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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Poetry Friday--World Lindy Hop Day!

Lindy Hop? If you're not familiar with that term, how about jitterbug? Swing dancing?

"Family tree" from lurklurk.org.


Today's the day to celebrate the Lindy Hop (and its variations)! Why May 26? Because it's the birthday of Frankie Manning, the man who popularized the Lindy Hop.

You can see in the clip below from the Marx Brothers film, Day at the Races, the incredible athleticism involved in dancing the Lindy Hop!



Dream Variations
by Langston Hughes

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
       Dark like me--
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening...
A tall, slim tree...
Night coming tenderly
       Black like me.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes [811 HUG].

Head down to Louisiana where Margaret is hosting the Round-Up at Reflections on the Teche. Perhaps she'll demo a little Cajun dancing on World Lindy Hop Day?

In the Arctic

I can't imagine you didn't hear the recent news about the seed storage facility in the Arctic that was flooded by melting permafrost. The seeds, fortunately, were not lost, if they had been then perhaps our future existence on Earth may be jeopardized! If you missed the story, click here.

Permafrost has preserved and protected biological materials, and, it has resulted in scientific discoveries in addition to problems. (Several problems are outlined here.) There are mammoth remains being discovered, which you can read about it in Woolly Mammoth: Life, Death, and Rediscovery by Windsor Chorlton [J 569 CHO]. And, there's the fascinating story of the discovery of the cause of the Great Flu of 1918 that Gina Bari Kolata wrote about in Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It [614.518 KOL].

With continuing climate changes, we're probably in store for more news from the Arctic. We can only hope that the news is good.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Lady with the Lamp

"The Lady with the Lamp" is a name applied to Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), a nurse who devoted her life to caring for and about her patients. The sobriquet is from an article about Nightingale's work in Crimea, which appeared in the British newspaper, The Times.
She is a "ministering angel" without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow's face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.
This rather romantic representation of Nightingale is from an 1891 painting by Henrietta Rae.

Image courtesy Wellcome Collection.


Nightingale's birthday anniversary was on May 12, and a very interesting article about her love for statistics and record-keeping, was published with the title, "Florence Nightingale Was Born 197 Years Ago, and Her Infographics Were Better Than Most of the Internet’s." You can read it, and see what was probably one of the world's first "infographics," by clicking here.

We have many juvenile and teen biographies on Florence Nightingale, as well as the adult biography, Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale by Gillian Gill [B NIG].

Learn more about infographics in Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling by Jason Lankow [302.23 LAN].

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Where Are They Now?

Fans of the movie, Love Actually [DVD LOV], will be pleased to know that a sequel of sorts, Love Actually 2, has been filmed and will be shown this Thursday as part of a telephon on NBC.


If you miss the telephon, I imagine the short film will be on YouTube by Friday, but for now, here's the trailer:



Novel writers also fall in love with characters and attempt to write sequels to classic novels. Some are successful, others, not so much! Here are five such attempts:

Aiken, Joan. Eliza's Daughter: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. [eBook]

Jeffers, Regina. Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel. [eBook]

Kalpakian, Laura. Cosette: The Sequel to Les Miserables. [F KAL]

McKay, Hilary. Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess. [J MCK]

Ripley, Alexandra. Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. [F RIP]

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hey, You, Banana Tooth!

NPR has reported that scientists at Oklahoma State University determined that the bite of a Tyrannosaurus rex could exert about 8,000 pounds of force on its prey. According to one of the scientists,
That's like setting three small cars on top of the jaws of a T. rex--that's basically what was pushing down.

A T. rex tooth was as long as a banana! Imagine the size of a toothbrush that would have been needed for proper dental care!

Kids have always been fascinated by T. rex and other dinosaurs and this is evident by our extensive collection of dinosaur books in the our children's section. Everything from picture books to musical CDs!


Bailey, Gerry. Tyrannosaurus Rex. [J 567.9129 BAI]

Holtz, Thomas R. Digging for Tyrannosaurus Rex: A Discovery Timeline. [J 567.9129 HOL]

Lennie, Charles. Tyrannosaurus Rex. [J 567.9129 LEN]

McClatchy, Lisa. Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex. [JP MCC]

Nickel, Scott. T. Rex vs Robo-Dog 3000. [J CX NIC]

Sloan, Christopher. Tracking Tyrannosaurs: Meet T. Rex's Fascinating Family, from Tiny Terrors to Feathered Giants. [J 567.912 SLO]

A T-Rex Named Sue. [CD CHILDREN TRE]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Poetry Friday--Flower Fairies

Finally, after what seemed like weeks of clouds and rain, the sun came out! Against a backdrop of bright blue skies, the flowering trees and shrubs are gorgeous. It is time for our fairy village wee folk to come back from their winter hiatus, so look forward to seeing them soon.

In anticipation, and in keeping with the abundance of spring flowers, today we'll take a look at The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker [821.912 BAR]. The collection is compiled from the books written and illustrated by Barker and published during the period 1923-1985. It includes poems written by Barker, as well as fairy poems from such writers as Robert Herrick and Walter de la Mare.

Owing to epilepsy, Barker, was homeschooled as a child and spent much time alone. This led her to use her imagination. She was also a self-taught artist. Kate Greenaway was one of her influences, as can be seen from her illustrations.

Here's "The Song of the Apple Blossom Fairies" from A Flower Fairy Alphabet:



Kiesha at Whispers from the Ridge will be rounding up the Poetry Friday links this week!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday, Tina Fey!

Comic actress, Tina Fey, was born on this day in 1970. Tina's full name is Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. "Tina," obviously is a nickname.

