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Posted on 04/17/2012 - 9:23am
Posted on 04/14/2012 - 9:44am
Faith is told mostly in the first person from the point of view of Sheila, whose older half-brother Art, a priest, is accused of child molestation in Boston in 2002. Sheila believes he is innocent; her younger brother Mike is less sure; their mother can't bear to speak of it. Haigh conveys the intricate emotional balances of the family and the Boston Irish Catholic community beautifully; there is much more to the story than the newspapers report, and Sheila discovers and relates it all to the reader. Haigh handles the sensitive subject matter deftly and unflinchingly. This is a unique book.
Posted on 04/12/2012 - 6:08pm
Title Artist Release Date Changed Rascal Flatts 4/3/2012 Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Minaj, Nicki 4/3/2012 A Wasteland Companion Ward, M. 4/10/2012 California 37 Train 4/17/2012 Love Is a Four Letter Word Mraz, Jason 4/17/2012 Blown Away Underwood, Carrie 5/1/2012 Little Broken Hearts Jones, Norah 5/1/2012 Now That's What I Call Music! 42 Various 5/1/2012
Posted on 04/12/2012 - 3:07pm
We have been proud to host 5 School Nights at the library this spring. Over 500 people have attended these evening open houses which featured raffle drawings, a scavenger hunt, and guest readers. Many thanks to the school principals, teachers, librarians, and reading specialists for making the evenings such a success.
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Posted on 04/12/2012 - 10:56am
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest. This year's theme was animals,inspiring over 200 poems. Winners and honorable meniton recipients are invited to Poetry Night on Tuesday, April 25 to read their poems and receive prizes and certificates. Thank you to our judges: Peggy Kane, President, Friends of the Library, Kate Burnham, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Barbara Raab, Children's Librarian.
Kindergarten – Grade 1 Category
By Kellen Warren
Penguins live in igloos that are cold,
In the Arctic they eat fish we are told.
The dads stay with their eggs,
Holding them with their feet and legs.
Grade 2 -3 Category
By Ryan Garrant
The owl lays silently in a tree.
Silently, the mouse creeps slowly on the woodland floor.
On silent wings, the owl flies towards thy mouse, flap, flap, flap... but never heard.
Suddenly the mouse breaks the stillness of the night.
Eeeek! sadly, it is too late.
The owl then flies silently into the night.
Grade 4-5 Category
The Poem of the Bad Dog
By Gianna Misiraca
Don’t want to fetch sticks,
Don’t want to sit for my owner,
I steal food from the fridge
And take the printer toner.
I’m the worst dog of all,
I don’t follow rules,
I won’t do tricks,
Those are for fools.
I’m a realy picky dog,
I’ll only eat treats,
But I am so loveable
I can’t be beat!
Middle School Category
By Kathryn Rohleder
Small and shiny
Swimming in circles
Never finding the end
of the imaginary maze
The tiny turtle tired out
The tiny turtle
submerges in the
clay colored water
The tiny turtle was gone like
a mysterious phantom
in the shadows of the night
High School Category
Paradox with Legs
By Amy Lynn Warner
You frighten me, so.
I scream, I screech, I squeal
and yet you move not.
You're in the corner waiting to make your move,
I'm running out the door calling for help.
You fearless creature, you.
You wretched beast.
If you were another, I would not mind.
I rather anything but you.
You and your eight limbs to torture society.
I only have passion and hopes for life, and
yet you make me go against all I stand for.
My morals twist, my body horrid,
all because of a stupid little spider.
The Zookeeper’s Symphony
By Christine Blaisdell
On a Saturday night, when the zookeeper’s keys
Have locked the front gates with a click and a squeeze,
The hippos let go a most watery moan
And the toucans catch hold of the rich overtone.
The primates percuss, snapping fingers and toes,
While the elephant inhales and lifts its great nose.
In the dim light of a thin crescent moon,
A trill, a crescendo, a riotous tune
The peacocks conduct with an arrogant flare,
Coaxing a growl from the lone polar bear.
The zebras create a fine washboard effect
Rubbing their stripes side to side, neck to neck.
A smart pair of meerkats barks up the scale;
A young leopard whines while chasing its tail.
Up on the high ground, some old mountain goats
Bleat several sweet bars of staccato notes.
Then, an African lion adds a deep roar
To the rippling sounds of the sleepy sloth’s snore.
The zookeeper smiles as she hangs up her keys,
Then, humming along, plays the spoons on her knees.
Honorable Mention Poems
Giraffes by Carly Thayer
All Monkeys by Keira Rice
Dolphins by Sonny Rebeiro
Pandas by Jessi Ding
The Legend of the Ocean by Aidan Briere
Bald Eagle by Ali Rana
Frogs by Tyler Ward
One Moose Standing Strong by Brendan Daly
Animals are We by Mei Lu Barnum
When You Walk in the Forrest by Julia Ferraro
To an Undaunted Doe by Sr Mildred A. Rothwell OSF
New Jersey Road by M Barbara Duris
Posted on 04/11/2012 - 5:58pm
This account of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is respectful and sarcastic, reverent and flippant. Sarah Vowell has a deep interest not just in the order of events, but in the hows and whys behind them; she examines Governor John Winthrop’s journals in great detail, and her efforts to understand his and the other Puritans’ motivations are unflagging. However, she’s not above poking fun at some of their more ridiculous beliefs and petty squabbles. For those whose knowledge of this early era of U.S. history consists of hazy memories of grade-school Thanksgiving plays, The Wordy Shipmates is a great refresher course, and Vowell is an entertaining teacher who strives to connect past to present. The audiobook is also excellent, with Vowell narrating and an additional cast for voices such as John Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson.
Posted on 04/11/2012 - 10:03am
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. As part of the celebraton, we would like you tell us why the library is important to you. Just click on the link in the banner on our home page. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searchin for information for a homework assignment, we want you to know you are important to use and we are here for you.
Posted on 04/07/2012 - 3:41pm
Title Release Date Tyrannosaur 4/3/2012 Into The Abyss 4/10/2012 King of Devil's Island 4/10/2012 Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 4/17/2012 The Last Rites of Joe May 4/17/2012 Albatross 4/24/2012 Contraband 4/24/2012 Crime After Crime 4/24/2012 Pariah 4/24/2012 The Innkeepers 4/24/2012 Young Goethe In Love 4/24/2012
Posted on 04/04/2012 - 7:06pm
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is a real-life detective story where the detective is hunting down not a criminal but the cause of a disease. The “detectives” in this page-turner are Reverend Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow, who together investigate the outbreak of cholera in London in 1854. The way that they solve the case using mapping techniques is fascinating; Snow proved that the spread of the disease was due to contaminated drinking water, not a "miasma" in the air.
Posted on 04/03/2012 - 5:45pm
A retelling of Jane Eyre set in Scotland in the 1950s and ‘60s, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is at once familiar and fresh. At first the story keeps so close to the original it seems that only the names have been changed, but at the character grows, so does the story; by the time the author really begins to depart from Charlotte Bronte’s original, the reader - whether a devotee of Jane Eyre or not - is on board. Gemma is a bit more outspoken and willing to stand up for herself than Jane is, though like Jane, she's often in the unenviable position of being the person with the least power no matter where she goes - her uncle's house, her boarding school, her job as an au pair in the far-flung Orkney Islands of Scotland. Margot Livesey has done a wonderful job of honoring Jane Eyre while also creating something lively and new.
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