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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Seneca Falls Convention

On this day in 1848 a two-day Woman's Rights Convention began in the Seneca Falls, New York. There were 300 attendees who were interested in equal rights for women, and, in a woman't right to vote. It would be 72 years before women became eligible to vote in national elections, and today, 170 years later, an equal rights amendment to the Constitution has yet to be passed!

The "Report of the Woman's Rights Convention" can be found here.

Please note: in the United States, women working on the suffrage issue were known as "suffragists," not "suffragettes," which was the term used for British women. You will also see "woman's" applied to rights, suffrage, etc. When the movement began, the term was used in the same way "man" was used to universally denote all men, thus, the 1848 convention was the Woman's Rights Convention.


Conkling, Winifred. Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. [YA 324.623 CON]

Harris, Duchess. Women's Suffrage. [J 324.623 HAR]

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

History of Fashion

Fashion is a multi-trillion dollar industry--you read that right--TRILLION! Certain fashion trends become cultural markers and forever recall a specific period of time, think of the mini-skirt for example.

Fashion came about once man progressed beyond loincloths and tunics. It has a history that most of us are unaware of. To learn more, I recommend a series of podcasts titled "Dressed: The History of Fashion." Each week you'll learn about fashion trends and the people behind those trends. Everything from the environmentally disastrous use of real and rare bird feathers on hats, to designer Elsa Schiaparelli, to the Wonderbra. Find all the past episodes here.

The best part of fashion history is the visuals. Here is a look at 100 years of wedding gowns:



Look in our 391 section for fashion history books with illustrations and photos, and, if you want to explore fashion design, look for Fashion Design Course by Steven Faerm [746.92 FAE].

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

She Just Keeps Rollin' Along

What do you know about the history of this planet we live on? Through the wonders of the internet, you can visualize the Earth, as seen from space, and as it appeared as far back as 750 million years ago! (Warning: the slowly spinning globe is a wee bit hypnotic!) There's lots more to be found on DinosaurPictures.org, including pictures of dinosaurs--always a kid favorite.


The DVD series, How the Earth Was Made [DVD 551.7 HOW], a History Channel production, will fill in the knowledge blanks you may have found after viewing the spinning globe online.
From the Great Lakes to Iceland, the San Andreas Fault to Krakatoa, travel the globe to reveal the physical processes that have shaped some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets, and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that helps visualize how the earth has evolved and formed over billions of years.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hallmark Movies--They're Not Just for the Holidays

Do you crave a little light romance year-round? If so, we added a whole crop of non-holiday Hallmark movies!

Turn on the a/c, pop a little popcorn, then put your feet up and enjoy one of these:


The Beach House. [DVD BEA]

Moonlight in Vermont. [DVD MOO]

Royal Hearts. [DVD ROY]

A Smile As Big As the Moon. [DVD SMI]

Stranded in Paradise. [DVD STR]

Unleashing Mr. Darcy. [DVD UNL]

Friday, July 13, 2018

Poetry Friday--Celebrating Henry David Thoreau

Yesterday was the 201st birthday of New England's own Henry David Thoreau. If you've read his books you may have noticed how he drops in bits of poetry and rhyme throughout his narrative. Many of these tidbits have been collected in Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems [818 THO].

I don't know if anyone else in this area has noticed an abundance of rabbits this year, but I've had at least three in my yard. There have been lots of turtles, too. And wild turkeys! 2018 is a wildlife bonanza!

When I found this short untitled poem by Thoreau, I knew it would be the perfect one to celebrate his birthday!

"Rabbits" by John Sherrin; altered by Diane Mayr.

The Rabbit leaps
The mouse outcreeps
The flag out-peeps
    Beside the brook.

The ferret weeps
The marmot sleeps
The owlet keeps
    In his snug nook.

The apples thaw
The ravens caw
The squirrels gnaw
    The frozen fruit;

To their retreat
We track the feet
Of mice that eat
    The apples root.

The willows droop
The alders stoop
The pheasants group
    Beneath the snow.

The catkins green
Cast o'er the scene
A summer sheen
    A genial glow.

The snow dust falls
The otter crawls
The partridge calls
    Far in the wood

The traveller dreams
The tree-ice gleams
The blue jay screams
    In angry mood.
What is most surprising about this little poem is how concise it is. Illustrated, it could be mistaken for the text to a contemporary children's picture book.

Happy Birthday, Henry! You were ahead of your times in more ways than one!

Sylvia is hosting the Round-Up at Poetry For Children--do stop by!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau!

Today, we're celebrating the 201st anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, in Concord, MA. I realize that last year was the big year to celebrate, it being a nice round number, but Thoreau's legacy continues to grow. There is renewed interest in his writings for the way in which he detailed the flora and fauna of New England. We can see how climate change has effected the environment in the years since he wrote about the region nearly two centuries ago.

Thoreau has been introduced to the very youngest reader through a series of books by D. B. Johnson in which Thoreau is portrayed as a big lovable bear. His lessons are obvious, but Johnson's approach is not as didactic as one would expect! They are well worth reading!


Henry Builds a Cabin. [JP JOH]

Henry Climbs a Mountain. [JP JOH]

Henry Hikes to Fitchberg. [JP JOH]

Henry Works. [JP JOH]

Henry's Night. [JP JOH]


I hope children will be inspired to read more about the real Thoreau!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Getting Hooked on Crochet

Someone recently posted that there are only 24 weeks until Christmas!

This summer, if you have a little spare time, and you're in a nice air-conditioned space (like the Library), you may wish to take up crocheting so that you can get a headstart on holiday gift making. If you're a rank beginner, then look for the Learn to Crochet kit [YA KIT 746.434 LEA] among our unusual items. It comes with a beginner's guide, crochet hooks, and more. This way if you decide crocheting is not for you, you haven't invested a lot of money to purchase equipment. However, thinking more positively, if you find yourself loving crochet, then visit the 746.434 section where we have guides, and patterns, and project ideas to inspire you.

Once you get the basics down, and if you're feeling especially creative, you might want to combine art and crochet and embark on a project such as this:

Photo by Ernest Neto, included as part of the "A 65-Foot Hand-Crocheted Tree Gives Visitors to Zurich’s Train Station a Full Sensory Experience" article by Kate Sierzputowski.

Get started today since the holidays will be here before you know it!