Saturday, July 30, 2011

What's for Dinner?

Grilling, Chilling, and More...Though record temperatures probably means your kitchen scores lower on the favorite room hit parade, you still have to eat...

Here's a few titles new to our cookbook collection, accompanied by suggestions for grilling and chilling...

Eat Like a Man includes recipes collected by Esquire editor-in-chief, David Granger. People from both genders will recognize the names of many a recipe contributor.  On the lighter side, try Man with Pan from cartoonist and New Yorker editor, John Donohue.

BBQ afficianados may appreciate Smokin' with Myron Mixon; Mixon is a judge on TLC's Barbecue Pitmasters.  The Food Network's Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) weighs in with Cookin' It, Livin' It, Lovin' It.  Also try Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue; Raichlen hosts Primal Grill on PBS.

On the beverage front, the Liquid Kitchen books by Hayden Wood include oodles of recipes for cocktails (without and without), accompanied by food recommendations and tips for entertaining.  A Cooking Well title showcases alcohol-free drinks; nutritional and calorie count info included.

Online Service Alert : BookNews
The library publishes over 20 monthly e-newsletters, one of which features recently added titles on the topics of food and cooking.  If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter alone, click here.  If you are interested in broader newsletter alerts, click here
Either way, have fun with your family and friends this summer and keep on reading!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Reading with Dav Pilkey

Captain Underpants and Other Humorous Books for Kids

Dav Pilkey
Photo: Karyn Carpenter Baker
If you like author Dav Pilkey, of Captain UnderpantsOok & Gluk, and Ricky Ricotta fame, here's a few other series sure to tickle your funny bone :

Big Nate series -- George Brown, Class Clown series -- Lunch Lady series -- Knights of the Lunch Table series -- Riot Brothers series -- Dear Dumb Diary series -- Roscoe Riley Rules series --Stink series -- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Enjoy the spirited adventures of knights, clowns, captains, diarists, and otherwise imaginative (fictional) kids and as always, choose for yourself or for your children and family.

Content inspired by an article in Book Links, June 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Special Event : Bending Gravity

Wednesday, August 10, 1 p.m. @ Sears Park
Join us for a celebration of all that is summer : fast-paced, energetic, and filled with fun things to do...

See You at the Park!
Eric Girardi, a world-ranked yoyo player, a juggler, a fire-eater, and much more will perform at the park.  The performance is family-friendly, free, open to the public and co-sponsored by East Hampton Parks and Recreation.  Adults who might be thinking the performance is "just for kids" may want to reconsider the view; Girardi's program is truly for all ages.

About Bending Gravity
Girardi's September 2010 performance at the library
Click here or here to see a sampling of Eric's skills on YouTube

Alice for Real...

Growing Up with Alice McKinley
More than 25 years ago, author Phyllis Naylor Reynolds wrote The Agony of Alice, the story of an eleven year-old girl trying to navigate early adolescence.  The book was a hit and led to a series.  Sequels were added along the way -- so were prequels -- owing to demand from readers who wanted to know more about Alice.

The series is still going strong.  The author promises to follow up Incredibly Alice, published in May 2011, with a new title in both 2012 and 2013.

Surf's Up
Visit Naylor's Alice blog, a good indication of Alice's impact on readers who got to know her...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard!

Seventy Years Old and Still Quacking...
Robert McClosky's Caldecott award-winning title, Make Way for Ducklings, is celebrating it's 70th Anniversary.  The story has been immortalized in bronze by artist Nancy Schon at Boston's Public Garden; a duplicate was installed in Moscow's Novodevichy Park in 1991.

In 2009, the title was one of the inaugural inductees to the American Booksellers Association's Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame, along with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.

More ABA Picture Book Hall of Fame Nominees and Winners
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is trade association for independent bookstores. Here's a quick sample of picture books nominated for Hall of Fame status.  Titles in bold were voted in as Hall of Famers in 2010 and 2011; all are available at the library.

