Auto Repair Reference Center

The other morning I was bringing my car in for an oil change & I noticed a schematic of a car’s electrical system on the counter. The young man helping me was delighted to learn that he could download free schematics for hundreds of makes & models through Auto Repair Reference Center from the library’s website.

Look for the “Library Databases” box near the bottom of the page. Click on the link. Scroll down to Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) and enter your library card number.

ARRC “is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information and contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis.”

All of the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians.

ARRC Content/Features Include:

• Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1945 to present

• Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs

• Approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer

• Over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing

• Specifications & maintenance schedules

• Labor Time Guide & Estimator

• Video overviews of auto systems with AutoIQ

• Quick Tips (a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance)

• Ability to email high-quality PDF records

• Diagnostic information

• Unique, user-friendly interface

An amazing feature of ARRC is the AutoIQ.

“AutoIQ can be used to demonstrate the purpose, functionality and service requirements of a given vehicle system. By following clearly defined links to all major vehicle systems, the user can specify the area about which they would like more information.“

Designed as an interactive learning aid, AutoIQ features detailed content, full-motion video, (which is very cool) and animated technical diagrams. It can be used with or without audio.

Try it today!

Weeds…..

Many years ago I was at the Boston Flower Show with a dear friend. We decided to take a lunch break & due to the crowds in the dining room, joined a lone woman at her table. She lived in the Hull area & was often frustrated that the plants she carefully chose and planted died within a very short time. After many attempts to beautify her plot of land, she nearly gave up until she looked at the weeds thriving in her yard. She theorized that if she investigated the habitat requirements for the uninvited weeds and then sought plants that needed the same conditions, she’d finally have a garden that bloomed! I’ve often thought about her exercise in plantsmanship & wished I’d asked her name.

Today as I was browsing in the Gardening section, I came across an intriguing title: The Book of Weeds: How to Deal with Plants that Behave Badly by Ken Thompson. (Call # 632.5 THO)

The chapter headings have catchy names:

What is it about Weeds? –Unwanted, unappealing, unrelenting

Weeding Them Out- Dig, hoe and mulch

Rogues’ Gallery: Annuals-Here today, still here tomorrow

Rogues’ Gallery: Perennials- Persistent, resistant, defiant

Rogues’ Gallery: Water weeds- Floating, choking, or spreading

Before you begin planning this year’s garden peruse Thompson’s book for great advice, “with eco-friendly solutions for environmentally responsible gardeners, this is the practical and achievable guide to winning the war against weeds.”

More Books on Weeds:

The Book of Field and Roadside: Open-country weeds, trees, and wildflowers of eastern North America by John Eastman (Call #581.974 EAS)

A guide to plant life in open dryland habitats with fascinating facts, folklore & detailed, beautiful drawings.

Common weeds of the United States. Prepared by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Dept. of Agriculture. (Call #581.652 UNI)

Covers 220 important weeds with illustrations, maps, botanical information, plant lore for each. Over 225 illustrations.

So you like weeds…???  Here are a few titles for you:

Weeds in My Garden: Observations on some Misunderstood Plants by Charles B. Heiser.

Call # 632.5 HEI

Heiser, a noted Indiana U. botanist who studied weeds for decades, makes a case for the virtues of these maligned plants.

Weeds in Winter by written and illustrated by Lauren Brown Call # 581.652 BRO

Brown has done an excellent job of making 20 categories of weeds easily identifiable with her charming and simple pen & ink drawings. Accompanying each illustration is the common and latin name of the weed, as well as a description of it. The descriptions are a pleasure to read, and very informative.

Wildly Successful Plants: a Handbook of North American Weeds by Lawrence J. Crockett (Call # 581.652 CRO)

This is not a book about weeds-it’s about honeysuckle, morning glory, cattail, day lily, primrose …as well as all the other beautiful and useful wildflowers..it tells you about more than 100 of these weedy species…whether you want to admire them as wildflowers or annihilate them as weeds…they are here to stay.

