Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Musical Notes

Pop Rocks!
A short post on music CDs, from our ears to yours. Click here for an abbreviated list of additions to the collection, from latest and oh-so popular to maybe you missed the greatness.

Also keep an eye out for a small poster, updated monthly, featuring popular music selections recommended by library staff member Ben Martin. The current list features selections by The Weepies, The Lumineers, Postal Service, and Glen Hansard, among others.

Don't forget to consult a quick list of 2013 Grammy Award winners.

Monday, February 18, 2013

February Break!

February Vacation Activities
First up, the weather. According to the NOAA, the 7-day forecast is looking good. After a blizzard, partly this or partly that is welcomed news so please do join us during vacation week! Regular and special events are planned.

Regular Story Hour and Story and Craft Programs
Have some fun with your little ones:
Tuesday Evening @ 6:30 p.m. : Story and Craft, Ages 4-7
Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m. : Story Hour 2 year-olds and Story Hour for 3 year olds
Thursday @ 10 a.m. : Time for Two's story, craft, and play for 2 year-olds
Friday @ 10:00 a.m. : Wiggle and Giggle for ages 12-24 months

Tuesday Film Night : February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for first in a three-part series of films set in Paris. Vincente Minnelli's charming 1958 musical, which won a best-picture Oscar, starts the fun.  The movie comes complete with songs by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Lowe and stars Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan as friends who become more. Maurice Chevalier adds panache. No registration required.

Woof! The Basics of Caring for and Training Your Pooch : Thursday, February 21, 1:00 p.m.
It's wonderful to welcome a new dog to the family but building a foundation to keep Fido friendly, Rover a push-over, and Rosie to a mosey, does takes work. Michelle Larson, member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors will be ready to give you some tips. Also meet Michelle's beautious Bernese Mountain Dog! Click here to register.

Henna Art : Saturday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.
Mehndi, also known as henna tattoo, is a traditional Middle Eastern art used to adorn the body for weddings and other special celebrations. Local resident Jamilah, of Jamilah Henna Creations, will talk about the cultural significance of henna designs and demonstrate the ancient art of Mehndi. For teens and adults. Space is limited; tattoos temporary. Click to register.

Museum Pass Program
Use your library card and our museum pass program to explore a super selection of our area's premiere attractions! Our pass program is funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library. Please do watch for the FOL's membership drive in March 2013. For as little as $10, you can give back to a program that has saved you at least $10... or more...

Everyone Has a Top Ten

YALSA's Best Fiction Books for Young Adults : 2013 Edition
Each year, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) compiles a list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

Here's the top ten; click on the titles for plot summaries, reviews, and availability :

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Every Day by David Levithan
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Golden Statue Season

And the Nominees Are...
A list! A list! Your kingdom for a list! Oscar-nominated films always attract attention. Here goes; most available for hold with library stars on book-to-film titles. Popcorn not included.

Best Picture
Amour (April 2013)-- Argo* (February 19) -- Beasts of the Southern Wild -- Django Unchained (April 16) -- Les Miserables (March 22)* -- Life of Pi* (March 12) -- Lincoln* (March 26) -- Silver Linings Playbook* (Estimated March 2013) -- Zero Dark Thirty (March 19)

Animated Feature Film Nominees
Brave -- Frankenweenie -- Paranorman -- The Pirates! Band of Misfits -- Wreck-It Ralph (March 5)

Documentary Feature Films
5 Broken Cameras -- The Gatekeepers -- How to Survive a Plague (February 26) -- The Invisible War -- Searching for Sugar Man

Actor/Actress Nominations for Films Not Nominated for Best Picture
The Master (February 26 Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour HoffmanAmy Adams) -- Flight (Denzel Washington) -- The Sessions (Helen Hunt) -- The Impossible (April 23 Naomi Watts)

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Let us not leave out Moonrise Kingdom, a film not mentioned elsewhere.

For all that is Oscar, click here.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hot Properties

YA Books to Film
So many books, so little time. Or is it so many movies, so little time? Either way here's a round up of YA books slated for translation to the big screen this year or next. Say adieu to the vampire craze of yore; dystopia is front and center with zombies on the side...

For a more comprehensive listing of forthcoming big screen wonders, don't forget to check IMDb's upcoming books-to-movies list. Early Word also has a 2013 list, organized by month.

Read and Watch or Read and Wait...
Warm Bodies by Issac Marion
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney (Movie Title = The Seventh Son)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Also try the sequel, Insurgent)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Book two in the Hunger Games Triology, as if this is news...)
The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Carrie by Stephen King (Don't forget the original film starring Sissy Spacek)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness (In order : The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men)

Legend by Marie Lu (Also try the sequel, Prodigy)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (First in a series; great for Hunger Games fans.)
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Percy Jackson : Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's Footprint Friday Time! 2013 Edition

Make Tracks to the Library...
If you are in 2nd or 3rd grade, join us on Friday afternoons for fun games and activities based on popular book series. Bus transportation from Memorial School to the library will be provided along with a no-frills snack.

Here's a line-up of upcoming events; use the program name links to register online or give us a call.  All programs begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Children's Services Librarian Tim Guay leads the festivities.

March 15 : Magic Tree House
Go on an adventure through time at the library! We'll have activities and crafts for any adventure-seeker...

April 12 : Scooby-Do
Be a detective and help us solve a mystery at the library! Find clues, take fingerprints, write secret messages, and more!

May 17 : My Weird School
Mr. Tim had a whim (whim [noun]: 1. an odd, eccentric or silly idea). Join us for some fun and silly activities and crafts!

June 14th : Magic School Bus
Be a scientist and join us in trying out some amazing science experiments!

See you after school!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

Make a Snowflake
Leading up to today's snowstorm, we've been included in more than a few conversations about how you plan to ride out the storm with your family. Thanks for making a stop at the library part of your before-storm preparation drill.

However, now that we're likely to be indoors for a while -- or outdoors for a bit -- we offer a very quick round-up of snowflake-friendly resources for the little people in your life and you, too.

Paper Snowflakes and Snowflake Books
When the storm passes, a few super books ready for your enjoyment...

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
It's Snowing by Gail Gibbons
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Snowflakes : Creative Paper Cutouts by Cindy Higham
Snowflakes for All Seasons by Cindy Higham
The Snowflake Fell : Poems About Winter ; compiled by Laura Whipple

Virtual Snowflakes
There's plenty of paper snowflake guidance online and as you already know, we do like the Star Wars series. You can also make virtual snowflakes at snowdays or Make-a-Flake.

Surf's Up
The Science of Snowflakes, and Why No Two Are Alike (PBS)
Wilson A. Bentley: Pioneering Photographer of Snowflakes (Stories from the Smithsonian)
And Visions of Snowflakes from the American Chemical Society

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Pop! Go the Pages...

General Grievous, engineered by Matthew Reinhart
Movable Book Wonders
We love movable books and so do you! They're sophisticated, visually stimulating wonders meant to be admired, cared for and loved.

Though our board and picture book collections include many movable books geared to the motor skills of little hands, our juvenile collections also include paper-engineered gems for older readers. Handle with care so as many readers as possible can enjoy these 3-D treasures for years to come.

Cooler Than Cool
A quick list of our movable book favorites:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum; art by Robert Sabuda
The Odyssey, art by Sam Ita; based on Homer's 8th century epic poem
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's original tale; art by Robert Sabuda
Birds of a Feather by Francisco Pittau
Alive : The Living, Breathing Human Body Book by Anita Ganeri; paper engineering Iain Smyth
Star Wars : A Galactic Pop-up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart (Make Your Own General)

For more movable books, click here.

DIY Pop-Ups
If you're feeling crafty, here's a few DIY books to help you make your own pop-up masterpieces!

Cards That Pop Up, Flip & Slide by Michael Jacobs
The Elements of Pop-up : a Pop-up Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers by David A. Carter and James Diaz
How to Make Pop-ups by Joan Irvine
Paper In Three Dimensions : Origami, Pop-ups, Sculpture, Baskets, Boxes, and More by Diane Maurer-Mathison
Paper Pop Up : 40 Dynamic Designs for Surprising Cards and Gifts by Dorothy Wood
Pop-o-mania : How to Create Your Own Pop-ups by Barbara Valenta
Making Books that Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist, & Turn by Gwen Diehn
Pop-up Cards : Over 50 Designs for Cards that Fold, Flap, Spin, and Slide by Mari Kumada

Surf's Up
Concise History of Pop-up and Movable Books
What Makes a Good Pop-up Book?
The Movable Book Society

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I Laughed! I Cried! It Was So Romantic!

Favorite Romance Novels?
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, romance may be much on your mind. Let us not forget greeting cards, flowers, a great dinner pour deux, or perhaps an addition to your favorite someone's 'bling' collection.

All of this being said and scheduled, February is also a good time to catch a ride on the romance reader train. Here's a few romance and love story titles suggested by local readers in an unscientific survey. Read 'em and weep...

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

MacKenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

From This Day by Nora Roberts
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux