Jun 30, 2008

This Week for Kids

Thank you for coming to meet Triscuit and Kristi on Friday!

Don't forget this week's events:

Tuesday any time between 2 and 4pm, you can come to the Craft Room to make your own little woolly sheep.

Thursday at 11am there is Storytime.

Jun 27, 2008

new reference books, 5.20.08

Comparative Guide to American Hospitals 2007
Comparison of 4383 East Coast hospitals with key personnel and 27 quality measures in treating heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, pregnancy, and surgical infection prevention.

The Encyclopedia of Tidepools & Rocky Shores, Mark Denny
Tidepools and rocky shores are among the most physically stressful environments on earth. When the tide is high, waves can sweep over plants and animals at velocities as high as 60 miles per hour, while at low tide, the same organisms dry up and bake in the sun. Yet despite this seeming inhospitality, tidepools and rocky shores are exceptionally complex and biologically diverse. This comprehensive encyclopedia is an authoritative, one-stop reference for everyone interested in the biology and ecology of this fascinating and uniquely accessible environment. Conveniently arranged alphabetically, nearly 200 wide-ranging entries written in clear language by scientists from around the world provide a state-of-the-art picture of tidepools and rocky shore science. From Abalones, Barnacles, and Climate Change through Seagrasses, Tides, and Wind, the articles discuss the animals and plants that live in tidepools, the physics and chemistry of the rocky shore environment, the ecological principles that govern tidepools, and many other interdisciplinary topics.
Peterson's College Money Handbook, 2008
Public funds abound in this comprehensive directory of more than $50 billion in financial aid opportunities available from more than 2,100 four-year colleges, including federal grants, work-study programs, need-based grants, academic scholarships, and more.
Peterson's Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 2008
Peterson's Four-year colleges 2008
Peterson's two-year colleges 2008

new how-to, DIY and crafty books

The Unofficial Guide To Cruises
More than 100 cruise lines and 500 ships reviewed and ranked for value and quality. Complete details on cruise lines, ships, and itineraries around the world. Industry secrets for getting the lowest possible fare, plus extras like free vacation days. Everything you need to know to make planning your cruise vacation fun and easy. Helpful hints for getting the best cabin— without breaking your bank account

Bejeweled, Claire Aristides
Within the "Jewelry Collection" itself, thirty step-by-step projects demonstrate a variety of skills for all levels including technical concepts such as wiring, making components, dyeing metal and beads, and working with different materials such as semiprecious stones, shell and cord. The beginner to the advanced can progress through the collection, from making a vintage pearl bracelet with a gunmetal chain and a pair of tourmaline teardrop earrings, to a Swarovski crystal pendant or a tiger's-eye ring. These are treasures to make and wear with pride!


Massacre at San Pablo by Lewis B. Patten
A master of the old fashioned western tells a story of blood, guns, and revenge in the old West.

700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
To support his family, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, worked two jobs, having only one day a week to spend with his family. Based on Crystal's one-man Broadway show of the same name, 700 Sundays — referring sadly to the time shared by an adoring father and his devoted son — offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. Photos throughout.

Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard
Bailey Wingate's stepchildren are surprised when their father's will leaves her in control of their fortune, and war ensues. A year later, Bailey nearly dies in a plane crash. Stranded in the wilderness with her handsome pilot by her side, Bailey begins to wonder whether this was a mere accident.

Goodbye, Ms. Chips: an Ellie Haskell mystery by Dorothy Cannell
Charming amateur sleuth Ellie Haskell is forced to confront a dark secret from her past when she returns to her old boarding school to solve a case of robbery--and finds herself tracking a murderer, in this exciting new cozy.

new anime, 3.?.08

DragonBall Z, volumes 7 + 8
Saiyan Saga, Destruction


for more information about these and other anime dvd's, search the library's catalog >

My-HiME volumes 5, 6, + 7
The true purpose of HiME is finally revealed, and they make a pact among themselves to not attack each other. Despite her efforts to stop the fighting, Mai will lose the person she loves most and is trying so hard to protect.

for more information about these and other anime dvd's, search the library's catalog >

Wolf's Rain - Complete Collection
In the future it is thought that wolves have become extinct, but in reality they have taken human form; this story follows a pack of wolves as they attempt to find a mysterious paradise called "Rakuen" meant only for creatures of their kind.

Read to Ride

Rye Airfield is running a program called Read to Ride. School age kids can either read a book on their own or have a book read to them. After finishing the book, you can write a brief essay or book review, give a librarian an oral book report, or draw a picture about the book (librarian's choice!). When you have completed five books, you will be given a bookmark. When you have collected five bookmarks, you can take them to Rye Airfield to be redeemed for a free all day pass!

This is a year-round program and will not stop at the end of the summer! You MUST go through the library to earn the bookmarks--come in and see us!

Jun 26, 2008

Australian Craft

July 1st, come in any time between 2 and 4 pm--make your own little wooly Australian sheep!
Did you know that Australia is the largest producer of wool?
There are over 100 million sheep in Australia!
Come start your own mini-flock....

Jun 23, 2008

NHSPCA Program

The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is coming to the library on Friday, June 27!

They will tell an animal story and explain what they do and how you can help. They are bringing one of their animals for you to meet! This is one of the animals you can help by reading this summer, so come and welcome them.

G'Day for Reading is benefitting the NHSPCA this summer: for every hour spent reading, a pet supply item will be donated for their rescued animals. Help us out: Read, or donate some of the items from their Wish List (You can drop them off at the NHSPCA or the Library--we'll deliver!).

Jun 21, 2008

Australian Craft

Come make your own cave art!

Wednesday, June 25, between 2 and 4 pm.

Kids, come on in and make your own cave art! There will be finger or brush painting, or crayons on sandpaper for a real rocky look. Come check out some great Australian designs to hang on the walls of your own cave...I mean, room!

Parents, we now have long-sleeved paint smocks for up to 15 children at a time!

Jun 16, 2008

Great Stone Face

The new Great Stone Face nominees are here! Check them out!

The Mailbox
Shafer, Audrey
When his Vietnam veteran uncle dies of a heart attack, 12-year-old Gabe tells no one because he fears that he will once again become a foster child. The next day he discovers a strange note in his mailbox: "I have a secret. Do not be afraid."

On the Wings of Heroes
Peck, Richard
Davy Bowman's brother and their dad hung the moon. Dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy's brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davy's homefront boyhood. There's an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad's heart. It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry.

Igraine the Brave
Funke, Cornelia
Princess Igraine dreams of becoming a famous knight just like her great grandfather, but the truth is, life at the family castle is rather boring. Until the nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up with a dastardly plan to capture the castle and claim as his own the wonderful singing spell books that belong to Igraine's magician parents. To make matters worse, at the very moment of the siege, her mom and dad botch a spell, turning themselves into pigs! Aided by a Gentle Giant and a Sorrowful Knight, it's up to Igraine to be brave and save the day--and the books!

A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Urban, Linda
Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

Shadow Thieves
Ursu, Anne
Something extraordinary is about to happen to Charlotte Mielswetzski. It's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere. It's not the arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedos who follow Charlotte everywhere. It's all of them. When Charlotte's friends start to get sick, Charlotte and Zee set out to find a cure. Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face Harpies that love to rhyme, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood.
Skulduggery Pleasant
Landy, Derek
Ace Detective. Snappy Dresser. Razor–tongued Wit. Crackerjack Sorcerer. Walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1
Haarsma, PJ
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Turnbull has always known there was something different about him, even before he and two hundred other kids landed on the first ring of Orbis. But once their spaceship lands, he is identified as the first-ever softwire — a human with the ability to enter and communicate with computers through his mind — and becomes the focus of intergalactic intrigue. Johnny and the rest of the refugee orphans are put to work in alien factories, and very quickly things go very wrong. When the all-knowing, all-controlling, and technologically perfect central computer starts malfunctioning, suspicious eyes turn to Johnny.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Kinney, Jeff
An exciting new series begins. Greg Heffley is thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

Nightmare Academy
Lorey, Dean
Charlie Benjamin has always been a little different. He can't sit still. He has an overactive imagination. And he's developed a nasty habit of releasing monsters into our world. Luckily there's a place for Charlie—The Nightmare Academy. Here he discovers that he isn't the only one with a strange gift for opening portals into the Nether, where nightmare creatures live. But Charlie's talent is so frighteningly strong that one of the most fiendish monsters of all time uses him to enter our world. Charlie will need all his ingenuity—and the help of his new friends—to put this bad boy to bed once and for all.
No Talking
Clements, Andrew
The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don't get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That's why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot. Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth, bumps into an idea — a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burgess, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls.

Paint the Wind
Ryan, Pam Munoz
Maya is a captive. In Grandmother's house in California, every word and action is strictly monitored, and even Maya's memories of her mother have been erased — except within the imaginary world she has created. A world away, in the rugged Wyoming wilderness, a tobiano Paint horse called Artemisia runs free, belonging only to the stars. She embodies the spirit of the wild — and she holds the key to Maya's memories. How Maya's and Artemisia's lives intertwine, like a braided rein, is at the heart of this richly drawn adventure about captivity and freedom, about holding on and letting go.

Korman, Gordon
Capricorn (Cap for short) had lived every day of his life on Garland Farm growing fruits and vegetables. He was homeschooled by Rain, the only person he knew in the world. Life was simple for Cap. But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums and is hospital-ridden, he has to attend the local middle school and live with his new guidance counselor and her irritable daughter. While Cap knew a lot about Zen Buddhism, no amount formal education could ready him for the trials and tribulations of public middle school.

The Lacemaker and the Princess
Bradley, Kimberley Brubaker
Eleven year old Isabelle is a lacemaker in the town of Versaille.One day as she delivers lace to the palace, she is almost trampled only to be rescued by Marie Antoinette. Before Isabelle can
believe it, she has a new job — companion to the queen's daughter. Isabelle is given a fashionable name, fashionable dresses — a new identity. How can Isabelle reconcile the ugly things she hears in the town with the kind family she knows in the palace? And which side is she truly on?

My Last Best Friend
Bowe, Julie
As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend--because her last best friend moved away. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before anyway. It's when the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to her school that her plan goes awry. Ida reaches out despite her fear, but doesn't say hello—instead she writes Stacey anonymous notes. Soon their friendship develops without Ida ever having to reveal her real identity. Until she has no choice. And that's when the true friendship begins.

Lawn Boy
Paulson, Gary
One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism”. If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting.

Leepike Ridge
Wilson, N.D.
Eleven-year-old Thomas Hammond is in for the ride of his life when he's swept downstream and underground aboard a crumbling raft of Styrofoam. Washing up on a dark subterranean "beach," his only companions are an impulsive dog named Argus and a corpse, from which he takes a flashlight and an all-too-limited supply of batteries. What Tom finds under Leepike Ridge — a castaway, four graves, a tomb, and buried treasure — will answer questions he hadn't known to ask and change his life forever. Now, if he can only find his way home again...

The Book of Lies
Moloney, James
On the night he was brought to an orphanage, Marcel's memories were taken by a sorcerer and replaced with new ones by his Book of Lies, but Bea, a girl with the ability to make herself invisible, was watching and is determined to help him discover his true identity.

Dragon’s Egg
Thomson, Sarah L.
She feeds them, gathers their eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of legend, not the small farm animals, the huge fire-breathing monsters. Then a Knight of the Order of Defenders arrives at the Inn. A simple errand takes Mella through the forest, where she stumbles across a dragon's egg—and faces the true, terrifying dragon guarding it. Mella vows to get the egg safely to the fabled Hatching Grounds.

Elephant Run
Smith, Roland
In 1941, bombs drop from the night skies of London, demolishing the apartment Nick Freestone lives in with his mother. Nick's mother sends him to live with his father in Burma. But as soon as Nick arrives, trouble erupts in this remote Burmese elephant village. Japanese soldiers invade, and Nick's father is taken prisoner. Nick is stranded on the plantation, forced to work as a servant to the new rulers. As life in the village grows more dangerous for Nick and his young friend, Mya, they plan their daring escape. Setting off on elephant back, they will risk their lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from a Japanese POW camp.

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Jonell, Lynne
Emmy was a good girl. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .

White Giraffe
St. John, Lauren
The night Martine Allen turns eleven years old is the night her life changes completely. Martine's parents are killed in a fire, so she must leave her home to live on an African wildlife reserve with a grandmother she never even knew she had. When Martine arrives, she hears tales of a mythical animal living there: a white giraffe. Her grandmother insists that the white giraffe is just a legend, but then, one stormy night, Martine looks out her bedroom window straight into the eyes of the tall silvery animal.

Bruchac, Joseph
As a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan, Baron has always been fascinated by bears. But the Bearwalker legend tells of a different kind of creature—a terrible mix of human and animal that looks like a bear but is really a bloodthirsty monster. The tale never seemed to be more than a scary story, until he’s on a class camping trip deep in the Adirondacks and Baron comes face-to-face with an evil being that is all too real.

The Big One-Oh
Pitchford, Dean
Charley Maplewood has never been one for partiesthat would require friends, which he doesn't have. But now that he's turning ten he decides to throw a birthday party for himself, complete with a "House of Horrors" theme. Of course things don't work out as he plans. In trying to make friends, he ends up inviting the class bully Cougar to come, and that's before he ruins the cake and sets the garage on fire. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO!?

Billy Creekmore
Porter, Tracey
With only a tin box that holds precious mementos of his beloved mother and mysterious father, Billy Creekmore travels from the coal mines of West Virginia in the early 1900s to the spectacular world of a traveling circus, in search of his past, his future, and his own true self.

The Black Book of Secrets
Higgins, F.E.
A boy arrives at a remote village in the dead of night. His name is Ludlow Fitch—and he is running from a most terrible past. What he is about to learn is that in this village is the life he has dreamed of—a safe place to live, and a job, as the assistant to the mysterious pawnbroker who trades people’s deepest, darkest secrets for cash. Ludlow’s job is to neatly transcribe the confessions in an ancient leather-bound tome: The Black Book of Secrets. What the pawnbroker does not know is, in a town brimming with secrets, the most troubling may be held by his new apprentice.

Signing Up for the Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program, G'Day for Reading!, begins on June 23rd. That is also the first day of sign-ups. All day long next Monday, there will be ANZAC biscuits and juice for those signing up. They will also be able to put their handprint on Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), which will be on the wall in the library all summer. You can sign up later as well, and we will find a way to put your handprint on Uluru then. There is no limit on the number of children who can sign up, so don't worry about missing out if you can't sign up on the first day!

Jun 13, 2008

new NONFICTION 6-13-08

The Age of Reagan: A History, Sean Wilentz
Author Sean Wilentz accounts for how a conservative movement once deemed marginal managed to seize power and hold it, and the momentous consequences that followed. Ronald Reagan has been the single most important political figure of this age. Without Reagan, the conservative movement would have never been as successful as it was. A conservative hero in a conservative age, Reagan has been so admired by a minority of historians and so disliked by the others that it has been difficult to evaluate his administration with detachment. Drawing on numerous primary documents that have been neglected or only recently released to the public, as well as on emerging historical work, Wilentz offers invaluable revelations about conservatism's ascendancy and the era in which Reagan was the preeminent political figure.

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents.
The Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents booklet provides detailed information on a full range of federal benefits available to military veterans and their dependents, including program description, payment amounts and eligibility. This booklet also contains the addresses and telephone numbers of VA hospitals, clinics, benefits offices and national cemeteries nationwide.

Best Jobs for the 21st Century, J.Michael Farr
This resource for those facing career decisions (as well as their advisors) contains up-to-date information on more than 500 of the most promising jobs for the 21st century. Ranked by earnings, expected growth through 2012, and annual openings, these jobs encompass all education levels and a wide range of fields and industries. Organized alphabetically, the job descriptions provide information on educational requirements, earnings, duties, and relevant skills.

American Nerd: The Story of My People, Benjamin Nugent
American Nerd: The Story of My People
gives us the history of the concept of nerdiness and of the subcultures we consider nerdy. As the nerd emerged, vaguely formed, in the nineteenth century, and popped up again and again in college humor journals and sketch comedy, our culture obsessed over the designation. Mixing research and reportage with autobiography, critically acclaimed writer Benjamin Nugent embarks on a fact-finding mission of the most entertaining variety. He seeks the best definition of nerd and illuminates the common ground between nerd subcultures that might seem unrelated: high-school debate team kids and ham radio enthusiasts, medieval reenactors and pro-circuit Halo players. This clever, enlightening book will appeal to the nerd (and antinerd) that lives inside all of us.

new MYSTERIES 6-13-08

Santa Fe Dead, Stuart Woods
When last we encountered Ed Eagle, he had been the target of a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by his wife, Barbara, the ultimate black widow. But when Barbara escapes from police custody, Ed knows that not only will his life be in danger but also the life of his new girlfriend, and, of course, of any rich man unlucky enough to be lured into Barbara's web. To add to his troubles, Ed has taken on a new client, Don Wells, who may or may not have murdered his own wife and son.

From the posh resorts of southern California to the New Mexico desert and the seedy hotels of Tijuana, Ed Eagle will follow every leadand hope that he doesn't wind up Santa Fe Dead.

Betrayal: a novel, John Lescroart
New York Times
bestseller John Lescroart returns with an ambitious, torn-from- today's-headlines thriller featuring his trademark blend of real people and real suspense. Now, Hardy and Glitsky reunite in a story filled with the big themes that are worthy of them — the intersection of love, betrayal, and a desperate search for the truth in a critical matter of national security. When Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time — the sensational clash between National Guard reservist Evan Scholler and an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolan's relationship with Evan's girlfriend, Tara, a beautiful school-teacher back home in the states, followed by a deadly incident in which Nolan's apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evan's platoon. As the murky relationship between the US government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason.

Quicksand, Iris Johansen
Returning from Johansen’s New York Times bestselling thriller, Stalemate, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is still reeling from the disappearance of her daughter, Bonnie. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she enlists the clairvoyant skills of Dr. Megan Blair to help find her. No strangers to looking for clues where there seem to be none, the two women use their highly specialized talents to hunt down Bonnie’s elusive kidnapper and return her to her mother’s arms. But is Bonnie still alive? Will the two women find her in time? Iris Johansen strikes again with this non-stop, action packed thriller, keeping readers turning pages well into the night.

T is for Trespass, Sue Grafton
In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene. Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results.