If you are child of the boomer years or a Gen-Xer, many of these titles will be familiar to you and are well worth sharing with your children.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell & Lillian Hoban
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Napping House by Audrey & Don Wood
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Independent Booksellers in CT
Click here for list of independent bookstores located in Connecticut.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Road Trip! New Britain Museum of American Art

One World, Many Stories: East Hampton Library Takes a Road Trip
On August 4th, 2011 the East Hampton Public Library will sponsor a field trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art.

East Hampton kids entering grades 3-6 in Fall 2011 are invited to join us for a guided tour of the museum's paintings, sculptures, pictures, and illustrations from a wide variety of American artists. Works from numerous times periods and styles will be on display. Kids may even get to try their hand at some art of their own as they learn how people have told stories through pictures over the years.

About the Museum
The New Britain Museum of American Art was established in 1903 and was the first institution in our country devoted to collecting and exhibiting American art. The museum has a substantial permanent collection, but also hosts visiting pieces. The museum prides itself as an institution of learning and conservation.

Trip Details and Registration Information
This field trip is open to East Hampton children entering grades 3-6 in Fall 2011. Transportation is provided. The bus will leave the library at 9 a.m. sharp for a 10 a.m. tour and return at approximately 12 noon.

The program is free to participating kids with museum admission funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library, who also fund our circulating Museum Pass Program.

Registration is required and may be done in person, by phone at 860-267-6621, or by using our online Events Calendar. Parents interested in chaperoning are encouraged to volunteer; contact the library for more information.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crafts for Bibliophiles

Handmade Books
If you are looking for a great way to pass a rainy summer day, why not try making a book? Crafters, DIYers, artists, origami and book-lovers alike might enjoy exploring any of the following titles, most of which include interesting tidbits about bookmaking history.

At Home with Handmade Books : 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials by Erin Zamrzla

More Making Books by Hand : Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects by Peter Thomas

By Alisa Golden, handmade book blogger, who also teaches bookmaking and letterpress printing at California College of the Arts:

Making Handmade Books : 100+ Bindings, Structures and Forms or
Expressive Handmade Books

Adding Some Jazz to Your Projects
Also try titles about altered art and pop-up construction, which describe techniques you might like to integrate into your bookmaking or craft projects.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baseball Milestones...

By the Numbers Champions
Saturday's Old Home Day festivities attracted a huge crowd and though we're certainly not sports reporters, we couldn't help overhearing many a conversation about East Hampton's very own EHHS Bellringers Baseball Team, who won our state's 2010-11 Class S championship!

Click here for a great recap of Bellringers' season, including stats and photos.

Also high on the conversation list was Derek Jeter, who yesterday joined the exclusive 3000-hit club.

Just for Fun
In the record books, Jeter met up with long-time Red Sox third baseman, former Yankee teammate, and Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs, by joining the 3000 club with a home run.  Coincidentally, Boggs hit 3000 while playing for Tampa Bay and Jeter hit 3000 while playing against Tampa Bay...

Further Reading
For more about Jeter, books about the Yankee captain are available for both kids and adult readers.

Surf's Up on 3000-Hits
National Baseball Hall of Fame (search 3000-hit club for other members)
New York Times
ESPN New York

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Hello, Lucy!

One World Many Stories : The Lucy Story
In 1974, half a world away in the Hadar Valley of East Africa, anthropologists made an exciting discovery. They found Lucy, an almost complete skeleton which gave the scientists clues as to what life was like over 3 million years ago.

To learn more about Lucy, try the kid-friendly biography about anthropologist Donald C. Johanson or for adults, try titles written by Johanson himself.  For 'surf's up' fans, visit ASU's Institute of Human Origins.

