Thursday, August 21, 2014


On this day in 1959, President Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

It's not often that one is able to make a trip to Hawaii, however, we've got the next best thing: fiction--from the epic novel, Hawaii by James Michener [F MIC] to Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London [JP LON, also JP AB/CD LON], nonfiction travel guides [919.69], Putumayo World Music's Hawaiian Playground [CD CHILDREN PUT], and DVDs such as Soul Surfer [DVD SOU], and Be a Hula Girl [J DVD BE].

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National Aviation Day!

I realized, too late, that yesterday was National Aviation Day, so, we're going to celebrate it today!

August 19, Orville Wright’s birthday, was designated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 as National Aviation Day. You can read the standard aviation histories found in 629.13 or in the 3M ebook, Lords of the Sky Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16 by Dan Hampton.

You may enjoy this survey of flying machines gathered from newsreels of the past:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Remember That Movie?

Hundreds of movies are released every year and many films move to the back of our minds only to pop up some years later. Often we stumble around looking for the title. "Remember that movie, I think it was from the 50s, with Marlon Brando? The one where he says, 'I coulda been a contender!'"

It's On the Waterfront [DVD ON], and it's on our shelf!

"Oh, that's the one! Remember that other one where Marlon Brando yells 'Stella!'"

A Streetcar Named Desire [DVD STR].

"The woman who played Stella? Kim Hunter. Wasn't she in some movie with Jimmy Stewart where she was a witch?"

No, you're thinking of Kim Novack, and that movie was Bell, Book and Candle [DVD BEL]

"What was that other movie that had "bell" in the title? The one with the ditzy blonde."

Bells Are Ringing [DVD BEL].

An even better movie with Judy Holliday was Born Yesterday [DVD BOR], which starred William Holden. That one shouldn't be missed! Holliday won an Oscar for her performance.

As you can tell, we have lots of old movies in our collection, and we have a number of, how shall I say it..."mature" librarians who are movie fans and can probably help you remember the names of the movies you saw way back when!

Monday, August 18, 2014


On Friday the teens celebrated the end of summer reading with a Zombie Apocalypse!

Professional make-up was provided by Windham's Steven Lawlor-Jones, and I don't know about you, but I was SCARED by the results!

Zombies remain topic of interest for film-makers and publishers, but now, zombies have entered the digital age. We have these 3M ebooks about zombies:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Poetry Friday--Restaurant Week

Here at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet we've been celebrating restaurants all week long. I've labeled the week "Restaurant Week" for no other reason than there are a lot of good restaurants in our area, and, there's a great variety of books and films, which deal with the subject of restaurants, waiting for you to borrow!

Since it's Poetry Friday, what better way to restaurants than with a poem! This poem is a favorite, if only for the catalog of colorful names for the non-color, white!

Thompson’s Lunch Room—Grand Central Station
by Amy Lowell

Floor, ceiling, walls.
Ivory shadows
Over the pavement
Polished to cream surfaces
By constant sweeping.
The big room is coloured like the petals
Of a great magnolia,
And has a patina
Of flower bloom
Which makes it shine dimly
Under the electric lamps.
Chairs are ranged in rows
Like sepia seeds
Waiting fulfilment.
The chalk-white spot of a cook’s cap
Moves unglossily against the vaguely bright wall—
Dull chalk-white striking the retina like a blow
Thru the wavering uncertainty of steam.
Vitreous-white of glasses with green reflections,
Ice-green carboys, shifting—greener, bluer—with the jar of moving water.
Jagged green-white bowls of pressed glass
Rearing snow-peaks of chipped sugar
Above the lighthouse-shaped castors
Of grey pepper and grey-white salt.
Grey-white placards: "Oyster Stew, Cornbeef Hash, Frankfurters":
Marble slabs veined with words in meandering lines.
Dropping on the white counter like horn notes
Through a web of violins,
The flat yellow lights of oranges,
The cube-red splashes of apples,
In high plated ├ępergnes.
The electric clock jerks every half-minute:
"Three beef-steaks and a chicken-pie,"
Bawled through a slide while the clock jerks heavily.
A man carries a china mug of coffee to a distant chair.
Two rice puddings and a salmon salad
Are pushed over the counter;
The unfulfilled chairs open to receive them.
A spoon falls upon the floor with the impact of metal striking stone,
And the sound throws across the room
Sharp, invisible zigzags
Of silver.

from Amy Lowell: Selected Poems [821 LOW].

