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Monthly Archives: March 2019
Piano Day at Title Wave Used Bookstore
Come listen to the piano played by local pianists of all ages on some of the region’s best pianos for 2019’s Piano Day! The choice of music is up to the performer and there are no restrictions on what will be played.
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Happy Birthday, Penelope Lively
Featured in the library this weekend
Featured in the library this weekend:
What other holiday-related books have you seen? Which are you reading?
Books I’ve recently read ~
Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, by Andrew Rea – from the Binging With Babish
Movie Night Menus, by Tenaya Darlington and Andre Darlington
Sometimes when we watch a movie at 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.
Just 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 Day, 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?
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.
Title Wave Used Bookstore Spring Sale
Not My Idea: Books About Whiteness
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness – Author Storytime
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.