Jul 29, 2008

End-of-the-Summer-Reading-Program Party!

G'Day for Reading is coming a close and we're sending it out with a party! Come to the library Thursday afternoon at 3 pm to give our donations to the NHSPCA, have some treats, and watch Rescuers Down Under with us. Bring your own blanket to perch on or we'll provide the usual chairs and rugs.
This is your last chance to win a t-shirt or a book!

Jul 28, 2008

New Children's Music

G’day, mates! Singer/storyteller Steve Blunt and didgeridoo musician Joseph B. Carringer have teamed up for this Aussie-flavored family CD. The highlight is “Hip Hop Kangaroo,” the story of a young marsupial who achieves fame rapping and dancing across The Land Down Under. The CD features traditional singalongs (“Waltzing Matilda” and “Kookaburra”), storytelling, and fun, upbeat original tunes...with rousing choruses and superb didgeridoo-playing throughout. Blunt and Carringer came together to develop material for the New Hampshire State Library’s summer reading theme for 2008, “G’Day for Reading!” (a celebration of all things Australian).

Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell perform a charming set of kids' sleepy-time music, featuring both traditional tunes and originals. Loeb's quiet gentle singing works well with the spare accompaniment. They are accompanied by guitar, banjo, piano, bells and children. From familiar songs, such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and "Big Rock Candy Mountain", they branch out into their own tunes. Calm, soft, and sweet, these songs will soothe children into naptime or bedtime.

A note from dan zanes. this is rocket ship beach, a record of children's music for the whole family. the songs are mostly traditional, with a few 20th century classics and originals stirred into the mix. the singers and players joining me are, among other things, parents, kids, babysitters, painters, celebrities, architects, and teachers. it's the sound of people playing together and having a great time doing it! where is rocket ship beach? it’s where the music is! it’s where you get together to howl at the clouds, to float sounds up through the trees or to watch them swirl around your feet, to try and shake some crazy old songs out of your head, or to stand out in the yard with a pan and catch some new ones as they fall from the sky. i hope that when you hear this, making music will sound like a great time (because it is) and it will sound easy (because it is) and that the next time it’s being made you’ll join in, because no matter where you are or who you are or how old you are, music is a party and everyone’s invited!

Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to other cultures through fun, upbeat world and folk music. These CD's feature songs with child-friendly lyrics and liner notes that educate and inspire cultural curiosity. Take a walk on the wild side with this global musical journey into the animal kingdom! Since children of all nationalities are fascinated by animals, Putumayo found it only natural to create a collection of exceptional songs featuring animal themes and folklore from across the globe. This enhanced CD also includes an original music video for the song "No More Monkeys", featuring Trinidad-born artisit Asheba.

This ABC-learning CD has lots of opportunities for the kids to join in! They are invited and instructed in how to participate. The pace is slow enough for comprehension but fast enough to maintain interest. If you're looking for slightly goofy learning fun that you can take in the car with you, Alphabet Jam is the CD for you!

Beethoven's Wig Sing Along Symphonies are zany stick-in-your-head lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music. Filled with fact and fancy about the world's most notable composers and their masterpieces, each Sing Along Symphony opens the door to "serious music" in a way that's fun. As a bonus, the orchestral performance of each classical piece is included without lyrics. Educational entertainment for all ages. You will never hear these symphonies without smiling again!

Who doesn't remember singing "Conjunction Junction"?! These catchy, educational tunes are unforgettable. Covering all the bases from numbers to adjectives to the way a bill becomes a law, this CD will have your children singing along and learning at the same time.

These lovely, soothing songs entice even the most lively children to take a deep breath and say ah..... Mixing simple relaxation and meditation techniques with playful lyrics, the music highlights the importance of loving kindness in our lives. Calm Down Boogie is designed to help children find their inner calm, and to inspire peaceful moments and happy hearts.

Jul 25, 2008

Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters had a huge hit yesterday! Over one hundred people packed the meeting room to see Derek's amazing animals! He brought out a sugarglider, a tree frog, a goanna, a cockatoo (with the shrillest scream I'd ever heard), and the star, a wallaby joey named Kaya. See Flikr if you want to look our pictures in a larger size with descriptions.

We learned that tree frogs have antibacterial/antiviral slime, that goannas don't have ankles, that sugargliders can become their own parachutes and that wallabies are born after only 30 days!

Thank you to all of you who came and enjoyed this program and made it a success!

Jul 21, 2008

Wildlife Encounters Surprise!

Thursday at 2pm, come to the Wildlife Encounters presentation dressed as the Crocodile Hunter and you will get a surprise!

No, I don't know what they will be--Wildlife Encounters is supplying them.

Come meet a wallaby joey and other Australian animals--no need to fly halfway around the world!

Jul 19, 2008

This Week for Kids

On Monday, between 2 and 4 pm, come in and decorate a boomerang with us. This is an all-ages craft: if you can hold a marker, you can participate!

On Thursday, at 2 pm, Wildlife Encounters will be here with a wallaby joey and other Australian animals for you to meet! Please be on time; we're expecting a crowd.

