Check this out! – Young Adults for 2013

Librarians read review magazines that come out once or twice a month to know what to buy for our patrons. These magazines give books starred reviews that are the best for the month in their viewpoint. Here are some of the best ones for 2013 that you might want to check out soon at your local library.

Click on the title to check request these items!

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard *
“The fast-paced book is rife with excitement, romance, and intrigue.” School Library Journal (starred review)
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan*
“Debut novelist LaBan takes us into the private school culture as well as the heads of two charming yet very different teenage boys and their parallel love stories… Nonexistent parents, well-intentioned, likeable faculty on the periphery, elaborate dorm rooms with overstuffed closets, even the romantic, snow-covered campus all contribute to a setting that adds to the story’s heft and intrigue.”—Booklist (starred review)

Out of the easy by Ruta Sepetys**


With a rich and realistic setting, a compelling and entertaining first-person narration, a colorful cast of memorable characters and an intriguing storyline, this is a surefire winner. Immensely satisfying.–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger ****
 “Carriger’s YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience…with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”—Booklist (starred review)
Pivot Point by Kasie West *
“West’s premise is a winner, and Addie is the kind of heroine readers would want as a best friend—loyal, unpretentious, and thoughtful. What truly makes West’s story memorable, however, is Addie’s wry humor…and the book’s fascinating exploration of how life can change with one simple choice.” Publishers Weekly (starred review) 
Peanut by Ayun Halliday **
“Librarians, teachers, and parents should definitely share this book with teens looking for realistic graphic novels about schools, friendship, peer pressure, or moral choices.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
Ginni Nichols ~ Young Adult Librarian
All cover images borrowed from Google Images

Librarians, Avert Your Eyes…. Recycled Book Crafts!!!!!

There is a secret lurking deep in the crafting blogs and Pinterest boards of this internet, one that will send shivers up the spine of any reputable librarian……. books are being used as a medium for art!!!! For those librarians and book lovers who aren’t made of stronger stuff, we suggest you avert your eyes for the remainder of this post.

There are wreaths:
Wall Art:
 Mod Podge Art:
And, they’ve even been used in carpentry projects:
What is the world coming to??!
However much we would like to publicly denounce these vile book crafts, we do recognize that there are times when books do reach a stage age of wear and begin to fall apart…..and then what do you do with them? We suppose crafting could be a suitable option. That is *IF* the books are yours (and not taken out from a library) and *IF* they are no longer suitable to read because of their condition (or if you have a particular dislike for the book/author… well, have at it!). Feel free to take out books from our library ABOUT crafting… we just ask that you not craft with our books, if you please. 🙂
If you are interested in more art to do with recycled books, a simple google search will bring up plenty of options. Also, Pinterest is a great place to get ideas on a whole variety of crafting topics!!
*Missy is an assistant librarian as the Gardiner Library and currently hosts a weekly craft time at 11:15 in the Children’s Room.*

Award Winning Children’s Books

Every winter children’s librarians anxiously anticipate the announcement of the premier awards given to citizens or residents of the United States: otherwise known as Newbery & Caldecott Awards.
This year’s winners are: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate (Newbery Medal for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher) and “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen (Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children).
I’m happy to report that you can find copies of both books at the Gardiner Public Library.  Unfortunately since they were purchased earlier in the year our copies are lacking the wonderful gold seal that distinguishes them as winners.
Many wonderful new fiction and non-fiction books are added to the collections every month.  The majority of these selections are chosen because of the excellent reviews they received from professional reviewers.
Come in to the Gardiner Public Library to enjoy our many “winning” books.
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian




Many of us may feel like shouting this as the temperatures in Maine hover around zero degrees in January and February. So…….how about getting away on a vacation?  Maybe not literally as funds may hold us back, but a movie can take you away to a warmer climate with unusual adventures with the click of a remote control.  Pick your destination, choose the movie, and away you go!
Here are a few suggestions of movies available at the Gardiner Public Library that will help you escape the cold… least for the time being.
American Werewolf in London (1981)  Perfect example of a good trip gone bad.  Two American students hike the mores in England during their vacation.  They are attacked by a strange creature one night while they are lost.  One student is killed; the other becomes a werewolf.  Scary and humorous at the same time.
Bread and Tulips (2001)  A woman is accidentally left behind by her vacationing family in Italy.  She decides to go to Venice – after alerting her family – and begins her real vacation there.
California Suite (1978)  It’s all about the cast – Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Richard Pryor, Maggie Smith, and Elaine May – as they descend upon the posh Beverly Hills Hotel for their vacations.
Deliverance (1972)  Now this really IS a vacation gone bad.  Four city men decide to canoe down a rural southern river – and end up battling nature, backwoodsmen, and their idea of survival.
Dirty Dancing (1987)  They had the time of their lives. Baby grows up as her family vacations in the Catskills and she becomes involved in the camp’s dance troupe.
Don’t drink the water (2001)  An outrageous mix-up labels an unsuspecting family of American tourists as a notorious ring of spies, starring Woody Allen, Mayim Bialik, Dom DeLuise, Michael J. Fox, Edward Herrmann, Julie Kavner .
The last of Sheila (1973)  A movie producer invites his friends to join him for a cruise on his yacht where he has planned elaborate parlor games to try to figure out which one of them may have killed his wife.
My life in ruins (2009)  A Greek-American tour guide in Greece has lost her zest for life.  Her latest week’s tour may be the group that can turn it around for her and her romance-challenged life.
Six days, seven nights (1998).  A female journalist, on vacation with her fiancé, is forced to hire a cargo pilot to fly her to Tahiti to finish a deadline crisis.  The plane crashes and they are forced to depend upon each for survival.
Two for the road (1967)  The impossibly attractive duo of Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finny play a married couple who look back on their marriage as they take a road trip to the French Riviera.
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)  Two best friends, very different in goals and temperament, spend the summer in Barcelona where they become involved with a charming artist.
Where the boys are (1960)  Here is the classic spring break movie!  It starts in the snowy northeast when 4 college girls decide to go to Fort Lauderdale for their spring break.

Words + Pictures = Beauty

“A library is more than a brick and mortar building filled with delicious books. It is also a community of people who live to invest in our youth, who read for knowledge and fun, and who are ready to include anyone who walks through the door.”


“Words like winter snowflakes.”
Homer, c. 700 B.C., Iliad, Book III
“In your rocking chair by your window shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel.”
Theodore Dreiser,  Sister Carrie
“Readers transform a library from a mausoleum into many theaters”
Mason Cooley, U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection
“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory 
“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” 
Martin Farquhar Tupper, Proverbial Philosophy. Of Reading

Poetry From The Shelves – A Tribute To Danielle Steel

Many times, as books pass through my hands, I have thought how interesting it might be to write a story using only book titles.  There are SO MANY interesting? fascinating? intriguing? just plain odd? titles available! 
For my first attempt, I used only one author, Danielle Steel – she has over 80 titles currently available.  I shuffled through the titles, let them fall together, shifted several, and good, bad or indifferent, here is what I came up with.
Family Album
Granny Dan
A Good Woman
Answered Prayers
Sisters    –    Friends Forever
Dating Game
Toxic Bachelors
Irresistible Forces    –    The Klone and I
The Kiss
Season of Passion
No Greater Love
The Ring
Matters of the Heart
Impossible    –    Secrets
Mixed Blessings
Leap of Faith
The Wedding
The Promise    –    Now and Forever
The Gift
Special Delivery
Happy Birthday    –    Zoya
Big Girl
Remembrance    –    Kaleidoscope
Family Ties
Full Circle
Ann Russell, Technical Services Librarian

Saturday at the library!

The Gardiner Public Library is a great place to spend your winter!  The library staff wants you to spend some time enjoying the great programs we have booked.  Last Saturday the library was bustling in all the rooms.  We had Story Hour up in our Children’s Room.  We offer Saturday Story Hour the first Saturday of every month and Babies Love Babies Play Time every Friday from 10-11AM.  We had a Henna Happy Hour in our teen section and we also scheduled a Fireside Chat with State Representative, Gay Grant.  Look for more of these chats in the future.
Are you looking for ways to meet other caregivers?  Come join us every Tuesday morning for Tuesday Story Hour (10:30-11:00AM) followed by a craft time with Missy.  Have you just read a great book and wish to talk about it?  Join our Book Discussion Group that meets 6-7PM on January 22nd as they discuss The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.  Are you researching your family and need some help?  Join our Genealogy Meet Ups in our Community Archives Room on 1/22 and 1/24 from 11AM until 1PM.  We even have laptops that you can use!
Don’t hunker down at home waiting for spring to appear….come join us at the Gardiner Public Library.  We love seeing everyone and we are still able to recommend a great book for you to read!
Anne Davis, Library Director

Marcel Marceau

It is always enlightening to learn something about a person which changes ones entire perspective about who that individual truly was.
My perception of the legendary mime, Marcel Marceau, was that of a talented performer who’d enjoyed a long career of entertaining audiences around the world.  And although this was correct, he was so much more.  Born Marcel Mangel, a Jew, in Strasbourg, France, he joined the French underground during WW II and was instrumental in rescuing hundreds of Jewish children by leading them out of France over the high Alps to the safety of Switzerland. He also altered the identity cards of children so they would appear too young to be sent to the labor camps and certain death.
Learn more about this actor “without words” in the book Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard Dubois or Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Gloria Spielman, illustrated by Manon Gauthier.  Both books are located in the children’s room.
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Movies for New Year’s Eve!

Ah, New Year’s Eve!  The promise of a fresh start in a new year!  There are many movies we can think of right off that deal with the Christmas holiday season, but how well has Hollywood dealt with the holiday of New Year’s?  Quick – what movie comes to mind when I say “Happy New Year!“?  Not much comes to mind, does it?

So, in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few movies that have New Year’s as the background for important plot lines:
Poseidon Adventure (1972)At midnight on New Year‘s Eve, the SS Poseidon is struck by a 90-foot tidal wave and is capsized.
The Godfather, Part II (1974) – Michael confronts his brother, Fredo, as a traitor on New Year’s Eve.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)  Gloria Swanson hosts the strangest New Year’s Eve party imaginable for her old Hollywood fogies.
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)  Danny Ocean and his friend Jimmy Foster recruit their buddies to rob four of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas on New Year‘s Eve.
After the Thin Man (1936)  A New Year’s Eve dinner brings murder.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)  Ah, romance !
While you were sleeping (1995)  Who wouldn’t want to spend New Year’s Eve with Sandra Bullock?
When Harry met Sally (1989)  “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Diner (1982)  One of the guys is set to marry his fiancé on New Year’s Eve IF she can pass his sports quiz thus proving herself (at least in his mind) a perfect match.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director