Stranger than fiction may be a cliché, but it is one that succinctly describes many of my favorite non-fiction works. No book embodies this more than Angela Bourke’s The Burning of Bridget Cleary. This true story, set in 1895, is often referred to as Ireland’s last case of witch burning, but the reality of Bridget Cleary’s horrific murder was more complex. Believed by her husband and a group of extended family members to be a changeling – a sickly double or imposter left by the fairies in place of the real Bridget – the young dressmaker was burned to death in the hearth of her own cottage in an effort to release her from her captors and destroy the evil spirit that had taken her place. Bourke describes the crime and those whose lives were altered by it with vividness and compassion, and the story is both sad and fascinating, exploring as it does the explosive mixture of traditional folk beliefs, gender roles, and the societal changes of late nineteenth-century Ireland that combined to bring about such a tragic occurrence.
Yes, it is that time again. The gridiron, the turf, the nachos, the sport that is American football. This can only mean one thing: Fantasy football players are getting ready to pick the players for their teams this year and the Manhattan Public Library has the resources to keep you on top of your game.
First is one awesome reference book: The ESPN pro football encyclopedia / edited by Pete Palmer, Ken Pullis, Sean Lahman, Tod foreword by Ron Jaworski.
This book has the stats for every player that was on a roster last year. An invaluable resource when trying to decide between picking Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs with the first pick in the draft, or LaDanian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers. (Personal Note: My first round pick will be Peyton Manning based on his numbers of the past 5 years.)
Second, we also have computers available for public use so you can update your roster if you cannot do so from home.
A really good online resource for all things Football is the National Football League webpage.
So sit back, grab the nachos, find the remote, and enjoy the game.
One of my fondest memories of childhood was my mother reading poetry to my sister and I. I think it had to do a lot with the fact that we didn’t own a television and entertainment had to be on the cheap.
This instilled a love in me for the poetry of Kahlil Gibran, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Robert Frost. In fact my most treasured volume of poetry was The Complete Robert Frost that was given to me by my Aunt Roberta upon graduating from high school. Going on 20 years ago, and she still asks me if I am enjoying it. (The answer is still and will always be ‘yes’.)
Going into college I was turned onto people like Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, and Jenny Holzer. Poetry rules and I hope to show my son the same love for poetry that I have.
A new DVD added to the Library collection will be a good first primer for my son. It features the poetry of Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and many others.
The DVD is entitled Flower Child: Beautiful Poetry for Beautiful Children.
Enjoy. (By the way, the library has poetry from all the poets mentioned above in our collection.)
I know, I could barely contain myself when I saw these new computer books.
Geared towards the beginning PC user, these books provide easy to follow instructions and examples to help you become more familiar with your computer and that thing they call the Internet. These books also go beyond just a perfunctory explanation of PCs and the Internet to provide even the most experienced user with a nugget or two of knowledge. Worth looking at the next time you find yourself scratching your head about a computer problem.
>Believe it or not, I was in the military when I was younger. One of the things I appreciated the most about being in the Army was the camaraderie of being a soldier and the lifelong friendships that sprang forth from the shared experience.
There were some ups and downs, as with most things that are difficult, but there were also some really good times. One of my favorite moments was walking to graduation with my fellow soldiers and singing the cadence “Tiny Bubbles” as we marched by our families. Probably not a dry eye in the stands that day.
A book just came across the desk that instantly took me back to those days: Modern Military Cadence. Filled with some of my all-time favorites marching cadences/chants/songs and some new ones that I had never heard before. For those wanting to take a walk down military lane this book is just for you.
If anything it will remind you of what foot is your left….your military left.
Really the name says it all.
Roxy Music has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. Mainly due to the fact that you had Brian Eno in the band. This month we got a new biography in about the history of this influential band: Re-Make/Re-Model. Full of awesome pics of the band members in art school, moments on the rise to stardom, and then as they grew apart and went down their own paths.
Ferry went on to be the leading innovator of what was to become New Wave, and Eno, well, Eno went on to chart territory no one could have conceived when rock and roll first started.
How big was Roxy Music? In America, just another band in weird clothes, in England, the beginning of the Brits love affair with all things odd and glam. Certainly, punk rock and new wave might never have occurred without this band.
I heart Roxy Music.
Here, check out this video of the television appearance that launched their careers. Many critics liken this performance to other pivotal performances such as the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, the Elvis comeback show, and Ricky Martin at the Grammys.
It is no secret that the library has a lot of books. We literally have shelves upon shelves of them. But did you know that the library has quite a few new books all about starting your own home-based business? I bet you did not.
So whether your goal is to set up a small lawn mowing business or to be the next Microsoft, check out these titles for the motivated self-starter:
What No One Ever Tells You About Starting your own Business
This book features real world examples from successful entrepreneurs from all over the business world. Heavy in practical advice and real world examples.
This book is all about busting the myths that surround starting your own small business, and offering those starting a new business a road map for navigating these myths.
Now that you are ready to start a business what should the business be? Well, a glance through the 200 Best Homes Businesses should give you some idea of what will work for you.
This volume on small business is all about the nuts and bolts of taxes, business plans, marketing, etc. Basically, the stuff that isn’t quite as fun as coming up with the idea. Not only does this book show you the ways to get started, but also how to keep growing your business.
The “For Dummies” series is one of my best friends. These books are always packed with lots of information, often times guiding the reader to valuable Internet resources. This book also contains the much dreaded exit strategy for when you decide that it is time to close up shop.
The second cousin to the “Dummies” series is the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series. This volume offers the same style of advice as the “For Dummies” book, but where this one really stands out is in the back portion of the book that lists small business websites that can offer guidance for the particular type of business you decide to start.
So there you have it. All the resources you need to go out there and start making your own money. But remember, you read it here first.
Being ‘green’ is about making eco-friendly choices about how we live. The publishing world has caught on and there are a lot of new books out there for you to check out.
So come on down to the library and see what all the buzz is about.
Go green, live rich : 50 simple ways to save the earth and get rich trying / David Bach, with Hillary Rosner.
Big green purse : use your spending power to create a cleaner, greener world / Diane Maceachern.
Go green : how to build an earth-friendly community / Nancy H. Taylor.
Growing up green : baby and childcare / Deirdre Imus.
Lately, I have been reading a book by Jared Diamond entitled “Collapse“, which seeks to illuminate why societies throughout history have failed to achieve sustainability and therefore collapsed. The book “Disappearing Destinations” by Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen, could be considered a updated companion piece to Diamond’s book.
The authors take us on a tour of 37 endangered destinations and what is being done to retain and restore these locales to a more sustainable condition.
Two of my favorite dream vacation spots are listed in this book: Glacier National Park and Venice, Italy. It should come as no surprise that the future of both of these places is in jeopardy, due largely to increasing temperatures in North America and rising sea levels around the world.
Can you imagine a Glacier National Park without glaciers? Or Venice, Italy under so much water that it no longer becomes feasible to live and/or visit there?
So when you go out on the road this summer to your favorite vacation spot, think about what is being done to keep that spot sustainable and enjoyable for the generations that come after us.
A Boy Named Shel is an eye-opening look into the life of one of my favorite writers.
Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was read a book my parents had gotten for me called “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”
It was with this book that I first fell in love with the wit, humor, and downright silliness of Mr. Shel Silverstein. I am sure we all know the tale of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, and wondered “Why wouldn’t she take the garbage out?”
My parents at the time were also fans of Shel. Not only was he a successful cartoonist and poet, be he was also a very accomplished songwriter. Most people are unaware that Shel was the one who wrote the song “Cover of a Rolling Stone” made popular by Dr. Hook. So when I heard Dr. Hook singing Shel’s poems, I was instantly hooked on Dr. Hook. (sorry for the pun.)
Despite all of this success, Shel was at times quite insecure about his many talents. But he was the only one, young and old found humor and joy in his work. Shel was after all our ‘Missing Piece.’
For a lot of us, planes have held us endlessly fascinated. When we think of the history of flight certain planes jump out at us: The Wright Flyer, The Spirit of St. Louis, The MiG, P51 Mustang……the list goes on.
What I love about 50 Aircraft that changed the world is that it covers the historical significance of the aircraft when it was first introduced, and the inclusions are based on importance to history, not popularity in the mass culture. The book also goes on to explain how the 50 planes came into existence, and what sets these planes apart from all others.
This book is a must for the aero-phile and those of us that spent our youth putting together airplane models after school.
The book Looking at Totem Poles by Hilary Stewart is an eye-opener. First of all I assumed that the totem poles you see in books and on television are all old totem poles. Not true. In fact just the opposite.
I was flipping through the book, checking out all the wonderful totems, when I noticed that the carving dates for the poles in this book are fairly recent dates. Luckily, the author does a fantastic job of explaining why this is so.
Like most native peoples in North America, as soon as white settlers decided they wanted an area, the residents of that ancestral land were forced to move on and to deny their culture as well. In the case of totem poles it meant that quite a few of them were stolen and placed in national museums around the world, thus denying access to these important spiritual creations.
As most people know, totems tell a story. The totem pole tells a detailed story of a particular family’s history. As the totems disappeared from the landscape, so did the stories and those who knew how to carve them. Luckily, past mistakes by the U.S. and Canadian governments were realized, and the traditional peoples of the Pacific Northwest were once again able to enjoy the rich spiritual traditions of their ancestors. Also extremely lucky was the fact that some native peoples had continued on the tradition of totem pole carving (if only in miniature) and were able to pass these skills along to a younger generation. This younger generation of carvers quickly began the work of recreating the totemic scenery of the Pacific Northwest and its native peoples.
The ink drawings and photographs of the totem poles are amazing, as well as, the author’s description behind what these poles mean.
Although it sounds hard to believe, the NCAA Basketball tournament (a.k.a.- March Madness) is once again upon us. Time to fill out those basketball brackets, scratch them out, and then rip them up. I think my favorite thing about March Madness is that even the casual fan becomes caught up in the excitement of going from 65 teams to 1 in a matter of a few weeks. Will Florida make it three in a row? Can KU and UNC meet in the finals? Are KU and KSU going to play a third time this year? Lots of questions and lots of basketball to be played.
For help in filling out those brackets we have two really awesome reference books available at MPL:
ESPN Sports Almanac 2008
Sports Illustrated Almanac 2008
Find average margins of victory for your teams, road wins, rpi ratings, etc.
So be ready to bring the knowledge and GO CATS!
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. For me the name brings back memories of cruising around in the summer time with the windows rolled down and the radio blasting rock and roll. For those fans of rock in the 70′s and 80′s, Tom Petty was the essential roots based rocker, who wrote number one hit after number one hit.
This book is full of pictures of Tom and his band from his early days as a 15 year old touring musician, to his first known band “Mudcrutch”, and culminating with his years spent as the frontman for the Heartbreakers. Personal favorite pictures are Tom as a young rocker, and Tom recording with Johnny Cash.
Read the book with your favorite Petty record on, flip through the pages, and remember how it felt the first time you heard a Petty song cutting through the airwaves.
With Fort Riley just down the road and more than a few soldiers who will decide to call this area home when their time is up, the public library has the information to help you navigate your post active duty life.
For the last 72 years, the Veterans Information Service has released a directory of information especially tailored for those who have served in our countries armed forces. The book What Every Veteran Should Know contains information such as:
-Health care benefits
-VA regional offices
-Eligibility requirements for Veteran’s benefits.
The book is located in our reference collection on the second floor. It is an item that cannot be checked out, thus assuring all that this information will be readily available when they come into the library.