Photo by Gage Skidmore, courtesy Wikipedia.

Fey became known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, which she joined in 1998. She left in 2006 to work on other projects (TV 30 Rock and films). She returned as a guest on SNL in 2008 where her impersonation of vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, was a huge success.

Look for these Tina Fey films:

Admission. [DVD ADM]

Man of the Year. [DVD MAN]

This is Where I Leave You. [DVD THI]

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. [DVD WHI]

A multi-talented individual, Fey also wrote the bestselling Bossypants [B FEY, AB/CD B FEY].

Happy birthday, Tina!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Letters about Literature

Each year, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library participates in the Library of Congress competition, "Letters about Literature," in which children and teens write to the author (living or dead) of a favorite book, poem, or speech about "how that book affected their lives." The New Hampshire winners for 2017 were recently announced and the letter writers now go on to the national judging.


The three authors written to by this year's NH winners are Esther Earl who wrote This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl [YA B EAR, AB/CD B EAR], Jerry Spinelli, author of Stargirl [YA SPI, eBook, eAudio], and Gary Paulsen, writer of Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered [J PAU]. Read the books, and then read the letters and see if they've impacted you in the same way.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Less Is More

It's rather unfortunate that in elementary and high schools there seems to have been a focus on quantity rather than quality in writing, thus kids end up shrinking margins and expanding spaces to achieve the page requirement for the assignment.

Truly, though, a few words, well thought-out and written can say more than pages of filler verbiage.

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure from Smith Magazine [920.02 NOT] is an example of "less is more." You can't get much shorter than six words and still express a thought! The premise of the six-word memoir project is the story that
Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. Papa came back swinging with "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Some say he called it his best work.

From the Introduction to Not Quite What I Was Planning.
Although the book was published in 2006, Smith Magazine has continued the Six-Word Memoir Project. You can read more about it here.

Here are a few example of the memoirs you'll find in the book:

My life's a bunch of almosts.
Shari Bonnin

Verbal hemophilia.
Why can't I clot.
Scott Mebus

Fact checker by day,
liar at night.
Andy Young

Detergent girl:
Bold. Tide. Cheer. All
Martha Clarkson



If you're having problems writing concisely in your work or private life, look for William Brohaugh's Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused, and Concise [808 BRO].

Monday, May 15, 2017

Goats!

Did you know that on May 27, you have the opportunity to get an up close view of baby goats? There will be
...a fun day with food, drinks, door prizes and of course everyone's favorite backyard friend...GOATS. The adorable critters are being brought to us by our friends at MillCreek Dairy in Chester NH. Goat selfies or other photo ops are encouraged!
It will all be happening at Blue Seal in Derry.. Read more here.

Goats seem to be in social media quite a bit of late. Did you catch the video on Facebook of the yoga group practicing with baby goats? I have it on good authority that a Nesmith Library staff person will be exercising with goats! Sessions take place at Jenness Farm in Nottingham, NH for ages 14 and up. In case you missed the video, here it is:



Would you like to raise goats of your own? Look for The Backyard Goat: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Goats by Sue Weaver [639.39 WEA] to get you started.

If your kids want to read stories about goats, there's the classic folktale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which is available in eAudio, or in picture book form [JP THR]. Then, if you want even more fictional goats, there are these:

Church, Caroline. Little Apple Goat. [JP CHU]

Fox, Mem. Let's Count Goats. [JP FOX]

Helquist, Brett. Grumpy Goat. [JP HEL]

McPhail, David. David. A Girl, a Goat, and a Goose. [E MCP]

Westera, Marleen. Sheep and Goat. [J WES]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Poetry Friday--It's Limerick Day

The master of the limerick, Edward Lear, was born on this day in 1812. What better day to celebrate Limerick Day than on Lear's birthday!


The late Myra Cohn Livingston gathered a collection of limericks that was published back in 1991 and is titled Lots of Limericks [J 821 LOT]. Of course Lear is well-represented! This one of his appeals to me:
There was a Young Lady whose nose
Was so long that it reached to her toes;
     So she hired an Old Lady,
     Whose conduct was steady,
To carry that wonderful nose.

If you're an illustrator, imagine how much fun you could have illustrating it!

You probably remember a time when the name limerick was attached to a poem of "questionable" subject matter. You needn't fear reading the poems in Lots of Limericks out loud to your kids, they are all "clean"!

Tara, at A Teaching Life, will be hosting the Round-Up this week. Be sure to stop by.

Crayons

The other day I received an email notice from a crafts store. The message was promoting an organization called "The Crayon Initiative." Strange name, isn't it? It's stated intention is:

Donate your unwanted crayons and we’ll recycle them into new ones.

Then we’ll donate them back to schools, hospitals, arts programs and other organizations invested in our children.

It's a recycling effort that puts trash to good use! Check out the website here, and consider donating your old crayons, or perhaps a little money.

Speaking of crayons...you may not realize it, but we have about a dozen picture books that have crayons as their subject! Here are five:

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit. [JP DAY]

Hall, Michael. Frankencrayon. [JP HAL]

Hubbard, Patricia. My Crayons Talk. [JP HUB]

Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon. [JP JOH]

Porto, Tony. Get Red!: An Adventure in Color. [JP POR]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cool, Clear, Water

One of the things I love about social media is the unusual videos shared. The video below, taken in a desert location, came from a friend out west. Although our drought has now ended, I think we can still appreciate the efforts that an animal, living through a drought, or in a desert, must go through to get a drink of fresh water. The person who made this video gave the animals a helping hand!



