Thursday, September 11, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Primrose"

A fabulous series of books for kids is "Poetry for Young People," published by Sterling Publishing. We have these titles in our collection:

The poem I have selected for today is from the volume entitled William Carlos Williams:


Yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow!
It is not a color.
It is summer!
It is the wind on a willow,
the lap of waves, the shadow
under a bush, a bird, a bluebird,
three herons, a dead hawk
rotting on a pole--
Clear yellow!
It is a piece of blue paper
in the grass or a threecluster of
green walnuts swaying, children
playing croquet or one boy
fishing, a man
swinging his pink fists
as he walks--
It is ladysthumb, forget-me-nots
in the ditch, moss under
the flange of the carrail, the
wavy lines in split rock, a
great oaktree--
It is a disinclination to be
five red petals or a rose, it is
a cluster of birdsbreast flowers
on a red stem six feet high,
four open yellow petals
above sepals curled
backward into reverse spikes--
Tufts of purple grass spot the
green meadow and clouds the sky.

What great images! I can picture it all, can't you?

Please stop by No Water River where Renee is hosting this week's Round-Up.

Looking for Something New?

If you're looking for a change from the novels of James Patterson or John Grisham how about trying nonfiction? Here are three titles that might pull you away from the same-old, same-old:

Croke, Vicki. Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II. [940.5425 CRO, also 3M ebook]

Kessler, Ronald. The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. [KES, also 3M ebook]

Sides, Hampton. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. [910.452 SID, also 3M ebook]

If you have any doubts about reading nonfiction, take a look at the New York Times review of Elephant Company, written by novelist Sara Gruen.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Kids Read

Over the past few weeks, I've seen article after article such as the one that was posted by The Washington Post on Monday, "Why kids should choose their own books to read in school" by Valerie Strauss.

I hope the appearance of such articles signal the end of the "reading list." We've just completed three months of summer reading in which students had to read from an assigned list. Let's just say, on some of the lists I had a hard time finding a title I would have picked up and read!

A little guidance and reader's advisory is good, reading lists, maybe not so much.

Let the children read! You'd be surprised how a child who has read a book, liked it and recommended it to his/her classmates, can start a run on a book!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

More Books Into Movies

The next few months there will be a bumper crop of new movies released that have been based on books. Here are a few that will come out between now and the first Friday in October:

Block, Lawrence. A Walk Among the Tombstones. [F BLO, also LP BLO] Opens 9/19 with Liam Neeson.

Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. [YA DAS, also 3M ebook] Opens 9/19.

Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. [F FLY, also 3M ebook, AB/CD FLY. And, if you read Chinese, we have it in Chinese, too! CHINESE F FLY] Opens 10/3 with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

King, Stephen. "A Good Marriage" in Full Dark, No Stars [F KIN, also LP KIN and AB/CD KIN] Opens 10/4.

Lelord, François. Hector and the Search for Happiness. [LP LEL] Opens 9/19 and stars Simon Pegg.

Trooper, Jonathan. This Is Where I Leave You. [F TRO, also 3M ebook] Opens 9/19 starring Jason Bateman.

Here's the trailer for The Maze Runner:

Monday, September 08, 2014

Story to Screenplay to Novel to Confusion

Next Friday the newest film based on one is Dennis Lehane's stories is being released. The film is titled, The Drop. The movie tie-in book is titled The Drop [F LEH], however, the original short story upon which the screenplay is based is "Animal Rescue." The story appears in Boston Noir [SC BOS], a collection of stories edited by Lehane. "Animal Rescue" was also written by Lehane. Other writers whose stories appear in Boston Noir are Stewart O'Nan, John Dufresne, Brendan Dubois, and Lynn Heitman. Lehane also wrote the screenplay for The Drop.

Confused? I'll bet! We've received the novelization based upon the movie based the short story and it is already checked out, so, you'll have to put your name on the holds list if you want to read it before you see the movie. Or, you can read the short story, because last I looked, Boston Noir was sitting on the shelf!

Here's the trailer to whet your appetite:

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Poetry Friday--National Chicken Month!

I'm going to close out this week of celebrating the CHICKEN with a poem I found in one Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" weekly emails (column #245)
Poor Patriarch
by Susie Patlove

The rooster pushes his head
high among the hens, trying to be
what he feels he must be, here
in the confines of domesticity.
Before the tall legs of my presence,
he bristles and shakes his ruby comb.

Little man, I want to say
the hens know who they are.
I want to ease his mistaken burden,
want him to crow with the plain
ecstasy of morning light as it
finds its winter way above the woods.

Read the rest here.

I mentioned Monday's "American Life in Poetry" offering on a Facebook post and mentioned the fact that people can sign up to receive a weekly poem. I was surprised that so many people had never heard of the service. In case you are one of those people, you can sign up here. All the poems are short and can be read quickly and then saved and savored later!

Other poetry mailings include Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac," Academy of American Poets "Poem-A-Day," and Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry 4 Kids. A simple Google search using the term "poems by email" will bring up scads more!

Happy September, happy National Chicken Month, and happy Emailed Poetry Month (unofficial)!

Stop by Author Amok where Laura will have more poetry links to share in this week's Round-Up.

Photo by Tim Green aka atoach.

Raising Chickens

If you're a do-it-yourself type of person, you might want to consider raising chickens for show, for eggs, for meat, or just for the pleasure of their company. (Don't laugh, I know some people who are quite attached to their backyard poultry.)

If you're interested in showing them, you may want to pick a heritage breed such as the ones found in a book new to our collection, An Introduction to Heritage Breeds: Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry by The Livestock Conservancy and D. Phillip Sponenberg [338.162 SPO]. The introduction to the book explains the reasoning behind raising heritage breed animals. Here's an interesting passage:
Over the entire globe, human communities in a wide variety of environments tested, molded, and perfected thousands of breeds of chickens, goats, sheep, cattle, horses, and other traditional farm animals. This long history of partnership between animals and people often goes even deeper: many heritage breed also reflect the cultural approaches to survival of various ethnic groups, specifically the different ways in which each group adapted to and used its environment.
This passage puts the raising of animals into a cultural context that is both fascinating, and important to remember as we think about the future. You can learn more on The Livestock Conservancy's website.

I love the colorful names of some of the heritage chicken breeds: Buckeye, Buttercup, Cubalaya, Dorking, Java, New Hampshire, Redcap, Shamo, Yokohama.

If you want to try your hand, you can start by reading, and then moving on to the building of a shelter and providing for the animals. Manuals such as Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities by Gail Damerow [636.5 DAM] can be found on our nonfiction shelves.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

More Chickens!

The chicken as a character appears frequently in children's books, because, like the proverbial rubber chicken--it is just so darn funny!

Look for one of these on your next visit to our children's room:

Rubber chicken courtesy partysuppliesdelivered.com.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It's National Chicken Month!

What? You haven’t been patiently anticipating National Chicken Month? What’s wrong with you? I’ll bet it’s because you celebrate all year long! Who doesn’t like a good chicken dinner? Or a delicious three egg omelet?

National Chicken Month is sponsored by the National Chicken Council, which has chicken recipes galore. Visit their Eat Chicken page for a searchable database of recipes. However, the Eat Chicken page does not have egg recipes. For those you have to visit the American Egg Board’s Incredible page.

Or, you can visit the Library to borrow one of our cookbooks! Here is a sampling:

The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook: A New, Healthier Way to Cook Everything from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen. [641.563 AME]

Golson, Terry Blonder. The Farmstead Egg Cookbook. [641.675 GOL]

Larsen, Linda. Everything Meals on a Budget Cookbook. [3M ebook]

The Soup Book. [641.813 SOU]

Stevens, Molly. All About Braising. [641.77 STE]

Tuesday is Chicken and Turkey and Chicken Salad and More. [641.665 TUE]