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Monday, October 16, 2017

See You in a Week!

Kurious Kitty is taking a week off from posting in order to attend a multi-day workshop. Look for posts to begin again on Monday, October 23.

In the meantime, here's a little public service video from 1953 on "Getting the Facts." In today's atmosphere of "alternative facts," "fake news," and other hot topics, it's fun to see how things were done 60 years ago. Enjoy!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Poetry Friday--Mites to Mastodons

Mites to Mastodons is a book of poems by the late Maxine Kumin [J 811.54 KUM]. Kumin, a long time resident of New Hampshire, passed away in 2014 at the age of 88.

Kumin served a term (1982-1984) as United States Poet Laureate (when the position was still called "Consultant in Poetry"). She wrote many books of adult poetry, as well as fiction and poetry for children.

Mites to Mastodons is illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and her wildly colorful and playful art is a fine companion to Kumin's poetry.

This is one of my favorites from the collection:

This fellow's feelings will not be hurt
    if dinner is served without dessert.

Nobody has to tell him to finish
    his beans, asparagus, peas, or spinach.

Nobody needs to wait while he eats
    his Brussels sprouts or cabbage or beets.

And when they ask him he always says yes
    to seconds of turnips or watercress.

Today the Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at Live Your Poem. Stop by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pet Cemeteries

Have you ever driven on route 213 heading toward 495 and noticed a cemetery on the right with tiny headstones? This is the Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery. It is part of the MSPCA--Nevins Farm facility and has been in operation for more than a century! It sounds like a long time. Who would have thought that people of the period prior to World War I would have considered opening a graveyard exclusively for animals? It sounds like a 21st century indulgence for obsessive pet people.

It seems that people have been honoring their pets for even more than 100 years. A recent discovery in Egypt unearthed a pet cemetery dating back to 75-150 AD!

Human nature being what it is, the memory of our pets will probably be honored for hundreds of years to come!

And, Stephen King being who he is, wrote a rather horrific book about a pet cemetery titled, Pet Sematary [F KIN].

When a little boy's pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetary, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins as deceased animals come back to life...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today Is National Fossil Day!

Today, October 11, is designated by the National Park Service as National Fossil Day! You might ask, "why celebrate fossils?" Simply put, to learn where we came from and how we, as one of many creatures on Earth, have evolved. The National Park Service states the day is
...held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

Children are often fascinated by fossils and may envision a life as a paleontologist. The NPS has a Junior Paleontologist Program that you can learn about here.

Your children may want to learn even more about paleontology and fossils. These will help them get started:

Goodhue, Thomas W. Curious Bones: Mary Anning and the Birth of Paleontology. [J B ANN]

Holtz, Thomas R. Digging for Brachiosaurus. (And other titles in "Smithsonian: Dinosaur Discovery Timelines" series.) [J 567.913 HOL]

Lacovara, Kenneth. Why Dinosaurs Matter. [eBook]

Larson, Peter L. Bones Rock!: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist. [J 560 LAR]

Morgan, Ben. Rock & Fossil Hunter. [J 552 MOR]

Romaine, Garret. Geology Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and Other Wonders of the Earth's Surface. [on order]

VanVoorst, Jenny Fretland. Fossils. [J 560 VAN]

We have plenty more!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Back in Business

Our recarpeting project has been completed and we've installed some new display shelving. Things are back in order for the most part and we hope you'll visit us soon to see the changes.

As we try out new shelving arrangements you may find items are not where they used to be. Please ask if you can't find what you are looking for.

The new shelves allow us to display more of the recent additions to the DVD collection, including these ten movies added in September and October:

Band Aid. [DVD BAN]

Beatriz at Dinner. [DVD BEA]

The Book of Henry. [DVD BOO]

Chronically Metropolitan. [DVD CHR]

Fun Mom Dinner. [DVD FUN]

A Ghost Story. [DVD GHO]

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. [DVD IMM]

Paris Can Wait. [DVD PAR]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies. [DVD PIR]

The Wizard of Lies. [DVD WIZ]

Friday, October 06, 2017

Poetry Friday--Teacher Resource

I have been using the clipart resource of Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida for many years. I also recently discovered they have a literature component titled, Lit2Go.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
This resource uses literature in the public domain, that is, writing that was published prior to 1923 and is no longer covered by copyright. However, use of Lit2Go is subject to certain restrictions that are found here.

What I think would be particularly useful for teachers is that one can browse the collection of materials by "Readablility," thus allowing the teacher to quickly determine if a piece might be appropriate for the readers at a particular grade level. Teachers may also find that browsing by "Collection" can lead to some interesting finds. For example, the seasons have just changed and Lit2Go has a collection Autumn in Verse to help find the perfect fall poem!

Head over to Violet Nesdoly | Poems for the Poetry Friday Round-Up, where I'm sure you'll find many more poems about fall.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Antarctica and More

Writer and cartoonist, Karen Romano Young, has been keeping an illustrated log of interesting features of Antarctica, a place she has been lucky enough to visit.

Here is a sample of one of her log entries:

Here first entry was logged on June 8, 2017, so, if you wish to learn more, or to follow along, click here. There is also a science comics contest for kids in grades 5-12.

Here is a sampling of Karen's books that we have in our collection:

Across the Wide Ocean: The Why, How, and Where of Navigation for Humans and Animals at Sea. [J 623.89 YOU]

Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles
. [J YOU]

Hundred Percent
. [J YOU]

Science Fair Winners: Crime Scene Science: 20 Projects and Experiments about Clues, Crimes, Criminals, and Other Mysterious Things. [J 507.8 YOU]