Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Shall I Watch This Weekend?

It's a long weekend, and you may be able to watch a few DVDs over the course of the three days, but, what should you borrow? I came across a site that has all sorts of interesting lists of movie titles for you to peruse: Movieseum.com. (Much of the content/ads on the site is inappropriate for children, so consider yourself forewarned.)

This list is typical: "11 Classic Movies to See before You Die." Of the eleven, I've heard of, and/or watched, ten. The eleventh, Peeping Tom, is totally unknown to me. The Library will see if it can obtain a copy, so check back. Here are the ten that are currently available at Nesmith or one of the other GMILCS libraries.


I swear I've seen loons on Canobie Lake this year, but, I could be wrong. It does seem that the number of loons counted in NH has increased slightly over last year. Here's a report from The Nashua Telegraph.

Loons play a large part in the movie On Golden Pond [DVD ON], which was filmed on Squam Lake.

The quality of this clip is not great, so I would suggest borrowing our copy, then putting your feet up to relax and enjoy.

Surprisingly, there are a number of children's books with loons as characters. Who knew?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In Our Butterfly Garden

Recently, there have been three hummingbird moths sharing the large butterfly bush in our garden (planted and maintained by the members of the Windham Garden Club). Last year was the first time I had ever seen one. I managed to get this photo.

Aren't the transparent wings amazing? If I had gotten a shot from the side, you would have seen the proboscis (tongue) unrolling into the flowers to sip up the nectar.

Just last week, I found an NPR blog post about butterfly moths, which I thought should be shared. Click here.

Make sure you visit the Library to see our butterfly garden and to perhaps borrow one of the books on pollinators we have in our collection. Butterflies and Moths by David J. Carter [595.78 CAR] might be a good one to start with.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School!

Parents are excited to be getting their kids back to school. Young children, however, if they've never attended school before, may find the first day of school difficult to imagine. And, a bit scary.

We're prepared to help you prepare your anxious little one for the first day!

For parents there is Elizabeth Pantley's The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution: Gentle Ways to Make Good-Bye Easy from Six Months to Six Years [FT 649.1 PAN]. Pantley also addresses the problem of parents who can bear to let their children go.

The first day of school is survivable! Good luck and a happy 2014-2015 school year!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Poetry Friday--"A Shower"

Summer is heat, hopefully balanced by a little rain. I love the summer rain and it's scent on the hot pavement or dry ground. Did you know there was a name for that scent of rain on the soil? It's "petrichor." The exact chemicals that make up the scent have been studied (does that surprise anyone?), click here to learn more.

For today, here's a little poem by Amy Lowell that describes a summer shower:
A Shower

That sputter of rain, flipping the hedge-rows
And making the highways hiss,
How I love it!
And the touch of you upon my arm
As you press against me that my umbrella
May cover you.

Tinkle of drops on stretched silk.
Wet murmur through green branches.

from Amy Lowell: Selected Poems [821 LOW]

Amazing how a simple little love poem can evoke such powerful images and feelings. Amy Lowell is one of my favorites, so this is the second Friday in a row that I'm featuring one of her poems!

Live Your Poem is the place to be this Poetry Friday. Head down to Alabama, virtually of course, and see what's going on this week in the world of online poetry.

Illustration courtesy openclipart.


On this day in 1959, President Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

It's not often that one is able to make a trip to Hawaii, however, we've got the next best thing: fiction--from the epic novel, Hawaii by James Michener [F MIC] to Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London [JP LON, also JP AB/CD LON], nonfiction travel guides [919.69], Putumayo World Music's Hawaiian Playground [CD CHILDREN PUT], and DVDs such as Soul Surfer [DVD SOU], and Be a Hula Girl [J DVD BE].

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National Aviation Day!

I realized, too late, that yesterday was National Aviation Day, so, we're going to celebrate it today!

August 19, Orville Wright’s birthday, was designated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 as National Aviation Day. You can read the standard aviation histories found in 629.13 or in the 3M ebook, Lords of the Sky Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16 by Dan Hampton.

You may enjoy this survey of flying machines gathered from newsreels of the past:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Remember That Movie?

Hundreds of movies are released every year and many films move to the back of our minds only to pop up some years later. Often we stumble around looking for the title. "Remember that movie, I think it was from the 50s, with Marlon Brando? The one where he says, 'I coulda been a contender!'"

It's On the Waterfront [DVD ON], and it's on our shelf!

"Oh, that's the one! Remember that other one where Marlon Brando yells 'Stella!'"

A Streetcar Named Desire [DVD STR].

"The woman who played Stella? Kim Hunter. Wasn't she in some movie with Jimmy Stewart where she was a witch?"

No, you're thinking of Kim Novack, and that movie was Bell, Book and Candle [DVD BEL]

"What was that other movie that had "bell" in the title? The one with the ditzy blonde."

Bells Are Ringing [DVD BEL].

An even better movie with Judy Holliday was Born Yesterday [DVD BOR], which starred William Holden. That one shouldn't be missed! Holliday won an Oscar for her performance.

As you can tell, we have lots of old movies in our collection, and we have a number of, how shall I say it..."mature" librarians who are movie fans and can probably help you remember the names of the movies you saw way back when!

Monday, August 18, 2014


On Friday the teens celebrated the end of summer reading with a Zombie Apocalypse!

Professional make-up was provided by Windham's Steven Lawlor-Jones, and I don't know about you, but I was SCARED by the results!

Zombies remain topic of interest for film-makers and publishers, but now, zombies have entered the digital age. We have these 3M ebooks about zombies: