Monday, August 31, 2009

More CDs

If you've been to the library in the past month you may have noticed a new set of shelves near the check-out desk. These shelves were purchased to help alleviate the overcrowding in the CD section. So, with the opening up of space, we've also been able to purchase more music for our collection. Here are a few recent additions:

The All-American Rejects. When the World Comes Down. [CD ROCK ALL]

August Burns Red. Constellations. [CD ROCK AUG]

Helm, Levon. Electric Dirt. [CD COUNTRY HEL]

Lovato, Demi. Here We Go Again. [CD FEMALE VOCALIST LOV]

Maxwell. BLACKsummer's Night. [CD RHYTHM & BLUES MAX]

Nathanson, Matt. Some Mad Hope. [CD ROCK NAT]

PureNRG. The Real Thing. [CD RELIGIOUS PUR]


Sparks, Jordin. Battlefield. [CD FEMALE VOCALIST SPA]

Zac Brown Band. The Foundation. [CD COUNTRY ZAC]

Friday, August 28, 2009

Poetry Friday--Blood Dazzler

Yesterday I mentioned a few of the Hurricane Katrina items we have in our collection, but there's one title that I held back mentioning until today. It's a book of poems by Patricia Smith called Blood Dazzler [811.54 SMI].

Poet Mark Doty, in a blurb on the back cover says,
This riveting sequence gives voice to a wild raw whirlwind that ruined a city and brought on, in turn, a storm of neglect and murderous indifference. With her radiant powers of empathy, her fiercely acute ear for the musical possibilities of American speech, and her undiluted rage, Patricia Smith makes in Katrina's wake a sorrowful, unflinching, and glorious book.
I can't add anything to Doty's statement, other than, you should read this book!

The book is set up chronologically, from the prologue about the timeless New Orlean's grasp on its citizens, through the days leading up to Katrina's strike, to her landfall, and on to the worst part of the storm--her aftermath. It's affective reading, but worth doing, if only to remind us how easy it has been for us to forget.

I want to share this short poem, titled simply, "Katrina."
Weather is nothing until it reaches skin,
freezes dust, spits its little swords.
Kept to oceans, feeding only on salted water,
I was a rudderless woman in full tantrum,
throwing my body against worlds I wanted.
I never saw harm in lending that ache.
All I ever wanted to be
was a wet, gorgeous mistake,
a reason to crave shelter.
This week the Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Kate Coombs at Book Aunt.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Four Years Later

Photo courtesy of NASA

This week marks the fourth year since Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Mississippi and Louisiana. In case you've forgotten the magnitude of the destruction, take time to view the slideshow at photojournalist Benjamin Krain's website.

Amazingly, parts of New Orleans have still not been rebuilt, and I read somewhere that 81% of the poorer residents have yet to be able to return to their homes. Sad.

Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center at the time of the hurricane, wrote The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina: The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist [976.044 VAN]. Van Heerden has recently been let go from his position allegedly due to his outspokenness on the subject of governmental blame.

Other books on Katrina include Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast [363.34922 BRI], and, don't miss the epic Spike Lee documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts [DVD 551.552 WHE].

A rather sweet story resulting from the hurricane is the picture book by Kirby Larson, Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival [JP LAR].

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What's Up With Those English Cows?

There have been several deaths in the past few months as a result of cow attacks! I kid you not. I read about it, yesterday, in an online article from The Independent. The cows weren't rabid or anything like that, they felt threatened and reacted.

I have noticed some an upswing in cows taking matters into their own hooves since the publication of Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type [JP CRO].
Farmer Brown thinks it's odd when he hears typing sounds coming from the barn. But his troubles really begin when his cows start leaving him notes. First they demand better working conditions...and then they stage a strike.
And then came Thacher Hurd's Moo Cow Kaboom! [JP HUR].
One night, while the pigs and chickens are sound asleep — KABOOM! — Farmer George's Moo Cow disappears! A low-down Space Cowboy has whisked her off to a galaxy far, far away. What's this sweet cow to do now, forced to become the Wild Beast Earthling Moo Cow at the Inter-Galactic Rodeo? Saddle up and get ready to ride Thacher Hurd's zany trip to Planet 246 and back!
Followed a few years later by Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier [JP STE].
Millie is unlike most other cows. She chews her cud and grazes in the fields with the others, but she doesn’t enjoy that nearly as much as she loves scaring the mail carrier. It’s too bad the mail carrier doesn’t have as much fun each time Millie comes up with a new way to surprise him. Who knew delivering the mail was going to be such a difficult job?
Denys Cazet's Minnie and Moo are Wanted Dead or Alive [E CAZ]. But, they were actually trying to do good!
Trying to help Mr. Farmer with his finances, Minnie and Moo go to the bank to ask for money and are mistaken for the Bazooka sisters, dangerous outlaws.

A word of advice, look for bovine defiance in your reading material and avoid encounters with the creatures in the flesh!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been!

Talk about road trips--did you see the story about the retiree who made a 125 mile trip in his wheelchair to propose to a woman who ultimately rejected him? Ouch!

Maybe he'll write a book about the trip and join the long line of writers and film-makers who have taken on the subject of road trips!

Probably the most famous is Jack Kerouac's On the Road, which we have in several formats including a CD of Kerouac himself reading selections from the book [CD MISCELLANEOUS KER]. If you pick up the Road Novels 1957-60 [F KER], you'll find On the Road along with The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans, and others.

We also have Dayton Duncan's Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip [917.304 DUN], The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto "Che" Guevara [918 GUE], and Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip--with Recipes! [647.9573 FIE] for a variety of road trip experiences.

Filmic journeys include The Motorcycle Diaries [DVD MOT], Little Miss Sunshine [DVD LIT], 3:10 to Yuma [DVD THR], The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada [DVD THR], Go Further [DVD 363.7 GO], and a whole lot more!

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's Almost Time!

...For school to start again. Have you run out of entertaining things to do with the kids? Have you thought about cards?

There are plenty of easy-to-learn card games besides "Go Fish." Come down to the library and borrow these for the kids--the little ones AND the big ones:

Leeming, Joseph. Games and Fun with Playing Cards. [793.85 LEE]

MacColl, Gail. The Book of Cards for Kids. [J 795.4 MAC]

The New Complete Hoyle: The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance. [794 NEW]

Rigal, Barry. Card Games for Dummies. [795.4 RIG]

And for those with still too much time on their hands, take a look at the card "games" here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Poetry Friday--Mary Oliver

I was browsing the Poetry Foundation website and stumbled across the poetry best sellers lists. The list entitled "Contemporary Best Sellers" was a real eye-opener--of the top ten titles, Mary Oliver's books held 5 spots, including number one, Evidence. This April '09 release is not yet in our collection, but I wrote up an order card, so please check the "new books" shelves in a few weeks. Just to put all this in perspective, Evidence, when I checked Barnes & Noble, was ranked as 6,688. It may be a poetry best seller, but it's by no means a blockbuster! Still, the fact that she owns 7 out of 30 spots on the poetry "Contemporary Best Sellers" list is phenomenal and allows Oliver to make a living through her writing. (I am SO envious!)

In honor of Mary Oliver's outstanding hold on the list, I'd like to share a poem from # 28 on the list, Blue Iris: Poems and Essays [811.54 OLI].
Freshen, the Flowers, She Said

So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain
    was tender,
and took out the tattered and cut each stem
    on a slant,
trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all--
    roses, delphiniums, daisies, iris, lilies,
and more whose names I don't know, in bright new water--
    gave them

a bounce upward at the end to let them take
    their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,
the little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,
    perhaps fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes of music
    with nothing playing.
Love those last two lines! And, you can tell Oliver is writing from experience--unless giving the flowers "a bounce upward at the end" is something you have done before, you'd never think of writing a line like that. And, of course, it is a fabulously effective line!

The Poetry Friday Round-Up for this week is being held at The Boy Reader.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ah, Fashion!

Tonight's the long delayed start of the 6th season of Project Runway on Lifetime. I'm a late-comer to the program since I generally dislike reality television, but, a dear friend got me hooked last year.

I'm a fashion cynic because I can't believe that what passes as fashion is suitable attire for normal human beings. I watch Project Runway to confirm my belief! (Does that make me a horrible person?)

I also have a strong interest in social history, in which fashion plays a large role. I love looking through the section of the library where we have such titles as, Fashions of a Decade [391.009 FAS]. This set covers 8 decades from the 1920s through the 1990s. Other social history fashion books include Fashion in Detail: From the 17th and 18th Centuries by Avril Hart [391 HAR], and Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America by Jenna Weissman Joselit [391.0097 JOS].

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia (who, in the past, has been a judge on Project Runway) [687.082 GAR], takes the reader into contemporary fashion, which, ten years from now, will be fashion history!

[If you have a little time to kill today, visit The Bad Fads Museum, and browse the fashion section.]

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?

Head up to Hillsborough, NH for the 2009 Living History Event taking place Friday through Sunday.

If you check out the schedule you'll find something for everyone from lawn games for the kids to beer history for dad to a kettle corn demo for all!

What a wealth of history and resources there is to be found in our little state! If you've forgotten all you learned back in fourth grade, take a look for these items the next time you visit:


Clayton, John. You Know You're in New Hampshire When--: 101 Quintessential Places, People, Events, Customs, Lingo, and Eats of the Granite State. [974.2 CLA]

Living in the Lap of History: A Checklist of Some Historic Sites in New Hampshire. [974.2 NEW]


Monkman, Jerry. White Mountain Wilderness: A Photographic Journey to New Hampshire's Most Rugged Places. [917.422 MON]

O'Connor, Marianne. Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire. [917.4204 OCO]

Starbuck, David R. The Archeology of New Hampshire: Exploring 10,000 Years in the Granite State. [974.2 STA]

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Celebrating Roberto Clemente

Seventy-five years ago, August 18, 1934, Roberto Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Twenty years later, he was drafted by Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates.

Starting in 1955, Clemente played for eighteen seasons. This was in the days before players moved from team to team to team, and he played all eighteen years for the Pirates. He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1966, won a total of twelve Golden Glove awards for his batting prowess, and was posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame the year after his tragic death on New Year's Eve in 1972 (the 5 year waiting period was waived in his honor).


Clemente was more than a mere baseball player, he was a humanitarian who lost his life in an plane crash on his way to assist victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake.

Read more about Roberto Clemente in David Maraniss' Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero [B CLE], or visit the Smithsonian's virtual exhibition, "Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Eggplants and Other Veggies

Take a look at this page for photos of different varieties of eggplants being sold at a NY farmer's market. The colors are amazing!

It's harvest time again, although for me, I don't think there will be any eggplants this year. With all the rain, my eggplant plants only started blooming last week. There won't be enough time to grow anything but teeny tiny eggplants, if that. The flowers, though, are a gorgeous mix of purple and white, so I'll make do with a visual delight rather than a gustatory delight.

Some of the lovelier books in our collection are not in the art section, but in the cooking section. You can't beat color photos of mouth-watering dishes, such as you find in a book like Verdure! Vegetables the Italian Way [641.65 VER].

If you want to eat more vegetables, and who doesn't, but you don't know how to cook them, look to the master chef, Julia Child. Her book, The Way to Cook [641.5 CHI] has more 80 pages on vegetables alone. The color photos in this book are generally small, but are effective in teaching you how to prepare foods (check out p. 284 for the "best way to halve a winter squash.")

The Visual Food Encyclopedia [641.3 VIS] has a section under every food entry called, "Buying," to help you purchase veggies at their best. Since I won't have my own grown eggplants, when I go to the store I'll look for "firmness and heaviness," and to check for ripeness I'll need to "press lightly on the skin...if the imprint remains visible, the eggplant is ripe; if the flesh springs back, it is not yet ready for consumption."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Poetry Friday--Vermont Afternoons

It is always a pleasant surprise to randomly pick a book from the shelf and discover a treasure. This happened to me with Vermont Afternoons with Robert Frost by Vrest Orton [811 ORT].

Vrest Orton is probably better known as the founder of the world-famous Vermont Country Store in Weston, VT, but he also counted Robert Frost as a friend.

Although NH claims him as its own, Robert Frost did spend the last half of his life in Vermont, and, he is buried there. Vrest Orton shared afternoons with Frost in the 1930s, and 40 years later, he wrote of their time together, in verse. In the "Foreword," Orton tells us,
The ideas are Robert Frost's. After something, I know not what, had triggered the subconscious mind and made it give up Frost, I managed in my own amateur fashion, to translate what came out into a form that seemed to be, as I remembered it, the way Robert Frost would have wanted the ideas expressed.

The reader, at this point, will probably reach the logical conclusion that the verse in this book is a contrived attempt, even if a poor one at best, to imitate Robert Frost's poetry. He would be wrong.
....
The ideas were told to me by Robert Frost. The form is mine. If the form in which one word follows another seems natural and right but sounds like Frost, I can't help it. The form sprang naturally from the Frost substance.
The little volume (64 pages) is illustrated with old-fashioned, black and white etchings, and, it contains photos of Frost and Orton. The best part, though, is the spare collection of poems. I could hear Frost's voice within the poems--Orton did well by his friend!

Here's one that I like:
White Flags in Winter

                I

I would never live where I couldn't feel freedom,
I stay here but I live in Vermont:
You don't get off scot-free there with freedom;
They make you take the Freeman's Oath.
                II

You've seen the farmwife hanging clothes on the porch:
She never frets how it looks to a passerby.
Freeman don't dwell on their freedom's showing.
She's more concerned if the wind is blowing
To do the drying before the freezing...
If the freezing gets the better of drying
She'll face another chore more trying.

                III

       Up the road to the Gully last fall
       I saw washings out on porch lines.

                IV

You will...you will! I call them white flags flying,
Not in surrender but freedom proclaiming.
You should never be surprised...
Vermonters know there are other prides more prized.

Across the U.S., some communities have passed laws prohibiting their citizens from hanging out their wash! The reason? Clotheslines are a perceived eyesore and reduce a community's value! (It's funny how nowadays, EVERYTHING can be reduced to a "bottom line" issue.)

You may be pleased to know that in VT laundry still can dry on a line (now, in "green" lingo, referred to as a "solar dryer.")
The Vermont Energy Act of 2009, passed May 2009.

§ 2291a. RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVICES
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no municipality, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources. This section shall not apply to patio railings in condominiums, cooperatives, or apartments.
White flags, though, can no longer fly on every patio!

Check out the Poetry Friday Round-Up, this week being hosted at a wrung sponge.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Birthday, Annie!

On this day in 1860, the legendary Annie Oakley was born in Ohio. Her real name was Phoebe Ann Mosey. Her life is celebrated in many works of nonfiction and fiction, especially in our children's collection. Discover the world of the "Little Sure Shot" in these children's materials:

DiVito, Anna. Annie Oakley Saves the Day. [E DIV]

Macy, Sue. Bull's-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley. [J B OAK]

Sayers, Isabelle S. Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill's Wild West. [J 978 SAY]

Tall Tales & Legends: Annie Oakley. [J DVD TAL]

Wills, Chuck. Annie Oakley. [J B OAK]

Here's an early film of Annie doing what she did best!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In the Clouds

Time magazine online is highlighting "authentic American experiences"--one for each state. The experience in New Hampshire is the view from the top of Mount Washington.

Photo by Wanderungen


The short Time entry neglected to say that Mount Washington is home to the Mount Washington Observatory.
The Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit scientific and educational institution organized under the laws of the state of New Hampshire. Its mission is to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region.

The first regular meteorological observations on Mount Washington were conducted by the U.S. Signal Service, a precursor of the Weather Bureau, from 1870 to 1892. The Mount Washington station was the first of its kind in the world, setting an example followed in many other countries.

The Mount Washington Observatory reoccupied the summit in 1932 through the enthusiasm of a group of individuals who recognized the value of a scientific facility at that demanding location. In April of 1934, observers measured a wind gust of 231 mph, which remains a world record for a surface station. In spite of the hardships imposed by their environment, observers regularly monitored weather under the auspices of the U.S. Weather Bureau, and conducted landmark research in short-wave radio propagation, ice physics and the constitution of clouds. The relationship with the U.S. Weather Service has always been close, but the Observatory is not a part of any government agency.


There is also a free museum, the Weather Discovery Center, that might make for a fun day trip, although I'd recommend spending a few days in the area to enjoy the scenery.

We have a number of books in our collection dealing with Mount Washington and the Observatory including Mount Washington: A Guide and Short History by Peter E. Randell [917.42 RAN] and World Record Wind: Measuring Gusts of 231 Miles an Hour by Alexander A. McKenzie [974.2 MCK].

I recently ordered a new title for the children's room about the Observatory's resident cat, Nin! It's called Cat in the Clouds by Eric Pinder. Look for it to arrive shortly! (It's also available from the Observatory gift shop, if you can't wait!)

To see photos of Mount Washington visit photographer Brad Washburn's site.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cupcakes

If you caught WMUR's NH Chronicle last Thursday, you saw a segment on Windham's own Shabby Chic cupcake bakery! If you missed it, you can see it here.

Shabby Chic's cupcakes were chosen for NH Magazine's [MAG NEW] "Best of NH 2009" issue, and a luscious looking chocolate cupcake adorned the cover of the July issue! Congratulations! It's nice to see local businesses getting recognition!

We have some colorful cake cookbooks if you'd like to try your hand a baking cupcakes from scratch (remember, most cake recipes can be baked in cupcake pans). Look for these the next time you visit:

Boyle, Tish. The Cake Book. [641.8653 BOY]

Larrew, Brekka Hervey. Cheesecake Cupcakes and Other Cake Recipes. [J 641.8653 LAR]

Warren, Ann. The Cupcake Cafe Cookbook. [641.815 WAR]

For a little fun, there's a graphic novel with the catchy title, Cupcakes of Doom!, by Ray Friesen [J CX FRI]. How's this for an intriguing summary?
A humorous tale of Captain Scurvybeard and his band of pirates as they battle Vikings on the high seas, in the courtroom, and in the pastry marketplace, competing to find the coveted recipe for the Cupcakes of Doom, the legendary dessert.

Monday, August 10, 2009

John Hughes

Director John Hughes passed away on Friday at the age of 59. The work of Hughes defined a generation. Internet Movie Database called him the "Bard of Teen Angst."

The best way to celebrate his life is to watch his movies. Here are just a few that we currently have in our collection [all DVD]:

The Breakfast Club.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Home Alone.

Pretty in Pink.

Uncle Buck.

I'll bet most people have a famous movie quote from one of Hughes' films. Mine is,



What's yours?

Friday, August 07, 2009

Poetry Friday--Out Loud!


I love the cover of Poetry Out Loud [821.008 POE] for its unbridled enthusiasm! In case you can't read it, the cover proclaims
Over 100 Great Poems to Pronounce Trippingly on the Tongue, from "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Waste Land" to "Casey at the Bat" and "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat"

Also on the cover is this:
Read to Your Love, Dramatize for Your Children, Perform at a Party, or Sing in the Shower

To all that I said, "YES! Why not!" And then I read James Earl Jones' "Introduction,"
Poetry has always been a lifeline for me. When I was a small boy, I began to stutter. From the time I was nearly six until I was about fourteen, I chose silence over speech. I retreated into muteness because my stuttering made speaking too difficult. But because I needed some way to express myself, even to myself, and to track the progress of my mind, I became a "closet" poet. I loved poetry, and began writing it myself.

In one of those fortunate accidents that can change lives, my high school English teacher in Brethren, Michigan, helped me to use poetry to reclaim my ability to speak. When Professor Donald Crouch discovered that I wrote poems, he asked to see some. One seemed to him good enough that he wondered if I might have plagiarized it. To defend myself, I had to read the poem aloud. Since I never spoke at school, this was an ordeal for me, but my honor was at stake. I had no choice but to stand up and read my poem to my teacher and classmates.

To my amazement and theirs, I read it without stumbling.
What an awesome story and a testament to the power of poetry!

Poetry Out Loud is an outstanding little book from its handy size, about 6" x 7," which makes it easy to hold while reading aloud, to the bits of supplementary info running down the sides. And did I mention that the poems chosen are also outstanding? Here's one by Thomas Hardy:
PROUD SONGSTERS

The thrushes sing as the sun is going
      And the finches whistle in ones and pairs,
And as it gets dark loud nightingales
            In bushes
Pipe, as they can when April wears,
      As if all Time were theirs.

These are brand new birds of twelve-months' growing
      Which a year ago, or less than twain
No finches were, nor nightingales,
            Nor thrushes,
But only particles of grain,
      And earth, and air, and rain.


The Miss Rumphius Effect is hosting this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up. Go enjoy some poetry!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce is not a name most people remember. I'll bet if you asked someone who didn't live in NH who Pierce was, 9 out of 10 people would say they didn't know.

But, since we live in NH, we all know Pierce served as President of the United States from 1853-1857. He is our only citizen to have been elected President.

The Library of Congress recently announced that it has made a Franklin Pierce Resource Guide available online. The Guide provides links to various Pierce materials from a copy of a condolence letter Pierce wrote to Abraham Lincoln when Lincoln's son Willie died, to sheet music for "President Pierce's March and Quick Step."

The Guide should be especially handy when fourth graders do NH biography reports! Students can also visit our children's room for biographical resources such as Franklin Pierce by Anne Welsbacher [J B PIE], Franklin Pierce: Fourteenth President of the United States by Charnan Simon [J B PIE], and Jane Means Appleton Pierce by Deborah Kent [J B PIE].

Photo by jimbowen0306

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Yoga

Today I'll introduce you to some of the yoga items in our collection directed toward the younger set and their caregivers:

Brunhoff, Laurent D. Babar's Yoga for Elephants. [JP BRU]
Babar the elephant demonstrates and provides step-by-step instructions for basic yoga techniques and positions, then shows how he and Celeste use them to relax and have fun as they travel around the world.


Garabedian, Helen. Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger. [649.122 GAR]

Komitor, Jodi B. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga with Kids. [613.7 KOM]

Luby, Thia. Children's Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects. [J 613.7 LUB]
Presents six complete yoga workouts designed for children from three to twelve years of age.

Schwartz, Ellen. I Love Yoga: A Guide For Kids and Teens. [YA 613.7046 SCH]
Presents the history of yoga, different styles, yoga benefits, concerns, cautions, misconceptions, equipment, and basic postures, as well as information for those with physical disabilities, and tips on yoga as a part of a lifestyle.

Whitford, Rebecca. Sleepy Little Yoga. [JP WHI]
Pictures and simple text portray toddlers in yoga positions.

Yoga Play: For Ages 3-6. [J VIDEO YOG]

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Take the Weird Tour

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary this summer? Take a tour of the weird and wonderful natural, and not-so-natural places and events detailed in one of these books:

Citro, Joseph A. Curious New England: The Unconventional Traveler's Guide to Eccentric Destinations. [917.4 CIT]


Friedman, Jan. Eccentric America: The Bradt Guide to All That's Weird and Wacky in the USA. [917.3 FRI]

Jones, Eric. New Hampshire Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. [917.42 JON]

Moran, Mark. Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. [917.3 MOR]

If you want to stay home, you still can have a little weird adventure by spending some time at the Atlas Obscura site. Some regional places of interest include the Sunken Forests of Rye, NH, the Museum of Bad Art in Dedham, MA, and Eartha (the largest revolving model of Earth) in Yarmouth, ME.

Have a great trip!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Trash Creativity

It's amazing what someone can do with imagination, a lot of time, and a little junk! Women's Day magazine's has pictures of "Computer Parts-to-Art Creations" on its website. Don't miss the "Viper" made of keyboard keys and mice--it's awesome!

Look around and see what you can do with some of the junk/trash/recyclables that you have cluttering your home. Here are a few books to help:

Barker, Linda. Just Junk: New Looks for Old Furniture. [684.1 BAR]

Di Salle, Rachel. Junk Drawer Jewelry. [J 745.594 DIS]

Ferguson, Jennifer R. Trashformations: Painted Treasures from Salvaged Stuff. [745.723 FER]

Needham, Bobbe. Ecology Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Ways to Make Friends with Planet Earth. [J 745.5 NEE]

Tofts, Hannah. The Junk Book. [J 745.5 TOF]

One of my all-time favorite picture books is The Porcelain Man by Richard Kennedy, illustrated by Marcia Sewall [JP KEN]. The description from the catalog doesn't do justice to this marvelous story, which, in my opinion, is more for adults than kids!
Every time the poor girl mends the broken porcelain vase it becomes something different, providing the means of escaping from her dreary existence of mending junk.
It's a perfect little "junk" story that you don't want to miss.