Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Doodling



Illustrator, Debbie Ohi, is a strong proponent of doodling.

She is trying to encourage children to doodle, too. This summer she is hosting a doodle sharing opportunity for kids.
DEBBIE'S 2015 SUMMER "LOOK AGAIN" CHALLENGE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

This summer, have some fun with turning found objects into doodles! If you're a young artist 12 years old or younger, I'd love to see your work! I'll display some of the art in a gallery later this summer and will also send out prizes. Deadline: August 14, 2015.

To read more about the challenge, visit Debbie Ohi's website. She recently (May 12) published a picture book, Where Are My Books? It is on order, so look for it to arrive soon.

Zentangle is a "hot" artsy-crafty-type activity which could be considered a form of doodling. It uses repetitive patterns and is reported to increase focus, creativity, and relaxation. We have several zentangle books in our collection in the 741 section.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Decoration Day

When I was a child, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, the day people went to the cemetery to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. It was always on May 30, so one was never guaranteed a three-day weekend. This photo, from 1899, shows school children preparing daisies to be used to decorate grave markers.

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

The Library is closed today. We will re-open tomorrow morning at 9:00 am.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Poetry Friday--"A Letter from Home"


We've had quite a sad week here at the Library. We lost our friend, and our co-worker, Jena. It is difficult to put into words what the loss means to each of us. I've selected a poem today from New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver [811 OLI], which I hope can speak in some way to everyone who grieves.
A Letter from Home

She sends me news of bluejays, frost,
Of stars and now the harvest moon
That rides above the stricken hills.
Lightly, she speaks of cold, of pain,
And lists what is already lost.
Here where my life seems hard and slow,
I read of glowing melons piled
Beside the door, and baskets filled
With fennel, rosemary and dill,
While all she could not gather in
Or hide in leaves, grow black and falls.
Here where my life seems hard and strange,
I read her wild excitement when
Stars climb, frost comes, and bluejays sing.
The broken year will make no change
Upon her wise and whirling heart;--
She knows how people always plan
To live their lives, and never do.
She will not tell me if she cries.

I touch the crosses by her name;
I fold the pages as I rise,
And tip the envelope, from which
Drift scraps of borage, woodbine, rue.

The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held by Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. Matt is a New Hampshire poet and has recently sold a picture book. Congratulations, Matt!

Photo by Tony Alter, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's National Backyard Games Week!

May 18 - 25 is the week set aside for outdoor games. The spring is the right time for organizing outdoor activities with family and friends, and, since Memorial Day weekend coming up, backyard games can keep everyone happy while the hamburgers and hot dogs cook on the grill.

There's a Pinterest board from last year's National Backyard Games Week that can get you going, or use "outdoor games" as a search term to come up with boards such as this one.

Better yet, come to the library to borrow one of these books of games and other outdoor activities:



And while you're at it, we have plenty of grilling cookbooks, too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Archives

I'm attending a NH Archives Group conference today, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to tell you about an online archive that you may not be familiar with--Internet Archive.
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

The Internet Archive makes for a one-stop shopping experience in that it contains materials from such diverse collections as The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection, The Library of Congress, The Prelinger Archives (thousands of documentary and other films), and the Grateful Dead!

Enjoy this little film from the Prelinger Archives:



The Open Library part of the Archives gives you full access to the text of thousands of out of print books, which is especially helpful to those doing history and social history projects. Also, some of these books are made available as ebooks. This is great for those readers who are revisiting the classics. Readers can find, for example, one of Jane Austen's lesser known novels, Mansfield Park, in 8 ebooks!



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Just Because...



A little bit at a time is probably the best way to watch Looney Tunes, however, if you really feel the urge to indulge, we have the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, in six volumes. Each volume has four disks! That's a lot of looney!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Art from Recyclables

Every once in a while I come across an art project from recycled materials that really makes me pause and say, "Wow!" If you click on the article, "An Artist's Visionary Plastic Bottle Sculptures Offer A New Perspective On Garbage," you'll see a virtual cactus garden made by Veronika Richterová, an artist from the Czech Republic. Her medium is plastic soda bottles!

Veronika Richterová, The Collection of Cactuses, Photo Michal Cihlář.

Click on the artist's website. The photos of brown bottle bats and a green bottle crocodile, will astound you, too!

Some people might ask if what we're looking at is really "art." That's a question that is addressed in one in a series of books for kids called, But Is It Art?: Junk Sculpture by Alix Wood [J 731.2 WOO]. "What is art?" has been discussed for decades, and will continue to be discussed--probably forever!

If you want to get creative with recyclables, then I'd recommend spending time on Pinterest and using "art from recyclable materials" as your search term. There are dozens of boards and thousands of projects to explore!

We also have plenty of books to get you started, too, especially in the children's room. One such title is Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities by Kimberly Monaghan [J 745.5 MON].