Not all the animals seen on the video are desert creatures, but, if you're interested in the animals that naturally live in a desert, look for one of these:

Arnosky, Jim. Watching Desert Wildlife. [J 591.754 ARN]

Fleisher, Paul. Desert Food Webs in Action. [J 577.54 FLE]

Parker, Steve. Deserts. [J 577.54 PAR]

Schwartz, David M. In the Desert. [JP SCH]

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Nuremberg

Did you happen to catch the segment on 60 Minutes about the last surviving prosecutor in the post-WW II Nuremberg trial? If not, please click here.

For more about the Nuremberg trial, look for one of these from our collection:

Judgment at Nuremberg. [DVD JUD]

La Bella, Laura. The Nuremberg Trials. [YA 940.531 LAB]

Marrus, Michael Robert. The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, 1945-46: A Documentary History. [943 MAR]

Or watch this video from the National Archives:

Monday, May 08, 2017

No Socks Day!

It's No Socks Day!
No Socks Day is your chance to let your feet fly free and your toes taste the tarmac.

You may choose to go without socks, but don't choose not to borrow one of these:

Boohbah: Squeaky Socks
. [J DVD SQU]

Bunting, Eve. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? [JP BUN]

Cleary, Beverly. Socks. [JP CLE, eBook]

Curtis, Alice. Knit Your Socks on Straight A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles. [eBook]

Montgomery, Lewis B. The Case of the Stinky Socks. [J MYS MON]

Nedwidek, John. Ducks Don't Wear Socks. [JP NED]

Phelps, Isela. Loom Knitting Socks: A Beginner's Guide to Knitting Socks on a Loom, With Over 50 Fun Projects. [746.432 PHE]

Sock Loom [Kit]: Knit Your Own Socks! [KIT 746.432 SOC]

Stone, Connie. Adorable Sock Dolls to Make & Love. [745.592 STO]

Woodruff, Elvira. George Washington's Socks. [J WOO]

Thursday, May 04, 2017

See You Next Week!

The annual NH Library Association conference is being held today and tomorrow. The Library will be closed all day today so that the staff can attend the workshops most relevant to their duties, and, to allow for carpooling. A smaller number will also be attending on Friday, so the Library will be open. However, there will be no Kurious Kitty posts on both days.

Here is a sampling of the workshops being offered on Thursday:

Adventures in Facilities: "NH Library Directors talk about the challenges, adventures and successes in various facility projects from Geothermal, to building renovations to LEED Certifications."

Change Direction NH - with John Broderick: "Former NH Chief Justice John Broderick will discuss Change Direction New Hampshire, his family’s experience with mental illness, the common signs of mental health to be on the lookout for, and what librarians can do if they see customers/staff/family members showing the signs or have someone report to them he/she has those signs."

Digitization: "...in 2011 Boston Public Library’s Digital Services department embarked on a two-year, statewide digitization program in partnership with Digital Commonwealth (DC), an online portal and repository service for digital cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives."

The Essential Role of the Library Community in NH's Statewide Digital Equity Initiative.

Google Analytics.

Graphic Design and Branding for Libraries: "Learn how to create library promotional materials that look like they were designed by a graphic artist."

They Won't Even Know They're Learning (STEM and the Pre-Schooler): "How can we expand our collections and programs to encourage scientific and technological literacy for our youngest patrons?"


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Where Does It Come From?

It's long been known that twenty-first century children have no idea where their food comes from, other than from the supermarket. They may have a vague idea that milk comes from cows, but do they know all that is involved in getting it from the cow, into containers, and to the supermarket? How about cheese? Do your kids know that the cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich originally began with a cow?

This Saturday you have the opportunity to educate your children about some of the sources of their food by visiting Alvirne High School in Hudson.


Before you go see the dairy operation at Alvirne, borrow one of these for your kids:

De la Bédoyère, Camilla. Cows. [J 636.2 DEL]

Green, Emily K. Cows. [E GRE]

Murphy, Andrea. Out and About at the Dairy Farm. [JP MUR]

Parker, Victoria. All about Dairy. [J 641.37 PAR]

Adults and older kids might benefit from viewing the DVD Food, Inc. [DVD 338.4 FOO]

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Yard Improvement

Yesterday we looked at some materials to help with getting your yard and lawn in order. Today, let's look at some project books for more advanced improvements:

The Complete Guide to Decks. [690.893 COM]

Fisher, Kathleen. Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains. [635.9674 FIS]

Garden Style Projects. [747 GAR]

Hunter, Sherri Warner. Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More. [684.18 HUN]

Miller, Martin. Ideawise Decks & Patios: Inspiration & Information for the Do-It-Yourselfer. [690.184 MIL]

Russell, Natalie. New Backyard Idea Book. [717 RUS]

Rutherford, Sarah. The Arts and Crafts Garden. [eBook]

Schmidt, Philip. The Complete Guide to Gazebos and Arbors. [690.89 SCH]

Taggart, Lisa. Backyards for Kids: A Sunset Outdoor Design & Build Guide. [690.89 TAG]

Walks, Walls & Patios: Plan, Design, Build. [717 WAL]

We have many, many more idea books that can show you how to make your yard more appealing. What are you waiting for?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Yard Clean Up Time!

It's May 1 and I think all chance of snow has gone by. Now's the time TO spruce up your yard. From raking, to planting/trimming bushes, to seeding your lawn, the spring is a busy time!