Fictional Stories Set in Africa
I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite (Set in Mali)
Kai by Leona Welch (Set in Nigeria)
Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire Nivola
A South African Night by Rachel Isadora
One Hen : How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway (Set in Ghana)
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John (Set in Southern Africa)

Anthropology & Archaeology!
Anthropologists study people and primates over time; archaeologists study the remains a society leaves behind.  Kids interested in these related scientific disciplines might enjoy:

DinoMummy by Phillip Manning
The Bone Detectives by John Townsend
Bodies from the Ice : Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem
Mummies and Pyramids : a Nonfiction Companion to Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs by Susan Goodman
Written in Bone : Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker
The Big Book of Bones : an Introduction to Skeletons by Claire Llewellyn

For dinosaur fans, check out a previous post on the subject.

Surf's Up : Places to Go, Things to Do
Learn more by taking a trip to many special places, among them :
Dinosaur Park in Rocky Hill, CT *
Yale Peabody Mueum in New Haven, CT*
Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, CT*
Go to archaeology field school at UCONN
Visit the Connecticut Archaeology Center

*The library has a circulating pass that will save you some money; the pass program is funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Independence Day

Places to Go, Things to Do
Independence Day celebrations invariably include (legal) aerial fireworks displays sponsored by cities, towns, and other organizations.

If you would like to be able to identify the patterns you see in the sky, visit How Stuff Works.

For a list of fireworks display events in CT, both today and well into next week, WTNH has a list ready to go.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Creature Features?

Yeti and Yowie, Manimals & Merpeople
Six years after Stephenie Meyer popularized fictional teenage vampire angst -- and well in to the hugely successful run of the HBO series True Blood (based on the books by Charlaine Harris, latest titles here) -- the fascination with mythical creatures continues unabated.

The Big Picture
For a quick overview of the major players in centuries of folklore -- every 'thing' from Bigfoot, to swamp creatures, to aliens and their hybrids -- try Tracking the Man-beasts : Sasquatch, Vampires, Zombies, and More by Joe Nickell.

For Zombiephiles
While vampire fiction zips in and out our doors, we missed marking Zombie Appreciation Month (May 2011).  For adult readers who did 'observe' try:

The New Dead : a Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden
The Zombie Autopsies : Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse by Steven C. Schlozman
Zombies : Encounters with the Hungry Dead edited by John Skipp

Slightly off the undead beat is Zombies vs. Unicorns.  Twelve writers, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, and Scott Westerfeld among them, use genre bending short stories to debate who might win a fantasy vs. horror creature smack down.  For ages 14+...

Arts & Crafts
If you truly dig the whole zombie/monster thing during the off season (not Halloween) try:

Zombie Felties : How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead by Nicola Tedman & Sarah Skeate
Papier-mâché Monsters : Turn Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities by Dan Reeder

For Kids
Titles in the Captain UnderpantsBailey School Kids, and Dripping Fang series books tend to feature mythical beings. Scooby Doo's escapades with a variety of folklore's famous favorites are fun, too. "Rut Roh!"

Plenty o' zombie films for adults, including the 'classics' by George Romero.

As Always
Choose for yourself or for your children...

Friday, July 01, 2011

One World Many Stories : A Very Famous Castle

Photo by library staff member
Marilou Overson at EPCOT
Orlando, November 2008
St. Ludwig's Castle: Disney Version
Did you know that a gorgeous German castle is the inspiration for the design of the Magic Kingdom Castle at Disney?

Kids might like to read more about the original castle in King Ludwig's Castle: Germany's Neuschwanstein by Lisa Trumbauer or about Germany in a Cultures of the World series title.  Families might like also like to share any of a number of European travel videos hosted by the Travel Channel's Samantha Brown.

More About Castles
If you are interested in what it took to build a castle centuries ago, try David Macaulay's Built to Last, a composite volume including updated content from Macaulay's classic trio: Castle, Cathedral, and Mosque.

Disney Travel
Thinking about visiting Disney? Check out our travel book collection before you go:
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World for Kids by Kids
Frommer's Walt Disney World and Orlando
The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation

Surf's Up: In-State Travel and Ethnic Festivals
Want to travel the world without leaving Connecticut? Check out the CT Tourism site, click events on the right side panel, then check the box Ethnic Festivals.  Change the date parameters depending on when you're free to enjoy some in-state fun.