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Friday, August 31, 2012

Poetry Friday--Mill Girl Poetry

The labor movement began with the introduction of mechanized manufacturing. One of the first U.S. industrialized cities was Lowell, Massachusetts, just 20 minutes from Windham. The Lowell factories originally were staffed with young New England farm girls who operated the looms. These women found Lowell to be a way to earn money to support their families back home. Some girls also saw Lowell as a chance for adventure, an opportunity to indulge in purchasing goods from the numerous shops that grew along with the mills, or, another way to educate themselves through the lecture and other "improvement" programs that became available.

The mill girls also published their own journal, The Lowell Offering, which contained their essays, stories, and poems. (A sampling of their work can be found in The Lowell Offering: Writings by New England Mill Women (1840-1845) [331.487 LOW])

A middle school project, which took place last school year, saw students at Moran Middle School holding a poetry slam using the poems of mill girls!



I did a quick search and found that the Moran Middle School is in Wallingford, Connecticut, and there is a Moran Middle School blog project, The Greatest Middle School Social Studies Blog in the World. It could very well be the "greatest"--it certainly shows a lot of planning and thought has gone into it, and, they're looking for collaborators from around the world. Read more about it here.

The Library will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday, but I will post a few of the Lewis Hine photos of mill workers that were taken in Lowell a half a century after the Lowell Mill girls wrote their poetry.

The Poetry Friday Round-Up will be held at Poetry for Children.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

R.I.P. Jerry Nelson

You may be saying to yourself, "Who was Jerry Nelson?" You may not know the man, but you certainly know the Sesame Street characters he created. There's Count von Count, otherwise known as The Count, Herry Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, and others. Jerry Nelson passed away last week, and human or Muppet, we all mourn his loss.



Nelson was also the creator of Gobo Fraggle. You can view an episode of the series, Fraggle Rock, on The Song of the Cloud Forest and Other Earth Stories [J DVD SON].

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stop Smoking

Every once in a while, I come across something that I really think is too good not to share. Today it's an anti-smoking poster that puts a positive spin on things, rather than dealing with the negatives.

Click on the image to make it larger for easier reading.


This poster comes to us by way of the Australian government's "Quit Now" program. The U.S. program is "Smoke Free". The website includes links to other resources. Here in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has developed a series of "Quitting Tobacco" podcasts.

Look into any of the resources above, or pick up our copy of The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr [616.865 CAR], and start to feel the benefits of a smoke-free life.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Doodling

Many people doodle, especially during class or meetings. Not just artist-types. It could be because doodling actually increases attention. To learn more, click here.

There's also a TED talk on the subject:



If you want to take your doodling to the next level--using doodling to create art, then look for this book the next time you visit: Doodles Unleashed: Mixed-Media Techniques for Doodling, Mark-Making & Lettering by Traci Bautista [741.2 BAU].

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Kids Cook Monday

Why not involve your kids in making dinner on Mondays? It'll prevent a lot of fast- food dependencies from developing once the kids have moved out! Cooking isn't difficult and the secret is to learn the basics early. Besides, kids who learn to cook, also learn measurement skills, teamwork, and how to follow instructions! Skills needed for life!

Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and Syracuse University have joined forces to create the website The Kids Cook Monday. An printable overview for families can be accessed here. You'll also find recipes categorized by age, videos, and links to family/food related blogs. Here's a sample video:



I'm sure you know about our adult cooking section here at the library, but did you also know we have books for young cooks, too, including

Bass, Jules. Cooking with Herb the Vegetarian Dragon: A Cookbook for Kids. [J 641.5 BAS]

Kuntz, Lynn. American Grub: Eats for Kids from All Fifty States. [J 641.5973 KUN]

Ray, Rachael. Cooking Rocks!: Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids. [J 641.5 RAY]

Schuette, Sarah L. An Astronaut Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids. [J 641.5123 SCH]

Wagner, Lisa. Cool Foods for Fun Fiestas: Easy Recipes for Kids to Cook. [J 641.562]

Friday, August 24, 2012

Poetry Friday--Back to School Time


It's back to school time (next Wednesday in Windham). For both children and adults alike, there is a blend of melancholy excitement that fills the air. These juxtaposed emotions are also found in a work by Jane Kenyon:
Three Songs at the End of Summer

A second crop of hay lies cut
and turned. Five gleaming crows
search and peck between the rows.
They make a low, companionable squawk,
and like midwives and undertakers
possess a weird authority.

