Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rock Hunting

Most kids pick up pretty rocks at the beach. Sometimes this leads to a life-long interest in rocks, rock hunting, and rock collecting.

Rockhounding New England: A Guide to 100 of the Region's Best Rockhounding Sites by Peter Cristofono [552.0974 CRI] is a guide book that takes you to locations, including some in New Hampshire, where you can look for rocks. Most quarries and locations, however, have restricted access.

There are museums in NH that are open to the public that have collections of rocks and minerals for viewing. The Little Nature Museum in Warner, and the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover are two. Really close to home is America's Stonehenge in Salem, which is having a "Kids' Gemstone Dig" until Labor Day.

An online gallery of NH minerals can be found here. And for those wanting to learn more about NH's rocks and minerals, the NH Geological Survey website might be the place to start.

Back to those kids who may want pursue their interests in rocks: I was recently told about a page for Rock Hound Kids that has lots of links to explore. (Many thanks to the kids of Colonial Academy for their suggestion.)

Here are some books and DVDs from the Library's collection:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!

Bugs Bunny, has reached the ripe old age of 75 years. I hope you caught some of the media coverage of this cartoon milestone.

I welcome any opportunity to share a Looney Tunes clip with you, so here, in honor of Bugs Bunny's birthday is Bugs and Elmer doing what they do best--singing!

If you now are craving more Bugs Bunny, come borrow one of our sets of Looney Tunes Golden Collection [DVD LOO] cartoons.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Swan Lake

The ballet, Swan Lake, has been re-imagined by the dancers and acrobats of the Great Chinese State Circus.

You can view more acrobatic ballet here.

The ballet is based on the symphony by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, which itself was based on an old folktale. The folktale has been retold for children by Anthea Bell [JP BEL] and is in our picture book section, as are several ballet inspired books. One of these is Swan Lake by Rachel Isadora [JP ISA]. Isadora was a trained dancer until an injury led her to pursue children's books; she even performed for a time with the Boston Ballet.

The story of Swan Lake is also included in The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories [J 792.8 ILL].

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cooking and Eating Out-of-Doors

Outdoor cooking has changed considerably since the olden days when people built fires in pits! In the 1950s a simple charcoal grill (or a hibachi) was the staple of a suburban backyard. The only thing, though, it often took up to a half-hour before the fire was at an even temperature to allow for cooking. Then came the firestarter in a can that resulted in a quicker starting fire and not a few singed eyebrows! Nowadays we have gas grills that can be hot enough to cook within seconds.

Most everyone enjoys eating outdoors, too. Especially kids. How about cooking and eating out-of-doors tonight?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry Friday--Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry is a slim volume of three to five-line poems by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser [811.54 HAR]. The back cover tells us,
Longtime friends, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser always exchanged poems in their letter writing. After Kooser was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, Harrison found that his friend's poetry became "overwhelmingly vivid," and they began a correspondence comprised entirely of brief poems, "because that was the essence of what we wanted to say to each other."

There are no names attached to the poems, so the reader can truly look at them as a conversation between two individuals. Here's a sample taken at random:

I schlump around the farm
in dirty, insulated coveralls
checking the private lives of mice.

I heard the lake cheeping
under the ice, too weak
to break through the shell.

Nothing to do.
Nowhere to go.
The moth just drowned
in the whiskey glass.
This is heaven.

Wind in the chimney
turns on its heel
without crushing the ashes.

Head down to Louisiana to visit Margaret who is holding today's Round-Up at Reflections on the Teche.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Click on this link to see an awesome collection of "faces" and keep your eyes open for faces around you. As a species, humans innately look for faces, mostly, I assume, as a means to determine if the face one is looking at is welcoming or threatening.

Babies fixate on faces from birth. This article from Parenting magazine explains:
When researchers showed newborns a picture of three dots arranged as a face (two dots for eyes and one dot for a mouth), the babies looked at it longer than they did when the dots were arranged in other ways. "Babies are hardwired to recognize faces, which helps them connect with their caregiver early on," says Michael Frank, a brain and cognitive sciences researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "They like to look at anything that resembles a face, even something as abstract as an electrical outlet."

We even have books about faces in our children's section!

Amazing Faces (poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins). [J 811.008 AMA]

Butterworth, Nick. Making Faces. [JP BUT]

Muehlenhardt, Amy Bailey. Drawing and Learning about Faces: Using Shapes and Lines. [J J 743.42 MUE]

Rotner, Shelley. Faces. [JP ROT]

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Oh Hell No!

Oh, hell, yes--it's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! day on the Syfy channel, and that's all I'll say about that! However, if you have a burning desire to endulge in a little shark reading or viewing, we can set you right up!