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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Poetry Friday--"Frost's Farm Road"

This is the start of the last semi-official weekend of the summer. School has started and the temperatures are expected to drop to the 40s tonight!

If you're not traveling anywhere this weekend, you may want to take a leisurely walk through the woods at Frost Farm in Derry. And, it's possible that you would step on a stone that Robert Frost once stepped on, or picked out of his garden and threw to the side. You can probably see a tree that Frost had written about in one of his poems. The possibilities are endless!

Here's a great poem that I found in an older book (2000) collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins (illustrated by Stephen Alcorn) in My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States [811.008 MY].


Frost's Farm Road
by James Hayford

I pocketed a pebble
From Frost's farm road at Ripton,
Not because it differed much
In looks from my home pebbles,
But because maybe his shoe
Might have stepped on or near it,
Or his eye noticed it,
Or cars from Washington,
New York, Hanover, Cambridge
Passed over or beside it,
In that high circle of his
In or just under the Great World.

The farm in the above poem is located in Ripton, Vermont. It's a little bit of a drive for a day trip--approximately 2 1/2 hours one way, whereas Derry is 10 minutes away!

Katryn Apel at Kat's Whiskers is hosting this week's round-up of poetry links.

Have a fabulous weekend and remember that the Library will be closed all day on Monday for Labor Day.

James Coburn's Birthday

Film actor, James Coburn was born on this day in 1928. He passed away in 2002.

Coburn received an Academy Award in 1999 for his supporting role in the movie, Affliction, a film that has been all but forgotten. He is probably best remembered as the man who threw the knife in The Magnificent Seven [DVD MAG].

He appeared in The Great Escape [DVD GRE], Midway [DVD MID], The Loved One [DVD LOV], and Maverick [DVD MAV], among others. He also was one of the voices in the animated film, Monsters, Inc. [J DVD MON]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy First Day of School!

Have a great 2017-2018 school year Windham students!

Parents, now that you've got everyone outfitted and off to school, sit back, relax, and watch one of these "school" movies:

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. [DVD CON]

Carrie. [DVD CAR]

Dangerous Minds. [DVD DAN]

Ferris Bueller's Day Off. [DVD FER]

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series. [DVD FRE]

Hairspray. [DVD HAI]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. [DVD HAR]

The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie. [DVD INC]

Lean on Me. [DVD LEA]

Mona Lisa Smile. [DVD MON]

Never Been Kissed. [DVD NEV]

Notes on a Scandal. [DVD NOT]

Old School. [DVD OLD]

The Paper Chase. [DVD PAP]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. [DVD PER]

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. [DVD PRI]

Save the Last Dance. [DVD SAV]

St. Trinian's. [DVD ST]

To Sir, With Love. [DVD TO]

21 Jump Street. [DVD TWE]

Wow, that's only part of what we have! If you're looking for a high school sports movie, there are about ten more films on football alone!


One More Day of Vacay!

For Windham kids school begins tomorrow. If your little one is a first time attendee, and is showing a little apprehension, come visit the Library and check out one of these books:

Blake, Stephanie. I Don't Want to Go to School! [JP BLA]

Gaiman, Neil. Chu's First Day of School. [JP GAI]

Harper, Jamie. Miss Mingo and the First Day of School. [JP HAR]

Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. [JP PEN]

Torrey, Richard. Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School. [JP TOR]

We have plenty more still waiting for you! We wish all of Windham's children the best school year ever!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Danish Resistence

Germany invaded Denmark on April 9, 1940, however, the Danish government made the decision not to resist and were allowed to continue to control domestic issues including the Danish police and legal system. By 1943 an active underground resistance movement had developed and on August 28, the members of the government resigned. The Germans stepped up their efforts against Danish Jews and in September made plans to deport Denmark's Jewish population. When they came for the Jews on October 1, they found that they had been hidden by the Danish people.

Denmark during World War II has been written about in both fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. Look for one of these:

Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark. [JP DEE]

Follett, Ken. Hornet Flight. [F FOL, eBook]

Hoose, Phillip M. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. [YA 940.53489 HOO]

Lidegaard, Bo. Countrymen. [eBook]

Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. [J LOW, J AB/CD LOW, eBook]

Toksvig, Sandi. Hitler's Canary. [J TOK]

We recently added a DVD to our collection, Land of Mine [DVD LAN], "In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark."

Friday, August 18, 2017

Poetry Friday--Ratification of the 19th Amendment

An illustrated poem by Alice Duer Miller appeared in the magazine, Puck, February 20, 1915.

On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was ratified. It signaled the end of the long struggle for a woman's right to vote. The amendment is short, but very sweet:
Amendment XIX. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The struggle for the right to vote is documented in the DVD, One Woman, One Vote [DVD 324.623 ONE]. Not to be missed is fictionalized film, Iron Jawed Angels [DVD IRO].

So where does poetry come in? You'll find a whole volume of little ditties in Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times by Alice Duer Miller, a book that was published in 1915, and can be found on the Gutenberg Project website.

Here are two sample poems to make you smile on this 97th anniversary of the ratification.

The Revolt of Mother

("Every true woman feels----"—Speech of almost any Congressman.)

I am old-fashioned, and I think it right
     That man should know, by Nature's laws eternal,
The proper way to rule, to earn, to fight,
     And exercise those functions called paternal;
But even I a little bit rebel
     At finding that he knows my job as well.

At least he's always ready to expound it,
     Especially in legislative hall,
The joys, the cares, the halos that surround it,
     "How women feel"—he knows that best of all.
In fact his thesis is that no one can
     Know what is womanly except a man.

I am old-fashioned, and I am content
     When he explains the world of art and science
And government—to him divinely sent—
     I drink it in with ladylike compliance.
But cannot listen—no, I'm only human—
     While he instructs me how to be a woman.

Warning to Suffragists

("The Latin man believes that giving woman the vote will make her less attractive."—Anna H. Shaw.)

They must sacrifice their beauty
Who would do their civic duty,
     Who the polling booth would enter,
     Who the ballot box would use;
As they drop their ballots in it
Men and women in a minute,
     Lose their charm, the antis tell us,
     But—the men have less to lose.

The "anitis" were those who opposed a woman's right to vote. [Note: many refer to the women who fought for suffrage as "suffragettes," but the term applies to British women. In the U. S. they were called "suffragists."]

Take A Journey through the Pages for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Keene State Children's Literature Festival

Are you a fan of children's books and their creators? Then you'll be pleased to learn that right here in New Hampshire the Keene State Children's Literature Festival will be taking place on October 28. It is a day long event that celebrates contemporary children's writers and illustrators. This is the forty-first year the festival is being held.

You might think that Keene is too long a drive from Windham, but, rest assured, on October 28, at the height of leaf-peeping season, the drive will go by in a flash.

The featured speakers at this year's festival with be Sophie Blackall, illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Award winner, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick [JP MAT]. Another Caldecott Winner is author/illustrator Brian Floca who won the award in 2014 for Locomotive [JP FLO]. Grace Lin, writer of the Newbury Honor winner, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon [J LIN]. Daniel Salmieri, illustrated the amusing Those Darn Squirrels books and the Dragons Love Tacos books written by Rubin [JP RUB]. Rounding out the presenters list is New Hampshire's own David Elliott, whose latest book, Bull [YA ELI], will probably be a contender for a Newbury Award in 2017. Learn more about the speakers here.

Registration is now open, so add the Keene State Children's Literature Festival to your fall calendar, you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Forty Years Gone!

Elvis Presley died on this date back in 1977 at the age of 42. He's been gone almost as long as he lived. However, his legend continues, as does his following.

He's become a legend, and his status has grown to the point where Elvis, and that includes Elvis impersonators, have become "characters" in these works of fiction:

Couloumbis, Audrey. Love Me Tender. [J COU]

Henson, Laura. Ten little Elvi. [JP HEN]

Thomas, Diane C. The Year that Music Changed: The Letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs and Elvis Presley. [F THO]

Wilde, Lori. License to Thrill. [F WIL]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Fun Things Available Online

Yesterday's post dealt with sewing patterns that were made available online. Shortly after I wrote that, a friend told me about another "fashion" resource.

Google has been digitizing fashion archives (with 175 partners) in a project titled, "We Wear Culture: The Stories Behind What We Wear." I urge you to take a look at what is available through "We Wear Culture." If you thought fashion was just about skinny models and magazines, it's time for a rethink!

There are photos galore, videos, commentaries, and more. Here's an example:

Before there was downloading, before there were CDs, and before that LPs and 45s, there were 78's. 78s were large format, although smaller than LPs, records made to play at 78 revolutions per minute. The 78 format was popular starting around 1900 to the 1950s.

"The Great 78 Project" is undertaking the digital preservation of the sounds contained on 78s. The project is explained here. You can find out how to get involved here.

Everything is preserved "as is," which means recordings on scratched records must be listened to with the scratches, hisses, and skips. If you're ready just to start listening, click here where you can find more than 5,000 78s that are listed as in "very good" or better condition.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Do you sew? It's almost a lost art in the 21st century. When I was growing up, no one would admit to the fact that their clothes were home-sewn. It was generally a sign that a family was poor and couldn't afford department store fashions. My, have times changed. Now "handmade" is a term resulting in awe--"Wow! You made that?"

If you're one of the lucky ones who knows your way around a sewing machine, you may be interested in a recently revealed treasure trove of vintage patterns. More than 83,000 patterns are now available online at Vintage Patterns Wikia. The patterns go back to the 1920s, and cover the decades through the 90s. Here's one pattern from the 20s:

Not only are the patterns useful for home sewers, but they'd also be useful for social historians and theater costume designers.

If you do sew, check out our collection of sewing books, such as Patternreview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers by Deepika Prakash [646.2 PRA] and magazines such as Threads [MAG THR], and be prepared to be the one who inspires a "Wow!"

Friday, August 11, 2017

Poetry Friday--"Moonlight"

I was flipping through an old book (published in 1935), The Heavenly Guest and Other Unpublished Writings by Celia Thaxter [811 THA]. Celia Thaxter died in 1894, and the volume was created for the 100th anniversary of her birth in 1835. In the "Preface" to the book is this:
The reader must remember that as Celia did not publish these poems she probably considered them unfinished, or below the standard of her best work.

I read a poem that appealed to me "Moonlight," and rather than type it out here, I went looking for it online so I could cut and paste it into the post. I was surprised to find it in a magazine, The Century, from March 1891. It seems that this poem should not have been labeled as "unpublished."

The poem as it appears in the book was not labeled, "Picture by Childe Hassam." What a shame it wasn't, because it gives a whole new meaning to the poem.

Of course, I looked online for Hassam's painting "Moonlight." I found it listed as having been created in 1892. Then, in a beautiful book in our collection, Childe Hassam: American Impressionist by H. Barbara Weinberg [751.93 WEI], I found a chronology of exhibitions showing that it had been shown in the spring of 1891, so it must have been painted some time before then.

Perhaps Thaxter was present at its creation since she and Childe Hassam were friends and spent time together on the Isles of Shoals (in New Hampshire).

In any case, "Moonlight," the poem, is a work of ekphrasis, that is, art about art. I would not have known it unless I had come upon the poem in The Century.

Head down to the bayou for this week's Round-Up being hosted by Margaret at Reflections on the Teche.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Goodbye, Glen Campbell

By now you've heard of the passing, on Tuesday, of singer and guitarist, Glen Campbell. At 81, Campbell had a long, successful career as a musician.

I'm also sure you're aware that Campbell had been stricken with Alzheimer's Disease, but did you know that he had taken part in a film immediately following his diagnosis that followed him on his "goodbye tour." It was a brave act to subject himself to the prospect of someone filming his decline. Yet, he toured for a year and a half and his appearance in the film brought even more awareness to the disease that seems to be afflicting more and more of our population.

The film is Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me and it is in our DVD collection [DVD 782.42 GLE].

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Happy Birthday, Audrey Tautou!

Forty-one years ago today, actress, Audrey Tautou was born in France. She appeared early on in Amelie (Le Fabuleaux Destin d'Amelie Poulain) [DVD AME]. She caught the attention of American viewers and was soon cast in the blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code, along with star, Tom Hanks.

Tautou prefers her home in France to Hollywood, so she will continue to be featured in French films. Some of the titles we own are L'Augerge Espagnole (Spanish Apartment) [DVD AUG], A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles) [DVD VER], and Coco before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel) [DBD COC].

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


NPR ran a segment Sunday on upcoming television literary adaptations.

Get a head start on those who will be wanting to read the original books after they've seen the filmed versions. Here's what's coming:

Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. [F ATW]

Ferrante, Elena. "Neapolitan" series, which includes My Brilliant Friend #1, The Story of a New Name #2, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay #3, and The Story of the Lost Child #4. [F FER, eBook]

Flynn, Gillian. Sharp Objects. [F FLY, AB/CD FLY, eBook]

Galbraith, Robert. "Cormoran Strike" series, which includes The Cuckoo's Calling #1, The Silkworm #2, and Career of Calling #3. [F GAL, eBook]

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. [F WHI, AB/CD WHI, eBook, eAudio]

The following is not in our collection, but is being ordered: Who Fears Death by Okorafor Nnedi.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Hurricane Season

Two weeks ago I posted about an annual holiday in the Virgin Islands, "Hurricane Supplication Day." It marks the beginning of the time when major storms develop in the Atlantic.

In the mainland United States, we don't think much about hurricanes until one is imminent. Here's the NOAA forecast for the 2017 season, it's best to be aware of the possibilities.

So how does one prepare for a hurricane? NOAA has some information here. Even more information can be found in Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family by Arthur T. Bradley [363.348 BRA].

To be prepared, start now and avoid the empty shelves at the stores the day before a major storm is due to hit!

If you need a reminder of just how devastating a hurricane can be, borrow When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts [DVD 551.552 WHE]. This three-disk documentary is a sobering look at how one storm, Hurricane Katrina, resulted in destruction and disruption that is still being remedied twelve years later.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Poetry Friday--It's Percy Bysshe Shelley's Birthday!

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on August 4, 1792. He died slightly less than 30 years later. During his short life he wrote many poems that are still being read today (albeit, for many people, only because his work is assigned in a class). One of his most famous poems is "Ozymandias," which was published in 1818.

Many of his poems go on for several stanzas, but here is one that is one stanza long:
Art Thou Pale for Weariness

Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth,
And ever changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

It shouldn't be too hard to guess the subject of this poem!

This week the Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Donna at Mainely Write. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett!

It's Tony Bennett's birthday today (born in 1926)! A very happy birthday to Tony who has been in show business since 1949! Here's Tony on The Judy Garland Show in December 1963:

Tony Bennett, still singing in his 90s, is well-represented in our CD collection. Here are a four titles that span the years:

Duets: An American Classic. [CD MALE VOCALIST BEN]

Hot & Cool: Bennett Sings Ellington. [CD JAZZ BEN]

16 Most Requested Songs. [CD MALE VOCALIST BEN]

A Wonderful World (with K. D. Lang). [CD EASY LISTENING BEN]

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

August Romance!

Last year at this time I wrote a post titled, "August is Read-A-Romance Month". Since it is August once again, then that must mean it's "Read-A-Romance Month" again!

In last year's post I listed a few romance novels published in 2016, I'm going to update the list with these titles published in 2017:

Brockmann, Suzanne. Some Kind of Hero. [F BRO, eBook]

Dessen, Sarah. Once and For All. [YA DES, eBook]

Eberlen, Kate. Miss You. [F EBE, eBook]

Garwood, Julie. Wired. [F GAR, LP GAR, AB/CD GAR, eBook]

Jamieson, Kelly. Dancing in the Rain. [eBook]

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

Lipman, Elinor. On Turpentine Lane. [F LIP, eBook]

Macomber, Debbie. If Not For You. [F MAC, AB/CD MAC, eBook, eAudio]

Mansell, Jill. Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay. [eBook]

Romanoff, Zan. Grace and the Fever. [YA ROM]

Please be aware that this only a partial listing of the romance novels released this year. There are plenty more. More than enough to see you through August, September, and right through to 2018!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


Unless you're an artist or a decorator, you probably don't think much about paint colors. Everything comes ready-made or easily mixed to order. It wasn't always so easy. This article explains how some colors had to be specially invented for artists.

How does one go about "inventing" colors? Interesting question! The issue is explored in Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World by Simon Garfield [B PER]. Mauve is a biography of chemist Sir William Henry Perkin. There is a lot of science involved in inventing color!

If you wish to learn more about color, we have a number of items for you to borrow including ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color by Jude Stewart [155.911 STE] or Interaction of Color by Josef Albers [701.85 ALB].