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Year-end good-book rodeo December 28, 2006

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Here’s an idea for a quick and dirty display:

Ask staff to make a pass through the New Fiction and New Nonfiction, pulling the 2006 books that they enjoyed the most. Display them with a sign reading: “BCPL Staff Best Books of 2006,” and voilá! your branch is right up there with the New York Times, Slate, NPR, and Library Journal!

(This works in the childrens’ area too – see the lists from School Library Journal and ALA for inspiration.)


It’s resolution time! December 28, 2006

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From core training to walking to yoga, all trends and all ages are represented in the list of new fitness books below – there’s even one just for dog lovers! Now if someone would only write an “Exercise with your cat” book, we library folk would be in great shape!

  • Walking: the ultimate exercise for optimum health (audio) by Andrew Weil & Mark Fenton. CD 610 W
  • The A-list workout : top Hollywood trainers reveal the body-shaping secrets of their celebrity clients by Alyssa Shaffer. ON ORDER
  • Fashionably buff : essential workouts for looking great in anything you wear by Sue Fleming. ON ORDER
  • Age-defying fitness : making the most of your body for the rest of your life by Marilyn Moffat, Carole B. Lewis ; with contributions from Jean Marie McAndrew ; photographs by Linda Schaefer. ON ORDER
  • 30 days to getting back in shape by Michelle Theall. ON ORDER
  • 5 essentials for a winning life : the nutrition, fitness, and life plan for discovering the champion within by Chris Carmichael with Jim Rutberg. 613 C
  • Feed your tiger : the Asian diet secret for for permanent weight loss and vibrant health by Letha Hadady. 613.25 H
  • Fitness unleashed! : a dog and owner’s guide to losing weight and gaining health together by Marty Becker and Robert Kushner. 613.7 B
  • One body, one life : 6 weeks to the new you by Gregory Joujon-Roche and Cameron Stauth. 613.7 J
  • Shape your self : my 6-step diet and fitness plan to achieve the best shape of your life by Martina Navratilova. 613.7 N
  • Active start for healthy kids : activities, exercises, and nutritional tips by Stephen J. Virgilio. 613.7042 V
  • Fitness after 50 by Walter H. Ettinger, Brenda S. Wright, Steven N. Blair. 613.7044 E
  • Shape : long, lean and strong DVD 613.7046 S
  • The complete book of core training : the definitive resource for shaping and strengthening the “core”–the muscles of the abdomen, butt, hips, and lower back by Kurt, Brett, & Mike Brungardt. 613.71 B
  • Get ripped! : get ripped to the core director, Lon Parker ; producers, Jari Love, with Jim Goertz, Lon Parker ; a VideoLinks production. DVD 613.71 G
  • Outside fitness : a comprehensive training foreword by Chris Carmichael. 613.71 S
  • Fit and female : the perfect fitness and nutrition game plan for your unique body type by Geralyn Coopersmith. 613.7108 C
  • Mariel Hemingway’s healthy living from the inside out : every woman’s guide to real beauty, renewed energy, and a radiant life by Mariel Hemingway. 646.7 H
  • Real fitness : 101 games and activities to get girls going! an American Girls book, illustrated by Carol Yoshizumi. J 790.194 R

Art in our town December 28, 2006

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Winter is a great time to spend a quiet (or not-so-quiet) afternoon at one of Baltimore’s world-class museums. Here’s a survey of the special exhibitions our patrons might be sampling this month:

American Visionary Art Museum: Home and Beast. “A lively exploration of our very notion of ‘home’ and an artful lovesong to all of the animals, real and imaginary, in our lives.” Outsider art, 709. Animals, 590. Home, 728.

Baltimore Museum of Art: Meditations on African Art: Light “focuses on the importance of light to the interpretation of African art. Varying light levels in the galleries will reveal African art objects as they were meant to be seen… works of art whose materials are mean to dazzle the eye during sunlit performances, and pieces intended for the shadows or nighttime performances.” 709.6

George Peabody Library: Yet Another One! : HL Mencken. “This exhibition offers an intriguing new view of writer and journalist H.L. Mencken through the personal and often humorous inscriptions in books, pamphlets and other gifts he gave to friends and family.” B M

Homewood House Museum: Feathers, Fins, and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland. Opens January 4 – should be a lively one! 636

Howard Community College: Russian Realism: Stalin to Perestroika 1935-1989. “A rare opportunity to view and learn about masterpieces from the longest sustained representational art movement in the 20th century.” 759.7 

Walters Art Museum: Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. Egyptian amulets, scarabs, figurines and ritual objects. 932

Walters Art Museum: Courbet/Not Courbet. Can you spot the forgeries? The exhibition Courbet and the Modern Landscape lets the viewer decide whether works of the Impressionist painter Gustave Courbet are real or fake. 759.4

Winter Reading Club December 14, 2006

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Here’s a simple, low-cost idea that encourages kids to read for fun through the winter. The rules of “Winter Reading Club” are simple. Kids sign up, and then each time they visit the library, they get a sticker for each book read. They can then decorate a mural-sized poster with their stickers.

Parkville uses a sheet of blue roll paper painted with a simple snow scene, and provides snowflake stickers for the kids.

A big Christmas tree and ornament stickers might work too; fish stickers and an undersea scene; or bird stickers in a winter landscape. How much creativity you want to put into the mural is up to you!

Materials required:

  • a big sheet of roll paper
  • a couple rolls of stickers
  • sign-up sheet

The best source for roll stickers that we’ve found is our old friend the Oriental Trading Company. Search on “roll stickers”. They’re typically $2.50 to $3.00 per roll of 100 stickers. By the way, if you’re hoping to find stickers that are strictly identical, your choices will be limited to American flags, “I Voted,” or smiley faces.

Some pig! December 7, 2006

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The new Charlotte’s Web movie opens December 15th. With actors such as Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000), Steve Buscemi, and Robert Redford voicing the characters, it is expected to hit big.

A display of children’s books about farmyard animals seems like an obvious tie-in, but how about pulling your best-looking copies of classic children’s animal books into a display of oldies but goodies?

Some ideas:

  • A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H. by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • the books of Dick King-Smith, Margaret Wise Brown, Virginia Lee Burton, and the other two children’s books by E.B. White (Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan)

PS: Save Peter Rabbit and his friends for when the Beatrix Potter movie comes out January 21!

Get outta town! December 7, 2006

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tropical beach

Many families take advantage of the midwinter school break to take a short trip. Whether they’re taking the family skiing or have a chance to go somewhere warm, our luckier patrons will be looking for travel guides and vacation reads.

A sunny display of travel books and light reading caters to these customers and may inspire some armchair traveling by the rest of us!