Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Complementary Health Care

Panel Discussion on Tap @ your library
Complementary health care includes a very broad spectrum of interventions, aids, counselling and approaches. Join us from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, for a panel discussion featuring complementary care practictioners with offices in our local area.

Our current line-up of panelists includes:
Joseph Belanger, Holistic Physical Therapist
Dr. Patrick Connelly, Chiropractor
Susan Fielding, Massage Therapist
Dr. Bret Lieberman, Naturopathic Physician
Sherry Russenberger & Mary Ann Dayton-Fitzgerald, Reiki Energy Healing
Natalia Seguro-Wright, Acupuncturist
Michael Smithwick, Hypnotherapist

Reserve your seat by registering online or phoning the library at 860.267.6621.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Great Outdoors: Connecticut Style

CT Adventures
The Connecticut Explorer's Guide is a clearinghouse website featuring a wealth of information on how to choose, plan, and undertake your next outdoor adventure in our home state. Organized by type of outdoor undertaking (hiking, paddling, biking, etc.) the site integrates National GeographicTM topographical maps to help you pinpoint the "where" in your next CT-based adventure.

The site also includes a link to adventure forums through which you may read or post news articles; share your personal adventure stories; or "Ask the Pro" for tips on a specific type of outdoor skill.

Though there is plenty of commercial content on the site, the .com content is not overwhelming and doesn't seriously detract from what you may learn about Connecticut's outdoor assets. Surf's up!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Turn of the Friendly Page

Molly Maturo: Teen Reader
Molly Maturo is well-known to our library's staff and to legions of our community's teen readers. (She's the kid with a locker full of books and ready recommendations on books you might like to read, too.)

Molly has also and more recently made her mark in the CT Nutmeg Book award world; she's a teen book reviewer for Nutmeg 2010. Congratulations, Molly!

We'll be working with Molly to launch a YA book review section on the library's MySpace page this March and in May, a downloadable book review newsletter for and written by teens -- just in time for summer reading season.

If you would like to volunteer to help Molly and the library start up web services that are for and about what you like to read, make a friend and send us a MySpace comment, contact us, or stop by the library to chat with Jondahl or Sue.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

In Like a Lion...

And Roaring All Month Long!
Upcoming Programs @ your library
Our March 2008 schedule of public programs offers a blend of information and entertainment. All of our programs are free and held in the Community Room. Browse our online events calendar for details and make plans to join us!

Community Drum Circle: Drop in, Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.
Adult Book Discussion: Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Consumer Prescription Information: Thursday, March 6, 1 p.m.
Contemporary Photojournalism: Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Complementary Health Care Panel: Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m.
Identifying/Selling Antiques: Thursday, March 20, 1 p.m.
Water Gardens, Start to Finish: Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
'Too Human' in Concert: Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

2008 Nutmeg Book Award Winner: It's Official

Lightning Thief Wins Top Honors
Rick Riordan's adventure story about 12 year-old Percius "Percy" Jackson's quest for Zeus's master lightning bolt won the 2008 Nutmeg Book Award in both intermediate (grades 4-6) and teen reader categories (grade 7-8).

The book has everything a discriminating reader could want: a main character faced with many challenges, a quest against all odds, and a goal to prevent World War III. Percy, plus friends Grover and Annabeth, are believable characters (Percy is the wisecracking narrator) who also happen to visit the Underworld and Mount Olympus. Many of the classic Greek myths blend nicely into the first part of a continuing story.

If you were not one of the almost 9,000 Connecticut kids who voted Lightning Thief the hands-down Nutmeg winner, catch the buzz at the library. Other nominated Nutmeg books are also available for checkout.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Museum Pass Update

Discovery Room Now Open for Exploration
If you haven't recently visited the Children's Museum of Southeastern CT, you're in for a treat. The new Discovery Room opened in January and features numerous sensory experiences for children of all abilities. Try an Interactive Bubble Column, a Tongue Drum, a Tactile Panel, or a Musical Wall.

You can save yourself some money if you visit the museum using our circulating museum pass. The pass may be reserved up to 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to check it out/use it and circulates for 2 days. The pass admits up to 4 people free against the regular, individual admission price of $5.

Our pass program is funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library and provides free or discounted admission to 13 area attractions. The Friends' annual membership drive is now underway. Become a Friend for as little as $5! You'll save that and more by using our pass program.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Summer and Twilight

Stephenie Meyer's Series Continues
Love, love, love this young adult series. Intelligently written with very believable characters (a vampire and a werewolf, so?), these books sound and feel authentic to teen readers and from what we can see, to many of their moms, too! Can't wait to find out what happens to Bella, Jake, and Edward.

Breaking Dawn is scheduled for release on August 2.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

What's New?

Our Online Catalog: Using the Recent Item Search
If we had to pick a winner FAQ (frequently asked question), it would be "How can I find what's new?" The question comes to us in different forms, depending on your material type preferences: new books, DVDs, audio in varied formats.

If you're a fan of online browsing, the quickest way to find out about additions to our collections is to use the Recent Item Search. This search may be limited by time period (last week, 2 weeks, up to 3 months) and may also be limited by material type. This search also comes with benefits. You will learn about on-order/forthcoming books as much as 3 months in advance of publication, as well as additions to our DVD and audio collections (new release or must-see/listen).

If your style is online, give the Recent Item Search a try. If you would prefer that we facilitate the online part for you -- stop by or give us call. We offer several programs to keep you informed about new, classic, and in-demand additions to your library's collections.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Rethinking the Picture Book

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner
Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic) won the Caldecott medal late last month, much to the surprise of many who know their way around a picture book. The book weighs in at a hefty 533 pages (very unusual for a picture book); is a novel (first novel to win the Caldecott); and is not a book for 4 and 5 year-olds (the usual picture book audience).

This being said, Hugo Cabret uses pictures in a highly inventive and carefully-crafted way to convey the story of a boy in a 1930's vintage Paris train station and his friendship with a very mysterious toymaker. The detailed drawings are spectacular and add layer after layer to the entertaining and well-written story.

About the Caldecott
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Poet of the Month

February's Featured Poet
Langston Hughes (1902-67) received his B.A. in 1929 from Lincoln University and wrote operettas and poems in the spirit of jazz, spirituals, and blues. “The mood of the blues is almost always despondency, but when they are sung people laugh,” Hughes said. (He was perhaps the first person to grasp Lucille Clifton’s gifts, extolling her work in an anthology of African‑American poetry.) Here is a blues poem:

Morning After
I was so sick last night I
Didn't hardly know my mind.
So sick last night I
Didn't know my mind.
I drunk some bad licker that
Almost made me blind.

Had a dream last night I
Thought I was in hell.
I drempt last night I
Thought I was in hell.
Woke up and looked around me‑‑
Babe, your mouth was open like a well.

I said, Baby! Baby!
Please don't snore so loud.
Baby! Please!
Please don't snore so loud.
You jest a little bit o' woman but you
Sound like a great big crowd.

Further Reading: Langston Hughes, Collected Poems, and Langston Hughes, I wonder as I wander : an autobiographical journey, with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad.

Coming in March: Emily Dickinson

Content developed by local resident and poet Leland Jamieson