Friday, September 30, 2011

Unburied Treasure

Thanks to Dr. Charles D. Cohen, author of The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss and collector of all things related to Dr. Seuss, a "buried treasure" has been unearthed for all to enjoy.

From 1948-1959, Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) published a series of short stories that appeared in magazines and mostly forgotten when the magazines were tossed. Charles found references to these stories and began a mission to find them. After traveling to libraries to research old magazine collections (yay for libraries), he found them and was able to track down and purchase the original magazines through the Internet (yay for the Internet).

The result of his efforts is the new book, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss---a collection of seven rarely seen stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.

My favorite story in the book is "Tadd and Todd", a story about identical twins and the need for an individual as well as a shared identity. I will be sharing this with my identical twin grandsons!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fanatic Readers

There was a great article yesterday on the CNN web site titled "How to Get Your Kid to be a Fanatic Reader". The article was written by James Patterson and it stressed how important it is for parents to be involved in their kids reading by both helping them to find books they will love and by being reading role models. Mr. Patterson goes on to describe how he and his wife helped their son find books that he gobbled up and his reading skills improved dramatically. "Here's a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don't act on: The more kids read, the better readers they become." Of course, if your father is James Patterson he probably knows a lot about books and authors and can easily find titles that will interest you. However, most parents probably aren't as aware of current trends in fiction for kids. As luck would have it I happen to know a few people who are up on it--yes I am talking about the librarians at your local library. Please give us an excuse to talk about good books and reading!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Downton Abbey

If you fell in love with the  fabulous Masterpiece Theater series, Downton Abbey, like I did, you will be delighted to know that the Library has purchased the DVDs of  the historical drama. The series takes place before World War I in England. Downton Abbey is the splendid country estate of the Crawley family. The stories revolve around their lives as well as the turbulent lives of the servants below stairs. The indomitable Maggie Smith enlivens the cast with withering zingers and crisp comments. After being startled by a swivel chair she makes a comment about new-fangled gadgets. The lawyer she is visiting explains that actually Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair quite awhile ago. Not one to be rebuked Dame Smith responds, "Can't one day go by without a fight with an American?"
The cast is stellar, the clothes magnificent, the story-line is involving, and the dialogue is lovely. Don't miss Downton Abbey.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Must See

We now have 2 passes to The Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park which means 2 families a day can enjoy this local treasure. Our Membership Pass allows 2 adults and children FREE admission to the Center. "The Seacoast Science Center is a must see for anyone wishing to discover the natural treasures and rich history of coastal New Hampshire. The Center's dramatic seaside setting, interpretive exhibits, and commitment to creating a memorable, personalized experience for each visitor sets it apart from other museums, aquariums and attractions." Still lots of wonderful weather to be had so that you could enjoy their outside resources as well as inside! Give us a call today, at 516-6052, to reserve a pass.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Steig Who?

If you've read the "Girl Who" trilogy by Steig Larsson, try some of these other great Scandinavian mystery writers.

Adler-olsen, Jussi
Blaedel, Sara
Hoeg, Peter
Kaaberbøl, Lene and Agnete Friis

Thompson, James

Bates, Quentin
Indridason, Arnaldur
Sigurdardóttir, Yrsa

Dahl, Kjell Ola
Enger, Thomas
Fossum, Karin
Holt, Anne
Nesbø, Jo

Alvtegen, Karin
Dahl, Arne
Edwardson, Åke
Ekman, Kerstin
Eriksson, Kjell
Jungstedt, Mari
Kepler, Lars
Läckberg, Camilla
Lapidus, Jens
Larson, Åsa
Larsson, Steig
Lindqvist, John Ajvide
Mankell, Henning
Markland, Liza
Nesser, Håkan
Roslund, Ander and Börge Hellström
Segerberg, Ebba
Sjöwall, Maj and Per Wahlöö
Theorin, Johan
Tursten, Helene

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Smart is Beautiful

One of our sharp eyed Librarians spotted this unintended irony in a Candies ad. The caption reads "Candie's Girls Know Smart Is Beautiful". Too bad no one noticed the book cover says "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin.
Perhaps it is a parody?

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Want to feel like a kid again? Take a look at Maurice Sendak's latest picture book Bumble-ardy. This book evolved from a segment that aired on Sesame Street in the early 1970s. The story is about "a mischievous pig who has reached the age of nine without ever having had a birthday party. But all that changes when Bumble throws a party for himself and invites all his friends, leading to a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand." We just have to see if the "wild masquerade" can compete with the "wild rumpus"!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Need to Test Yourself?

Did you know you can practice taking tests like the SAT, Praxis, and Real Estate Brokers exam from home? Simply log onto the Library’s web page and click on Online Resources. Next, choose Learning Express and you will be prompted to enter your 14 digit library card number and to choose a password. Select your test from the 300 tests available and begin practicing. You can also explore the Job Search and Workplace Skills section for help on interviewing and writing resumes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Every Thing On It

Do you have fond memories of reading Shel Silverstein books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic? Today a new title is being released, Every Thing On It, which has 130 previously unpublished poems. This is the second book to be published since Mr. Silverstein's death in 1999. Did you know that Mr. Silverstein was also a songwriter and wrote the song A Boy Named Sue which was performed by Johnny Cash? This song is quite different from his children's poetry. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Autumn Just Around the Corner

I noticed a few leaves starting to change this weekend. It reminded me of one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films, The Trouble With Harry. This charming movie features a very young Shirley MacLaine, John Forsyth, and a great deal of stunning New England fall foliage. The black comedy revolves around the trouble with Harry, which is that he is dead. Half the town seems to think they are responsible for his death; they take turns burying, digging up, and moving poor Harry. There is much rapid-fire, funny dialog, especially between MacLaine and Jerry Mathers, who you may remember as The Beaver. This film is sure to put you in the mood to enjoy the snap in the air and blazing colors of Fall. Check it out!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finding Something Good to Read is Easier than Ever

Novelist is a database that helps you find new books to read. You can search by authors you like, genres, or a book you loved. You can access it at the Library, or at home by clicking on the Online Resource link on the DPL web page. We have had this database for many years and all the librarians love it. Now Novelist is talking to our catalog so when you find a book you are interested in, you can click on the "check the library catalog" link and find out whether we own the book, whether the book is in, or put a reserve on it. Try it out, your next great book is waiting for you to discover it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Free Movies

We have a great line up of movies planned for our Saturday Matinees in September and October. These movies are shown at 2:00pm in the Library Lecture Hall, and are free and open to the public!

  • Sat, Sept. 17--Mars Needs Moms, rated PG

  • Sat., Sept. 24--Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, rated PG

  • Sat., Oct. 1--Thor, rated PG13

  • Sat., Oct. 8--African Cats, rated G

  • Sat., Oct. 15--Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

  • Sat., Oct. 22--Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, rated PG13

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More New eBooks

Many more new eBooks have been added to NH Downloadable Books. Take a look!

1968Mark Kurlansky
3rd Degree James Patterson, Andrew Gross
Allies Christie Golden
Almost Perfect Brian Katcher
The American Girl Monika Fagerholm, Katarina Tucker
The Angel in My Arms Stefanie Sloane
Anna and the French Kiss Stephanie Perkins
Ashtown Burials N. D. Wilson
Bearers of the Black Staff Terry Brooks
Becoming Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey
Black Ice Anne Stuart
Blood Promise Richelle Mead
Bloodlines Richelle Mead
Bloodshot Cherie Priest
Blue Smoke Nora Roberts
The Bride Julie Garwood
The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka
Burning Down the Spouse Dakota Cassidy
Buttercream Bump Off Jenn McKinlay
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas Sherryl Woods
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Alexandra Fuller
Cod Mark Kurlansky
Crave J. R. Ward
Die for You Lisa Unger
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller
Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon
Falling in Love with English Boys Melissa Jensen
Flirting with Disaster Sherryl Woods
The Food of a Younger Land Mark Kurlansky
Frostbite Richelle Mead
Girls in White Dresses Jennifer Close
Happy Birthday Danielle Steel
The Help Kathryn Stockett
I Don't Know How She Does It Allison Pearson
The Ideal Man Julie Garwood
In Malice, Quite Close Brandi Lynn Ryder
The Invisible Bridge Julie Orringer
The Keeper of Lost Causes Jussi Adler-Olsen
Knit One, Kill Two Maggie Sefton
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Last Coyote Michael Connelly
Last Sacrifice Richelle Mead
The Ledge Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Jennifer Ashley
Mama Rides Shotgun Deborah Sharp
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron Jennifer Ashley
Matched Ally Condie
The Measure of the Magic Terry Brooks
Next to Love Ellen Feldman
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Reckless Anne Stuart
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Secret Julie Garwood
The Secret Mistress Mary Balogh
The Secret to Seduction Julie Anne Long
Shadow Kiss Richelle Mead
Shelter Harlan Coben
Spirit Bound Richelle Mead
Victory and Honor W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Waking Up in Charleston Sherryl Woods
Ways to Be Wicked Julie Anne Long
Would-Be Witch Kimberly Frost
You Are So Undead to Me Stacey Jay
1105 Yakima Street Debbie Macomber
The 5th Horseman James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Ambitious Monica McKayhan
Another Kind of Dead Kelly Meding
The Ask and the Answer Patrick Ness
Back Spin Harlan Coben
Backseat Saints Joshilyn Jackson
Becoming Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey
Blood Bound Rachel Vincent
Blood Rules Christine Cody
Bloodlands Christine Cody
Bloodlines Richelle Mead
Bloodroot Bill Loehfelm
Blue Smoke Nora Roberts
A Bone to Pick Charlaine Harris
Breathless Anne Stuart
The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka
By Grace Possessed Jennifer Blake
Cherished Kim Cash Tate
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas Sherryl Woods
Club Dead Charlaine Harris
Covet J. R. Ward
Craving the Highlander's Touch Michelle Willingham
Dead Angler Victoria Houston
Death in Show Judi McCoy
An Echo in the Bone Diana Gabaldon
The Fiery Cross Diana Gabaldon
Getting Old is a Disaster Rita Lakin
Good Girls Don't Victoria Dahl
Greywalker Kat Richardson
Heir of the Dog Judi McCoy
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Home Improvement Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P Kelner
Hounding the Pavement Judi McCoy
An Ice Cold Grave Charlaine Harris
In Bed with a Highlander Maya Banks
The Invisible Bridge Julie Orringer
Julia London Historical Romance 2-Book Bundle Julia London
Juliet Immortal Stacey Jay
The Julius House Charlaine Harris
The Keeper of Lost Causes Jussi Adler-Olsen
Kind of Blue Miles Corwin
The King's Courtesan Judith James
Kiss of Death Rachel Caine
Knee High by the 4th of July Jess Lourey
The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Last Sacrifice Richelle Mead
Lord and Lady Spy Shana Galen
Love Come to Me Lisa Kleypas
Mama Does Time Deborah Sharp
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron Jennifer Ashley
Mice Gordon Reece
Miracle Beach Erin Celello
Mistress by Marriage Maggie Robinson
Monsters of Men Patrick Ness
Murder Past Due Miranda James
Neighborhood Watch Cammie McGovern
Nightshade Andrea Cremer
No Proper Lady Isabel Cooper
No Time For Goodbye Linwood Barclay
A Parfait Murder Wendy Lyn Watson
Pleasure Unbound Larissa Ione
Plugged Eoin Colfer
Poltergeist Kat Richardson
The Postmortal Drew Magary
Raising Stony Mayhall Daryl Gregory
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Redeeming the Rogue Donna MacMeans
The School of Essential Ingredients Erica Bauermeister
Second Son Lee Child
The Servants of Twilight Dean Koontz
Seven Years to Sin Sylvia Day
Shameless Anne Stuart
Silent Enemy Thomas W. Young
Slow Love Dominique Browning
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Charlaine Harris
Spiral Paul McEuen
The Square Root of Murder Ada Madison
Storm's Heart Thea Harrison
The Stranger You Seek Amanda Kyle Williams
Succubus Blues Richelle Mead
Succubus On Top Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed Richelle Mead
Succubus Shadows Richelle Mead
The Third Victim Lisa Gardner
Treasuring Emma Kathleen Fuller
The Twelfth Enchantment David Liss
The Vow Juliana Garnett
Vowed in Shadows Jessa Slade
Voyager Diana Gabaldon
Waking Up in Charleston Sherryl Woods
We the Animals Justin Torres
The Wedding Julie Garwood
The Wedding Affair Leigh Michaels
What Is Left the Daughter Howard Norman
When the Wind Blows James Patterson
Where Demons Fear to Tread Stephanie Chong
A Whisper of Peace Kim Vogel Sawyer
White Heat M. J. McGrath
Working Stiff Annelise Ryan
You Dropped a Blonde on Me Dakota Cassidy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011-2012 Cultural Series

