One of my favorite “reference books” is VideoHounds’ Golden Movie Retriever. This book rates movies on DVD from a high of four bones to a low of no bones which merits a “Woof!”. The index is great for accessing movies by actor, director, awards, and even category. Looking for a movie that deals with Mistaken Identity? How about Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Seconds? VideoHound has 4 columns of titles to keep you busy there. Want to see something about a wedding from hell? Head right to that category and see what’s available. There you will find among others Niagarastarring Marilyn Monroe. You can even get as narrow a search as Zombie soldiers, such as They Saved Hitler’s Brain.
Another wonderful addition to the Marvel Databases is Maine Newsstand. I must say this one, as a “Maine-I-Ac” is fascinating.
Enjoy Vacationland on us….with a little help from our friends!
The children and young adult Summer Reading Program Dream Big Read! Is underway! This year the ONLY rules are that books must be at an individual’s reading level, and that they be checked out of the library overnight. – WOW how great is that??
We would like to offer a HUGE thank you to our other sponsors!!!
January was sponsored by At Home Veterinary Care, in West Gardiner.
February was sponsored by Book It!, The library’s used book store on Water Street here in Gardiner.
March was sponsored by the Community Wellness Center, in Gardiner.
April was sponsored by Black Crow Bakery, in Litchfield.
Another wonderful database provided in Marvel.
Kids Search is, as you may have guessed, geared toward the younger user. It searches several sources at once.
My first search was “elephant”, using the search bar on the first page. This brought up over 1800 results! Next I was given the opportunity to Filter Results By. My choices were All Results, Magazines, Newspapers, Books & Encyclopedias, Animals, Biographies, Radio & TV News Transcripts, and Primary Source Documents. WOW! Where do I begin to filter??
I clicked on Biographies, and narrowed my search to 15 results, all of these being from electronic encyclopedias. Scanning through the list, some of the articles give a Lexile number for those folks who need to know what reading level an article is written. All of the articles happen to be available in Full Text, so clicking on an article brings up the entire article, and I was given the opportunity to Print, E-mail, Save, or Add to folder. Adding to my folder saves the search for later, so if you are not connected to a printer, you can access the article easily. Another option here is the Sort By option. Clicking this drop down box gave me the choices – Relevance, Date Descending, Date Ascending, and Source. I was also able to Narrow Results By Subjectand Publication.
Moving back to the previous page, filtering my results by Animal gave me 22 results. These results also give Lexile numbers, and all appear to be Full Text articles, a couple with graphics. I still had the Sort By options, but the Narrow Results By option is now only Subject.
Primary Source Documents was the next filtering tool I used. Of the 15 articles, only 2 of them had Lexile numbers, all of them were Full Text articles, and as primary source documents, generally written as first person accounts. A couple of these articles are Congressional Testimony, which adds an interesting bit to our research. Here the Sort By options are still the same, but the Narrow Results By option is only Publication.
Photos was my next filtering choice. Here we have over 300 thumbnail pictures of elephants, with description and source citation. On this page, Sort By options have lessened, my choices are now Relevance and Title, and there are no Narrow Results By options.
Local artist, Mario Del Rio, a.k.a. Cuba, is sponsoring the month of June at Gardiner Public Library for our Year of Reading.
This is for those adults who do not adventure up into the children’s room, thinking there is nothing there for them. Do I have an author for you!
Phillip Hoose is an amazing children’s writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He has a list of books that he have been published and one that stands out in the library world is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004). This book received the Lupine Award, an award given to an outstanding children’s book with a Maine connection.
Phillip Hoose has a new book coming out in July 2012 that explores another story about a bird referred to as the Moonbird. B95 is a shorebird that was banded in 1995. This bird has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years – hence its name. “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival,” says the Kirkus Review. The book includes photographs, source notes, bibliography and an index.
We anxiously await the arrival of Phillip Hoose’s book. Check his books online and reserve a copy or come into the library. We’d love to see you.