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?
When I set off on a vacation, particularly to a place I have never been to before, I enjoy borrowing travel books so I can have the lay of the land and major “hot spots” already in my mind. The library has many volumes of travel books such as Fodor’s, Frommer’s, and Idiot’s Guides to help you plan and think about your trip way before you actually arrive and begin to make those decisions on the spur of the moment.
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.
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.
Secret Hint – If you are reserving an extremely popular title on Minerva, look for and reserve the large print copy. Chances are that it will have fewer reserves on it, and you will therefore get it faster.
Do you think that you are smarter than a 5th grader? I am not so sure this is a true statement for me anymore. I am a judge for the Battle of the Book over at Pittston Consolidated School and part of my duty as judge is to read 5 YA titles. Okay, what is YA? YA is a fairly new genre to the publishing world that concentrates on the teen and pre-teen audience. Please think of the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series…. very large audiences and huge profits for the publishers. Though these blockbusters are not titles for the battle, I did read books I never would have read if not for my responsibilities.