Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poetry Friday Is Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today is the official international celebration known as Talk Like a Pirate Day! Are you wearing your peg leg and your eye patch and are you aaarr-ing and avast-ing?

A pirate's best friend (and probably his only friend) is his parrot, so, in honor of piratical parrots everywhere, I'm sharing a poem by James Merrill, from Collected Poems [811 MER]. As you read it, imagine the old woman as an old lady pirate!
The Parrot

I am impatient of the myth that numbs
        A spinster as she hums
Sweet nothings to her parrot in its cage.
The haggard eye set in white crinkled paint
Meeting her eye over the cracker crumbs
        Tells much about old age
    Beyond what is serene or quaint.

Our revels now are ended, pretty Poll,
        For midnight bells extol
The individual face behind the mask.
Each dancer seeks his partner to embrace
As if he had seen deep into her soul
        And gave what is dared ask,
    While knowing but a woman's face.

As she grew older, old, it was to sense
        A sad irrelevance
About the Moment she had so long wanted,
When mask did matter least, and face did tell
More than it knew of private riches, whence
        Came surely the enchanted
    Eye, the enchanting syllable.

Think how the parrot masked always not young,
        Selecting as from dung
The oaths and greetings she let fall when most
She suffered or felt joy was possible,
Destroys the personal with its gray tongue,
        That frail and talkative ghost
    A bird of utterance can dispel;

Speaks with no human voice, which is pretense
        Of gentleness and sense.
Against such masks, it ancient cry awoke
Jungles within her, sunsets of its flight,
Being the music that informed her dance
        Until all music shook
    To stillness in the bestial night.

Admittedly, I have no idea what it all means, but I like the way it sounds! Shiver me timbers, it's now time to be heading over to The Poem Farm where Amy is holding the Round-Up.

Photo by LHG Creative Photography.

Coming Soon to a Computer/Device Near You!

We are quite excited to be launching our new Nesmith Library website within the next week or two. The web address will remain the same, but the design will be totally different and user-friendly. Kurious Kitty is going to offer you a sneak peek (click on the images to enlarge)!

Our home page will have a toolbar with drop-down menus so that Library information is at your fingertips:

Right on the home page you will also find a list of events, as well as photos, clickable links to databases, and more!

There will be a page for Kids (and their parents), and another for Teens.

We are busily adding content, and proof reading, and making last minute changes, but it won't be long now!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And Let's Not Forget Pirates on Film

Yesterday, I reminded you that Friday is "Talk Like a Pirate Day." I mentioned the gazillion books on pirates that we have in our collection. I left pirate movies until today:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Friday Is Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Avast! And all that! Get your do-rags and your eye patches ready for Friday when people all over the world celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" TLAPD has been celebrating those colorful rapscallions in lore (the real guys were just plain criminals) for a dozen years now. Check out the TLAPD website to learn more, to watch videos, and to brush up on your pirate lingo!

We've got pirate books galore to prepare you for TLAPD. Here are a few:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy International Dot Day!

Today's the day to make you mark on the world. Draw or paint, write, or sing, or dance. Or do them all! Just do something creative and you'll be joining thousands of kids who are marking their marks too!

The day was sparked by The Dot, a picture book by Peter Reynolds, and his follow-up book, Ish [both JP REY].

You can see dots created by children's book writers and illustrators at Celebri-dots.

And here's an example of how some kids, on opposite sides of the globe made their mark last year!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Primrose"

A fabulous series of books for kids is "Poetry for Young People," published by Sterling Publishing. We have these titles in our collection:

The poem I have selected for today is from the volume entitled William Carlos Williams:


Yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow!
It is not a color.
It is summer!
It is the wind on a willow,
the lap of waves, the shadow
under a bush, a bird, a bluebird,
three herons, a dead hawk
rotting on a pole--
Clear yellow!
It is a piece of blue paper
in the grass or a threecluster of
green walnuts swaying, children
playing croquet or one boy
fishing, a man
swinging his pink fists
as he walks--
It is ladysthumb, forget-me-nots
in the ditch, moss under
the flange of the carrail, the
wavy lines in split rock, a
great oaktree--
It is a disinclination to be
five red petals or a rose, it is
a cluster of birdsbreast flowers
on a red stem six feet high,
four open yellow petals
above sepals curled
backward into reverse spikes--
Tufts of purple grass spot the
green meadow and clouds the sky.

What great images! I can picture it all, can't you?

Please stop by No Water River where Renee is hosting this week's Round-Up.

Looking for Something New?

If you're looking for a change from the novels of James Patterson or John Grisham how about trying nonfiction? Here are three titles that might pull you away from the same-old, same-old:

Croke, Vicki. Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II. [940.5425 CRO, also 3M ebook]

Kessler, Ronald. The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. [KES, also 3M ebook]

Sides, Hampton. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. [910.452 SID, also 3M ebook]

If you have any doubts about reading nonfiction, take a look at the New York Times review of Elephant Company, written by novelist Sara Gruen.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Kids Read

Over the past few weeks, I've seen article after article such as the one that was posted by The Washington Post on Monday, "Why kids should choose their own books to read in school" by Valerie Strauss.

I hope the appearance of such articles signal the end of the "reading list." We've just completed three months of summer reading in which students had to read from an assigned list. Let's just say, on some of the lists I had a hard time finding a title I would have picked up and read!

A little guidance and reader's advisory is good, reading lists, maybe not so much.

Let the children read! You'd be surprised how a child who has read a book, liked it and recommended it to his/her classmates, can start a run on a book!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

More Books Into Movies

The next few months there will be a bumper crop of new movies released that have been based on books. Here are a few that will come out between now and the first Friday in October:

Block, Lawrence. A Walk Among the Tombstones. [F BLO, also LP BLO] Opens 9/19 with Liam Neeson.

Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. [YA DAS, also 3M ebook] Opens 9/19.

Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. [F FLY, also 3M ebook, AB/CD FLY. And, if you read Chinese, we have it in Chinese, too! CHINESE F FLY] Opens 10/3 with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

King, Stephen. "A Good Marriage" in Full Dark, No Stars [F KIN, also LP KIN and AB/CD KIN] Opens 10/4.

Lelord, François. Hector and the Search for Happiness. [LP LEL] Opens 9/19 and stars Simon Pegg.

Trooper, Jonathan. This Is Where I Leave You. [F TRO, also 3M ebook] Opens 9/19 starring Jason Bateman.

Here's the trailer for The Maze Runner: