Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Celebrate Spring!

Books For Kids
Spring begins this Thursday, March 20 and after the seemingly endless winter, boy, oh boy, is this good news! Enjoy our quick lists of new and regarded books to share with your favorite little one, all about spring and the upcoming holidays.

Chester's Colorful Easter Eggs by Theresa Smythe
Five Bouncing Bunnies by Jacqueline Rogers
Pete the Cat : Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean
Ollie's Easter Eggs by Olivier Dunrea
Easter Traditions Around the World by M.J. Cosson
Here Comes the Easter Cat! by Deborah Underwood
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Who Hid the Easter Eggs? by Pirkko Vainio

The Littlest Levine by Sandy Lanton
Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards
The Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman
The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder
The Passover Lamb by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Hoppy Passover by Linda Glaser

999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
How Robin Saved Spring by Debbie Ouellet
Have Your Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Green Matters

Image courtesy of the Wesleyan
Student Assembly, Middletown, CT
Green Choices
This coming spring, which is not that far away, the library will be hosting a series of programs about green projects and initiatives you can take on yourself or with others. We'll also be developing a variety of resource lists, including online and in print, and posting them up in preparation for Earth Day (April 22) and through the end of May. Programs first...

Community Gardening
Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. Click to Register
Meet Barbara Wagner and Bill Deusing and join the discussion about what it takes to form an organic gardening community. Ms. Wagner is Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Wind Hill Community Farm in Glastonbury, CT. Mr. Deusing, farmer, author, and environmental activist served as Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) for 12 years and currently grows fruits and vegetables on the Old Solar Farm located in Oxford, CT. We'll be chatting about organic community gardening as a means to promote local growing, healthy food choices, and environmental stewardship.

Beekeeping in Connecticut: History, Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. Registration Opens March 15
By request, the library welcomes back guest speaker Mark Creighton, Beekeeper & Agricultural Research Technician at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and CT’s Apiary Inspector. Mr. Creighton inspects 5,400 beehives in the state. Learn about beekeeping opportunities from an expert who also happens to be a hands-on urban beekeeper.

East Hampton Small Business Showcase: Positively Clean
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. Registration Opens April 12
Meet, greet, and chat with Priscilla Connors, owner-manager of East Hampton's own Positively Clean. Learn about natural, non-toxic, no chemical ways to disinfect and deodorize your home, just in time for windows open spring. Ms. Connors is also a proponent of feng shui, which further informs the presentation.

Sustainable Landscaping
Thursday May 22, 1:00 p.m.
Registration Opens April 19
Gail Reynolds, UCONN Master Gardener Program Coordinator, will discuss planting gardens and landscapes to enhance the sustainability of your backyard's ecosystem. Gail lectures widely throughout our state and hails from Higganum.

Friday, February 21, 2014

eAudios and eBooks from OneClickdigital

News from the Front Desk...
Our OneClickdigital eAudio service receives a hefty workout each month. Seems as though you do like listening to high quality unabridged titles. New titles are added monthly.

If you are a regular service user, you may have noticed the addition of eBook content and the mixing in of the book symbol (e-read) with the headphone symbol (e-listen). Our start-up collection of OneClickdigital eBooks included classic reads and many ever-present summer reading list titles.

We have since moved to incrementally add popular titles, series books, gentle reads, contemporary romances, books for kids, best-sellers that seem likely to stand the test of time, and great reads you may have missed along the way. New titles are added monthly, including titles from major publishing houses.

Our overall e-read and e-listen collections include titles added by iCONN.org, our statewide information resource provider.

How to Use OneClickdigital
Step 1: Go to OneClickdigital and please do check out the user tutorial to get started.
Step 2: Login (if you have an existing account) or use your East Hampton Public Library card to Create a OneClickdigital Account
Step 3: Find and eAudio or eBook to download.
Step 4: Transfer to your device and start reading or listening.

Coming In March: A Companion e-Book Solution Service
In addition to OneClickdigital, we'll be launching our local 3M Cloud Library in March, including a start-up collection of 150 e-books. The start-up collection will feature many popular and regarded titles from major publishing houses, including most requested in print or e-book formats; no duplication with OneClickdigital. News to follow for all e-book lovers with an East Hampton library card...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February-March Concerts Coming Your Way!

