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|Great Lakes Great Books
The year 2013 saw the release of several great children’s
books, including a handful selected for the 2014 Great Lakes Great Books list,
recently released by the Michigan Reading Association. The list which includes
books for kindergarten through high school students offers a selection of
fiction and non-fiction. Schools across Michigan will vote on their favorites
from each grade category. Books in the Second and Third Grade group include an
injured artist who relearns to paint, a birthday bunny who turns evil and
enacts his evil plan and the diary of a hamster who realizes that life in the
cage is less scary than facing a cat. The list includes: Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian and Exclamation Point by Amy
Krouse Rosenthal, along with these:
In what might be the funniest children’s book every written,
yes I mean that, comes a tale of a sweet
birthday bunny turned evil in Battle
Bunny by Jon Scieszka. The book
looks old and appears written in, but that’s the genius of this tale. A sweet note inside the front cover wishes
Alexander a “Happy Birthday.” But Alex
wants no part of a sweet Birthday Bunny and turns him in “Battle Bunny”,
rewriting the script and illustrations.
And in this tale instead of a surprise birthday party, Battle Bunny
executes his evil plan, to cut down all the trees in the forest and blow up the
world. (Insert maniacal laugh) In a voice authentic to elementary school boys,
the laugh out loud ingenuity of this book will stimulate conversation and lead
to possible creation of one-of-a-kind tales.
Battle Bunny is so much fun readers will say yes, let’s make our own.
The Pet Project
by Lisa Wheeler (great jumping off point for scientific method)
A little girl wants a pet, and she systematically goes
through several choices, researching, then studying each choice, coming to the
conclusion that she really doesn’t want a pet. They stink, peck at her legs,
nip her nose, poop on her, destroy her garden, “veracious Vikings – bunnies in
disguise”, die (goldfish), make fiendish plots (ants), do nothing (turtle) pee
on her (guinea pig), curse (parrot) and worse (snakes eat mice). She finds instead that this investigation
process is what she enjoys the most and asks for a microscope. It’s a very fun
cause and effect, draw a conclusion, budding scientist analysis type book. For every kid that thinks they want a pet,
see the reality in this charming book.
White Fur Flying by
Patricia MacLachlan is an engaging story of rescue- both dogs and humans - that
gently introduces readers to a chapter book.
Zoe and her younger sister Alice love taking care of Pyrenees rescue
dogs their mom fosters until new homes can be found. They notice nine year old Phillip when he
moves in next door with his Aunt and Uncle, who don’t seem to understand kids
or pets. Phillip doesn’t speak, but is
drawn to the sisters , Kodi and May, two Pyrs and a rescued parrot named Lena,
that their veterinarian father brings home.
The group spends days developing friendships; and two more Pyrs Jack and
Callie come to live with the sisters and their family. One night Jack runs away and the next morning
it’s discovered Phillip is missing too. Readers will love the sister’s unapologetic
approach to a relationship with Phillip and the dogs. MacLachlan’s writing
makes this book charming and delightful at any age.
Inspired and amazed by the simple elegance of Horace Pippins
work in spite of the very real struggles in his life, writer Jen Bryant and
illustrator Melissa Sweet wanted to capture his story. In a A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace
Pippin, Bryant writes about the artist’s early days dreaming of sketches at
school and work. He drew sketches for
soldiers in the trenches of France in WWI, but tragically lost the use of his
right arm when he was shot on the battlefield.
Still he longer to draw and started using his left arm to steady his
right arm as he painted memories of the war.
Then he began other paintings, producing 140 pieces of art with his
still injured right arm. The determination
and ingenuity of this fantastic painter will inspire and awe.
He didn’t speak until he was three. He was a disruption to his class. And he didn’t like to wear socks with his
shoes. Read about how one boys curiosity changed science forever in On a
Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne. This endearing story chronicles the life of
the most famed scientist of the 20th
century in a fresh and fun way. The
light colored backgrounds reinforce Einstein as the creator of the theory of
relativity, but offer text and a story relatable to young readers. Einstein was simply a man who asked
questions, again and again, dreaming about the possibilities of the universe. What child doesn’t do the same?
