Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
Mina by Jonatha Ceely
The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
Snobs by Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey)
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The perfect Summer by Juliet Nicolson
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
The Guynd: a Scottish Journal by Belinda Rathbone
The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West
House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
Brideshead Revisited DVD
Gosford Park DVD
Upstairs Downstairs DVDs
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
The John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
Newbery Honor Books:
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
The Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children:
A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka
Caldecott Honor Books:
Blackout illustrated and written by John Rocco
Grandpa Green illustrated and written by Lane Smith
Me . . . Jane illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell
For a complete listing of 2012 Youth Media Award announcements click here.
Friday, January 20, 2012
All are welcome to join us for the annual "kick-off" celebration on Friday, January 20th in the Renaissance Room @ the Dover Middle School from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Come and meet Jim and hear his presentation on his life as a scientist exploring Antarctica, and his path to becoming an author.
For more information about "Dover Reads" and upcoming events click here
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Ranger by Ace Atkins
Red on Red by Edward Conlon
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In The Queen of the Flowers, Phryne must deal with elephants, an old lover, and the disappearance of one of her daughters.
The Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood is some of the most entertaining listening you will find. Check it out!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
"To see lots of Movies"
"My dream is to be a famous dancer."
"I wish there were snowflakes."
"To be 20 already...to drive a bus"
"To see the world and help those in it."
To read more, click on the picture to enlarge it.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
In 1865 a gang of workmen, digging beneath the surface of Oxford Street, found a curious trap-door. They opened it and were astonished to find a flight of sixteen brick steps. They followed them and "entered a room of considerable size." The walls were built of red brick, with eight arches originally designed to let in the light. In the middle of the chamber was a pool or bath, about 6 feet in depth. It was half-full of water, and a spring could still be seen bubbling up. It was in all probability a Roman bapistery in which the water still flowed from a tributary of the Tyburn.
In the story of Perceval, the young and impulsive knight travels through a wasteland kingdom of strange warriors and damsels. On his journey, he meets the great King Arthur and the wise wizard Merlin and enters mysterious Grail Castle. Befriended by the sorceress Morgana, he unravels the meaning of the Grail.
Diana Durham speaks and runs workshops about the Arthurian and Grail myths and their meaning, and has told the story of Perceval and the Grail to a wide range of audiences, young and old. She has been called “a fabulous storyteller”, “evocative” and “inspiring”. In addition to her non-fiction book “The Return of King Arthur”, Diana has published two poetry collections, “Sea of Glass” and “To the End of the Night”'. In London, Diana worked with the Angels of Fire performance group, appearing in The Voice Box at the Royal Festival Hall. In New Hampshire, she founded '3 Voices' three women writers, funded in part by the NH State Council on the Arts, who have performed state-wide. She is currently a Visiting Research Associate at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
All lectures in the Friends of the Library’s Cultural Series are free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the program. Please call the Library, 516-6050, for more information.
Monday, January 09, 2012
***Jan. 21st--Dolphin Tale, Rated PG
***Jan. 28th--Real Steel, Rated PG 13
Friday, January 06, 2012
You really need to see the illustration, but the bottom left quadrant shows things which have both “not dangerous” and “not fearful” characteristics, and here, along with teddy bears and hugs, are listed Librarians! The description of us says, “In times of stress, we take comfort in trusted authorities.”
So I’m of mixed minds about this characterization. Yes, I’m happy to provide a less-stress, comfortable, fear-free environment in our library for our patrons (and I’ve heard a lot recently about people growing weary of being so tuned-in all the time to their e-devices so they’re seeking more solace, quiet, and contemplative spaces---not that you can find too much of it in our busy library, but anyway… ). Still, I hate to cater to that stereotypical image of the meek and mild librarian whose worst weapon is her “shush”. Not that I want to inspire fear, but neither do we want to be seen as Casper Milquetoasts!
Here are some conflicting images of librarians who could fit into each quadrant of Mr. Wise’s matrix! Which librarian fits your mental picture of us?
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare with Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, starring Tilda Swinton
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich with Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, starring Daniel Radcliffe
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax with the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Ephron & Taylor Swift
Think Like a Man from “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” by Steve Harvey
Game Change starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain. Book by John Heilemann & Mark Halperin
Being Flynn from the book “Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City” by Nick Flynn, with Robert DeNiro
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Bk 2 Catching Fire film due in Nov. 2013)
APRIL (on TV):
Great Expectations with Gillian Anderson on Masterpiece Theatre (2 parts)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens also on Masterpiece Theatre
Hemingway & Gellhorn with Nicole Kidman & Clive Owens from the biography by Michael Reynolds
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter from the book by Seth Grahame Smith
LATER THIS YEAR (tentative):
The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader (not starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne this time)
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, with Tobey Maguire and Gerard Depardieu
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien starring Ian McLellan
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz starring Willem Dafoe
Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley and Jude Law in Tolstoy’s classic
Perks of Being a Wildflower by Stephen Chbosky, starring Emma Watson
Cosmopolis by Don Delillo, starring Robert Pattinson
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath with Julia Stiles
The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan
World War Z by Max Brooks starring Brad Pitt and zombies
The Alchemist from “Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” by Michael Scott
Septimus Heap: Magyk by Angie Sage
Startide Rising by David Brin
Mortal Instruments by Casandra Clare (City of Bones Book 1)
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz, starring Tina Fey
Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell with Andrew Garfield and Jennifer Garner)
Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, starring George Clooney