Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Clean-Up Continues

There will be snow covering the ground for quite a while here after the two recent storms. For adults it can be a real pain-in-the-back if you have to shovel. For kids, however, it can be an absolute delight! Building snowmen and snow forts and making snow angels--what more could they ask for?

Adults may be interested in this book: The History of the Snowman: From the Ice Age to the Flea Market by Bob Eckstein. This is from the jacket flap:
Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day!

The Library will be closed today. Please check first before visiting on Wednesday. If you're ever in doubt about closings, check our website, Facebook page, or our Twitter page. Closings will be posted there (that, of course, also assumes the person posting will have internet access to do so) and on the WMUR closings page (look under "N" for Nesmith).

As always, I'd like to remind you that if you have a computer, smart phone, or a tablet, you can borrow ebooks from our collection 24/7! Here are some titles added recently:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tuck Everlasting--The Musical?

One of my favorite children's novels is Tuck Everlasting, written by Natalie Babbitt [J BAB]. In brief, the book is a exploration of immortality, and raises the question, "is living forever a good thing?" The subject is a rather "heavy" one for kids, but the book is well-written and has certainly sparked some active classroom discussions--thus its longevity in print.

The book was first published in 1975, so this is its 40th anniversary year. It was adapted and released as a major motion picture by Disney in 2002 [DVD TUC]. Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls fame stars. It has morphed again into a choreographed musical theater piece. Tuck Everlasting previewed in Atlanta on January 21 and officially opens on February 4.

I am skeptical about the book's suitability as a musical, but, I'll reserve judgment.

If you, as an adult, haven't read the book, I can certainly recommend it. It would make a good choice for a book group, too.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Poetry Friday--"Winter"

Since we're expecting a nor'easter this weekend, there's no denying winter!
by Robert Louis Stevenson

In rigorous hours, when down the iron lane
The redbreast looks in vain
For hips and haws,
Lo, shining flowers upon my window-pane
The silver pencil of the winter draws.

When all the snowy hill
And the bare woods are still;
When snipes are silent in the frozen bogs,
And all the garden garth is whelmed in mire,
Lo, by the hearth, the laughter of the logs --
More fair than roses, lo, the flowers of fire!

From An Inheritance of Poetry, collected and arranged by Gladys L. Adshead and Annis Duff [821 ADS].

Now, please take a side trip to New Hampshire Garden Solutions, a blog that recently ran a post titled, "Ice." Spend a little time marveling over "the silver pencil of the winter" and its drawings done here in New Hampshire.

Then, hop down to New Jersey where A Teaching Life is hosting this week's Round-Up.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


If you're in the Lincoln, NH area any time soon be sure to stop by Ice Castles for a treat that can only be enjoyed in the coldest months of the year. Ice Castles, NH has a Facebook page that you can visit to see some chilling photos of the attraction and learn more about its "over an acre of frozen ice walls, tunnels, towers, archways and more."

Ice down here in the southern portion of the state can be pretty scary--black ice, especially so. So can murder mysteries involving the cold and ice! Ice is the subject of many books, nonfiction and fiction, for children and adults.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Not Too Late

We've already gone through 3 weeks of January, but that still leaves 49 weeks left for you to work through this 2015 Reading Challenge.

If you need a title suggetion, visit us at the Library, ask in the comments below, or post a question on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oscar Time

The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were recently announced. We have almost no nominated titles in our collection, due to the number of films released very late in 2014. Some of the nominated films are only just opening locally for the first time!

Here is the list of Best Picture nominees:

American Sniper DVD release date not yet announced.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) DVD release date not yet announced.

Boyhood On order, DVD released January 6. Check back soon.

The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD GRA]. Yay! We have one Best Picture nominee!

The Imitation Game DVD release date not yet announced.

Selma DVD release date not yet announced.

The Theory of Everything DVD release date February 17.

Whiplash DVD release date February 24.

Hold tight, as soon as they come in they'll be cataloged and processed for borrowing! But for now, you'll have to make due with trailers, or, go to the theater.