Jan 29, 2010

Next Week for Kids

Monday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Aspen). There are only two spaces left this week. If you want one, let me know!

Story Times continue throughout this month.

Thursday at 3:30--Wii Tournament begins! Make a team and come play! We'll be going through Wii Play (in case you don't usually play Wii, this is the skill-building set--a good place to start!). We'll play every week through February, ending during February vacation week with trophies for the winning team!

Valentine Tea Party--Kindergarteners and First Graders are invited to attend a very special party! Bette Thibodeau will be hosting; providing delicious tea, pretty place settings and wonderful treats. You MUST sign up to attend--we have to know how many children to expect in ADVANCE. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 13th at 11am.

Jan 22, 2010

Valentine Tea Party

Kindergarteners and First Graders are invited to a tea party!
We will have a formal table with beautiful teapots and pretty place settings (sturdy ones!). Bette Thibodeau is hosting the party. She will bring delicious tea and some very pretty and tasty finger foods. This is a Valentine Tea Party, so expect at least a few hearts! Please do dress up for this lovely party--not only will I be taking pictures, there will be a picture set-up so that parents can take a nice picture of their child "all dressed up".

You MUST sign up to attend. Due to the nature of the party, we have to know how many children to expect. Please call 474-2044 or email to sign up.

Valentine Tea Party: Seabrook Library, Saturday, Feb. 13th.

Jan 21, 2010

Moving the Story OFF the Pages!

This morning, Lori Hardacker (Dance Parties and Fitness in Motion) brought us a very moving program. The kids listened quietly, stretched thoroughly, then whirled, leaped, skipped and spun! We finished with a parachute and inflatable balls to "pop corn", then tucked under for a quiet "Twinkle Twinkle" to end.

If you missed this great program, you can see the pictures here. Or you can see what else Lori can do here.

Story times continue, Paws 4 Reading with Misty will happen next Friday (call to sign up), and a Wii Tournament is looming on the horizon--stay tuned!

Jan 19, 2010

new large print

The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love. Winona, the oldest, knew early on that she could never get it. An overweight dreamer and reader, she didn't exhibit the kinds of talents and strengths her father valued. Vivi Anne, the youngest, had those things. And it was Vivi Anne who only ever saw a glimmer of their father's approval. When Vivi Anne makes a fateful decision to follow her heart, rather than take the route of a dutiful daughter, events are set in motion that will test the love and loyalties of the Grey sisters. With breathtaking pace and penetrating insight, Kristin Hannah's True Colors is a novel about sisters, vengeance, rivalry, betrayal—and ultimately, what it truly means to be a family.

Can a big-city journalist change a small southern town or will the townspeople change her forever?

Alyssa Locke is no stranger to dealing with danger. As team leader of the nation’s number one personal security company, Troubleshooters Incorporated, she’s seen more than her share of action, survived plenty of close calls, and holds her own with the best of them—and against the worst of them. Guarding lives is her game, and no one plays it better. But her toughest challenge will be protecting herself from a serial killer she’s been after for years, a fiend who is determined to make her his ultimate trophy.

Harriet Sherwood has always adored her grandmother. But when Harriet decides to follow in her footsteps to fight for social justice, she certainly never expected her efforts to land her in jail.

The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.
The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics -- body language-expert. She and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report.
As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in MMORPGs, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims, some of whom Kathryn is able to save, some not. Among the obstacles Kathryn must...

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

Story Times, Puzzle Evening and Bead Stringers

Story Times start this week! If you have signed up, we're looking forward to seeing you; if you haven't signed up, call or email so that I know to expect you: 474-2044,

Jan. 19 through Feb. 26
Toddlers (1-2 year olds): Tuesdays at 10:30am. Songs and fingerplays, a couple stories, then play time for the little ones while the parents have coffee and tea and socialize.
Walkers with Parents (2-3 year olds: Thursdays at 11:00am. Songs, stories and fingerplays, then a craft. Please dress for paint, glue and mess!
Independent Walkers (3-4 year olds): Fridays at 11:00am. Songs, stories and fingerplays, then a craft. Please dress for paint, glue and mess! Parents must remain in the library.
Runners (4-6 year olds): Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Songs, stories and fingerplays, then a craft. Please dress for messy crafts. Parents must remain in the library.

Wednesday Night at 6:00--Puzzle Evening! Bring the family, bring friends. The library has everything from 25 piece floor puzzles to 1000 piece monsters--feel free to bring your own as well :) Challenge yourself, form a team for a difficult puzzle, relax with an easy one and some good conversation. Snacks included!

Thursday at 3:30--Bead Stringers! You can make beads out of nearly anything, I've discovered. One of the quickest, cheapest and most convenient is paper: did you know you can make beads out of paper?! You can! If you want to learn how and take home some of your own, come on in to Bead Stringers.

Jan 14, 2010

new nonfiction

The beauty of retiree Price's book is its simplicity—one can pick a chapter and find a latent interest that could be developed, from building a bird house to quitting smoking. Price gives the reader the opportunity to do that by providing the idea, the opportunity potential, and the resources for getting started. The title doesn't do the book justice; it's an inspirational guide that will provoke people of all ages to engage in new ventures and discover what life can offer.

Do you know the real Paula Deen? You may think you know the butter-loving, finger-licking, joke-cracking queen of melt-in-your-mouth Southern cuisine. You may have even visited The Lady & Sons to taste for yourself the down-home delicacies that made her famous and even heard some version of her Cinderella story (a single mom with two teenage sons started a brown-bag lunch business with $200 and wound up with a thriving restaurant, a fairy-tale second marriage, and wildly popular television shows), but you have never heard the intimate details of her often bumpy road to fame and fortune.

If you haven’t got time to waste, Jamie and Bobby Deen have the meals to make. Imagine getting dinner on the table for your family in forty-five minutes or less. In this inspired and indispensable new cookbook, Paula Deen’s sons show you how to whip up 125 delicious Southern-style recipes quicker than you can say, “Come and get it!”

In this riveting true crime tale, rural Franconia, N.H. becomes a major character alongside "wild child" Liko Kenney, authoritarian police officer Bruce McKay, foul-mouthed Vietnam vet Greg Floyd, and a host of polarized townfolk. After a long feud, hippie-ish Kenny and officer McKay finalize their relationship with a standoff that leaves them both dead, thanks in part to the interference of troubled ex-Marine Greg Floyd (who shot Kenney). Boston-based journalist Sherman (A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler) dissects the case with painstaking care, documenting a number of Franconia voices, each with its own version of events, to figure out why a typical small-town conflict between "the hard-nosed cop and the rebellious kid" turned unexpectedly murderous. Characters are not just colorful but complete, making Floyd's confession, at a village store two days later, all the more shocking and bizarre: with a "breezy demeanor," Floyd announced, "I'm the guy that shot that kid." As daunting facts come to light, the townspeople form two opposing camps-those for Floyd and those against-making it all but impossible for them to discern anything important from the shooting. Focusing the testimony of witnesses, loved ones and officials, Sherman provides that missing sense of perspective with skill.

Do you have too much month at the end of your money? Is your credit card screaming for relief? Are you tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul . . . whoever they are?Meet Steve and Annette Economides. They’ve been called cheapskates, thriftaholics, and tightwads, but in these tough economic times, Steve and Annette have managed to feed their family of seven on just $350 per month, pay off their first house in nine years and purchase a second, larger home, buy cars with cash, take wonderful vacations, and put money in savings. Without degrees in finance or six-figure salaries, Steve and Annette have created a comfortable, debt-free life for themselves and their children. In America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money, they show you how they did it- and how you can do it too.Steve and Annette share many down-to-earth principles and the simple spending plan that they have used since 1982. They have taught this economizing lifestyle to thousands of people worldwide through seminars and their newsletter, and they include lots of real-life stories to make you feel as if you’re having your own private coaching session. Not only will you find solutions to your financial dilemmas, you’ll also discover a whole new way of life. You don’t need to be a CPA or a math wizard to learn their revolutionary system, which will teach you:- hundreds of ways to save money on everyday household expenses, including groceries, clothing, and health care- how to save in advance for major purchases such as homes, cars, and vacations- how to stop living paycheck to paycheck- how to eliminate debt . . . forever

A sequel to her bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert’s new book is the story of how she and Felipe, the man she met and fell in love with at the end of Eat, Pray, Love, grapple and ultimately make peace with the notion of marriage, long after each of them has endured an ugly divorce and sworn off the institution.

Picking up where her previous successful, and highly lauded book, America's Women, left off, Gail Collins recounts the sea change women have experienced since 1960. A comprehensive mix of oral history and Collins's keen research, this is the definitive book about five crucial decades of progress, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone this beloved New York Times columnist is known for. The interviews with women who have lived through these transformative years include an advertising executive in the 60s who was not allowed to attend board meetings that took place in the all-male dining room; and an airline stewardess who remembered being required to bend over to light her passengers' cigars on the men-only 'Executive Flight' from New York to Chicago.We, too, may have forgotten the enormous strides made by women since 1960--and the rare setbacks. "Hell yes, we have a quota [7%]" said a medical school dean in 1961. "We do keep women out, when we can." At a pre-graduation party at BarnardCollege, "they handed corsages to the girls who were engaged and lemons to those who weren't." In 1960, two-thirds of women 18-60 surveyed by Gallup didn't approve of the idea of a female president. Until 1972, no woman ran in the Boston Marathon, the year when Title IX passed, requiring parity for boys and girls inschool athletic programs (and also the year after Nixon vetoed the childcare legislation passed by congress). What happened during the past fifty years--a period that led to the first woman's winning a Presidential Primary--and why? The cataclysmic change in the lives of American women is a story Gail Collins seems to have been born to tell.