Upcoming Concerts
If you love music, join us for any or all of our upcoming concerts scheduled in February and March 2014. All concerts are free and open to the public though for seating purposes, we do ask that you register online or give us a call. Love music? Find it here!

The Karkowska Sisters Duo
Saturday, February 22 @ 2PM
We could not be more excited or proud to welcome the Karkowska Sisters Duo to East Hampton, Connecticut. This internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning duo has performed in the United States and abroad with many featured performances in Poland. From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, these two classical music performers have delighted and entertained all with their extraordinary blend of talent, music, and wonderful stories. We're still thinking "Oh, my!" and are sure you will, too. Click to register.




Photo: Dawn Indermuehle
Outlaws, Villains & Rogues with Rick Spencer
Thursday, February 27 @ 1PM
Join us for the music of multi-talented Rick Spencer and his performance of historical and popular songs from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The songs tell the stories of Captain Kidd, Jesse James, Stagger Lee, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. While performing, Spencer also discusses the possible reasons why we as a culture are so fascinated by mayhem, violence, and misdeeds. Rick is known internationally for his work as a historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk tradition. Click to register.




Music from the Heart with Danny Quinn
Wednesday, March 12 @ 7PM
Look no further for an early way to celebrate St. Paddy's Day! Put a spring in your step and join us for an evening of Irish and American folk music delivered by regional (and library) favorite Danny Quinn. Danny has been a performer of Irish and American folk music for over three decades and has shared the stage with or opened for renowned artists such as the Clancy Brothers, Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, the Makem Brothers, The Chieftains and many others. Click to register.




A Cup O' Joe with State Troubadour Kristen Graves
Saturday, March 29 @ 11AM
Enjoy morning coffee, with or without caffeine, plus a performance and chat time with Kristen Graves, recently named Connecticut's 15th State Troubadour. Expect honesty, catchy songs, funny stories, and lyrics sure to engage and inspire. Kristen is a singer/songwriter and activist from Fairfield, CT who performs about 175 shows a year throughout the country. We're feeling very lucky to be one of 2014's 175. Coffee's on us. Click to register.

Friday, February 14, 2014

East Hampton (Connecticut) News: Digital Version

Say Hello to the East Hampton News Online
The East Hampton News was once a mighty print newspaper serving East Hampton, Connecticut. The paper was what we would today describe as a hyperlocal news outlet. The library and the Chatham Historical Society hold collections of the original newspapers and as you might expect, the paper copies have deteriorated and require careful handling.

An Essential Thank You to the Connecticut State Library
The library and the Connecticut State Library's (CSL) Preservation Office opened discussions about the potential to digitize the East Hampton News in summer 2013. The CSL held duplicate negatives of the East Hampton News on film: issues in 1887-1888 and issues from July 1, 1932 through Dec. 31, 1952.

With best preservation practice, technical, and logistical advice from Preservation Librarian Jane Cullinane and Gail Hurley from the iCONN office, the CSL allowed the library to borrow the duplicate negatives. Our digitization vendor, Advantage Preservation, has since then digitized the film and created a searchable database.

Using Our Database
Click here for free online access. Take advantage of the Help Button for best advice on how to craft a useful search that yields best results. If you need help, email the library or give us a call.

Special thanks to the Chatham Historical Society for supporting the project.

Oscar Nominated Book Tie-Ins


Inspired or Inspired by...
As might be expected a number of Oscar-nominated films were inspired by books. Read 'em before the March 2 Academy Awards ceremony if you haven't yet had the pleasure. Nominated films on DVD and/or Blu-ray where noted, currently available or coming soon.

