Remembering Pete Seeger

Originally posted on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at ROPL.org.

Legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died January 27, 2014. He was 94. Visit the library and check out our display of music and books about and by Pete Seeger. Our collection includes Alec Wilkinson’s biography of Seeger: The Protest Singer; children’s books: Abiyoyo and One Grain of Sand; and cds: The Essential Pete Seeger, Birds, beasts, bugs & fishes, little & big, and others. And why not learn to play the banjo with the DVD version of Seeger’s famous book: How to Play the 5-String Banjo.

For more on Pete Seeger, check out these obituaries and links.

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Books into Movies: 2014 Oscars and more!

Originally posted on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at ROPL.org.

It seems more and more books are being made into movies, and this year several of them were nominated for the Oscars. Check out the list of books we have that were adapted into nominated films. And be sure to check out the list of movies based on books coming out throughout 2014!

Oscar nominated movies and their books:

  • 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela (version for children)
  • Captain Philips: A Captain’s Duty by Richard Philips
  • Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
  • Monuments Men by Robert Edsel (on order)
  • American Hustle: The Sting Man by Robert W. Greene (available from other libraries)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort (available from other libraries)

Coming in 2014:

  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
  • Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  • Serena by Ron Rash

Something for Downton Abbey lovers!

Originally posted on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at ROPL.org.

Do you love Downton Abbey? Want more? While you’re waiting for those DVDs to come in (or for the new season!), why not check out some of these books, dvds and cds!

Inspired by/related to Downton Abbey:

  • Upstairs & Downstairs: an illustrated guide to the real world of Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick
  • The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes
  • Below Stairs: the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” by Margaret Powell
  • Behind The Scenes At Downton Abbey by Emma Rowley
  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
  • Summerset Abbey by TJ Brown
  • Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: (a parody) by Camaren Subhiyah (Graphic Novel)
  • Habits of the House by Weldon, Fay
  • Secrets of Highclere Castle (DVD)

Similar setting/time period as the show, but not limited to England:

  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell
  • The Bolter by Frances Osborne
  • Into the Silence: the Great War, Mallory, and the conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (available on DVD)
  • Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale (CD)
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  • Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  • Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
  • The Children’s Book by AS Byatt

It’s Awards Season: The YA Book Awards Round Up

Originally posted on Monday, 27 January 2014 at ROPL.org.

Marcus Sedgwick won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. Four honor books were selected: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal; Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner; and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (tween fiction, also available on audio).

Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) was awarded the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution in writing for young adults.

Three Coretta Scott King honor books were announced, including one YA BOOK: Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers.

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn won the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Here are the four remaining finalists: Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian; Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos; Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (on order); and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein won the teen category of the The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (replacement ordered) both won the Stonewall Book Award for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. There were also three honor books, including two for teens: Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington (nonfiction); and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Knopf).

Other awards included the Pura Belpré Author Award, which went to Meg Medina’s book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Three honor books were selected, including YA title The Living by Matt de la Peña.

Music Sundays: Younha – Not There (feat. Eluphant)

My friend H linked me to this several weeks ago and I really liked the song. Eluhpant is a Korean hip hop duo (Kebee and Minos). The singer is Younha and right after I heard this song, I bought her album — which is equally as good as this song. This was from their comeback stage on KBS.

Staff Review: The Clockwork Scarab

Originally posted on Friday, 24 January 2014 at ROPL.org.

By Colleen Gleason
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Review by Sarah Nagelbush, Adult Librarian

Are you a fan of the BBC Sherlock? Do you like books with clever, snarky and brilliant main characters? Look no further than Colleen Gleason’s new series: Stoker & Holmes. Meet our two heroines: Evaline Stoker (sister to the famous Bram Stoker of Dracula fame) and Mina Holmes (niece of famed consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and daughter of the illusive Mycroft Holmes). The two teenagers team up to solve crimes in the name of queen and country. Or least that’s what Gleanson promises us.

Book 1 of Gleanson’s series, titled The Clockwork Scarab, introduces us to Evaline and Mina, along with a cast of characters including a time traveling American, a detective named Grayling and a thief named Pix who is not who he seems to be (plus a few other surprises for the Sherlock Holmes and Dracula fans).

The Clockwork Scarab is set in London, though not the one found in much historical fiction. Instead, her world is a steampunk world that doesn’t use electricity (there was some drama on the continent involving Edison). But it’s not pure steampunk, either. Gleason pulls from a variety of genres including (but hopefully not limited to) vampires, time travel and the resurrection of Egyptian gods.

While not my favorite re-imaging of the world of Sherlock Holmes, The Clockwork Scarab makes up for it’s shortcomings by having fantastic characters and an engaging plot. If you enjoy a good romp through steampunk London and a mystery, you’ll enjoy Gleanson’s story. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for book two.

Book Review: Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki (translated by Jocelyne Allen)

1770461108.01._SX450_SY635_SCLZZZZZZZ_I can’t remember where I read about Kitaro, except that it was something that, as a fan of manga, I should read. Which meant that by the time I got the book (through ILL) and finally sat down to read it, I didn’t remember anything about it. That turned out to be a great thing. The book begins with a fantastic and informative introduction by Matt Alt (explaining about the author, the character sin the book, etc). He also shares that the book we have is actually a collection of Kitaro stories and not one long story. The only overarching theme is Kitaro himself and how he solves problems and saves people/the world.

Kitaro is what’s called a yokai (which Matt Alt explains) who is basically a supernatural being from Japanese folklore (you can read more on wikipedia). There are two types of yokai, good ones and bad ones. Kitaro, and his friends (though sometimes they cause mischief) are the good kind. And, of course, the yokai that Kitaro fight are the ones. One of the things I especially enjoyed about Kitaro was that at the end of the book there were two appendices. The first explains and translated different parts of some of the stories that weren’t translated within the comics themselves. The second was a glossary of the yokai that appear throughout the stories. Each part that needed to be defined was marked with an asterisk and a page number, making it easy to flip back and forth.

All of the stories were enjoyable and often humorous. Kitaro almost always comes to the aide of humans who have gotten themselves into trouble with the evil yokai — sometimes it’s the fault of the humans and other times it’s through no fault of their own (some of the yokai are sneaky). And Kitaro himself sometimes finds himself in trouble, he has friends who rescue him, but sometimes he depends on humans as well (in one of my favorite stories from the collection, Kitaro must be rescued, at least in part, by two humans).

The stories are easy to read and the book can be appreciated by readers of all ages (although there’s a tiny bit of nudity whenever Kitaro loses his vest). I really enjoyed this collection and the drawings that helped tell the stories of the yokai and Kitaro’s adventures.