Tuesday, August 04, 2015

School Time Will Be Here Before You Know It!

Yes, there's still a month left before the school year begins, but, if you have a little one who will be going to school for the first time, August can be used to slowly introduce the child to the concept of school. One of the titles below may work as an introduction to this new experience. Don't make a fuss over "preparing the student." Encourage questions and let the child see that school is not something to be feared. (It is quite often the parent who is feeling anxious and that anxiety transfers to the child, so be aware of your own fears, and how you may be influencing your child through your tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language).

As with every new book, the parent should read the book first to make sure it is the right book for the child!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Helping Hands

If you've visited the Library lately, you will have noticed the large wooden painted school house as you walk in the door. It is a community project of Windham's Helping Hands set up to help families provide new clothing and school supplies for students returning to school in September.

Each paper apple contains an item request, the size or other details, and the age of the child receiving the item. Items are to be returned with the apple attached to the bag no later than August 14. Time is running out and there's still plenty of apples needing to be picked.

Please shop if you are able. If you are not able to shop, but wish to help, money/checks are always welcomed.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Poetry Friday--"Dawn Revisited"

If you've never read Rita Dove's On the Bus With Rosa Parks: Poems [811 DOV] then you are in for a treat! I'm going to share a poem from the collection that is stunningly simple, yet life affirming.
Dawn Revisited

Imagine you wake up
with a second chance: The blue jay
hawks his pretty wares
and the oak still stands, spreading
glorious shade. If you don't look back,

the future never happens.
How good to rise in sunlight,
in the prodigal smell of biscuits--
eggs and sausage on the grill.
The whole sky is yours

to write on, blown open
to a blank page. Come on,
shake a leg! You'll never know
who's down there, frying those eggs,
if you don't get up and see.

I can hear that noisy jay. I can smell the sausages sizzling. I want to race down to the kitchen--don't you? We all need a second chance, but we have to be willing to give ourselves that chance before anyone else will.

Have a great weekend, but before you race off to the beach or the woods, stop by Keri Recommends for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Rock Hunting

Most kids pick up pretty rocks at the beach. Sometimes this leads to a life-long interest in rocks, rock hunting, and rock collecting.

Rockhounding New England: A Guide to 100 of the Region's Best Rockhounding Sites by Peter Cristofono [552.0974 CRI] is a guide book that takes you to locations, including some in New Hampshire, where you can look for rocks. Most quarries and locations, however, have restricted access.

There are museums in NH that are open to the public that have collections of rocks and minerals for viewing. The Little Nature Museum in Warner, and the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover are two. Really close to home is America's Stonehenge in Salem, which is having a "Kids' Gemstone Dig" until Labor Day.

An online gallery of NH minerals can be found here. And for those wanting to learn more about NH's rocks and minerals, the NH Geological Survey website might be the place to start.

Back to those kids who may want pursue their interests in rocks: I was recently told about a page for Rock Hound Kids that has lots of links to explore. (Many thanks to the kids of Colonial Academy for their suggestion.)

Here are some books and DVDs from the Library's collection:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!

Bugs Bunny, has reached the ripe old age of 75 years. I hope you caught some of the media coverage of this cartoon milestone.

I welcome any opportunity to share a Looney Tunes clip with you, so here, in honor of Bugs Bunny's birthday is Bugs and Elmer doing what they do best--singing!

If you now are craving more Bugs Bunny, come borrow one of our sets of Looney Tunes Golden Collection [DVD LOO] cartoons.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Swan Lake

The ballet, Swan Lake, has been re-imagined by the dancers and acrobats of the Great Chinese State Circus.

You can view more acrobatic ballet here.

The ballet is based on the symphony by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, which itself was based on an old folktale. The folktale has been retold for children by Anthea Bell [JP BEL] and is in our picture book section, as are several ballet inspired books. One of these is Swan Lake by Rachel Isadora [JP ISA]. Isadora was a trained dancer until an injury led her to pursue children's books; she even performed for a time with the Boston Ballet.

The story of Swan Lake is also included in The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories [J 792.8 ILL].

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cooking and Eating Out-of-Doors

Outdoor cooking has changed considerably since the olden days when people built fires in pits! In the 1950s a simple charcoal grill (or a hibachi) was the staple of a suburban backyard. The only thing, though, it often took up to a half-hour before the fire was at an even temperature to allow for cooking. Then came the firestarter in a can that resulted in a quicker starting fire and not a few singed eyebrows! Nowadays we have gas grills that can be hot enough to cook within seconds.

Most everyone enjoys eating outdoors, too. Especially kids. How about cooking and eating out-of-doors tonight?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry Friday--Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry is a slim volume of three to five-line poems by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser [811.54 HAR]. The back cover tells us,
Longtime friends, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser always exchanged poems in their letter writing. After Kooser was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, Harrison found that his friend's poetry became "overwhelmingly vivid," and they began a correspondence comprised entirely of brief poems, "because that was the essence of what we wanted to say to each other."

There are no names attached to the poems, so the reader can truly look at them as a conversation between two individuals. Here's a sample taken at random:

I schlump around the farm
in dirty, insulated coveralls
checking the private lives of mice.

I heard the lake cheeping
under the ice, too weak
to break through the shell.

Nothing to do.
Nowhere to go.
The moth just drowned
in the whiskey glass.
This is heaven.

Wind in the chimney
turns on its heel
without crushing the ashes.

Head down to Louisiana to visit Margaret who is holding today's Round-Up at Reflections on the Teche.