Archive for May, 2012
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The 2012 Summer Reading Club, Get a Clue…at the Library, begins on
May 31 at all Denton Public Library locations. The Summer Reading Club is an opportunity for participants of all ages to read for fun and earn prizes as they complete their reading goals. Prizes include free books, a party at the Denton Water Works Park and much more.
Children’s entertainer James Wand will perform at each library location to officially launch the summer program with his Secret Agent Magic Show. Join us on Friday, June 1 at the South Branch at 11a.m., the Emily Fowler Central Library at 1 p.m., or the North Branch at 3 p.m. as we find clues, secret codes and lots of magic on this top secret mission. Seating is limited. Tickets will be handed out (free of charge) one hour before each performance on a first come, first served basis.
The Summer Reading Club program is co-sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Denton Municipal Electric and the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries. There are lots of fun things to do at the library including weekly reading activities, special classes and events for pre-school and school-age children, tweens, teens, and adults.
Information about the 2012 Summer Reading Club is available by calling any library location at 940-349-8752 and on the Library’s web site, www.dentonlibrary.com. Participants can join the reading club at any time between May 31 and July 24 to receive a prize.
For more information, contact the Rebecca Ivey, Public Services Librarian
at 940-349-8724 or at email@example.com
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This coming Saturday May 26th, Dan’s Silverleaf will host a benefit entitled “The Big One-Five: A Benefit for The Denton Animal Shelter Foundation” starting at 9pm and costing $8.00. Chris Flemmons of The Baptist Generals dog Brunswick is the birthday boy. Entertainment/jamz will be provided by The Heelers, The Holler Time and Kelly Upshaw. Please see the event’s Facebook page and the poster posted right below. We will be getting Holler Time and Heelers CDs at the DPL in the very near future. I beseech thee to support this event: its what little d iz all about!
New titles at the Emily Fower Library are as follows:
The Muppets – A Green and Red Christmas
Bowerbirds – The Clearing
Men – Open Your Hearts
Sent By Ravens – Mean What You Say
Black Bananas – Rad Times xpress IV
Dinnerstein, Simone – Something Almost Being Said
Now Thats What I Call Music 42
Dr. John – Locked Down
Williams, John – A Tribute To
Jones, Norah – Little Broken Hearts
Underwood, Carrie – Blown Away
Cappa, Adam – The RescueThe Jakeys – No Second Spring
Jesse and Joy- A Con Quien Se Queda ElMany Hands
12. Wrath of the Titans
On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain that began what is often called America’s Second War of Independence. This summer marks the 200th anniversary of that event. We’re all familiar with Old Ironside, The Star-spangled Banner, and the Battle of New Orleans. But what else do we know about this two-and-a-half-year war? What different points of view did the participants in the war have? Who were some of the famous people who fought in the war? If you want to learn more about the War of 1812, check out some of the books available at the Denton Public Library.
The War of 1812: a Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites by John Grant and Ray Jones (2011) is a companion to the PBS documentary The War of 1812. The book includes a lengthy introduction which is a good overview of the war. Each chapter covers a theater of the war, with listings of historic sites. Each listing includes a description of the site’s significance at the time and what you can see there today.
Union 1812: the Americans who Fought the Second War of Independence by A. J. Langguth (2006) Lannguth tells the history of the war with a focus on the leaders who fought and shaped it. Some saw their fortunes rise; others saw their hard-won reputations ruined. For a few, the war would set them on a path to the Presidency. The war also had disasterous consequences for Native Americans.
Constitution vs Guerriere: Frigates during the War of 1812 by Mark Lardas (2009) This book is part of Osprey’s Duel series. Osprey is well-known for publishing detailed and technical books about battles and military equipment and vehicles. This one is about the frigate duels during the War of 1812, specifically the one in the title. There are ship specifications, histories of the ships, specifications about the crews and details of the frigate engagements; and charts and maps. The navy played a very important role in this conflict.
Perilous Fight: America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815 by Stephen Budansky (2010) is another book about the naval war, including the battles around the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Many scholars have seen the war as inconclusive, but Budansky demonstrates that the War of 1812 legitamized America’s standing in the world.
Six Frigates: the Epic History of the Founding of the U. S. Navy by Ian W. Toll (2006) recounts the history of the U. S. navy from its beginning through the War of 1812. Many of the circumstances that led the United States to declare war, and the war itself, are major parts of this history. By the time war came, the American navy, although small, was a formidable force.
The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon by Jeremy Black (2009) Jeremy Black is a British historian who writes about the war from a British perspective and in the context of Britain’s war against France during that period. He shows that the British saw their conduct towards the U. S. before the war (which many Americans found intolerable) as necessary and justified for fighting the wars against Napoleon. For the British, the War of 1812 was a mere distraction that few remember today.
1812: War with America by Jon Latimer was also a British historian who wrote about the war from a British persective, and put it in the context of the Napoleonic Wars. He also emphasized a British view that the war was a failed attempt on the part of the United States to annex Canada. He thought the war was inconclusive for the U. S. and Britain, but points out that it united Canadians and set them on the road to confederation and national status.
I am reading the Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan. The stark beauty of the cover art caught my eye at first, then the story itself, which I was immediately drawn into after the first couple of pages. It begins with two siblings, a brother and sister, fifteen and sixteen (respectively), eating mud in a ditch. They have are the only surviving family members on a drought-stricken Kansas farm in 1866. There is nothing to eat and they have been slowly starving to death on a diet of mud, cornmeal, and grasshoppers. They get a bit of a reprieve when they are picked up by a wagon train on its way to Seattle, but that’s still a long way off. They still have to survive the journey.
I am reading The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey I just started it but so far its really good. Its a lot like Jane Eyre with the main character being an orphaned governess and I am pretty sure she’s going to fall for the Father. I am also reading Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez for the chick lit Book club. Its a non fiction story of an American women who goes to the middle east and opens a beauty shop. It goes in to great detail indo the rituals that a bride has to go through to get married. I would consider it an extremely eye opening book for Americans to read.
I’m reading “Passage of Power” by Robert Caro. It’s the fourth in his “The Years of Lyndon Johnson” series. So far, I like it as it is written in Caro’s classic style where he makes history read like literature. This book covers the period from 1958, thru his Vice-Presidency to Johnson’s early presidency. His past volumes have won numerous awards including the Pulitzer, so it’ll be interesting to see what if any awards this one garners.
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables: Here’s one from a time when local color was all the rage and long asides from the narrative were a sign of literary prowess (think Melville’s endless discussion of whales in Moby Dick). You’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know about things like the Battle of Waterloo and the history of convents. With that said, I’m loving the way Hugo works with dramatic irony and develops his characters with a slow simmer. The overall bleakness and lack of color (except for the aforementioned local color) in the description reminds me of Russian literature from that time period, more Dostoyevsky than Tolstoy. I’ve read several other books as I’ve been making my way through Hugo’s 19th century France. I spent the last couple of days re-reading Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, mostly so I can brush up on my Bokononism and avoid all the granfalloons out there (you know who you are).
Just finished listening to this on 17 (!) CDs and it was awesome. This year marks the 60th year of Elizabeth II’s reign. Couple that with the upcoming Olympics and the London is the place to be this year.
The book used a systematic linear approach to chronicling the life of Elizabeth from girlhood until today, including her extended family and especially the heirs to the throne. It’s packed with details about the monarchy as well as a good overview of 20th C history. I am fascinated how an accident of birth can create world leaders for good or ill. A must for current Anglophiles. Warning: it is unabashedly pro-Queen, and somewhat critical of Diana. I am not a Diana worshipper, but many are, so they may be put off by her portrayal.
