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Friday, November 30, 2012

Poetry Friday--Movie Week

I've been talking about movies all week, so we might as well end the week with a poem about movies. Here's one from May Swenson:
The James Bond Movie

The popcorn is greasy, and I forgot to bring a Kleenex.
A pill that’s a bomb inside the stomach of a man inside

The Embassy blows up. Eructations of flame, luxurious
cauliflowers giganticize into motion. The entire 29-ft.

screen is orange, is crackling flesh and brick bursting,
blackening, smithereened. I unwrap a Dentyne and, while

jouncing my teeth in rubber tongue-smarting clove, try
with the 2-inch-wide paper to blot butter off my fingers.

A bubble-bath, room-sized, in which 14 girls, delectable
and sexless, twist-topped Creamy Freezes (their blond,

red, brown, pinkish, lavender or silver wiglets all
screwed that high, and varnished), scrub-tickle a lone

male, whose chest has just the right amount and distribu-
tion of curly hair. He’s nervously pretending to defend

his modesty. His crotch, below the waterline, is also
below the frame--but unsubmerged all 28 slick foamy boobs.

Their makeup fails to let the girls look naked. Caterpil-
lar lashes, black and thick, lush lips glossed pink like

the gum I pop and chew, contact lenses on the eyes that are
mostly blue, they’re nose-perfect replicas of each other.

I’ve got most of the grease off and onto this little square
of paper. I’m folding it now, making creases with my nails.
Pick up our copy of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, v. 2 [811 AME] to read more of Swenson's work.

And, if you're in the mood for a James Bond movie, we have plenty. Bond has had a long screen career with several actors taking on the role of James Bond--we have 30 James Bond DVDs in our collection! For the titles, check the online catalog using "James Bond" as the search term.

There'll be plenty of poetry action at this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up being hosted at Read, Write, Howl.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Movie Week #4

Les Miserables, will be opening on Christmas Day! Fans of the Broadway musical will be sure to flock to the theaters (the 3-disc Broadway complete symphonic recording is in our collection [CD SOUNDTRACK LES].

The book of the same name, upon which the play and film are based, is by Victor Hugo and can be found in the fiction section [F HUG], but be forewarned, the book is 1260 pages long. If you start now, you may be finished by Christmas Day (if you don't work, study, holiday shop, eat, or sleep).

We have Les Miserables in several other forms, too, including a film starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, among others [DVD LES].

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Movie Week #3

Seen the last Twilight movies? It opened just a short time ago and may have left you wanting more movies based on Stephanie Meyers' books. Well, you won't need to wait too long! In March, the filmed version of The Host [F MEY] is due to be released. The Host is the only adult book published by Meyers, and those who have read it actually say it's well-written, at least as compared to the "Twilight" series. So, read the book now before demand starts to build!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Movie Week #2

Coming soon to a theater near you--Oz the Great and Powerful! The film will open in March of 2013. The buzz has begun...

It looks a little scary to me, so parents may want to see it first before bringing little ones to the movie theater!

L. Frank Baum, the author of the original Oz books, wrote 14 Oz books in total. We have almost all of them in our collection, starting with the first, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and including these [all J BAU]: The Road to Oz #5, The Patchwork Girl of Oz #7, The Lost Princess of Oz #11, Glinda of Oz #14.

If you read your way through the Oz books, you may want to look into The Wonderful Wiki of Oz! An online encyclopedia of "All Things Oz."

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Movie Week at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet!

And for your viewing pleasure, here are four of the new Christmas movies that were added to our collection last week:

Adventures of Bailey Christmas Hero. [J DVD ADV] Bailey is a dog and his plans for Christmas conflicts with those of his family.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle. [DVD CAL] A film for adults based on the work of popular novelist, Debbie Macomber.

A Princess for Christmas. [DVD PRI] This one, too, if for adults and features "a faraway land, an enchanting romance, and the unbreakable bonds of family..."

12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue. [J DVD TWE] The puppy orphanage will be shut down! Will the dogs of Doverville be able to save it? A follow-up to The 12 Dogs of Christmas [J DVD TWE].

Here's the trailer for Adventures of Bailey Christmas Hero:

"Adventures of Bailey - Christmas Hero" trailer from Liz Franke on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Series Reader?

If you love a good series, something light, something not too heavy with issues, then I'd like to introduce you to a series we recently purchased, "The Parasol Protectorate" [F CAR], by Gail Carriger. The cover includes this: "A novel of vampires, werewolves, and parasols." I suppose I should also add humor and romance.

The series' main character is Alexia Tarabotti, a woman without a soul (literally). "Many a gentleman had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice--that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation." (from the first book, Soulless).

All five books in the series were on the "New Books" shelf the last time I looked. Here are the titles: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless.

Kurious Kitty is taking the rest of the week off. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Eat responsibly!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Nutcracker

This coming weekend there will be two performances of the ballet, The Nutcracker, at Windham High School. The presentation is by the New England Dance Ensemble. If you're in the area, and not stuck in Thanksgiving holiday traffic, make a point to attend! It's a great way to kick-off the holiday season.