All aboard! “Clang-Clang! Clang-Clang! Hissssssss. Huff,
huff, huff!” Jump on the iron horse for an adventure. Winner of the 2014
Caldecott Award, Locomotive by Brian
Floca offers stunning illustrations of a family moving cross country from
Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California on a steam locomotive. Hear the sounds, smell the smells as Floca
paints the plains, deserts and mountains of the U.S. interior with his words
and drawings. Chocked full of facts on
the mode of transportation that connected the country for the first time, this
non-fiction book will appeal to train aficionados and audiences that enjoy a
by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
February 22, 2014
|Films on DVD
White Public Library offers these new films on DVD and/or Blu-Ray disc. The
newer Blu-Ray format requires a Blu-Ray player, which is backward compatible to
also play DVDs. Whenever possible; we are buying Blu-Ray titles in a combo pack
that also includes a DVD, which is circulated separately, so we don’t leave
behind those who have not yet adopted the Blu-Ray format in their homes.
(2013 - DVD).
Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Nicole
(Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (Gandolfini) are both divorced parents with daughters
leaving for college. As they are both trying to grasp the changes in their
lives, neither is actively searching for love, but after meeting at a party,
the two are drawn to one-another. Eventually, they learn they have more in common
than they originally thought.
played Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. Enough Said was his second
to last role, and his last major role before an untimely death at the age of
51. He passed away in June 2013 from a heart attack. Gandolfini’s last acting
role was in Nicky Deuce, a made-for-TV production by the Nickelodeon network, which
briefly reunited him with several other cast members from The Sopranos.
However, Enough Said is a more memorable film for Gandolfini’s legacy,
illuminating the depth and versatility of his acting abilities. In an October
2013 interview, Louis-Dreyfus describes Gandolfini. “He was an amazing actor.
In fact, this part that he plays is much closer to him than Tony Soprano was,
in so many ways, which I think will be nice for his fans to see.” While
Gandolfini’s role in Enough Said was not exactly what we would expect from him,
Louis-Dreyfus is in excellent form in just the kind of role we have come to
expect from her, witty and relatable. The plot might fall into some of the
predictable sequences of a romantic comedy, but the dialogue created by
Holofcener is memorable, as are the performances of Louis-Dreyfus, Gandolfini,
Beyond the Pines (2013 - DVD & Blu-Ray).
(2012 - DVD & Blu-Ray).
Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, and Rose Byrne. Directed by Derek
Cianfrance. Crime drama following the life of a motorcycle stuntman whose life
changes when he discovers he has become a father. However, he discovers a new
type of adrenaline rush. The story examines the consequences of actions, and
how it can reverberate through generations of a family.
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Rogue CIA
agent Tobin Frost (Washington) is captured in South Africa after being on the
run for ten years. After being placed in a safe house, it becomes clear that
other parties are out to kill him and the young agent responsible for the safe
(2012 - DVD).
Me 2 (2013 - DVD).
Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Sturgess. Written and
directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. Based on the best-selling
novel by David Mitchell. This ambitious novel and movie features six
intertwined stories spanning hundreds of years. It explores the connective
nature of people’s individual lives, though separated by the past, present, and
Voice work includes
Steve Carell, Benjamin Bratt, and Russell Brand. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre
Coffin. Gru, the minions, and the three orphaned sisters Margo, Edith, and
Agnes are back. Now with a fatherly role, Gru is trying to stay on the straight
and narrow path with a new jam-making venture. Dr. Nefario doesn’t take to the
changes so easily.
has also updated these popular TV series:
season five (2013 - DVD). The
conclusion of the ten-time Emmy winning AMC series.
season six (2013 - DVD). Another
season of the AMC series that has won 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes.
series three (2013 - DVD). The
blockbuster BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as
modern-day Sherlock Holmes and John Watson continues.
by Bruce MacDonald, Assistant Director
February 15, 2014
The outstanding books
on the Michigan Reading
Association’s Great Lakes
Great Books list are chosen by a committee of teachers and librarians
throughout the state, and that committee meets right here at the Peter
Public Library. This year in particular, the Young Adult (YA) books on
list are wonderful choices for high school students as well as adults
beyond their teen years. Here are the books nominated for students in
to 12 to read and evaluate before voting for their favorites.
