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Friday, March 30, 2018

Poetry Friday--April is National Poetry Month


For the past 22 years, the month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets reports:
Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
Are you one of those people who struggled through high school's focus on metaphor and theme and all the other things that tend to turn one away from poetry? Let me tell you, poetry is not necessarily something you have to study, but rather, it is something you can actually enjoy! It can speak to you when times are rough. Or, it will make you appreciate the beauty of our language.

Take a look for one of these during National Poetry Month to see what I mean:

Alexander, Kwame. The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. [J 796.323 ALE] With a helping of poetry on the side!

Baseball Haiku: American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball. [811.041 BAS] You'll find reading haiku is like eating peanuts at the ballpark—start with one, and before you know it you've eaten/read them all!

Charyn, Jerome. A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century. [B DIC] What surprising lives some poets lived!

Harris, Chris. I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups. [J 811.6 HAR] This book lives up to its title—it's full of word-play and nonsense!

Hinds, Gareth. Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. [YA CX HIN] Poe's work is illustrated in comic format. What's not to like about that?

Raczka, Bob. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. [J 811.6 RAC] See what shape poetry can take—literally!

Head over to My Juicy Little Universe where Heidi is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Happy almost-April!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Whole Grains

In case you missed it, yesterday was "Whole Grain Sampling Day." Each year, on the last Wednesday of March, individuals are encouraged to try whole grains. There's no reason you can't do that all year long, but first, you need to know what is meant by the term "whole grain." The Whole Grains Council provides a "Whole Grains 101" page that should answer all your questions in that regard.

Once you've tasted whole grains, here's hoping you'll add more to your diet. In order to do so, look for these to show you how:

Greger, Michael. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. [613.2 GRE]

Katzen, Mollie. The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. [641.5636 KAT]

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains. [641.815 KIN]

Mackey, John. The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity. [613.2 MAC]

Watson, Molly. Greens + Grains: Recipes for Deliciously Healthful Meals. [eBook]

Wolfert, Paula. Mediterranean Grains and Greens: A Book of Savory, Sun-Drenched Recipes. [641.59 WOL]

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower

On this day in 1969, retired President, Dwight David Eisenhower, passed away at the age of 78 (he was born in 1890). Eisenhower, a longtime member of the military, served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

The last speech he gave as president on January 17, 1961, now known as his "farewell address," was a look at the future of the United States, and is the first time the term "military-industrial complex" was used.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Despite this focus on a new path for America, Eisenhower did urge a continuance of the values that came to exemplify the United States. He concluded his speech:
We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.
The complete text can be read here.


The conclusion of Eisenhower's presidency is examined in Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission by Bret Baier [973.921 BAI, eBook, eAudiobook].

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

R. I. P. Philip Kerr

Novelist, Philip Kerr, passed away last Friday at the age of 62. Kerr wrote the private detective "Bernie Gunther" series novels. They are also called the "Berlin Noir" novels due to their darkness, and the fact that the first three in the series were issued as the "Berlin Noir" trilogy.


The Bernie Gunther series will continue with book number 13, Greeks Bearing Gifts, which is scheduled to be published later in 2018. We have a number of Kerr's novels in our collection found in F KER.

Kerr also published the "Children of the Lamp" series for children under the name P. B. Kerr. These are found in J KER.


Monday, March 26, 2018

A Million New Movies

Well, maybe not a million, but we have added quite a number of new movies to our collection in the past month or so. Have you seen these?

The Breadwinner. [DVD BRE]

Call Me by Your Name. [DVD CAL]

The Disaster Artist. [DVD DIS]

Downsizing. [DVD DOW]

The Florida Project. [DVD FLO]

The Handmaid's Tale. Season one. [DVD TV SERIES HAN]

I, Tonya. [DVD I]

Lady Bird. [DVD LAD]

LBJ. [DVD LBJ]

The Shape of Water. [DVD SHA]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. [DVD THR]

Wonder Wheel. [DVD WON]

Your Name. [DVD YOU]

Here's the trailer for The Shape of Water, which won the 2018 Oscar for Best Picture, Director (Guillermo del Toro), Production Design, and Original Score:



Friday, March 23, 2018

Poetry Friday--How Lovely the Ruins

If you browse our new books shelf you'll find an anthology titled, How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times [808.8035 HOW]. I was surprised to see it sitting on the shelf because these are sure difficult times we are living in! Maybe all that's needed is an introduction to this book, which was released in 2017. Consider this your introduction!

The poems and words were selected by Annie Chagnot and Emi Ikkanda, two editors from the publishing house Spiegel & Grau. They say in the introduction,
...we decided to create a collection to offer readers inspiration in these times of turmoil and divisiveness (and beyond). We collected poems we saw on Facebook. We turned to friends and colleagues for the poems that most spoke to them when nothing else seemed to help.

What I like about the book is that after every two or three poems, there is a quotation that inspires or comforts. For example, here's one by Rabindranath Tagore,
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

And for a sample poem, try this one on for size:
The Thing Is
by Ellen Bass

to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

Another poem that stands out for me is "There Are Birds Here" by Jamaal May. I found that there are several filmed versions. Here are two to compare:








Look for How Lovely the Ruins on your next visit to the Library. I think it will help you face both your inner and outer worlds.

You'll find the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week being hosted by Laura at Writing the World for Kids.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sharing a Birthday Today!

It's March 22 and many people share this day as their birthdate. Here are a few:

Louis L'Amour, popular writer of western novels [F LAM], born in 1908 (died 1988).

Chico Marx, the Marx brother who spoke with an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' films [DVD MAR] was born in 1887 (died 1961).

James Patterson, writing machine [F PAT, YA PAT, J PAT], born 1947.

William Shatner, born in 1931, went on to star in television series such as Boston Legal [DVD TV SERIES BOS], the Star Trek films [DVD STA], and, he also writes [SF SHA]!

Stephen Sondheim, composer of Broadway musicals including Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street [DVD SWE]and Into the Woods [DVD INT]. Born in 1930.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, yet another composer of Broadway musicals! Cats [CD BROADWAY CAT] and The Phantom of the Opera [DVD PHA], are probably his most famous. Webber was born in 1948.

Reese Witherspoon, actress, star of Legally Blonde [DVD LEG], Wild [DVD WIL], and a gazillion other movies! Born in 1976

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Russian Classics

Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Anton Chekhov are classic Russian writers most literature students will come across in their schooling. Chekhov is best known for his plays, and The Seagull has been made into a film which is scheduled to open in May.



If you didn't read The Seagull in one of your literature classes, be sure to do so before the movie comes out; find it in Eight Plays [812 CHE].

Surprisingly, Chekhov's plays have not made their way into films the way some works of Russian novelists have--we have three different film adaptations of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina on the shelf [DVD ANN]! Depending upon the reception of The Seagull, may we see more in the future?


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

There's a Cure for Yellow Milkmaid Syndrome!

It's called "visiting an art museum"! I personally recommend it! See works of art as they should be seen, not by way of pixels. (If you missed yesterday's post explaining Yellow Milkmaid Syndrome, click here.)

We have library passes (donated by FLOW) to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Currier Museum, Manchester, NH. Click here to reserve a pass (you will need your current Nesmith Library borrower card).



Also, within a short drive from Windham are these museums:

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, NH (an outdoor sculpture park)

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Hood Museum, Hanover, NH (currently being renovated and expanded)

Institute of Contemporary Art [ICA], Boston, MA

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art [MASS MoCA], North Adams, MA

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, MA

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Whistler House Museum Of Art, Lowell, MA

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

There are more, but this list should keep you busy for a while!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Yellow Milkmaid Syndrome

No, it's not a disease! Nothing really to worry about unless you're a student of art, or simply someone who appreciates it.

A co-worker and I were talking about how the internet is great for viewing works of art. There are any number of sites--Google Arts and Culture and The Athenaeum are two examples--where you can find thousands of works. We then spoke about how the quality of the reproductions, though, may not always be the best. This lead to color, and how colors appear differently for a variety of reasons.

Here's where Yellow Milkmaid Syndrome comes in--it's a tumblr page that compares online reproductions. The site is subtitled: "Artwork with identity problems."

Take a look at "St. Jerome" by Albrecht Dürer, 1521.


Kind of shocking, isn't it? Makes you wonder what he looks like "in person." Spend a little time on Yellow Milkmaid Syndrome--you'll be amazed!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Poetry Friday--Remembering Stephen Hawking

Sorry for not posting on Wednesday and Thursday, but with the nor'easter, plans and schedules have gone awry. I won't promise things will be back to normal next week because we may have yet another nor'easter heading this way!

Cosmologist, Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76.


Credits: NASA/Paul Alers.

Since it's Poetry Friday, I browsed through Verse and Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics, edited by Kurt Brown [811.008 VER] to find a poem to honor Hawking's memory.

I think this one by Pattiann Rogers will do nicely:
Life in an Expanding Universe

It’s not only all those cosmic
pinwheels with their charging solar
luminosities, the way they spin around
like the paper kind tacked to a tree trunk,
the way they expel matter and light
like fields of dandelions throwing off
waves of summer sparks in the wind
the way they speed outward,
receding, creating new distances
simply by soaring into them.

But it’s also how the noisy
crow enlarges his territory
above the landscape at dawn, making
new multiple canyon spires in the sky
by the sharp towers and ledges
of its calling; and how the bighorn
expand the alpine meadows by repeating
inside their watching eyes every foil
of columbine and bell rue, all
the stretches of sedges, the candescences
of jagged slopes and crevices existing there.

And though there isn’t a method
to measure it yet, by finding
a golden-banded skipper on a buttonbush,
by seeing a blue whiptail streak
through desert scrub, by looking up
one night and imagining the fleeing
motions of the stars themselves, I know
my presence must swell one flutter-width
wider, accelerate one lizard-slip farther,
descend many stellar-fathoms deeper
than it ever was before.
Linda at Teacher Dance is playing host to the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Stop by and say "hello."

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Speaking of Midwives...

Yesterday I mentioned the PBS series, Call the Midwife [DVD TV SERIES CAL], which is starting up again on the 25th of this month. The seventh season covers the lives and work of fictional characters who specialize in the field of midwifery. The series may be considered a bit graphic in that childbirth is filmed in as realistic a manner as possible.

If you'd like to learn more about childbirth (and midwifery), here are some items to look for on your next visit:

Cassidy, Tina. Birth: The Surprising History of How We are Born. [618.2 CAS]

From Conception to Birth. [DVD 612.63 FRO]

Gabriel, Cynthia. Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds. [618.45 GAB]

Gaskin, Ina May. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. [618.45 GAS]

Wagner, Marsden. Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must be Fixed to Put Mothers and Infants First. [362.1982 WAG]

WBUR radio in Boston, recently ran a series on pregnancy and childbirth. The latest segment aired on March 11, "Many Women Come close to Death in Childbirth." Here is the shocking premise that was explored:
NPR and ProPublica have reported American mothers die in childbirth at a higher rate than mothers in all other developed countries. And for every woman who dies, 70 women reach the brink of death.

We can watch Call the Midwife and marvel over how much healthcare has improved since the 1960s, but when faced with a statistic such as the above, we have to ask ourselves, "Why is this happening?"

Monday, March 12, 2018

Call the Midwife Returns!

I'm excited for season 7 of the PBS series, Call the Midwife. It will be broadcast on March 25.



If you missed any of the prior six seasons, we own them all [DVD TV SERIES CAL], so grab a box of tissues and take the next two weeks to catch up.

The original memoir on which the series was based is Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth [B WOR, AB/CD B WOR, eBook] (in some editions the title is simply, The Midwife). If you're not familiar with the book or series, here's a summary:
At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London--from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side--illuminate a fascinating time in history.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Poetry Friday--19 Varieties of Gazelle

It is easy to get caught up in things like snowstorms such as the one that we were warned about for days ahead of time. Yes, living through a nor'easter can be frightening when the power goes out. And it can definitely be an inconvenience, but, it is nothing like living where the threat of war, or hunger, or homelessness, looms large day after day.

So, to put things in perspective, I've chosen a poem for today from Naomi Shihab Nye's 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East [YA 811 NYE].
Red Brocade

The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he's come from,
where he's headed.
That way, he'll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you'll be
such good friends
you don't care.

Let's go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
to your horse.

No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That's the armor everyone put on
to pretend they had a purpose
in the world.

I refuse to be claimed.
Your place is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
into your tea.

My friend, Michelle, at Today's Little Ditty, is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week down in Florida where they're not shoveling out from under a foot of snow!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Tomorrow is National Day of Unplugging!

I'm writing about National Day of Unplugging today, since, participants will be offline tomorrow! As the NDoU site tells us,
We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our devices.
Despite libraries' move toward eBooks, streaming video, etc., your public library still features a great collection of books to take you away from a device.

Novel reading can replace your obsession with the lives of others on Twitter. A nonfiction book can inspire you with ideas for redecorating your home, training a dog, baking a cake, and more.

Make it a multi-generation affair and see if the entire family can unplug for the day. You may find you enjoy the personal connections you can make right at home!

Have a tomorrow filled with fun!

If it is snowy, and you're stuck indoors:

The Complete Book of Indoor Games. [794.2 COM]

FamilyFun Boredom Busters. [790 FAM]

Silberg, Jackie. 300 Three Minute Games: Quick and Easy Activities for 2-5 Year Olds. [793 SIL]


If it is snowy, and you go outside:

Arnosky, Jim. Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature's Footprints. [J 591.479 ARN]

Danks, Fiona. The Wild Weather Book: Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Rain, Wind and Snow. [796.5 DAN]

Ralston, Birgitta. Snow Play: How to Make Forts & Slides & Winter Campfires Plus the Coolest Loch Ness Monster and 23 Other Brilliant Projects in the Snow. [649.5 RAL]





Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Are You a Future Oscar Winner?

There were some great performances nominated for the Oscars this year. Have you always dreamed of becoming an actor and giving an Oscar-winning performance? If so, then you may want to become a "method" actor. Method acting is referred to in reference to its creator, Konstantin Stanislavsky, who in the 1930s called it "the System," or its later proponent, Lee Strasburg. Basically, it is an actor's complete preparation for the role, that is, the actor becomes the character rather than someone simply playing a character.

Vox has looked at the Oscars (back to 1951) and has determined that method actors have a leg up in winning:



Here are few notable method actors and the films for which they won Best Actor or Best Actress:

Adrian Brody. The Pianist. [DVD PIA]

Robert De Niro. Raging Bull. [DVD RAG]

Jack Nicholson. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. [DVD ONE]

Hilary Swant. Boys Don't Cry. [DVD BOY]

Charlize Theron. Monster. [DVD MON]

Forest Whitaker. The Last King of Scotland. [DVD LAS]





Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Winners!

Sunday night was the presentation of the 2018 Oscars in the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. The films were released in 2017, so we already have some in our collection. A select list of nominees/winners is below with the winners in bold. (The titles we own, or are already on order, are marked. Other titles will be ordered in the future as they are released or as they become available.)

Best picture

Call Me By Your Name [on order]
Darkest Hour [DVD DAR]
Dunkirk [DVD DUN]
Get Out [DVD GET]
Lady Bird [on order]
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape Of Water [on order]
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [on order]

Directing

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) [DVD DUN]
Jordan Peele (Get Out) [DVD GET]
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) [on order]
Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape Of Water)

Photo source: http://oscar.go.com/news/oscar-news/best-actress-2018-frances-mcdormand-wins-2018-oscar

Actress in a leading role

Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water) [on order]
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) [on order]
Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) [on order]
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) [on order]
Meryl Streep (The Post)

Actor in a leading role

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) [on order]
Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) [DVD GET]
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) [DVD DAR]
Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) [DVD ROM]

Animated feature film

The Boss Baby [DVD BOS]
The Breadwinner [on order]
Coco [J DVD COC]
Ferdinand [on order]
Loving Vincent [DVD LOV]

Actor in a supporting role

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) [on order]
Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) [on order]
Richard Jenkins (The Shape Of Water) [on order]
Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World)
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) [on order]

Actress in a supporting role

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya) [on order]
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) [on order]
Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water) [on order]

Writing (Adapted screenplay)

Call Me by Your Name [on order]
The Disaster Artist [on order]
Logan [DVD LOG]
Molly's Game
Mudbound

Writing (Original screenplay)

The Big Sick [DVD BIG]
Get Out [DVD GET]
Lady Bird [on order]
The Shape of Water [on order]
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [on order]

Visual effects

John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover (Blade Runner 2049) [DVD BLA]
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2) [DVD GUA]
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus (Kong: Skull Island) [DVD KON]
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist (War For The Planet Of The Apes) [DVD WAR]

Costume design

Jacqueline Durran (Beauty And The Beast) [DVD BEA]
Jacqueline Durran (Darkest Hour) [DVD DAR]
Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)
Luis Sequeira (The Shape Of Water) [on order]
Consolata Boyle (Victoria & Abdul) [DVD VIC]

See the complete list here.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Do You Know What Today Is?

Chase's Calendar of Events 2018 [R 394.26 CHA] lists today as National Poutine Day, as declared by a poutine restaurant, Smoke's Poutinerie (locations all over Canada and now in California). "The goal of Smoke’s Poutinerie is to bring the authentic Quebec classic to the rest of the World." Poutine is already well-established in New Hampshire where many French-Canadians settled after finding employment in the textile mills during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

What? You say you don't know what poutine is? It is simply a plate of French fries covered with beef gravy and cheese curds (or mozzarella). To learn more about poutine, Macleans has "The History of Poutine," a short piece written for Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.

And here's a video recipe from Smoke's Poutinerie:



You would think that Potatoes: Simple and Delicious Easy-to-Make Recipes by Susanna Tee [641.6521 TEE] would contain a recipe for poutine, but no, it doesn't. I guess Smoke's is going to have to work a little harder in getting out the word!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Poetry Friday--February Vacation--What Do We Do? Part 5

It's almost the end of winter break, so why not spend a little quiet time with poetry? Today I'm going to recommend half a dozen books of small poems that kids can read, enjoy, and maybe memorize. Small poems are also perfect for putting on a bookmark to give to a friend!

Look for one of these to inspire a love of poetry in your children:


George, Kristine O'Connell. Little Dog Poems. [JP GEO]

Moore, Lilian. I Never Did That Before: Poems. [JP MOO]

Pocket Poems. [J 811 POC] (and More Pocket Poems. [J 811 MOR])


Shannon, George. Busy in the Garden. [JP SHA]

Worth, Valerie. Animal Poems. [J 811.54 WOR]

Renée at No Water River is moving us into March with today's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

It's February Vacation--What Do We Do? Part 4

How about doing something musical today? Here at the Library we have a fabulous collection of kids' musical CDs [CD CHILDREN] for you to sing along with. We also have a number of picture books that are based on songs, for example, there are the Raffi songs Baby Beluga [JP RAF] and Wheels on the Bus [JP RAF]. The Tom Paxton song, Going to the Zoo [JP PAX], or, On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson [JP JOH]


Some of the illustrated songs come with a CD so that you and your child can read the book while listening to the song. Some of these include: John Denver's Sunshine on My Shoulders and John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads, both by Christopher Canyon [JP CAN], Peter Yarrow's Puff the Magic Dragon [JP YAR], and the Wizard of Oz movie classic, song, Over the Rainbow [JP OVE] (sung by Judy Collins on the book's CD)

Older kids might be interested in exploring rhythm and sound through an online program from Cornell Labs. It is the result of a collaboration between musicians and scientists! Adults can read about the fascinating project that uses real animals sounds by clicking here. Kids can start playing by clicking here.