Crickets leap from the stubble,
parting before me like the Red Sea.
The garden sprawls and spoils.

Across the lake the campers have learned
to water ski. They have, or they haven’t.
Sounds of the instructor’s megaphone
suffuse the hazy air. "Relax! Relax!"

Cloud shadows rush over drying hay,
fences, dusty lane, and railroad ravine.
The first yellowing fronds of goldenrod
brighten the margins of the woods.

Schoolbooks, carpools, pleated skirts;
water, silver-still, and a vee of geese.

You can read the other two songs here, or in Collected Poems [811.54 KEN].
Please stop by Dori Reads for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up. Have a great weekend!

Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just Because Everyone Needs a Dose of Cute...



Now how cute is that? I never realized just how small a meerkat really is. I guess that's because I've always seen them in relation to each other, and not in relation to a human. And, if truth be told, my exposure to Timon in Disney's The Lion King [J DVD LIO], is probably the meerkat image I'm most familiar with!

Don't you want to learn a little more about meerkats? I sure do. I'm going to borrow Meerkats by Kari Schuetz [E SCH], and I'll leave What on Earth Is a Meerkat? by Jenny E. Tesar [J 599.74 TES] for you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jane Austen and Social Media

Jane Austen fans, and who isn't a Jane Austen fan, now have extra outlets for their love of all things Jane--social media. Although long dead, Jane Austen has a Facebook page, sponsored by Vintage Books. Fans can find all sorts of Austen news and information, quotes, and fun illustrations such as the one below:


Facebook also has a Jane Austen's Rogues & Romance page which introduces fans to "a free-to-play hidden object game set in Regency England." Visitors to the R & R page can take part in contests, and surveys such as "Which of Jane Austen's heroines do you most identify with?" The page is fairly new, but it already has 90,000 monthly users!

So, while you're watching one of our Jane Austen DVDs--we have at least nine filmed versions of her novels--you can also have your mobile device in hand and simultaneously solve Austen puzzles!

Illustration by Dale Stephanos, courtesy Jane Austen's author page.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Separating Truths from Untruths

This is definitely presidential election season! The ads are coming fast and furious. The claims, accusations, and what have you, are being thrown at us by the minute. What's true?

You're best bet is to educate yourself and not to take anything at face value. One way to do this is to visit nonpartisan sites that attempt to unravel the mess of "information" coming our way.

The first place I would direct you to is FactCheck.org:

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.
You may also want to check out the work of the League of Women Voters:
Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.

The League is nonpartisan, which means we don’t support or oppose candidates for public office. However, we are well known for hosting candidate debates and forums. We undertake this, and other important election work, because we believe deeply that the public should hear different views on the issues facing our communities and our nation. An honest and respectful sharing of ideas is vital to the functioning of American democracy.
The League also has the Vote411.org site that contains information such as facts about voting in New Hampshire.


If your annoying brother-in-law is always sending you forwarded emails (you know them, the subject lines always come through as re: FWD: FWD: FWD: etc.) of some wildly misspelled, grammatically incorrect, unsubstantiated letter or other document that absolutely "proves" one of your brother-in-law's arguments, then head over to Snopes.com. Snopes has been disproving internet myths for almost as long as there has been an internet.

PBS news host, Jim Lehrer, once said, "If we don't have an informed electorate we don't have a democracy." Makes sense to me!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Online Art

North America, Northeast, Eastern Woodlands, USA, Algonkin


One of the great things about the internet is the abundance of art that you can view online. A public library could never hope to provide the physical resources covering every artist, and all the art produced by every artist, nor could it afford to do so since good color art reproductions are costly to print. But, with the internet, you have at your fingertips almost limitless access to world art.

One online resource is Smarthistory: A Multimedia Web-Book about Art and Art History
Smarthistory.org is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began smARThistory in 2005 by creating a blog featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Soon after, we embedded the audio files in our online survey courses. The response from our students was so positive that we decided to create a multi-media survey of art history web-book. We created audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text and still images.
This is all for free! Check it out.

If you're interested in more than what is found on the Smarthistory site, look to the Artcyclopedia: Art Museums Worldwide page. You'll find links for thousands of art museums that have an online presence, six of which are in our own backyard!

One more stop on our cyber tour of art--Google Art Project:



Isn't the internet grand!

For those who still like to visit with us here at the library, we have many items on the subject of art history, look for The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern by Carol Strickland [709 STR] or Simon Schama's Power of Art [DVD 709.22 SCH].

Birch Bark Box courtesy Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Poetry Friday--"Thunderboom!"



I recently came upon Thunderboom! Poems for Everyone by Charlotte Pomerantz [J 811.54 POM], and since this is the season of thunder and lightning, I thought I'd share the title poem with you today:
Thunderboom!

The brightening
of lightning
is sudden, swift,
and strong.

The sound of
thunderboom
is fifty letters long:

            donder
            donner
            dunner
            raam

            torden
            tondro
            radi
            hrom

            raad
            GROM!

(Note: The words mean "thunder" in many languages.)


I did an online search and found the Japanese kanji symbol for thunder kaminari:


And here's a video to show you how to write thunder léi in Chinese , you will notice that the character is basically the same in both languages:



Okay, so who now has "Bohemian Rhapsody" running through her head? "Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening..."



The not-at-all frightening Mary Lee is hosting this week's Round-Up at A Year of Reading.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

What Are You Reading?

If our kids' room is any indication, then there's been a whole lotta readin' goin' on this summer! When the program ended yesterday, there had been thousands of books read! Congratulations!

I've read quite a bit myself this summer. Here are three of my favorites:

Rash, Ron. The Cove. [F RAS]
"Living deep within a cove in the Appalachians of North Carolina during World War I, Laurel Shelton finally finds the happiness she deserves in Walter, a mysterious stranger who is mute, but their love cannot protect them from a devastating secret."

Stedman, M. L. The Light Between Oceans. [F STE]
"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore."

Walter, Jess. Beautiful Ruins. [F WAL]
"Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters."

I'm always interested in what other people are reading, and so, it seems, are quite a number of others. Just the other day, Goodreads announced it has 10 million users!

Visit the Underground New York Public Library website where you'll see photos of readers, and their books, taken in the subways of New York City. One of the great features of the site is that if you see a book that interests you, you can click on the "borrow" button and be connected to WorldCat. You don't have to live in N.Y.C.--WorldCat has 1.5 billion items, from libraries all over the world, in its database!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer's Almost Over

Our end-of-summer-reading party will be held tonight at 6:00 PM on the lawn (in case of inclement weather, activities will be inside). There will be entertainment by Jody Scalise of Double Vision. The grand prize raffle tickets for summer readers will be drawn and the merrymaking will conclude with ice cream sundaes! We thank the Friends of the Library of Windham for their generous support for tonight's party, and for the rest of the summer's children's and teen activities. The teen program ends on Friday at 1:00 PM with cupcake fun and raffle prizes.

Photo courtesy Jody Scalise.

Everyone should continue reading despite the official end of the summer program! As always, we have books and other materials to satisfy every interest. Since there are a few days before school starts again, perhaps now's the time to get creative, do a little art, make a little music, exercise your body, and just be yourself! Don't know where to start? Why not follow the lead of tonight's entertainer and try a few performance-type activities?

