Saturday, September 29, 2012

Reading Rock...

Who Are They?
Who? Who?

Welcome a bunker crop of bios and rock memoirs, and excepting Ozzy's, all with highly inventive black and white cover photos!  Read 'em and rock...

Neil Young -- Bruce Springsteen -- Pete Townshend -- Gregg Allman -- Metallica -- Mick Jagger -- Ozzy Ozbourne -- Carole King.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Scare Up A Good Book

Silly, Spooky, Scary, Splendid!
Autumn's here, Halloween is just around the corner, and now is the time to start rounding up a few good reads to get in the mood for the colorful, boorific days ahead. Here's a few quick lists of latest (or greatest) titles for kids.

Board Books
Gentle or non-threatening stories in board book format, for your littlest people:
Five Little Pumpkins -- It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! -- Happy Halloween, Biscuit! -- Ghosts In the House! -- Goodnight Goon : a Petrifying Parody -- Horns, Tails, Spikes and Claws -- Mouse's First Halloween

Picture Books, Early and Easy Readers, and Then Some
Do browse our Holiday Book collection for Halloween titles; several of the latest are listed below. Also listed are a few non-seasonal titles with outside-the-box stories about what might be scary, silly scary, or not so scary after all. As always, parents, choose for yourselves or for your kids.

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
The Boo! Book : A Haunted Picture Book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Monster School : First Day Frights by Dave Keane
The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell
My First Ghost by Maggie Miller and Michael Leviton
That One Spooky Night by Dan Bar-el
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro
Trick or Treat by Leo Landry
Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace

Non-Fiction for Older Kids
Horrogami : 25 Creepy Creatures, Ghastly Ghouls, and Other Fiendish Paper Projects by Chris Marks
Last Laughs : Animal Epitaphs by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen
A Halloween Cookbook : Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy 50th Big Red!

Loved and Larger by the Day...
Scholastic Publishing, the company brings us Norman Bridwell's Clifford books, is this year asking us to help celebrate big red's 50th (in human years) birthday.  Check out Scholastic's site for fun ways to wish your favorite pooch a Happy Birthday, including participating a national sing-along on September 24!

Interview With Norman Bridwell

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Free Shred-It Day

Morning to Early Afternoon
The library will offer secure document shredding services to our community on Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Why Shred?
Identity theft is a growing national concern and shredding your sensitive documents is one way to reduce the risk of becoming an identity theft victim.

What to Bring
Bring your papers for shredding in a safe and secure environment. This is terrific opportunity for you to safely dispose of sensitive documents such as bank statements, old cancelled checks, credit card statements, tax papers, and medical records.

Shred-It truck will be located in the upper lot of the Community Center complex.

Please do check with your financial advisor for information on how long documents must be kept.

There Is Always a Catch
Shred for free but not without a donation to the East Hampton Food Bank.

Send It Around
Click here for another way to add to your calendar or send the news around.

Thursday, September 06, 2012


Image courtesy of the
Mid-Continent Public Library, MO
Loving Your Stuff ...
Do you have what you might affectionately refer to as a junk drawer? How about a closet with a corner akin to an explorer's great unknown? Love shoes, do you? Have enough toys to open a branch of Santa's workshop?  Are you looking to downsize and fit your stuff into a smaller space? You are not alone...

Here's a quick list of recent, on-the-way, or well-known clutter-busting titles you might enjoy, each written from a different perspective. As always, pick and choose.

Unstuff Your Life! : Kick the Clutter Habit and Organize Your Life for Good by Andrew J. Mellen
Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland
Clutter Busting by Brooks Palmer
To Much Stuff : Winning the War Against Clutter by Kathryn Porter
Soulspace : Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life.. by Xorin Balbes 
Organize for a Fresh Start : Embrace Your Next Chapter in Life by Susan Fay West
10,001 Ways to Declutter Your Home on a Small Budget by Ed Morrow, Sheree Bykofsky, and Rita Rosenkranz
Stop Throwing Money Away : Turn the Clutter Into Cash, Trash Into Treasure.. by Jamie Novak
Smart Office Organizing : Simple Strategies for Bringing Order to Your Workplace by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Spooky Stories
Many love a good ghost story now and again. If you are one of them, join us at the library on Saturday, September 15, for an afternoon Ghosts and Hauntings program presented by author and lecturer, Jeff Belanger.  Jeff is the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures show on the Travel Channel and hosts popular Web and cable talk show 30 Odd Minutes.

Ghost Stories : Believe 'Em or Not
Here's a quick list of adult non-fiction books, of all different stripes, about the topic.  As always, choose for yourself or for your kids.

Connecticut's Seaside Ghosts by Donald Carter
Ghost Stories and Legends of Southwestern Connecticut by Donna Kent
Ghost Hunters of New England by Alan Brown
Kids Who See Ghosts : How to Guide Them Through Fear by Caron Goode
Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting by Jeff Belanger
Picture Yourself Legend Tripping by Jeff Belanger
Yankee Ghosts by Hans Holzer
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
The Ghosts of Nantucket : 23 True Accounts by Blue Balliett
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places by Brad Steiger
The Demonologist : The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle
The Paranormal Caught on Film : Amazing Photographs of Ghosts, Poltergeists and Other Strange Phenomena by Melvyn Willin
Haunted Hikes : Spine Tingling Trails and Tales from North America's National Parks by Andrea Lankford

Ghosts in Fiction Books
Another quick list, classic and contemporary, shelved in adult fiction or story collections:

Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Tell-tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Shining by Stephen King
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Ghosts : Recent Hauntings, edited by Paula Guran
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Telling Stories...

Reading Memoirs
Memoirs are immensely popular and can sometimes go a long way in helping us illuminate our own lives.

We offer a quick roundup of memoirs published this year. Several have achieved best-seller status and/or critical acclaim. Click on a title for book descriptions and reviews. As a lead in, you might enjoy an article about the history of memoirs, courtesy of The New Yorker.

Sharp by David Fitzpatrick

Dan Gets a Minivan by Dan Zevin

A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez

Dropped Names by Frank Langella

By the Iowa Sea by Joe Blair

The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett

Full Body Burden by Kristin Iversen

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher

Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani

Burn Down the Ground by Kambri Crews

Bloom : Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

No Cheating, No Dying. I Had a Good Marriage Then I Tried to Make It Better by Elizabeth Weil

MWF Seeking BFF : My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche

People Who Eat Darkness : the True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Paris : A Love Story by Kati Marton