When the king of the Seven Kingdoms comes to Winterfell to ask Lord Stark to be his right-hand man, Lord Stark and his family are plunged into court intrigues as war looms on the horizon. But winter is coming, and the signs are it will be worse than anything seen in generations. When an accident sends the kingdom into chaos, the Stark family members are put to the test as they face their darkest hour.
This extremely well-written saga of the Stark family and the struggles of the kingdom of Westeros will keep you guessing to the end. This book mixes adventure, politics, love, loss, medieval warfare, and magic. I love way the author changes perspective as he goes from one part of the story to the other. Characters I loved at the beginning of the story are not my favorites and some that I did not like have grown on me. Just remember, don’t fall in love with anyone because when there is war, people die. To quote the book, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
The Denton Public Library would like to thank all who participated in and those who encouraged others to participate in Denton Writes 2012. This year’s writing contest which was open to children, youth, teens and adults, received more than 150 entries.
A congratulatory reception will be held to recognize and congratulate the winners Wednesday, May 16 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library.
The winners for each category are as follows:
1st Place – Hurry Up! Slow Down! by Christina Smith
2nd Place – Unaccompanied by Beth Honeycutt
3rd Place – The Intension of Knot by Febe Moss
Honorable Mention – Thinking Of Sara Kane At The Turkey Creek Trail, Austin – David C. Kupfer
1st Place – Coach Dee by Sherri White
2nd Place – A Notice by Marian Fleischmann
3rd Place – Deeper Than An Ocean by Ryan Barnhart
1st Place – VBIED by Tosha Griggs
2nd Place – Anatomy 101 by Christine Thomas
3rd Place – The Temptation of Books by Kay Branum
1st Place – Where Do You Come From? by Christine Yuan
2nd Place – Four Faces by Margaux Khosraviani
3rd Place – Gods of Death Love Apples by Bailey Locklear
Hon. Mention – A Potent Poison by Seth Feeney
1st Place – Kick Out The Jams by Rachel Valentine
2nd Place – The Most Cruel Story of A Girl With Unimaginable Red Hair by Josie Baker
3rd Place – The Mirror by Katharine Baxter
1st Place – Shakespeare: A Man of All Times by Varada Salimath
2nd Place – Latvia, A Swell Country by Ashlyn Kate Baack
1st Place – I Am by Victoria Langham
2nd Place – Opposites In Space by Hannah Bradshaw
3rd Place – The Flag, The Flag by Lindsey Duffin
Hon. Mention – Everyone Wants To Be Successful by Alice Wang
1st Place – A Map To The Magical Forest by Victoria Langham
2nd Place – The Ghost of Pearl Harbor by Rae Hillman
3rd Place – Denton Writing Contest by Alice Wang
1st Place – Corrie Ten Boom by Grace Elizabeth Baack
2nd Place – Moving by Alice Wang
3rd Place – My Best Friend Emily by Zoe Graves
Hon. Mention – Shoes Are Important by Deborah Samuelson
1st Place – The Color Green by Mia Knight
2nd Place – The Awesome Poem by Madden Shoebotham
3rd Place - Thunderstorm by Aden Burdge
1st Place – Easter on the Farm by Jamie Ordonez
2nd Place – Evangeline’s New Friend by Eloise Bourns
3rd Place – Dinosaur Recovery Team by Jeremy Clark McKay
1st Place – The Bare Facts About Bare Feet by Micah Powell
2nd Place – The Polar Bear Slip Up by Elijah Jones
3rd Place – Right Foot, Left Foot by Hannah Reynolds
Do you know a lot about sharks? Share your knowledge and learn something new as we explore the underwater world of nature’s ultimate predator.
Join us on Wednesday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. We will be reading shark books, playing shark games and making shark crafts. This program is free and is best for children ages 6-8.
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Get ready for bedtime in the jungle at the North Branch Library! We will read stories and sing songs about monkeys, gorillas, tigers, elephants and all of our jungle friends. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and to bring your favorite stuffed friend. Join us on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. This program is free and is best for ages 1-5, but the whole family is welcome.
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