Jaffe, Elizabeth Dana. Juggling. [J 793.8 JAF]

Kipnis, Claude. The Mime Book. [792.3 KIP]

Wiley, Jack. Basic Circus Skills. [791.3 WIL]

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Before You Die

You may have noticed an abundance of "before you die" titles in bookstores, and in our collection. Not only do we have books, but we also have a DVD from the Travel Channel titled, 1,000 Places to See before You Die [DVD 910.202 ONE].

I did a post on "bucket lists" nearly three years ago and the trend continues. (Click here to read the post.)

Candy Chang is a multi-faceted individual who does projects around the country. Some might call them art projects, others might not, but whatever you call them, they certainly are thought-provoking. One of her projects took place in New Orleans, amongst the ruins left by Katrina, the Before I Die project.

Click on the photo to make it larger and easier to read.


Something like this could even be done in a public library with a large sheet of butcher paper and a marker. It would get people to stop, and think, and perhaps to make plans...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Arts and Crafts

Since it seems that half the world now has ereaders, there is a big push to "repurpose" old paper books. A quick look on Pinterest reveals many boards with projects for using old books, including several to are devoted exclusively to book arts and crafts. Here are two: Book Arts by Karen; Book Page Projects by Penelope Lolhea;

There are many other boards that include repurposing and other book and paper related ideas. One interesting board is Books, Journals & Letters by Ciskia Hanekom.

You can simply search all of Pinterest with the term "book crafts" and find many more book projects pinned more general boards.

A simple Google search will yield more projects--perhaps even too many to wrap your head around. Here's a photo from Elle Decoration blog.



Check out the whole post for more astonishing book creations, or come to the Library to borrow one of our books containing projects, such as Alter This!: Radical Ideas for Transforming Books into Art by Alena Hennessy [YA 745.593 HEN].

Friday, August 10, 2012

Poetry Friday--"Questionnaire"


I pulled our copy of Wendell Berry's Leavings: Poems [811.6 BER] off the shelf and found that someone had dog-earred a number of pages. Normally, I find this perturbing--geez Louise, how difficult is it to find a bookmark? But, it's another story with a book of poetry. It usually means that someone marked the poems that spoke to him/her, and, it provides an entrée for another reader who happens upon the book.

Here's one Berry poem that I would certainly have bent a corner for:
Questionnaire

1. How much poison are you willing
     to eat for the success of the free
     market and global trade? Please
     name your preferred poisons.

2. For the sake of goodness, how much
     evil are you willing to do?
     Fill in the following blanks
     with the names of your favorite
     evils and acts of hatred.

3. What sacrifices are you prepared
     to make for culture and civilization?
     Please list the monuments, shrines,
     and works of art you would
     most willingly destroy.

4. In the name of patriotism and
     the flag, how much of our beloved
     land are you willing to desecrate?
     List in the following spaces
     the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
     you could most readily do without.

5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
     the energy sources, the kinds of security,
     for which you would kill a child.
     Name, please, the children whom
     you would be willing to kill.

It gives me quite a lot to think about, especially during this presidential election year!

Visit Violet Nesdoly / Poems for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Photo by Must Be Art.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

American Presidents

Of course 2012 is all about the presidential race. But, most presidential candidates, presidents, their families, and their lives, seem to be of interest to the general public--and not just as subjects of 5th grade reports.

This is evident in looking at the Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List. On last week's list of 25 titles, five titles deal with a president or presidents. One of the titles, Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy [973.92 GIB ], has already spent 11 weeks on the list. Here's a description from the publisher:
The first history of the private relationships among modern American presidents—their backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances, and enduring rivalries.

The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor...

Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new tool to understand the presidency by exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

I recently came upon the American Presidents Blog,
relating to the American Presidency, specific American Presidents, and First Ladies. Posts by online college instructor Jennie Weber with additional posts by site founder Dr. Michael Lorenzen and Elementary history teacher.
It is full of unusual bits of information such as Albert Einstein's letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt about developing an atomic weapon, or the story about Dolley Madison's actions when the British invaded Washington in the War of 1812.
"Two messengers covered with dust" arrived from the battlefield, urging her to flee. Still she refused, determined to wait for her husband. She ordered the dinner to be served. She told the servants that if she were a man, she would post a cannon in every window of the White House and fight to the bitter end.
Dolley Madison was a Quaker! Two sides of fascinatingly complex, historical figure--no wonder the presidents, and their families, are the subject of so many books.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

August Is NH Eat Local Month

So you now have an excuse to go out and eat! NH Eat Local is "a collaboration of the NH Department of Agriculture and dozens of businesses, individuals, and groups throughout the state." To find out about NH food-related events, click here.


This week is NH Farmer's Market Week, too! For a copy of the 2012 New Hampshire Farmers' Market list, click here.

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food is a good example of your tax money at work. And in case you're unfamiliar with the department, its mission
is to promote agriculture in the public interest and to serve farmers and consumers in the marketplace. The department assures safe and healthy food supplies, provides accurate information on prices and availability of farm commodities and crops and develops markets for the state's farmers.
Visit their website for a ton of information, and "like" NH Eat Local on Facebook.

If you're interested in the "eat local" movement that is spreading across the U.S., we have these two books of interest:

Cobb, Tanya Denckla. Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat. [641 COB]

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods. [641 NAB]

Go out and enjoy our local food offerings!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mars Movie Madness

Since the landing of "The Curiosity," Mars imaginings may be a thing of the past! The photos of planet are coming through and there doesn't appear to be any little creatures.

There's a long history of fictional musings on the interaction between Earthlings and Martians, including films. Here's one of my favorite "human" encounters with Martians:




Look for these feature length films in our DVD collection:

Doom [DVD DOO]

Mars Attacks! [DVD MAR]

Mars Needs Moms [J DVD MAR]

Popeye, the Sailor. 1933-1938 [DVD POP] This set contains a Fleischer Studio short, "A trip to Mars" (1924).

Monday, August 06, 2012

Mission to Mars

The Mars rover, "The Curiosity," has landed! Isn't the rover's name particularly apt?

It's amazing how far we've come since the space program began! Here's a quote from the late Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe,
I can remember in early elementary school when the Russians launched the first satellite. There was still so much unknown about space. People thought Mars was probably populated.
NASA has an extensive website covering news and other Mars information. Kids can "Be a Martian." Click here to find out how. And, in typical 21st century fashion, Curiosity has its own Facebook page!

You and your kids can explore the planet in the comfort of your home by borrowing Mars by Derek Zobel [J 523.43 ZOB] or any of the other Mars books in our collection.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Poetry Friday--Visual Poetry

Visual poetry, also known as concrete poetry, to me, is a combination of words and design. It can be clever (though sometimes a bit too clever), thought-provoking, and stunning. In our young adult section we have two books by John Grandits: Technically, It's Not My Fault: Concrete Poems, and Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems [both YA 811.6 GRA], which are examples of this form of poetry. Here's a sample:

from Technically, It's Not My Fault: Concrete Poems


[Note: if it is difficult to make out the text, click on the image and it should open up larger.]

To learn more about visual/concrete poetry, explore The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry. The Sackner Archive is the result of the effort of Ruth and Marvin Sackner who turned their home into a museum!
Its initial mission was to establish a collection of books, critical texts, periodicals, ephemera, prints, drawings, collages, paintings, sculptures, objects, manuscripts, and correspondence dealing with precedent and contemporary, internationally produced, concrete and visual poetry.
....

They added examples of typewriter art and poetry, experimental calligraphy, correspondence art, stamp art, sound poetry, performance poetry, micrography, assembling periodicals, ‘zines,’ graphic design, and artist magazines as well as conventional poetry and prose written by concrete/visual poets and artists in the collection.
To watch the video Concrete!, made by the Sachners' daughter, Sara, click here.

Please stop by On the Way to Somewhere for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Our Butterfly Garden



Have you visited our butterfly garden lately? It is lush and gorgeous. It was gift from the Windham Garden Club more than a dozen years ago, and continues to be maintained by its members. I took several photos last week and saw two swallowtails, a gazillion bees, and many dragonflies.