All the Truth That’s In Me
Berry is a book full of mystery. Though it feels like historical
cleverly left her story’s time and place undefined. Four years ago,
her best friend disappeared from their small town. Two years later only
returned, mutilated, shunned by everyone in her puritanical town and
speak. Luckily for the reader Judith’s narrative voice remains strong,
and full of passion as she silently tells her story to the young man
secretly loved since childhood. Touching on the power of language, the
education and the horrors of war, Berry
delivers a powerful and disturbing book.
Quick was my hands-down favorite YA book published in 2013. Its
story of redemption through basketball and friendships deep and true is
beautifully told by Finley, a self-described “minimal talker.” Finley’s life is colored
by past tragedy and
the grim reality of life in his hardscrabble town where the Irish mob,
and racial violence rule; basketball is his escape. His position on the
threatened when a very troubled but extremely talented basketball
calls himself Boy21 arrives in town just before their senior year. At their coach’s request,
the eternally loyal
and goodhearted Finley applies himself to helping Boy21 overcome his
intergalactic obsession and return to the basketball court.
If you enjoy a fun story
with plenty of food for thought,
check out Every Day by David
Levithan. Every morning “A” wakes up in a different person’s body,
person’s life, with no warning or control over which body and life
assume. Even under
“A” has developed a strong sense of self and a good moral compass. He has figured out the
rules and come to
accept this existence, until the day he assumes Justin’s body and falls
over heels in love with Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon. Can Rhiannon love
back? Is it possible to truly love someone no matter what they look
like on the
Living by Matt
de la Pena is a heart-stopping action thriller that also succeeds as
class drama and global disaster warning. Shy Espinoza takes a cruise
because he needs the money, and he gets a crash course in
classism and romance before the “big one” hits California
sending a tsunami to sink the
ship. Shark-infested waters and blistering sun are not Shy’s biggest
as he uncovers a diabolical conspiracy that threatens global health.
The title character in Rachel Hartman’s complex fantasy novel Seraphina has a secret that puts her
smack in middle of an uneasy peace between two rival factions. Humans
allowed in dragon territory and the intelligent, cold-minded dragons
assume human shape when entering human lands. Seraphina has kept a low
for the first sixteen years of her life, hiding her dangerous secret
living among humans, but that all changes when she finds herself
a plot that could shatter the already shaky peace.
Celeana, the heroine of Throne
of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, was the world’s most feared
assassin before she
was captured and thrown into prison in the salt mines. When the prince
to set her free if she can outfight and outsmart 23 men in a grueling
competition, Celeana jumps at the chance, setting in motion an exciting
full of action, world-building and political intrigue.
Where the Stars Still Shine
Doller is the heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart by maternal
illness and repaired through steadfast paternal love.
has been on the run ever since her mother kidnapped her at age five.
never attended school or stayed in one place long enough to make any
never worn anything but secondhand clothes. When her mother is arrested
Callie returns to live with her father’s new family, her guilt over
much while her mother has so little is almost too much for Callie to
Doller lightens the mood with a happy dose of Greek culture,
romance with a red-hot guy.
Will and Whit by Laura
is an upbeat graphic novel full of creativity and imagination in both
art. Wilhelmina (Will) is afraid of the dark, so she creates light by
fanciful lamps. With the help of her sister, Will is also dealing with
family tragedy and looking for escape through summer adventures with
by Mary Schneeberger, Teen Services
February 8, 2014
|Michigan Notable Books for 2014
Library of Michigan has
announced the Michigan Notable Books for 2014, and the honor has been
by new and experienced authors alike.