If you can't make it to the performances, then we have The Nutcracker story in many formats and reading levels for you or your children to enjoy:

Barbie in the Nutcracker. [J DVD BAR]

Hoffmann, E. T. A. Nutcracker. [J HOF] (Illustrated by Maurice Sendak.)

The Nutcracker. [JP NUT]

The Nutcracker (Shchelkunchtsk). [DVD 792.8 NUT] (Bolshoi Ballet.)

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich. The Nutcracker: Ballet in Two Acts. [CD HOLIDAY TCH] (The Royal Philharmonia Orchestra.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Back when you were a child, you may have read Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell [J ODE, also J AB/CD ODE]. It was published in 1960 and went on to win the prestigious Newbery Award the following year.

You may not have realized that the character in the story is based upon a real woman. Recently a cave was discovered on San Nicholas Island, off the coast of California, which may have been the one she lived in 177 years ago. It is a fascinating story that can be read in a Los Angeles Times article.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Poetry Friday--"The Pilgrims Came"

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I've picked a poem from an old book (published in 1929), Our Holidays in Poetry, compiled by Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas [808.81 HAR].
The Pilgrims Came
by Annette Wynne

The Pilgrims came across the sea,
And never thought of you and me;
And yet it's very strange the way
We think of them Thanksgiving Day.

We tell their story old and true
Of how they sailed across the blue,
And found a new land to be free
And built their homes quite near the sea.

Every child knows well the tale
Of how they bravely turned the sail,
And journeyed many a day and night,
To worship God as they thought right.

The people think that they were sad,
And grave; I'm sure that they were glad--
They made Thanksgiving Day--that's fun--
We thank the Pilgrims, every one!
Today's Poetry Friday Round-Up is taking place at Booktalking#kidlit.

Currier & Ives print courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

...To Grandmother's House We Go

The PBSParents blog, Kitchen Explorers, recently posted a recipe for a Thanksgiving treat, fried pumpkin pie wontons. I'm willing to bet that pumpkin pie wontons wasn't on your grandmother's table! Mine, neither!

What are some of the Thanksgiving treats you looked forward to every year? For me it was chocolate pudding pie, in a home-made crust, with real whipped cream on top!

You may want to start a new Thanksgiving dessert tradition, if so, come browse through some of our many dessert and holiday cookbooks where you'll find out-of-the-ordinary desserts such as these:

Apricot Kuchen Cake, Fat-Free Holiday Recipes by Sandra Woodruff [641.568 WOO], page 226.

Fig-Sultana Cheesecake, Sweetness and Light: A Dessert Book by Kip Wilcox [641.86 WIL], page 75.

Lime Mousse, Dessert University: More than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier [641.86 MES], page 120.

Maple Pecan Pie, Best of Martha Stewart Living: Holidays [641.568 STE], page 32.

Pear Pie with Sour Cherries in Port, Home for the Holidays: Festive Baking with Whole Grains by Ken Haedrich [641.568 HAE], page 136.

Photo courtesy PBSParents.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Run, Turkey, Run!

Run, Turkey, Run! is a Thanksgiving book by a local author, Diane Mayr [JP MAY] (a.k.a. "Kurious Kitty"). It is the basis for a children's musical theater production of the same name being performed at the Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth this coming Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM. Tickets are still available for this excellent production!

We have plenty of Thanksgiving books now on display in the children's room, so come for a visit and check them out!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November is Picture Book Month

You can check out various "why picture books are important" postings on the Picture Book Month website.

Here are a few picture books that were recently added to our children's room collection:

Adams, Diane. I Want To Help. [JP ADA]

Brett, Jan. Mossy. [JP BRE]

Cordell, Matthew. Hello! Hello! [JP COR]

Kelly, Mark. Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story. [JP KEL]

Klassen, Jon. This Is Not My Hat. [JP KLA]

Parr, Todd. The Thankful Book. [JP PAR]

Stead, Philip Christian. Bear Has a Story to Tell. [JP STE]

Yolen, Jane. Waking Dragons. [JP YOL]

There's something here for everyone--big or small!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day

The Library is closed today for the Veteran's Day holiday.

Here's a short video courtesy of CBS that reminds us of what the holiday is all about:

See you tomorrow!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Poetry Friday--"Prayer in My Boot"

To round out this election week, here's a poem from 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye [YA 811 NYE] that applies to the us today--in so many ways...
Prayer in My Boot

by Naomi Shihab Nye

For the wind no one expected

For the boy who does not know the answer

For the graceful handle I found in a field
attached to nothing
pray it is universally applicable

For our tracks which disappear
the moment we leave them

For the face peering through the cafe window
as we sip our soup

For cheerful American classrooms sparkling
with crisp colored alphabets
happy cat posters
the cage of the guinea pig
the dog with division flying out of his tail
and the classrooms of our cousins
on the other side of the earth
how solemn they are
how gray or green or plain
how there is nothing dangling
nothing striped or polka-dotted or cheery
no self-portraits or visions of cupids
and in these rooms the students raise their hands
and learn the stories of the world

For library books in alphabetical order
and family businesses that failed
and the house with the boarded windows
and the gap in the middle of a sentence
and the envelope we keep mailing ourselves

For every hopeful morning given and given
and every future rough edge
and every afternoon
turning over in its sleep
Ed is hosting this week's Round-Up at Think Kid, Think!, and I think you should stop by!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Military Service Dogs

In the near future, a new monument will be opened in California--the The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument. Plans are to honor the dogs that served in combat from World War II to today. Click here for an emotionally moving article which also has a slideshow.

