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Friday, September 29, 2017

Poetry Friday--Coffee (and Biscotti)

Photo by Zh.B.

Guess what? Friday, September 29 is International Coffee Day, and, if that's not reason enough to celebrate, it's also National Biscotti Day!

Did you know that biscotti is plural. One of the delicious dunkers is a biscotto! However, nobody can eat just one!

Here's a coffee poem from the December 1947 issue of Poetry magazine:

[Back issues of Poetry magazine can be found here.]

My favorite coffee song is "Black Coffee" by Peggy Lee, found on the CD titled Black Coffee [CD FEMALE VOCALIST LEE].

Laura is hosting this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up at Writing the World for Kids.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It's Almost Halloween Time!

We're heading into October and those kids who aren't already thinking about Halloween are few and far between.

We probably own more Halloween children's picture books than ones for any other holiday! So, if you're looking for something besides the old favorites The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams [JP WIL] or The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree [E BER], we have a number of titles that were published within the past few years including these:

Boynton, Sandra. EEK! Halloween! [BB BOY]

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat. [JP BRU]

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about...Halloween! [J DVD CAT]

DiTerlizzi, Angela. Seeking a Witch. [BB DIT]

Gallion, Sue Lowell. Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat. [JP GAL]

Kimmelman, Leslie. Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween. [JP KIM]

Lester, Helen. Tacky and the Haunted Igloo. [JP LES]

Long, Ethan. Fright Club. [JP LON]

Patricelli, Leslie. Boo! [BB PAT]

Pound Puppies. Halloween at Shelter 17. [J DVD POU]

And crafty parents, here's one for you!

Sew a Modern Halloween: Make 15 Spooky Projects for Your Home. [eBook]

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Recarpeting Project Begins

Just a reminder: the Library is being recarpeted in all public areas. In order to achieve the desired results without health and safety risks to the public, the Library will be closed 9/22, open 9/23-24, closed 9/25, open 9/26-10/1, and closed 10/2. Those times the Library will be open, services will be curtailed as there will be no seating, no access to the public computers, and book shelves may be covered with protective plastic.

It is our expectation that the Library will be back to normal by October 3, however, unexpected delays may take place.

In the meantime, if you're not aware of our eBook and eAudiobook service, now is the time to explore this option for reading and listening. Through the GMILCS consortium we have access to CloudLibrary titles, and, through a statewide program, we have access to Overdrive titles. These titles may be downloaded to your device or desktop. Click here to get started. Some recently added eBooks include these:

Looking for magazines? We have popular titles through Zinio, our eMagazine service. Click here to sign up for eMagazines.

Most importantly, if you need a physical book or magazine, your valid Nesmith Library card may be used in any library that is part of the GMILCS consortium. Included are Salem, Kelley Library and the Derry Public Library--both are just a short ride from Nesmith Library.

This will be the last post until next Thursday, but please check our website or Facebook page for updates on the recarpeting project. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming Movies Based on Books

Here's where you get to read the books BEFORE the movie/tv mini-series are available. These adaptations have all been completed and have release dates within the next 9 months. A number of them will be coming out before the holidays, so borrow the book now! (We will get them for our DVD collection once they are released on DVD.)

Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. [F ATW]

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. [SF CLI, AB/CD CLI, eBook]

Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. [F JOR, eBook]

Matthews, Jason. Red Sparrow. [F MAT]

Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto. [F PAT]

Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck. [J SEL]

Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go, Bernadette. [F SEM, AB/CD SEM, eBook]

Shaffer, Mary Ann. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. [F SHA, LP SHA, AB/CD SHA, eBook]

If you belong to a book discussion group, several of the above titles should be familiar to you as they were "hot" items for book groups. It generally means that the books were more than a bit of escapist reading. With any luck, the treatment of issues in the filmed versions will be thoughtfully dealt with. (It has been reported that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was not even filmed on Guernsey, so you have to wonder about authenticity!)

Alias Grace will be a six-part mini-series available in November on Netflix:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More Books Recently Made into Movies

It seems that many film projects are now based on books, both fiction and nonfiction. Yesterday I listed five DVDs that have been added to our collection in 2017 that started off as books.

Here are five more:

Eggers, Dave. The Circle. [F EGG, eBook, DVD CIR]

Grann, David. The Lost City of Z. [918.11 GRA, eBook, DVD LOS]

Rowling, J. K. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. [J ROW, eBook, DVD FAN]

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures. [629.4 SHE, AB/CD 629.4072 SHE, eBook, DVD HID]

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. [YA YOO, DVD EVE, eBook]

And here are two that are now showing in theaters:

King, Stephen. It. [F KIN, AB/CD KIN, eBook, and an earlier movie adaptation: DVD IT]

Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. [B WAL, AB/CD B WAL, eBook]

Let us know what you think--which is better, the book or the movie?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Which Is Better?

Generally speaking, people fall on the side of the book when comparing the book and its movie. There is only one movie that I personally think is equal to the book, and that may be because it is the only movie I know that follows the book practically word for word. The book and movie twins are A Room With a View by E. M. Forster, film by Merchant Ivory Prodeuctions, [F FOR, AB/CD FOR, DVD ROO].

In the case of children's books turned into film, the movie often can't be compared, since, in most cases, an enormous amount of additional subplots, special effects, etc. has to be added to make it fit into an approximately 90-minute-long feature. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg went from a 32-page picture book to a 100-minute film directed by Robert Zemeckis [JP VAN, DVD POL]. There is no comparing the two formats. The story has been completely transformed into something unrecognizable.

I discovered the other day that my nephew and his friend have created a "Book vs. Movie" program that shows how the ratings on a book/film compare (ratings gathered from Goodreads and IMDB). Check it out here.

Here are five movies released on DVD in 2017 that are book based:

Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper's Wife. [940.5318 ACK, AB/CD 940.5318 ACK, eBook, DVD ZOO]

Fountain, Ben. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. [F FOU, LP FOU, eBook, DVD BIL]

Hawkins, Paula. The Girl on the Train. [F HAW, AB/CD HAW, LP HAW, eBook, CHINESE F HAW, DVD GIR]

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. [YA NES, eBook, DVD MON]

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. [616.0277 SKL, AB/CD 616.0277 SKL, eBook, DVD IMM]

Read the book then watch the movie and let us know which one you think is better.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Poetry Friday--"High School Picture Re-Take Day"

The new school year has begun and it's time already for school pictures. When I was young, there was no such thing as a school photo "re-take," what you got was what you got. The next year would be opportunity enough to another chance at a flattering shot! Nowadays, I've heard of kids having their picture retaken multiple times!

In a fabulous poetry anthology, Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else [811.6 SER], there is a poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil titled, "High School Picture Re-Take Day."
When an octopus becomes stressed, it chomps
its arms one by one until it becomes a floaty salad.
The line of students is understandably worried: this
is the last chance for redemption. Neil parts

and parts his hair with the petite plastic comb
the photographer slipped him when he signed in.

Susie reties the grosgrain headband.
Everything is quiet but for tiny songs
of tiny combs whistling through hair. Everything is black
save for the single camera lamp and smudgy backdrop

painted to look like the student hovers among
beige and blue clouds. And maybe they are--the ones

who got it right the first time--soaring above the earth's
troposphere, but still a bit below the stratosphere.
When the last bell rings, there they are: flying
proud, able to exchange wallet-sized pictures

with other pretty people right away. No waiting
for two more months when no one cares anymore.

No closed eyes, no sticks of hair sprung out
like arrows, no bra straps showing, no
sleepy eyes--just perfectly pressed shirts
and smiles slit to show rows of neat teeth.

Two high school teachers, who surely have dealt with picture re-take days, have taken on the poem in this video:

So, did you read it the same way as they did?

The Round-Up is being hosted today by Michelle at Today's Little Ditty coming from the hurricane-battered state of Florida.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

National Book Awards

This week the long-list of finalists for this year's National Book Awards are being announced. On Tuesday the list of Young People's Literature was released.

The ten contenders for the prize are:

Arnold, Elana K. What Girls Are Made Of.

Benway, Robin. Far From the Tree.

Mabry, Samantha. All the Wind in the World.

Perkins, Mitali. You Bring the Distant Near. [YA PER]

Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down.

Sanchez, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Snyder, Laurel. Orphan Island. [J SNY]

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. [YA THO]

Williams-Garcia. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground.

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street. [YA ZOB, eBook]

We'll be ordering more of the titles (some haven't even been officially published yet), so check back soon, and start reading now before the award winners are announced on November 15.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Excursions

We're now into mid-September and scattered along the ground are signs of the upcoming season. In the next two weeks autumn will arrive and with it leaf-peeping season.

If you've never traveled north of Windham during the fall, you don't know what you're missing. Plan to spend a day on the road enjoying one of New Hampshire's delights--fall foliage. Pick up one of these now and map out your trip so that when the leaves are at their best, you can jump in the car and go:

Baskin, Kara. Fodor's New England. [917.4 BAS]

Green, Stewart M. Scenic Driving New Hampshire: Exploring the State's Most Spectacular Byways and Back Roads. [917.42 GRE 2016]

New England (a DK Eyewitness top 10 travel guide). [917.4 NEW]

Tougias, Mike. Autumn Rambles: New England: An Explorer's Guide to the Best Fall Colors. [917.4 TOU]

Yankee Magazine. [MAG YAN]

And for the latest in fall foliage reports, check out Visit NH.

"Autumn Tints in the White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States" by Marianne North (1871).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ken Burns--He's Back!

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War [DVD 973.7 CIV], The Dust Bowl [DVD 973.917 DUS], The National Parks [DVD 333.783 NAT], etc.) is returning to public television this coming Sunday with an 18-hour, 10 part series, The Vietnam War.

Like The Civil War, The Vietnam War tells the story of the conflict from many sides: the politicians', the soldiers', the Vietnamese, the anti-war protestors'. Episode 1, an hour and a half long, will explore the history of the conflict from 1858 through the mid-twentieth century. Here's the trailer for that first episode:

I saw an hour-long preview at the Currier Museum and that short exposure led me to realize that viewing the series will be an emotional experience for those who lived through the Vietnam War era. PBS has scheduled the showings for Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 21, and Sunday, September 24 through Thursday, September 28 (all episodes begin at 8:00 pm). Be aware that PBS is making the series available online if you need to take a breather, but the free viewing period ends October 3. Also, the Library has the DVD set of the series on order and will process it once it arrives.

If you're willing to share your experiences of the war or the homefront, PBS is seeking stories here. Video, audio, images, or text may be uploaded. At the viewing I attended there was also a discussion afterward. The group included servicemen, those who knew someone who had been killed in the war, people who were children during the period, anti-war protestors, members of the clergy, and more. Long-repressed emotions were released as a result, so, it may be good to watch the Ken Burns film with family, high school aged kids, and friends, and then talk about it. And, if you need assistance in talking, NHPTV has developed a list of resources, including many for veterans.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Carpeting Update

It looks like work on the recarpeting will begin on Friday, September 22, with movers coming to remove shelving and furniture. This will necessitate the Library being closed to the public all day. The Library will reopen for Saturday and Sunday, but the public access computers will not be available. The Library will also be closed to the public on Monday, September 25, when old carpeting will begin to be removed and replaced, and on Monday, October 2, when the project reaches completion and the Library will be put back in order! September 26 - October 1, we will be open regular hours, but some areas and services may be restricted.

Information about other closings and disruptions will be forthcoming.

Speaking of carpeting, how about reading about carpets--magic ones?

Abbott, Tony. The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet. [J ABB]

Brisson, Pat. Magic Carpet. [JP BRI]

Disney's Aladdin: The Magic Carpet's Secret. [J DIS]

Funke, Cornelia. Emma and the Blue Genie. [J FUN]

Jones, Diana Wynne. Castle in the Air. [YA JON, eBook]

Willard, Nancy. The Mountains of Quilt. [JP WIL]

Friday, September 08, 2017

Poetry Friday--Consider the Lemming

Consider the Lemming is a collection of poems by Jeanne Steig that have been illustrated in black and white by William Steig [J 811 STE]. The book was first published in 1988, and the 1988 edition is the one we have on our shelf. The book was reissued in 2016 with a color illustration on the cover, which goes a long way to increasing its appeal.

The book is filled with the Steigs' wry humor, and the poems, with their sophisticated vocabulary, are definitely for the older child! Here's an example:


The Mockingbird

Can any soul remain unstirred
When listening to the mockingbird?
Ofttimes at 2 a.m. he'll start
To pour his imitative heart
Into the wakeful, ravished ear
And sing for hours with monstrous cheer
Cacophonies that he collects,
And comic-opera side effects.
And catcalls, whistles, razzmatazz--
Oh what a repertoire he has!
He is a one-bird cabaret.
Hip hip, Blythe Spirit! Hip Hooray!

The Poetry Friday Round-Up can be found at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme and is hosted by NH's own Matt Forrest Esenwine.

Thursday, September 07, 2017


The Nesmith Library moved from its location in the Armstrong Building, next to the Town Hall, to its current location on Fellows Road, in August 1997. The building is now 20 years old, and, so is its carpeting. The color has held up remarkably well, but, it is beginning to show wear in the high traffic areas and is warping in a number of locations. It is time for the carpeting to be replaced.

Imagine what it will be like to recarpet 12,000 square feet--a big project! Over the next month, the old carpeting will be ripped up and removed and the new carpeting will be installed. The Library will mostly remain open during the work, but some areas may be restricted temporarily. There will be a period of two or more days when the Library will have to close to reduce health and safety risks to the public. We hope to give you plenty of notice in case you have to make alternative plans for visiting the Library. Story hours will be on hold until after the work has been completed.

We look forward to seeing our new carpeting completely installed! Remember, if we are closed, you can always return books to the outside bookdrop. And, if you are desperate for another book to read we have eBooks and eAudios ready for you to download 24/7 through the CloudLibrary or NH Downloadable Books' Overdrive services. Nesmith Library also subscribes to an eMagazine service called Zinio. All you need for all our eServices is a Nesmith Library card in good standing (no outstanding charges, overdue items, etc.)

Your Nesmith Library card is also good at the dozen member libraries of the GMILCS consortium (some restrictions may apply).

  • Amherst Town Library
  • Bedford Public Library
  • Danforth Library (NEC)
  • Derry Public Library
  • Goffstown Public Library
  • Hooksett Public Library
  • Kelley Library (Salem)
  • Manchester City Library
  • Merrimack Public Library
  • Nesmith Library
  • Teti Library (NHIA)
  • Wadleigh Memorial Library

Keep watching our website or our Facebook and Twitter pages for updated information.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Name Change

On this date in 1991 the Russian city of Leningrad was renamed St. Petersburg. The city was originally founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and carried the name St. Petersburg until 1914 when it was changed to Petrograd. In 1924 it was renamed Leningrad in honor of Vladimir Lenin who was instrumental in the development of the Soviet Union. After the fall of the Soviet Union the original name was restored.

During the 47 years the city wore the name of Leningrad, it found itself at the center of one of the most horrible events of World War II--the Siege of Leningrad. The Siege was a blockade by the German military that lasted from September 1941 through January 1944 and resulted in 3,436,066 Russian military and civilian casualties and hundreds of thousands of German casualties.

These two novels feature the Siege of Leningrad:

Benioff, David. City of Thieves. [F BEN, AB/CD BEN, eAudio]

Dean, Debra. The Madonnas of Leningrad. [F DEA]

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

September is Happy Cat Month!

What makes a happy cat? Here's how you can tell if a cat is happy:

And here are five of my favorite happy cat books:

Dean, James. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. [JP DEA]

Feiffer, Jules. Rupert Can Dance. [JP FEI]

Fatio, Louise. The Happy Lion. [JP FAT]

Lewis, J. Patrick. Kindergarten Cat. [JP LEW]

Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat. [E RYL]