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materials--both adult and juvenile, that have been added to our
collection. Please stop in to look at additional new items.
older articles of "New at the Peter White Public Library" visit
||How to do Anything
||More Science Fiction
||Learn Something New!
||Diabetes Awareness Month
||New Downloadable Audiobooks
||A Variety of Non-fiction
||Non-fiction for Creative Teens
||Non-fiction in a Nutshell
||One Book One Community
||Non-Fiction for Fun
||New Historical Fiction
||Talked About Books
||Looking for Adventure
||Summer Reading Favorites
||Biographies and Autobiograhies
|June 26, 2009---
|June 19, 2009---
Superior Bike Fest
|June 12, 2009---
Creative @ Your Library
|June 5, 2009---
|May 29, 2009---
||Pageturners for Teens
||A Fine Line
||Old Stories, New Twists
||Great Lakes Great Books
||Spring has Sprung
||Women's History Month
||Michigan Notable Books
for Late Winter
||Old Movies, New Format
||Cabin Fever Cures
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
To Do Anything
we look toward a new year, people are in the mood to make changes in
their homes, their lives, their hobbies or their skills. The Peter White Public
Library has no limit of books that show the reader
How To do about anything. Some
selections off of the new book shelves are listed below.
The Backyard Bird
Feeder’s Bible by Sally Roth.
An a to z guide to feeders, seed mixes,
projects and treats. Published
Press. This is a
comprehensive book that
includes information about various varieties of birds, ways to feed
to plant to attract them and projects that will make your yard more
friendly. Lots of
recipes for bird treats are included.
Color photographs, illustrations, charts and
diagrams make this an
interesting and extremely helpful volume.
Rick Levine and Jeff Jawer are
called the “world’s leading astrology
team” and their book Your Astrology
Guide 2010 includes forecasts for the last quarter
of 2009 and the entire year of 2010.
Each zodiac sign has its own 2009 summary and
calendar, 2010 overview,
special sections on finances, health, romance, tip of the year, month
summary, super nova days, key dates and other important pointers. If you are a fan of
astrology, this guide is
a great way to get some idea of what your life holds for 2010.
Parents with transgender children who
have had trouble finding information will be glad to finally have a
source. The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill
and Rachel Pepper is a
compassionate handbook for families and professionals.
The book discusses developmental, legal,
medical and school issues related to the transgender child in a
Adoption Records Handbook
has been called indispensable for those
trying to locate their birth family.
Adoptees frequently find a maze of legal
roadblocks and closed doors as
they try to find out about their past.
Author Teresa Brown is a retired paralegal, a
reunited birthmother and
daughter of adoptive parents. She
familiar with all aspects of adoption. This handbook provides
self-help tips, contact information for registries, search angels, pro
forms and on-line resources that will assist with the complicated
locating birth parents and children placed for adoption.
Create an Oasis with Greywater by Art Ludwig tells the
how to recycle water from the
laundry, shower and sink for other purposes, especially landscape
projects can be
completed in one afternoon for a cost under $30.
Ludwig stresses safety and practicality in
this helpful volume filled with diagrams and photos.
Just about everyone would like to
reduce the time they spend cleaning and Jeff Bredenberg tells you how
in How to Cheat at Cleaning. The book starts off with a
list of ten things
you can quit cleaning right away and then goes on to list tools of the
how to clean inside and outside, deal with clutter, take care of pets
sanitize kitchens and bathrooms. This
book is practical and also leads to a number of “why
didn’t I think of that
Janice Lieberman is the consumer
correspondent on the Today Show and has provided savvy consumer advice
years. How to Shop for a Husband uses the same
criteria gathered from
Lieberman’s life and that of her friends and colleagues to
single women how to shop for a mate.
nonsense rules for evaluating the merchandise will help women make a
choice of a mate.
Actress and talk show host Ricki Lake
follows her film The Business of Being
Born with the book Your Best Birth. This manual helps parents
sift through the
many birthing options, build the birth team and evaluate the procedures
during childbirth. Personalities
their birth stories—good and bad.
How to Wipe Out Your Student Loans and be Debt Free Fast by
Maeda will be of interest to the students who graduate with student
book is organized by
chapters that explain all facets of student loans.
Different types of loans are described,
interest rates, repayment plans, tax implications and budgeting are all
book should be required
reading for any student who has or is contemplating student loans.
Almost 2,000 quick and easy
household solutions are given in Joey
Green’s Fix-It Magic. Green
describes how common household items such as beer, peanut butter,
and ketchup can be used to eliminate pesky household problems, clean
and out and make life easier without the purchase of expensive products. Organized by chapters, he
gives helpful hints
about everything from bathtubs to toilets, barbecues to pests.
House plan books are always a hit
at PWPL. A new
volume How to Build Animal Housing
create an attractive, practical and comfortable home for poultry,
cows and other livestock. Coops,
barns, sheds, pens, nest boxes, feeders, portable shelters, windbreaks,
structures and stanchions are included in this helpful guide.
How To Pay Zero Taxes is a guide to every tax break the IRS
allows. Written by
Jeff A. Schnepper this is the 26th
edition of this popular tax help guide.
Hundreds of tips and techniques are listed to
help the taxpayer maximize
exclusions, credits and deductions. Start the new year off
resolution to learn something new—the Peter White Public
Library will help you
improve your life.
Pam Christensen, Library Director
December 12, 2009
year has brought in a small bounty of science fiction and fantasy books
Peter White Public Library. Some of our new books are reprints of some
favourites, including R. A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series. Others
releases for this year. Among these are:
Elfland by Freda Warrington. The narration in this
book is well written,
which is a must for any good fantasy book. It follows the adventures of
of the Otherworld born into this world and their lives as they try to
understand why Lawrence Wilder, also an Otherworlder, or Aetherial in
and Gatekeeper to the other realms. In the beginning of the book, one
acquainted with his personal demons and constantly wonders at his
no longer open the doors to the worlds that give his people and Earth
powers. Centring around the children of these powerful, but also
beings it begs the question of in which world one fits, in the world of
men or in the worlds that shift in an out of our own.
Windup Girl by
Paolo Bacigalupi. Staring out with
general pessimistic view of Earth’s future, it begins talking
stockpiles and new diseases that have wiped out many plants that have
common place today. Anderson, the first person with whom the reader
acquainted, is astonished that in Bangkok people have been able to
from extinction such foodstuffs as potatoes, chillies, eggplant and
fruits while the rest of the world is suffering with food shortages. It
slightly later in the book when one meet the character who gives name
book. She was created to help offset worker shortages in Japan,
both human and not. Now, she and others like her are treated as less
animals, used for the amusements of normal humans. It is an interesting
no doubt, that takes another look at possibilities of Earth’s
still adding that spark of wonder.
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Set in the late 1800s, Boneshaker is a steam punk novel set to rewrite the
history of the Klondike
gold rush. When Russia
contemplates that perhaps it does not want to sell Alaska
because of the gold, they try to
devise ways to reach it. Thus, enters Leviticus Blue. He promises that
build a machine that break through the ice and reach the gold veins and
does, to the detriment of Seattle.
His machine reeks havoc and soon a fatal gas makes its way through the
Those who have not died leave. Fifteen years later, it is just his
son trying to eke out a living. In a bid to clear his
father’s name, young
Ezekiel heads back to the scene of the disaster.
in Chains by
Daniel Fox. Between mainland and
islands there is a straight where it is said that a dragon has been
down. The fog that rolls in is her breath and everyone is afraid of it.
involves primarily around two central
figures: Han, the pirates’ slave and Chien Hua, the young
emperor on the run.
It seems that both of their fates are to revolve around the dragon and
and Water by
Elizabeth Bear. The story in
this book deals with ideas of
mortals, Fae, angels and demons, all within the confines of New York City
and other dimensions. Matthew
Szczegielniak, professor by day and mage by night, is charged with
denizens of the Big Apple safe, whether they deserve it or not,
there had been a great war, Mage vs Otherworld not seven years prior.
are slowly building up, as talk of war and loves lost bubble under the
Sarah Beck, Circulation Department
December 5, 2009
over the holidays always goes faster for me while listening to
new titles the library has received
may make your travels more enjoyable or add another dimension to
preparations—cleaning, wrapping, cooking, exercising can all
be done while
enjoying an audiobook. The
has audiobooks available to download on your computer, burn on CD, or
your iPod or other device as part of the Great Lakes Digital
thought a book about a library cat would make the New
York Times Bestseller list? Dewey:
the Small-town Library Cat who Touched
the World by Vicki Myron is the
heart-warming story of a
small kitten found in the book return one frigid morning at the Spencer
Library. Adopted by
the library staff,
Dewey makes his way into the hearts of Spencer, Iowa
residents as well as library
director Myron. Adding
history to her own story, Myron combines her love of Dewey Readmore
the library into a very inviting tale.
Reader Suzanne Toren’s slight
southern accent adds to the pleasure of
you’re looking for a
suspenseful story, listening to Nelson DeMille’s Night
Fall will keep you on the edge of
your seat. It's
summer 2001, five years
since TWA Flight 800 went down in the ocean under mysterious
official explanation is mechanical failure, but John Corey and wife
Mayfield (last seen in The Lion's Game)
suspect a cover-up involving a steamy videotape and a guided missile.
though both Corey and Mayfield work for an antiterrorist task force
made up of
cops and CIA and FBI agents, there is resistance to their finding
contradict the official reports. As usual, DeMille spins a
timely, and exciting tale. Corey is a cynical and sarcastic ex-cop
around the block at least once too often, while Mayfield is a
FBI lawyer who wants desperately to do right for the dead of Flight
800. To do
so, they must deal with sinister forces within their own government as
unknowingly count down to 9/11. Scott
Brick reads this tale with just the right world-weary air. He’s one of
audio’s golden voices—and has
read other Demille thrillers.
to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel
Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows makes it
readily apparent how
this epistolary novel has made the best seller list.
January 1946, emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, writer
Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She finds it in a letter
man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey,
who has come
across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and
correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this
his friends. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was born
spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking
the Germans occupying their island.
Several readers introduce us to these
characters—listening to the
letters and wires flying back and forth between Guernsey book club
Juliet and her friends make us feel a part of London literary society
in war and finally in peace.
Books can and do introduce readers to the
whole world. This
audiobook can be
downloaded—check it out with your library card at http://digitalmedia.gldl.info. For assistance, please
call the Reference
desk at the library, 226-4311.
Caroline Jordan, Reference Librarian
November 28, 2009
The time is quickly
approaching when we will be staying inside more due to the weather
of my favorite pastimes is to read and learn
something. I selected just a few of the new additions to the Library to
highlight for you.
You don’t have to be a
senior citizen to benefit from Windows 7 for Seniors : for senior citizens
who want to start using computers by Studio Visual Steps.
This book can
help anyone who has upgraded to Windows 7 as the operating system for
computer, or just has a new computer. Its large, oversize pictures help
how to start using your computer—whether it is a desktop
computer or a laptop.
It visually walks the reader through beginning functions like turning
computer through copying and pasting text in a document plus web
have several new,
updated books on the game of Bridge. The one that interested me the
entitled BIDDING in the 21st
century by Audrey Grant. This spiral book takes you through
will assist your game. It includes such basics as how to hold your
responses to different bids, sample deals and point counting, and how
to play a
real game. The spiral format allows the book to lay open and is easy to
while going through its paces.
Three more books by Audrey
Grant cover basics in three topics. Their titles are Bridge
Basics 1: An Introduction,
Bridge Basics 2:
Bidding, and Bridge Basics 3:
Popular Conventions. This
will include another two titles when completed. Each book covers a
topic of Bridge and includes summaries and practice hands. Grant is the
foremost author of bridge textbooks and thousands have benefited from
teaching methods for years.
Grandparenting with Love
& Logic : practical
solutions to today’s grandparenting challenges by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline,
M.D. was an
interesting book for me since I am a
grandparent. The authors divide grandparents
into three types: a
helicopter which hovers, a drill sergeant who makes a lot of noise and
consultant who listens and offers choices. Near the end of the book,
“Pearls,” or suggestions, for dealing with specific
issues. Some pearls of
interest were behaviors of young and old,
inheritance and heirlooms as gifts,
expectations of everyone and how
house rules can differ between home and grandparents’ home.
Jonathan Safran Foer's new book,
explores why we try to justify our eating habits and why the majority
of the world is omnivore and not vegetarian. At this time of
when the holiday meal revolves around turkey, ham, standing-rib roasts
or a venison roast from the latest deer hunt, Foer uses fact and humor
to enlighten tghe reader on how to make his or her own informed
decisions on whether to eat animal or not.
Fan Fare : a playbook of great
recipes for tailgating
or watching the game at home by
Debbie Moose is a sport-lover’s guide to party-time. It
includes some good
helps on the prior planning to the game day then progresses to snacks
appetizers. Recipes from all over the U.S. made my mouth
with tortilla chips, chicken poppers, cheese straws, mimosa and
drinks, sauerkraut stew, bite-size quiches and spicy beef, and all
sweets. I can hardly wait for Super Bowl Sunday to come to try these
Lastly I want to mention Meg
Leach’s new book, Knitted Finger
: 34 easy-to-make toys. This book is loaded with pictures and
for finger puppets that the children—or
grandchildren—in your life with love.
It includes patterns for circus animals, a dragon and other enchanted
Goldilocks and her bears, the three pigs, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus,
prince, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and several others.
Vicki Mann, Reference Department
November 21, 2009
John Wooden, famous American
basketball coach once said, “Sports, do not build character,
they reveal it.”
This may be true, and there are certainly a wide array of books that go
classic sports writing examining the amazing stories behinds the games.
are several tantalizing choices that your library offers in this genre:
1. The Blind Side: Evolution of a
“The Blind Side”, written
by Michael Lewis a non fiction
and financial writer, tells the unlikely true story
Michael Oher, an
impoverished young man who is taken in by the
upper class white family, the
encourage him to play football. The book examines the changes in
defensive football over
the past thirty years
Oher's rise to becoming one
greatest players in college football.
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by
Written by Garth Stein,
Art of Racing in the Rain” tells the story through the eyes
and ears of beloved
Golden Retriever, Enzo and his relationship with his master, a
race car driver named Denny Swift. On the day he is to die, this
pup reflects on the tragedies the Swift family has had to deal with and
principles of race car driving can help anyone, man or mutt, cope with
life has to throw at them.
3. Open, by Andre Agassi
A brand new autobiography,
“Open” is written by famous Tennis master, Andre
Agassi, in which he reveals
some startling admissions. From claims of crystal meth use to his
marriage to actress, Brooke Shields, Agassi lays his past out on the
the judgment of both fan and critic alike. Further, he reflects upon
he loves so much, how it has changed, and how it has shaped his life.
4. Pre: The Story of America's
Greatest Running Legend,
Steve Prefontaine, by Tom Jordon
Steve Prefontaine, a college
runner who didn't live past his 24th birthday
quintessential figure in
running during the mid 1970's despite his physical and personal flaws.
Tom Jordan examines Prefontaine's brief life, while highlighting on
indomitable spirit, incredible drive and unlikely skill. Further, it
his relationship with famed coach, Bill Bowerman and how that effected
5. Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by
A nonfiction story about the
unlikely horse champion, Seabiscuit, Laua Hillenbrand tells a story of
the greatest ages in horse racing through the narratives of three lives that racehorse
touched: his grieving owner, his troubled
jockey, and his mute trainer. What follows is a deeply moving,
and incredibly uplifting true story about three down on their luck
dared to believe in horse the world forgot.
6. Friday Night Lights: A Town, A
Team, A Dream, by H.G. Bissinger
Hardly a book on football has
been written that has had the kind of cult following as
“Friday Night Lights”.
“Lights”. Written by H.G. Bissinger,
“Lights” follows the Permian High School
Panthers as they attempt to win a Texas State Championship. Bissinger,
out to write a book about football, instead became so enthralled by the
town, Odessa, Texas, that the book became as a much a human interest as
a sports story. What follows is Bissinger's belief that Odessa put
before academics which helped to shape the towns overall consciousness.
7. A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
Written by Norman Maclean,
River Runs Through It” tells the story of the author's
family: Norman, his
younger brother, Paul and their Presbyterian minister father. While the
focuses mainly on the Maclean family's attempts to reach their troubled
Paul, the relationship is anchored by the family's love of fly fishing
Montana around 1937. A classic read for those interested in both fly
and family centered stories.
Kelley Ross, Circulation Department
November 14, 2009
The Peter White Public
library’s annual holiday display of
decorated trees and wreaths, which debuts on December 6, showcases the
and creative talents of community members. If you are inspired to try
at a new craft, make a gift, or even sign up to decorate a tree for the
Winter Wonderland Walk, these new to the library nonfiction titles
your creative juices flowing.
Uniquely Felt by Christine
White goes way beyond the typical
felt figures of childhood story times at the flannel board. Colorful
photographs and detailed descriptions bring the reader through a basic
introduction to the medium with beginner projects to more advanced
creating garments and running felting workshops for others. 746.0463 WH.
Beading enthusiast will
find plenty of inspiration in Designing
Jewelry with Glass Beads by
Stephanie Sersich. The author uses a rich assortment of interesting
beads and found objects to create one of a kind pieces that would make
gift items. Each project is clearly illustrated with full color
drawings. 745.5942 SE.
A literal new twist on
crafting comes from the authors of Paper
Yarn. Techniques of weaving, sewing, knitting,
crocheting, braiding and
wrapping with twisted paper are employed to produce mats, hats,
cases, pillows and soft sculpture- all with a fresh and funky appeal. A
approach to a traditional material offers a whole new mode of
the creative process. 745.54 PA
seamstress might enjoy browsing through 49
Sensational Skirts by Alison Willoughby for ideas
on creating fanciful
clothing. Using fabric embellishments that employ appliqué
techniques, tapestry and embroidery stitches, buttons, printing
even hat pins, Willoughby creates wearable works of art. Patterns are
with the book. 646.437 WI
If you are not into fiber
art, Ready, Set,
Kimberli Matin is full of ideas for the home workshop. The author
basics of metal welding techniques and details how to create wonderful
from picture frames and garden stakes to tables and chairs. Try your
creating that exceptional piece for the home or garden. 739.14 MA
Those readers who have a
shop full of woodworking tools will
enjoy the fresh inspiration provided by Kerry Pierce in The Wood Stash Project Book.
Using leftover scrap wood from previous projects, the author provides
that will inspire stockings full of small projects from beads to
cutting boards to trinket boxes. Detailed drawings and photographs
the step by step directions. 684.08 PI
The college student in
the household might enjoy the
creations of Theresa Gonzalez and Nicole Smith in Dorm Décor. From
to laundry, this book brings a personal touch to dorm life. Using
handcrafting techniques of sewing, gluing, computer skills, and
authors create new pieces and personalize store bought items to add a
touch to that home away from home. Patterns are included with the
Fiber Gathering by Joanne Seiff
is part travelogue, part craft
book. Focusing on America’s fiber festivals, this book will
inspire your next
vacation to learn about the art and craft of spinning and dying wool.
events such as wool bearing animal shows, dog herding trials, sheep
and vendor booths are highlighted in addition to project details on
create with that handspun wool. Rich photography and clear descriptions
for warm inspiration on a chilly fall evening. 746 SE
When searching for these
and other books in the library’s
online catalog, take a moment to write a review to pass on
other readers. It’s easy. Just click on “write a
review” in the item’s catalog
record, take a second to create an account, and share your thoughts on
favorite library material. What ever
your interest, make it homemade this holiday!
Margaret Boyle, Promotions & Programming Coordinator
October 31, 2009
November is National
Diabetes Awareness Month, so why not
come into Peter White Public Library to learn more about this growing
Library carries many books
for patrons or caretakers who would like to learn more about Type 1 and
Diabetes: A handbook for people who are living with diabetes.
ed. By H. Peter Chase, MD. This is
must-read handbook for teens or parents of children newly diagnosed
with Type 1
or Type 2 diabetes. Dr.
the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the important role
sugar monitoring and how insulin works in the body.
Really Cool Tips
for Kids with Diabetes by Spike Nasmyth Loy and Bo Nasmyth
two young brothers were diagnosed with Type
1 diabetes at ages 6 and 7 years old, their parents put together some
great ideas for
preschoolers to college student living with diabetes.
Also check out their other book, Getting a Grip on Diabetes : quick tips and
techniques for kids and teens.
Life as a Pancreas by
Priscilla Call Essert. You
will laugh and cry with the author of
this book. Essert
writes from the heart
while reflecting on her life as a caregiver for her son with Type 1
diabetes. This is a
great read for any parent living
and loving their diabetic child.
Check out these children’s books to help your child with
diabetes or their classmates to understand what their friend is going
through: Why Am I So Tired?: A first look at childhood
Thomas Pat and Even Superhero’s get
Diabetes by Sue Ganz-Schmitt.
These books help explain diabetes so children
can understand, while focusing on the inner strength of a person to
deal with a
life long disease.
Snack play is an
important role in diabetes and here are two
great cookbooks. Diabetes Snacks, Treats and Easy Eats : 130 recipes
you’ll make again
and again by Barbara Grunes with Linda R. Youkam is one. My
favorite, The Diabetes Munch Nibble Nosh Book
ed. by Ruth Glick, is the second.
will never run out of ideas for tasty treats with these two cookbooks.
recipe also lists calories, fat and carbohydrate counts.
Editors of Prevention
magazine have also published two
helpful books for diabetics. Get
questions answered in Diabetes
Breakthroughs 2009 : expert answers and advice. You can find
desserts to work into your diet plan in Diabetes
Breakthroughs 2009: Decadent Desserts.
If you need to give your
eyes a rest from reading, check out
these DVDs: Diabetes Hero Video : five unique Upper Peninsula
share their stories of living with Diabetes; for parents who
supportive advice check out Moving
Forward—with Diabetes: insights from parents of children with
Arnold Creek Productions; or to help your child learn more about
watch Learn Nutrition by Standard
Dana Stine, Circulation Department
October 24, 2009
Get a treat by using this
trick on your computer. Library
holders at Peter White Public Library can check out and download
audiobook titles anytime, anywhere by visiting the Great Lakes Digital
Libraries Overdrive collection at digitalmedia.gldl.info. Links can be found on the
Library’s web page
at www.pwpl.info or when using the Library’s online catalog.
can browse our growing collection of
best-selling and classic titles. To check out a digital title, patrons
need a valid library card, personal computer and Internet connection.
downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on the computer or
supported mobile devices, such as your Ipod or other mp3 player. Many audio titles can be
burned to CD to
enjoy in the car. At the end of the seven-day lending period, titles
automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There
never late fees or damaged items.
out these newly added goodies in our digital collection. Trick or treat!
Jonathan Kellerman - In the half-built skeleton of a monstrously vulgar
in one of L.A.’s
toniest neighborhoods, a watchman stumbles on the bodies of a young
couple–murdered in flagrante and left in a gruesome
postmortem embrace. Though
he’s cracked some of the city’s worst slayings,
veteran homicide cop Milo
Sturgis is still shocked at the grisly sight: a twisted crime that only
killer instincts–and psychologist Alex Delaware’s
keen insights–can hope to solve.
The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwall - A tanking
economy has prompted Dr. Kay
Scarpetta—despite her busy schedule and her continuing work
as the senior
forensic analyst for CNN—to offer her services pro bono to New York City's
Office of the Chief Medical
Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to
string of unexpected and unsettling events.
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve - Margaret and
Patrick have been married just a few
months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a
living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she
know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.
How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan - For the millions of people every
year who consider
bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have
already brought a
dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert,
says, "Yes, you can raise
dog!" It all starts with the proper foundation in the early years.
Cesar tells you everything you need to know to create the best
a well-balanced dog in order to avoid behavior issues in the future,
you how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs.
13 ½ by
Neveda Barr - In
1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the “Butcher
Boy” incident, as
coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across
newspapers and television screens nationwide.
Now, in present-day New Orleans,
Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her
stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen,
childhood. Lonely, that is, until she
Marshall Marchand and eventually marries him.
Lurking over Polly is an ominous prediction by
Orleans tarot card reader, one that
shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for.
Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger - When a charter plane carrying Cork
Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies, Cork must
terrible truth that his wife is gone forever. But is she? In Heaven's
celebrated author William Kent Krueger puts his intrepid hero through
harrowing mission of his life.
Strength in What
A Journey of Remembrance and
Forgiveness by Tracy
Kidder - Kidder once again delivers the
masterful story of a
hero for these modern times.
up in the mountains of Burundi,
and survived a civil war and genocide before seeking a new life in America.
In New York City he
lived homeless in Central Park before
finding his way to Columbia University.
story really begins with his will to turn his life into something truly
remarkable; he returns to his native country to help people there, as
people in the United States.
Heather Steltenpohl, Administrative Assistant
October 17, 2009
Variety of Non-fiction
If you love to
read non-fiction or are willing to take a break from your favorite
consider reading one of the variety of books in the Peter White Public
non-fiction collection. Choices range from financial advice to true
intriguing people. If
the book you want
is checked out, place a hold online on the Library catalog at
ask for other great reading suggestions.
100 Essential Things
You Didn’t Know You Didn’t
by John D. Barrow. This
fascinating book uses basic mathematics to answer puzzling, everyday questions such as such as the odds of
winning the lottery, how batting averages are figured, and why you always seem to get stuck in the
Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget from the
popular personal finance blog, Wise
Bread, offers timely and useful tips
on everything from
getting the best airfare and reducing your mortgage
to the basics of saving and getting all the freebies you can.
and Ruth : The Story Of The World's Most Famous Doll And The Woman
Who Created Her
the toy industry upside down with the 1959 introduction of Barbie, a
doll with adult curves.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not)
Getting By in America by Barbara
Ehrenreich. The author left her home for
a year to find out what it was like to live on poverty-level wages.
is a bit gimmicky, her story is compelling and sobering.
Quite What I Was Planning : Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous And
by Rachel Fershleiser and Smith magazine. This fascinating
collection of six-word
memoirs may well have inspired Twitter and illustrates how evocative
a few words can be. One
captures an entire bittersweet
romance, “Found true love, married someone
Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History Of Four Meals. Author Michael
Pollan investigates the origins of the food that make up our
national diet through four different meals: a burger and fries from
an organic meal from Whole Foods, a dinner from a sustainable farm, and
derived from food shot and foraged. Pollan
describes the environmental and health
consequences that result from our food choices.
: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. The
best-selling author of Blink identifies
the qualities of successful people in a resource that covers such
topics as the
secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated
better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.
is available as hardcover book and through the Library’s
: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the
Soul by Stuart L. Brown . According to Dr.
Brown, play is as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition and may
single most important factor in determining our success and happiness.
maintains life-long play is essential to our social skills,
creativity, and our ability to problem solve.
Spent : End Exhaustion and
Feel Great Again
Lipman. If you often find yourself too tired to face the day, you are
Americans are plagued by fatigue, joint pain, irritability, insomnia,
digestive problems that seem to defy explanation. Lipman sets forth a
simple actions --such as sleep, diet, exercise, nutrition, meditation,
relaxation-- to help people repair their stressed systems and nourish
bodies and minds.
Thinking In Pictures : And
Other Reports From
My Life With Autism by
Temple Grandin. A
autistic, Grandin is also a
renowned designer of livestock
systems. Her unique empathy for animals has allowed her to create
are humane and cruelty free. Here she presents
linked articles on her life and her work as an animal
Claire Rose, Deputy Director
October 10, 2009
for Creative Teens
New teen nonfiction is shelved
in the Teen Area for a short period and is then sent upstairs to be
into the adult collection. A teen nonfiction book can be distinguished
adult by the YA (Young Adult) sticker on its spine, and by the
“Teen Nonfiction – Shelved With Adult
Nonfiction” in the library’s online
catalog. These six excellent nonfiction titles, which can still be
found on the
“New Teen” bookshelf, are directed at young people
in search of creative
A fun read for aspiring musicians
or anyone curious about what goes on behind the scenes at a rock band
Travis Nichols’ Punk Rock
ultimate how-to guide for DIY, punk, indie, and underground bands combines insider humor with
helpful information on everything from choosing bandmates to recording
proper stage etiquette. Bands wondering how to take their act out of
and onto the road can check out this book for some very entertaining
Teens interested in
non-musical stage performance will find a treasure trove of audition
in Janet B. Milstein’s The Ultimate
Audition Book for Teens: 111 one-minute monologues.
“Comedic” or “Dramatic,” and
“Male”, “Female” and
sections, these original, award-winning monologues were written
for today’s teens.
Readers can take a short
course in illustration with Jessica Able & Matt Madden in Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: a
course from concept to comic in 15 lessons. A solid resource
for teens and
adults who want to create their own manga, graphic novels and comics,
step-by-step course will help the budding cartoonist master such
panel transitions, lettering, story structure, page layout, and
Aspiring young digital
artists will appreciate Ron Miller’s introduction to the
medium in Digital Art: painting with pixels.
Miller, a professional digital artist, addresses the questions of what
art is, where it came from, how it works, and whether it is actually
all. The final chapter gives a brief overview of related careers, along
advice on how to get started.
Anyone wishing to make a
personal statement through the shoes they wear can find inspiration in
hundreds of wild designs offered by MAKI in Custom
Kicks. Featuring footwear customized by artists from every
a wide variety of techniques and styles, Custom
Kicks also contains shoe-art tips for the absolute beginner
operating on a
Socially conscious teens
might prefer to apply their creative energy toward promoting positive
their world. PeaceJam: a billion simple acts of peace,
by Ivan Suvanjieff and
Dawn Gifford Engle, highlights the goals of the PeaceJam Global Call to
which pairs the influence of eleven Nobel Laureates with the drive and
enthusiasm of youth around the world.
The book and companion DVD present firsthand
accounts of the youths’
successful work, as well as concrete advice on how to take local action
issues of peace, social justice and the environment.
Mary Schneeberger, Teen Services Coordinator
We’ve seen the
summer end here in the U.P., and after all
that glorious vacation food, it may be time for a waistline shape-up. The Peter White Public
Library has just the
thing to help you fit into your working clothes again.
The #1 New York Times Bestseller,
Yourself Thin” is on the shelves of our new non-fiction
releases. The book
shares author time between three
lovely ladies, Candice Kumai, Harry Eastwood and Allison Fishman. The book bills itself as
cooking that can help you drop a dress size in no time and appeal to
buds. Recipes and
meals will inspire you to head to the kitchen but not overeat when you
has a helpful calorie count section, as well as a quick quiz to
dieting trip-ups. Breakfast,
dinner, and snacks each have separate chapters for easy go-to menus. If you like vegetables,
you’ll enjoy seeing
how a mouthwatering dessert like apple cinnamon cake can include grated
three book previews are also from our new non-fiction section. The first, “Left
at the Altar” by Kimberley
Kennedy, is a true account of a newswoman’s heartbreak and
renewal as she
battles back from rejection. The
an Emmy award winning and
writes about her beautifully planned wedding being turned upside down
last minute by her fiancé backing out before the wedding
such a public personality, put her
private life in the spotlight and Kennedy tells how she fought her way
from depression and illness to take charge of her life once again. A woman of faith, she
turned to her Bible and
other Christian resources to gain strength in recovery.
This book is a valuable tool for anyone who
has known the hurt of failed relationships.
tale of pressure events and intertwining lives is told in the new book
Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Tom Howes, entitled, “Out of
Surviving 1,967 Days in the Columbian Jungle.
This trio was taken hostage by Columbian FARC
guerillas, when the plane
they were in crashed while on a reconnaissance mission to help
coca fields. It was
their good luck to
survive the crash, but immensely unfortunate that their landing place
shortly surrounded by a guerrilla band.
Employed by a private company, the men were
seen as potentially
lucrative exchanges for money, or guerillas being held prisoner by the
three take turns telling
their story of forced marches, inhumane treatment, jungle disease and
methods of surviving the madness.
of the men grew to appreciate their supporting families back home and
bond as brothers enduring harsh conditions on a daily basis. The story has a happy
and the clever plot of the men’s rescue would make for a good
pertinent book for world events is a new release by Roger Benimoff,
“Faith Under Fire”. Roger
pens a memoir
of his battle with post traumatic stress syndrome after his return from
as an army chaplain in Iraq. After two tours of duty
there, Roger is
assigned to counsel and work with returning soldiers at Walter
Center. As he struggles to
minister to the needs of
these hurting servicemen, he recognizes that he is in need himself. This book gives some first
from the wards of Walter Reed and a look at our country’s
response to our
Shelley Janofski, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
Good books have the ability to carry you away to foreign lands, long
ago times, and unlikely advenures. These new juvenile books from the
Youth Services Department offer excitement and adventure for readers of
MacDonald’s book, Nor More Nasty,
what happens when Simon Maxwell’s Great-Aunt-Matilda takes
over for Mrs. Biggs
with only five weeks left in the school year. Combining the best
qualities of Mrs.
Piggle Wiggle and Mary Poppins, Great-Aunt-Mattie helps
Simon’s class win first
prize in the Science Fair with an original project called The Mighty
Egg-Breaking and Breakfast-Making Morning-Waking Machine!
Steven Herrick’s book, Naked Bunyip
Dancing, is a novel
written in verse that tells the tale of another classroom
Dubbed “Carey the Hairy” by his new students, Mr.
Carey ‘s unorthodox teaching
methods lead Class 6C to develop new talents that are showcased in the
end-of-year talent show. This is a poetry book that is easy and fun to
Herrick is an award-winning poet who lives near Sydney, Australia,
and his book, Naked Bunyip Dancing,
was named a Notable Book in the Younger Readers Category by the
Council of Australia.
Clements’ book, Extra Credit,
what happens when a Midwesterner, Abby Carson, engages a pen pal from Afghanistan
extra credit so that she can be promoted into the seventh grade. Abby
pen pal in Afghanistan
because she likes to rock climb and there are mountains in Afghanistan,
aren’t there? Although Sadeed Bayat is considered the best
student in his village,
it is his younger sister, Amir, who is chosen to write a reply with
help. When a turban-clad stranger threatens Sadeed’s village
arrangement, the village council ends the letter exchange, but not
valuable lessons have been learned by classmates on both sides of the
Allison’s book, Gilda Joyce,
Investigator, begins when Gilda boasts she’ll be
spending vacation in San Francisco
working on her novel, a lie that sounds far more exciting than her
of spying on Hector/Plaid Pants all summer. After she wrangles an
visit an estranged uncle, Lester Splinter, and his daughter, Gilda
packs her old typewriter, several disguises, and a how-to
psychic guidebook. The cousins immediately start unlocking the
mystery surrounding the ghostly footsteps they hear each
the locked tower door.
The Postcard by Tony Abbott
begins when Jason is sent to St. Petersburg
to help his father settle his grandmother’s
affairs and to attend her funeral. A mysterious postcard leads Jason
try try to figure out fact from fiction as he pieces together the long
lost love story between his grandmother and a
gentleman known as Emerson Beale from the hidden short story
fragments written decades earlier.
enjoy Kelly Easton’s book, The
Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes,
if you like books by Lemony Snicket. Libby's life of drudgery
ends the day she discovers secret potions in her father's laboratory
that enable her to float away to a series of amazing adventures.
In the process, Liberty learns to live up to her name and
bring justice to everyone trapped by her father's malevolent and
Shusterman’s book, Antsy Does Time,
thirteen-year-old Anthony, “Antsy” Bonano offers to
give away one month of his
life to his friend, Gunnar, who has confided to Antsy that he has only
months to live. Soon everyone at school is donating time to Gunnar and
community rally is being organized in his honor. With Antsy scheduled
the keynote address, Antsy discovers too late that Gunnar has
himself using “Dr. Gigabyte’s” site on
the internet and realizes that the rally
will be a huge mistake. What happens next comes as a complete surprise
brings the events of the story quickly into perspective.
award-winning author of The Higher Power
of Lucky, Susan Patron has now written a sequel called Lucky Breaks.
It starts on
the eve of Lucky’s eleventh birthday when she meets a
potential new best friend
who has come to the Hard Pan Café for lunch with a group of
about what Paloma will think of the unusual characters that inhabit her
town, Lucky actively discourages Lincoln and Miles from hanging around
much. When Lucky finds herself in a tough spot, however, it is Paloma
Lincoln together who teach Lucky the true meaning of
Lisa Shirtz, Youth Services
"Celebrate the Freedom to Read" by reading everthing and
anything anything during Banned Books Week, beginning September 26,
2009. The American Library Association (www.ala.org)
annual list of the top ten most frequently challenged books.
Since 2000, an average of 500 books have been challenged in
given year, many more than are actually banned.
Challenged books fall into numerous
include themes of sex, language, violence, religious beliefs, and
alternative lifestyles. With this in mind, it stands to
that most challenges focus on teen and adults books with mature themes.
in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger from 1951? The story of Holden Caulfield's
search for meaning is still relevant to teen readers almost sixty years
later, and the explicit language expressed within keeps it near the top
of the most challenged list year after year.
by Robert Cormier has been consistently challenged since its
publication in 1974, and has missed the top ten list only twice in the
last nine years. The story of Jerry Renault, a rebel who
up against the policing practices of a secret society in his high
school, racks up points with censors by including sexual content,
explicit language, and anarchy.
My Mother Doesn't Know
by Sonya Sones is written in verse, relating the intimate thoughts of a
high school freshman named Sophie. Apparently, several mother
read the book when it was published in 2001, found out what they didn't
know, and tried to ban young teens from reading it.
Similarly, the Alice
series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor explores the emotions and
interactions of Alice from the time of mother's death before the third
grade to her senior year in high school. As Alice grows up
the readers' eyes, she copes with finding answers to questions of
sexuality while growing up in an all-male household. The
began in 1985 with The
Agony of Alice and, twenty three books later, continues
with the latest 2009 installment, Intensely
Alice. Stay tued for Alice in Charge,
scheduled for release in 2010.
Until Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
by J.K. Rowling was first published in 1997 as a juvenile title,
stories of magic and mystery were hidden away in the fantasy section of
the library. Since then all severn books in the Harry Potter
series have been given a place on the challenged list, and have
retained their popularity as each one has also been made into a movie.
A second series of juvenile fantasy books on the challenged
is His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, including The Golden Compass,
Knife and The
Controversial upon publication in 1995, the series has been
the top ten list since 2007, thanks to renewed publicity from the movie
version of The Golden
Not to be left out, picture books
non-traditional families came under attack by censors in the 1990's.
Two of the books dealing with same-sex parenting are Heather's Two Mommies
by Leslea Newman, published in 1989, and Daddy's Roommate by
Michael Wilhoite, published in 1991. Fom 200 to 2004, King & King
by Linda dehaan and Stern Nijland was challenged because the prince,
old enough to rule the kingdom, set out on a quest to find a partner
and discovered that his true love was not a fair princess but another
prince. Of course, they lived happily ever after.
2005, a pubture book by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell took over
the top spot on the list. And
Tango Makes Three tells the true story of two male
penguins in New York City's Central Park Zoo who hatched and adopted a
baby penguin together.
Whatever your viewpoint, exercise your
freedom to read the book of your choice at your local library.
Lynette Suckow, Internet Services
September 5, 2009
Book One Community
One Book One Community is
an annual literacy effort whereby
area residents and friends are invited to read the same book, meet to
it, and attend related programs at Northern Michigan University,
Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books. This fall’s
book selection is The
Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
O’Brien will speak at 7:00 p.m. in the University
Center’s Great Lakes Rooms on October 7.
The Great Michigan Read
is a similar program, that is
biennial, and reaches across the whole state. The book choice for GMR
through authorship, subject matter, or location. The current selection
Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen.
Both selections regard
the Vietnam War. O’Brien served as a
soldier in Vietnam.
His novel examines soldiers in action, and both short and long term
war on those soldiers and himself. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and fled to the
with most of her family members as a result of the conflict. Food
vehicle by which Nguyen assimilated into American culture in Grand Rapids,
during the 1980s. For information about events and book discussions
these two programs, call 226-4323 or visit www.nmu.edu/onebook
The following are books
for youth dealing with Vietnam
It is 1977 and the
Voyager 2 space probe is being prepared
for launch. Theo and his classmates are given the assignment of
very best thing about being a human on Earth. This effort launches
for his father who did not come back from Vietnam.
Greetings From Planet Earth
by Barbara Kerley portrays our country
in the aftermath of the Vietnam
conflict and explores the effects of the war on returning soldiers.
Paul, a Minnesota
farm boy, takes a job in town at the Shell service station in the
1965. The locals and tourists he meets include a high school beauty
boyfriend is headed to Vietnam
and a family of hippies who camp on his farm when their peace van
Paul, brought up in a sheltered religious community, discovers much
morality, secrets, and America’s
involvement in the Vietnam War in Will Weaver’s novel Full
a German shepherd, and her handler Rick, a teenage
American soldier, are sent to Vietnam
where they search for bombs, booby traps and ambushes. Told through the
of Rick, Cracker, and the young boy who offered her to the army, Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by
Cynthia Kaddhata portrays the dangerous conditions experienced by
soldiers in Vietnam
and the role of the military canine unit.
At twelve years old, Tree
does stand tall. He’s 6 feet, 3
1/2 inches in height, cannot play basketball like his older brothers,
trying to cope with the recent divorce of his parents. Tree makes
a new, outspoken girl at school and helps his Grandfather, an amputee
by his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam,
learn to walk again. These
relationships help Tree learn to deal with loss and develop the
confidence to rely
on his height when a devastating flood strikes their town in Joan
Bauer’s Stand Tall.
graduating from Saigon University,
Hyunh Quand Nhuong was drafted into the South Vietnamese army and
a bullet wound. He came to the U.S.
for medical treatment and has made the U.S.
his home. His first book for
children, The Land I Lost: Adventures of
a Boy in Vietnam, tells of his childhood in a hamlet in the
highlands of Vietnam
and the birds, monkeys, tigers, crocodiles, wild hogs and snakes
his jungle home.
Hyunh’s memoir, Water
Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam, focuses on his
relationship with Tank,
one of the family’s water buffaloes. The fierce Tank,
Nhuong’s best friend and
leader of the village buffaloes, fights off the tigers and wild hogs
the hamlet. Tank can’t fight everything, however, and tragedy
French forces and Ho Chi Minh’s resistance fighters bring the
war to Nhuong’s beloved
Journey of Tuan
Ngo, a Boat Boy by
Sarah S. Kilborne, can be enjoyed by beginning readers. The story
difficult and dangerous journey many people, including Tuan Ngo,
escape Vietnam; their days at sea, the months of waiting in refugee
camps, and finally
the flight to the United States, Canada, or Australia where they could
Hoyt-Goldsmith describes the new life of one family
who escaped Vietnam
in Hoang Anh: A Vietnamese-American Boy. The book covers Hoang
Anh’s daily life at
home and school and his family’s preparations for the
festival of TET, the
Vietnamese New Year. Hoang Anh favors pizza, traditional Vietnamese
the crab his father, a fisherman, brings home.
Two titles, Sue Townsend
and Caroline Young’s Vietnam
and Cooking the Vietnamese Way by
Nguyen and Judy Monroe offer young people a variety Vietnamese recipes.
photographs enhance both books. The latter title includes diagrams
to eat with chopsticks and wrap spring rolls.
The library offers
readers and cooks many books on Vietnam,
the Hmong, the war, PTSD,
immigration, and the efforts of Southeast
Asians to rebuild their lives in America.
Cathy Sullivan Seblonka, Youth Services Librarian
August 29, 2009
The Peter White Public
Library offers these new non-fiction
Well Preserved: Small Batch
Preserving for the New Cook by
Mary Ann Dragan.
The December winds will
bellow and blow, but you can be as
warm as a September tomato. This book shows novices how to make their
canned goods with minimal effort or special equipment. New
non-fiction 641.852 DR
Fire and Fury: The Allied
Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945 by
Nearly two million tons
of bombs were dropped on Germany
WWII. Fire and Fury tells the story through the eyes of German citizens
allied pilots who flew the missions. It also gives perspective into the
decisions behind the campaigns. New non-fiction 940.5421 HA
Spies: The Rise and Fall of the
KGB in America
by John Earl Haynes, et.
is an account of Soviet espionage in the United States
during the 1930s and 1940s. The authors have used recently uncovered
from Stalin-era Soviet Union.
The result is
startling revelations, including unaccounted for nuclear spies.
New non-fiction 327.1247 HA
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount
Culture by Ellen Ruppel
Pricing of products can
spark emotion in the buyer, causing people
to make personal and political decisions they might not otherwise make.
what are the real costs of “cheap” goods? The
author uses a set of examples to
illustrate the unintended consequences of the discount world. She also
answer the question, are discount stores really cheaper? New
non-fiction 381.149 SH
The Ultimate Man's Survival Guide
by Frank Miniter.
Beyond mere wilderness
survival, this volume is broken down
into numerous categories. Chapters include: Survivor, Provider,
Gentleman, and Philosopher. Concisely covers topics ranging from
fishing strategy, and tying a Windsor knot. New non-fiction
The Age of Wonder: How the
Romantic Generation Discovered
the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes.
In late 18th
and early 19th century Britain,
were fantastic opportunities for scientific discovery. The times were
grandiose expeditions to exotic locations, as well as self-educated
who made discoveries much closer to home. Science was a quest,
debated, and the world was viewed through a completely different lens
result. New non-fiction 509.4109 HO
Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Services Librarian
August 22, 2009
time for the new school year, the Library is subscribing to some new
to help students and other curious folks find information both in the
and at home. Gale/Cengage
Learning has been producing
outstanding reference books for many years. High school students in Marquette
with Contemporary Authors, Contemporary
Literary Criticism, The Dictionary of Literary Biography and
resources to use for English class assignments.
Local book club members and other readers use
these works to find
information to enrich their understanding of an author’s
writings and life. Now
with online Literature
Resources from Gale,
students and others can find information about an author with one
the Literature Resources from Gale search box on the
library’s homepage at <http://www.pwpl.info>.
Biographies, critical reviews, news articles, and more are available
one search. All you
need to access this
from home is your Peter White library card.
will also notice the new PowerSearch
search box on our
homepage. Now when
you’re down to the
wire looking for information you can access all of the Gale/Cengage
resources available from MEL with one search - either at the library or
24/7 with your Peter White library card.
You’ll find information for school
assignments, health, business, and
legal information, current events and more from magazines, newspapers
reference books. Once
your search you can click on the “Change Databases”
tab at the top of the page
to search other specialized subject collections and resources such as
and Literature Resources from Gale.
soon--the library will have
access to the Biography Resource Center
from our webpage. You’ll
be able to type
in a name and find out all kinds of information about a person.
out the Peter White webpage
to find Tough Times Library Lifelines, a
collection of resources for Upper
residents to utilize during hard economic times:
Find help under the
“Resources” tab about
an Unemployment Claim
a New Job
Repair and Maintenance
is the time for students to take those dreaded ACT and
SAT tests. The
Library (MEL) has a great resource to use to practice for those tests,
on basic skills, practice for the GED, ASVAB tests, and others. Everyone from primary age
on up can find
practice exams to prepare for school and careers at Learning
Express Library. To
find this resource, click on the “Resources” tab on
the Peter White
webpage. Choose Mel
you’ll find the Learning Express Library listed.
You’ll be able
to use this site with your
library card number or your Michigan Driver’s License number.
Enjoy your free access to the MEL
databases—a great value from federal
grant money and the Library of Michigan.
If you need help getting started or searching,
the Reference staff at 226-4311.
Caroline Jordan, Reference Librarian
August 15, 2009
As summer is starting to draw to a
and fall is rolling in, it is always nice to curl up with a good
Historically based mysteries usually have a wonderfully chilling aspect
them, as they explore the darker side of cities and events. The Peter
Public Library offers a host of historical mysteries for the choosing,
bit of something for everyone’s preferences in time.
of Sin is a coming out novel for new author
From the twisting streets of turn-of-the-century London to the muggy
mysterious jungles of South America, heroine Ursula Marlow strives to
friend’s innocence in a murder that provides widespread
investigations, coupled with those of her father’s lawyer,
Lord Wortham, uncover
a deeper mystery that delves not only into the deceased
family’s past but that
of her own. This she does while at the same time working with the
and dealing with death as it closes in around her. Although the book
off a bit slowly, and uses a few clichéd phrases, it is
actually a fairly good
book with an interesting story. For some one who enjoys history,
mystery, and a
sprinkling of romance, this would be the book for you.
Necropolis Railway is third in the Jim Stringer
series by Andrew
Martin. The book opens with young Mr. Stringer moving into Waterloo in
England. He has just been brought down to work as a cleaner and
foot-man at the
Nine Elms Locomotive Shed, bearing letters from the elusive Roland
Smith. As he
is given his duties, he finds he is the replacement for another young
has mysteriously disappeared. Soon, more murders and oddities begin to
around the singular line that he works on, a graveyard line. Stringer
must find out what is behind these mysteries before he is the one next
for death. The Peter White Public Library also has two other books in
mystery series: The Blackpool
The Lost Luggage Porter for those who would
like to start at the
new novel, The
Bellini Card, starts the story in the year 1840.
Beginning with the
end of a murder the tone is set at a maudlin pace, the unfortunate
sinking slowly into watery depths. Afterward, the reader is introduced
Yashim, a detective, who has been charged to find and retrieve a
his Sultan’s ancestor. He is sent to Venice, where rumors had
the painting. He is led to a darker side of Venice, where murders are
that seem connected to his mission. How are the murders and the
connected become the mysteries Yashim must puzzle out.
If any of these
have piqued your interest, here are a few more history mysteries that
like as well:
Fire Kimono - Character Sano Ichiro must deal
with not only a
mystery of whom has tried to kill his wife but with that of a decades
murder that has recently resurfaced in the thirteenth novel in this
Laura Joh Rowland.
Queen’s Gambit by Diane A.S. Stuckat-
Starring Leonardo da Vinci,
this novel takes place in Milan and revolves around the murder of an
from France and a live chess game.
Empty Mirror by
J. Sydney Jones- A string of murders in Vienna,
Austria point to artist Gustav Klimt as the culprit. To prove his
Klimt’s lawyer enlists the help of Hans Gross as the two work
to uncover who
has done the crimes, even at the cost of social ties.
Sarah Beck, Circulation Department
August 8, 2009
Meandering through the
new bookshelves recently, I found some
books of interest. Hopefully, they will interest you, too.
summer always brings soccer to mind as my sons played
the game in high school. We have a new volume of the Dummies
series involving soccer entitled COACHING
SOCCER FOR DUMMIES. The National Alliance for Youth Sports
and its Director of Communication Greg Bach have created another super
in the series. It will assist the new volunteer coach in learning the
fundamentals plus provide drills and team encouragement for all coaches.
CAME THE RAIN:
My Journey through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields
tells her experiences following the birth of her first
daughter. In this memoir Ms. Shields goes through her own story of
high self expectations of her job as a mother, the problems brought on
sinking depression afterwards then through the therapies and
used to get her life back on a normal track. This candid book can help
going through postpartum depression to know they are not alone in their
emotions. It is also a good book for insight into one of Hollywood’s
“Mac” Elliot is the main character in Nora
Roberts’ book entitled VISION IN
She is the photographer in an all-inclusive wedding service that is
owned by herself
and her three best friends. Scurrying to an appointment, Mac literally
into a former acquaintance, Carter Maguire,
who is at Vows with his bride-to-be sister.
Maguire, an English teacher
and Shakespeare buff, immediately falls in love with Mac and slowly
her defenses against marriage. This is the first in a new romance
Roberts entitled Bride Quartet and is also available at PWPL in Large
paperbacks are on a lower shelf of one kiosk near the
regular paperback section. Among them are the latest books in two
series. Nina Wright writes about a female real estate agent in her
Mattimoe mystery series. Set in the small lakeside town of Magnet
Springs, MI, Whiskey and her afghan
dog named Abra solve murders. Whiskey and Abra attend a dog show in
asked to attend as an example of what happens when bad training is
your dog. They arrive after a double shooting-- two dog breeders are
while in their car and a third breeder is murdered. Find out how they
work and solve this murder in WHISKEY
WITH A TWIST.
Caldwell is the author of the Izzy McNeil mystery
series. Ms. McNeil is a Chicago
lawyer turned TV trial show host turned private investigator. Izzy goes
undercover and into the underworld of the mob in this thriller. She
the globe to Rome
and back looking for answers from anyone who can help her to understand
family connection she’s found to the Camorras. RED,
WHITE AND DEAD is the final book in this fresh,
that depicts a modern female role.
Stephen Fishman edited
the latest updated edition of THE PUBLIC
DOMAIN: How to find and use
copyright-free writings, music, art and more. It is a
guidebook to hundreds
of resources to help find that certain creative work when working on
large and small. It aids the user in locating what can be copied and
used without paying permission fees. The book’s chapters
cover writings, works
of art and music, maps, videos and films, computer software and much
indispensable as a resource.
by Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein is a colorful, fun book
that explains one of
the newer online social networking functions. Information covers
from how to get started, listening in and the proper way to reveal
Join thousands of others using their hand-held devices to keep
everyday activities as well as business happenings.
Vicki Mann, Reference Department
August 1, 2009
is a great
time to catch up on the most talked about books. Peter White
Public Library has some of the latest and greatest, like an amazing
first novel from a writer starting his promising career, a critically
acclaimed Canadian TV series and two scandalous nonfiction books
seeking to set the record straight. Come check out what
is talking about.
Michael Shilling's incredible first novel about the final night of the
Blood Orphans' last tour in Amsterdam. The Blood Orphans
have been the next big thing until things came crashing down around
them. The band's iconic lyrics get them branded as racists,
bass player is actually incompetent and has a skin condition destroying
his hands, the lead singer is a spiritual seeker who likes to preach
from the stage, the drummer is not living the same reality as the rest
of the band, and the manager has a serious problem with cocaine.
Through coffee shops and bars, museums and hotels, this dark
comedy follows the five different view points of the band and their
manager as they try to just get through this one night and their last
show without killing each other.
The play's the thing in the three-season television series, Slings and Arrows
- the thing driving artistic director Geoffrey Tennant mad.
Haunted by the ghost of his former mentor and predecessor, Geoffrey
tries to bring excitement back to the lifeless Shakespearian
productions at the New Burbage Theatre Festival. In season
he directs Hamlet without
sets or costumes. In season two, he brings human side to Macbeth
and is season three, he almost loses everything to put on
Lear. He is always dealing with the actors' egos,
and his unresolved relationship with the lead actress.
who like our English television series will love the Canadian dark
comedy, Slings and Arrows.
C. David Heymann's Bobby
and Jackie: A Love Story
has gotten a lot of press lately and rightly so. For one
Heymann, a prominent Kennedy biographer, has finally learned
compression; this book being about a third the size of his biography on
Jackie Onassis. Joking aside, Heymann is also fairly
about the subject matter trying to show Jackie Onassis and Bobby
Kennedy were human. The book follows their affair from John
Kennedy's assignation to Bobby Kennedy's death.
makes the argument that Bobby was the only man Jackie ever really
loved. It is bearutiful, sad and definitely a page turner,
less critical to the Kennedys.
Ten years ago, two teenager in colorado brought bombs and guns to shool
with intent to slaughter everyone. For years, rumors spread
around about why: were they bullied? part of some kind of trench coat
wearing cult? brainwashed by violent music and video games?
Dave Cullen finally sets the record straight in his book, Columbine,
combing all the facts together for the first time and dispelling the
popular myths. Insightful, yet chilling, it reveals how two
relatively normal teenagers decided to kill their classmates and
themselves on April 20, 1999, and how the community and law enforcement
coped with the aftermath.
Maria Catherino, Circulation Department
July 17, 2009
looking to explore Marquette County,
the world, or interested in vicarious adventures, Peter White Public
carries a variety of new materials for your reading pleasure.
In North Country Cache: Adventures on a National
Scenic Trail, author Joan Young serves up an
eclectic collection of essays chronicling 2300 miles of hikes on the
Country National Scenic Trail, including the section that traverses Marquette
County. Written for hikers and
non-hikers alike, Young describes many hardships,
but there are always enough spectacular mountain-top views, secret
tales of both canine and human goodness to keep the author and her
walking, and the reader turning pages.
Motorcycling Across Michigan:
A Guide, 2nd edition by William Murphy, takes
the motorcycle rider through rural countryside and small towns on the
roads of Michigan.
An appendix provides web sites for motorcycle clubs and events, repair
and emergency numbers making this book a handy reference when you're on
Guide to the Superior
Hiking Trail (5th edition) details
over 280 miles of wilderness footpath on the North Shore of Lake
Superior. Mile by
mile descriptions lead the casual
hiker or ardent backpacker through a region thriving with spectacular
wildflowers and diverse wildlife.
guide provides information on trailhead access, parking accommodations,
maps are included
with each section.
Freewheeling Homes by
David Pearson offers color photographs
and the stories behind a range of original and inspiring customized
from wheeled-home enthusiasts all around the world. These vary from
trucks, buses, and ambulances to old rail wagons and a lovingly
Airstream. The book
provides both inspiration
and practical tips on how you can custom-make your own wheeled home to
individual tastes and requirements.
Use Camping with Kids: The Complete Guide to Car,
Tent, and RV Camping by Goldie Gendler
Silverman to learn the basics of family camping.
Whether car, tent, or RV-camping, you will
find everything from preparing your family for a camping trip, to
camp, to what to do if things should go awry.
also tells you how to step
beyond car camping into backpacking, canoe touring, and other extended
the seventh edition, USA
by Rail by John Pitt has been fully
updated to take into account route and timetable changes. Rugged charm
train apart from more mundane means of transport and its
soundness is again in fashion. Though you can’t ride the
train out of Marquette,
you can still travel from coast to coast,
explore the Rocky Mountains
and ride directly
alongside two oceans. Often less expensive than flying
comfortable than the bus, the train keeps you relaxed
and in touch
with an ever-changing landscape as the world becomes a framed but
First Comes Love, Then
Comes Malaria : How a Peace Corps
Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life by
is a personal memoir chronicling the author’s experience with
the Peace Corps
with her recruiter and then their adventures as aide workers in Uganda.
With an appealing, down-to-earth voice, Brown-Waite shares her
abroad in an accessible, humorous tone sure to appeal.
Undress Me in the Temple
by Susan Jane Gilman
is another coming of age travel memoir; this time the goals of the
are not as altruistic. Gilman
trust-funded friend set-off to travel the world after graduating from
in 1986. Their
pre-trip visions of
adventure do not meet the reality the world presents.
If you are planning ahead
for winter or traveling to Patagonia
this summer, you may be interested in the new
AMC Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping:
Everything You Need to Plan Your Next Cold
Weather Adventure by Yemaya
Maurer and Lucas St. Clair. This guide emphasizes preparation, safety,
stewardship, and fun. You’ll learn when to go, what
latest gear and
clothing to bring, and the essentials of staying warm and
included are sections on navigation and what to eat while hiking in
Ellen Moore, Reference Librarian
July 10, 2009
the Independence Day issue of the New York
Times, columnist Nicholas D. Kristof expressed concern
that students can fall as much as two months behind in their reading
during summer. While summer vacation is full of learning new things
to faraway places, trying new sports, enjoying family reunions,
forest and the lake, and expanding construction and gardening talents,
also a time to maintain and improve reading skills. Public libraries
reading & listening programs to make this fun for students and
families. Programs welcome everyone and are free of charge.
Kristof provides a baker’s dozen of his favorite,
older, titles to encourage summer reading. Here are a baker’s
dozen of my newer
Edward, a self-centered
yet beloved china rabbit, is tossed from
an ocean liner by a group of rowdy boys. In Kate DiCamillo’s
story, The Miraculous Journey of Edward
Tulane, the long journey home teaches Edward about life,
grief, and love.
A new mystery series set
in 1790 London
stars Cat Royal, an orphan brought up
in the theater by its owner Mr. Sheridan. The strong cast of characters
includes Pedro, a violinist and former slave; Johnny, a cartoonist with
secret of his own; Lord Francis and his sister Lady Elizabeth, who
friendship with Cat and Pedro; a butcher who protects (and loves?) Cat;
Billy Boil, a rival gang leader. Scenes take the reader around the
through the dirty streets and market stalls of London, to a
pawnshop, boxing ring and dank
jail cell. Luckily for us, The Diamond of
Drury Lane by Julia Golding is the first of four Cat Royal
Rose, locked in the zoo,
spends the night in the arctic
foxes shed. The dangerous escapade brings her artistic family together
very satisfying conclusion to English author Hilary McKay’s
about the eccentric and loving Casson family, most of whom are named
colors. The titles include Saffy’s
Angel, Indigo’s Star, Permanent Rose,
After, and Forever Rose.
continues Sharon Creech’s novels in verse about Jack, a young
teacher, Miss Stretchberry, encourages him to read and write poetry.
Mr. Benedict has been
kidnapped. Reynie, Sticky, Kate and
Constance, recent graduates of the Learning Institute for the Very
embark on a dangerous adventure following hidden clues and riddles left
Benedict himself. Will the children be in time to rescue their sponsor
evil twin Mr. Curtain? Read
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart to find out.
Amy Barrows, author of
the Ivy and Bean books, introduces
Miri, a middle sister between two
sets of twins, in her book The Magic Half.
Miri travels back in time by peering through a broken lens she
to the purple wall of her new bedroom. She meets Molly, who could be
twin, and discovers that “magic is really just a way of
setting things right.” For
interested adult readers, Barrows assisted her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer in
writing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel
Society in which a book club is formed to protect its members
soldiers occupying their island during World War II.
Durbin writes about the Russian invasion of Finland
during the harsh winter of
1939-1940 in The Winter War.
legs weakened by polio, Marko volunteers as a messenger on the front
young boy skiing in white camouflage helps save his village and country
by Budge Wilson imagines Anne Shirley’s early life and her
journey from one foster
family to another before she arrives at the train station on Prince
Island, where she steps “into her new life” with
the Cuthbert siblings, Marilla
and Matthew. Wilson
penned his prequel with permission from the heirs of L. M. Montgomery.
Farm: Four Seasons
With Five Kids on One Family’s Farm by Michael J.
Rosen takes a year-long
look at the Bennett family’s 150-acre farm in Ohio.
Photographs show the daily activities
of the family members as they work hard, get dirty, and play on their
raising cows, alfalfa, chickens and vegetables.
sends her to Delderton, a progressive boarding
school, to keep her safe during the London Blitz. She organizes a
troupe to be held in Bergania, a small country whose king continues to
Nazis. In Eva Ibbotson’s latest novel for youth, The
Dragonfly Pool, Tally and her
schoolmates help young Prince
Karil escape to England
when the king is assassinated.
Adventures, author Polly
another of her many memorable characters, Jane Fielding, who longs for
adventure (100 of them, in fact) during her twelfth summer living with
and siblings on the Massachusetts
and son, Thomas B. Allen and Roger MacBride Allen,
reveal Abraham Lincoln as the driving force behind the
North’s use of
developing technologies such as railroads, surveillance balloons and
high-powered weapons to win the Civil War. Learn how Lincoln
helped revolutionized warfare in Mr.
Lincoln’s High-Tech War.
Ranger, a hound dog
chained to a house in a bayou, befriends
a calico cat and invites her to raise her kittens underneath the porch.
However, they must stay hidden from Gar-Face, the man upstairs, who
them as alligator bait if they are discovered. Kathi Appelt gives the
reader a story
of love, hate, and redemption in The
Cathy Sullivan Seblonka, Youth Services Librarian
July 3, 2009
Autobiographies and biographies are always popular
reading. They allow the reader to delve into the lives of the famous
and not so famous. Biographies can inform, entertain and inspire. This
collection of new biographies and autobiographies will provide reading
enjoyment for all tastes.
Taking the Hill, From Philly to Baghdad to the
United States Congress by Patrick J. Murphy is the story of the first
and only Iraq War veteran to be elected to the U.S. congress. With $322
in his personal bank account, Murphy launched a campaign to represent
Pennsylvania's eighth district. He took on a popular Republican
incumbent and won the hotly contested race by less than 1 percent of
the vote. His philosophy of service is to change the U.S. course in
Iraq and honor the memory of his 19 fellow paratroopers killed during
his tour of Iraq.
At 82 years old, Cloris Leachman is still as
spunky as ever. She recounts the high points and low of her life in an
honest and breezy manner in Chloris. The book, written with the
assistance of her son, George Englund, reads like a who's who of the
rich and famous Leachman has met during her career on Broadway,
television and film.
Leachman's co-star on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show,"
has a new autobiography out also. Growing Up Again is the story of
Moore's 40-year struggle with Type 1 diabetes. Moore talks about her
evolution from an actress to activist working to educate people about
Diabetes. She covers her successes and failures as an actress, mother,
businesswoman and fund raiser. She talks frankly of her vision
impairment due to diabetes and the new research and treatments that can
make life easier.
Another powerful Washington woman, Frances
Perkins, is featured in The Woman Behind the New Deal, the Life of
Frances Perkins FDR's Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience.
Perkins was one of the most influential woman of the 20th century. As
the first female Cabinet secretary she fought to improve the lives of
America's working people while juggling her own family
responsibilities. The mother of the Works Progress Administration
programs transformed labor during the Great Depression.
Paula Deen is known as the queen of southern
cooking, but her life has not been a bed of roses. Her memoir It Ain't
All About the Cooking is an inspirational tale of a woman beset with
bad luck and adversity who turned her life around in order to make a
better life for her two sons. The good, bad and ugly of Deen's life are
featured in this readable biography that also features down home
In American Prince, Tony Curtis, one of
Hollywood's most popular leading men, honestly recounts his life in the
brash style for which he is known. Curtis moved to Hollywood at 23
after an unhappy poverty-stricken childhood. His Hollywood career spans
almost 60 years. In this memoir, he explains the highs and the lows in
his life, and his developed a new career as an artist and about
assisting his wife Jill with her horse rescue ranch.
Pam Christensen , Library Director
June 26, 2009
Summer Reading Program inspired the purchase of many new books about
painting, drawing, sculpture, and famous artists. Several
artists, portrayed in picture book format, are Edward Hopper: Painter of Light
and Shadow by Susan Goldman Rubin, Patience Wright: America's First
Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy by Pegi Shea, Matisse: The King of Color
by Laurence Anholt, and Mary
Cassatt: Impressionist Painter by Lois Harris.
Two books by Bob Raczka take readers around the world in ten stops,
introducing them to the very best works of art. The first
book. Where in the
World? Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art,
starts off in Edo, Japan with a large painting and full page history of
the artist Katsushida Hokusai. The tour continues around the
globe, ending up in Venice, Italy with a 1755 painting by Giovanni
Canaletto, comparing his work to other masters of the time.
journey is retraced on page 30 by way of a world map with distance
markers from place to place. Some artists are better known
others, but the museum quality pictures allow close examination of the
Bob Raczka continues the geography theme by focusing on American art in
The Art of
Freedom: How Artists See America. Each
sentence begins, "America is . . ." with a picture to illustrate the
phrase. For example, "America is the open road," features
Adams' black and white photograph entitled "Desert Road" which adds a
visual component to the text. Both books offer a wide range
classic art for children.
Judy Sierra sets her rhyming text to motion as local artist, Mira
Bella, turns the beach front property of Ballyhoo Bay
into an art studio for young sculptors and painters. Derek
Anderson's vibrant illustrations of colordul and expressive characters
are done in acrylic paints. One day, Mira Bella and her group
greeted by construction equipment and big signs blocking the way to the
beach. They quickly think of a plan to stop development and
the beach available to the whole community. Ballyhoo Bay is
perfect for younger readers, especially those interested in creating
art of their own.
Learns to Draw
by Kaethe Zemach is for children who are having a hard time learning in
the classroom. Ms. McCaw runs the perfect classroom for all students,
even those who can't sit still in their seats and need to have
information repeated a second and third time. But when it
to drawing, she falls short of classroom expectations.
the students who struggles with academics is excellent at drawing.
He takes over for Ms. McCaw and gives art lessons to everyone
the room. The worst student in class just became the best!
In Ready to Dream,
Napoli and Elena Furrow collaborated with Aboriginal artist, Bronsyn
Bancroft to create a story about Ally, a young traveler who finds the
magic combination of nature and art during a family trip to Australia.
Ally seeks the advice of a local artist and learns to make
come to life with natural materials such as clay, eucalyptus bark, and
rock. the bright acrylic illustrations are composed of large,
outlined figures filled with rows of dots and small reprtitive shapes.
As Ally draws her way around Australia, her use of Aboriginal
style reinformces the sense of being in the outback.
Like all of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's books, One Boy
incorporates cutouts to bring a view of the page behind to fit in with
the information on the page you're reading. "Two SEALS"
transforms into "at the SEA" as the page turns. Primary
and short sentences make One
appropriate for preschoolers learning to count objects from 1 to 10.
The clever placement of page cutouts and play on words is
appropriate and enjoyable for readers of all ages. Three
concept books by Seeger are: First the Egg, Lemons are Not
Red, and Black?
White! Day? Night!
Lynette Suckow, PWPL Website
June 19, 2009
of a Murder by Robert Traver was a fictional account of
the murder of Mike Chenoweth in Big Bay, Mich., in 1952. Traver, pen
name for John D. Voelker, represented the defendant Coleman Peterson in
the subsequent trial. Had the book been written today, it may have been
a non-fiction account of the crime and trial, rather than fictional.
Cold Blood is considered, by many, to be the first
true-crime account written as non-fiction. Author Truman Capote
recounts the brutal murders of Herbert Clutter and his family in 1959
by two drifters. Capote moved to Kansas to research the book, published
in 1966. The murderers were captured and convicted of the crimes. They
were hung in 1965.
Another work that increased the popularity of true
crime writing was Helter
Skelter written by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. This
work written by the man who prosecuted Charles Manson and his followers
for the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate. The bestseller was
published in 1974 and was the basis for two movies.
The popularity of In Cold Blood
Skelter has resulted in the true crime genre of
literature. Authors now research and publish works about any case that
captures the public's imagination. Michigan has a number of true crime
stories that have been published.
Washtenaw County, Mich., was the scene of seven
brutal murders of coeds in the summers of 1967, 1968 and 1969. Edward
Keyes recounts the terror and confusion felt in the college towns of
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti during that period in his account of The Michigan Murders.
John Norman Collins was convicted of the murder of coed Karen Sue
Beckmann in 1970; he now resides at Marquette Branch Prison.
Local historian and author Fred Stonehouse details
the rough and tumble criminal world of the Great Lakes in Great Lakes Crime I and II.
Murder, mayhem, booze and broads are fully covered in these volumes,
including the 1938 mysterious death of Danny Dodge, son of John Dodge,
one of the founders of the Dodge Brothers Co. on Manitoulin Island in
The murder of Mike Chenoweth is recounted in Murder, Michigan by
Gary W. Barfknecht, published in 1983. Unfortunately, Barfknecht gave
the fictionalized account of the murder using the names from the book
and film, leaving the actual victim unnamed. Brief entries on 70
different murders are included in this book.
Larry Wakefield, writer for the Grand Rapids
Press, The Detroit News and Traverse City Record-Eagle, has researched
13 murders in Michigan from the Civil War to the 1930s. Included in Butcher's Dozen is
The Mad Bomber of Bath, Andrew Kehoe, an unsuccessful farmer and
spiteful school board member who set off a bomb in 1927 that killed 39
and injured almost 100 people.
In 1968, northern lower Michigan was shocked by
the mass murder of the Robinsons, a Detroit area family of six, killed
by an unknown murderer in their summer home in Good Hart. This cold
case has captivated law enforcement officers and authors. Judith Guest
wrote a fictionalized account of the murders in her best seller The
Tarnished Eye. Mardi Link, whose aunt lived near the Robinsons, has
written the latest account of the mystery in When Evil Came to Good
Dave Distel and his wife, Lynn, met with
publishing success with The
Sweater Letter. This true crime story set in the Ontonagon
area has been reprinted with the title Hunt to Kill. The
death of Judy Blake Moilanen looked like a tragic hunting accident, but
the more law enforcement officers looked at the case, the more
suspicious it became. A year later, a jury convicted Judy's husband,
Bruce Moilanen, of murder.
Door by Steve Lehto is the story of the 1913 Italian Hall
disaster in Calumet. After exhaustive research, Lehto is convinced that
the death of 73 could easily be called mass murder. Lehto sets the
scene for this tragedy against the brutal strike by miners that stopped
copper production. This book is not only an account of the murders, but
a good way to understand social conditions of the time.
As with all areas of the country, Michigan has its
colorful characters and tragic deaths. The 50th anniversary of Anatomy
of a Murder offers an opportunity to explore other crimes set in our
state and to read some great true crime stories.
Pam Christensen , Library Director
June 12, 2009
Superior Bike Fest
The first bikes of the
2009 Superior Bike Fest roll out next
Friday June 26 at 4:00 p.m. in downtown Marquette. Get into the Bike Fest
spirit with these
items from the Peter White Public Library.
Fest race announcer, road racing blogger, and 2009 Michigan Notable
author, Jamie Smith, explains the crazy world of bike racing through
his book, “Roadie: The
Misunderstood World of a Bike
the mysteries of why bike racers shave their legs, wear such garish
and have a garages full of bikes worth more than cars.
Twenty five years of bike racing and race announcing have made Smith
translating both race action and the odd habits of roadies into terms
non-cyclists can understand and roadie will
Jamie Smith will
be at PWPL to discuss his book Thursday June 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the
Community Room. There
is no charge for
of his book will be
available for purchase.
Athlete, A White Era, & the Fight to be the World’s
Fastest Human Being” by
Todd Balf is the gripping true story of a superstar nobody saw
underdog, aided by an unlikely crew:
is also the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal
white versus black in the 20th century. 796.6 BA
Nikki Giovanni brings us
“Bicycles”, a collection of love
poems that serves as a companion to her 1997 “Love
three-time NAACP Image Award winner is
the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award and holds
Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry.
Giovanni’s dedication reads,
love requires trust and balance.” 811.54 GI
Children can ride over to
PWPL and check out “Bicycle Race”
by Donald Crews. This
a counting book
for the youngest—filled with motion, excitement, and suspense. Twelve riders compete in a
bicycle race. Who
will win? A word to
the wise: keep your
on Number 9!
readers will enjoy “Dodsworth In Paris” by Tim
Egan. Dodsworth and
Duck have just
arrived in Paris. They are ready for some
see mimes, painters,
and folks wearing berets. They
climb the Eiffel
Tower. But trouble never strays
far from a misbehaving Duck and Dodsworth soon finds
himself riding a stage of the Tour de France!
season training tools can also be found at PWPL.
Get your bike on the trainer next winter and
take a Madison,
training ride with the DVD from
“On The Road, Volume 4” or head west and do
“On The Road’s Volume 2, Lake
Placid Training Ride”. The
“On The Road”
series is sure to help your season go better once you hit the real
here. DVD 613.711 VI
the cork off a bottle some French wine and enjoy the
wildly inventive and highly original animated feature, “The
Belleville” on your next movie night.
Kidnapped by mysterious, square-shouldered
henchmen, a Tour de France
cyclist named Champion is spirited across the ocean to the teeming
of Belleville. His grandmother and
faithful dog follow his
trail and are taken in by a trio of eccentric jazz-era divas. The motley sleuths follow
the clues to an
underground betting parlor and now the chase is on!
Heather Steltonpohl , Administrative Assistant
June 5, 2009
Creative @ Your Library
“Be Creative @
Your Library” is the 2009 theme for our
Summer Reading & Listening Program which runs June 15 through
Registration begins Monday June 15 at the “Be Creative
Carnival”, an evening of
fun activities, games and refreshments. This year there’s a
new twist. We are
hosting an adult component to the usual youth-oriented Summer Reading
register, read, and enter the prize drawings. All are welcome.
are celebrating creativity in many guises including storytimes,
puppetry, music, wildlife, bookbinding, food, nature crafts, opera,
drumming, fiber arts, Shakespeare, ventriloquism, and the foundation of
creativity, our imagination. Special guests include Cinderella, Paul
Betsy Rutz, the Bergonzi String Quartet, Corinne Rockow, Unkle Ake,
Barefoot & Mucklucked, Kathryn Norton, Red Bays and Jeff
Spenser of Vertigo
Theatre, Skippy & Dave, and Gale LaJoye. All our programs are
charge. You may create your own ice cream sundae during the prize
For more information
about Peter White Public Library’s
Summer Reading & Listening Program call 226-4323 (youth) or
(adult) or visit www.pwpl.info.
libraries sponsor summer reading programs so check out your nearest
library for their program information if you live outside our service
Biographies of creative
people inspire us to dream bigger
plans for our lives than we might have thought possible. Young Vinnie
her family moved to Washington, D.C. at the
start of the Civil
War. She studied graveyard statues hoping, someday, to create
sculptures of her
own, and dreaming especially of sculpting Lincoln.
Interested in a self-taught artist raised in a log cabin, Lincoln
sat for Vinnie the last five months
of his life. After his death, Congress wanted a memorial statue made.
Congress vote for a sixteen year-old female artist? How did Congress
portrayed? As a
warrior, a saint, or the kind and gentle man Vinnie knew? Read Vinnie
Abraham by Dawn FitzGerald for the story behind the statue in our
A sculpture of Hercules
inspired a skinny kid named Angelo
to create a fitness routine of exercise, stretching and healthy dietary
sleep habits that transformed him into Charlie Atlas, “the
Perfectly Developed Man.”
Using fun cartoons, Meghan McCarthy illustrates her book, Strong Man:
of Charles Atlas.
Burleigh’s Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal,
explores the life and career of the man who became Emperor of France
over much of Western Europe
in the first
quarter of the 1800s. For Napoleon, the word impossible did not exist
French, yet it sums up his achievements as a military leader and
Burleigh’s book is beautifully illustrated with maps and
Friendship and respect
grow between people who walk together
to create a climate where justice and equality can take root and grow.
Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel grew up in loving families
within cultures that did not welcome them because of Martin’s
skin color and
Abraham’s religion. Martin organized a march for voting
rights in Alabama and
called for all God’s children to join in. The two religious
stomped their feet and took the first step together in the march toward
in Richard Michelson’s book, As Good As Anybody.
Coretta Scott, writer Ntozake Shange and illustrator
Kadir Nelson create a stunning poem honoring the wife of Martin Luther
Jr., and the faith and fervor she courageously maintained throughout
nonviolent struggle for civil rights in America.
A creative woman who
plants seeds of hope today is Wangari
Maathai, an environmentalist awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. The
of Wangari’s youth was green and fertile. After graduating
from university in America,
Wangari returned to a deforested homeland and resulting desertification
affected the daily life of all Kenyans, especially rural women. Wangari
trees in her own backyard and convinced village women to do the same.
of ridicule and jail time, Wangari started Green Belt Movement Kenya,
assisted in planting over thirty million trees, bringing green back to
lovely books tell this story, Wangari’s Trees of Peace by
Jeanette Winter and Planting
the Trees of Kenya by Claire Nivola.
One of the most creative
efforts of humankind has been our
journey to the moon. The book Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston
farm family’s excitement as they follow the flight of Apollo
11 one summer Sunday
in July 1969. Starting with morning prayers at church, an afternoon
a spaceship from scraps, then watching the landing and, that night, the
walk on T.V., a young girl is inspired in her own dreams of becoming an
astronaut. Visit your library this summer and read to spark
your creative dreams.
Cathy Seblonka , Youth Services Librarian
May 29, 2009
a combination of good recipes and a mystery, too?
Look no further!
We have what you want on the new adult
mystery shelf at the Peter White Public Library.
Diane Mott Davidson’s newest entry
in the saga
of caterer Goldy Schulz’s culinary adventures is loaded with
party food ideas and suspense. “Fatally
Flaky” details Goldy’s exploits investigating a
suspicious death of a beloved
town doctor. The
action centers on the
town’s health spa and it’s up to Goldy to pin down
the killer and somehow cater
and manage her family affairs at the same time.
As usual, Goldy has all the energy required
and is nurtured on with the
help of her copper husband Tom, who shares her love for quality
recipes at the end of the book look
curried chicken salad”, or how about a “summer
out the book and delight your friends
at your next party!
on the subject of parties, “Emily Post’s Wedding
Parties”, by Anna Post, is a
new adult non-fiction selection which may also prove helpful. The book is
written in a very handy format,
with frequently asked questions answered for brides and grooms and
Ms. Post. Anna Post
is a great-great-granddaughter
of Emily Post, and seems to combine her wisdom with the common sense
of a different age and time frame.
you are at the hair-pulling stage in planning or helping with a friend
relative’s nuptials, this book may just be the ticket to
flower choices to gift
table set-up, the author covers the bases and then some.
your life is not running at a hectic pace this spring, and you have
time for a
little backyard poetry reading. “The
Landscapist” by Pierre Martory is a new collection in
non-fiction that combines
the original French poetry with helpful translations. I was drawn to
because “tis the season” for working on our U.P.
titles intrigue and draw you into what
the Elm”, “Sundays and
Holidays”, and “After the Storm” are just
a few samples. As
each poem translation is printed on the
adjoining page, you can revive any old French lessons you’ve
had and see what
you can understand and what you need English for.
What a fun way to learn French and relax
under the trees at the same time!
speaking of yards, have we got the planning guide for you in
Sunset Design Guide by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and the editors of
Books. It even
includes a disc with
landscape design software. Small,
and large, the book takes into consideration your yard dimensions and
innovative plans for making the most of the space you have. Play
spaces, courtyards, water gardens, and pot decorating are just several
addressed. This is
photographed guide to inspire you in trying something new outdoors.
If you’re a
political junkie and you been going through withdrawal since the
might want to pick up a copy of newsman and author, Bernard
“A Slobbering Love Affair”. In
Goldberg reviews the performance of the press and his view of their
events and candidates. In
impartial news casting, the author shows statistics and direct examples
television and newspaper coverage that point to a need for change. He’s an
entertaining writer with some serious
points to consider. This
book is in our
new non-fiction selections.
Shelley Janofski , Inter-Library Loan Coordinator
May 22, 2009
you’ve been inspired by this summer’s latest Star
Trek movie, the Peter White
Public Library has lots of new Science Fiction titles that can offer
summertime reading pleasure.
The Storm, the
first book of the
Destroyermen trilogy, is an imaginative debut novel written by Taylor
Soon after Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick heads his ship into a
it becomes clear the crewmen of the USS Walker have left behind the
Theatre of WWII and entered an alternate reality. The seas around their
teem with monstrous fish and herds of dinosaurs graze on the plains of Bali, and everything is at war.
Ashes of Worlds, by
the New York Times
bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, is the seventh and final
the Saga of Seven Suns series; a series that has been named as one of
spectacular science fiction epics of the past decade. This book
the romance, action, and aliens a Science Fiction fan could want.
is Not a Game, by
Walter Jon Williams,
mixes world wide gaming, high finance and murder in an intriguing
thriller. The story begins as Dagmar, a game designer, finds herself
trapped in Jakarta
riots raging in the streets and buildings burning all around her hotel.
rescue proves unlikely through conventional means, Dagmar appeals to a
network of millions of gamers to find solutions for her escape. They
spades and are there to help when two of Dagmar’s college
gaming friends are
killed and it appears that she is next in line.
Across The Sky,
by author Nancy Kress,
tells the story of a handful of human volunteers who have been chosen
Alien race called the Atoners to observe the results of a crime the
committed against humans ten thousand years earlier. From their travels
the universe the witnesses bring back knowledge that will change the
author Joe Haldeman.
tells the story of Carmen Dula and her family who emigrate to Mars. Carmen seems to be
adapting well to life on
the Red Planet, until one night when she ventures outside alone and an
brings her to the point of death. Luckily, she is saved by an
with too many arms and legs and a head that looks like a potato gone
angel has an urgent message for the
colonists: “We were here first.”
by Hugo-winning author, Elizabeth Bear tells the story of Muire, who is
last of the Valkyrie, and her Valraven, a many-formed, winged steed,
Muire as his rider in the destruction following of the Last Battle of
Children of Light. Together
have come to the city of Valdyrgard
in the last days of civilization where Muire is surprised to find
didn’t expect to see again –traces of another Child
of the Light.
by Peter F. Hamilton,
is the second book in Hamilton’s
Commonwealth saga which began with the book, The
Dreaming Void. Long
Inigo, an astrophysicist, began dreaming about a human named Edeard who
lived in a self-contained microuniverse at the center of the galaxy. Edeard was an extremely
gifted psychic who
was determined to bring about freedom and justice to a world where
violence and corruption ruled. Based on Inigo’s dreams, a new
formed called the “Living Dream”.
Complications arise when a second dreamer
appears who seems to trigger
the expansion of the Void. Interstellar
war seems evitable when a small group make plans to travel on a
Lisa Shirtz , Youth Services
May 15, 2009
Readers in search of
adventure, intrigue and mystery should proceed directly to the PWPL
shelves. Here are a few page-turners, packed with suspense and
characters, to engross both teens and adults alike.
Bradbury, two lifelong buddies head out on a cross-country bicycle trip
to celebrate their high school graduation, but only one returns. Chris
is shocked when the FBI shows up at his college asking questions about
Win's disappearance and, as Chris remembers the trip, readers are
treated to colorful details of the lonesome places and fascinating
people the boys met along the way. Shift
explores the many facets of friendship and leaves readers wondering how
well we really know even our best friends.
post-apocalyptic thriller The Hunger
Games takes the dangers of mindless television to the Nth
child gladiators against one another in a reality show that will
only one of them remains alive. To save her younger sister from certain
huntress Katniss volunteers herself for the Hunger Games, entering an
arena of violence,
adventure and political intrigue, with a dose of romance that only
serves to increase
by Cory Doctorow, blurs the lines between current technology and its
future possibilities, as computer geek Marcus plots a techno-revolution
Francisco becomes a
police state in the wake of a terrorist attack. Marcus skips school and
up in the wrong place at the wrong time, grabbed by the police and
interrogated for two days. A little bit scary and a lot of fun, readers
revel in the details of how one smart teenage hacker fights back
government out of control.
Waking from a
coma, Jenna cannot remember her past life and feels no real connection
parents. In The
Adoration of Jenna Fox,
Mary E. Pearson explores the ethics of bioengineering as Jenna slowly
her past and discovers the horrific, illegal measures her scientist
taken to save her. With only ten percent of her original brain
is Jenna, really, and how far should we go to save someone we love?
A fifteen-year-old New Yorker
named Daisy tells her story of hatred, fierce love and survival in How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff. To escape
the vindictive stepmother she detests, Daisy moves in with her cousins
remote farm in England
just before terrorists invade and occupy the country. With her peacenik
stranded in Oslo, Daisy and her cousins must find ways to cope on their
while the panic and paranoia of a 21st century world war creep
their lives and send them reeling. Daisy’s voice rings true,
as this self-absorbed
teenager witnesses the tragedies of war and becomes determined to save
and her youngest cousin.
There’s an upside and a
downside to mountain climbing, and Roland Smith’s novel Peak
illuminates both. To avoid jail time
after he’s caught scaling
and defacing skyscrapers, Peak Marcello agrees to leave town and join
estranged father in China.
Imagine Peak’s surprise when his famous mountaineer father
whisks him off to Tibet,
in the hope that he can become the
youngest person to reach Mt.
Mixing issues of climb-related pollution and Chinese-Tibetan politics
with the exhilaration
and horrors of climbing Everest, Peak shows
readers what it really takes to reach the summit.
Shusterman’s darkly disturbing book Unwind gives new meaning
to the expression
“endangered species.” After America’s
second civil war, a compromise called “The Bill of
Life” was passed, allowing parents
to retroactively “abort” a child between the ages
of thirteen and eighteen in a
process called unwinding. Connor is a troublemaker whose parents want
to be rid
of him, parentless Risa is being unwound to cut orphanage costs, and
parents have religious reasons for unwinding him. The three
escape from “harvest camp” and set
out together on a desperate journey to survive until their eighteenth
Mary Schneeberger , Teen Services Coordinator
May 8, 2009
travel is a great time to catch up on your
“reading” by listening to audiobooks
while traveling down the road or flying through the air. As part of the Great Lakes
the Peter White Public Library has added downloadable audiobooks to its
collection for patrons to download to their computer, ipod, MP3 player
device. Some of the
titles can also be
burned to a CD. Many
new titles are
being added to that collection. The
Digital Library can be accessed from the Library’s homepage,
clicking on the Online Catalog. For
information, please call the Reference Desk at 226-4311.
has just added new CD Book titles to its own circulating collection. Available to check out for
summer travel are:
Horse Boy: A
Father’s Quest to Heal His
Son by Rupert Isaacson. Read by the author.
When Rupert’s son Rowan is
diagnosed with autism, his father wonders if he will be able to share
lifelong love of horses and horsemanship.
Discovering that his unreachable son had a
real connection to horses,
Rupert begins taking him for rides and after his son improves, plans
adventure of a lifetime. Traveling
his wife Kristin, Rupert takes Rowan through the untamed landscape of Outer Mongolia on horseback,
meeting traditional healers
there. This is a
story that shows how
the magical and the mundane can come together to transform lives. 9 CDs.
NPR listeners and others new to NPR
will enjoy these new titles. NPR Road Trips: National Park Adventures allows you to venture behind
scenery at America’s
most popular—and unusual—National Parks. 1 CD.
Driveway Moments: Moms.
1 CD. Host Peter
Sagal presents NPR’s most
inspirational, heartfelt and funny stories, all capturing the essence
Michael J. Fox has become an
inspiration for Parkinson’s disease sufferers.
Looking Up: The
Adventures of an Incurable Optimist,
his exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered Michael the
opportunity to take a journey of self-discovery and reinvention
happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday
by the author. 5
Author of Winter World: The Ingenuity of
Survival, Ravens in Winter, and other titles, Bernd
Heinrich, a biology
professor at the University
chronicles in Summer World:
A Season of Bounty his detailed
observations of nature around his camp in Maine
and his home in Vermont. Read by Mel
Foster. 7 CDs.
In Codependent No More, Melody
introduced the world to the term codependency.
In her follow-up volume, The
Codependency, she clears up misconceptions, identifies how
behavior has changed and proves a new generation with a road map to
wellness. Read by
Lorna Raver. 9 CDs.
Alexander McCall Smith’s fans have been awaiting his tenth No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
novel Tea Time for the Traditionally Built on
CD. Reader Lisetta
Lecat makes Precious
Ramotswe’s sleuthing adventures in Botswana
come alive. 7 CDs.
selling author Mary Higgins Clark’s Just
Take My Heart is her latest of her audio thrillers. When her best childhood
friend Natalie goes
onto life support after an awful accident, Emily O'Connor, a
professor at Boston Layman College, begs the hospital to use her dying
heart in a transplant-- the transplant recipient, Emily's other best
friend, Alice. But with Natalie's death and Alice's heart
surgery comes a series of
unsettling and complex discoveries that may put Emily's own life in
danger. Reader Jan
Maxwell keeps suspense high in all
audiobooks. 7 CDs
known for his short stories, Ron Carlson’s first novel The
Signal is a compelling tale of a
marriage in peril. Beleaguered
rancher Mack has taken to crime
in order to preserve his family land, and his wife Connie feels her
backpacking trip into the Wind
meant to be a farewell from one another.
Yet as they wind their way through familiar
trails, they begin to see
their marriage in a new light. Reader
Ryder Smith gives a sterling performance. 5 CDs.
case your trip isn’t exciting enough, Road
Rage combines two novellas—Duel
by Richard Matheson and Throttle by
Stephen King and Joe Box. In
Duel a businessman
finds himself pitted
against an anonymous truck driver in a deadly game of cat and mouse on
highway. In Throttle
a faceless trucker is pitted against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in
battle is fought out on
twenty miles of the loneliest road in the country.
Listening to these should be a surefire way
to stay awake on the road. Read
Stephen Lang. 2 CDs.
Caroline Jordan, Reference Librarian
May 1, 2009
House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris
and Wretched Excess on Wall
Street by William D. Cohan.
An account of the ten
days in March of 2008 that brought
down Bear Stearns, a global investment bank, securities trading and
firm. Founded in 1923, the company seemed to be on solid ground. As it
out, the company was insolvent, and a buyout by JPMorgan Chase was
the federal government. New non-fiction 332.66 CO
But Wait-- There's More! :
Tighten Your Abs, Make Millions,
and Learn How the $100 Billion Infomercial Industry Sold Us Everything
But the Kitchen Sink by Remy Stern.
What industry makes over
$300 billion dollars, more than the
film, music, and video game industries combined? Answer:
marketing. Author Stern takes an often funny look at the business
products, and the psychology behind the infomercials. New
non-fiction 659.143 ST
Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring
Your Home for the Way You Really Live by Sarah Susanka.
The author/architect has
been an advocate for “building
better, not bigger”. This time, she focuses on remodeling in
working within the existing footprint, creating room
“bump-outs” to make up
small space gains in a room, and cost-effective room additions.
New non-fiction 643.7 SU
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious
Theft of Mona Lisa by R.A.
In 1911 the famous
painting by Leonardo da Vinci was stolen
from the Louvre in Paris
and remained missing until 1913. No one noticed the painting was
missing for 24
hours, and suspects included Pablo Picasso. Vanished smile tells the
tale of the
nearly century old heist, affords a look at old Paris, the
birth of modern forensics, and the
story of the painting itself. New non-fiction 759.5 SC
Featherwing & Hackle
Flies for Salmon & Steelhead by
The art of handmade flies
is making a comeback. European and
American designs are featured in this volume. Detailed instructions of
traditional methods and colorful illustrations show how to tie flies
be attractive to fish and human alike. New non-fiction
Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation
by David Burch.
Now in its fourth
printing, this authoritative source helps
small-craft pilots navigate. Methods and scenarios include use of
dead-reckoning, current crossing, use of tides, navigating at night and
in boat and ship traffic, planning, and the use of the latest tech
provides info on harbor restrictions instituted after 9-11.
New non-fiction 797.1224 BU
Sultana: Surviving Civil War,
Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History
by Alan Huffman.
riverboat Sultana was grossly overloaded with 2,400 people when three
four boilers exploded on April 27th, 1865. 1,700
killed, mainly Union soldiers returning from Confederate POW camps. It
the worst maritime disaster in US
history. Before telling the story of the disaster, Huffman gives a
sketch of some of the soldiers who were aboard. New
non-fiction 973.771 HU
Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Services Librarian
April 24, 2009
Continuing into May and
June, the Peter White Public Library and several other sponsors are
programs, creating exhibits, and having a health fair to further the
Mind Matters: Raising Awareness of Mental Health.” The
National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill or NAMI is one of the sponsors. NAMI recently donated
books to enhance the upcoming topics and some of those books are listed
A BALANCED LIFE: nine strategies
for coping with the
mental health problems of a loved one
by Tom Smith is a book to help families and loved ones to find a way to
with a mental problem. Smith, who lost his daughter to suicide during a
depression, blends real stories into a useful discussion guide that
itself to groups or individual reflections.
Patrick Tracey wrote STALKING IRISH MADNESS: Searching for the
roots of my family’s schizophrenia. It is the story
of his personal search
for answers to why schizophrenia ran in his maternal ancestors. Tracey
Ireland to investigate the reason why so many persons were
with the disease that has become the legendary Irish curse. He speaks
doctors who have discovered the gene code that may be linked to this
easy-to-read book, HEALING FROM TRAUMA: a
survivor’s guide to
understanding your symptoms and reclaiming your life, was
written by Jasmin
Lee Cori, a licensed psychotherapist who has worked in public and
This holistic guide to healing trauma can help anyone reclaim his/her
learning to understand what trauma is and how it manifests itself,
use the included exercises and resources to aid recovery.
TEENS WHO CUT: understanding and ending
a well-written resource by
Michael Hollander, PhD. Compiled
with parents in mind, this assists involved adults by providing
information, and help to deal with a child who self-injures through
Hollander offers practical advice to help parents better understand and
communicate more effectively with their child. He clearly explains what
known about cutting behavior, addresses its causes, and identifies
IN STORMS is a compilation
of poetry by eighty
poets who have, in some way, been touched by manic-depression. Edited by Thom Schramm, these
contemporary poems are
metaphoric images detailing the ups and downs and multi-changes of life
are experienced by millions of Americans with this disease also known
bipolar disorder. The book also includes a brief bio on all of the
Ruta Nonacs, M.D., PhD is
author of A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE: a
woman’s guide to recognizing and treating depression in her
Doctor Nonacs explains that although depression may strike at any time,
hormonal changes of pregnancy create a higher vulnerability during a
childbearing years. She identifies symptoms, treatments and cures for
surprisingly common emotional conditions. Information on coping with
stresses in a woman’s life is also included.
Vicki Mann, Reference Department
April 17, 2009
Stories, New Twists
There are only so many plot twists, character
types, settings and scenarios in the world. Inevitably, the same
stories are going to be told over and over, but with a variation. Maybe
Cinderella's evil stepsister wants to clear her name, or Ophelia would
like to be known as more than the girl who drowns herself over Hamlet.
Perhaps Romeo and Juliet are needed outside of Vienna to be
reincarnated as an interfaith or interracial couple to show the bias of
our times. Catherine Ryan Hyde, the author of Pay it Forward, tells
another incredible story, or rather retells one, in Chasing Windmills.
Hyde retells "West Side Story" with Maria, a single mother of two with
an abusive boyfriend, and Sebastian, a teenager whose father gives him
absolutely no freedom. To escape, they both ride the subway all night
long anxiously. When they meet life seems brighter and full of
possibilities, like running away to be near the windmills Sebastian
remembers in the Mojave Desert. Ah, but Hyde would not be a great
storyteller if she simply retold an old story with new faces. What
appears to the reader as a simple love story hits on bigger idealistic
issues of unselfish love and breaking free from the cycles we are born
into. It is beautifully done right to its conclusion. Hyde makes this
classic story transcend time and speak to another generation in way
that may be more memorable than the original.
Like the great story lines, immigrant stories are
ones we tell over and over. Tales of families learning to live and love
in America while balancing the opportunity versus the deep longing for
family left behind. The movie version of The Namesake by Pulitzer Prize
winner Jhumpa Lahiri is a beautiful new addition to the library's
collection. When Ashima and Ashoke move to America, they leave their
stories and traditions behind, such as when Ashima gives birth to a son
and the hospital won't let him leave without a name. It is common
practice in India for a child to go by a pet name until he is
registered for school and given a "good name." Completely unprepared to
give their son his good name on the spot, they name him Gogol, after
Russian writer Nicolai Gogol who influenced Ashoke's decision to leave
India. Protagonist Gogol is American, the stories and traditions of his
family seem so far removed from him and further still from his younger
sister Sonia. He struggles to find an important balance between
assimilation and keeping sacred the history and culture of his Bengali
parents. This movie paints a portrait of a family torn between old and
new. Hal Penn portrays Gogol, and it's a breath of fresh air to see him
in a serious role.
We retell stories so often they become familiar as
an old sweater, worn and comforting. The plotlines become so familiar
we could almost recite them before we begin them. This is also true of
teen books, with a set of resonating classics. Ellen Wittlinger's
Printz Honor Book Hard Love is a classic story about a boy who falls
for a beautiful, talented girl - the girl he knows quite well is a
lesbian. Wittlinger continues the adventures of her well-loved
characters in Love and Lies, a story about the girl, Marisol, deferring
college to write her novel and fall in love. For the many fans of "Hard
Love" it is a much appreciated continuation to see a much-loved
character from the first book return older, wiser, but still
vulnerable. It is not to be missed if, like me, you have read and
re-read "Hard Love."
Maria Catherino , Circulation Department
April 10, 2009
Lakes Great Books
The Michigan Reading
Association’s Great Lakes Great Books
Award is given annually to five books chosen by Michigan
students in grades K-12. The
winning titles are chosen from a ballot
of eight books per grade level, all of which were nominated by
teachers, and librarians who are interested in quality books for
teens. Five of the
books from the new
2009-2010 ballot are featured here. Find
out more about Great Lakes Great Books at www.michiganreading.org
Student Involvement tab.
The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato is a story about
Henrietta, the youngest
child in her family. Henrietta’s
sisters loved to tease her and told her one night that she was a
chicken. They said
that she had to be plucked each
night and her eggs gathered each morning before breakfast. Henrietta was doubtful,
until the next
morning when she woke up with feathers and an egg in her bed. Feeling like she
didn’t belong to her own
family, Henrietta left home to join a flock of chickens in their
yard. Soon her
sisters found her and begged
her to return home. After
all, they were
in trouble with their parents for teasing Henrietta in the first place. But it would take some
sensitivity on the
part of her sisters to get Henrietta back home.
The relationships between oldest, middle and
youngest child are playfully
portrayed through facial expressions, as well as text, and will appeal
readers in kindergarten and first grade.
Delphine Durand’s illustrations
feature simplistic and colorful
characters with huge round eyes that draw your attention to the faces.
Second and third graders will enjoy
reading Nurk by
Ursula Vernon. When
a plea for help
arrives in the mail addressed to his long-lost grandmother, Nurk finds
drawn to the lure of the open road.
wonders if such a quiet shrew as himself could possibly answer the call
fill the shoes of his adventuresome grandmother, Surka, described as
fighter, a dishwasher, and a pirate queen.”
After finding and teaming up with Scatterwings, the
dragonfly princesses who sent the letter for help,
Nurk sets off on a quest similar to those found in Brian
Jacques’ Redwall series
author, also the illustrator, enhances the text by
weaving her black and white drawings into the story.
You’ll find a picture of talking
from tree branches in Chapter Eight, and a creepy likeness of a star
Grizzlemole, the villain in the story.
Armed with witty quotes from his
grandmother’s travel diary, Nurk confronts
Grizzlemole, helps out Scatterwings, and becomes the shrew he thinks he
can be. Could there
be more adventures on the
Jean Alicia Elster’s
historical fiction for fourth and
fifth graders titled, Who’s
Jim Hines?, is based on the
life of Douglas Ford, Jr., a twelve year-old boy from Detroit. The time period is the
1930’s when civil rights are unheard of and many
men, usually the wage earners for their families, are out of work. The Ford family is lucky
enough to own a wood
delivery business and they work hard to make sure Doug and his siblings
good education. When
Doug loses his
books on the way home from school, his parents decide to let him work
family business to pay for new school books.
He learns the etiquette of home deliveries in
white neighborhoods, the
backbreaking work involved in hauling wood, and solves the mystery of
elusive Jim Hines, one of his father’s employees –
or is he? The story
allows readers to experience family
relationships, racism, the Great Depression, and Michigan
history, all rolled into one. There
are actual photographs of the Douglas Ford family in the center of the
lending authenticity to the story, and an epilogue about
Doug’s success in
Polly Horvath takes
middle school readers on fourteen
adventures, in as many chapters, in My One Hundred Adventures. Twelve year-old Jane
Fielding is looking to
fill her summer with more interesting experiences than the quiet life
mother and three siblings can offer. Jane
encounters some larger-than-life characters, such as the self-absorbed
Nellie Phillips, the unscrupulous Gourd family, and a series of men who
date her mother - all potential fathers for Jane.
She prays for adventure and finds, instead,
that it’s what you learn from your experiences that really
counts. As always,
Polly Horvath knows how to turn a
phrase, such as this one promoting the concept of summer reading,
in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on
subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your
or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that
the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off
you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper."
Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron is the
story of James Sveck, a product of a civilized divorce between two
oriented parents, who lives in New York City and finds himself
against the Ivy League college plans laid out for him at birth. He finds it painful to
interact with his
mother, his father, people at school and, at the same time, follow all
rules of polite society. James
work in his mother’s art gallery for the summer at a job that
him. But her gay
assistant, who looks
for dates online, piques his curiosity and inspires James to create a
date for his new friend. His
intentions lead to disastrous results.
seems that James is always in trouble with someone in his life. All he really wants to do
is buy a house in
the Midwest and
escape the city to lead a
simple life, avoiding the social angst of personal relationships. His saving grace is his
listens to him and leads the sane, routine life that he finds so
author conveys James’ thoughts and adolescent
logic with clarity. Teens
in Grades 9-12
will relate to the situations found throughout the story and appreciate
humor with which they’re told.
Lynette Suckow, Youth Services
April 3, 1009
indeed, it is spring here in the Upper
and if you’ve a mind to read a book about birds and bird
watching, we have a
new one that you’ll find very entertaining on the shelves at
the Peter White Public
Supremely Bad Idea: Three
Mad Birders and their Quest to See it
All”, by Luke Dempsey will entertain and inform and possibly
get you hooked on
bird watching, too! The
is a British transplant who works a day job as an editor in New York City. His other passion, besides
books, would seem to
be photography and viewing as many birds as possible.
This is his hilarious account of road trips
undertaken with two companions who are equally obsessed with all things
feathered! There is
photography section, as well. This book will inspire you to get those
binoculars dusted and head to the woods to see what nature has in store
in the U.P.
effort to fit in your springtime attire, you may be revving up your
way to help would be to
check out two new books here at Peter White, “Eat This, Not
That!” by David
Zinczenko, and “Fish Without a Doubt:
250 Simple Seafood Recipes” by Rick
Moonen and Roy Finamore. The
title tells it all…what would constitute your best food
choice in any
situation! The book
a huge selection of restaurant chains and presents, side by side, a
versus a poor choice when ordering.
page has the entrees pictured and descriptive prose and caloric and
counts. This book
proves that not
everything that sounds healthy is healthy!
This would be a fabulous book to take on a
trip to avoid the perils of
“fast food” maladies.
also sections on what to buy at the supermarket, what to serve for
occasions, what to drink, and research on what foods and beverages
desired effects on the body. You
learn a lot as you look through these photos and pages! We’ve just
put out this second healthy food book by coauthors, Moonen and
Without a Doubt” is an
absolutely lovely book and, if you like seafood, you should check it
out. The cover
photo, alone, will make you want to
open up its pages. You’ll
first receive instruction in preparing and cleaning fish and a helpful
of fish types available. If
cooked seafood, other than the frozen, boxed variety, this will enable
be more adventurous in future purchases. The
include common ingredients like Bisquick, and yet, mange to turn the
into exotic cuisine. Instructions
easy to follow. Amaze
your friends and
family by serving them some catfish tacos, clam fritters or jerk tuna
two books I’d like to mention are by prolific author Debbie
Macomber and second
time author and Superbowl winning coach, Tony Dungy.
These selections offer healthy mind and heart
solutions for daily living. Debbie
Macomber, known for her light romantic novels, has produced a
selection, “Knit Together”, Discover
God’s Pattern for Your Life”. Debbie
shares about her early beginnings as
an aspiring author and how God gave her the determination to keep
trying to get
includes sections on
seeking balance in home and work responsibilities and her thoughts on
we’ve each been created for. Extra
bonuses in the book include a prayer shawl pattern and a reading group
guide. My final
book choice for this week is titled “Uncommon”,
Finding Your Path to Significance,
by Tony Dungy. Dungy’s
first book rose
to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller’s list. The football
coach proves he has
definite ability behind the typewriter as well as on the football field
this most recent effort.
Friendships, fatherhood, how to treat women, and eternal
self-esteem are just a few of the topics addressed. If you've
questions for Coach Dungy that haven't been answered in other media
interviews, you'll be delighted with the length Q & A section
the end of the book.
Shelley Janofski , Circulation Department
March 27, 2009
Readers ready to graduate
from juvenile titles to fiction
with more grown-up themes may find the teen section is just the right
relax in a comfortable chair and read some great new books. Here is a sampling of
several new teen titles
you can find within arm’s reach in the teen fiction area.
by Robin McKinley tells the tale of a humble
beekeeper, named Mirasol, who is thrust into the unlikely role as
Chalice. As a
member of the Master’s
Circle, Mirasol must somehow magically teach herself the ancient arts
will safeguard her kingdom and help the new Master repel a growing
could plunge Willowlands into chaos.
smoldering romantic alliance between Chalice and Master suggests there
may be more
sizzling installments to come in this popular fantasy series.
Brightness by James Lecesne explores what
happens when 13-year-old Leonard Pelkey comes to stay with his
cousin, Phoebe, and her family in a small town New Jersey community and
up wearing “Capri pants (pink and lime-green plaid) and a
which exposed his midriff” in addition to two-inch high
platform sandals and
pierced ears. Although Leonard soon wins over the affections of his
her beauty salon clients with inspired makeover ideas, Leonard remains
Phoebe the bane of her existence. The plot thickens when Phoebe finds
linked to Leonard’s disappearance when her cousin fails to
come home from Drama
Club one afternoon.
This Full House
by Virginia Euwer Wolff tells the
story of LaVaughn, a young black woman who has worked hard to get out
projects by winning a spot in a highly selective “Women in
program. What takes
place next tests
LaVaughn’s conscience as she struggles to “act
according to your
conscience/even when you don’t want to”.
Fans of Wolff’s
earlier books, Make Lemonade and True
will find this book provides a warm and wise ending to
by Terry Pratchett chronicles the events that
take place when Mau, a young islander and sole survivor after a giant
his village, meets Daphne, a young English girl whose sailing ship has
destroyed by the same wave. In
aftermath of the catastrophe, Mau and Daphne valiantly band together
refugees and, in the process, defy ancestral spirits, challenge death
uncover long-hidden secrets that literally turn their world upside
Road by Melina
Marchetta tells the story of
17-year-old Taylor Markham, who was abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road
was eleven years
old. As a reluctant
leader of her
boarding school dorm, Taylor has a job of fitting the puzzle pieces of
together, as she tries to find the answers to questions about the five
lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, the stranger who whispered
mysteriously in her ear, the boy in her dreams, her mother’s
departure then and
now, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs.
If she’s successful, Taylor
may be able to change the direction of
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
E. Lockhart takes a peek into the life of a co-ed attending an
exclusive New England
prep school named Alabaster. As a 14-year-old
freshman, Frances Rose Landau-Banks may have been over-shadowed by her
prominent, older sister, Zada, but by the age of 16 Frankie has turned
into a possibly
criminal mastermind with a knockout figure who is hard to ignore.
you are a member of the Loyal Order of Basset Hounds, a secret society
does not allow women into its ranks. What ensues is memorable and
Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford
is a fictionalized memoir told in a collection of poems that highlight
famous jazz vocalist’s transformation from a young girl named
growing up in Baltimore to the uniquely talented singer we know today
Holiday. Each of
the poems in this
award-winning book has been given the title of one of Billie
and captures openly the heartache and triumph of her early years. For
want to learn more, there are 21 short biographies of other jazz
artists and a
listing of references and further reading suggestions in the back of
– The Biography of a Symbol by Ken Kolsbun with
Michael S. Sweeney is a fascinating look at the history behind the
book’s text in combination with
lots of archival photographs eloquently captures the emergence of the
sign as a symbol for nuclear disarmament in the 1950’s to its
as a symbol for peace today. For baby boomers like myself, this book is
especially nostalgic look at the world we grew up in, but its colorful
and compact size will appeal to readers of every generation.
Lisa Shirtz, Circulation Department
March 20, 2009
This March we celebrated
Women’s History Month at the
library with a display of books from our nonfiction section. Some of our new books
about women, their
lives, and their
Marcia Brady and Finding My True
Voice by Maureen McCormick is a behind-the-scenes
memoir by the actress best known for her portrayal of Marcia Brady.
the painful disparity between her on-screen persona and her real life,
the dark secret that overshadowed her relationship with her mother and
and her own struggles with depression, addiction, and eating disorders. After fifty
years Maureen has finally learned what it means to love the person you
struggle that too many women still make.
thorny topic of rehabilitating offenders in the American penal system
front and center in Dreams from the
Monster Factory by Sunny Schwartz, an expert in criminal
justice reform in
the San Francisco area, and TV writer and producer David Boodell.
a central question: What do we do with the people who get out of jail
back to communities? Using real stories of former convicts and their
Schwartz concludes that the horrible conditions in prisons, the monster
factories of the title, create people incapable of empathy or
return to society and commit more crimes. She helps to spearhead the
Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) in San Francisco to create a prison
doesn't reinforce violence and that joins offenders and victims in a
empowerment and accountability.
In Little Pink
House: a Story of Defiance
and Courage Jeff Benedict has taken a complicated court case
eminent domain and turned it into a page-turner with a conscience. In
EMT named Susette Kelo left her husband, bought a cottage and started
the economically depressed Ft. Trumbull neighborhood of New London,
February 1998, the New London Development Corporation began trying to
the neighborhood into selling homes to make way for a Pfizer research
The fight escalated when the city tried exercising eminent domain to
homes of Kelo and others who refused to sell, leading to the case, Kelo
of New London, reaching the Supreme Court in 2005. Raising important
about the use of economic development as a justification for displacing
citizens, this book will leave readers indignant and inspired.
individual not even Eleanor Roosevelt exerted more influence over the
formulation of FDR's New Deal or did more to implement his programs
Frances Perkins. As former Washington
Post staff writer Kirstin Downey makes plain in The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances
Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience the first female
was the primary shaper of such new concepts as unemployment insurance,
40-hour work week and last but not least Social Security. At a time
United States stands at the brink of another economic meltdown calling
sweeping federal interventions, Downey provides not only a superb
history but also a large dose of inspiration drawn from Perkins's
decisive work with FDR to solve urgent problems diligently and to
the face of what seemed insurmountable odds.
In Confessions of a
Counterfeit Farm Girl, Susan
McCorkindale, former marketing director at Family
Circle, takes a lighthearted look at the abrupt change in
experienced when she quit her job and moved with her husband and their
from bustling Ridgewood, New Jersey, to "beautiful, anything but
bustling" Upperville, Virginia. Though admittedly weary of the
rat race, she wasn't prepared for the huge cultural differences she
on their 500-acre beef-cattle farm. In chapters packed with droll humor
numerous unnecessary footnotes), she addresses fashion, public versus
schools, horseback riding versus football, and Saturdays in suburbia
Saturdays in the sticks. McCorkindale's
memoir is a witty take on what happens when you try to "take the girl
of New Jersey."
Last Night I Dreamed
of Peace, Dang Thuy
Tram's extraordinary diary which remained concealed in an American
file cabinet for more than 30 years, brings to light the history,
trauma, and tragedy of the Vietnam War. It begins when Tram was 25 and
two years, ending two days before she was shot by American troops. A
from a loving, urbane, and socialistic family in Hanoi, Tram decided to
contribute her services for the war effort. Traveling deep into the
Quang Ngai Province, she worked at a series of inadequate clinics.
about life while confronting bombs, immense and unalterable suffering,
daily possibility of her own demise, Tram’s words and
presence linger long
after the last page is finished.
Caroline Jordan, Collection Development Librarian.
annual Michigan Notable Books list features 20 books published in the
year that are set in Michigan
or on the Great
Lakes or written by a native or resident of Michigan. The
20 titles, whether fiction or
non-fiction, highlight some of the diversity and culture of Michigan
and the Great Lakes
library tries to have copies of all these
titles. Lists of
each year’s honorees
can be found at by searching for Michigan Notable Books on the Library
Michigan’s website www.michigan.gov/hal.
year we host a visit from one of the authors that is funded with a
Michigan Notable Books sponsors. Co-hosted by the Alzheimer’s
Chapter, Mary Ellen Geist, the author of Measure of the Heart: A Father's
Alzheimer's, a Daughter's Return, will
be in Marquette on April 30th at 7:00 p.m. in
Community Room at the library. In her tender memoir Geist deftly
painful hardships of the disease and the factors that influenced her
to return home to Northern Michigan
care of her father stricken with Alzheimer’s.
She shares the blessings of growing closer to
both her parents.
Books this year include:
Carl D.: A True Story of Loss, Survival, and Rescue at Sea 2008
marks the 50th anniversary of the
sinking of the Carl D. Bradley. Caught in one of the most violent
history on Lake Michigan,
the Bradley sank on
Nov. 18, 1958. Intended as a tribute to the men who died aboard the
Schumacher's powerful narrative explores the circumstances of the
itself and the resulting devastating impact on the small community of Rogers
the home of many crewmembers.
War: The First Michigan-Ohio Rivalry Long
before their legendary battles on the gridiron, Michigan
fought over a narrow slice of land in 1835 known as the Toledo Strip.
newspaper accounts from the era, Faber expertly explores the roots of
conflict, the politically charged environment contributing to Michigan's
delayed admission to the Union,
and the many
fascinating personalities involved. Although Ohio
technically "won" by maintaining possession of the strip, Michigan received a large
portion of the Upper Peninsula
as a consolation, thereby answering the popular trivia question, "Why
the U.P. part of Michigan?"
Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer
With a keen sense
of humor and a wealth of experience as a cyclist, Smith explains the
addicting but equally strange world of bicycle racing, including many
charming habits and obsessive practices. Training, diet, several of the
repairs, race strategies, and the puzzling question of why cyclists
are all outlined in this unique book. Mallett's comic illustrations
complement the narrative.
Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest
The greatest years
of the storied football rivalry between the University
took place in the late 1960s
and early 1970s amidst campus unrest, Vietnam War protests and great
and social upheaval. More than just a history of the rivalry, Rosenberg
integrates the story of the two
iconic head coaches with the unfolding national dramas of the era.
Situation: Mackinac Before Photography, 1615-1860
by Essential reading for anyone interested in
the history of Mackinac Island
and the people that have lived there,
Dunnigan's impressive collection of pre-photographic images of the
region draws from decades of research. Rare maps, plans, drawings,
engravings and paintings, all in full color, are enhanced by the highly
Expeditions: A Novel This
debut novel by suburban Detroit
Iagnemma is set in historic Michigan
during the 1840s. Elisha Stone, a 16-year-old runaway, heads to Detroit
to get away from
trouble at home. He winds up working with a party of naturalists,
a voyage to the Upper Peninsula
discover treasure and prove theories about the origins of man. Iagnemma
displays the interactions of the unstable research party, richly
historical attitudes and conditions of this frontier era, and reveals
interaction between father and son, as Elisha's father comes in search
English Major Harrison's 14th book of
fiction is a humorous novel exploring a man's journey to
being dumped by his wife, Cliff, a 60-ish former English teacher turned
hits the road in his old Ford Taurus with a plan of renaming all the
all the states. Told in a believable first-person voice, the story
Cliff's attempt to shed his former life, by crossing the boundaries of
states of the Union
as he can reach in a year.
The novel revisits many of Harrison's
interests: travel, literature, food and man's interaction in the
Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness
of the Rural Midwest
Springer. Looking for Hickories is
Springer's ode to the people and the natural world found in the heart
of the Great Lakes
region. Often beginning with amusement and
ending with wisdom, his touching essays explore topics and issues
unique to the
including building barns, land
preservation, wild fruit, fossils and the death of the small town
Caroline Jordan, Collection Development
March 13, 2009
for Late Winter
The Peter White Public
Library offers the following new
non-fiction titles as late-winter diversions.
The Best of Instructables,
Volume 1. From the staff and
editors of MAKE and instructables.com. These are the best of the
various do it
yourself build projects as seen on the website.
By Eric J. Wilhelm. New Non-Fiction 600 WE.
Building a Shed. If
your spring plans include a new small
building for your backyard, check out this new book. Plans in this
include a variety of sheds with specific purposes. We have numerous
building and design ideas.
It Looked Good on Paper: Bizarre
Inventions, Design Disasters, and Engineering Follies. A
humorous account of 67 ideas that were a
little off. Includes military, scientific, commercial, and
follies. A collection of mankind’s ideas that would have
turned out much better
with the addition of a few key bits of knowledge or common sense.
include: the lead water pipes of Rome,
and a Mars probe that failed because of simple math mistakes.
By Joseph Truini. New Non-Fiction 690.89 TR.
By Bill Fawcett. New Non-Fiction 508.7 IT.
No Angel: My Harrowing
Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.
It has been 42 years since Hunter S. Thompson’s
groundbreaking Hells Angels was published. Jay Dobyns spent two years
group, resulting in a brutally honest look at the modern face of the
By Jay Dobyns. New Non-Fiction 364.1066 DO.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in
the Amazon. In 1925, British explorer Col. Percy
Fawcett and two companions plunged into the Amazon jungle in search of
legendary lost city of “Z”. Their party was small,
they traveled light, but
their quest was grandiose. The lost city was purported to contain not
lost civilization, but also riches of gold (sought by early Spanish
No members of the team were ever heard from again.
By David Grann. New Non-Fiction 918.1104 GR.
Back in the Days. A History of
the Early Hip-hop Days of the
1980s. Everyday photos from the boroughs of New York
portray the fashion and culture of the times from a photographer who
featured at the Bronx Museum of
Jamel Shabazz. New Non-Fiction 974.71 SH.
Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The
Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time. This
2008 book coincided with the 40th
anniversary of the first Led Zeppelin album. Stories, trivia, and never
seen pictures fill nearly 300 pages. Also see: Hammer of the gods: the
Zeppelin saga by Stephen Davis.
By Jon Bream. New Non-Fiction 780.92 LE.
The Peter White Public
Library is “Going Green”. A little
over a year ago, we started sending email reminders three days before
became due. This proved so popular that we are looking to get more
addresses in our system for sending library-related content to your
always, we do not share your contact information with anybody, and only
library-related messages. See our web page, www.pwpl.info to sign up
for any of
these electronic bulletins: notices related to your library account,
library newsletter, or to receive an emails about films playing at the
Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Services Librarian
March 6, 2009
recently joined the Lincoln-bicentennial-birthday craze
and read a new volume about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. In MRS LINCOLN: A Life,
expounds on Mrs. Lincoln’s background as a Southern-born
woman, fighting within
herself to deal with personal struggles brought on by Civil War
primary and secondary sources are used to
explore conflicts caused by the deaths of two sons, her
assassination and her own eccentricities.
Our current First Lady is
introduced to the public in MICHELLE:
A Biography by Lisa Mundy. Mundy’s
description of Michelle Obama portrays her as an educated lawyer, a
two daughters as well as an organized list-maker who loves to tease.
photos show Michelle growing up, cherishing moments with family and
the recent Presidential campaign trail. This book illustrates her as a
woman who will boost her husband’s new place in world
Dickinson, writer of the “Ask Amy” column and a
contributor to NPR, writes her memoirs in THE
MIGHTY QUEENS OF FREEVILLE. Her personal stories tell of
women, who are raising their children as single parents and live in the
small town. It relates how their strengths and support help Amy and her
daughter learn to cope and survive. Although Amy has lived in many
Freeville has always called her and her daughter home. Home to the
and support that only the small town can.
AMERICAN WIDOW by
Alissa Torres isn’t in the non-fiction section; this
biography is in the
graphic novels. Ms. Torres worked with illustrator Sungyoon Choi to
compelling, new approach to the biography format. Her new graphic-novel
even the casual reader into her recollection of her life since
2001 when she found herself a young, pregnant widow. This quick read
another story of the effects of this tragedy-filled day. (Graphic novel)
Two other Washington,
D.C. icons have new biographies which
are now in PWPL’s collection. John McCain recently came out
with a new family
memoir entitled FAITH
OF MY FATHERS. In
this volume he writes about his
grandfather and father and how their military bearing taught him to
country. He relates stories of these “imperfect
men” and himself as the McCain family
has faced public and private turmoil.
TO KEEP provides us with a candid picture of the man who
is now our Vice
President. He relates stories of how his classmates nicknamed him
Impedimenta” or “DASH” not because he was
quick on the football field, but for
his dot-dot-dot manner of speech. Joe had a bad stutter that reared its
when he was in unknown or stressful situations. Biden continues his
detailing a staunch Catholic upbringing of strong values along with the
obligation to make people’s lives better. The very lessons
that led him into 35
years of public service in support of the American promise.
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: American Original
about the famed conductor of the New York Philharmonic by distinguished
of music’s elite. Authors Burton Bernstein,
Leonard’s brother, and Barbara B.
Haws, current New York Philharmonic archivist and historian, also
& white photographs of Bernstein as he conducted the orchestra
life. A chronology creates a selective timeline from his birth in 1918
his music career with the Philharmonic that began in 1943 to 1990 and
concert with the famous orchestra. Music-related biographies such as
are catalogued under the Dewey Decimal number 780.92. (780.92 BE)
Owen, songwriter and lead singer of the Country
Western music group “Alabama,” has a new bio out
entitled BORN COUNTRY:
How Faith, Family and Music Brought Me Home.
by himself with Allen Rucker, Owen talks of his Christian upbringing in
Alabama and how it grounds him. He takes the reader through touring
band, supporting U.S. troops with concerts and leading the country
industry in its support of St. Jude’s children’s
Hospital. This book contains
color photographs and is also found with music biographies in 780.92.
Columnist and film critic
Roger Ebert is the author of SCORSESE
by EBERT, a book about film
director, Martin Scorsese. Ebert has been a fan of Scorsese since 1967
both of their careers were beginning. Personal interviews between the
are reproduced in this volume and add information about individual
works as well as the entirety of Scorsese’s films.
An index aids in finding
topics of interest.
RESTLESS GENIUS by
Richard J. Tofel
tells the story of Barney (Bernard) Kilgore, "the man who transformed
The Wall Street Journal and modern media." Kilgore is the
legendary managing editor, jorunalist, and forward-thinking businessman
who took a troubled trade newspaper and made it into the world-renowned
business icon that it is today. His ideas of how a front page
should look, the length of stories, advertising, circulation and
distribution revolutionized the newspaper and magazine business.
This is a good read for those interested in today's troubles
print market where newspaper conglomerates are downsizing their product
and even failing.
Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
February 27, 2009
February 20, 2009
The first computer programmer, Agusta Ada,
hypothesized computers could be used to play elaborate pieces of music
in the 1800s. I'm not sure electronic music is exactly what she
envisioned, but today this style of music uses the same computer loops
she created to play creative and sometimes complex music.
The Boards of Canada CD Campfire Headphase is a
great example. This electronica band from Scotland layers music, sound
clips, electric interments, speech and music fragments to create a very
relaxed atmosphere. Pop it into the player and sit back.
On the other side of the spectrum we have one form
of electronic dance music started right here in Michigan. Techno began
humbly the mid '80s in Detroit as an experimental genre combining
African American music styles on European synthesizers. A highly
creative genre, it's mostly improvised and doesn't follow normal
is a good CD to get a feel for techno. It's by Daft Punk, a French duo
that became popular in the '90s. This one you'll want to get up and
Since electronic music relays a lot of
improvisation and just being in the moment to create a certain
atmosphere, see it live when the local techno band, World, comprised of
two Marquette Senior High School students, performs at the March 20th
Teen Advisory Board band show.
Ready to dance? An all ages techno dance party is
planned from 8 to 10 p.m. March 27 at the library with a costume theme
(hey, it's the middle of winter, where else are you going to wear that
Halloween costume?). Come as you are or come as someone else and bust
out of the winter doldrums with dance. See you there.
Maria Catherino, Circulation Dept.
February 13, 2009
As sled dog fever spreads
the Peter White Public Library is
ready to provide patrons with a ready supply of materials for U.P. 200
Runners: The Annual Heartbeat of Marquette, Michigan by
Jan M. Sabin, gives an
inside look at all the details that make the U.P. 200 happen. Sabin includes equipment
lists, maps, photographs,
commentary and poetry to give readers a complete look at the race.
will be shown tomorrow at 1:00 in the library’s Community
is available for checkout on both VHS and DVD.
on a true story, Balto is the lead dog
for a dogsled team that must travel over 50 miles to deliver serum to
combat a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. Beginning
readers who are interested
in this story will enjoy the book, The Bravest Dog
Ever: the True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford.
Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail, Debbie Miller
tells the story
from a more historical point of view.
This picture book for older children tells how
the run was actually a
relay, completed by many mushers and teams (a chart showing the name of
musher and the distance covered is included in the back of the book). The picture book Togo
by Robert Blake, tells the
story from the point of view of a lead dog who ran a larger section of
trail (350 miles to Balto’s 53 miles).
Disney dogsled movie, Snow
Buddies, will entertain the younger set.
It features five retriever puppies who travel
befriend a young dog musher and his husky puppy, Shasta.
Services Department has copies of three picture book titles by local
musher, Jackie Winkowski. Her
Challenge, Miki’s Race and Smokey’s Run,
feature photographs from her
kennel in Sands
Dog by Barbara Joose and illustrated by Kate Kiesler tells
the story of Ziva, a
skittish pup, who is taken in and trained by a wilderness dog musher. The beautiful painted
create an engaging picture book for kindergarten through third graders.
children interested in adventure, will enjoy Roddy Doyle’s Wilderness. Set in Finland,
two brothers embark on
a dog sledding tour and make a daring dash
to rescue their mother when she goes missing.
interested in a little escapist fiction with a dog mushing theme will
Thin Ice by Cherry Adair.
veterinarian heroine prepares to run the Iditarod, she is being wooed
rancher/secret agent and past race champion, Derek Wright. Is he as she suspects,
actually Mr. Wrong or
will he win her heart?
adult nonfiction collection houses several real life dog sledding
include Alone Across the Arctic: One
Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team by
Pam Flowers, Yukon Alone: the World's
Adventure Race by John Balzar, and
Honest Dogs: a Story of Triumph
and Regret From the World's Toughest Sled Dog Race by Brian Patrick O'Donoghue.
For those interested in
latest from the experts on how to raise and train a team of their own,
the library maintains a subscription to Mushing Magazine.
Ellen Moore, Youth Services
February 6, 2009
Celebrate the extravagant
music-filled cinema of India at the
6th annual Bollywood Night at the Peter White
Public Library scheduled
for Friday, February 13 at 6:30 pm in the Library Community Room. The evening includes a
screening of Om Shanti
Om, the story
of an aspiring actor
who is murdered and immediately reincarnated. This year’s
Bollywood Night includes an
appearance by the Belladonnas,
dancing troupe. South Asian Snacks are served during the
Seating is limited and donations are appreciated.
annual Bollywood Night celebration has resulted in a growing Marquette
area fan base for the Indian musical
film genre known affectionately as Bollywood. The Peter White Public
constantly adding new Bollywood titles to its DVD collection. Here are
of our favorites.
on Munnabhai is an amusing,
but meaningful, film following the trials
of an engaging Mumbai gangster who tries to pass himself off as a
Gandhian studies to win the heart of a radio talk show host.
is the classic tragic story of Devdas'
inability to marry his childhood
sweetheart followed by his descent into alcoholism, death, and eventual
dulhania le jayenge (The Brave-Heart Will Take The Bride),
Raj and Simran are
second generation British Asians who meet and fall in love one summer,
Simran's traditional father has arranged for her to marry the son of an
friend from India.
Akbar is an epic telling of the sixteenth century marriage
between the Mogul
emperor, Akbar, and the Rajput princess, Jodhaa.
is a spectacular drama set in the time of the Mughals at the height of
power and splendor.
In Swades, a
bright young scientist working at NASA returns to rural India
quest to find his childhood nanny and is drawn into the village life
Bollywood Night is just
part of the Peter White Public
Library’s CineArts Film Series featuring international and
The winter series began in January with Everlasting Piece,
which tells the improbable and humorous story of a
Catholic and a Protestant barber who join forces to corner the toupee
market in Belfast, Ireland.
The DVD is available to
CineArts continues with Ushpizin, (Friday,
March 6 at 7:00 pm)
a heartwarming and humorous Israeli drama set in the customarily closed
of ultra-Orthodox Jews. A married couple pray for relief of their
crisis, but instead of a miracle, two suspicious strangers with
appear on their doorstep.
(Wednesday March 18 at 7:00 pm) a young
burglar tries to rob a 40-year-old
car dealer who becomes strangely attached to the would-be thief and
drive him home to his parents.
The Israeli film, The Band’s Visit, (Friday
April 3 at 7:00
pm) tells the story of a small Egyptian
Police band who arrive in Israel
for a concert, but are left
stranded at the airport. The band finds shelter and surprising
friendships in a
desolate Israeli village..
In The Counterfeiters,
(Wednesday April 15 at 7:00 pm) the Nazis
round up dozens of skilled Jewish
craftsmen from concentration camps to create perfect counterfeits of
and U.S. currency in a last-ditch ploy to wreck the economies of the
allies. This film from Austria
won a 2008 Oscar for
Language Film of the Year
After being shown, most
films in the CineArts series can be
checked out of the Library’s collection of DVDs. Check these
and other films at www.pwpl.info.
Claire Rose, Deputy Director
Everyone loves stories.
Whether it’s a child recounting his
or her day or a professional storyteller on stage, we need stories in
lives. Stories help us understand ourselves and teach us compassion for
Stories connect us to our past and future and help us make sense of our
present. Storytelling is an ancient art. Generations ago, with the
the Industrial age and compulsory education, storytelling was relegated
child’s bedside. The past few decades have brought with them
a recognition of
the value of storytelling as an art, and as a tool for healing,
teaching and affirming
February, the Peter White Public Library will present the
Global Tales Storytelling Festival. The centerpiece of the festival is
Storytelling Olio, a live, variety performance beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 7, and, the following day, a commemoration of
Lincoln and the Civil War by Emmy Award winning storyteller Bobby
Norfolk. On Sunday,
February 8 at 2:00 p.m., Norfolk
portrays Jacob, a freed slave, who highlights the key people, events
politics of the Civil War. Lincoln
is a central
figure in Norfolk’s
performance which is appropriate for grades three and up.
The Olio is designed for
ages 8 and up. In addition to Bobby
Norfolk, three local storytellers will entertain. Jessica
“Red” Bays portrays
“Mrs. Sorken” and acts as the Master of Ceremonies
for the evening. Jim Edwards
spins the tales of Taliesin, an ancient Welsh bard. Corinne Rockow
history into her musical storytelling with “True Grit:
Stories of Persistence
and Pluck to Grease Your Grin.” Bobby Norfolk will conclude
Storytelling events for
all ages include a puppet show,
films, a Valentine’s Day celebration with a South Asian
flair, and Laurel Premo
in concert with the Kivajat Children’s Finnish-American Folk
Dance Group. All
events are free and open to the public.
The library offers a
variety of books to assist storytellers.
Some are full of tales to tell. Others provide help with the telling.
more teach ways to add variety to the presentation of a story. Margaret
MacDonald, a storyteller, librarian, and folklorist, has authored
books to assist storytellers including, The Storyteller’s
Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales, Including Twelve
Tales. This book offers practical information and advice
for both beginner and
public speakers, tour guides and anyone else who
needs to hold a group’s attention for a few minutes can make
use of Three
Minute Tales: Stories From Around the World to Tell or Read When Time
is Short, also
by MacDonald. The
Parent’s Guide to Storytelling: How to Make Up New Stories
and Retell Old Favorites is another MacDonald offering. In
addition to how-to
books, MacDonald retells folktales in such a way that others can learn
them. Examples are Fat
Cat: a Danish Folktale, Mabela the Clever (an African
tale), and Tunjur!
Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale.
J. Mallett has gathered two books of “tell and do”
stories, Stories to
Draw, and, Fold and Cut Stories. These collections help
librarians, parents and other tellers expand their storytelling for
attention-getting ways. Megan McDonald uses storyknifing, a traditional
technique of scratching pictures on the ground while telling a story,
picture book, Tundra
Joining In: An Anthology of
Audience Participation Stories
and How to Tell Them, compiled by Teresa Miller, and Storytelling Games
Lipman provide more storytelling variations.
guides include Children
Tell Stories by Martha
Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, Creative
Storytelling: Building Community, Changing
Lives by Jack Zipes, and Every Child a Storyteller: A
Handbook of Ideas by
Harriet R Kinghorn and Mary Helen Pelton. Storytelling For the Fun of It:
Handbook for Children by Vivian Dubrovin speaks directly
to young storytellers
but can be appreciated by adults too.
Of course, public
libraries everywhere are full of stories
just waiting for the telling.
Cathy Seblonka, Youth Services Librarian
January 23, 2009
January is a time for new
beginnings and getting back to the basics.
For young children, learning the alphabet is
the beginning of a lifetime
of reading. The
lower floor of the
library houses 345 alphabet books, cleverly composed, beautifully
written for all levels of readers. Type the word
“alphabet” into our online
catalog as a subject search and take your pick of titles. Some of the newest
alphabet books are:
FOR ART: AN ABSTRACT ALPHABET by Stephen Johnson is an
example of the basic
alphabet book enhanced by Johnson’s photographic art.
Readers will find a hidden
alphabet letter in
each picture, if they look closely and turn the book in every direction. The answers are found on
the last two pages,
in case you miss a clue.
is described by complete sentences of alliterative vocabulary using the
appropriate alphabet letter. Using
same creative flair, Johnson also wrote ALPHABET CITY
in 1996, earning a Caldecott Honor Award for best art in
THE ABC BOOK OF AMERICAN
HOMES by Michael Shoulders describes houses found around the corner and
the world, such as farmhouses, houseboats, pueblos, and yurts. The
illustrations by Sarah Brannen are detailed and accurate. One illustration of a
Sears, Roebuck and
Company build-it-yourself home is done in black and white to look like
photograph that’s been glued to the page.
ABOARD! A TRAVELING
ALPHABET by Chris Demarest revisits the modes of transportation used in
early twentieth century, such as ships, trains, planes, and even a
stylized illustration by Bill
Mayer looks like a 1920’s travel poster with a single word
imbedded in the
alphabet letter is also
hidden there. If
you simply cannot find
the letter G in the Gondola illustration, flip to the last page for a
ANIMAL ANTICS A to Z by Anita Lobel takes readers
from A to Z with the
help of bouncing bears, playful pigs, and zany zebras, to name just a
few. Detailed and
colorful illustrations of
animals doing tricks give readers the sense of being at the circus. At the same time, acrobats
flexible bodies to form all twenty-six letters of the alphabet. To help readers find out
more about some of
the unusual animals in the book, such as ibexes and nyalas, Lobel has
a summary page with a short paragraph about each animal.
A-Z by Kathleen
Cook Waldron and Ann Walsh is full of information about the modern
industry, with some bits of logging history.
Photographer Bob Warick captures people and
places that bring forestry
to life. The text
is beautifully set on
handmade paper in pastel colors, layered on top of and in between
page is a visual
IS FOR PEANUT by Lisa
Gelber is another alphabet book featuring photographs, this time in
white. If K is for
kooky, then you can
appreciate the unusual selection of vintage photography used to
alphabet letters. An
index of each
photograph includes information about the subject, photographer, and
taken. All photos
are from the J. Paul
Getty Museum collection.
“R” IS FOR
RESEARCH by Toni
Buzzeo introduces basic research concepts to students who need to find
resources in the library. In
looking for printed materials such as books and journals, the author
use of the internet and organizational tools for composing a report. Nicole Wong’s
vivid black line illustrations
are filled with extra hand-written information, including a timeline,
effective PowerPoint presentations, and an example of possible search
the word, “cat.”
Lynette Suckow, Youth Services
January 16, 2009
When the winter months get so long and snowy, try
cuddling up to a new biography or a true adventure tale available at
the library. These new books are about people and places you
or may not know.
Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
by Atiel Sabar tells the story of the author's father and the culture
in which he was raised and lived in Kurdish Iraq. Yona Sabar was born
to one of the lost tribes of Israel in the northern mountains of Iraq.
The Kurdish Jews here were so isolated that they still spoke
Aramaic. Caught unaware of the tensions in the Middle East after World
War II, these Jews were taken to the new state of Israel in the 1950s,
their traditional life doomed to extinction. The author knew
little of his father's history and this book is Ariel's quest to
reconcile his past with the present.
Longest Winter: The Incredible Survival of Captain Scott's Lost Party
by Katherine Lambert is one of the greatest unknown survival stories to
come out of the age of polar exploration. It may also be considered one
of the best survival stories ever. In 1912, English explorer Captain
Robert Falcon Scott was leading his team back from their race to the
South Pole, a six-member scientific team was lost several hundred miles
to the north. The book is based on the unpublished diaries of
men who went through this ordeal.
Joseph Epstein's Fred Astaire
is a portrait of America's most graceful dancer and how he came to
represent the essence of style, suavity and charm. Tracing
Astaire's life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late 80s in
Hollywood, the book looks at his early days with his sister, his gifts
as a singer, and his many movie dance partners. This is a fascinating
view of an American era, seen through the accomplishments of Fred
Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst
by Kenneth Whyte is a re-examination of the early work of William
Randolph Hearst. More than a century ago a young Hearst stormed the New
York Journal and became a dominating force in the most hotly contested
newspaper market the world had known. In three short years,
Hearst was able to build the foundation for one of America's most
dominating media empires.
to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane
is the story of another race to explore the Arctic regions near the
North Pole. Ken McGoogan tells the story of Elisha Kent Kane and his
trip to find Sir John Franklin in the Arctic Circle, where he was
trapped by the polar ice. While there Kane forged a unique alliance
with the Inuit and so survived two terrible winters in Arctic history.
Drawing on manuscripts that had been lost for more than 150 years, this
is a story of heroism, courage and conspiracy.
Amy Becker, Technical Services Librarian
These new non-fiction works are available at the
Unfortunately, the news of late seems to be gloomy
at best. The economy seems bent on imploding and bad news just gets
worse and worse. Harry S. Dent Jr. predicts that we haven't seen the
worst. The Great Depression Ahead is a guide to prospering in the crash
that is following the greatest boom in history. Dent ties the upcoming
economic climate to trends to explain why 2009, 2010 and 2011 will
continue to buffet the world's economy. Dent's book The Great Boom
Ahead accurately forecasted the unprecedented boom of the 1990s. His
latest book outlines the strategies investors should use to prosper
from the upcoming economic turmoil.
Hometown Appetites by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia
Harris is the story of Clementine Paddleford, who transformed the way
food was written about and celebrated in the United States. During her
40-year career she revealed the pleasures of regional American food.
Paddleford was a whirlwind workaholic who flew her own plane and
enjoyed life to the fullest. The book also contains a variety of
John Chatterton and Richie Kohler are back in
another underwater adventure, Titanic's Last Secrets by Brad Matsen.
These two divers featured in Robert Kurson's Shadow Divers continue
their investigative diving to explore why the Titanic sank so quickly.
Their dives to the Titanic and her sister ship Britannic reveal that
compromises made during the construction of Titanic resulted in the
death of more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
Amanda Ripley, senior journalist at Time Magazine,
investigates why some people survive natural or manmade disasters while
others perish. The Unthinkable discusses what in the human brain makes
a survivor and also explains how an individual can train his brain to
make the right decisions in case of an emergency.
A Season in Mecca by Abdellah Hammoudi is the
recounting of the author's pilgrimage to Mecca in 1999. Hammoudi went
to observe the hajj as an anthropologist and to tell Muslims and
non-Muslims about the experience. He captures the complexity of the
pilgrimage as well as what the journey means spiritually.
As the United States started to overshadow England
as a world power at the end of the 19th century, Americans stated to
purchase European works of art and bring them home. Old Masters, New
World by Cynthia Saltzman chronicles America's raid on Europe's great
pictures. The Gilded Age comes alive as Saltzman conveys the thrill of
the chase, the cutthroat competition, financial maneuvering, intrigue
and double crossing that went on between dealers and collectors.
Whisper of Fear by Rhonda B. Saunders and Stephen
G. Michaud tells the story of Saunders, who wrote the law on stalking
and then devoted herself to prosecuting offenders. In 1992, Saunders
was assigned her first stalking case, and during the next 15 years used
her experiences to advocate for changes in California state laws that
would make prosecution possible. In the process she set the standard
for laws in other states.
Florence, Italy was ravished by a flood in 1966.
This disaster affected residents and took its toll on the artistic
treasures synonymous with Florence. Forty years later, Dark Water,
Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark
captures the story of the artists who created these masterpieces and
the art experts and the volunteer "mud angels" who saved them.
Apartment Therapy by Maxwell Gillngham-Ryan is an
inspirational look at the design solutions found in 40 real homes in
more than 400 photographs. Tiny urban rentals, lofts, mini mansions and
ranch homes are all featured. The design ideas are easily replicated,
and the book gives the reader many ideas to try in his or her own space.
Legend says the Gudrid, a
Viking woman explorer, discovered Leif Eiriksson's Vinland 500 years
before Columbus sailed. The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown uses
modern technology to reconstruct the travels of this intrepid explorer.
Science, literature, history and travel combine to reveal a life even
more extraordinary than the legends portray.
Pam Christensen, Library Director
January 9, 2009
January 2, 2009
Movies, New Format
The Afternoon Classic
Film series at the Peter White Public
Library screens two older films per month on the library’s
screen. Many of the
featured films are
from the library’s extensive VHS collection donated by the
family of the late
David Goldsmith. Well
known titles such
as “The Quiet Man,” “You Can’t
Take It With You” and “On the Waterfront”
the talents of John Wayne, Lionel Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Maureen
Claudette Colbert and other great actors of Hollywood’s
new twist on the old classics is the availability of these
perennial favorites in DVD format.
White Public Library boasts a growing collection of these classic
films to be viewed anytime by all generations.
The following films can be found by a title
search in the DVD section on
the main floor of the library.
Father” starring William Powell and Irene Dunne
premiered in 1947 and is based on the writings of Clarence Day Jr.
up with his stern father attempting to manage a chaotic household. This hilarious comedy
earned four Academy
Award nominations including best actor for William Powell.
Premiering in 1943,
“Lassie Come Home” stars a young Roddy
McDowell and 11 year old Elizabeth Taylor. Heartwarming and moving,
this is the
original Lassie adventure based on the Eric Knight novel. Young Roddy
and Elizabeth Taylor head an outstanding cast in this story of a poor
forced to sell their beloved dog. The real star, of course, is Lassie,
undertakes a courageous journey to rejoin the family.
For western buffs,
“High Noon” starring Gary Cooper and
Grace Kelly will fit the bill. This winner of four Academy Awards tells
story of Marshal Will Kane (Cooper) who stands alone to defend a town
cowardly citizens against a revenge seeking enemy in a classic western
showdown. This movie was the first starring role for a young Grace
Winner of six Academy
Awards, the film that stunned America
in 1966, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?” brought together the nation's most
electrifying cinema personalities Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
with the country's most important
dramatist, Edward Albee and famed stage director Mike Nichols. It is
of Martha and George and their embittered, embattled marriage on the
a New England
college. The film’s incredible
power and unflinching truth made it a pivotal picture in American
The Hollywood masterpiece,
In the Rain” stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and
Debbie Reynolds and
premiered in 1952. Considered by many to be the finest musical comedy
all-time, Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote this wonderful film about
time when movies were changing from silent to talkies. The songs range
hilarious "Make 'Em Laugh" performed by O'Connor, to the delicate
"You Were Meant for Me" and the show-stopping classic "Singin'
in the Rain" solo by Gene Kelly.
Henry Fonda and Claudette
Colbert star in the 1939 film,
“Drums Along the Mohawk,” based on the best selling
novel by Walter D.
stars as farmer, Gil
Martin, who moves his new bride out west into the yet unsettled Mohawk
This sweeping piece of cinema celebrates the strength of frontier men
in the time of the American Revolution.
Nominated for two Academy Awards, this film is
the work of great American
director, John Ford.
is just a small sampling of the growing collection of
classic films on DVD available for checkout at the Peter White Public
Library. Rent one
to watch at home or
come to the Afternoon Classic film series at the library to see these
loved favorites on the big screen.
or call 228-9510 for upcoming
film screening dates.
Margaret Boyle, Programming Coordinator
The holiday parties are
over, the trees are coming down and
the playgrounds are still covered in snow; it’s natural to
look at the
remaining four months of winter with utter dread, especially if
you’re a parent
of energetic children. The
titles are full of ideas for keeping your children entertained. They can all be found in
the Youth Services
Department on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
the little ones are underfoot in the kitchen, include
them in the action. The Toddler Cookbook by
Annabel Karmel contains a
collection of simple
recipes that toddlers can make themselves or assist in preparing.
Baking Bread with Children
Lee Cohen is an invitation to share the magic of baking
children of all ages. It
everything you need to get started: bread basics for beginners, a
delicious recipes, and a rich store of multicultural stories, songs and
blessings to enliven the whole experience.
Young artists looking for ideas will find dozens
of books to choose from in
the arts and handicrafts section.
craft in Step-by Step
Crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross is made from readily
materials, including household recyclables.
by Carol Lerner discusses how to care for plants indoors, including
aspects as light, temperature, humidity, pests, diseases, equipment,
and how to
choose and grow your own plants.
Winter is a great time to learn a new skill.
Extreme Balloon Tying by
Shar Levine and Michael Ouchi promises readers
that with a little practice,
you'll be able to make
an incredible killer whale; a spectacular T-Rex; a shake, rattle, and
rattlesnake; a spooky skeleton; and a glow-in-the-dark space sword.
Knitting with Gigi
by Karen Thalacker gives simple
step by step instructions and eight cool patterns your child will be
proud to complete
on her own.
a few materials and easy to learn skills, Calligrahy for Kids
by Eleanor Winters can help children learn to make fabulous
party invitations, signs, and other exciting projects.
the best time to gaze at the stars.
Night Sky by Eduardo Banqueri introduces
the amazing world of comets, meteors, asteroids, planets, stars,
other celestial phenomena in a clear and engaging way.
It provides simple advice on using binoculars
and simple telescopes, to help you make the best of your evening
even if you don’t have the highest tech gear.
The library has a nice collection of books on
winter sport from bobsledding to ice-fishing. New titles
by Clive Gifford and Let's
by Carol Kindeen. Both titles offer photographs of real kids
action, terms, techniques, and the rundown on latest equipment.
Ellen Moore, Youth Services