Maybe one or more of these items is just what you need:

Hadden, Evelyn J. Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives. [635.964 HAD]

Kourik, Robert. The Tree & Shrub Finder: Choosing the Best Plants for Your Yard. [635.977 KOU]

Lawson, Nancy. The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. [eBook]

Manley, Reeser. New England Gardener's Year: A Month-by-Month Guide for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Upstate New York. [eBook]

Mellor, David R. Picture Perfect: Mowing Techniques for Lawns, Landscapes, and Sports. [635.9642 MEL]

Squire, David. Pruning Basics. [631.542 SQU]

Tukey, Paul Boardway. The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn. [635.9647 TUK]


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Poetry Friday--Remembering Maxine Kumin

New Hampshire poet, Maxine Kumin, passed away in February 2014 at the age of 88. In her long career as a writer, she not only wrote poetry, she was novelist, a writer for children, and an essayist. She served as the U. S. Poet Laureate 1981-1982.

After she passed, Kumin's estate contained a significant number of copies of her books. They were recently offered to libraries within the state. We were able to add several titles to our collection of Kumin poetry books, including a copy of And Short the Season: Poems [811.54 KUM], which was published the year she died.


Here's a poem from that collection:


JoAnn at Teaching Authors is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.

The Week is Winding Down

It's Thursday and April vacation week is almost over. If you want to do something close to home, how about the kitchen? Put on a chef's hat and cook up a storm with the kids. Reading cookbooks and working in the kitchen are good for furthering reading skills, math skills, cooperative living skills, and, for satisfying one's appetite.

Start with one of these today:

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

Fauchald, Nick. Indoor S'mores: And Other Tasty Treats for Special Occasions. [J 641.5 FAU]

Pérez, Camilla. Baking with Kids: Inspiring a Love of Cooking with Recipes for Bread, Cupcakes, Cheesecake, and More! [eBook]

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

Seaver, Barton. National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure. [J 641.5 SEA]

Tuminelly, Nancy. Let's Cook with Apples!: Delicious & Fun Apple Dishes Kids Can Make. [J 641.6 TUM]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Amoskeag Fishways

It's a special time of year--when certain fish (known as Anadromous fish) travel up river to spawn. That means the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester should be on your list of places to visit during April vacation week.
The center houses an impressive interactive exhibit hall that allows visitors to explore the Merrimack River. The exhibits focus on the Merrimack River watershed, historical use of the Amoskeag area, and river wildlife. Visitors can view live turtles, frogs and salmon, play a salmon migration game, generate electricity, and more. In May and June, visitors can experience the unique opportunity to view migrating shad, herring and sea lamprey in our underwater viewing windows. These windows look into a 54-step fish ladder that allows migrating fish to swim around the Amoskeag Dam and continue on their way up the river to reproduce.
If you've never been there, take it from me, it's awesome watching the valiant creatures tackle the fish ladder!

Tomorrow there is a special event scheduled:
2017 Fish Festival
Featuring Dash and Splash
Thursday, April 27
10 am - 3 pm

Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish passage at 10 am. Our fish ladder is open but the wild anadromous species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River. While we wait, the stocked fish will be here for up close underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fishy fun throughout the day!
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family (fee does not cover extended family). No registration required.

For a copy of Amoskeag Fishways' newsletter, click here.

Before or after your trip, come to the Library to borrow one of these:

Eyewitness: Fish. [J DVD EYE]

Greenberg, Paul. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. [333.956 GRE, also eBook]

Huggins-Cooper, Lynn. Freaky Fish. [J 597 HUG]

Lundblad, Kristina. Animals Called Fish. [J 597 LUN]

Royston, Angela. Fish. [J 597 ROY]

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wildlife

Attention April vacationers: tomorrow, April 26 from 10:00 to noon, the Library is having an animal themed drop-in craft.

You can paint your own animal suncatcher to hang in a window at home. Choose from a frog, hedgehog, owl, or turtle. There will also be foam animal masks available to color.

The crafts are recommended for ages four and up. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Crafts available while supplies last. No registration is required.

After crafting, if the weather is nice, go for a walk on the Windham Rail Trail and look for ducks, squirrels, chipmunks, garter snakes, and other local wildlife.

Take one of these along on your walk:

Peterson, Roger Tory. A Field Guide to the Birds: A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. [598 PET]

Silverberg, Judith K. New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Guide. [974.2 SIL, also J 974.2 SIL]

Taylor, James. The Amphibians & Reptiles of New Hampshire: With Keys to Larval, Immature and Adult Forms. [597.9742 TAY]

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's April Vacation!

Although Earth Day wasn't good weather-wise, there is a lot of good that came of it--a support for science and science education, an acknowledgement that the Earth's resources are finite (that includes clean air and water) and something must be done to halt climate change, and, on social media, many people shared photos and videos such as this one on baby elephants:



Since it is April vacation for Windham school children, perhaps you and the kids might want to visit the zoo? To reserve the pass to Zoo New England, start here. (Please have your library card handy.)

Zoo New England does not have elephants, so you'll have to travel a little further south to New Bedford, MA to the Buttonwood Park Zoo, "one of the finest small zoos in the United States." Buttonwood has Asian elephants and the website tells us that the best time to visit the elephants is "mid day."

Monday, April 17, 2017

International Haiku Poetry Day

I'm sure you all know that April is National Poetry Month, but today there is an international celebration taking place--International Haiku Poetry Day.


Today, on The Haiku Foundation website, EarthRise Rolling Collaborative Haiku 2017 is taking place. It is the internet's largest collaborative poem with contributors from around the world. The theme for 2017 is "reconciliation." You can read through the many entries and/or you can contribute a haiku of your own.

