Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

The Library is closed today to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

In our area, the northeast, labor history is marked by the textile mills that sprang up in the 1800s and operated for about 100 years before most were closed down. Textile workers, both native born and immigrant worked long and hard. Today is a day to honor their labor, and to be thankful that labor organizers brought health, safety, and human rights issues to the forefront, which resulted in laws that improved the lives of all Americans.

See you tomorrow at 9 AM.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poetry Friday--"The Mockingbird"

I was getting ready to send A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver [811.54 OLI] out on interlibrary loan to another New Hampshire Library. As I flipped through, this poem caught my eye:

The Mockingbird
by Mary Oliver

All summer
the mockingbird
in his pearl-gray coat
and his white-windowed sings

from the hedge to the top of the pine
and begins to sing, but it’s neither
lilting nor lovely,

for he is the thief of other sound–
whistles and truck brakes and dry hinges
plus all the songs
of other birds in his neighborhood;

mimicking and elaborating,
he sings with humbor and bravado,
so I have to wait a long time
for the softer voice of his own life

to come through. He begins
by giving up all his usual flutter
and settling down on the pine’s forelock
then looking around

as though to make sure he’s alone;
then he slaps each wing against his breast,
where his heart is,
and copying nothing, begins

easing into it
as though it was not half so easy
as rollicking,
as though his subject now

was his true self,
which of course was as dark and secret
as anyone else’s,
and it was too hard–

perhaps you understand–
to speak or to sing it
to anything or anyone
but the sky.
When I lived in New York, I saw catbirds, but never a mockingbird. When I moved to this area, what looked to be a catbird-shaped bird, I soon found out was a Northern Mockingbird. The difference between the songs of the two birds is unmistakeable, especially with the Gray Catbird's cat-like call. I now love mockingbirds, but I've never seen a catbird around here and I miss their "mew."

Fellow librarian, Jone, is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up at Check It Out!

Photo by Jack Wolf.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Shall I Watch This Weekend?

It's a long weekend, and you may be able to watch a few DVDs over the course of the three days, but, what should you borrow? I came across a site that has all sorts of interesting lists of movie titles for you to peruse: Movieseum.com. (Much of the content/ads on the site is inappropriate for children, so consider yourself forewarned.)

This list is typical: "11 Classic Movies to See before You Die." Of the eleven, I've heard of, and/or watched, ten. The eleventh, Peeping Tom, is totally unknown to me. The Library will see if it can obtain a copy, so check back. Here are the ten that are currently available at Nesmith or one of the other GMILCS libraries.


I swear I've seen loons on Canobie Lake this year, but, I could be wrong. It does seem that the number of loons counted in NH has increased slightly over last year. Here's a report from The Nashua Telegraph.

Loons play a large part in the movie On Golden Pond [DVD ON], which was filmed on Squam Lake.

The quality of this clip is not great, so I would suggest borrowing our copy, then putting your feet up to relax and enjoy.

Surprisingly, there are a number of children's books with loons as characters. Who knew?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In Our Butterfly Garden

Recently, there have been three hummingbird moths sharing the large butterfly bush in our garden (planted and maintained by the members of the Windham Garden Club). Last year was the first time I had ever seen one. I managed to get this photo.

Aren't the transparent wings amazing? If I had gotten a shot from the side, you would have seen the proboscis (tongue) unrolling into the flowers to sip up the nectar.

Just last week, I found an NPR blog post about butterfly moths, which I thought should be shared. Click here.

Make sure you visit the Library to see our butterfly garden and to perhaps borrow one of the books on pollinators we have in our collection. Butterflies and Moths by David J. Carter [595.78 CAR] might be a good one to start with.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School!

Parents are excited to be getting their kids back to school. Young children, however, if they've never attended school before, may find the first day of school difficult to imagine. And, a bit scary.

We're prepared to help you prepare your anxious little one for the first day!

For parents there is Elizabeth Pantley's The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution: Gentle Ways to Make Good-Bye Easy from Six Months to Six Years [FT 649.1 PAN]. Pantley also addresses the problem of parents who can bear to let their children go.

The first day of school is survivable! Good luck and a happy 2014-2015 school year!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Poetry Friday--"A Shower"

Summer is heat, hopefully balanced by a little rain. I love the summer rain and it's scent on the hot pavement or dry ground. Did you know there was a name for that scent of rain on the soil? It's "petrichor." The exact chemicals that make up the scent have been studied (does that surprise anyone?), click here to learn more.

For today, here's a little poem by Amy Lowell that describes a summer shower:
A Shower

That sputter of rain, flipping the hedge-rows
And making the highways hiss,
How I love it!
And the touch of you upon my arm
As you press against me that my umbrella
May cover you.

Tinkle of drops on stretched silk.
Wet murmur through green branches.

from Amy Lowell: Selected Poems [821 LOW]

Amazing how a simple little love poem can evoke such powerful images and feelings. Amy Lowell is one of my favorites, so this is the second Friday in a row that I'm featuring one of her poems!

Live Your Poem is the place to be this Poetry Friday. Head down to Alabama, virtually of course, and see what's going on this week in the world of online poetry.

Illustration courtesy openclipart.


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: