Thursday, February 16, 2017

Poetry Friday--Black History Month

This week let's celebrate the poetry of Rita Dove. Ms. Dove won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987, and served a term as United States Poet Laureate (1993–95).

On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems [811 DOV] was published in 1999. Here is part of the publisher's description: "...these poems explore the intersection of individual fates with the grand arc of history. If there are heroes, Dove maintains, they continually reinvent themselves, as each of us must do every morning..."

Back when the earth was new
and heaven just a whisper,
back when the names of things
hadn't had time to stick;

back when the smallest breezes
melted summer into autumn,
when all the poplars quivered
sweetly in rank and file...

the world called, and I answered.
Each glance ignited to a gaze.
I caught my breath and called that life,
swooned between spoonfuls of lemon sorbet.

I was pirouette and flourish,
I was filigree and flame.
How could I count my blessings
when I didn't know their names?

Back when everything was still to come,
luck leaked out everywhere.
I gave my promise to the world,
and the world followed me here.

For the Poetry Friday Round-Up visit my librarian friend, Jone, at Check It Out.

If You Missed These the First Time

There are plenty of books to listen to besides the ones on today's bestsellers list. The books that were popular a year or two ago are still worth reading. You may have chosen to skip a title due to the holds list and then gone on to forget you wanted to read it. Now's the time to catch up on those titles you missed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

Today is the 197th anniversary of the birth of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. She was born in Adams, MA and died in Rochester, NY in 1906.

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony voted in Rochester and was arrested for the crime of voting illegally in the presidential election (women were not granted the right to vote until 1920). She was convicted in a highly publicized trial, one in which the judge directed the jury to issue a guilty verdict. Anthony was ordered to pay a fine of $100, but she refused to do it. The Rochester authorities declined to take further action.

In 1878, Anthony and fellow activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, arranged for California senator, Aaron A. Sargent, to present an amendment giving women the right to vote. Known as the Anthony Amendment it took 42 years (1920) before it was finally ratified as the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Read more about Anthony and Stanton's work for women's suffrage in Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by Geoffrey C. Ward [920 WAR].

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Library has been closed the last two days for snow, but we're now open and playing catch-up. So, for today, a simple wish to all:

© Eric Carle

Download a card by Eric Carle here

© Lita Judge

© Wendell Minor

© Ashley Wolff

All images posted by the artists on Facebook.

Visit the Library today and borrow one of the many picture books we have by these illustrators. Have a LOVEly day!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Poetry Friday--Black History Month

February is Black History Month and for today, and the next two Fridays, I'll be featuring a black poet. Today let's look at a little-known poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906. Perhaps Dunbar would be better known if he hadn't died of tuberculosis, cutting short his career in his early thirties. To learn more about Dunbar borrow this recent addition to the children's biography section, Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, written by Sally Derby and illustrated by Sean Qualls [J B DUN].

There is a line from one of Dunbar's poems that is more famous than the man who wrote it and is frequently thought of as being written by another poet. That line is, "I know why the caged bird sings," and the other poet is Maya Angelou, who titled her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [B ANG, AB/CD B ANG, also eBook].

Here is Dunbar's poem, which you can find in Jump Back, Paul:

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
     When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
     When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
     Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
     And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting—
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
     When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
     But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings!

The poem is also found at the Library of Congress blog, "From the Catbird Seat," in a post titled, "The Caged Bird Sings: Paul Laurence Dunbar at the Library of Congress."

Visit Katie at The Logonauts for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Alice in Wonderland

Yesterday, I posted the White Rabbit's "I'm Late" song and I thought today I'd tell you about all the Alice in Wonderland related items we have in our collection.

There are the original books by Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; and, Through the Looking Glass with illustrations by John Tenniel [J CAR and eBook].
Lewis Carroll is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898). He wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the amusement of eleven-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters, who were the daughters of the dean of Christ Church College, Oxford, where Dodgson taught mathematics. The book was published in 1865, and its first companion volume, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, followed in 1871.

We also have other versions illustrated by different artists [J CAR].

There are adaptations for young readers such as the "Stepping Stones" version in eBook format, and, a stick-figure illustrated version by Jamison Odone [J ODO].

Of course there are several filmed and animated versions including the most recent one starring Johnny Depp [DVD ALI].

Also of interest may be The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland by Christina Bjork [J 823 BJO] and The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired by Francine Prose [700 PRO].

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

I'm Late!

Sadly, the original song from the Disney animated film, Alice in Wonderland, is not available for adding to this post, but, the music is:

That was a pretty long introduction to an apology for a non-existent post for today!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

A Bunch of Birthdays Today!

Remembering the people who were born on this day in...

John Deere, manufacturer.
Collins, David R. Pioneer Plowmaker: A Story about John Deere. [J B DEE]

Charles Dickens, novelist.
Fido, Martin. The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Work of the Great Victorian Novelist. [823.8 FID]

Laura Ingalls Wilder, novelist.
Walker, Barbara M. The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories. [J 641.597 WAL]

Eubie Blake, ragtime pianist/composer.
All-American Ragtime: Original Hits by Ragtime's Greatest Composers. [786.2 ALL]

Gay Talese, author.
A Writer's Life. [B TAL]

Jimmy Greenspoon, rock organist (Three-Dog Night).
The Big Chill Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. [CD SOUNDTRACK BIG]

James Spader, actor.
Boston Legal. [DVD TV SERIES BOS]

Garth Brooks, country singer.

Chris Rock, comedian.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock. [DVD 791.45 SAT]

Ashton Kutcher, actor.
Dude, Where's My Car? [DVD DUD]

Monday, February 06, 2017


Papercrafts is just not paper dolls as can be seen from the Instagram post below:

A dress made from the pages of romance novels ❤️📚👗#loveyourlibrary💕 #recyclebooks #bookcrafts

A photo posted by Daland Library (@dalandlibrary) on

Papercrafting encompasses the collage, origami, silhouette portraiture, quilling, and paper cutting such as that done by Hans Christian Andersen!

Like to learn more? Look for these introductions to papercrafting:

Fiarotta, Phyllis. Papercrafts around the World. [J 745.54 FIA]

New Papercrafts: An Inspirational and Practical Guide to Contemporary Papercrafts, Including Papier-Mâché, Decoupage, Paper Cutting, Collage, Decorating Paper Techniques and Paper Construction. [745.54 NEW]

Papercrafts and Origami: A Truly Comprehensive Collection of Papercraft Ideas, Designs and Techniques, With Over 300 Projects. [736.982 PAP]

Wilson, Janet. The Search Press Book of Traditional Papercrafts: Parchment Craft, Stencil Embossing, Paper Pricking, Quilling. [745.54 WIL]

In most cases, there's not not much in the area of tools required to begin papercrafting besides a pair of scissors and perhaps a ruler. As far as supplies is concerned, your junk mail or old books and magazines can be repurposed as crafting material! What are you waiting for?