Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Monday, Monday…”

(Now I can’t get The Mamas and The Papas out of my head.)
Coming up at the library this week:
“ABC, Music and Me” will end tomorrow, Jan.31. Or will it? Watch this space to see if this popular program for the youngest ones will return next month.
The return of the knitting group: we’ve tried it a couple of times and have had little interest, but here’s hoping the third time is the charm, as they say. I’m considering calling this “Mary Leonard’s Knitting Group”, in honor of Mary Hall Leonard, co-founder of the public library in Rochester. Her smiling portrait hangs on the east wall, and I’m sure she’d approve of ladies not being idle. “Idle hands are the devil’s plaything”, my grandmother used to say, and I’m sure MHL agrees. Join us Fridays at 2:00 for tea, cookies, and crafting.
Symphony Tales will be here on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11:00 to present Scritch Scratch: A Perfect Match. The author will start by talking about how she came to write the book, then a cellist and a reader will preform the book. There will be a child-sized cello to try, and the author will sign copies of her book, which will be on sale for $10. Pre-registration is strongly required, and, as of this writing, there are 2 spots available. Call or drop by to register.
And finally, the Oscar nominations are in, and, as in the Golden Globes, several of the nominated movies are based on books. Here is a link from USA Today about this very thing. Over the weekend, Mr P and I saw The Way Back, based on the book The Long Walk. Incredible movie and highly recommended.

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It’s Award time!

The Newbery and Caldecott awards, along with the many other awards, were given out this week at the ALA Midwinter Convention. A good rundown of the winners is HERE. A librarian at the NYPL does an excellent blog on children’s literature, and her commentary on the winners and honor books is here. Personally, I think the Newbery award is the kiss of death for most children’s books, with a few notable exceptions. I used to read them religiously, but now find most of them dull and sad. Here is a very good annotated ranking of the winners by popularity from the Allen County Public Library.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is back! The museum opened Monday after extensive renovations. If you’re curious to see it, we’ve got passes that let you in at a discount rate. Call to reserve yours. However, if your name is Isabella, you get in free any time.

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Symphony Tales

We are accepting registrations for the February 4 performance of “Scritch Scratch: A Perfect Match” by Symphony Tales of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Due to space limitations, we are keeping spaces open for Rochester residents; non-residents will go onto a waiting list and will be called as space is available. The author of Scritch Scratch will be signing books, which can be pre-ordered and purchased for $10. Call or stop by to register.

Here is an interesting post about the alternate titles for famous books. Some authors call these “working titles”, but this is a fun list. I especially like the alternate title for Jaws.

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Friday Posts

Just a mish-mash of items today.

Tomorrow is Squirrel Appreciation Day, and Miss Lisa is setting up a display of books about squirrels. I don’t know about you, but I do not appreciate squirrels, especially when they’re upside-down on my bird feeder scoffing the sunflower seeds. But when we were in Scotland, we saw many signs about the infestation of American gray squirrels, who were crowding out the traditional Scottish red squirrels (think Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin). Here is a link from Blue Planet about the Red Squirrel.

Tomorrow, at 11:00 and 1:00, Symphony Tales will be at the Mattapoisett Public Library. If you can’t make those performances, we will be hosting this wonderful family event on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11:00. If you can’t make either one, Elizabeth Taber Library in Marion will be hosting this program in early March.

Be sure to stop by the Wanderer’s web page to vote on the Groundhog Day covers. I’m not pushing anyone to vote for anything in particular, but one of our patrons has entered an extremely beautiful cover featuring Our Little Library and the Wonderful Staff. Just sayin’. As they say on “Cute Overload” (one of our favorite websites), “Vote, vote, vote, like a baby stoat!”

The Nonfiction Book Group had a lively and spirited discussion last night about The Other Wes Moore. Next month’s book is Mark Kurlansky’s Cod. A book about a fish? Yes, and it’s an interesting one to boot. So drop by and pick up a fish.

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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

We are closed today, but that doesn’t mean the Your Intrepid Blogger can miss a Monday post!

First off, the Golden Globe awards were held last night. We don’t usually watch award shows, but here is a site from a Canadian library that lists titles that inspired Golden Globe nominees and winners: How Many Have You Read?.

To commemorate today, here is a video of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It is quite inspiring to watch. It’s interesting to note that Dr. King was inspired by Gandhi, who was inspired by Thoreau’s “Duty of Civil Disobedience”.

The Nonfiction book group meets this Thursday, 1/19, at 6:30 to discuss The Other Wes Moore. Also, don’t forget the yarn and pattern swap this Friday afternoon from 2-4. That plus the three story times makes us one busy little library!

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Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Today is the first of three Fridays-the-Thirteenth in 2012. The other two will be in April and August. Here’s some information from “How Stuff Works” about “Friday the Thirteenth”: Click Here. It’s a good day to read a gothic novel, such as The Castle of Otranto, long considered the first official Gothic (and a very weird story, too). Also a good day to read The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill. Here’s the link to the Google books edition, and a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe is due to come out soon. The preview is very spooky. Watch it Here, if you dare!

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More about Downton Abbey, and other stuff

Hands up, everyone who saw the first episode of Season 2 of Downton Abbey! Two hours never flew by so fast. If you are a real fan, you’ll appreciate this website: Official US Website for Downton Abbey. You can vote for your favorite characters after each episode. I’m sorry, but the scale is not low enough for Mrs. Bates, or high enough for Anna.

We have been asked about knitting classes. We are not expert enough to begin teaching people, but Universal Class has knitting lessons, along with 499 other topics. Check it out Here.

We still have “Dinner for Two” books for sale for $29.95 to benefit the Friends, who get $10 on each sale.

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