Keep in mind that the definition of haiku IS NOT a poem in three lines with 5-7-5 syllables. For purposes of the collaborative poem try to remember that a haiku is "the essence of a moment keenly perceived." You can write in 3 lines, but don't worry about counting syllables--less is more. Don't write your haiku as a sentence. Don't put a title on it. And. don't use the typical poetic devices of simile or metaphor. The keenly perceived moment is what it is--there's no need for the writer to direct the reader by making comparisons. Of course, you can always read, read, read haiku and come to your own conclusion about its form. I'd suggest you start with The Haiku Anthology: Haiku and Senryu in English [811 HAI] or Baseball Haiku: American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball [811.041 BAS]. A haiku is about the natural world, while a senryu has the same form as a haiku, but it deals with human nature.

Have fun reading and writing. This is the only post for this week as Kurious Kitty is taking time off. See you next week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poetry Friday--"Song of the Rabbits Outside the Tavern"

Since it is finally spring and it's nearly Easter, and, since I saw a little rabbit skittering through my yard, I thought I'd share a rabbit poem today. This one is by Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986). Coatsworth was a talented writer of fiction and poetry for both children and adults. She is best remembered as the author of The Cat Who Went to Heaven [J COA], which won the Newbery Award for children's literature in 1931. If you don't know The Cat Who Went to Heaven, I highly recommend you pick up a copy!

"Song of the Rabbits Outside the Tavern" is found in the anthology assembled by NH poet, Donald Hall, titled The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America [J 811 OXF]:
Song of the Rabbits Outside the Tavern
by Elizabeth Coatsworth

We who play under the pines,
We who dance in the snow
That shines blue in the light of the moon
Sometimes halt as we go,
Stand with our ears erect,
Our noses testing the air,
To gaze at the golden world
Behind the windows there.

Suns they have in a cave,
And stars each on a tall white stem
And the thought of fox or of owl
Seems never to bother them.
They laugh and eat and are warm,
Their food is ready at hand
While hungry out in the cold
We little rabbits stand.

But they never dance as we dance
They have not the speed nor the grace,
We scorn both the cat and the dog
Who lie by their fireplace,
We scorn them, licking their paws
Their eyes on an upraised spoon--
We who dance hungry and wild
Under a winter's moon!

Dori Reads is the host of this mid-National Poetry Month, Friday Round-Up. Be sure to head there before you start this spring-is-finally-here weekend.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

April 13, 1743, was the date upon which Thomas Jefferson was born. He grew up to write the Declaration of Independence, become the third president of the United States, and, his library formed the basis of what is billed as the largest library in the world--the Library of Congress. (After the British burned Washington in the War of 1812, and with it the collection of the Library of Congress, Jefferson sold his personal library of 6,487 books to the Library of Congress.)

Jefferson and his time in history continue to be a subject of much fascination to writers and readers of both nonfiction and fiction. Here are just three of the books that were published in 2016:

Dray, Stephanie. America's First Daughter. [F DRA, eBook]

Gordon-Reed, Annette. "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. [eBook]

Taylor, Alan. American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. [973.3 TAY]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Kid You Not!

Today, April 12, has been designated as National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Yes, indeed, a day devoted to one of America's best-loved comfort foods--the grilled cheese sandwich!

I'm sure for most Americans, grilled cheese sandwich brings to mind melted American cheese, and often accompanied by a bowl of Campbell's cream of tomato soup. If that's your vision, then more power to you, but I like my sandwich made with swiss cheese and sliced tomato, and, if I'm really feeling indulgent, a few slices of crispy bacon!

Others have their favorites, and writer, Heidi Gibson, seems to have more than one favorite--a whole book's worth. Look for Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between [641.84 GIB].


Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Woman of Mystery--Emily Dickinson

It is well-known that Emily Dickinson lived as a recluse. The reasons for her reclusiveness are the subject of much speculation and over the years books, plays, and screenplays have been written putting forth various theories. A new film is coming out titled A Quiet Passion, and in an article about Dickinson and the film, novelist William Nicholson wrote,
Did she suffer from acute social anxiety, or epilepsy, or bipolar disorder? Was she lesbian, a proto-feminist, a religious radical, a sexual pioneer? The poems support almost every theory and feed almost every taste.
Doesn't that want to make you look again at the poetry of Emily Dickinson? You can find her poems in:

Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. [811 DIC]

I'm Nobody! Who Are You?: Poems of Emily Dickinson for Children. [J 811 DIC]

New Poems of Emily Dickinson. [811 DIC]

Individual Dickinson poems may be found in hundreds of anthologies!


To learn about Dickinson and her family, look for The Dickinsons of Amherst by Jerome Liebling [B DIC] or either of these similarly titled books. Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon [B DIC] or A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn [B DIC]. Or, pick up this titillating one, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia [809 PAG].

Monday, April 10, 2017

Coming June 2!



This "epic" animated film is opening on June 2. We expect it to be released on DVD about six months after that (maybe in time for holiday gift-giving?). Until then, there are twelve titles in the Captain Underpants series, by Dav Pilkey, to make your way through. The first is The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel [J PIL] and the last is Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot: The Twelfth Epic Novel [J PIL].

Friday, April 07, 2017

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, Billie Holiday!

Today would have been jazz singer Billie Holiday's 102nd birthday! She was born on April 7, 1915. By the time she was 20, Holiday had a recording contract. Sadly, due to alcohol and drug abuse, and the effects of relationships and legal problems, Holiday passed away at the age of 44.

Poet, Langston Hughes, wrote many poems related to jazz and jazz singers, so it is not surprising that he wrote a poem especially for her.
Song for Billie Holiday

What can purge my heart
     Of the song
     And the sadness?
What can purge my heart
     But the song
     Of the sadness?
What can purge my heart
     Of the sadness
     Of the song?

Do not speak of sorrow
With dust in her hair,
Or bits of dust in eyes
A chance wind blows there.
The sorrow that I speak of
Is dusted with despair.

Voice of muted trumpet,
Cold brass in warm air.
Bitter television blurred
By sound that shimmers–
     Where?

Found in The Collected Poems Of Langston Hughes [811 HUG].



Head down to Live Your Poem where Irene is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.



Thursday, April 06, 2017

It's a Wimpy World?

When I did my earlier post on the celebrations taking place in April, I didn't realize that another one is also taking place--Wimpy Kid Month!

The month's celebration is based on the character from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney [J KIN, J AB/CD KIN, eBook, J DVD DIA]. The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid title hit library shelves back in 2006.



The books, which are a combination of comics and text, were a hit from the get-go. I've heard of children, who were not readers, getting hooked on reading with the "Wimpy Kid" books. They are non-threatening series--by "non-threatening" I mean no big blocks of text, plenty of pictures to provide visual clues, and lots of white space to give eyes a rest. They don't require a large investment of time on the part of a kid not invested in reading, and, they are funny! (Who doesn't like funny?)

Happy anniversary Wimpy Kid!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Icing on the Cake!

There are two types of cake lovers--those who prefer the cake and those who prefer the icing. And those who prefer the icing can be further divided into those who prefer the flavor and those who prefer the decorating aspects. This video is for the person who loves a beautifully decorated cake, but if you need a few minutes of relaxation, this video is for you too. It's rather hypnotic!



We have books for all types of cake lovers--those who like cake itself and those who like the icing. Here is a sampling of titles for those who like the decoration:

Carpenter, Autumn. The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating. [641.86539 CAR]

Sullivan, Karen. Step-By-Step Kids' Birthday Cakes: Over 50 Fabulous Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cake Pops. [641.8653 SUL]

Tack, Karen. What's New, Cupcake? [641.8653 TAC]

Weinstock, Sylvia. Sweet Celebrations: The Art of Decorating Beautiful Cakes. [641.8653 WEI]

Yates, Jen. Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets "Festive." [eBook]

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A Spring Drive

Spring weather is coming and people will want to get out and go places. Living in a New Hampshire suburb, though, the only way to get anywhere is by car and having a license has become a necessity.

If you, or someone you know is looking to get a driver's license, or refresh one's driving skills, then start at the Library.

Getting Ready to Drive: A How-To Guide by Eva Apelqvist [YA 629.283 APE] would be a good start for a teen, as would Rules of the Road, a DVD [DVD 629.28 RUL]. Someone brushing up on skills might benefit from Advanced Highway Driving: Tactics for Safety and Optimization by Paul Maravelias [629.283 MAR].

A complete driver education course can be found in Driver Ed in a Box. Parent Taught Driver Education [KIT 629.283 DRI]. The kit comes with instruction manuals, DVDs, and audio CDs.

Internet resources make New Hampshire driver testing easy. Click on Driving-Tests.org
...provides free and interactive practice tests based on the New Hampshire driver's license manual. No registration information is collected, and the site is ad-free! Study for the permit test, the driver's license test, and the senior citizens' refresher test. Online driver's manuals, as well as practice tests, for car, truck, and motorcycle licenses! Accessibility features allows pages to be read aloud, translated into other languages, and magnified!

Also, practice for a learner's permit at DMV Permit Practice Test.


Once you're safely on the road, take one of the drives found in Scenic Driving New Hampshire: Exploring the State's Most Spectacular Byways and Back Roads by Stewart M. Green [917.42 GRE 2016].

Monday, April 03, 2017

So Much to Celebrate!

April, besides being a month of blossoming flowers and trees, is also a month designated for celebrating! April is officially "National Poetry Month," "Jazz Appreciation Month," and "National Humor Month!" We can help you celebrate all three.

Either of these collections would be a good entre into poetry if you're not already a poetry fan: When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano [J 811.6 FOG] or Felicity by Mary Oliver [818.54 OLI]. By reading Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer [JP ARC] to a young child, you can introduce the concept of poetry being just a different way of looking at things.


The "Jazz Appreciation Month" focus this year is on women in jazz. We've got many women jazz singers in our CD collection from Norah Jones' 2016 release Day Break [CD JAZZ JON], to the 16 CD set The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books [CD JAZZ FIT]. We even have Ella Fitzgerald on a CD for kids titled, Jazz For Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake [CD CHILDREN JAZ].

And, if you're looking to laugh we have joke books for kids [J 818], the work of cartoonists like Matthew Diffee's Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People [818.602 DIF], hilarious, recorded, old comedy routines such as 2000 years with Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks [CD COMEDY REI], and movie comedy classics like Some Like It Hot [DVD SOM]. We have more than enough humor to carry you through April AND May!




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday Marge Piercy!

Novelist and poet, Marge Piercy, was born 81 years ago on March 31 in Detroit. She now lives in Massachusetts, so, we'll call her a neighbor. Much of her poetry is concerned with social issues and she pulls no punches. Here is one such poem that is found in The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems With a Jewish Theme [811 PIE]:
Woman in a Shoe

There was an old woman who lived
in a shoe, her own two shoes,
men’s they were, brown and worn.
They flapped when she hobbled along.

There was an old woman who lived
in a refrigerator box under
the expressway with her cat.
January, they died curled together.

There was an old woman who lived
in a room under the roof. It
got hot, but she was scared
to open the window. It got hotter.