Please visit Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Photo courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Restaurant Week--Kids' Day!

You may not have noticed, but there has been an explosion of cooking-related books for children. And, part of that I attribute to PBS and more recently, The Food Network, and shows where cooking is presented, not as a laborious task, but an art, a competition, and a fun activity for both women AND men!

The range of books for kids about cooking, restaurants, ingredients, biographies expands seemingly on a daily basis. And this is good! Here's a small sampling of the variety of titles for kids that you'll find in our collection:

If you want to encourage your children in their interest in cooking, I'd suggest going to a site called Kids Cooking Activities. It is loaded with advice for parents and is full of activities and recipes.

First Lady, Michelle Obama, promotes healthy eating for kids. The White House recently announced the results of this year's contest, which was the "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge." Child-created recipes were judged, and the lucky winners from each state got to go to the White House! The winning recipes have been put together into a cookbook, which can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Restaurant Week Part 3

A good restaurant will always see customers asking for recipes for their favorite dishes. That holds true for restaurants both large and small.

Here's your opportunity to discover some great restaurant recipes. This is only a small sampling of what we have!

Bozzi, Aldo. The Mezzaluna Cookbook: The Famed Restaurants' Best-Loved Recipes for Seasonal Pastas and More. [641.822 BOZ]

DePalma, Gina. Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen. [641.86 DEP]

Fieri, Guy. Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: An All-American Road Trip--With Recipes! [647.9573 FIE]

Gelin, David Howard. BBQ Joints; Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbeque Belt. [3m ebook]

Keller, Thomas. The French Laundry Cookbook. [641.5 KEL]

Kerr, Jean. Union Oyster House Cookbook: Recipes and History from America's Oldest Restaurant. [641.5 KER]

Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Cookbook: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals. [641.5636 MOO]

Slomanson, Joan Kanel. When Everybody Ate at Schrafft's: Memories, Pictures, and Recipes from a Very Special Restaurant Empire. [647.95 SLO]

Remember The Loaf & Ladle restaurant that was a fixture in Exeter, NH for many, many years? I sure do miss their oatmeal bread and their potato and leek soup. Some of the recipes from the restaurant can still be found on our shelves in The Loaf & Ladle Cook Book by Joan S. Harlow [641.5 HAR].

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Restaurant Week Part 2

Yesterday we took a look at some of the films in our collection in which restaurants play a significant part in the story. Today, we're going to look at restaurant chefs and other cooks, and the plethora of books written by or about them.

No list of books about chefs would be complete without the great Julia Child (she died ten years ago tomorrow, and what would have been her 102nd birthday is Friday). We have a number of books about her, including her My Life in France [B CHI, also AB/CD B CHI, and a 3M ebook]. Recently, there's been a great interest in Child as the subject of children's picture books, Bon Appetit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland [J B CHI] and Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich [JP REI] are two.

Others chef biographies include:

Birnbaum, Molly. Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way. [B BIR]

Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. [B BOU]

De Blasi, Marlena. The Lady in the Palazzo at Home in Umbria. [AB/CD 945.652 DEB]

Deen, Paula. Paula Deen: It Ain't All about the Cookin'. [B DEE]

Hamilton, Gabrielle. Blood, Bones, & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. [B HAM]

Jones, Judith. The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food. [B JON]

Lee, Edward. Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen. [3M ebook]

Alice Waters and Chez Panisse the Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution. [3M ebook]

Pépin, Jacques. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen. [B PEP]

Samuelsson, Marcus. Yes, Chef: A Memoir. [B SAM]