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Monday, February 19, 2018

President's Day

The Library is closed today in observance of President's Day. (The federal holiday is officially known as George Washington's Birthday.)

If you have no plans before noon, you may wish to tune into this special event:

President and Mrs. Carter, Live on President's Day

UNH Broadband Services is New Hampshire’s Internet2 connector for education and research as part of the Internet2 US Unified Community Anchor Network (US UCAN) program. Our community has once again been asked by President Carter and his National Historic Site in Plains, GA to live stream a very special event on President’s Day from 11am-Noon ET, February 19th.

President and Mrs. Carter will share their thoughts on three fascinating topics:

The vision for the Department of Education when it was created.
Reflections on the Women’s Movement.
How the role of the president has been affected by technological advancement in information dissemination such as social media.

The event will take place in the auditorium of Plains High School, part of the National Park Service Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

Link to the livestream: http://carter.internet2.edu/

Friday, February 16, 2018

Poetry Friday--"Aftermath"

Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash.

This has been another difficult week due to the horrific mass shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, FL. So, for today, a simple poem by New England writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

When the summer fields are mown,
When the birds are fledged and flown,
     And the dry leaves strew the path;
With the falling of the snow,
With the cawing of the crow,
Once again the fields we mow
     And gather in the aftermath.

Not the sweet, new grass with flowers
Is this harvesting of ours;
     Not the upland clover bloom;
But the rowen mixed with weeds,
Tangled tufts from marsh and meads,
Where the poppy drops its seeds
     In the silence and the gloom.

Found in The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [811.3 LON].

Visit my librarian friend, Jone, at Check It Out, for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Just a reminder that Monday is a federal holiday, so the Library will be closed.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association's awards for excellence used to consist of the Newbery and Caldecott winners, which were selected by a committee and announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference.

The more encompassing "Youth Media" name is an indication of what is, in 2018, nineteen different awards. They still include the Newbery, awarded to "the most outstanding contribution to children's literature," and the Caldecott, "the most distinguished American picture book for children," but they also include the Printz for "excellence in literature for young adults," the Odyssey for "best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults," the Sibert for "the most distinguished informational book for children," and fourteen others.

This year's winners were announced on Monday, at the conference in Denver.

The John Newbery Medal went to Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly [J KEL].

The Randolph Caldecott Medal went to Wolf in the Snow, written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell [JP COR]. (Wolf in the Snow is a nearly wordless book, so perhaps I should have said conceptualized and illustrated by Matthew Cordell?)

For a complete list of award titles and persons, click here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ya Gotta Have Heart!

A few titles with HEART for today! (But maybe not the type of heart you were looking for today...)

Clark, Mary Higgins. Just Take My Heart. [F CLA, LP CLA, AB/CD CLA]

Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus Has a Heart. [E COL]

Dev, Sonali. A Distant Heart. [eBook]

Dunn, Joeming W. The Heart: A Graphic Novel Tour. [J CX DUN]

Hall, Michael. My Heart Is Like a Zoo. [JP HAL]

Kirby, Jessi. Things We Know by Heart. [YA KIR]

Rosenfelt, David. Heart of a Killer. [eAudiobook]

Have an awesome Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It's Mardi Gras!

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season that culminates in Easter. Lent is a season of deprivation and so, Catholic communities spend the day before the start of Lent celebrating with music, dance, parades, food, and drink. In the United States, New Orleans is the place to go for Mardi Gras.

New Orleans Mardi Gras is also the setting for these novels:

Brite, Poppy Z. Soul Kitchen. [eBook]
If you can't stand the heat...Get the hell out of New Orleans! Liquor has become one of the hottest restaurants in town, thanks in part to chefs Rickey and G-man’s wildly creative, booze-laced food. At the tail end of a busy Mardi Gras, Milford Goodman walks into their kitchen—he’s spent the last ten years in Angola Prison for murdering his boss, a wealthy New Orleans restaurateur, but has recently been exonerated on new evidence and released.
Brown, Sandra. Fat Tuesday. [F BRO]
During Mardi Gras week, an ex-New Orleans cop avenges the acquittal of his partner's murderer by kidnapping the defense attorney's trophy wife, only to fall in love with her.
Dodd, Christina. Thigh High. [eBook]
Nessa Dahl always had the good sense to steer clear of trouble. Then Jeremiah MacNaught showed up in New Orleans, determined to get to the bottom of a string of bank robberies by two women wearing Mardi Gras masks. Little does Nessa realize that the handsome investigator is convinced she's involved with the crimes--or that he's willing to do anything to get the truth.
Frost, Jeaniene. Reckoning. [eAudiobook]
In New Orleans, a pair of undead serial killers is about to turn Mardi Gras into a horror show unless the immortal hitman Bones can hunt them down first.
Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Night Embrace. [eAudiobook]
Dear Reader: Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress. Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants.
Smith, Julie. New Orleans Mourning. [F SMI]
Policewoman Skip Langdon attempts to solve the murder of Chauncey St. Amant who is murdered during the New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness Week

This is Random Acts of Kindness Week! It began yesterday and runs through Saturday, February 17. Of course, every day should be a random acts of kindness day, but we can make a special effort to model kind behavior to our youth during this specially designated week.

Adults may be familiar with the book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Pay It Foward [F HYD]. The book was made into a film starring Helen Hunt and is rated PG-13, so watch the film with your older children. Start a discussion. It is a fine example of the cumulative effect of kind actions.

There are numerous picture books for younger children on the subject of kindness including:

Cuyler, Majorie. Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler. [JP CUY]

Hennessy, B. G. Because of You. [JP HEN]

Knapman, Timothy. Cowboys Can Be Kind. [JP KNA]

Lamstein, Sarah. I Like Your Buttons. [JP LAM]

Nelson, Kadir. If You Plant a See. [JP NEL]

Pearson, Emily. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed. [JP PEA]

Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness. [JP WOO]

Have a lovely and loving week! (Don't forget Valentine's Day is coming up on Wednesday!)

Friday, February 09, 2018

Poetry Friday--Love Poems

Valentine's Day will be over by time next week's Poetry Friday comes around, so, let's celebrate a little early with a poem from a hand-sized volume by Nikki Giovanni titled, Love Poems [811.54 GIO].
A Poem of Friendship

We are not lovers
because of the love
we make
but the love we have

We are not friends
because of the laughs
we spend
but the tears
we save

I don't want to be near you
for the thoughts we share
but the words we never have
to speak

I will never miss you
because of what we do
but what we are

Other books in our collection that may have a poem that would be perfect for your Valentine:

The Bride's Book of Poems. (Compiled by Cary O. Yager.) [808.81 BRI]

The erotic spirit: an anthology of poems of sensuality, love, and longing. (Edited by Sam Hamill.) [808.81 ERO]

Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With). (Edited by Daisy Goodwin.) [eBook]

Giovanni, Nikki. Bicycles: Love Poems. [811.54 GIO]

Kooser, Ted. Valentines. [811.54 KOO]

Neruda, Pablo. 100 Love Sonnets. [861 NER]

Head over to visit with Australian children's writer, Sally Murphy. She's hosting this week's Round-Up of poetry links.