Next Tues., Sept. 20 the Friends of the Library 2011-2012 Cultural Series begins. First up is The Negro Baseball League with Joseph Caliro which is both an exhibit and a lecture.The exhibit contains over 300 pieces of memorabilia including 49 autographed baseballs from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Among the signed baseballs are 9 Hall of Fame inductees, and the only 3 women to ever play professional baseball. Baseball cards displayed will include the Ted Williams salute the negro league and cards from paintings by Marc Charello, illustrator for DC Comics. The exhibit will open at 6 pm and will be followed at 7pm by a presentation on the History of the Negro League. Visit our website to see a full line up of the Cultural Series events.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The TPSG (Three Pines Support Group) is here for you!

A few months back I read an article about fans of the movie Avatar forming support groups to help them deal with the fact that Pandora was not a real place and that they could not go there and live among the  Na‘vi.  I was tempted to make fun of this (I hated that movie) until I had a conversation with another librarian about our beloved Three Pines, the tiny (and fictional) French Canadian hamlet in the Louise Penny mystery series. Penny’s latest novel,  A Trick of the Light, came out August 30th and two days later Anne and I had already read it and were in a post Three Pines funk.  We longed for Three Pines.  We talked everyday about how we would spend the morning in Clara’s garden followed by a five course lunch at Olivier’s Bistro with dessert and coffee in front of the fire.  Then we would wander across the bridge over the Bella Bella River and sit on the common with Ruth, the local poet/curmudgeon, and let her hurl insults at us.  We would end our day by sinking into the fluffy white down comforters at Gabri’s  B&B and dream of murder and mayhem and charming Inspector Gamache. With the exception of the ridiculously high homicide rate Three Pines seems like the most idyllic place to live, great food, quirky smart companions, charming vistas in every direction, and most importantly a bit of trouble to keep it all interesting.  Even though we don’t have a proper support group for Louise Penny groupies we can offer up the follow suggestion to hold you over until your next trip to Three Pines; try the three Inspector Bruno mysteries by Martin Walker.  They are set in the Perigord region of Southern France and even though it is not exactly the same it is equally charming, with much talk of food, a cast whimsical locals, and of course a grisly murder or two. 

Friday, September 09, 2011

Fall Story Time Registration

Registration for our 6 pre-school story times begins on Monday, September 12. Story Times begin the week of September 19 and continue for 5 weeks.

Sign-up begins at 9:00a.m. (in person) for all groups--
Monday l:30p.m., Monday Bedtime (7:00p.m.) and Tuesday 9:30a.m. groups for 3-6 year-olds and Thursday and Friday (9:30 a.m.) toddler groups for children ages 21-36 months.
Phone call registration begins at 9:15a.m.

In addition to our "registered groups", we will be offering a "drop-in" story time (for all ages). This story time is open to all (visitors and non-resident card holders included)! Children and their caregivers are welcome to drop-in for any or all of these story times on Wednesdays @ 9:30 a.m.

For more information, pick up one of our 2011-2012 story time brochures, visit our website @, or call the Children's Room (516-6052).

Thursday, September 08, 2011


Things are a bit chaotic at the library today--there are dozens of Timberland volunteers painting and landscaping the library and the McConnell Center. If you come in today please use the front door, unless you need the elevator. We apologize for the inconveniences, but it will be worth it when we have nice fresh paint and beautifully landscaped lawns. A big thank you to all the volunteers!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Fall Hours

We are now officially on our fall schedule which means that we will be open this coming Saturday from 9 to 5. Also, we will resume our Saturday Matinees in the lecture hall at 2:00pm--first movie up is Rio--rated PG. See you Saturday!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Does Your Book Need a Soundtrack?

The New York Times reports that a company called Booktrack is planning on releasing eBooks with soundtracks that play throughout the book. "Much of the music — about nine hours’ worth for the typical novel — is instrumental or ambient noise. But during livelier passages, a reader may hear the patter of footsteps, a booming gong, a crackling fire or the tick of a grandfather clock." 

I think I would be terribly distracted by all the noise while I am trying to read. Soundtracks do really effect the atmosphere of a scene in a movie but if not done properly it becomes jarring. Adding sound effects would definitely distract me. What do you think, would you like a sound track with your book?