Dogs are a favorite subject in the library, and there are a number of books on service dogs including ones about dogs that work with people who have disabilities, as well as ones on dogs that work with humans in other ways. Here are a few titles:

Arnold, Jennifer. Through a Dog's Eyes. [636.7 ARN]

Gorrell, Gena K. Working Like a Dog: The Story of Working Dogs through History. [J 636.73 GOR]

McDaniel, Melissa. Disaster Search Dogs. [J 636.7 MCD]

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. The Right Dog for the Job: Ira's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog. [J 362.4 PAT]

Ruffin, Frances E. Military Dogs. [J 636.7 RUF]

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Bookworm Kate

If you like children's books, then you may be interested in a new blog that is devoted to children's books, Bookworm Kate: Book Reviews for Kids by a Kid. The blog is written by a Windham student, Katherine, "Kate" who describes herself: "I am 8-years old, and I am in third grade. Reading is my favorite thing to do."

When I visited the blog yesterday, Kate had a review up on Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls [J GAI]--it sounds a little creepy, but also like a fun read! It was given 4 out of 5 worms (bookworms are Kate's rating system).

Thanks, Kate, for the review, and for the plug for the Library: "I picked this book because I was browsing the shelves at the town library..."

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's Election Day (Finally...) & an Anniversary!

Not too much to say but to go out and vote. The future of our nation depends on your participation in the democratic process! And remember, if you don't vote, then you can't complain!

If you want to explain to your kids what exactly it is that a president does, then a good way to start is by watching a DVD called United States History: History and Functions of the Presidency [DVD 352.23 UNI]. You may learn a little something yourself!

See you at the polls!

Note: today marks Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet's sixth blogoversary! Posts five days a week for six years (with few exceptions). One thousand five hundred eighteen posts and still going! Wow! Who woulda thunk it?

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Wonder of It All

I was lucky to have grown up in a time when there was still the wonder of space and space travel. Perhaps we can bring back that wonder?

Kids can still partake in the wonder by reading books such as Space Tourist: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System by Stuart Atkinson [J 629.4 ATK]. Adults can look for Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku [303.483 KAK].

Friday, November 02, 2012

Poetry Friday--Hurricanes

I'm hoping that my New York/New Jersay relatives and friends are finally able to see some manner of normality returning to their lives. In New Hampshire, we who've escaped the wrath of Sandy, send our thoughts and prayers their way.

One of the memorable poems to come out of Katrina is this one by Andrei Codrescu:
what to do with your goat in a drowning world

hear the helicopters come over the roof
water's up to my attic windows
and I'm stuck here with my goat
I can see my neighbor in the hole on his roof
he's got two dachsies and a tomcat
just across the rushing river is his sister
she's cradling her baby and a rooster
circling helicopters circling helicopters
will take me but not my goat
will lift me up from muck and flood
but they won't take my neighbor's dogs or cat
or his sister's baby's rooster
helicopters overhead nation to the rescue
take the people damn their friends
I'm not going without my goat
he's not going without his pets
baby won't leave without her rooster
lord oh lord why don't we have an ark
that's the helicopters leaving
that's the nation to the rescue
leaving us here in the dark
I can't imagine what it must be like to have to make a decision about leaving a pet behind.

Poets.org featured William Carlos Williams poem "The Hurricane" on Tuesday. Other hurricane poems can be found on the Poetry Foundation website.

To finish up, here's a poem credited to "Anonymous." It can be found in The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry [J 811 BIG] and expresses the reality of the weather!

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!
This week Mainely Write is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up, you may want to head over!

Photo by David Shankbone.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Vampires and Zombies

Since Halloween was only yesterday, there's still time to talk about vampires and zombies without feeling silly!

Dracula, based on the book by Bram Stoker [F STO] and the film staring Bela Lugosi, had been the stereotypical vampire for dozens of years, but, with the "Twilight" series [YA MEY], the "Sookie Stackhouse" series [F HAR], or any of the other vampire series books published over the past five years, there's no longer a stereotypical vampire character! Vampires come in all shapes and sizes.

Vampires, though, have been slowly replaced over the past few years. Now the big thing is zombies. Zombies are the stars of books such Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith [F GRA] and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion [F MAR, also AB/CD MAR]. The filmed version of Warm Bodies is opening on February 1. Warm Bodies the movie should have great appeal to teens, because it's a zombie love story. (The tagline on the film's Facebook page is, "Because Zombies need love too.")

There's a book in our young adult section titled Vampires, Zombies, and Shape-Shifters by Rebecca Stefoff [YA 398.45 STE]. Perhaps the author is hinting that the next big thing in books and movies will be Shape-Shifters?