Unusual Books about Weeds

Wicked Plants: the Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

The Weedless Garden is good for plants and it’s good for people. It protects the soil, contributes to plant health, reduces water needs, cuts down on a gardener’s labor, encourages earthworms and, of course, mitigates weed problems by keeping the seeds dormant.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Are you enjoying the Downton Abbey series? The last episode of the second season will end on Sunday February 19. This list may minimize the withdrawal symptoms!

Books & Movies to Enjoy

Fiction

The American Heiress: a novel

by Daisy Goodwin.

“Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora’s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. “For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn’t always buy them happiness.”

Call # FICTION Goodwin

Birdsong

by Sebastian Faulks

Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who journeys to France on business in 1910 and becomes so entangled in a passionate clandestine love affair that he never returns home. Rootless and heartbroken when war breaks out in 1914, he joins the army and is given command of a brigade of miners, whose macabre assignment is to tunnel beneath German lines and set off bombs under the enemy trenches – thereby creating a pitch-dark subterranean battlefield even more ghastly than the air and trench warfare above them. As have many lost young men, Stephen finds a place and an intense camaraderie in this tortuous world, and through his eyes Faulks reveals not only the unspeakable carnage but the unexpected love and loyalty that took place in the fields of France a mere two generations ago.

Call # FICTION Faulks

A Bitter Truth

by Charles Todd.

“Truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. In Todd’s third Bess Crawford mystery (after An Impartial Witness), Bess finds herself back in London, on leave from her nursing duties on the World War I battlefields of France. Upon arriving at her London lodging, she finds a battered woman named Lydia in her doorway taking shelter from the cold. Bess befriends Lydia, who begs to be accompanied back to her home in Sussex. During a memorial for Lydia’s brother-in-law, Bess becomes embroiled in the family’s disagreements and secrets. When one of the houseguests, a wounded soldier, is found murdered, the police cast their suspicion on everyone—including Bess herself. She must search from Sussex all the way to war-torn France to discover the bitter truth about a soldier’s death not on the battlefield but on the home front.”

Call # MYSTERY Todd

Loving-Living-Party Going

by Henry Green

“Loving describes life above and below stairs in an Irish country house during the Second World War. In the absence of their employers the Tennants, the servants enact their own battles and conflict amid rumours about the war in Europe; invading one another’s provinces of authority to create an anarchic environment of self-seeking behaviour, pilfering, gossip and love.”—Publisher.

Call # FICTION Green

Upstairs, Downstairs

by John Hawkesworth

A formal introduction to the Bellamys of 165 Eaton Place explores the private lives of the beautiful Lady Marjorie, her politician husband Richard, and their devoted staff of servants during the Edwardian era.

Call # FICTION Hawkesworth

Nonfiction

Below Stairs: the Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir that Inspired “Upstairs, downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”

by Margaret Powell

Library Journal Review:

Born in 1907, Powell began working at age 13, soon becoming a kitchen maid and eventually cook in a grand old home. Her 1968 memoir, now being reissued (Powell died in 1984), brought her fame and led to the Masterpiece classic Upstairs, Downstairs.

Great fun but also the personal details of history that are often hidden. With a reading group guide.

Publisher summary:

Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants’ entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s.  As a kitchen maid – the lowest of the low – she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were. Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids’ curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlormaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress’s nephew, Margaret’s tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Margaret Powell’s true story of a life spent in service is a fascinating “downstairs” portrait of the glittering, long-gone worlds behind the closed doors of Downton Abbey and 165 Eaton Place. 

Look for it in NEW Nonfiction Call # 926.415 Powell

Inheritance : the Story of Knole and the Sackvilles

by Robert Sackville-West

Since its purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville, first Earl of Dorset, the house at Knole, Kent, has been inhabited by thirteen generations of the aristocratic Sackville family. Now owned by the National Trust, Knole is today visited by thousands annually. Here, drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives, and images, the current incumbent of the seat, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine house and the relationships his colorful ancestors formed within it. It’s a drama in which the house itself is a principal character, its fortunes often mirroring those of the family. Every detail holds a story: the portraits, and all the items the subjects of those portraits left behind, point to pivotal moments in history; all the rooms, and the objects that fill them, are freighted with an emotional significance handed down from generation to generation.

