Gardiner Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 21st, 2019, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Items ~ January 2019

FICTION

The Adults by Caroline Hulse.  A couple (now separated), plus their daughter, plus their NEW partners, all go on an epic Christmas vacation together.  What could go wrong?

Bitter orange by Claire Fuller.  Whiffs of Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier, and Charlotte Bronte as an upstairs neighbor becomes obsessed with her downstairs neighbor.

The clockmaker’s daughter by Kate Morton.  The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations set in England from the 1860s until the present day.

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash.  An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination.

Fire and blood by George R.R. Martin.  Set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”, this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Forever and a day by Anthony Horowitz.   A spy is dead.  A legend is born.  This is how it all began.  It’s the explosive prequel to the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.

The friend by Sigrid Nunez.  When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind.

Hazards of time travel by Joyce Carol Oates. Time travel and its hazards are made literal in this novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to 1959 middle America.

The little shop of found things by Paula Brackston.  A wonderful blend of history with the time-travel elements and a touch of romance.

Look alive twenty-five by Janet Evanovich.  When several managers of a deli in Trenton disappear, a bounty hunter and her detective boyfriend look for clues.

Master of his fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford.  Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Falconer, who spends his days working at his father’s market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince.

The Moore house by Tony Tremblay.  After something gruesome happens in a N.H. home, a priest and three excommunicated nuns are asked to cleanse the building.  It is only after they give it the all clear that the demons truly begin to unleash their wrath and power.

My sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.  A short, darkly funny novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

Nighttown by Timothy Hallinan.  When a professional burglar breaks one of the cardinal rules of burglary (don’t take scores that you’re being paid way too much for), he finds himself on the wrong side of, well, the wrong side.

Nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty.  Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?  In this page turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out.

Of blood and bone by Nora Roberts.  Sequel to Year One, this is a new tale of terror and magic in a brand new world.

Overkilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett.  A quiet Maine town is beset by a series of disastrous happenings.  Small town charm and a determined sleuth who does a great job uncovering clues in a tale that rings all too true.

Penelope Lemon : game on!  by Inman Majors.  A recently divorced, financially struggling mom faces online dating challenges when a nude picture of her surfaces on the internet.

The Razor by Jack Mitchell.  A riveting sci fi thriller about a man struggling to survive the chaos on a prison planet.

Robert B. Parker’s blood feud by Mike Lupica.  Sunny Randall races to protect her ex-husband – and his Mafia family – from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival.

The spite game by Anna Snoekstra.  Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t – not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.

Those who knew by Idra Novey.  A taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down.

Tony’s wife by Adriana Trigiani.  Love, ambition, and the consequences of both lie at the heart of this epic of two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era of the 1940s.

Winter in paradise by Elin Hilderbrand.  Irene’s husband is found dead in St. John’s in the Caribbean.  Why so far from home?  He had a second family AND shady dealings on that island.

NEW DVDs

Eighth grade (2018) starring Elsie Fisher

Crazy rich Asians (2018) starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding

Killing Eve (2018) staring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer

Primal fear (1996) starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton

Serpico (1973) starring Al Pacino

A better life (2011) starring Demian Bichir

NEW MUSIC CDs

Bohemian Rhapsody (soundtrack) featuring Queen

Golden hour by Kacey Musgraves

Honey by Robyn

Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes

NONFICTION

All that heaven allows by Mark Griffin.  The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s golden age – Rock Hudson.

Almost everything by Anne Lamott.  Brief explorations into finding hope and wisdom in times of despair and uncertainty.

The American Revolution: a world war by David Allison.  A new look at the American Revolution: more than the David vs Goliath portrayal, it was the very first world war.

The best comfort good on the planet by Kerry Altiero.  The chef and owner of Café Miranda in Rockland gives some of his favorite recipes.

The end of the end of the earth by Jonathan Franzen.  This is a Silent Spring for today, but instead of challenging readers to change the world, it pushes them to change themselves.

A forever family by Rob Scheer.  An inspirational memoir about the author’s turbulent childhood in the foster care system and the countless obstacles and discrimination he endured in adopting his four children.

Gandhi: the years that changed the world, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha.  The definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential – and controversial – men in world history.