Twitter, the simple-to-use microblogging service, offers immense benefits for businesses and organizations. Fire departments, political candidates, and C0EOs have used Twitter to share up-to-the-minute information. Laura Fitton, maybe better known by her Twitter handle - @Pistachio, has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter, and gives presentations on how to use Twitter to build business and personal opportunity. She's joined by Michael Gruen and Leslie Poston to share Twitter expertise in this easy-to-follow guide.
You'll discover how to get set up on Twitter, build a follower list, and find a voice for your tweets. Then you'll learn to use third party tools to link Twitter to other sites and incorporate it into business communication models. This book covers
The basics of signing up and creating tweets
Following other users and adding followers to your own tweets
Mastering the "Twecosystem"-the tools that tie Twitter to many other Web applications, including mobile devices
Strategies for enhancing business communication, marketing, and networking opportunities with Twitter

The perfect plain-English guide to the much-anticipated release of Windows 7
Windows For Dummies is the all-time bestselling guide to the Windows operating system. Windows 7 For Dummies answers all your questions about the interface adjustments and all the new tools in Windows 7.
Whether you're new to computers or just eager to start using the newest version of Windows, expert author Andy Rathbone will walk you step by step through the most common Windows 7 tasks, including managing files, applications, media, and Internet access. If you've never used Windows before, it shows you the things most books assume you already know, like how to navigate the interface, customize the desktop, and work with the file system. Then it helps you get comfortable using all aspects of Windows 7.

A practical guide for visual learners who are eager to get started with Windows 7
Windows 7 is Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system used by millions of people around the world. If you're a visual learner and are new to Windows 7, then this book is an ideal introduction to the new features of this operating system. Seasoned author Paul McFedries walks you through the basics and beyond of Windows 7 in a straightforward manner.
You'll discover how to install and repair programs, maintain your system, set up password-protected accounts, load images from a digital camera, play music and other media files, secure Internet and e-mail accounts, and much more. More than 150 tasks are accompanied by full-color screen shots as they guide you to becoming a confident user of Windows 7.

Jan 13, 2010

new movies

New Movies to Help on Those Cold Winter Nights

Jan 8, 2010

This Week for Kids

This week is a little busier than last!

Monday at 4:00--Paws 4 Reading (Aspen). Please note that this is half an hour later than usual. That means Aspen will be here a little later too--if you haven't been able to visit our Reading Therapy dog because it's been too early, here's your chance. Call or email to sign up.

Wednesday at 3:30--Lego Builders Association. I have bowed to popular demand and the theme for this month is "Free For All"! Come build your coolest thing ever, whatever it may be! For the last ten minutes, you'll get to tell everyone about it and get your picture taken for the library's website. Just so you know, a kind man came in and donated some new Legos...

Thursday 1-5pm--Drop In Craft. This one's a surprise! You'll have to come in to find out what kind of messy fun we're up to this month. You'll have something cool to take home.

Friday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Misty). If you haven't met our new German Shepherd Reading Therapy dog, come on in! There's still plenty of room available, so call or email to sign up.

*The Library is closed Monday the 18th and story times begin Tuesday the 19th. If you haven't signed up yet, please do!

Jan 4, 2010

Paws 4 Reading, Email Addresses, Story Times

This week is quite slow: One program! I am slow in posting it as well since it's this afternoon: Monday at 3:30 is Paws 4 Reading (Aspen). Two times are left--4:30 and 4:45, so call or email me if you'd like to sign up.

I send out email notices when a program is coming up or story times are starting or any other information needs to get out. Lately, I've been getting a lot returned with "User does not have a ____ account" or "Address has been disabled". If you used to receive notices and now you do not, or if you want to receive notices and never have, please email me at and update your email address!

Story Times are starting Jan. 19th and will run through Feb. 26th.

Tuesday, 10:30am. 1-2 year olds, Toddlers Story Time.

Wednesday, 3:00pm. 4-6 year olds, Runners Story Time.

Thursday, 11:00am. 2-3 year olds, Walkers with Parents Story Time.

Friday, 11:00am. 3-4 year olds, Independent Walkers Story Time.

Each Story Time is different:

The Toddlers group will have mostly songs and fingerplays or rhymes, with a very simple book, maybe two. Then the little ones will play while the grown-ups have coffee and tea and a little time to socialize.

The Walkers with Parents Story Time is slightly more advanced, with songs and fingerplays, but we’ll also introduce picture books and ask a few simple questions. Instead of play time, this group will make a small craft at the end.

Independent Walkers will follow the same format as Walkers with Parents, but they will come in on their own while their parents have a chance to select their own library materials.

The Runners group will have a couple songs or fingerplays, but most of the time will be spent reading and talking about the stories while their parents have a chance to select their own materials. They will also have a craft at the end.

There will be a different theme each week, from favorites to apples to school, etc. Our space is limited, so please call to sign up—these limits exist not only because of space but also so that each child will have the best Story Time experience possible. We will find a way to accommodate every interested child, adding a Story Time if necessary.

Call 474-2044 to sign up. You can also e-mail