by Stacey McKim on November 28th, 2016
I don’t have any news about the much-anticipated Gilmore Girls reboot, because I just started with season 1, episode 1 earlier this month. I had barely heard of the show before the outpouring of excitement for last Friday’s release. But I’m glad I’m giving it a try, because the show is both nonconformist and cozy, with the quick-witted sass of the characters offsetting the way each episode wraps up with someone doing the right thing.
Rory – the daughter in the show – is an admirable reader, and a list has been compiled of every book she reads or someone references in the TV show. See how you rank against Rory or, if you get totally bewildered by something Lorelai says, the show’s cultural references are all annotated here. Then, come in to the library and look for our Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge display!
(Now, I’m off to the CD section to find something to dislodge the show’s theme song from my head. ♫ Where you lead… ♫)
by Jason Paulios on November 17th, 2016
by Beth Fisher on November 14th, 2016
What does it mean to be transgender? Transgender people are people whose gender identity – their innate knowledge of who they are – is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Transgender people are your classmates, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. With approximately 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States—and millions more around the world—chances are that you’ve met a transgender person, even if you don’t know it.
Being transgender means different things to different people. Like a lot of other aspects of who people are – like race or religion – there’s no one way to be transgender, and no one way for transgender people to look or feel about themselves. The best way to understand what being transgender is like is to talk with transgender people and listen to their stories. For more information visit http://www.transequality.org/
The books below, and many more like them, can be found in the display on the first floor near the Help Desk. Read the rest of this entry »
by Mary Estle-Smith on November 10th, 2016
If you’re not familiar with photicular books you should take a look at this one. Photicular technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book.
These have wonderful, realistic pictures that move when you turn or move the page. Carol Kaufmann, a writer for National Geographic, writes a crisp descriptive of each image with information about size, habitat, and other interesting information geared to an older than toddler reader.
Polar (6120 words) is owned by ICPL. There are 3 other books in the series, Safari, Jungle, and Ocean that we do not currently own.
My toddler grandson likes his a lot. He usually pulls them out of his book shelf first for reading time. He has many reading times so they are well used. He likes the moving pictures and we grown-ups like the narratives with the pictures. Everyone is well entertained.
Scanimation is a similar photo technology. Peanuts (2550 words) from the comics collection and Waddle (3060 words) from the children’s room are some examples of scanimation books at ICPL. The photos are different from the photicular books and they usually have less text.
Take a look at both, they are fun. These make interesting and cool gifts.
by Beth Fisher on November 8th, 2016
Today the term Veteran encompasses a wider range of people than it ever has in the past. People of different races, genders and sexual orientation, all of whom have or had one thing in common – the willingness to serve and defend our country as a member of the Armed Forces.
Valor – unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front by Mark Lee Greenblatt. Mark Lee Greenblatt interviewed Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine veterans of America’s most recent wars to gather their incredible stories in their own words. Many of these soldiers have risked their lives multiple times for their fellow solideris and their country. Until now, however their stories have largely gone unnoticed by the public.
Soldier Girls – the battles of three women at home and at war by Helen Thorpe. Journalist Helen Thorpe tells the moving story of three women in the Indiana National Guard who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »
by Bond Drager on November 7th, 2016
by Maeve Clark on November 3rd, 2016
¨Let’s have an animal fact a day. Melody posted on Tuesday about “Weird Animal Facts” and right next to it on the new shelf is “The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts” by Maja Safstrom. Well, it was on the shelf until I snatched it up and checked it out. This delightful little book written and illustrated by Safstrom. Every page contains an illustration and one or two or three animal facts. Safstrom’s Instagram shows her flipping through each page.
Here’s today’s amazing animal fact – badgers dig amazing underground dens that can have up to 50 exits (!) and host several badger families. And here an animal fact for tomorrow, (you know you can never ever have too many animal facts, said the reference librarian), a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance. If you want to know more animal facts check out “The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts” or you can call, email or chat or even better visit the Info Desk; we have animal and every other kind of facts at the ready.
by Melody Dworak on November 1st, 2016
Here’s another book I came across while cataloging and just had to put on hold: Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker. Flatiron Books’ promo line reads “A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations,”–and that’s exactly what it is. Delightful illustrations with quirky facts about each animal.
Facts include the following:
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by Anne Mangano on October 30th, 2016
Tonight we celebrate the night before Halloween. Well, we don’t. We have no word for such a concept. But if you find yourself in Michigan (Devil’s Night) or northern Vermont (Cabbage Night), or parts of New Jersey (Mischief Night), or other parts of New Jersey (Goosey Night), or even other parts of New Jersey (Gate Night), they are celebrating something, most likely by doing something they shouldn’t, and you’ll need to know what to call it. Josh Katz’s new book, Speaking American is here to help sort that all out for you.
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by Kara Logsden on October 28th, 2016
Weird Sisters author, Eleanor Brown’s Light of Paris is a tale of two women who are bound by the expectations of family, society, and their own personal fears.
Madeleine is in her thirties, stuck in a loveless marriage, and volunteering as a docent at an art museum in Chicago. Youthful dreams of living as an artist are too painful to remember.
Margie is in her twenties and is dispatched to Paris in 1924 to chaperone her cousin. Upon her arrival she is abandoned by her cousin and left to fend for herself. With dreams of becoming a writer and living independently, she gets a job in a library in Paris and falls in love.
The story evolves as the reader switches between characters, decades and cities. Will the women find self actualization or will they conform to the conventions of expectations?
I listened to the book and Cassandra Campbell’s narration is excellent.