This year, its most outstanding feature is its huge stand of Buddleia, a.k.a. Butterfly Bush. It has grown to about 8 feet high, and has lovely violet colored blossoms.


We have several books in the adult section on growing butterfly gardens, and more in the children's room, including, Design Your Own Butterfly Garden by Susan Sales Harkins [J 638 HAR]. And for the picture book set, Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert [JP EHL].

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A Happy Birthday Month!

Since there are no federal holidays in August, you might think there's nothing much to celebrate. Wrong! There are hundreds of famous people who were born in August, giving us any number of excuses for a party--or for at least a trip to the library!

Here's a birthday boy or girl for each day of the month, and something from our collection that is related to each:

1 (1819) Herman Melville, author of one of the "classic" American novels, Moby Dick; Or, The Whale [F MEL].

2 (1905) Myrna Loy, actress, co-star of The Thin Man series of movies from the 1930s [DVD THI].

3 (1926) Tony Bennett, singer, Duets: An American Classic [CD MALE VOCALIST BEN].

4 (1961) Barack Obama, our 44th President, Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss [B OBA].

5 (1930) Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on the moon, Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross [J 910.9 ROS].

6 (1928) Andy Warhol, artist, Andy Warhol by Eric Shanes [700.92 SHA].

7 (1876) Mata Hari, spy, Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman [B MAT]

8 (1866) Matthew Henson, Arctic explorer, Onward : A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson by Dolores Johnson [J B HEN].

9 (1944) Sam Elliott, actor, Louis L'Amour's The Quick and the Dead [DVD QUI].

10 (1947) Ian Anderson flute player and member of Jethro Tull, Benefit [CD ROCK TUL].

11 (1921) Alex Haley, author of Roots [B HAL], which was made into a major mini-series [DVD ROO].

12 (1881) Cecil B. DeMille, director and producer, The Greatest Show on Earth [DVD GRE].

13 (1860) Annie Oakley, Wild West entertainer, Annie Oakley by Charles Wills [J B OAK].

14 (1947) Danielle Steel, romance writer of too many novels to count, including Betrayal [F STE].

15 (1912) Julia Child, television chef, The French Chef With Julia Child [DVD 641.5944 FRE].

16 (1958) Madonna, singer and actress, True Blue [CD FEMALE VOCALIST MAD].

17 (1960) Sean Penn, actor, Milk [DVD MIL].

18 (1934) Roberto Clemente, baseball player and humanitarian, 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente: A Grephic Novel by Wilfred Santiago [J CX SAN].

19 (1883) Coco Chanel, fashion designer, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo [AB/CD B CHA].

20 (1954) Al Roker, TV meteorologist and writer, The Morning Show Murders [AB/CD MYS ROK].

21 (1904) Count Basie, jazz musician and bandleader, April in Paris [CD JAZZ BAS].

22 (1893) Dorothy Parker, author, The Collected Poetry of Dorothy Parker [811.54 PAR ].

23 (1949) Shelley Long, actress, The Money Pit [DVD MON].

24 (1960) Cal Ripken Jr., baseball player and author, Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way : Ensuring the Best Experience For Your Kids in Any Sport [796.083 RIP].

25 (1918) Leonard Bernstein, music composer, West Side Story [DVD WES].

26 (1906) Albert Sabin, developed oral polio vaccine, Polio [J 616.835 HEC].

27 (1910) Mother Teresa, humanitarian, A Simple Path [B TER].

28 (1925) Donald O'Connor, actor, dancer Singin' in the Rain [DVD SIN].

29 (1915) Ingrid Bergman, actress, Casablanca [DVD CAS].

30 (1797) Mary Wollenstone Shelley, author, Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus [F SHE].

31 (1870) Maria Montessori, educator, Modern Montessori at Home by Heidi Anne Spietz [371.392 SPI].

Look for a lot of press coverage around mid-month due to the 15th being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth!