Tuesday, June 30, 2009

System Upgrade Update

The replacement of the Library server and upgrades to the circulation system are going well. Thank you to everyone who has made sure to bring their Library card, and for being so understanding about the usual services we cannot provide these two days, such as placing holds and searching the catalog for you. No one has complained that we cannot take fine money either. We hope to be back to normal on Thursday.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Beat the Doldrums @ Your Library

School is over, the nice weather is finally here, and the kids are already complaining about being bored! There have been teens wandering through the Teen Loft book stacks, but they don't know what to read. Well we have taken the guess work out of finding a good book to read. There are 38 (yes 38!) suggested reading bookmarks available, in the Teen Loft, with suggestions for:

**If you liked Twilight, Gossip Girls, or Cirque du Freak.
**Sports, etc.

There also suggested reading bookmarks available for younger kids and adults. If all those fail just ask a staff member for help.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife Comes to the Silver Screen

Many readers were captivated by the story of "Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap". The movie trailer has just been released and it looks as involving as the novel it was developed from.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Best 100 Picture Books Poll

School Library Journal conducted a poll of its readers to determine what the best 100 picture books are, by popular vote. The number one book is one that has been mentioned on this blog several times, it is one of my favorites. You will remember reading some of these books as a kid, others you have probably read to your kids. If not, it's is a good list of what to read to your kids!

There are links at the bottom of the page to lead you to the number 2 book, number 3 etc.

What do you think of the choices? Did they miss your favorite picture book, or put it too low on the list?

New Cochecho Readers' Award Nominees

The new list of nominees for the Cochecho Readers' Award is ready-- just in time for summer reading!

The Cochecho Readers' Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of Dover, New Hampshire. The award is named after the Cochecho River which runs through the heart of Dover. This award is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from third and fourth graders in Dover. We have chosen 20 titles published within the last three years. The criteria for selection are quality of writing and child appeal. Children are required to read or listen to at least three of the titles on the list in order to vote. The voting will take place in the school libraries in the Spring.

Click here for the new 2009-10 nominees list and start reading!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Your Library Card is Essential Next Week

The Library’s CIRCULATION SYSTEM & ONLINE CATALOG will be DOWN Tuesday & Wednesday June 30 & July 1 for server replacement and program upgrades. You MUST SHOW A DOVER LIBRARY CARD to have any materials checked out during this time.
We will be unable to:
**Look up your barcode
**Check in returned items (no fines for these 2 days)
**Place holds
**Search the Library Catalog
**Register new patrons
**Collect fine payments
The LIBRARY CATALOG will also be unavailable on our website.

Monday, June 22, 2009

We Must All Be Rain Gods

All this damp weather keeps reminding me of a character in Douglas Adams' book So Long And Thanks For all the Fish. Read the excerpt below and see why I feel like Rob Mckeena.

It wasn't that he was naturally predisposed to be so surly, at least he hoped not. It was just the rain which got him down, always the rain.
It was raining now, just for a change.
It was a particular type of rain he particularly disliked, particularly when he was driving. He had a number for it. It was rain type 17.
He had read somewhere that the Eskimos had over two hundred different words for snow, without which their conversation would probably have got very monotonous. So they would distinguish between thin snow and thick snow, light snow and heavy snow, sludgy snow, brittle snow, snow that came in flurries, snow that came in drifts, snow that came in on the bottom of your neighbour's boots all over your nice clean igloo floor, the snows of winter, the snows of spring, the snows you remember from your childhood that were so much better than any of your modern snow, fine snow, feathery snow, hill snow, valley snow, snow that falls in the morning, snow that falls at night, snow that falls all of a sudden just when you were going out fishing, and snow that despite all your efforts to train them, the huskies have pissed on.
Rob McKeena had two hundred and thirty-one different types of rain entered in his little book, and he didn't like any of them.
He shifted down another gear and the lorry heaved its revs up. It grumbled in a comfortable sort of way about all the Danish thermostatic radiator controls it was carrying.
Since he had left Denmark the previous afternoon, he had been through types 33 (light pricking drizzle which made the roads slippery), 39 ( heavy spotting), 47 to 51 (vertical light drizzle through to sharply slanting light to moderate drizzle freshening), 87 and 88 (two finely distinguished varieties of vertical torrential downpour), 100 (post-downpour squalling, cold), all the seastorm types between 192 and 213 at once, 123, 124, 126, 127 (mild and intermediate cold gusting, regular and syncopated cab-drumming), 11 (breezy droplets), and now his least favourite of all, 17.
Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.
He tested this theory by turning them off briefly, but as it turned out the visibility did get quite a lot worse. It just failed to get better again when he turned them back on.
In fact one of the wiper blades began to flap off.
Swish swish swish flop swish flop swish swish flop swish flop swish flop flop flop scrape.
He pounded his steering wheel, kicked the floor, thumped his cassette player till it suddenly started playing Barry Manilow, thumped it again till it stopped, and swore and swore and swore and swore and swore.
It was at the very moment that his fury was peaking that there loomed swimmingly in his headlights, hardly visible through the blatter, a figure by the roadside.
A poor bedraggled figure, strangely attired, wetter than an otter in a washing machine, and hitching.
"Poor miserable sod," thought Rob McKeena to himself, realizing that here was somebody with a better right to feel hard done by than himself, "must be chilled to the bone. Stupid to be out hitching on a filthy night like this. All you get is cold, wet, and lorries driving through puddles at you."
He shook his head grimly, heaved another sigh, gave the wheel a turn and hit a large sheet of water square on.
"See what I mean?" he thought to himself as he ploughed swiftly through it. "You get some right bastards on the road."
Splattered in his rear mirror a couple of seconds later was the reflection of the hitch-hiker, drenched by the roadside.
For a moment he felt good about this. A moment or two later he felt bad about feeling good about it. Then he felt good about feeling bad about feeling good about it and, satisfied, drove on into the night.
At least it made up for having been finally overtaken by that Porsche he had been diligently blocking for the last twenty miles.

And as he drove on, the rainclouds dragged down the sky after him, for, though he did not know it, Rob McKeena was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him, and to water him.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Libraries Lend a Helping Hand

The Today Show did an interesting segment on how the recession is impacting libraries. They talked to a Maryland Public Library director and the President of the New York Public Library. They are seeing the same things we have experienced in Dover: smaller budgets and increased demand. People are lined up for Internet computers, they need help with resumes, families are coming here for free entertainment, whether it is a library program, story hour, or DVDs and CDs. Overall usage has sky-rocketed. Watch this short video segment and see what libraries across America are experiencing.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Go Green @ Your Library

Finally the library is hip! You might say "It's Hip to be Square". I have been waiting for this for a very long time. Librarians have know it all along, but finally the rest of the world is stepping in line, and realizing the benefits of their local libraries. Because of our sagging economy, and the increased interest in reducing our carbon footprint, the library is making many top 10 lists. As one list put it "Who does not love the smell of weathered pages in age-old books? Save money and the forests by visiting your local library instead of buying new books." I would also add to this that you can borrow DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, download audio books from our web site... If you haven't visited your local library lately maybe you should.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Listening With Teens

If you have a road trip planned for your summer vacation and are dreading listening to the music your teen will insist on playing, you should pick up a copy of Listen To These Teen Reads. In celebration of National Audiobook Month, we have put together a list of our books on CD that teens might enjoy. They range in topic from time traveling thieves, teenage BFFs, and the Twilight vampires to an adventure fantasy with floating air ships, mysterious cloud creatures and dastardly pirates. I can highly recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It portrays a futuristic society in which towns are required to send a boy and a girl each year to compete in a deadly game of survival, kind of like Survivor, only using real weapons. This book is quickly turning into a cult favorite. With intriguing books like these to listen to, everyone in the car should be happy!

Monday, June 15, 2009

100 Essential New England Books

The Boston Globe has compiled a list of their picks of the 100 best books with a New England tie. The New England tie can include the author residing in New England, the book taking place in New England, or the more tenuous link, in my opinion, of the author having attended a New England college or university. Regardless, the list is fun to look at. You can sort the list by author, title, or most read. If you sort by most read #1 is Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and #2 is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Listen Up!

June is National Audiobook Month. You can celebrate by downloading some of these new audiobooks.

New MP3 Titles (these will play on an iPod)

Title Author
1906 Dalessandro, James
A Darker Crimson Jewel, Carolyn
Absolute Certainty Connors, Rose
All the Sad Young Literary Men Gessen, Keith
American Pastoral Roth, Philip
Arnie the Doughnut Keller, Laurie
As Simple as Snow Galloway, Gregory
Blackman’s Coffin Castrique, Mark de
Borrower of the Night Peters, Elizabeth
City of Thieves Benioff, David
Claimed by Shadow Chance, Karen
Cod Kurlansky, Mark
Crimson Rogue Maverick, Liz
Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's Cerami, Charles
Effective Networking Nour, David
Embrace the Night Chance, Karen
Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Stanek, Robert
Losing It Bertinelli, Valerie
Master and Commander O'Brian, Patrick
Nailing the Job Interview Leahy, M.A. ABS, Susan
Post Captain O'Brian, Patrick
Seduced By Crimson Lee, Jade
Shards of Crimson Maverick, Liz
Stone Cold Parker, Robert B.
Survivor Palahniuk, Chuck
The Camelot Caper Peters, Elizabeth
The Defection of A. J. Lewinter Littell, Robert
The Dolomite Solution Scott, Trevor
The Friday Night Knitting Club Jacobs, Kate
The Halloween Tree Bradbury, Ray
The Levity Effect Gostick, Adrian
The Once and Future Spy Littell, Robert
The Soloist Lopez, Steve
Through a Crimson Veil O'Shea, Patti
Tunnel Vision Paretsky, Sara
What I Was Rosoff, Meg

New WMA Titles

Title Author
About Face Leon, Donna
Angels in the Gloom Perry, Anne
At Last Comes Love Balogh, Mary
At Some Disputed Barricade Perry, Anne
Bloodhound Pierce, Tamora
Brazen Careerist Trunk, Penelope
Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends Guarnere, William "Wild Bill"
Bury the Lead Rosenfelt, David
Carpe Diem Mount, Harry
Cemetary Dance Preston, Douglas
Columbine Cullen, Dave
Dark Places Flynn, Gillian
Darling Jim Moerk, Christian
Dead Sleep Iles, Greg
Deadlock Johansen, Iris
Discordia Salmon, Dena K.
Down River Hart, John
Eat the Dark Schreiber, Joe
Ecological Intelligence Goleman, Daniel
Encore Freedman, Marc
Eon Goodman, Alison
Etta Kolpan, Gerald
Factory Girls Chang, Leslie T.
First Family Baldacci, David
Hannahs Dream Hammond, Diane
Horse Soldiers Stanton, Doug
House of Cards Author
How To Handle The Toughest Job Interview Questions You'll Ever Get Portney, David R.
Hungry Girl: The Official Survival Guides Lillien, Lisa
Hunting Season Deutermann, P. T.
If I Stay Forman, Gayle
Impossible Werlin, Nancy
Little Bee Cleave, Chris
Loitering With Intent Woods, Stuart
Look Again Scottoline, Lisa
Lords of Finance Ahamed, Liaquat
Malice Jackson, Lisa
Neil Armstrong is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me Marino, Nan
No Graves As Yet Perry, Anne
Nudge Thaler, Richard
Outcast Allston, Aaron
Prayers for Sale Dallas, Sandra
Private Scandals Roberts, Nora
Rapt Gallagher, Winifred
Red Glass Resau, Laura
Resilience Edwards, Elizabeth
Rogue Forces Brown, Dale
Sag Harbor Whitehead, Colson
Sarek Crispin, A. C.
Science Fair Barry, Dave
Shoulder the Sky Perry, Anne
Skinned Wasserman, Robin
Soul Enchilada Gill, David Macinnis
Sudden Death Rosenfelt, David
The 19th Wife Ebershoff, David
The 8th Confession Patterson, James
The Age of the Unthinkable Ramo, Joshua
The Art of Woo Shell, G. Richard
The Highest Tide Lynch, Jim
The Lake House Patterson, James
The Last Book in the Universe Philbrick, Rodman
The Last Olympian Riordan, Rick
The Moonpool Deutermann, P. T.
The Perfect Poison Quick, Amanda
The Poet Connelly, Michael
The Reformed Vampire Support Group Jinks, Catherine
The Richest Man in Babylon Clason, George S.
The Soldiers of Halla MacHale, D. J.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Bradley, Alan
The Unforgiving Minute Mullaney, Craig M.
The Widow Clicquot Mazzeo, Tilar J.
Touch the Dark Chance, Karen
Uranium Zoellner, Tom
Vision in White Roberts, Nora
Walking in Circles Before Lying Down Markoe, Merrill
Wesley the Owl O'Brien, Stacey
What Happened to Anna K. Reyn, Irina
Who Smart, Geoff
Zero Option Deutermann, P. T.

Monday, June 08, 2009

A New Look at Wild Things

This blog has a fascinating look at how Where the Wild Things Are would look had it been illustrated by a different artist. Personally, I love Maurice Sendak's illustrations, in all of his books, so I think it is almost impossible to improve upon them. However, a few artists have at least equaled the master, as you can see below. What do you think; do you like the originals best or the paintings inspired by this childhood classic?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

These Books Are Delicious

I stumbled across an amusing blog the other day called Cake Wrecks. I was delighted to find a post on cakes that celebrate children's books. There are some very clever cake decorators out there. The very hungry caterpillar cake made out of cupcakes is so cute you have to see it! What children's book would you like to see turned into a cake? I think I would like to see a Narnian cake... or maybe a Willy Wonka cake.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

And The Winner Is....

The Audies, which are like Oscars for the Audiobook Industry, were awarded May 29. The audiobook of the year is Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. This charming book about Nobody Owens, an orphaned boy who is raised by ghosts in a Victorian graveyard, is intended for teens but has plenty to interest children and adults too. Intrigued? You can watch a Graveyard Book trailer, like a movie trailer, its chilling!

If you want to know what the winners of the other Audie catagories are, click here. You will find a review, and can even listen to a sample of the audiobook! The Library owns many of the Audie Award winners so you are in for a summer of great listening.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Summer Reading

According to an article that appeared on Twin Cities.com,"It's shocking what happens over the summer when children don't read," says Maurna Rome, the K-3 literacy coordinator at Ogilvie and the president of the Minnesota Reading Association. "This year, in our fourth grade, every single student went down in reading fluency (after summer vacation). We tested them at the end of the school year, and we checked again in the fall. And it didn't matter whether they are the top reader or the bottom — everyone went down. The fourth grade is notorious for something called 'The Fourth Grade Slump,' but it's still shocking that of the 30-some kids in our small school, they all lost ground over the summer.Why? They just don't read. We live in a day and age of video games and TV."

Make sure your child doesn't lose ground over the summer; you can enroll him or her in the Children's Room Summer Reading program, or the Teen Reading Program, both of which start July 6th. Don't neglect your own summer reading, grab some recommended reads bookmarks, or ask us what we have enjoyed reading lately.