On Friday, at 11 am, there will be a crocodile story time with a small craft.

Jul 18, 2008


Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt os World War II by Brendan Koerner.
A true story of murder, love, and headhunters, this work tells the remarkable tale of Herman Perry, a budding playboy who winds up in the Indo-Burmese jungle--not for adventure, but rather to escape the greatest manhunt conducted by the U.S. Army during World War II. He was one of thousands of black soldiers dispatched to build the Ledo Road, a highway meant to appease China's conniving dictator, Chiang Kai-shek. Perry could not endure the jungle's brutality, nor the racist treatment meted out by his white officers. So Perry began a flight through the Indo-Burmese wilderness, one of the planet's most hostile realms.

Amelia Earhart's Shoes by Thomas F. King

In this spellbinding book, the evidence on Earhart's disappearance is examined using the latest scientific techniques. Archaeological surveys, global positioning systems, remote sensing, forensics, and a variety of laboratory analyses supplement the archival research and interviewing done around the world. 75 photos.

Jim Morrison: Life, Death and Legend by Stephen Davis

The leading rock journalist of today unearths startling new evidence about the raucous life and mysterious death of Jim Morrison, the brilliant and secretive leader of The Doors.


You: Staying Young by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
The body is the most fascinating machine ever created, and nobody talks about it in ways that are as illuminating and compelling as Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Most people think of the aging of our bodies the same way we think of the aging of our cars: the older we get, the more inevitable it is that we're going to break down. Most of us believe that at age 40 or so, we begin the slow and steady decline of our minds, our eyes, our ears, our joints, our arteries, our libido, and every other system that affects the quality of life (and how long we live it). But according to Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz, that's a mistake. Wouldn't you like to know how to prevent your body from aging badly? You: Staying Young is filled with signature YOU Tools, including YOU Tests, YOU Tips, and visual and verbal metaphors to bring the science to life.

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. author Mark Lynas outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity. Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.

Real Change: Fron the World that Fails to the World that Works by Newt Gingrich
Are you fed up with bickering politicians, self-satisfied bureaucrats, and a government that never seems to address the real problems facing our country? Can we create a government that is small, efficient, and responsive--from the state house to the White House? Is that kind of real change even possible? Newt Gingrich, architect of the Contract with America, says it's time for citizens to demand results from our elected officials. In this revealing and exciting new book, he shows how America can achieve transformational change--from a government of bureaucratic failure to a government that can meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. As a first step, Gingrich busts the pernicious myth that America is divided between conservative red states and liberal blue states. As Gingrich points out, the American people are united on almost every important issue facing our country--including immigration, taxes, defending America, and freedom of religion. The real division is between red-white-and-blue America and a fringe on the left. Red-white-and-blue America believes overwhelmingly--by majorities of 70 percent or more--that we need a change in course. Gingrich reveals why the Democratic Party can't deliver real change and why the Republican Party won't. He provides answers and a step-by-step, issue-by-issue toolkit for building a better America--the safe, innovative, and dynamic America we all want.

The Moon in the Water: Reflections on an Aging Parent by Kathy J. Phillips
In a series of moving vignettes, the author begins by describing a particular representation of Water-Moon Kuan Yin, a Buddhist teacher and goddess associated with compassion, who often sits on a precarious overhang or floats on a flimsy petal. Then Kuan Yin steps out of the frame to join the author in the mundane challenges of caring for her father-transferring his health insurance, struggling with a wheelchair van, managing adult diapers, or playing in the fictions of dementia. From perplexed to poignant to funny, the vignettes record the working-class English of a fading but still wise dad, and they find other human versions of Kuan Yin in a doctor who will still make house calls or kind strangers in the street.

Windows XP for Dummies by Andy Rathbone
Windows is the world's most popular operating system, and Windows For Dummies is the bestselling computer book ever. When you look at Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition, it's easy to see why. Here's all the stuff you want to know, served up in plain English and seasoned with a few chuckles. But make no mistake, this book means business.
Author Andy Rathbone listened to what you wanted to know, and this edition is loaded with additional information about E-mail, faxing, and troubleshooting Maximizing security features Customizing and upgrading Windows XP Multimedia applications--CDs, digital music and photos, video, and more Answers to questions asked by thousands of Windows users .

Jul 17, 2008


Rogue by Danielle Steel
Being married to Blake had been an amazing adventure for Maxine. Brilliant, charismatic, and wholly unpredictable, Blake Williams made millions and grabbed headlines as a dot-com entrepreneur. His only shortcoming was as a husband—first his work and then his never-ending quest for fun kept him constantly on the move, far away from Maxine and his family. For Maxine it starts when she falls in love with Dr. Charles West, a man who is everything Blake is not—mature, grounded, and present. For Blake it begins when a devastating earthquake strikes near one of his palatial foreign homes and he sees hundreds of orphaned children in need of shelter. Now Blake wants Maxine in his life again. An unforgettable story of two people pursuing happiness from opposite directions, Rogue is a journey of choices and the amazing opportunities that come together—just when life seems to have been successfully rearranged at last.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
In Stalin's Soviet Union, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer — much less a serial killer — is in the midst of the populace. Exiled from his home, a war hero must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.

Sail: a Novel by James Patterson
Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever. Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns. Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.""

Plague Ship: a Novel of the Oregon Files by Clive Cussler
"Plague Ship" is the fifth exhilarating new adventure in the bestselling series that charts the exploits of the "Oregon," a covert ship completely dilapidated on the outside but, on the inside, packed with sophisticated weaponry and intelligence-gathering equipment.

Jul 12, 2008

Thanks for coming to meet Alison and her turtles!

Don't forget this week's programs:

Kathy Stoughton and Sandy's Reading Adventure on Monday at 2 pm in the Story Time Room.

Craft Time on Wednesday between 2 and 4 pm--Come make an origami koala!

Story Time on Friday at 11am--Come listen to kangaroo stories and jump with us!

Jul 9, 2008

Kathy Stoughton and Sandy's Reading Adventure

Come meet local author Kathy Stoughton! She's going to share a story with us called "Sandy Sandhill Has a Close Call". We have her book; come in and read it!

After the story, we're going to talk about Sandy and how to avoid close calls. There's always more than meets the eye...

For more about Kathy Stoughton, Sandy, and his friend Henry, check out her website.

Jul 8, 2008

New Kids Books

Here are ten new fictional stories that celebrate all aspects of the game of baseball. And what a starting lineup! From John H. Ritter, author of The Boy Who Saved Baseball, to Newbery Award &winning Jerry Spinelli, this is a gathering of ten great authors for children, some of whom are specifically known for their writing about baseball. Featuring a story told in poems and another in a play format, Baseball Crazy is a truly diverse collection that will appeal to fanatics of the sport as well as those sitting hesitantly out on the bench. Batter up!

From their first meeting in a hollow log to playing pin-the-tail-on-the-turtle, Cork the muskrat and Fuzz the possum are always up to something unusual. The gentle humor and simple story are just right for beginning readers.

Communication explores the technologies that we use to share information and "talk" to one another, from the alphabet to television and the Internet. Learn about significant moments in communication history, such as the invention of the telephone and the origins of the World Wide Web. Discover how photography saves lives, how radio waves are used in space travel, and how communication is used during times of war.

An illustrated story of a trip to Mongolia. The authors lived in a tent, drink horse milk, and herd horses while watching young boy and girl jockeys train. They have a front row view of the traditional Naadam summer festival horse race where the young jockeys and their horses compete.

Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

"Me hungry!" the boy pleads. "Me busy," say his preoccupied mom and dad. So the boy decides to go hunting, setting his sights on an elusive rabbit, a prickly porcupine, a too-mean tiger, and finally runs into a like-minded mammoth who’s more than happy to help.

Emma cannot sleep a wink! She tries drinking warm milk and even reading lots of books, but Emma still cannot sleep. So she decides to count sheep to help fall asleep. All goes well until Emma reaches 108. Then, the 108thsheep doesn't appear. Emma, along with 109, 110 and all the following sheep must try to find a way to help 108 or none of them will get to sleep. Luckily Emma has a plan...

Jul 3, 2008

New Hampshire Audubon Turtle Presentation

On Wednesday, July 9th at 2 pm, the New Hampshire Audubon will be here! They will talk about the turtles and lizards that live in New Hampshire. They will also bring a live animal or two that you can meet!

Learn more about the New Hampshire Audubon, what they do, how you can help, and all the other cool programs they offer!

This event is actually full with a sizable waiting here's what will happen: Those who have signed up will go in. If there is still space, those on the waiting list will go in. Please come in even if you're not on either list--there might still be room, and if not, I will have a turtle craft for those who cannot go in.

Did you know that six of the seven species of marine turtles occur in Australia?

Two of those species are Endangered and the other four are Vulnerable--we need to take care of our turtles!

Jul 2, 2008

Australian Craft--Shark!

On Monday July 7th, come in any time between 2 and 4 pm--make a snapping shark to take home!
Kids: Yes, the mouth really moves! Make it snap over and over and over and over....
Parents: No, there are NOT real teeth.
Did you know sharks actually don't have bones?! They have cartilage instead.
The fastest shark can swim 20 miles per hour!

Family Resource Connection

Family Resource Connection, a service of the New Hampshire State Library, has just sent us a new listing of their materials! They have thousands of resources on family topics like parenting, children's health, education, child care, adoption, pregnancy and many others--including materials in Spanish. There are books, videos, even curriculum kits and Reading Together kits! We have a listing of quite a few of their topics and you can find a complete list online.

As a resident of New Hampshire, you can borrow from them for free! Not only that, but they will send materials either through the library or directly to your house with return postage provided.

How to make a request: You may call the Family Resource Connection's toll free number 1-800-298-4321. If you reach voicemail, leave your name, full address and telephone number along with your request. You may also make your request via email at or by using FRC online request form.

Please visit their website or come over the children's area and browse the big binder on the Parent/Educator's Shelf.