Sunday, March 15, 2015

Library Closed for 03/16/15

Because of a unexpected water leak the library will be closed tomorrow 03/16/15. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Library Closed on 03/15/15

Due to water issues the library is closed today. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review of The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins



The word “amazing” is highly over used.  However, if you peruse a new book in the children’s collection called The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest---and Most Surprising Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins, you will find that its appropriate use is for this kind of experience. The work is a stunning masterpiece.  You will be hooked when you read the very first page.
When Steve Jenkins was 6 years old, he was given a copy of Life magazine.  He proceeded to cut out illustrations of giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies.  He made his own journal with the pictures, glue and graph paper.  He has not looked back since.
Every picture of each animal is unique, playful and irresistible in this volume. The back of the book is devoted to how Steve creates a book and what paper he uses to make his pictures (e.g. The blue whale is make with a blue ink, a plank of wood, recycled newspaper and paper from Japan.)
One can open this book to any page and be captivated.  Steve does all of the art work and checks and re-checks his facts for accuracy.  His wife, Robin Page, is a frequent collaborator with him. 
CARL has 19 of Steve’s books including a favorite of many, Actual Size.  (The cover of the book features a gorilla’s hand---substantially larger than a child’s hand or an adult hand.)
Please come to the library soon to borrow this book as well as some of Steve’s other books.  You will be delighted!




Monday, March 2, 2015

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier



Every morning, I play a game with my father.  He goes KNOCK KNOCK on my door, and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And, my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”
So begins Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier, illustrator.   Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for 2014, the book is the story of a young boy who wakes up one morning to find his father gone.  The boy feels loss because of the separation from his father.
This is a most unfortunate circumstance that happens often in American society. Although this separation is due to the father’s incarceration, there are many men who are separated from their children due to divorce or for reasons of making a livelihood for the family.
This book is particularly appropriate for military fathers who because of their service requirements are often away from their children.
Loss is felt due to the separation of the father figure.  The book can give a father some ideas of what he can do to minimize this separation anxiety.  Other books illustrated by Bryan Collier are: Dave the potter: artist, poet, slave; Lift every voice and sing; Lincoln and Douglass: an American friendship, and Martin’s big words: the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  There are additional titles as well at CARL.
Come soon and see them all.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Canadian Military Official Histories 1940-1959

During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force appointed Historical Officers to produce reports for future records and to form the basis of future Canadian Military Official Histories (ie Canadian Army Official History).

The most comprehensive collection of reports were researched and written by Canadian Military Historical Officers at the Canadian Military Headquarters (CMHQ) in London, England (1940-1948). They can be found here.

The Army Head Quarters (AHQ) Reports, compiled by the staff of the General Staff Historical Section from 1948-1959, were the successors to the Canadian Military Headquarters (CMHQ) Reports once Col C.P. Stacey and his staff returned to Canada from London, England (1947-1948).
Those reports can be found here.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

WORLD WAR II ARCHIVES



WORLD WAR II ARCHIVES  is a database materials digitized from the collections of  the National Archives.  Want to see a dramatic aerial photograph of a B-24 almost engulfed in a column of smoke from a bombed oil refinery?  Maybe you’d like to read the patrol reports of the submarine USS Wahoo? Are you interested in the Foreign Military Studies, accounts written by German officers after the war? All these are included among the thousands of documents available in this database. Access it here, with your CARL account number. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rose Under Fire



Rose Under Fire, by award winning author Elizabeth Wein, is the companion book to Code name Verity. It continues the World War II story of amateur poet Rose Justice, who is captured by the Nazis and sent to a women’s concentration camp.  Both books contain riveting stories for our teen-age audience.
Rose is a young girl who does not seem to stand a single chance against the Nazis interrogators.  Though trapped she is inspired by other women in the camp; a female fighter pilot, a young Polish girl and a once famous French novelist. Through loyalty, bravery and strong resolution, Rose is determined to survive.
Elizabeth Wein was born in New York, but currently lives with her family in Scotland.  She is a pilot of small planes and holds a PhD from the University of Pa.
These are the kinds of books that once you start you cannot put down. Both are available at CARL. Come see us soon!



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