The diversity of the list and talent that can
be found in Michigan is amazing. The
PWPL has most of the Notable Books for
2014 on the shelves.
UP can be proud of former
Negaunee resident Ron Riekki who edited The
Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula Works.
This compendium includes 49 poems and 20 short
stories written about the
UP. Riekki uses his
UP contacts to
gather previously unpublished works from well-known authors such as
Hamilton, April Lindala and Chad Faries.
The Bird; The Life and Legacy of Mark
Fidrych by Doug Wilson is the
first biography of the sensational 1970s Detroit Tigers pitcher. As a rookie he became one
of the most popular
players of all time. This
especially meaningful following Fidrych’s untimely death in 2009.
Auer and Dave Dempsey teamed
up to edit The Great Lakes Sturgeon. This book captures many
aspects of the
impressive sturgeon that lives in the Great Lakes.
A fish with an ancestry that reaches back
millions of years, the sturgeon was once considered a nuisance. The mythical creature is
now endangered and
this book tries to tell a balanced story of this great fish.
Jo Link has built a
reputation for mystery writing, but her latest book is a personal look
Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a
Northern Farm is a memoir focusing on her shattered life in
2005. As a broke
single mother, Link recounts the
struggles she faced and how her family triumphed and grew stronger for
Bluffton, My Summers with Buster
is the rowdy tale of a troupe of
vaudeville performers who visit Muskegon in 1908.
Henry spends the summer with the group that
includes Buster Keaton, a boy his age.
Henry wants to spend time with all of the
including a zebra and elephant, while Buster wants to be a boy and play
baseball and hang out. This
book is a
nostalgic look at a time gone by in an idyllic Michigan setting.
Harrison is a perennial
Michigan Notable Book honoree. The River Swimmer, his latest book, is
a collection of novellas that focus on Michigan’s waters how the
of suburbia affects Michigan’s lush natural environments.
100 years ago, the gales of
November struck in a deadly way. November’s
Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913 by Michael
recounts the dramatic events that caused havoc on the Great Lakes as
tried to outrun a massive storm in order to finish the shipping season. Over 250 sailors lost
their lives and scores
of ships were lost.
Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love
Life by Linda Hundt features
the stories behind 52 of Hundt’s signature pies from her bakery and
located in DeWitt and Grand Rapids.
nostalgic spirit and her belief in the ability of pies to spread
captured in this spirited cookbook.
award-winning book is a heartwarming companion to a good slice of pie.
Alicia Elster recounts the
personal impact of segregation and discrimination through the eyes of
year old Patsy in The Colored Car. When her mother decides to
take her children
to Tennessee to visit their grandparents in 1937, Patsy witnesses
the legacy of discrimination during her travels.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Charlie LeDuff returns to his hometown to uncover what destroyed his
city. He beats on
the doors of union bosses,
homeless squatters, businessmen and woman as well as struggling
homeowners. What he
reveals is a story
of ordinary people holding the city together with sheer determination. Detroit:
An American Autopsy is filled with some of the strangest and
people this country has to offer.
Tear Down: Memoir of a Vanishing City
by Gordon Young is another
story by about a city ravished by poverty and crime.
Gordon Young grew up in Flint.
After 15 years in San Francisco, he found
himself interested in what was happening in his hometown. What he found was a city
that could once
boast of one of the world’s highest per capita income levels, but is
now one of
the most dangerous places to live.
city where an exotic dancer can afford a lavish mansion, speculators
cheap houses by the dozen and where arson is often the quickest way to
Poetry in Michigan..Michigan in Poetry
is edited by William Olsen
and Jack Ridl. This
collection of poems
from 90 Michigan poets is featured in a beautiful coffee table volume
includes visual art from 30 Michigan artists.