Too hot, too cold, too poor,
too old. Invisible unless
she annoys you, invisible
unless she gets in your way.

In fairy tales if you are kind
to an old woman, she gives you
the thing you desperately need:
an unconquerable sword, a purse

bottomless and always filled,
a magical ring. We don’t believe
that anymore. Such tales were
made up by old women scared

to be thrust from the hearth,
shoved into the street to starve.
Who fears an old woman pushing
a grocery cart? She is talking

to god as she shuffles along,
her life in her pockets. You
are the true child of her heart
and you see living garbage.

Let that settle in for a while...then, head down to The Poem Farm for this week's Round-Up.



On This Day...

...in 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent Van Gogh was born. He grew up to be a painter of great renown. One of his paintings, "Sunflowers," sold for $39.9 million back on this day in 1987! The previous record price for a painting was a paltry $10.4 million. Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" sold for $82.5 million just three years later!


Not everyone is aware that the painting sold in 1987 is only one of Van Gogh's sunflowers. He produced a series of sunflower paintings that you can read about here, and many of which can be seen here.

We have quite a number of books in our collection about Vincent Van Gogh. Here are two:

Charles, Victoria. Vincent Van Gogh. [759.949 CHA]

Naifeh, Steven W. Van Gogh: The Life. [eBook]

There is also a segment on Van Gogh in the DVD Simon Schama's Power of Art. [DVD 709.22 SIM]



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Little Golden Books

I'm pretty sure most American baby-boomers had a Little Golden Book growing up. The Little Golden Book, as a brand, was created in 1942 with the first dozen titles being released in October 1942. They sold for 25 cents each. The books were still selling for a quarter in the 1950s when I was of the Little Golden Book age. Read a history of the series here.

Some of the titles, like The Poky Little Puppy, have been reprinted and reprinted and gone on to sell in the millions. They now also come in collections of titles in reinforced bindings (as opposed the simple stapled, cardboard covered originals with a gold spine), such as Little Golden Book Classics: Three Best-Loved Tales [JP LIT]. The three tales are: My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore; The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse by Miriam Norton; and Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.

So as not to be left behind, the Little Golden Books of today can be found in eBook format, which a child can read on a smart phone or tablet. An example in our collection is The Happy Man and His Dump Truck by Miryam.


Also in eBook is this title for adults: Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
by Diane E. Muldrow.
A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a "Little Golden guide to life"?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pet Shop Party Review

Last Saturday, March 25, the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) held a Pet Shop Party for the children of Windham. Hundreds of attendees decorated pet rocks, vied for raffle prizes, ate animal crackers, watched a wild animal show, and had their faces painted by The Art House. And, did I mention there was also a book sale?

If you weren't able to attend, here's what you missed!




Monday, March 27, 2017

Bronte Sisters

Did you catch To Walk Invisible last night on PBS? If so, you may want to learn more about the Bronte sisters, or to read their novels.

All three sisters are found on our shelves. Anne, with The Tenent of Wildfell Hall [F BRO], Charlotte with Jane Eyre, Shirley, The Professor, The Search after Hapiness [sic]: A Tale, and Villette [F BRO], and Emily with Wuthering Heights [F BRO].

Several of their novels have been filmed and are available in various versions in our DVD section, and, there's a dramatization of their life and that of their brother, Patrick Branwell in The Brontes of Haworth [DVD BRO]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Poetry Friday--Derek Walcott

Poet Derek Walcott passed away last week at the age of 87. Walcott taught for many years in Boston, and did readings in the Boston area. I was lucky enough to have heard him read his work a few years back.

Walcott, born on the island of St. Lucia, was a poet of world renown. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

He had a distinctive voice, which you can experience by listening to him read his poem, "Sea Grapes."




I'd like to share part III of poem 16. "In the Village" from White Egrets: Poems [811.54 WAL]:
Who has removed the typewriter from my desk,
so that I am a musician without his piano
with emptiness ahead as clear and grotesque
as another spring? My veins bud, and I am so
full of poems, a wastebasket of black wire. The notes outside are visible; sparrows will
line antennae like staves, the way springs were,
but the roofs are cold and the great grey river
where a liner glides, huge as a winter hill,
moves imperceptibly like the accumulating
years. I have no reason to forgive her
for what I brought on myself. I am past hating,
past the longing for Italy where blowing snow
absolves and whitens a kneeling mountain range
outside Milan. Through glass, I am waiting
for the sound of a bird to unhinge the beginning
of spring, but my hands, my work, feel strange
without the rusty music of my machine. No words
for the Arctic liner moving down the Hudson, for the mange
of old snow moulting from the roofs. No poems. No birds.

We are all "waiting for the sound of a bird to unhinge the beginning of spring," but we'll no longer have Derek Walcott to show us how beautiful it will be.

Reading to the Core is the place to be for this week's Round-Up--check it out!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

OK? Okay!

On this day in 1839, the initials "O.K." are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll korrect," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct" at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.
from On This Day in History

OK = oll korrect? Who knew? Not me, at least not until now. Okay as it is sometimes written, has been around for a long time! It has made its way into popular culture and into these items in our collection:

Butts, Lauren. OK, So Now You're a Vegetarian: Advice and 100 Recipes from One Vegetarian to Another. [YA 641.5636 BUT]

Dorfman, Andi. It's Not Okay Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After. [eAudio

Dunbar, Dayna. The Saints and Sinners of Okay County. [F DUN]

Eaton, Maxwell. Okay, Andy. [J CX EAT]

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. [DVD GUN]

Hirst, Daisy. Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do! [JP HIR]

LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. [YA LAC, eBook]

Nichol, Jeff. Is My Dog OK?: How to Know...When Your Dog Won't Say. [636.7 NIC]

Parr, Todd. It's Okay to Be Different. [JP PAR]

Schmidt, Gary D. Okay for Now. [YA SCH, eBook]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's National Goof Off Day!

