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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mary Shelley and Her Monster

Today has been chosen to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, The modern Prometheus [F SHE].

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City currently has an exhibit on Frankenstein titled "It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200." It provides an overview of Frankenstein in literature and culture and the way iconic figure has grown and continues to grow as a subject for writers and film-makers. Rather than me trying to summarize, here's a short video from The Morgan Library and Museum:

The Morgan also has digitized a copy of Frankenstein that was annotated by Mary Shelley with things she would like to have seen changed. A cool feature for those who may not have read the book, but have only seen one of the filmed versions, is a synopsis of the plot.

Mary Shelley is as interesting a subject as her monster character. Local writer, Lita Judge, created a highly illustrated free verse biography of Mary in Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein [YA B SHE]. And Elle Fanning played the role of Mary in Mary Shelley [DVD MAR].

We also have several of the filmed versions of Frankenstein including Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection [DVD FRA] and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [DVD FRA].

Happy 200th Birthday, Frankenstein!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Baba Yaga

You may not be familiar with the name, Baba Yaga, but, since it's nearly Halloween, it's the perfect time to look at this witch-like character. Here's a brief description of Baba Yaga from Wikipedia:
In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being (or one of a trio of sisters of the same name) who appears as a deformed and/or ferocious-looking woman. Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out and may play a maternal role and has associations with forest wildlife. According to Vladimir Propp's folktale morphology, Baba Yaga commonly appears as either a donor, villain, or may be altogether ambiguous.
I first came upon Baba Yaga, in the easy reader, Bony-Legs by Joanna Cole [E COL]. The story is also included in a collection of scary stories titled The Scary Book [J SC SCA]. Since Bony-Legs has plans to eat the little girl who shows up at her door, I'd say in this book, she's definitely a villain.
When a terrible witch vows to eat her for supper, a little girl escapes with the help of a mirror and comb given to her by the witch's cat and dog.
Babushka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco [JP POL] may be considered a more maternal character:
The villagers are afraid of her, so the legendary Baba Yaga disguises herself as an old woman in order to know the joys of being a grandmother.
Gregory Maguire (author of the wildly successful adult novel, Wicked [F MAG]), includes Baba Yaga in his novel for a younger audience, Egg & Spoon [YA MAG]. I think his Baba Yaga may fall into the "altogether ambiguous" category!
In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.

Monday, October 29, 2018

National Cat Day! (And Barbara's Birthday)

It's a given that Kurious Kitty would celebrate National Cat Day. National Cat day originated as a way to bring awareness to the number of homeless cats. Sadly, many people consider cats as disposable. If you're thinking of getting a cat, please consider adopting from a shelter.

Cats are already provided with homes by millions of Americans, click here for statistics on pet ownership in the United States. And many children count cats as family members.

Here are recent children's books about cats:

Bernstein, Galia. I Am a Cat. [JP BER]

Brill, Calista. Cat Wishes. [JP BRI]

Brockington, Drew. CatStronauts: Robot Rescue. [J CX BRO #4]

Dean, James. Pete the Cat Goes Camping. [E DEA]

Foley, Greg E. Kat Writes a Song. [E FOL]
Hesselberth, Joyce. Mapping Sam. [JP HES]

Jacobs, Pat. Cat Pals. [J 636.8 JAC]

Mattern, Joanne. The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids. [J 636.8 MAT]

Watson, Tom. Stick Cat: Two Cats and a Baby. [J WAT #4]

Wells, Rosemary. Kit & Kaboodle. [JP WEL]

These are only ten from 2018 and the year isn't over!

Also, a big happy birthday to long-time staff member, Barbara!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Poetry Friday--The Tree That Time Built

Half the fun of poetry is listening to the musicality of the words. If you borrow The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination [J 808.81 TRE] you can read along as you listen to the CD that is included. The 100+ poems for this anthology were selected by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston. Forty-four of the poems are on the CD, and 18 of the readers are the poets themselves. There a nice mix of poets covering a variety of times and places.

Within the pages of the book you'll find explanatory notes with some of the poems. The notes either deal with the subject of the poem, or with the mechanics of the poem. (Mechanics is probably a poor choice of words, but I can't think of another!)

Here's a sample:

Their feet, planted into tar,
drew them down,
back to the core of birth,
and all they are
is found in earth,
recovered, bone by bone,
rising again, like stone
skeletons, naked, white,
to live again, staring,
head holes glaring,
towering, proud, tall,
in some museum hall.

Myra Cohn Livingston

Although a popular view holds that dinosaur fossils have been found in tar pits, that is not the case. Although many kinds of extinct animals and plants dating from the Ice Age have been excavated from the La Brea tar pits in California and more recently from other pits in South America, dinosaurs were extinct long before the pits existed.
There is a glossary at the end, suggested reading resources, and an "About the Poets" section.

Stop by A Journey through the Pages where Kay is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

International Magic Week

Most celebratory weeks begin on a Sunday and end on the following Saturday, but not International Magic Week. International Magic Week runs from October 25 through 31. The reason being, October 31 is the date upon which magician Harry Houdini passed away. It is also Halloween--reportedly a time of "magic."

Most people think "tricks" when the word "magic" is mentioned, and that's going to be my focus today. We have all sorts of magic trick books from card tricks to optical illusions!

Look through this list to get a sampling of what you'll find at the Library:

Barnhart, Norm. Amazing Magic Tricks: Apprentice Level. [J 793.8 BAR]

Blackstone, Harry. 200 Magic Tricks Anyone Can Do. [793.8 BLA]

Charney, Steve. Incredible Tricks at the Dinner Table. [J 793.8 CHA]

Fullman, Joe. Sleight of Hand. [J 793.8 FUL]

Gibson, Walter Brown. The Complete Beginner's Guide to Magic. [793.8 BRO]

Klingel, Cynthia and Robert Noyed. Card Tricks. [J 793.8 KLI]

Loh-Hagan, Virginia. D.I.Y. Make It Happen: Magic Show. [J 793.8 LOH]

Turnbull, Stephanie. Close-Up Tricks. [J 793.8 TUR]

Wick Walter. Walter Wick's Optical Tricks. [J 152.14 WIC]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Happy Birthday, Belva Lockwood!

Belva Lockwood. Does the name sound familiar? Probably not, however, Belva Lockwood played an important role in U. S. history. She was born in New York state on October 24, 1830 and became a lawyer at a time when women weren't welcomed into the field of jurisprudence. She persevered, however, and in 1879 she was the first woman to be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. As if that weren't enough, she was the first woman to be formally nominated for the U S. presidency! This occurred in 1884, when women weren't even allowed to vote! (Women were awarded that right in 1920.) Lockwood ran for president in 1884 and 1888.

Belva died in 1917, so she was never able to legally vote in a national presidential election.

We have a short children's biography of Belva Lockwood, Belva Lockwood Wins Her Case by Drollene P. Brown [J B BRO] and a brief overview of her life is found in Women of the Empire State: 25 New York Women you Should Know [J 920 WOM].

Now that you know Belva Lockwood's name, don't you wish you knew more?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Looking to the Future

Do you have a child in middle or high school who is beginning to think about a career for the future? Tech is definitely a way to go. However, "tech" is a broad topic and you want your child to find a good fit for his/her interests and skills. What can you do?

You're in luck because this year, on November 10, NH Techfest is taking place, 9:00-3:00, at Salem High School. NH Techfest is being co-hosted by Salem High School's The Blue Devils (FRC Team 6324) and Windham High School's Windham Windup (FRC Team 3467). (FRC stands for First Robotic Competition.)
Since 2009, NH TechFest has been showcasing those exciting STEM occupations by inviting cutting edge technology companies in New England to feature their innovations and ideas in a hands-on format for Middle and High School students. From video game developers to drone racers to roboticists, these are the STEM fields of the Future. And STEM touches all areas- the FBI forensics lab, meteorology, and assistive technologies. How can you be an active participant in the Future? Come see, touch, hear, and experience those ideas and inventions at NH TechFest. Meet the scientists, engineers, and technology professionals and be inspired.
Tickets are required, but they are free! To find out more about festivals such as this one, which are taking around the country, visit the Science Festival Alliance website.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Judy Blume's Best-Loved Book

Author, Judy Blume's best-loved book is undoubtedly Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret [J BLU, eBook]. It first came out in 1970 and has sold in the millions. It is still in print today. Judy Blume's books have never been brought to film for one reason, only, the author refused to sell the rights. She has finally relented, and it was announced last week that Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is being turned into a movie.

Now would be the time to reread it, or read it for the first time. I imagine that once the film nears it's release date, the demand will be great!

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is a children's book, but Judy Blume also writes for adults. Her 2015 novel, In the Unlikely Event [F BLU, AB/CD BLU, eBook, eAudiobook], would also make a great movie in my opinion.
Judy Blume takes us back to the 1950s and introduces us to the town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, where she herself grew up. Here she imagines and weaves together a vivid portrait of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed during one winter. At the center of an extraordinary cast of characters are fifteen-year-old Miri Ammerman and her spirited single mother, Rusty. Their warm and resonant stories are set against the backdrop of a real-life tragedy that struck the town when a series of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving the community reeling.

What other Judy Blume books do you think should be filmed?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Poetry Friday--A Belated World Octopus Day!

Photo courtesy NOAA.

I missed World Octopus Day! It was celebrated on October 8--I must have been out to lunch!

It's never too late to celebrate with an Octopus poem and here's one by William Stafford found in Crossing Unmarked Snow: Further Views on the Writer's Vocation [811 STA].
If I Could Be Like Wallace Stevens

The octopus would be my model--
it wants to understand; it prowls
the rocks a hundred ways and holds
its head aloof but not ignoring.
All its fingers value what
they find. "I'd rather know," they say,
"I'd rather slime along than be heroic."

My pride would be to find out; I'd
bow to see, play the fool,
ask, beg, retreat like a wave--
but somewhere deep I'd hold the pearl,
never tell. "Mr. Charley,"
I'd say, "talk some more. Boast again."
And I'd play the banjo and sing.

"I'd rather slime along than be heroic." What a great line!

We have a new book in our children's room by Poetry Friday participant and poet, Irene Latham. The title is Love, Agnes: Postcards from an Octopus [JP LAT]. If you haven't already read it, stop by the Library--it's a fun picture book for kids! While you're at it, borrow Ringo Starr's Octopus's Garden [JP STA] because the mere mention of the title has left you with a day-long earworm! Am I right?

Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week from over the border in Massachusetts!

Thursday, October 18, 2018


You may think that sourdough is a strange subject for a post, however, it is library-related! First of all, there is a sourdough library in Belgium that is a collection of sourdough starters from around the world.

And if that's not enough, there's a novel with sourdough as its subject and its title! Sourdough is by Robin Sloan [F SLO, AB/CD SLO, eBook] and although it may stretch your credulity at times, it is quite an amusing story!
A software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions, Lois Clary codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. When the brothers have Visa issues, they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her--and learn to bake with it.

If you're inspired to bake your own sourdough bread, we have many bread books in our baking section, 641.815. Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day: Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Breads [641.815 REI] would be a good place to start!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


If you commute to work or school, you may want to consider listening to audiobooks. Here at the Library we have physical format audiobooks--CDs in a case--and eAudiobooks through our CloudLibrary and NH Downloadables services, which can be downloaded to your phone or other electronic device.

At least once a month we add new physical audiobooks. They are most often those books that are on the bestsellers lists, in other words, titles in high demand. We also add new books in series. And, if we don't have a specific title that you are looking for, we consider requests for future purchases. Just be aware that not every book is released in an audiobook version, and that sometimes it will take a considerable amount of time between hardcover publication and when a book comes out in an audio version. The recent bestseller and book group favorite, Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, was published in book form in June 2017, but only came out in a physical audio version yesterday! An eAudio version had been released somewhere in between. Confusing, isn't it? And there also may be a problem due to author restrictions. J. D. Salinger refused to sell the rights to Catcher in the Rye, so despite demand, you will not find it in audio.

In any case, we still have plenty for you to listen to. Here are sample titles we've added in the past month:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan [AB/CD KWA].

Field of Bones by Judith A. Jance [AB/CD JAN].

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh [AB/CD WAL].

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis [AB/CD 158.1 HOL]

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King [AB/CD B ROG].

In His Father's Footsteps by Danielle Steel [AB/CD STE].

Lies by T. M. Logan [AB/CD LOG].

Transcription by Kate Atkinson [AB/CD ATK].

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Eugene O'Neill

Playwright, Eugene O'Neill was born in New York on this date in 1888. He is recognized as America's foremost playwright. O'Neill won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936, and his plays continue to be staged 130 years after his birth.

We have his plays in a three-volume set from "The Library of America" series: volume 1 Complete Plays 1913-1920; volume 2 Complete Plays 1920-1931; volume 3 Complete Plays 1932-1943. All are found under 812 ONE.

Several dramas have found their way into film, and Long Day's Journey into Night [DVD LON], released in 1962, starred Katharine Hepburn. It is a semi-autobiographical account of O'Neill's family, which, if you watch the preview below, you realize must have been completely dysfunctional. The subject matter of family relationships and alcohol and drug addiction sadly continue to be relevant to 21st century viewers.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Beautiful Boy

Steve Carell's latest movie, Beautiful Boy, opened on Friday:

The film is based on the book Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction [362.299 SHE, eBook, eAudiobook] by David Sheff, and Tweaked: Growing Up on Methamphetamines [YA AB/CD B SHE] by his son, Nic.

Several years after publishing Beautiful Boy, David Sheff wrote a guide for everyone on dealing with addiction--Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy [362.29 SHE].

Friday, October 12, 2018

Poetry Friday--Pastoral

On October 12, 1872, the great English composer [Ralph] Vaughan Williams was born. His music has great appeal to those who think of England as a land of gentle sheep on gently rolling hills. Williams even titled one of symphonic works, Symphony No. 3, "Pastoral." Pastoral comes from the Latin word, pastor, meaning shepherd.

The term pastoral also refers to a type of poem described by Babette Deutsch in Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms [808.1 DEU] as
A poem about shepherds and other herdsmen or in praise of such a life as they lead, but often deceptive in its simplicity, since it may be the vehicle of a grave theme unrelated to the rural scene.

"The Shepherd" from Songs of Innocence by William Blake is an example of a pastoral poem, and, it is one that Vaughan Williams set to music as part of his song cycle, "Ten Blake Songs."

Here is the poem:
The Shepherd

How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lamb's innocent call,
And he hears the ewe's tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.

Found in Poems and Prophecies [821 BLA].

And here is the song:

Visit Laura at Writing the World for Kids for this week's round-up of poetry links.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. This year's theme is "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce."

© UNICEF/UN0206982/Herwig

International Day of the Girl Child is a United Nations initiative
On International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), themed “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, join UN Women as we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future.

The 1.1 billion girls of today’s world are challenging the status quo. They’re redefining girlhood, and they’re doing so against the odds.

Across the world, girls face adversities that hinder their education, training and entry into the workforce.They have less access to information, communication technology and resources, such as the internet where the global gender gap is growing.

A quarter of young people, most of them girls, are neither employed nor getting an education or training.

This year alone, 12 million girls under 18 will be married, and 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years will become pregnant in developing regions.

And yet, they persist, they succeed. They are innovating technology to solve global challenges, they are standing up for the environment, they are raising their voices against violence and they are preparing to run for office.

Look for one of these books about girls:

Alabed, Bana. Dear World: A Syrian Girl's Story of War and Plea for Peace. [eBook]

Girls to the Rescue: Tales of Clever, Courageous Girls From Around the World. [J GIR]

Global Baby Girls: A Global Fund for Children Book. [BB GLO]

McCarney, Rosemary A. Dear Malala, We Stand With You. [J 371.822 MCC]

Winter, Jeanette. Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan. [J 371.823 WIN]

Yousafzai, Malala. Malala's Magic Pencil. [JP YOU]

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

NH Assistance

You might not need it today, but there may come a time when you'll need a "Health and Human Service" resource, such as place that could help a family member prepare for the GED/High School Equivalency Test. Where do you look?

If you live in New Hampshire, much of the information you may need is now available at 2-1-1 New Hampshire Community Resources. Resources exist in each of these categories:

Here's more on 2-1-1 NH:
2-1-1 NH is the connection for New Hampshire residents to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 2-1-1 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. For those outside of New Hampshire, call 1.866.444.4211.

2-1-1 NH is an initiative of Granite United Way and relies on the generosity of donors and partners like Eversource, the State of New Hampshire, Volunteer NH and local United Ways.

Take note of the web address: https://www.211nh.org/, because some day, you may have a problem that you won't be able to solve on your own.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Jokes on...?

Famed British street artist, Banksy, played a big joke on the art world by creating a work, "Girl with a Balloon" that sold at a Sotheby's auction for $1.3M (yes, you read that right, 1.3 MILLION dollars). As the gavel came down to end the bidding, the painting began to self-destruct! Read all about it here.

A documentary about Banksy, Exit through the Gift Shop [DVD 751.78 EXI] was on the shelf the last time I looked. I found it fascinating and would recommend it if you want to learn more about this grand art trickster!

There is also a section on Banksy in the children's book, 13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know by Angela Wenzel [J 759 WEN]. There was a period of time when the identity of the artist behind the art that appeared on British streets was unknown.

Banksy's creations have popped up in other locations around the world. Here's one from California:

Photo by Joseph Voves.

If you have an eReader, also look for This Is Not a Photo Opportunity: The Street Art of Banksy [eBook]. It might actually be better to view it on a desktop computer since an iPhone or other small screen would not do justice to the art.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, Chester A. Arthur

On this date in 1829, Chester A. Arthur was born in Vermont. Arthur grew up in New York, became a lawyer, and found his way into politics becoming the 20th Vice-President of the United States in the election of 1880. He served as V-P for four months until the 20th President, James A. Garfield, was assassinated. Arthur was not particularly well-liked and he became one of the very few, one-term presidents, serving less than four full years.

So, it being Chester A. Arthur's birthday, and Poetry Friday, I'm going to share a poem about Arthur (yes, there really is a poem about him) from The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents by Susan Katz (illustrated by Robert Neubecker) [811.54 KAT].


"Hail to the Chief"

Our official presidential theme
made Chester Arthur want to scream.
Its entire history was terribly wrong.
First it began as a boating song,
which gave Chester Arthur a sinking feeling.
But the problem that really sent him reeling
was the fact that this ballad, to Arthur's dismay,
had been sung on the stage in a musical play
called The Lady of the Lake.
That was more than he could take.

He spoke to musician John Philip Sousa
and told him how desperately we could use a
new song. With that, the subject was closed,
and President Arthur felt much more composed.
So that's how our country's official motif
was changed from the former "Hail to the Chief"
to the famed "Presidential Polonaise,"
which became so beloved it last for...days.

I had to trim the page at the bottom, so you can't see the nugget of information that has been presented about the presidential song. You'll just have to borrow the book!

I don't think I need post a version of "Hail to the Chief," because it is so well-known, but you probably don't know "Presidential Polonaise." Here it is:

The Opposite of Indifference is where Tabatha is serving as this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up hostess. See you there!

Louisa and the Alcotts (in Fiction)

On Tuesday, I noted the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women [F ALC].

Louisa and other family members have been researched and written about in nonfiction works such as Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson [B ALC]. They have also been reimagined as characters in several novels:

Atkins, Jeannine. Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott. [F ATK]

Hooper, Elise. The Other Alcott. [F HOO]

Maclean, Anna. Louisa and the Missing Heiress. [eBook]

McNees, Kelly. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. [F MCN, AB/CD MCN]

In a related title, March by Geraldine Brooks [F BRO, AB/CD BRO, eBook], the author used the father character, John March, from the novel, Little Women. Brooks also used the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's real father, Bronson, to round out the character and actions of her Mr. March.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Talking about Issues in the News

Many people were glued to last Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Adults hopefully understand the issues that were raised--sexual assault, consent, excessive drinking and blackouts, decorum, etc. But, what about children and teens? This is an obvious time to discuss such issues with your kids.

NPR's Morning Edition posted an segment titled, "How To Talk To Young People about the Kavanaugh Story,", which may be a place to start. I'm signed up for NPR's "NPR Ed" online newsletter. The September 30 edition contains resource links provided by the author of "How To Talk To Young People about the Kavanaugh Story," Anya Kamenetz. Since the list is provided for educational purposes, I think it will be okay to use Kamenetz's list verbatim:
Advocates for Youth teaches millions of young people about honest sex education, reproductive health, abortion and contraceptive access, LGBT rights and related issues. They also have an international youth activist network.

Kidpower is a child-safety organization that provides training and resources for schools to talk about abuse, consent, and other safety-related issues.

The Center for Supportive Schools is a New Jersey-based nonprofit that trains peer educators to teach about healthy relationships.

The Talk Project is a free peer-to-peer sexual violence awareness program for high school students in Los Angeles.

Answer is a center at Rutgers University that provides sex education, training and resources for teens.

Blue Seat Studios is the source of the famous “consent is like tea” and other videos that explain consent.

AMAZE is another video education project that includes videos on healthy relationships that are suitable for tweens and teens.

The Library has books on talking to kids, as well as books for kids themselves to read such as What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis [YA 306.7 WAL].

It is up to you to help your kids understand the issues that they are facing, or may face in the future--be prepared with the information you and they need.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Little Women is 150 Years Old!

Yesterday, October 1, was the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women [F ALC, AB/CD ALC] by Louisa May Alcott. The book has been in print continuously since that date and it is found on many people's lists of favorite books. You may not know that the book was originally published in two volumes--the first in 1868, and the second in 1869. It's immediate acceptance made Louisa May Alcott a household name.

The book's continued popularity has also resulted in several filmed versions and we have three in our collection [DVD LIT]! Currently, there is a newly released version that is showing in local theaters. When it is released in DVD, it, too will be added to our collection.

Alcott was as interesting a person as was Jo in Little Women. To learn more about her, look for these:

Cheever, Susan. American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work. [810.99 CHE]

Cheever, Susan. Louisa May Alcott. [eAudiobook]

LaPlante, Eve. Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother. [B ALC]

Matteson, John. Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. [B ALC]

Reisen, Harriet. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. [B ALC]

Monday, October 01, 2018

October is National Apple Month

There is an organization for nearly everything, so, of course there would be one for apples. It is the US Apple Association and they advocate for apple growers and all things apple. On their website you'll find information on Apple Month and pages more about apples .

For even more detailed information look for these books in our collection:

Burford, Tom. Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks. [eBook]

Jacobsen, Rowan. Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, & Little-Known Wonders. [634.11 JAC]

Pooley, Michael. Real Cidermaking on a Small Scale: An Introduction to Producing Cider at Home. [663.63 POO]

Rooted in America: Foodlore of Popular Fruits and Vegetables. [398 ROO]

In the same way as there is an organization for everything, there is also a museum. The National Apple Museum is the one for apples! The Museum's online collection of colorfully designed apple crate labels is worth a look. In the day of modern packaging and shipping, these crates and their labels have all but disappeared. A nice bit of nostalgia for those who remember the old days of fruit and vegetable stores.

There's nothing more American than apple pie if you can believe the common phrase. This October look for an apple pie recipe, or many recipes, in one of the cookbooks in our collection. Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie by Ken Haedrich [641.8652 HAE] has at least a dozen.

October is always a great time for apple-picking due to cooling temperatures, golden light, and the annual appearance of apple cider donuts! For a list of New Hampshire pick-your-own orchards, visit the NH Department of Agriculture site for a 2018 list of farms and orchards. Have fun at the orchard!