UP poets featured in the volume are Linda
Nemec Foster, Matthew
Gavin-Frank, Austin Hummell, Ander Monson, Ron Riekki and Russell
Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow:
Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of
1763 by Keith R. Widder is a look at the attack by the Ojibwa
captured Fort Michilimackinac from the British allies on June 2, 1763. This book examines the
attack and the course
of events in the aftermath and how this impacted the French-Canadian
communities at the Straits of Mackinac and the history of the U.S. and
These Michigan Notable Books
provide a diverse look at our state.
This is a perfect time to check out an award
winner and read all about
what Michigan has to offer.
by Pam Christensen, Library Director
February 1, 2014
I love to knit.
Recently I discovered two
new types of knitting that might interest other knitters in Marquette.
called arm knitting. Rather than
using needles with yarn to create scarves, hats and lap throws, the
uses his/her own arms to “knit” yarn into an item. The other type, yarnbombing, is more fine art. For those
knitters and readers of this column who don’t know this type of
knitting, yarnbombing is a term for
knitting. Visualize a tree trunk wrapped in lights at Christmas; that’s
same colorful look presented when one knits graffiti for that same
tree, or a light
pole, sign post, or whatever item needs a bit of color in today’s
stark, urban environments
like Houston, TX where it began. Knitters do similar knitting when we
clothing or accessories; we create colorful decoration for our loved
ourselves. The following book selections offer several traditional
find new ideas in creating those special works of art for people.
60 quick knits
from America's yarn shops is a collection of patterns
created by knitters from around the U.S. They offer new projects with
for every style, skill level and use straight or circular needles. There are some really cute
items for babies
and toddlers, lovely styles of new hats and caplets plus lots of
for everyone. I’m trying to decide which headband to knit for my newly
“teenaged” granddaughter; maybe I’ll do both!
her book, Hand knits for the home: 20+
designs for stylish interiors with the standard beginning of
with basics: types of needles, differing yarns, casting on, binding
stitches, etc. Then the patterns appear. Each one includes simple
that encompass the knitting process for the design as well as
directions on how
to achieve the pattern stitch used to complete it. Damian Russell did a
job photographing a knitter’s hands as she performs the actions
achieve the stitch patterns. The projects in the book will add texture
depth to anyone’s home.
Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting
by Elizabeth Lovick is an extraordinary new book in the 746’s. Its
techniques form a stitch dictionary that includes a photograph of the
pattern, a graph showing how to create the pattern plus step-by-step
on how to do several different projects using the pattern. Also
included is a
level of difficulty for the projects. The photography work is fantastic
book and made me want to create each and every project. A brief history
Shetland lace which dates back to the 17th
century adds another
layer to this new knitting book.
knits: 30 patterns inspired
by favorite books written by Nikol
Lohr blends her
love of classic literature and knitting to create some fresh new
book’s patterns are more intermediate by design, but the detail is
with excellent photographs if a knitter needs help to complete. Among
lovely patterns are two different mitten patterns based on what might
knitted by Marmee for Jo or Meg from the book Little Women, a cloche
by the ladies of Great Gatsby, shawl patterns influenced by those worn
and Jane Eyre and many other projects for the entire family.
crafters find knitting on a circular
needle to be a challenge. Margaret K. K. Radcliffe’s book,
Circular knitting workshop: essential techniques to master knitting in
the round, is a book to
that difficulty. Ms. Radcliffe, a veteran knitting instructor,
colorful photography how using a circular needle can assist a knitter
creating complex designs. She continues to illustrate how knitters can
convert a beloved two-needle, flat pattern into one done seamlessly
knitting in the round. Once a knitter has completed all thirty-five of
included workshop projects, he/she will be confident to work with one
needle when doing a new project.
Knits: no-sew garments in classic styles presents a unique
idea in knitting:
a completed project when the knitting is done. TenDyke shows how to
projects so that no additional hand work is required. Her patterns
techniques to easily add the little niceties, or details, while
projects. Each of the twenty sweaters in the book include photographs,
step-by-step directions, graphs and helpful how-to’s to prevent its
becoming a pile of pieces to lay forever, unfinished.
latest knitting book is entitled Knit a
Monster Nursery: practical and
playful knitted baby patterns. The projects swell from
striped sweaters and
caps for the little one to blankets, toys, mobiles, swings and
his or her room. A special feature in the beginning of the book is Ms.
explanation of her “monster-knitting guidelines and techniques.” Here
explains some unique and new ways to achieve the fun items she creates
include monster gauges and a magic loop method. I hope you can graduate
the “monster-making university.” Enjoy this fun-loving, creative book.
a look at her first book, The Big Book of
Knitted Monsters: mischievous, lovable toys, at PW, too.
by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
January 25, 2014
Reading can provide an
this biting cold weather gripping the UP.
I thought it would be interesting to feature
books and movies with the
world COLD in the title.
Local resident and award-winning
author, John Smolens knows cold and that single word is the title of
about a prisoner who escapes during a snow storm. Cold captures
the lives of
six people who face love, greed and the promise of a last chance set
the unforgiving terrain of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Preston and Lincoln Child are coauthors of many bestsellers. Their character Special
returns in Cold Vengence, but this
time he must investigate the murder of his wife Helen.
As Pendergast travels from Scotland to New
York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana he is forced to dig into
wife’s past; a past that may lead to horrific lies and destroy his
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is often
credited with being the first “true crime” novel.
Written in 1966 the book details the brutal
1959 murders of Kansas farmer Herbert Clutter, his wife and four
managed to paint a vivid picture of
the two violent parolees who committed the mass murder and the innocent
murder’s effect on the quiet
town of Holcomb, Kansas is also explored.
Capote was disappointed that the book did not
win the Pulitzer Prize for
non-fiction, but it launched many other books of the true crime genre.
Mystery writer Steve Hamilton uses
UP weather like a character in his Alex McKnight novels set in
Michigan. One of my
Hamilton’s A Cold Day in Paradise is
the first book in a series of mysteries featuring the retired cop
reluctant private eye. Is
things, or is the man who shot him and killed his partner on the loose
Dog Who Came In From the Cold by
Alexander McCall Smith is a hilarious and heartwarming tale of Freddie
Hay a terrier with multiple talents.
Freddie stars in the Corduroy Mansions series. Set in Pimlico, a
community of elegantly
crumbling mansions, the story centers around a cast of eccentric
has been recruited by
M16 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.
The Opposite of Cold
by Michael Nordskog
is a beautiful pictorial that captures the Northwoods Finnish Sauna
tells the story of
the Finnish sauna and its arrival in North America.
The history, culture and practice of the
sauna will warm you up as will the fabulous photos of saunas.
Deaver writes the creepiest of mysteries, and The
Cold Moon is no exception.
On a freezing December night, two people are
brutally murdered under a
New York City full moon. Criminologist
Lincoln Rhyme is called to help solve the crime.
The quadriplegic investigator soon realizes
that these grisly murders are the first in a series.
As Rhyme and his sidekick Amelia Sachs rush
to stop the most cunning villain they have ever encountered, Sachs
discoveries that may well affect her future.
Buchanan started her career as a crime reporter with the Miami Herald. She uses her experience to
mysteries. Cold Case Squad is the tale of a special
unit that breathes new
life into old cases. The
squad takes on two
12 year old cases that were previously deemed tragic accidents. As a result, they find
unlikely killers and solve
a pair of near-perfect murders.
So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
begins with a beautiful woman and ends with a voyage through a town’s
dark history. When
Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to
make a documentary of her father-in-law’s life, Shaw readily agrees. Once he starts, he finds
that there are very
few clues to the man’s past and in his hometown, he finds even more
is known as the “Winningest Musher in the World”.
Since his first race in 1979, he has recorded
thousands of training miles and trail hours with his dogs. Cold Hands Warm Heart
the very personal look at his career and a compilation of stories that
reader a look into the heart of a champion.
winter’s night makes you long for a film, the PWPL collection has a
of titles befitting the season. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars
Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner.
This is a film based on the real, dour and
chilling world of spies and
is a burned out
British agent who defies supervisors and embarks on the most dangerous
assignment of his career.
in a Cold Climate is based on
novels by Nancy Mitford—part thinly veiled memoir, part biting satire
window on a past way of life. This
drama from the BBC follows the story of three young aristocrats in the
between World War I and World War II.
Warmth is as
close as the Peter White Public Library.
by Pamela Christensen,
January 11, 2014
“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” program begins
Tuesday, January 28 with a public reception and keynote address at 7:00
Included in the extended program is a monthly book discussion series
Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the library’s Shiras Room.
Our first book for public discussion is The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson. Wilson grew up in
Colorado as an atheist, middle-class
female. At Boston University she studied history and Islam, converted,
moved to Cairo to teach English. There she fell in love with and
She writes of how the couple built connections through art, love, hard
compassion yet how stereotypes and cultural and political differences
Together they forged a hybrid culture in a post-9/11 world. Wilson is a
journalist, novelist and comic book writer. 297.574Wi
Our second book for discussion on Wednesday, February 26 is Stewart
Gordon’s When Asia Was
the World: Traveling
Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the
East." Gordon looks
at Asia from
700-1500 A.D. through the personal travel narratives of nine men
Chinese Buddhist monk, a philosopher living in Baghdad, a Jewish spice
a man who sailed on expeditions with the Ming imperial fleet, the head
Mongol army and a Portuguese apothecary. These travelers describe the
from Arabia to China at a time when Asia was the center of scientific,
philosophical and religious thought. Commerce, international diplomacy
exchange of ideas thrived along the far-reaching trade routes. 950Go
Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi is
our third book
scheduled for discussion on Wednesday, March 26. Mernissi grew up in
Morocco in the 1940s. In this memoir, she writes about her large,
family in which the women and children were confined to their shared
restricted in their behavior. Mernissi focuses on her strong, colorful
relatives and their conflicting attitudes about traditional harem life
political and social changes facing Morocco including the waning of the
occupation, World War II, the Westernization of Morocco and the
faced as educational opportunities opened up. The author took advantage
these opportunities. She studied at the Sorbonne and earned her
Brandeis University. She is a sociologist and teaches at Mohammed V
in Rabat. 921 Mernissi
In Muhammad: A
Very Short Introduction, Jonathan A. C. Brown provides an
accessible, 140 page
introduction to major aspects of the Prophet’s life, its importance and
place in Islamic scholarship and traditions. Brown explains some of the
different interpretations of Muhammad’s life by providing both Muslim
Western historical perspectives. This fourth book discussion is
Wednesday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. 297.63Br
Our last book,
Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie, is scheduled for
discussion on Wednesday, June
11. In this novel, Aasmaani, a young woman, lands a job as a quiz show
assistant in Karachi. She meets Shehnaz, an actress and friend of her
mother before her mother disappeared 14 years earlier. Her mother’s
lover, a famous
Pakistani poet, was murdered two years before her mother’s last
Shehnaz hands Aasmaani letters written in the same code the Poet used
letters to Aasmaani’s mother. Aasmaani believes the letters are written
Poet and are clues to what happened to her mother and to the Poet. This
tale, and its mystery, romance, and politics captures the promise and
of Pakistan. Adult fiction: Shamsie
twenty more books and three documentary films were received by Peter
Public Library through a grant from the National Endowment for the
and the American Library Association. Pickford Community Library, a
Humanities Council grant recipient, will hold their discussion series
11 and 18, and April 1, 8 and 15. For more information, call PWPL at
or Pickford at 906-647-1288.
by Cathy Seblonka,
Collection Development Librarian
The centennial of the
Strike of 1913 has been observed this past year in the Keweenaw
labor strike lasted from July 1913 to
April 1914, and to a large extent shut down or drastically curtailed
mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
One of the most notable events of the strike
was the Italian Hall
Tragedy where 73 people, the majority of them children, lost their
of that fateful day are chronicled in an expanded edition of Death’s Door by Steve Lehto. No stranger to Copper
Country, Lehto first
explored this disaster in the original version of the book which was
Michigan Notable Book in 2006. Since
that time, he has collected new material and photos and doubled the
size of the
book. He has also
served as an expert
for two film documentaries about the strike and Italian Hall Tragedy.
also written Shortcut-the Seeberville
Murders and the Dark Side of the American Dream. This book details the
surrounding mine security harassment of immigrant miners near
the harassment escalates, two innocent
people are left dead.
Louis Galdieri and Ken Ross were introduced to the Copper Miners’
Strike by the
Woody Guthrie Ballad 1913 Massacre. The two spent almost ten
years filming and
researching background for the film by the same name.
What was created is a film that looks at the
impact of the Italian Hall tragedy on Calumet and the Keweenaw
personal interviews of several of the event’s survivors and local
song, sung by Arlo
Guthrie, provides a haunting backdrop to the film.
Lankton, Professor Emeritus at Michigan Technological University, has
great deal of research into copper mining history in the region. He has written several
books that capture the
technology, business and social history related to copper mining. Cradle
to Grave, Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines
the industrial cycle of copper mining from the 1840’s to 1960’s.
Ground; Copper Mining and
Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840’s to 1990’s is an
at the industrial landscapes that dot the Copper Country. He tackles the daunting
task of making the complex
technology of mining and architecture
to the average reader.
Thurner grew up in Copper Country, received his PhD from the University
Chicago and served as a professor of history at DePaul University. His book Rebels
on the Range is a full scale study of the labor conflict
that gripped the
area in 1913. He
has written a number of
other books about the Keweenaw including Calumet
Copper and People, History of a Michigan Mining Community 1864-1970.
Range of Opportunities
by Richard A.
Fields is a historic study of the Copper Range Company that operated in
Country along with the Quincy Mining Company and Calumet and Hecla
Company. Founded in
1899, by William A.
Paine, also founder of the stock brokerage firm Paine-Webber, the
outlasted most of the other copper mining firms.
The book combines photos and text to tell
the story of mining operations from Ontonagon to Mohawk.
One of the
most visible strikers during 1913 was Annie Clemenc.
Standing over six feet tall, this Slovenian
of a miner and wife of a miner crusaded for social and labor reform
daily parades held in the streets of Calumet.
Tall Annie by
Burns is the story of her Calumet years and her role in the strike and
childrens’ Christmas party which forever scarred the community.
Kaunonen has researched the history of Finns in the U.S. and their role
mining industry. Challenge Accepted-a Finnish Immigrant response to
in Michigan’s Cooper Country examines how the surge of
changed the Copper Country. His
work, Community in Conflict is
written with Aaron Goings, and is a working class history of the
Michigan Copper Strike and Italian Hall Tragedy.
Using a vast collection of documents, many of
them in code, Kaunonen and Goings challenge the perception that the
an aberration, and claim it was actually a significant event caused by
social, political and economic divisions based on race, ethnicity,
gender and class.
History of the Finns
in Michigan by
Armas K.E. Holmio, originally written in Finnish, translated by Ellen
Ryynanen explains why the Upper Peninsula was a major destination for
immigrating to the U.S. The
culture brought to Copper Country by these new citizens is described
illustrated by many photos.
Heywood traces the history of the strike in a mystery novel set during
period featuring Luke Bapcat, a fictional account of one of Michigan’s
civil service game wardens. Lovers
Grady Service will enjoy this new type of sleuth who takes on poachers
in Red Jacket.
many more titles about copper mining, the Keweenaw Peninsula and Strike
are available at the Peter White Public Library.
|By Pam Christensen, Library Director
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