Lone Survivor -- Long Walk to Freedom (March 18 release date)-- Mary Poppins, She Wrote -- The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray and DVD) -- The Book Thief (March 11 release date) -- A Captain's Duty (Blu-ray and DVD) -- Dirty Wars -- Philomena (April release date) -- Twelve Years a Slave (March 4 release date) -- The Wolf of Wall Street (March 25 release date) -- The Hobbit (Blu-ray and DVD)-- The Invisible Woman

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Too Human Appearing Saturday, January 18, 2PM

Saturday Afternoon Concert
A quick look at the duo's talents, always supported by a jazzy upright bass player!
Click to register for this free concert.

Though music will be played on a winter afternoon, think summer...

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Books for Young People: 2013 Roundup

List Making...
At every year's end, just about everyone weighs in with a best, most popular, or favorites list. In this spirit we have compiled a few quick lists of notable books named "best" by a range of reputable sources. All were published in 2013. If you have not yet had the pleasure, have fun catching up!

Horn Book's Best Picture Books
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean -- Journey by Aaron Becker -- Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown -- Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting -- Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle -- The Tiny King by Taro Miura -- Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales -- The Dark by Lemony Snicket -- Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner -- Gobble You Up! by Gita Wolf.

Publisher's Weekly's Best
Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins -- If You Want to see a Whale by Julie Fogliano -- Rosie's Magic Horse by Russell Hoban -- The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney -- Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett -- Bluebird by Bob Staake -- Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer -- This Is the Rope: the Story of the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson.

PW and Horn Book shared a love for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, The Dark, and Mr. Wuffles.

The Wall Street Journal's Best
Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look -- Locomotive by Brian Floca -- Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff -- Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang -- The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky -- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner -- Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan.

The WSJ also shared a love for Journey, Mr. Wuffles, and Rosie's Magic Horse, all mentioned above.

New York Times Best Illustrated Books
In addition to Fog Island, The Dark, Journey, and Locomotive, all mentioned above, the following six books also made the NYT's top 10 list of 2013's best illustrated books:
Ballad by Blexbolex -- My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak -- Jemmy Button written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman & Valerio Vidali -- Holland by Charlotte Dematons -- Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt; illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault -- Mandela by Kadir Nelson.

School Library Journal's Best Picture Books
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt -- Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson -- Henry's Map by David Elliot -- Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming -- Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes -- Little Red Writing by Joan Holub -- The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig -- Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller -- The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan -- Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park -- Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems.

SLJ titles shared with other "best" list-makers include If You Want to See a Whale, Journey, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Flora and the Flamingo, The Tortoise & the Hare, The Dark, Mr. Wuffles.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Winter Fun: January 2014's Special Events

Our Happy New Year Lineup
Scheduling programs in January can be a little tricky. The specter of snow -- from a dusting to mounds and mounds -- is always a concern. The good news is the Winter Solstice has passed; spring seeds are already on sale in our local garden shops, and positive thinking seems to go hand-in-hand with the turn of the calendar page. Here's hoping the weather cooperates so all may enjoy our lineup of January 2014's special events.

The Fashions of Downton Abbey with Kandie Carle
Rescheduled to March 22, 2:00 p.m.
American audiences will be returning to Downton Abbey, Season 4, on Sunday, January 5. A few days after the fever subsides, join us for an evening program featuring Kandie Carle, who will take us on a journey through Downton's Edwardian Era using vintage and reproduction clothing and accessories. Expect a visual delight full of wit, grace, and surprising audience participation. Learn more by enjoying an interview with Ms. Carle courtesy of author Evangeline Holland. Seasons 1-3 on DVD are available for reserve or checkout with Season 4 due for release in late January.

Let Your Light Shine! Winter Craft for Kids
Saturday, January 11, 11:00 a.m.
In January's Saturday morning craft session, you'll be using a variation of 'melt your own crayon shavings' to create a simple but awesome luminary sure to make any day feel special. LED tea light is included. For kids 4-8 (parent participation required) and a great craft to keep in your family's things-to-do quiver when you need to add a little light to an otherwise gloomy day.

Saturday Afternoon Concert with Too Human
Saturday, January 18, 2:00 p.m.
Welcome back Too Human (Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno) for music on a winter afternoon. This acoustic music act plays familiar jazz standards as well as originals that will rock your gentle soul. Ellen and Roger hail from New York and became professional songwriters in Los Angeles, on staff with music publishing giant Warner/Chappell Music, where they had their songs covered by many recording artists including Pat Benatar, Cher, Teddy Pendergrass, Martha Davis, Angela Bofill, Anne Murray and Nancy Wilson. Moving back east, they became Too Human...


