Library Column – January 17, 2008

 I definitely can’t say I’ve been enjoying the current winter weather, but it does provide lots of time for reading. Today’s column is written by two of us: Colleen Mays gives an update on the children’s collection and our new Story Hour schedule, and I’m adding in a few book reviews at the end.

First, Colleen writes: To kick off ’08, we at the Warren Library have added some new games, stories, and audio books to our children’s collection. It would be impossible to mention them all right now, but I’ll highlight a few of my favorites.  For stories, we have added  Gallop! By Rufus Sedar. In this exciting “scanamation” picture book for kids, the animals highlighted appear to really move. Your young (and not so young) will enjoy turning the pages and making the animals sprint across the page.   The highly acclaimed (BBC) Muzzy language learning system for children is now available in French and Spanish as a new addition to our children’s audio-visual section. Using fun characters, DVD’s and stories, Muzzy brings foreign language to life! Just for fun, we have added a stuffed Muzzy character to our puppet/toy collection, which you are welcome to check out as well! A fun, challenging, strategic game “Labyrinth” has found a home on our game shelf. At first try it is a little tricky, especially for the younger players. After a few rounds they really start to see how the castle labyrinth changes, and everyone gets excited to be the one to manipulate the maze correctly to capture the treasure. We have many more fun and exciting additions to our children’s collection.

Please feel free to stop in anytime to look about. Our “children’s only” hours are on Tuesday’s from 9:30-11:30 with a story hour from 10-11 am. This is a perfect time to browse, read fun seasonal stories, and make a craft with your young ones. Of course you and your children are more than welcome to visit us during any of our other hours of operation as well. Peace, and Happy New Year!  

And Deborah adds:The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard (audio CD). National Book Award for fiction winner, set in the restless years immediately following World War II. The protagonists are two men, both soldiers, both struggling to find a future after many years immersed in war. The settings are Japan, Hong Kong, England and New Zealand. Beautifully written, but not an eventful story.

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming by Paul Hawken. A look at the millions of non-profit/non-governmental organizations which are trying to transform the world. Hawken is mostly interested in groups that work on either social justice or the environment, or a combination of the two. I found some of the theorizing a bit airy, but the overview is exciting. A large appendix gives an overview of the movement, showing the numbers of groups working on each area.

Not Yet Drown’d by Peg Kingman. An excellent historical novel, set in Scotland and India, with a long and eventful sea voyage between. Perfectly researched, elegantly written, with richly complex characters in a well set up plot, circling around tea, opium, and music along with several other odd topics.

See you at the library!


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