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  • Posted on 04/20/2012 - 9:05am

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    Hadley Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife (of five), narrates this tale of their relationship, their friends, and the city in which they live. Author Paula McLain does an impressive job of bringing not just the characters, but the atmosphere of the time and place to life as well: the Jazz Age of Paris in the 1920s. Readers encounter literary legends Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, is also a character, and his final wife Mary makes a brief appearance as well. Hadley grows in strength and independence through the years, and as the title suggests, the story is more hers than Hemingway’s. This is a great book for fans of history and literature – and for those who like neat endings, an epilogue describes Hadley’s and Ernest’s last contact, in May 1961.

     

  • Posted on 04/19/2012 - 5:46pm

    Watch a few of our Wilmington patrons tell us why they love the library. Thank you for all the wonderful feedback during National Library Week.

  • Posted on 04/17/2012 - 5:07pm

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    The subtitle of MWF Seeking BFF (“married white female seeking best friend forever”) is my yearlong search for a new best friend, and that’s exactly the mission Bertsche chronicles here: her year-long project to find a best friend in a new city. After leaving her lifelong best friends behind in New York and moving to Chicago with her husband, Bertsche decides she needs a local best friend, and the best way to find “the one,” she determines, is to go on 52 “friend dates” throughout the year. The narrative is infused with the author’s bubbling personality, and she includes research on friendship; MWF Seeking BFF is similar to Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project in this way, though this is a less rigorous, more fun read. Recommended for anyone who’s ever had to move to a new place and make new friends, but especially for women in their 20s and 30s.

  • Posted on 04/17/2012 - 9:23am

    Thank you to everyone that participated in National Library Week. Check out our full set of photos from Library Snapshot Day, April 12th, as well as comments from our survey, "Why is the library important to you?"

    Learning on the preschool computer2nd floor self-checkoutQuiet area in non-fiction stacksChildrens' storytimeChildren's story craft

  • Posted on 04/14/2012 - 9:44am

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    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

    TitleArtistRelease Date
    ChangedRascal Flatts4/3/2012
    Pink Friday: Roman ReloadedMinaj, Nicki4/3/2012
    A Wasteland CompanionWard, M.4/10/2012
    California 37Train4/17/2012
    Love Is a Four Letter WordMraz, Jason4/17/2012
    Blown AwayUnderwood, Carrie5/1/2012
    Little Broken HeartsJones, Norah5/1/2012
    Now That's What I Call Music! 42Various5/1/2012

  • 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.  

     View photos from School Nights:

    Boutwell Early Childhood Center

    Wildwood Early Childhood Center

    Woburn Street School

    West Intermediate School

    North Intermediate School

  • 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.

     

    Poetry Winners

    Kindergarten – Grade 1 Category

    Penguins

    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

    Owls 

    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

    Turtle

    By Kathryn Rohleder

     

    Small and shiny

    Swimming in circles

    Never finding the end

    of the imaginary maze

    The tiny turtle tired out

    Quickly

    BLUB!

    The tiny turtle

    submerges in the

    clay colored water

    POOF!

    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.

     

    Adult Category

    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

     

    Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Giraffes by Carly Thayer

    All Monkeys by Keira Rice

     

    Grade 2-3

    Dolphins by Sonny Rebeiro

    Pandas by Jessi Ding

     

    Grade 4-5

    The Legend of the Ocean by Aidan Briere

    Bald Eagle by Ali Rana

     

    Middle School

    Frogs by Tyler Ward

    One Moose Standing Strong by Brendan Daly

     

    High School

    Animals are We by Mei Lu Barnum

    When You Walk in the Forrest by Julia Ferraro

     

    Adult

    To an Undaunted Doe by Sr Mildred A. Rothwell OSF

    New Jersey Road by M Barbara Duris

     

     

  • Posted on 04/11/2012 - 5:58pm

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    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. 


    Tina Stewart
    Library Director

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