Recent Reads

Books I’ve recently read ~

Image result for eat what you watch bookEat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, by Andrew Rea – from the Binging With Babish

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Movie Night Menus, by Tenaya Darlington and Andre Darlington

Sometimes when we watch a movie atImage result for movie night menus book home or with friends, we’ll try to pair food with it somehow. We watched a good share of the series Babylon 5 with friends, and did a fair job either sharing a dish from the movie or at least tying our food to the episode through some sort of pun. I’ve recently started a Short Story and Movie Night social group – everyone reads the short story ahead of time, then we all watch the movie based on that story together. We talk about what we liked and didn’t like of each, we compare and contrast the story and movie, and we’re generally just having a good time hanging out.

 

Image result for just my type simon garfieldJust My Type, by Simon Garfield – I love books about stuff, written for the Everyperson. I have a mild interest in design and typography, so this seemed like a great book for me. Turns out, I could have used about 100 fewer pages. Each chapter is basically about one font and its history, and how it’s related to a few others, how it developed over time, a bit about the person/people who developed it, other things going on during that period that may have contributed, and so forth. After about 8 chapters, though, it just got to be too much for me. As much as I liked it, I just couldn’t finish it.

 

Side note: Every time I saw the cover on my nightstand or even thought about the book, I could hear this song in my head:

Happy Birthday, Ezra Jack Keats!

Ezra Jack Keats wrote some of the most beloved children’s books – The Snowy Image result for snowy day keatsDay, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, A Letter for Amy, and more. He’s been gone since 1983, and his books are still used in classrooms and library storytimes all over the country.  He wrote and illustrated children’s books, illustrated adult books, painted murals, and helped design camouflage patterns while serving in the army. Did you know he also created backgrounds for the original Captain Marvel comic?Image result for ezra jack keats

From the entry on Mr. Keats in Wikipedia: “One of Keats’ signature story elements is that the children in his books are consistently challenged with real problems that are recognizable to young readers; in solving them, the characters learn and mature.”

Watch this video clip of Ezra Jack Keats making art with Mr. Rogers.

You might also want to check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to bringing multiculturalism and diversity to children’s literature.

 

Not My Idea: Books About Whiteness

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness – Author Storytime

When Sat, Mar 09, 2019
10:15 to 11:00

First come, first served.

Not My Idea

White children and adults are socialized to see themselves as outside of conversations about race and racism. Author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham will read her book, followed by a collage art activity for kids. She invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it’s real, and cultivate justice.

 

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Drag Queen Storytime!

Drag Queen Storytime with Poison Waters!

When

Sat, Mar 09, 2019
2:00 to 3:00

Where

Woodstock Library Poison Waters

First come, first served.

The library is proud to present an hour of kid-friendly drag! Join us for this special storytime featuring the fabulous Poison Waters reading stories about inclusion and diversity, followed by a craft or dance party.

For kids 2-6 years old with a favorite adult.

 

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