National Goof Off Day is celebrated on March 22. There's no official website, and no official proclamation, but if you need an excuse to goof off, then today is the day to do it!


So, how to celebrate? Watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off [DVD FER] or National Lampoon's Animal House [DVD NAT] or Pee-wee's Big Adventure [J DVD PEE]!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free from NASA

If you're a geeky-type person, you probably already know this, but NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) periodically releases free software to the general public. Their latest released happened a few weeks ago. The 2017-2018 Catalog can be accessed here.



As you would expect, a lot of what is available has to do with aeronautics, but there may be items of interest for the general population, for example Eyes on the Earth 3D "provides a generic means for people to interactively view the real-time location, speed and recent data gatherings of several of NASA's Earth observing Satellites using a 3-D graphical interface." Or, Station Spacewalk Game App, which "features simulations of Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) conducted by NASA astronauts on missions to the International Space Station."

TechCrunch.com has preselected a few things for you to look at, so that you don't have to go through pages and pages of software offerings, click here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chick Knits

This is not a joke--knitters in a MA retirement community make sweaters for chickens! You must click here for the photos.

So, in recent years we've seen articles on sweaters for penguins, elephants, and now, chickens. Who knows what creature will be sporting a sweater next?

Speaking of knitters, did you know that we have a group that meets at the Library twice a month on the first and third Thursdays at 12:30? They offer knitting companionship and expertise, and are willing to help with a knitting question or problem you may encounter with your own projects.

If you've been knitting for any length of time, you probably have a stash of yarn that isn't quite enough for a project, yet too good to simply toss away. If so, we have a collection box at the Library where you can leave your yarn. The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 63, of Salem uses the yarn to make lap robes for veterans at the VA facilities in Manchester and Tilton, NH.

Charitable knitting is a time-honored tradition in the United States, from knitting scarves for active duty soldiers, to making chemo caps for the sick, to making blankets for premature babies. It's an activity that will give you a real sense of accomplishment. And anyone can do it!

Knit Your Bit by Deborah Hopkinson [JP HOP]



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Poetry Friday--William Butler Yeats

Since it is St. Patrick's Day, it is only natural to pick an Irish poet to feature, and probably the Irish poet most familiar to Americans is William Butler Yeats. Yeats not only wrote poetry, but he also worked to preserve the old tales and legends of the Irish people.


In our children's collection, Yeats' work appears in one of the splendidly illustrated "Poetry For Young People" volumes issued by Sterling Publishing (we about about 20 titles in the series) [J 821.8 YEA].

Of the poems presented, "To a Squirrel at Kyle-Na-No" is my favorite. The editor of the collection provided this helpful bit of information, "the Irish language place-name "Kyle-na-no" means the wood of nuts.
To a Squirrel at Kyle-Na-No

Come play with me;
Why should you run
Through the shaking tree
As though I'd a gun
To strike you dead?
When all I would do
Is to scratch your head
And let you go.

Don't go messing with any squirrels or leprechauns today, but do stop by Life On the Deckle Edge where Robyn is hosting this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Happy Birthday Alice Hoffman!

Prolific novelist, Alice Hoffman, was born on this day in 1952. She is officially a senior citizen, but, I'm sure writing will keep her forever young.

Hoffman has written at least 26 novels for adults and another dozen for children and young adults.

Here are her most recent titles:

The Dovekeepers. [F HOF, LP HOF]

Faithful. [F HOF, AB/CD HOF, LP HOF, eBook, eAudio]

The Museum of Extraordinary Things. [F HOF, AB/CD HOF, LP HOF, eAudio]

Nightbird. [J HOF, eBook]

The Marriage of Opposites. [F HOF, AB/CD HOF, LP HOF, eBook, eAudio]

The Red Garden. [F HOF, AB/CD HOF, eBook, eAudio]

Hoffman's early novel, Practical Magic, was made into a film of the same name [DVD PRA] starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

Happy Birthday, Alice Hoffman!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Family That Started It All



The movie, The Godfather [DVD GOD], based on the book of the same name by Mario Puzo [F PUZ], was released on this day in 1972. That's 45 years ago! I'll bet many of our more mature readers will remember going to the movies to see it. It was a smash hit, and went on to spawn The Godfather: Part II [DVD GOD] in 1974 and The Godfather: Part III [DVD GOD] in 1990.

The prequel to the novel, The Godfather, was written by Edward Falco and published five years ago as The Family Corleone [AB/CD FAL, also eAudio].

The Corleone family started the whole mafia family craze that also included the movie, GoodFellas [DVD GOO] and the television series The Sopranos [DVD TV SERIES SOP].

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Yikes! A Nor'Easter

Here it is, March 14, and reports say we will be having a foot of snow! Sorry, but I'm done with winter. Bring on spring!

I may try one of these to put me in a spring mood:

Andrews, Mary Kay. Spring Fever. [AB/CD AND]

Arnim, Elizabeth von. The Enchanted April. [F ARN]

Beckstrand, Jennifer. Huckleberry Spring. [eBook]

Bowen, Gail. A Killing Spring. [F BOW]

Garwood, Julie. Come the Spring. [F GAR]

Greeley, Andrew M. Second Spring. [F GRE]

Kleypas, Lisa. Devil in Spring. [F KLE]

Malliet, G. M. Pagan Spring. [F MAL]