Knole is one of the largest houses in England, a so-called calendar house purported to have 365 rooms, 52 staircases, and seven courtyards. Its labyrinthine twists and turns seem to mimic its complex transfer, by male primogeniture, through 13 generations (so far) of the well-connected Sackville family, beginning with Knole’s purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville and ending with its inheritance by author Sackville-West, seventh Baron Sackville. Falling somewhere between an unfussy family history and a more serious work of scholarship, this book marries the tale of Knole to a personal and absorbing story of the author’s ancestors, who included such intriguing figures as Vita Sackville-West, inspiration for her friend Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

Call # 929.72 Sackville

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

By Countess of Carnarvon

Publisher summary:

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart Lady Cora Crawley, Lady Almina was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild, who married his daughter off at a young age, her dowry serving as the crucial link in the effort to preserve the Earl of Carnarvon’s ancestral home.  Throwing open the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I, Lady Almina distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman.

This rich tale contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.

Call # 942.271 CAR

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just before the Storm

by Juliet Nicolson.

Library Journal Review:

The granddaughter of writer Vita Sackville-West, Nicolson offers an engaging story covering just four summer months in 1911. English society was living large; there seemed no end to its extravagances. Meanwhile—and as always—the lower classes struggled, and the war loomed. Nicolson concentrates on specific persons representing different social strata and adds a great deal of humor to describe some of the period’s eccentricities. Among the figures she includes are Winston Churchill (then home secretary), the scandalous Lady Diana Manners, and Queen Mary. Nicolson had access to many primary sources, some never before seen by the public. In a satisfying epilog, she tracks the fates of the personalities on whom she focuses. A best seller in Britain (and deservedly so), this quick, enjoyable read shows the inevitability of the decline of the aristocracy by blending serious history, quirky details, and an all-encompassing portrait of English society.

Call # 942.083 NIC

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor

by Rosina Harrison

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. “She’s not a lady as you would understand a lady” was the butler’s ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor’s side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond “sparklers,” Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime’s worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth ‘upstairs’ and the endless work ‘downstairs’, but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

Call # 942.082 HAR

Wait for Me! –Memoirs

by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, “How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl.” Deborah’s effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life would change utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married Kick Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy. This is a unique portrait of an age, and an unprecedented look at life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England.

Call # 920.72 Devonshire

The World of Upstairs, Downstairs

by Mollie Hardwick.

From the front fly-leaf: “The television series ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’—a brilliant portrait of British life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—continues to enchant audiences all over the world. With this book author Mollie Hardwick gives us a closer, more detailed view of that fascinating period. She weaves the story of the Bellamy household into the historical and cultural background of England from the turn of the century to the Great Depression. This book chronicles this time—of contrast, of social upheaval, of progress – – in an immensely readable text that is richly illustrated with hundreds of old photographs, posters, drawings, and television stills.

Call # 791.457 HAR

DVDs

Downton Abbey

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.

Call # DVD Downton

Manor House

Twenty-one people from the 21st century are brought together in an Edwardian country house. Six of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are servants. For three months these people have only the rulebook and each other….

Call # DVD 306.0942 MAN

Upstairs, Downstairs 40th Anniversary edition

The 40th Anniversary edition of the beloved British TV series includes not only the complete episodes but this release has improved video and audio quality. In addition a 1996 documentary, Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered as well as The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs (with behind-the-scenes info!) add to its appeal.

Call # DVD Upstairs Series 1 through V

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, a beloved holiday classic by Charles Dickens, follows the transformation of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and reminds him of what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

In Charles Dickens A to Z: the Essential Reference to his Life and Work, author Paul B. Davis writes:

“No writer has been more identified with Christmas than Dickens. Largely on the basis of the Carol and the other Christmas Books,* Dickens has been variously described as ‘Father Christmas’ and the ‘inventor’ of Christmas; he deserves some credit helping to rescue the holiday from dour Calvinists, many of whom condemned the traditional Christmas celebrations as pagan rites.

Although Dickens was motivated by the economic controversies of the time to write the Carol, the book was taken as an affirmation of Christmas rather than a controversial tract. The best known of all Dickens’s works, it has become the modern classic of Christmas literature.”

*What other Christmas Books, you may ask?

Dickens gave this title to the five stories he had written for Christmas between 1843 and 1848:

A Christmas Carol (1843)

The Chimes (1844)

The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)

The Battle of Life (1846)

The Haunted Man (1848)

Also, a MUST read for fans of Dickens and Christmas:

The Man Who Invented Christmas: how Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits by Les Standiford.

Look in the library’s collection for these works entitled (or adapted from) A Christmas Carol:

Books

The Annotated Christmas Carol: a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; illustrated by John Leech ; introduction, notes, & bibliography by Michael Patrick Hearn. 

The Delaney Christmas Carol by Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen, Fayrene Preston.

A Family Christmas – Holiday stories selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy; illustrated by Jon J. Muth and Laura Hartman Maestro.

Sound Recordings

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol– read by his great-granddaughter, Monica Dickens, on CD.

Charles Dickens Christmas Set – a set of 4 sound discs with Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players. Includes: The Chimes, A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and The Seven Poor Travellers.

A Christmas Carol read by Patrick Stewart on 2 sound cassettes.

Movies

A Christmas Carol

Starring Alistair Sim, Jack Warner, Patrick MacNee -Black and white version originally released as a motion picture in 1951.

Barbie in a Christmas Carol

Barbie stars as a diva of a Victorian London theater who plans on making everyone stay for rehearsal on Christmas Day, but a visit from three spirits changes her heart.

Scrooge

Starring Albert Finney, Dame Edith Evans & Sir Alec Guinness.

Scrooged

Modern version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with Bill Murray portraying a nasty, uncaring, unforgiving TV network president.

Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, & John Forsythe.

Holiday Gift Making!

Are you in a festive & creative mood? Take a look at the fabulous & easy gift ideas in these books:

Best of Christmas Ideas by Better Homes & Gardens

Call # 745.59412 BES

Look for the article on Well Rounded Wreaths (pg 80-83)

My favorite is the Candy-Cane Wreath- Yum!

Country Living: Merry & Bright: 301 festive ideas for celebrating Christmas

Call # 745.59412 COU

Add whimsy to your holiday gifts- Think outside the box (literally) and run ribbons lengthwise across the gift packages. A triple row of these ribbons adds a whimsical & delightful touch.

You’ll find 300 more ideas in this cheery holiday book.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More by Anna Getty

Call # 745.59412 GET

It’s a win-win book! You’ll enjoy the ideas and recipes while reducing waste & leaving less of a carbon footprint.

For a sea inspired gift: Mini glitter –shell tea light candles (pg 67)

Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 12

Call #745.59412 GOO

Don’t forget your favorite feathered friends this holiday season!

The Hanging Birdfeeder made from a clay pot & saucer will brighten up those gray winter days. (pg 64 & 134)

Swedish Christmas Crafts by Helene S. Lundberg

Call # 745.59412 LUN

Designs and instructions for festive paper snowflakes, pretty glass lanterns, and fabric cones to hang on doorknobs (fill them with tiny treats)!

Victoria, 500 Christmas Ideas: Celebrate the Season in Splendor

Call # 745.59412 MEI

Browse through this book! Enjoy the sparkling decorating ideas and lovely gift suggestions:

“Genuine sand dollars and dried starfish are decorating treasures for an ocean inspired Christmas. Ink them to print on plain butcher paper for your own custom wrapping or make a striking statement by painting them gold or silver.”

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the Holiday Gift Workshop on Tuesday December 6 at 6:30 PM!

Did I mention the over 35 Christmas cookbooks in our collection?

Find them on the shelves at 641.5686 or browse through the Holiday books on display!

Here’s a sample:

Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook: favorite recipes and holiday traditions from my home to yours by Debbie Macomber; photographs by Andy Ryan.

Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange by Barbara Grunes & Virginia Van Vynckt ; photographs by France Ruffenach.

Southern Living Big Book of Christmas edited by Rebecca Brennan.

Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook.

Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen by Georgeanne Brennan.

Fix-it and Forget-it Christmas Cookbook: 600 slow cooker holiday recipes by Phyllis Pellman Good.

News from the Fiction Book Club!

This week we introduced our latest Fiction Book Club series, New York, New York: Books Set in the Big Apple. For six months we’ll explore the boroughs, wander the streets, and delve into the stories of New Yorkers of all nationalities and persuasions.

We’ve just read This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann. I chose the book because the story was based on a real life incident which took place in a tunnel under the East River. A New York Times article from February 1916 “Shot By Geyser From the River Bed” related the story of three “sandhogs” spouted by compressed air & blown through 40 feet of sand and water!

Author McCann took inspiration from this event & wrote the novel which follows the story of a sandhog, Nathan Walker, a 19-year-old black man from Georgia who worked with three others on the tunnels. One of his coworkers dies in the accident and the story takes a turn to relate the next 70 years in Walkers life.

“In the early years of the century, Nathan Walker leaves the Okefenokee swamps of his native Georgia for New York City and the most dangerous job in America. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the underground tunnel that will carry trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan. In the bowels of the riverbed the sandhogs – black, white, Irish, Italian – dig together; above ground, though, the men keep their distance until a spectacular accident welds a bond between Walker and his fellow sandhogs that will bless and curse the next three generations.”

So begins a moving, family saga of a mixed race marriage between Walker & the daughter of the Irish sandhog who died in the blowout. With each generation, the family faces poverty, racism, drug addiction & homelessness. We meet Treefrog, a homeless man living near the very tunnels that began the story.

“Years later, Treefrog, a homeless man driven below by a shameful secret, endures a punishing winter deep in his subway nest. In tones ranging from bleak to dark to disturbingly funny, Treefrog recounts his strategies of survival – killing rats, scavenging for soda cans, washing in the snow, sleeping through the cold – in New York’s netherworld. Between Nathan Walker and Treefrog stretch seventy years of ill-fated loves, unintended crimes, and social taboos. The two stories fuse to form a tale of family, race, and redemption.”

Members of the book club agreed this was not an easy read, but so well written, truly capturing the sense of homelessness & ultimate resurrection, it was worth the time invested.

McCann offers some insight into the work in an interview given on his website.

Want to learn more about McCann?  Visit the Biography Resource entry by clicking here.

P.S. It’s a first! We are reading another McCann novel, Let the Great World Spin, for the June 21 & 23 meetings.

Our next title in the New York, New York series is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. We’ll be discussing this book at our next meeting on Tuesday April 19 at 7:00 PM and again on Thursday April 21 at 10:00 AM.

“This extraordinary book was inspired by the author’s four grandparents and by a pantheon of authors whose work is haunted by loss–Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel, and more. It is truly a history of love: a tale brimming with laughter, irony, passion, and soaring imaginative power.

Venturing into Paul Auster territory in her graceful inquiry into the interplay between life and literature, Krauss is winsome, funny, and affecting.”

Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a copy of the New York, New York reading list and a copy of the next book on our list! New members are always welcome!

Art is a Creative Thinking -Closing Reception

Thursday afternoon, December 16, over 40 parents, grandparents and grand friends attended the closing reception of the art exhibit in the Teen Room. Many of the artists were delighted to be photographed with their work.

The exhibit, Art is a Creative Thinking, was organized by Rebecca Noack, chairman of the Lawrence School & Mullen –Hall Art Departments.  Noack feels the” importance of creative thinking cannot be overemphasized. Art is a core subject and mastery of core subjects is essential for students in the 21st century. Students in the Falmouth Public Schools develop the ability to think of original ideas, create something new, and reflect & refine those ideas. With growth in knowledge and techniques of the visual arts, students can express ideas that cannot be expressed through language alone.”

Students from all the Falmouth schools were represented in variety of media. Some designed masks, others used wood block prints in their work, several first graders made use of a mix of materials. The digital photographs shot by FHS students were stunning in the juxtaposition of images. Falmouth High students of Stephanie York’s ceramics class, made some fantastical jugs, smooth marine life bowls in black glaze & a very welcoming pineapple covered jar. Also included are several the portraits of World War II veterans!

The artists were delighted to take home a collectible foreign coin or two. The carefully mounted coins were donated by John Brabson. The Brabson Library and Educational Foundation contributed $50,000 for the Teen Room.

The exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2011. Take a quiet moment during this hectic season to view and appreciate the work of these talented kids. Look for the exhibit in the Teen Room.

To view photos of the artists, click here to visit our flickr page.

Did you receive an MP3 player, an iPod, Nook or Sony Reader this holiday season?

Were you nice and not naughty this holiday season? Are you the lucky recipient of an MP3 player, an iPod, a Nook or Sony Reader? Well, Virginia, our very own Santa aka Gary Ingraham of the library’s IT department, will be happy to help you set up your new portable device!

Gary will assist you in setting up and downloading the appropriate programs so you can listen to FREE audio books or e-books from the OverDrive Digital Library available through the CLAMS network.

Call to schedule an appointment during library hours for any day Tue. 12/28, Wed. 12/29 or Thu 12/30. The week of Jan 3rd Gary will be available every weekday. You can reach him at 508-457-2555 ext. 2941. This one-on-one consultation is free of charge.

Please note: This offer is open to those patrons who can bring in their laptop computer along with their portable device.  Due to registration issues, Gary cannot download on public computers.

News Flash! OverDrive eBooks Now on the iPhone and Android! Click here for more information.

The Anime/ Manga Club at Falmouth Public Library

Do you love to read manga? Are Japanese animation films your favorite type of movie? Well, you’ll be glad to know the Falmouth Public Library has started an Anime & Manga Club. Our next meeting will be at 3:00 PM on Monday December 13 at 3:00 PM.

Join us to watch a film from the latest collection at Operation Anime

Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

Genre: Mystery, Action, Suspense Creator: Gosho Aoyama ADR Director: Zach Bolton Voice Actors: Alison Retzloff as Conan Edogawa

Jerry Jewell as Jimmy Kudo

Colleen Clinkenbeard as Rachel Moore

Mark Stoddard as Inspector Meguire

What it’s about:

The game is afoot! Conan Edogawa may look like he’s only in elementary school, my dear Watson, but he possesses perhaps the keenest eye for detail of any living detective. His latest case finds him trapped in a virtual recreation of 19th century London and pitted against none other than Jack the Ripper! To save his friends, Conan must follow in the footsteps of his hero – Sherlock Holmes – and crack a case that’s gone unsolved for over a hundred years. Catching the most notorious serial killer of all time is their only chance of survival, but Conan will have to be smarter than Sherlock to apprehend the Phantom of Baker Street!

Read more about the Case Closed series at Funimation!

This title is rated TVPG. Parental Guidance Suggested

This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program may contain one or more of the following: some suggestive dialogue (D), infrequent coarse language (L), some sexual situations (S), or moderate violence (V).  For more information about the ratings click here.

If there is a new manga series you would like to have in the library’s collection please let Donna Burgess, the Teen Services librarian, know!

KnitTeen Club Continues! Learn How to Knit! It’s FREE!

Two teens, a new knitter & a knitter needing just a little refresher, enjoyed the last three Tuesdays meeting with FPL volunteers Jackie & Maren who are both accomplished knitters!

Katie finished a hot pink headband and Kaylyn is working on a headband project also.

The girls have learned a lot and are eager to continue the club. Jackie & Maren have agreed to stay on, too!

If you would like to join them, just stop into the Teen Room on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 PM. Yarn, patterns and needles are provided. It’s FREE! Think about making a gift for a friend, or something special for yourself. To see more photos click here