Monday, January 26, 2015

Tuck Everlasting--The Musical?

One of my favorite children's novels is Tuck Everlasting, written by Natalie Babbitt [J BAB]. In brief, the book is a exploration of immortality, and raises the question, "is living forever a good thing?" The subject is a rather "heavy" one for kids, but the book is well-written and has certainly sparked some active classroom discussions--thus its longevity in print.

The book was first published in 1975, so this is its 40th anniversary year. It was adapted and released as a major motion picture by Disney in 2002 [DVD TUC]. Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls fame stars. It has morphed again into a choreographed musical theater piece. Tuck Everlasting previewed in Atlanta on January 21 and officially opens on February 4.

I am skeptical about the book's suitability as a musical, but, I'll reserve judgment.

If you, as an adult, haven't read the book, I can certainly recommend it. It would make a good choice for a book group, too.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Poetry Friday--"Winter"

Since we're expecting a nor'easter this weekend, there's no denying winter!
by Robert Louis Stevenson

In rigorous hours, when down the iron lane
The redbreast looks in vain
For hips and haws,
Lo, shining flowers upon my window-pane
The silver pencil of the winter draws.

When all the snowy hill
And the bare woods are still;
When snipes are silent in the frozen bogs,
And all the garden garth is whelmed in mire,
Lo, by the hearth, the laughter of the logs --
More fair than roses, lo, the flowers of fire!

From An Inheritance of Poetry, collected and arranged by Gladys L. Adshead and Annis Duff [821 ADS].

Now, please take a side trip to New Hampshire Garden Solutions, a blog that recently ran a post titled, "Ice." Spend a little time marveling over "the silver pencil of the winter" and its drawings done here in New Hampshire.

Then, hop down to New Jersey where A Teaching Life is hosting this week's Round-Up.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


If you're in the Lincoln, NH area any time soon be sure to stop by Ice Castles for a treat that can only be enjoyed in the coldest months of the year. Ice Castles, NH has a Facebook page that you can visit to see some chilling photos of the attraction and learn more about its "over an acre of frozen ice walls, tunnels, towers, archways and more."

Ice down here in the southern portion of the state can be pretty scary--black ice, especially so. So can murder mysteries involving the cold and ice! Ice is the subject of many books, nonfiction and fiction, for children and adults.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Not Too Late

We've already gone through 3 weeks of January, but that still leaves 49 weeks left for you to work through this 2015 Reading Challenge.

If you need a title suggetion, visit us at the Library, ask in the comments below, or post a question on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oscar Time

The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were recently announced. We have almost no nominated titles in our collection, due to the number of films released very late in 2014. Some of the nominated films are only just opening locally for the first time!

Here is the list of Best Picture nominees:

American Sniper DVD release date not yet announced.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) DVD release date not yet announced.

Boyhood On order, DVD released January 6. Check back soon.

The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD GRA]. Yay! We have one Best Picture nominee!

The Imitation Game DVD release date not yet announced.

Selma DVD release date not yet announced.

The Theory of Everything DVD release date February 17.

Whiplash DVD release date February 24.

Hold tight, as soon as they come in they'll be cataloged and processed for borrowing! But for now, you'll have to make due with trailers, or, go to the theater.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day!

The Library is closed today for the Martin Luther King Day holiday. To learn more about the holiday and "Dr. King’s philosophy and strategy of nonviolence to eliminate poverty, racism and violence," click here.

Many people celebrate the holiday by doing community service in the spirit of Dr. King. President Obama and his family participate and so can you. Click here to learn how you can take part. For volunteer opportunities in New Hampshire, visit Volunteer NH. As the site proclaims, "Service isn't just nice, it's necessary," and, as most volunteers will tell you, the rewards far outweigh the effort.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Poetry Friday--Appreciate a Dragon Day!

According to the Days of the Year website, today is Appreciate a Dragon Day.
The dragon is a powerful symbol in mythology all over the world, from Europe to Asia and beyond. Appreciate A Dragon Day encourages you to explore the cultural significance of the dragon in your society and history!
If you're looking for a dragon poem, you're in luck because we have plenty! The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky [J 811.54 PRE] and Eric Carle's Dragons Dragons & Other Creatures That Never Were [J 808.81 CAR] are places to start, as well as almost any general children's anthology.

The following is from a beautifully illustrated (by Julie Paschkis) collection of poems by Julie Larios, Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures [J 811.54 LAR].

The air around me
burns bright as the sun.
I tell wild rivers
which way to run.
I'm arrow tailed,
fish scaled,
a luck bringer.
When I fly,
it's a flame song the world sings,
But you can ride safely
between my wings.

The Poetry Friday Round-Up is taking place this week at Live Your Poem...with Irene Latham.

"Der Teufel und seine Grossmutter." (1912), courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Coming this Year

A recent online article had the title, "2015 Movie Adaptations Are Going to Be Big! Read These 12 Books Before the Films Come Out To Be Prepared." Click on this link to the article to read about the forthcoming films, and come visit us to borrow the books that the films are based on.

Of the list of 12, we own all in one format or another. They are:

Bonfiglioli, Kyril. Don't Point That Thing at Me. [AB/CD BON] The film name is Mortdecai, see trailer below.

Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay. [YA COL, also AB/CD, 3M ebook, and in Chinese CHINESE F COL]

Dashner, James. The Scorch Trials. [YA DAS, also AB/CD, and 3 M ebook]

Genova, Lisa. Still Alice. [F GEN, also AB/CD, and 3M ebook]

Green, John. Paper Towns. [YA GRE, also 3M ebook]

Hardy, Thomas. Far From the Madding Crowd. [F HAR]

James, E. L. Fifty Shades of Grey. [F JAM]

Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Heart of the Sea. [910.9164 PHI, also 3M ebook]

Rash, Ron. Serena. [F RAS, also 3M ebook]

Roth, Veronica. Insurgent. [YA ROT, also AB/CD, and in Chinese CHINESE F ROT]

Sparks, Nicholas. The Longest Ride. [F SPA, also AB/CD, and 3M ebook]

Weir, Andy. The Martian. [SF WEI, also 3M ebook]