The library book by Susan Orlean.  This reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, the 1986 Los Angeles fire, while exploring the crucial role that libraries play in modern American culture.

My love story by Tina Turner. This sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life.

The Smithsonian history of space exploration by Roger Launius.  Comprehensive illustrated guide to the history of U.S. and international space exploration, both manned and unmanned from ancient world to the extraterrestrial future.

Under the darkening sky by Robert Lyman.  A vivid social history of the American expatriate experience in Europe between 1939 and 1941, as the Nazi menace begins a shadow over the continent, heralding the storms of war.

Why religion? : A personal story by Elaine Pagels.  Pagels looks to her own life to help answer questions such as:  Why is religion still around?  Why do so many still believe?  And how do various traditions still shape the way we experience everything from sexuality to politics.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

Ever wonder about the tradition of the ball dropping in Times Square?  The website www.timeanddate.com says, “A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City.  The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high.  At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight.  The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world.  The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own versions of the ball drop.  A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year.  The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry.  Examples of objects ‘dropped’ or raised in this way include a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania).”

Still looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve?  Check out these celebrations in Maine’s biggest city of Portland:

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/me–portland/new-years-eve-parties/

Let’s all plan on a wonderful and positive year in 2019!

Mrs. Claus Visits Gardiner

This month being the Children’s Librarian I had the honor of being Mrs. Claus for a few community events. I was Mrs. Claus in the Festival of Lights parade in Gardiner and reading to some students at Helen Thompson Elementary and Pittston Consolidated Schools.  It is an amazing feeling to be Mrs. Claus and to see all the happy faces on adults and children. I wish everyone could have this experience in their lifetime. So, I thought I would share some of the funny questions and comments that only children would ask Mrs. Claus.

How old are you Mrs. Claus? Oh I don’t know. You don’t know? No, I am too busy to have a birthday.

Are you married to Mr. Claus and where is your ring? Is Mr. Claus married to Mrs. Claus? I left my ring home.

Just in case you are real, tell Santa I want a cat or a dog. I will tell Santa.

How did you get here? It’s a beautiful day for a sleigh ride!

How many miles is it to the North Pole? Oh I am sorry, I don’t know that.

How many reindeer do you have and what are their names? I told them we have the 8 reindeer and their family members. Then I recite the names and the children join right in with the names.

Do you always wear that dress? No, but I always wear dresses.

How long did it take to get here?  Oh I am so sorry, I don’t know. I fell asleep on the trip here.

Are you real? Yes, I am a real person.

Do you believe in Santa? Yes,I believe in Santa.

Did you know we would see Santa today? One class, had seen Santa at the Polar Express showing at Johnson Hall. Yes, I had heard that Santa would be there.

How do you know all our names? I help Santa remember all your names.

And I was told many things that children wanted for Christmas to tell to Santa and I received many hugs.

We at the Gardiner Public Library hope you have a wonderful Holiday with family and friends.

New Items ~ December 2018

FICTION

The antiquities hunter by Maya Bohnhoff.  A female detective must go undercover in the Mexican jungle to hunt down a mysterious antiquities dealer.  It’s a cross between Romancing the Stone and an Indiana Jones adventure.

Broken field by Jeff Hull.  Told from the perspective of a high school girl and a football coach, this reveals the tensions that tear at the fabric of a small town when a high school hazing incident escalates and threatens a championship season.

Dark sacred night by Michael Connelly.  Renee Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch to solve the murder of a teenage runaway.

Death of a Russian doll by Barbara Early.  What to do when you discover that your boyfriend is married and may have murdered his wife?  Get ready, get set, detect.

Elevation by Stephen King.  A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudice.

Every breath by Nicholas Sparks.  Another tale of love and loss and family.

The glass ocean by Beatriz Williams.  The lives and loves of three remarkable women – two in the past, one in the present – and the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania.

Go to my grave by Catriona McPherson.  Lovers of classic manor house mysteries are in for a treat.

Gone so long by Andre Dubus.  A father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.

Heads you win by Jeffrey Archer.  When Alex’s father is assassinated by the KGB, he and his mother flip a coin to decide whether to flee to America or Great Britain.

Holy ghost by John Sandford.  Virgil Flowers investigates shooting in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.

The Kennedy debutante by Kerri Maher.  A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of American’s greatest political dynasties.

Kingdom of the blind by Louise Penny.  When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will.

The lake on fire by Rosellen Brown.  An epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm and follows them to the big city of Chicago.

The last night out by Catherine O’Connell.  Six friends.  A bride to be.  One murder.  Too many secrets.

Little by Edward Carey.  The tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.

Nantucket counterfeit by Steven Axelrod.  This mystery takes us into the closed, gossip-riddled, back-stabbing world of Nantucket’s community theater.

No good asking by Fran Kimmel.  An overwhelmed family living in the rural plains of western Canada begins to change when an abused 11 year old enter their lives.

One day in December by Josie Silver.  This follows two young Londoners after a missed connection alters the course of their lives.  Two people. Ten chances.  One unforgettable love story.

Past Tense by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher finds trouble – or does trouble find him?

The rain watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay.  A story of family secrets and devastating disaster, set against a Paris backdrop, fraught with revelations and resolutions.

Rainsongs by Sue Hubbard.  An elegiac story of loss and valediction, set amid the stunning Irish landscape.

The red lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart.   Fans of eerie whodunits with a supernatural tinge will relish this.  A professor tries to stop a murder spree, uncertain whether the culprit is a man or ghost.

Shell game by Sara Paretsky.  Even after decades, this landmark series remains as popular as ever, and the social consciousness behind the stories seems ever more in tune with contemporary events.

Sugar land by Tammy Lynne Stoner.  A southern friend novel about love, Lead Belly, and liberation that reads like the love child of Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown.

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele.  A modern look at Du Maurier’s Rebecca, this is a suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried, and consequences that can’t be escaped.

The witch elm by Tana French.  After Toby Hennessy retreats to his family’s ancestral home, a skull discovered in the backyard exposes his family’s past.

You don’t own me by Mary Higgins Clark.  A TV producer investigates them murder of a physician and whether it was his wife who killed him.

NEW DVDs

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) starring Christine Baranski and Cher

Won’t you be my neighbor? (2018) documentary about Mr. Rogers

Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1985) starring Vanessa Redgrave and Kim Hunter

NONFICTION 

Becoming by Michelle Obama.  The former First Lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House and how she balanced work, family, and her husband’s political ascent.

Blowing the bloody doors off by Michael Caine.  The actor shares the wisdom, stories, insights, and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career.

Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis.  The author presents a guide to becoming a joyous, confident woman by breaking the cycle of negativity and burnout and pursuing a life of exuberance.

Gmorning, gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Booklist says, “When the world is bringing you down, this will remind you that you are awesome”.  It’s a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon.  In this provocative memoir, Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.

How to leave by Erin Clune.  Quitting the city and coping with a new reality is the focus of this uproarious memoir/tongue-in-cheek guide to leaving the cool city in which you “found yourself” and moving somewhere far more ordinary – like your hometown.

Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly.  A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.

Make time by Jake Knapp.  How to focus on what matters every day.  It’s a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day.

Parenting through puberty by Suanne Kowal-Connelly.  Mood swings, acne, and growing pains.  Puberty is tough on kids – and maybe even more so on parents!

Presidents of war by Michael Beschloss.  How American presidents waged wars and expanded the power of the executive branch.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane De Hart.  The first full life – private, public, legal, philosophical – of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time.

Tweak by Nic Sheff.  Memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery.

Vietnam: an epic tragedy by Max Hastings.  No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences.  Hastings marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers.

PICTURE BOOKS

A big mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

The crocodile and the dentist by Tar Gomi

First snow by Nancy Viau

Giraffe problems by Jory John

How do dinosaurs learn to read by Jane Yolen

Hungry bunny by Claudia Rueda

I am small by Qin Leng

Kitten and the night watchman by John Sullivan

Little Bear’s big house by Benjamin Chaud

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen

Petra by Marianna Coppo

The rough patch by Brian Lies

Sleepy, the goodnight buddy by Drew Daywalt

The snowy nap by Jan Brett

Twig by Aura Parker

Up the mountain path by Marianne Dubuc

The wall in the middle of the book by Jon Agee

Winter is here by Kevin Henkes

CHAPTER BOOKS

Ghost: Track by Jason Reynolds

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

The jigsaw jungle  by Kristin Levine

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Project Fluffy by Kara LaReau

The rhino in right field by Stacy DeKeyser

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Weather or not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

You don’t know everything, Jilly P!  by Alex Gino

Zora and me: the cursed ground by T.R.Simon

NON-FICTION

All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

The brilliant deep: rebuilding the world’s coral reefs by Kate Messner

Little people, big dreams: Georgia O’Keefe by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little people, big dreams: Mother Teresa by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Mason jar science  by Jonathan Adolph

My First Book of Baseball by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel

My First Book of Basketball by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel

My First Book of Lacrosse by Beth Bugler and Sam Page

A pandemonium of parrots and other animals by Hui Skipp

Peace and me by Ali Winter

The World Series: baseball’s biggest stage by Matt Doeden

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

Lafayette! by Nathan Hale

Phoebe and her unicorn in unicorn theater by Dana Simpson

PopularMMOs presents a hole new world by Pat & Jen from PopularMMos

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

Whose Service Do You Honor?

During the month of November, Gardiner Public Library staff and patrons, together, found a way to honor the military veterans in their lives.

We had stars available for everyone to add the name, military branch, years served, active duty, whatever we thought would be appropriate.

Of course, as a library we added some books and movies to the display.

Our goal was to have more stars than we had books or movies – from the picture above, it looks like we made it!

A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of the Veterans out there!

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving and Marjorie Standish

Thanksgiving and Marjorie Standish.  While the two are not necessarily tied to each other, I do associate both of them with good comfort food.  So as Thanksgiving approaches, I will share with you Marjorie’s recipe for Baked Acorn Squash.  It’s about as simple and delicious as you can get.  It is also featured in the new book, Cooking Maine Style which is edited by Sandra Oliver and features classic recipes of Marjorie Standish.  You can check it out at the Gardiner Public Library.

BAKED ACORN SQUASH

Wash the squash, cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds using a spoon.  Wash once more, turn squash upside-down in a baking pan, pour ¼ inch cold water in pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for ½ hour.  Remove from oven, turn squash right side up.  Salt and pepper it, sprinkle with brown sugar (maple syrup is good, too).  Place piece of butter in each half.  Return to oven, bake 30 minutes longer.  Serve.

 

New Items ~ November 2018

FICTION

An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green.  A young graphic artist inspires world-wide hysteria when she accidentally makes first contact with an alien.  After posting a video that goes viral, April must deal with the pressures of becoming an internet sensation.

Blood communion by Anne Rice.  The Vampire Chronicles continues with Lestat’s story of how he became ruler of the vampire world.

The bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett.  Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.

Death from a top hat by Clayton Rawson.  A detective steeped in the art of magic solves the mystifying murder of two occultists.

Eventide by Kimberley Kalicky.  Three couples hadn’t been out for an overnight on the boat together since their twenties.  Now middle-aged, with adult children, and the baggage that goes with a life, they set out toward Monhegan Island from Portland.

Her kind of case by Jeanne Winer.  A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn’t want to be saved.

Judas by Jeff Loveness.  In this graphic novel, Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”  Every story needs a villain.

The man who came uptown by George Pelecanos.  An ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path for his life.

The man who couldn’t miss by David Handler.  Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse.

Sea prayer by Khaled Hosseini.  A short, powerful, illustrated book written in response to the current refugee crisis.  It is composed in the form of a letter from a father to his son on the eve of their journey on a dangerous sea crossing.

A spark of light by Jodi Picoult.  A ripped-from-the-headlines novel about a hostage crisis at a woman’s health clinic.

The stylist by Rosie Nixon.  A young woman is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour as she’s forced to navigate the treacherous Hollywood red carpets.

Thirteen days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell.  A horror novel that’s perfect for readers who shy away from gore and cheap shocks.

Time’s convert by Deborah Harkness.  A novel about what it takes to become a vampire.  During his lover’s journey to immortality, a vampire’s past returns to haunt them both.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson.  Ten years after, figures from a BBC radio producer’s past as an M15 recruit in 1940 confront her.

Trouble brewing by Suzanne Baltsar.  This sweet and savory novel follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.  High adventure fraught with cliff-hanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative which goes from Caribbean cane fields, to the fringes of the frozen Arctic.

Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville.  This story about guests gathered at a country house for the weekend, originally published in 1934, anticipates Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which appeared 5 years later.

MUSIC CDs

Bloom by Troye Sivan

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

Dancing Queen by Cher

Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood

The best of Roger Miller

NONFICTION

All you can ever know by Nicole Chung.  What does it mean to love your roots – within your culture, within your family – and what happens when you find them?  Chung explores her complicated feelings about her transracial adoption and the importance of knowing where one comes from.

American like me by America Ferrera.  A vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

Buffy Sainte-Marie by Andrea Warner.  Establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Buffy has released more than 20 albums, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and received the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist.  This is an intimate look at a beloved folk icon and activist.

The cows are out! by Trudy Price.  Price writes of the daily trials of haying, cow breeding, and milking against a backdrop of gentle and entertaining rural life in Maine.

Death on Katahdin by Randi Minetor.  The author gathers the stories of fatalities, from falls to exposure to cardiac arrest, and presents dozens of misadventures on the mountain including hunting accidents, lightning strikes, and even more than one suspicious death.

Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford.  Through a mixture of memoir, opinion, and investigative journalism, Ford exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women.

The fighters by C.J. Chivers.  This is classic war reporting.  The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of Americans in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, even if policymakers generally have not.

Grace without God by Katherine Ozment.  The search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age.

The invisible gorilla by Christopher Chabris.  How our intuitions deceive us because our minds don’t work the way we think they do.  We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot.

The oath and the office by Corey Brettschneider.  An essential guide to the presidential powers and limits of the Constitution, for anyone voting – or running – for our highest office.

Rock art critters by Denise Scicluna.  Painting rocks has become a not-uncommon craft activity in recent years.  This book focuses on decorating rocks with images of cute animals using acrylic craft paint.

Second labor: mothers share post-birth stories by Chaya Valier.   24 mothers write bold, honest accounts of post-birth life with a newborn.

Small animals by Kim Brooks.  This interrogates how we weigh risks as parents, how we judge one another’s parenting and what the costs might be – not just to parents, but to children, too – in a culture of constant surveillance.

Sons of freedom by Geoffrey Wawro.  The American contribution to World War I is one of the greatest stories of the 20th century, and yet it has all but vanished from view.  This tells of the forgotten American soldiers, Doughboys who defeated Germany in World War I.

These truths by Jill Lepore.  A magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

What to do when you’re new by Keith Rollag.  How to be comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations.

Will the circle be unbroken? by Studs Terkel.  Reflections on death, rebirth, and a hunger for faith.

PICTURE BOOKS

Corduroy takes a bow by Viola Davis

Day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Do you believe in unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

House that once was by Julie Fogliano

I Just Like You by Suzanne Bloom

Llama Llama loves to read by Anna Dewdney

Parade of elephants by Kevin Henkes

Presto & Zesto in Limboland by Arthur Yorinks

Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Secret life of the little brown bat by Laurence Pringle

Stop, go, yes, no!: a story of opposites by Mike Twohy

Surprise by Caroline Hadilaksono

Vegetables in underwear by Jared Chapman

We don’t eat our classmates by Ryan T Higgins

CHAPTER BOOKS

Babymouse: Tales from the locker: Miss Communication by Jennifer L Holm

I survived: the attack of the grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis

Ivy & Bean: one big happy family by Annie Barrows

Judy Moody and the right royal tea party  by Megan McDonald

Louisiana’s way home by Kate DiCamillo

Magic tree house: hurricane heroes in Texas #30 by Mary Pope Osborne

My father’s words by Patricia MacLachlan

Trail by Meika Hashimoto

Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie

Van Gogh deception by Deron Hicks

 NON-FICTION

Hubots: real-world robots inspired by humans by Helaine Becker

New England Patriots story by Thomas K Adamson

Recreate discoveries about light by Anna Claybourne

Recreate discoveries about living things by Anna Claybourne

Recreate discoveries about states of matter by Anna Claybourne

We are grateful : otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Why do I poop?  by Kirsty Holmes

Why do I sneeze? by Madeline Tyler

You wouldn’t want to be Sir Isaac Newton: a lonely life you’d rather not lead by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without coding! by Alex Woolf

You wouldn’t want to live without gaming! by Jim Pipe

You wouldn’t want to live without insects! by Anne Rooney

You wouldn’t want to live without libraries! by Fiona Macdonald

You wouldn’t want to live without nurses! By Fiona Macdonald

You wouldn’t want to live without robots! by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without satellites! by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without simple machines! by Anne Rooney

You wouldn’t want to live without writing! By Roger Canavan

 GRAPHIC NOVELS

The bad guys in do-you-think-he-saurus? by Aaron Blabey

Dog man: Lord of the fleas by Dav Pilkey

Snails are just my speed! by Kevin McCloskey

Trees: kings of the forest by Andy Hirsch

 EASY READERS

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake by Jeff Mack

My kite is stuck! and other stories by Salia Yoon

Pete the cat and the cool caterpillar by James Dean

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

Digital Maine Library – ChiltonLibrary

A few weeks ago, I blogged a bit about Digital Maine Library    here, what we have known for several years as MARVEL!  I think it’s time for another look at this amazing resource.

As previously mentioned, the website seems to be more colorful – each of the databases appear on the homepage, with pictures, and a bit of information about the database.

Scrolling down the homepage I see ChiltonLibrary.  I click on the link – picture and words are each part of the link – and am taken to the ChiltonLibrary web page.

This page gives me several options.  The tabs along the top are Home (it is the shape of a house) ; Select Vehicle ; ASE Test Prep Quizzes ; Help ; Logout and what looks like and Envelope (this is where I can Ask An Expert.  On the left of the page there are several boxes to fill in with information about a vehicle – Vehicle Selector.  More centered on the page I see information about what information I can find – yes, I know, I did use information twice in the same sentence, but it is what it is!

I’m curious about how far back I can go – how old a vehicle this database will be useful for – 1940 seems to be the answer.  My mother had a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle that she absolutely loved – the small rear window was a big deal for her.  I put that information in the boxes and press the select button.

The next page is titled Your Current Vehicle: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle.  Below that there are two bullet points of data that is available for the vehicle – Repair and Bulletins/Recalls.

I click on Repair.  There is quite a list on the next page!  Above the list is Collapse TOC and Search.  No, I’m sorry, I have absolutely NO idea what TOC means, but it does collapse the list to no list, or opens it to the many choices.

I don’t claim to be a car person – yes, I drive a car, and can and do maintain it, but much if not all of this information is waaaaay beyond my knowledge base.  I see how a person who works with and on vehicles might find this very helpful.

Now I’m curious and check the information on a MUCH newer vehicle – a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle.  This time I am given three choices Repair ; Maintenance and Bulletins/Recalls.  As we just learned, the Repair button is not necessarily useful to me, but the Maintenance and Bulletins/Recalls are something I will find useful.

On the Repair page I am given choices – a Vehicle Configuration Filter.  I don’t have a Beetle, so I’ll make it up as I move through the list.  After making my choices, I am shown a list of what should be done at 5000 miles.  There is a Look Ahead button – this takes me to the 15000 mile service, and beyond that.  Looks like a good place for me!

I go back to Bulletins/Recalls.  This page has a fairly long list of issues to be checked.  I did not re-select my vehicle, so perhaps they don’t all pertain to what I chose, but this is another interesting place to poke around when I’m in the search for a “new to me” vehicle.

Back to the homepage I go.

I click on ASE Test Prep Quizzes.  ASE is short for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.  So these are a great resource for anyone interested in becoming certified in automotive repair.  Something I will do my best to remember for future use with folks looking for this information.

Help is exactly what it says – an online manual for using the ChiltonLibrary.

From a Library standpoint, this is another amazing database provided by the Maine State Library, and one that will be very helpful to folks looking for how to repair their (insert make, model and year here).

From a consumer standpoint, I think it will be useful when searching for that perfect “new to me” vehicle!