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|May 4, 2013---||Kristine O'Connell George|
|April 27, 2013---||GLGB for Grades 4-5|
|April 20, 2013---||Poetry|
|April 13, 2013---||Variety of Nonfiction|
|April 6, 2013---||DVD Releases|
|March 30, 2013---||Easter Music|
|March 23, 2013---||Art Books|
|March 16, 2013---||Muslim Bookshelf|
|March 9, 2013---
||Best of Nonfiction
Books for K-1
||Latest in Technology
||Read a Magazine
May 4, 2013
April 13, 2013
|Author - Kristine O'Connell George
If you like short poems, especially those about nature and
every day occurances, you’ll want to read the library’s collection of books by
Kristine O’Connell George. The author
has published several books about observations in nature, such as” Hummingbird Nest:
A Journal of Poems” that tells the story of a hummingbird that built nest in
the backyard becoming the focus of one family’s spring and summer. The poems are enhanced by the realistic
illustrations of Barry Moser.
“The Great Frog Race,” Toasting Marshmallows: Camping
Poems,” and “Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems” are three volumes of poems about the
wonders of being in the outdoors, taking note of the plants and animals, birds
and insects that make up an ecosystem.
Kate Kiesler illustrated all three books in a calm combination of oil
paints. Try to visualize the
illustration for the poem, ”Summer fills the empty space between two trees with
a hammock.” It’s exactly like that.
“Little Dog Poems” and “Little Dog and Duncan” are two books
about the same adorable girl and her dog, illustrated in detailed watercolors
by June Otani. George’s understated
poems address the small pleasures of dog ownership and the special relationship
children have with their dogs. The
second book includes a visit from Duncan, a very large dog who brings an
unusual dynamic to the group.
“Emma Dilemma” is a book of big sister poems from a fourth
grader to her preschool sister. As with
any sibling relationship, there are great times together and there are
frustrating times when you want to be an only child. Nancy Carpenter’s pen and ink watercolors
pick up on the moods of both sisters, increasing the impact of these endearing
“UP!” and “Book!” are both aimed at preschoolers who have
their own way of looking at the simple things in life. A visit to the park is a way to try out
action words, while the small act of reading a book is only one of the things a
youngster can use books for.
“Fold Me a Poem” is a series of poems centered around a
child folding his own set of origami animals and thinking about the
characteristics of each one. The whole
book is one ongoing illustration of bright acrylics by Lauren Stringer that
moves from page to page as each animal takes a turn to inspire a poem. Origami instructions can be found at
“Swimming Upstream” is a collection of middle school poems
accented with several full page spreads of pen and ink drawings by Debbie
Tilley. The first one depicts students in
the hallway with one boy trying to remember his locker combination. It matches a poem from page 10: “I’ve got your numbers. Twelve…eleven…twenty-one. Why won’t you open?” Anyone who’s been to middle school can relate
to these thoughts on school, friends, and growing up.
Kristine O’Connell George will be featured at the Young
Authors Conference the second week of May, with a special appearance at the
Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30. The event is open to the public.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website and Outreach Services
January 12, 2013
|A Variety of Nonfiction Books
Many architects, owners and contractors are trying to build
environmentally friendly buildings. Frank Lloyd Wright Natural Design, Organic
Architecture is a beautifully illustrated look at Wright and his
designs. Wright’s desire to work and
live with nature and to use it to create livable homes and cities is as
relevant now as it was during his lifetime.
All Standing by Kathryn Miles
is the remarkable story of the legendary Irish Famine ship called the Jeanie
Johnston. More than one million people
fled Ireland to North America during the Potato Famine and more than 100,000 of
them would die aboard one of the 5,000 “coffin ships” carrying them to a new
land. The remarkable crew of the Jeanie
Johnston never lost a passenger or crew during 11 voyages to North America.
Maryka Biaggio’s first novel Parlor
Games is the tale of May Dugas, once named “the most dangerous woman in the
world” by the Pinkerton Agency. The
novel opens in 1917 as May is facing trial for extortion in her hometown of
Menominee, Michigan. Is May as dangerous
as agent Reed Dougherty claims or just an innocent caught in nefarious schemes
not of her making? You as the reader can
Larry McMurtry is known for his historic novels and screenplays. He turns his attention to chronicling the
life of infamous General George Armstrong Custer in his newest work. Lavishly illustrated, this volume explores
how the memory and legend of Custer were born in the aftermath of his battle
against a large Lakota Cheyenne Village on June 25, 1876. Custer redefines the
reader’s understanding of the American West.
The Best American Short Stories of
2012 by Tom Perrotta includes North
Country by Roxane Gay. She received
her PhD. From MTU and serves as Co-Editor of PANK, MTU’s literary
magazine. She captures the spirit of
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as seen from an outsider, in this eloquent short
Minnesota’s rugged terrain is the setting for Lake Country by Sean Doolittle.
When Wade Benson was convicted for killing a young woman in a fatal auto
accident after he fell asleep at the wheel, the judge handed down a
controversial sentence. Unfortunately,
the victim’s brother decides to settle the score. Only one man can try to derail the horrible
revenge plot that threatens to spin out of control and take many innocent lives
Audiologists agree that Americans are suffering a national epidemic of
hearing impairment. Seventeen percent of
the population or 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. For many, this condition hits between the
ages of 19 and 44. Katherine Bouton is
one of the many for whom Shouting Won’t
Help. Using her personal experiences
as a guide, Bouton discusses this invisible disability and offers advice and a
wealth of information about hearing loss.
Spring will be here someday and Foraged
Flavor will get you ready to take advantage of nature’s bounty. Authors Tama Matsuoka Wong and Eddy Leroux
have compiled a book that will help foragers find fabulous ingredients from the
backyard, woods or farmer’s market.
Arranged by season, the book includes drawings of each ingredient and
recipes that make the most of its flavor and characteristics.
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin marks the 20 year
anniversary of Rankin’s writing career.
For this riveting mystery he brings back Detective John Rebus who has
never shied away from lost causes. Nina
Hazlitt is still mourning the loss of her daughter, after she disappeared years
ago. No sightings, no body and no clues
have led everyone to call the disappearance unsolvable. Two more women have disappeared from the same
place, and Rebus is determined to put the pieces together to bring closure to
the cold case.
Anna Starmer has come to the
rescue of the color-challenged among us with the Color Scheme Bible. This
book presents 200 distinctive color schemes inspired by nature, art, travel and
objects. This inspirational guide
describes how colors interact and the effect they have on a room. Each scheme features a main hue, accent
colors and highlight colors. Starmer
explains how to use each color for walls, woodwork, upholstery and accessories
to bring out the best in the room.
The Dummies books have helped
millions of people conquer their fears about a myriad of subjects. Ed McCarthy
and Mary Ewing-Mulligan help the reader understand and enjoy wines and
champagnes in Wine for Dummies. This book explains grape varieties and wine
styles, deciphers wine lists and labels, give hints for selecting and storing
wine, pairing wine with foods and how to shop for wine and read restaurant wine
lists. Short chapters, lists and tables
make this book easy-to-use as well as a complete introduction to what can be a
|by Pam Christensen, Library Director
you been wondering what the end of the Mayan calendar
will mean? Many
notable writers have been
pondering the same thing and have written a batch of books about
America that may pique your interest.
Ashes of the Earth: a
Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America by Eliot
Thirty years after a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors
have formed a colony named Carthage
on the on
the edge of what was once Lake Ontario. Ruled by a governor with
absolute power, this
fragile community is threatened by secret crimes, government
between generations, and has a history of banishing those who suffer
Boone, once a revered
colony founder, investigates a murder that reveals criminal elements
story highlights the
need for societies to salvage ideas and values (instead of material
order to rise up from the ashes.
Angelmaker by Nick
clock repairman Joe Spork finds himself in deep trouble after a friend
to fix an old machine which turns out to be a doomsday device linked to
father’s gangster past. Pursued
monks, government agents, a serial killer and an Asian drug lord, Joe
realizes he’ll need the help of Edie Banister, an elderly WWII
save the world from annihilation.
story unfolds we gradually learn that the doomsday machine was built to
world peace by forcing us to speak only the truth.
However, in the wrong hands, truth-telling
can prove deadly.
The Children of Men by P.
Set in England
in the year 2021, P. D. James’ novel suggests a bleak future devoid of
that is filled with despair and violence.
Central to the story is Theo Faron, an Oxford
history professor who is
approached by a group of dissidents who harbor a dangerous and
secret: a young woman’s hidden pregnancy.
The Dog Stars by Peter
Heller’s debut novel features a pilot named Hig who is about
to embark on a journey of discovery.
a flu pandemic has killed nearly everyone he knows, Hig has co-existed
dog and a loner named Bangley for nine years at an abandoned airport in
Colorado. When he
hears a voice on the radio, Hig
becomes haunted by the thought of finding other survivors. Flying a 1956 Cessna, Hig
soon sets out on a
six-week trip, gaining insights along the way about connection, love,
Flood by Stephen Baxter
Stephen Baxter’s daring novel is a postapocalyptic story
about a world where rising tides mean high ground is rapidly becoming a
precious commodity. Set in the year 2016, this story follows the
attempts of four
political prisoners freed from captivity in Barcelona who search
solutions to the world’s rising ocean levels.
The Omega Point: Beyond
2012 by Whitley Strieber
December 21, 2012 has come and gone without incident.
The year is now 2020 and energy from a
supernova is disrupting the sun, creating solar storms that are
earth. Even as the
wealthy of the world
hide in huge bunkers underground, they know they won’t survive long
some sort of miracle. The
seems to lie with one man, David Ford, a psychologist at the exclusive
Clinic. He and many
of his patients were
once classmates at a center which preceded the clinic where Herbert
taught them a science so ancient its truths have passed into the realm
by time travelers from an ancient civilization may prove essential to
Parable of the Sower by
Octavia E. Butler
Set in the year 2025, this novel portrays a world in decline
overwhelmed by pressures of global warming, pollution, ethnic conflict
other problems. Young,
eighteen-year-old Lauren Olamina flees her walled Californian community
is overrun by a desperate mob of pyro addicts called “paints” who seek
and work. Joining
other refugees who are
flooding north, Lauren is buoyed by her faith in a philosophy/religion
Earthseed, which she believes will one day carry people up to the
|by Lisa Shirtz, Reference