

In honor of Amelia Bloomer's birthday, here's a poem by Lisel Mueller
The Laughter Of Women

The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness

It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out

The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again

Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women

It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other

What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.

Found in Alive Together: New and Selected Poems [811.54 MUE]

Before you leave town for the Memorial Day weekend, be sure to stop by The Drift Record where Julie is hosting this week's round-up of poetry.

What Are You Doing on Monday?

You may be viewing a Memorial Day parade, or firing up the grill, but if you lived in Gloucestershire in the UK, you could be running in the The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. Say what?

Rather than explain, here's a short video of the 2012 event:

Click here for more information.

Any excuse to promote cheese is okay in my book!

The Cheese Companion: The Connoisseur's Guide by Judy Ridgway [641.373 RID]

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Old Photos

The New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord is offering "Digitizing Documents and Photographs: A Workshop" on June 11. This from the flyer:
Representatives from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will be leading this workshop and addressing such issues as how to prepare documents and photographs for digitization, best practices for digitization, choosing appropriate equipment based on your budget and computer set-up, and tips for making quality digital images of the documents and photographs you want to preserve for generations to come.

If you have been thinking about digitizing your family's photos and documents, this workshop would be a good place to start.

I find old photos fascinating, and I was pleased to come across two Facebook pages devoted to sharing old photos: Old Photo Archive, and New Hampshire--Then and Now, which is devoted to NH photos, old and new. You could very well find yourself spending hours on each page!

Be sure to visit our copllection, too, where we have Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries by Maureen Alice Taylor [929.1072 TAY] and How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally by Denise May Levenick [745.593 MAY].

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"The Present"

If you're like me, Facebook sometimes suckers you into watching a video clip because ALL your FB friends and groups have it in their posts. This is one of those videos and I'm posting here because it really is worth watching, and would be good to use with kids or in a classroom situation.

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

We have many books in our adult and children's sections about disabilities. And, we do have books on shelter and rescue animals including these titles:

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fight for Life. [eBook}

Charleson, Susannah. The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me about Service, Hope and Healing. [eBook]

Flaim, Denise. Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Dduck, and a Few Turtles. [179.3 FLA, also eBook]

Furstinger, Nancy. Maggie's Second Chance: A Gentle Dog's Rescue. [JP FUR]

Graham, Bob. "Let's get a pup!" said Kate. [JP GRA]

Heppermann, Christine. City Chickens. [J 636.5 HEP]

Monday, May 23, 2016


"If you were going to start a new life, and could only take a small bag, you'd fill it with your most precious possessions."

The Nazis knew what they were doing. When the luggage of Jews, who were send to Auschwitz, was seized the Nazis looted the valuables that it contained. Some of the valuables, however, were hidden within the objects found in the luggage and remained undiscovered for more than seven decades. At the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, an enamel mug was recently found to have a false bottom that held a gold necklace and a gold ring. Its original owner is unknown.

If you visit this link at NPR, you'll see the jewelry and discover how a round of routine museum work revealed them.

Photo courtesy Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum www.auschwitz.org/.

If you're a reader of fiction, then Love and Treasure, a story of WW II stolen goods, by Ayelet Waldman [F WAL, LP WAL] may interest you.
In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure--a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman--a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie, a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to find a way out of the mess she has made of her own life. Publisher's description.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Poetry Friday--"Lucky Lindy!"

Today marks the 89th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight. Within days of completing his flight, a song had been written and recorded. "Lucky Lindy!" was the title and it was recorded by at least three different orchestras in 1927 (there are three versions to be found on YouTube). Here is the version by Sam Lanin:

Lucky Lindy!
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Abel Baer

Lucky Lindy! Up in the sky
Fair or windy, he's flying high.
Peerless, fearless --- knows every cloud
The kind of a son makes a mother feel proud!
Lucky Lindy! Flies all alone
In a little plane all his own,
Lucky Lindy shows them the way
And he's the hero of the day.

Lindbergh's own account of the 33-hour flight, The Spirit of St. Louis [629.1309 LIN], is in our collection.

Fly on down to Louisiana where Margaret is hosting this week's Round-Up at Reflections on the Teche.