Book Discussion Group : The Tiger's Wife
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.
Join us to discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, named one of the New Yorker's twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s Five Under Thirty Five. The book tells the story of a young doctor arriving to an orphanage by the sea while on a mission of mercy in a Balkan country recovering from years of conflict. Library staff member Phil Carr moderates the always lively discussion.

Take a Break! (And Give Yourself a Break, Too)
Demystifying Technology with Abby Stokes
Abby Stokes, author of Is This Thing On?" A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming, will be on site to present a reassuring, jargon-free, and totally straightforward talk to help late bloomers and technophobes better use and enjoy the wonders of the digital world. Practical how-to advice and a round of encouragement will be served!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ladies and Gentleman, the Beatles!

February 7, 1964
February 7, 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America. If you are up for a walk down memory lane -- and a long one at that -- enjoy a quick list of recent and classic books about this influential British band who forever changed musical history and American culture.

The Beatles: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn
Presents the first volume in a planned trilogy on the iconic band, documenting their early years in Liverpool and Hamburg and the role of American music in shaping their ambitions.
Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian
The author, an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, compares and contrasts the careers of the two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of the 20th century. Who's your favorite?
Beatles : the BBC Archives: 1962-1970 by Kevin Howlett
A carefully curated collection of the surviving transcripts of the Beatles' appearances on BBC Radio and Television from 1962 to 1970, featuring commentary from the author. Listen to the Live at the BBC music CDs while you read.
The Beatles Anthology by the Beatles
An oral history style book of the band though 1970. In a word? Epic. Pair it with the eight volume video series of the same name.
The Beatles by Hunter Davies
Described as the only authorized biography of the Fab Four, Davies spent 18 months with the band between 1967 and 1968.
You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup by Peter Doggett
Chronicles the band's break-up and subsequent legal feuds.

For Younger Fans
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Katherine Krull and Pal Brewer
Q: How do you find all this business of having screaming girls following you all over the place? George: Well, we feel flattered . . . John: . . . and flattened. Enjoy a lighthearted look at the Fab Four's sense of humor.
Who Were the Beatles? by Geoff Edgers
An easy to read narrative about the their Liverpudlian childhoods, first leaps into rock music, what Beatlemania was like, and why the band broke up.
Yellow Submarine, story adapted by Charlie Gardner
Pair the picture book with the animated film.
Beatles: Leading the British Invasion by Diane Dakers
An unvarnished look on the Beatles as a band and as individual performers.

Loving the Beatles in a LEGO Kind of Way...

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year, Healthier You!

Online Health and Wellness Information for Families
'Tis the season for resolutions. If you are looking for reputable resources about health and wellness topics or about health or medical concerns for yourself or for a family member, several options are available to help you get the answers you need.

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's go-to web site for consumer health information. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Health Information for Ages 60+
NIH Senior Health is designed with older adults in mind. The site comes equipped with readability tools and highlights health and aging topics of interest to older people -- such as Alzheimer's disease, balance problems, shingles, diabetes, and glaucoma. A special section features personal stories of older adults who regularly engage in exercise and physical activity, highlighting the benefits gained from walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, yoga, etc.

Healthnet: Connecticut's Consumer Health Information Network
Healthnet is a program that provides health information to the public. Experienced medical information professionals will research a medical topic for you and provide you with a free customized packet of information based on your specific need. The services are provided to Connecticut residents by the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Lyman Maynard Stowe Library. You may also use the Health Center Library to do your own research.

iCONN.org: Connecticut's reSearch Engine
Check out a stunning array of free databases available to any Connecticut resident with a library card. Scroll down to the Health and Science section and please be sure to peruse a wealth of link-to resources under Other Health Resources.

Chatham Health District : Living Healthy
The Chatham Health District serves the towns of East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam, Hebron, Marlborough and Portland and provides an array of public health programs. The District's web site offers links to resources about healthy living and creating healthier physical and social environments.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Holiday Programs Coming Your Way...

We've Got Music! We've Got How To! We've Got Movies! Who Could Ask for Anything More? 
Hope all enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday weekend with friends and family. We'd like to keep the holiday spirit going with a more formal online announcement of upcoming holiday programs scheduled for December 2013. Enjoy holiday music on a weekday evening; get crafty as an adult or kiddo; take in a classic holiday film, or dance your socks off as a family! Here's the lineup:

Home for the Holidays: Concert with the Larry Gareau Trio
Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. [Click to Register]
Set aside the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and treat yourself to an evening concert filled with the sweet sounds of your favorite seasonal music. Enjoy familiar carols, traditional tunes, and winter standards -- all with a jazzy twist. Local favorite The Larry Gareau Trio presents a concert sure to eliminate any holiday stress and put you on a smooth groove.

Area Business Showcase: Holiday Centerpiece Design with It's So Ranunculus
Thursday, December 12, 1:00 p.m. [Click to Register]
Welcome floral designer Leah O'Hearn to the library! In this afternoon how-to program, you'll get expert advice and design/make a holiday centerpiece using winter greens, seasonal berries, ornaments, pine cones, and ribbons to suit your style and fit your own home decor. Registration is limited with a $10 per person fee to defray the cost of supplies.

The Tenth Reindeer: Holiday Craft for Kids
Saturday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. [Click to Register]
You all know the story about Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Rudolph and the rest of Santa's nine. Name them all then craft your very own 10th reindeer, great for holding holiday treats. The 10th reindeer will be small but mighty, just like you! The craft is appropriate for ages 4-8; registration is limited and parent participation is required.

Happy Holidays! Song Dance and the Possibilities with Brian Gillie
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. [Click to Register]
Flying reindeer? Dancing snowmen? Kids invent outrageous new versions of some old, holiday song favorites and then create a hip, holiday dance to a funky seasonal tune; all while exploring language, poetry, music and pop culture. Presented by Brian Gillie, a long-time performance-educator with Young Audiences of CT and Master Teacher with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. For families with older kids, younger kids, and music lovers of all ages. Make an inter-generational day of it @ your library. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Film Night: A Christmas Carol Classic
Tuesday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.
View and discuss one of many film adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol. The 1951 version we'll show is in black & white and purists beware, there is side story that wasn't part of Dickens' original story. The film stars Alastair Sim -- in our humble opinion the best Scrooge of all Scrooges ever! Join us to view a film, and story, about community and family. Library staff member Phil Carr moderates the discussion.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In Another Time, In Another Place: Historical Fiction for Young People

Living History
Word has it reading historical fiction is on many a local to-do list. We here offer a quick list of books you might consider in your quest for a great read. Our list includes classics, award-winners, books by popular authors, graphic novels, and a few that stretch the definition of historical fiction but are just plain fun. All are meant to challenge your perceptions of people who lived in another time, in another place, and to encourage further reading. Our best advice is choose a book about an historical period that interests you and that one special book that is not at all hard to enjoy... or too easy to read.

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages -- The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai -- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi
Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle by Nan Marino
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
VIII by H.M. Castor

Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale
Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
Little White Duck by Andrés Vera Martínez
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale -- A Bag of Marbles by Kris

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Extra by Kathryn Lasky
The Agency by Y.S. Lee
Hear the Wind Blow by Mary Downing Hahn

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison -- The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay -- Keoko by Linda Sue Park

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Ghosts of the American Road: Wednesday Evening Music

A November Evening Concert 
The library will be CLOSED on Monday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

On Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM, the library will be hosting a FREE concert featuring Ghosts of the American Road, a Texas-based Americana music duo travelling through our area by way of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). At the concert, you'll meet singer-songwriter Kevin Higgins and musical partner, Barbara Malteze. With seven Texas Music Awards between them, this duo is all set to deliver musical poetry/storytelling at its best. Check out the duo's songs here and here.

Click here to register online for this free concert or give us a call at 860-267-6621.

Honor: A Tribute by Ghosts of the American Road