Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dear Reader: April 28, 2012

Yesterday was a busy day at Your Little Library. We had visits from the entire kindergarten class at RMS, then three bins of delivery. I went to the COA to share their monthly Cobb lunch (roast turkey – yum!) and stayed to help with cleanup. Back for the last knitting group until fall, not counting World-wide Knit in Public Day on June 12 (more on that later). Discussion ranged far and wide, and one of the knitters was even able to mend a sweater for a staff member. Handy folks to have around! I finished up the newsletter, barring some editorial corrections, watch for it Monday. So I never got around to the Friday blog post.

If you like mystery books, you know about the annual Edgar Awards. Here is this year’s list: Edgar Awards for 2012. I usually check this list for what Plumb owns and order those that we’ve missed. But feel free to place reserves.

I’ll be going to the Book Expo America again this year, and one of the highlights of BEA is meeting authors and getting their signatures on Advanced Reader Copies, or their new books. Here is the list of attending authors: Authors at BEA. Let me know who’s signature I should get. Sometimes the best experiences happen by accident, so who knows what I’ll come back with. BEA is in the first week of June.

When I first read Harry Potter, I remember feeling it was close in style and plot to Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones. We were great DWJ readers in my house, especially loving the Crestomanci series. If you’d like to investigate this popular fantasy author, check out this blog: Celebrate Diana Wynne Jones. I recommend starting with Witch Week, then maybe Howl’s Moving Castle. She also wrote a very wry adult fantasy that takes place at a science fiction conference (aka sci-fi con).

And finally, thanks to Bookshelves of Doom (if you’re not reading this blog, you should!) and Book Riot, here is a funny look at the unsung over siblings in children’s literature, such as Beezus, Mary Ingalls, etc.: “No Fair!” On Overlooked Eldest Siblings. Do you have any to add?

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Dear Reader: Monday, Apr. 23

So, how was your Earth Day? Ours was very lazy, what with the rain and it being Sunday and all. Thank you to the people who showed up Saturday to sign up for the Rochester clean-up day. We appreciate all of your hard work.

The May Book Page has just arrived. Anna Quindlen is on the cover. Inside is the usual stellar collection of interviews, reviews, and news. Oh, and a crossword puzzle on the back. Sharpen your pencils!

Here is a cute video about RIF: Book People Unite! Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the link. (If you’re an Etsy shopper, check out Bookshelves of Doom’s Etsy shop. She takes postage stamps and makes lovely pendants out of them. We received a nice Moomintroll one for a birthday present.)

Tonight at 6, the Junior Friends will have a pizza party, sponsored by the Plumb Law firm, as a thank you for their hard work at the Easter Egg hunt in early April. We are very proud of our Junior Friends. They’ve done several visits to Sippican Nursing Home to deliver holiday treats before Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

The Cafe Parlez book discussion group will meet this Thursday at 6;30 to discuss Mrs. Kimble. Copies of May’s book Room are available now.

That’s it for now. See you Friday!

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Dear Reader: April 15, 1912

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I have compiled a short list of new books we’ve received here at Plumb and in SAILS on this topic.
1. Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the World They Came From, by R.P.T. davenport-Hines
2. The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
3. Iceberg Right Ahead!: the Tragedy of the Titanic, by Samantha McPherson
4. Shadow of the Titanic: the Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived, by Andrew Wilson
5. A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, by Julie Williams
6. Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic’s First-class Passengers and Their World, by Hugh Brewseter
7. The Company of the Dead, by David Kowalski

I have always been interested in the Titanic, ever since reading Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember (also a good movie). If you’re interested in the same topic, I can recommend any of these books.

Coming up: Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Dave Cullen’s Columbine on Thursday, 4/19. Cafe Parlez will discuss Mrs. Kimble on 4/26. On Monday, May 7 at 6:30, John Teal, author of Life and Death of a Salt Marsh, will present a talk with Powerpoint presentation on “Old Rochester’s Wetlands, Salt and Fresh”. Also, we will start writing book reviews in the blog, and/or listing new books we can’t wait for you to read.

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Dear Reader: Happy Easter!

Just a reminder: the library is open today and Saturday, our regular hours. Don’t forget the Easter Egg Hunt at Plumb Corner Shopping Center tomorrow morning at 10. Now for some links for you to read while the little ones are hunting for eggs.

I think Joel Stein wrote this just to be controversial: Should Adults Be Reading Kids Books. If you follow his logic, readers of The Lord of the Rings series would not know how Bilbo got the ring, because they would not have read The Hobbit. And does this include all of LM Montgomery’s works, or just Anne of Green Gables? What do you think of his statement?

All of the Harry Potter books are now available through Overdrive: Harry Potter ebooks at your library, and we’ve got ’em! You may have to wait, but the price is right.

This was an alarming article from Huffington Post: American High School Students Read at a 5th Grade Level, but really not that surprising for those of us in the library biz. We see it all too often: the size of the book matters more than the content. Reading is not valued in the family, so it becomes a chore for everyone concerned. Reading lists do not contain new titles, graphic novels, or popular books, thus reading becomes associated with work and tedium. Your opinions?

If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, here’s The Hunger Games performed by Beanie Babies: Beanie Baby Hunger Games. It’s pretty accurate to the story, so if you haven’t read it or seen the movie, be aware.

And finally, from Book Riot blog, how YA heroines would react in regular situations: What Would Insert-YA-Heroine-Here Do?. I like Katniss’ solution.

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Dear Reader, April 2, 2012

Were you the victim of any April Fools jokes? Me neither, though I did hear one on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Apparently they’ve found a 10th symphony from Beethoven, in a folder in the attic of a Masonic Hall in NYC. I was suspicious because of the terrible German accent of the supposed Beethoven expert.

Some community news: Town election is on Wednesday, April 11, from 10-8 at the Council on Aging. Vote early (and vote often, as Mayor Curley of Boston used to say).

From the Rochester Women’s Club: IN CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY 2012 THE ROCHESTER WOMEN’S CLUB AND THE ROCHESTER LAND TRUST, IN A JOINT EFFORT WILL CLEAN THE STREETS OF ROCHESTER. SUNDAY APRIL 22ND IS THE DAY. WE CAN USE THE CLUB HOUSE AS A GATHERING PLACE. THE CLUB WILL SUPPLY GLOVES, BAGS AND MAPS. ANY AND ALL HELP IS WELCOME. NANCY AND I WILL MEET WITH THE SELECTMAN TO DISCUSS OUT PLANS. WE WILL ALSO GET TOGETHER WITH THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT AS WE DID LAST YEAR. SPREAD THE NEWS, JOIN THE CLEAN TEAM, BRING YOUR CIVIC GROUP, BRING YOUR FAMILY AND LET’S CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2012. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
MARSHA HARTLEY
ROCHESTER WOMEN’S CLUB

The Board of Library Trustees will meet this Saturday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. It’s an open meeting, so don’t be shy.

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