Monday Spotlight: Wee Wigglers Story Time

 

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Every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. the Children’s Department hosts Wee Wigglers Story Time for ages birth to 5 years old. The program includes songs, stories, and finger plays.

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Friday Reads: National Great Outdoors Month

June is National Great Outdoors Month. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, a road trip, or a hike in the woods, we have the perfect books for the occasion.

51mjdn2btqrlA Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail offers some of America’s most breathtaking scenery. It also offers an irresistible, amusingly ill-conceived adventure to Bryson & his out-of-shape walking companion, Stephen Katz. Mile by arduous mile, these unlikely pioneers walk the Appalachian Trail, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, cravings for hot showers & cream sodas, the loss of key provisions, & everything else this rugged territory can throw at them. But Bryson’s account also vividly conjures a backdrop of silent forests & sparkling lakes – America’s astonishing but fragile landscape. Both a hilarious comedy & a tribute to one of our country’s last great wildernesses, A Walk in the Woods is a modern classic of travel literature.

18718848Mosquitoland by David Arnold

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

36f246083d06133a1c7ac99ac27db5b8-w2041xWild Life by Molly Gloss

A thoroughly modern woman (for the early 1900s) who supports her five boys by writing adventure stories, Charlotte Bridger Drummond joins a search party for a missing child, gets lost herself, and “is rescued by a band of elusive, quasi-human beasts.”–Jacket.

 

 

 

9780307476869Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

 

51hpafeqlrl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford

For twelve years Andrea Lankford lived in some of the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working as a ranger. In this candid and wryly humorous account of her and others’ extraordinary careers. Ranger Confidential is the inside story of the nation’s crown jewels—including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.

 

220px-wildwood_by_colin_meloy_coverWildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

 

 

Note: All images come from Google Images and all descriptions come from the SHARE catalog.

Book Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

220px-pachinko_paperback_coverSo much has been written about WWII from the point of view of the Japanese, but little has been written about how that time period from the 1920’s through the 1980’s has affected the Koreans and the discrimination they faced due to their nation of origin. Pachinko, a novel, named after a gambling game run by Koreans in Japan, is about one displaced Korean family through many generations trying to survive in Japan, a country that does not consider them citizens, even after many generations living, working and being faithful to Japan, the only home they have ever known. I found the history intriguing. They always say that history is written by the victor, and this story brings to light the unspoken history of a dark past. A must read.

Review by Leslie B.

Book Review: Killing Time by Della Van Hise

1985_04_lgKirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise have been patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone for weeks. Some of the crew have been reporting insomnia and weird dreams. Then, one morning Kirk wakes up as an ensign instead of a captain, and now Spock is the Captain. The Federation ship Enterprise is now the Alliance ship Shi’Kahr. We learn that the Romulans are responsible for this alternate universe, thanks to a bit of meddling in Earth’s past. Can Kirk and Spock figure out what’s going on and return to the true universe before everyone goes mad?

Internet rumor says that this book had so many homoerotic undertones that Gene Roddenberry had the book edited for its second printing and beyond. (Because the utopian future Roddenberry envisioned still includes homophobia? Okay. Whatever.) Having come across this rumor, I couldn’t help but wonder: Really?? So: when a box of old Star Trek books came in as a donation and this book was among them, I snatched it up to see for myself. And you know what? The undertones are definitely there in a few scenes, particularly one where Spock wrestles Kirk to the ground while they’re in the ship’s garden. Whether the book was really edited in later editions, I have no idea, but I can see where the rumor started. Fans for decades have imaged what if scenarios in which Kirk and Spock are romantically involved. While I don’t particularly subscribe the fan pairing of Spock and Kirk as a romantic couple, I also don’t have any issue with it. It’s fun to imagine what ifs.

Fan fiction and internet rumors aside, this is a really fun book. It’s got time travel, awesome Romulan women, all the requisite McCoyisms, and plenty of intrigue and action. If you like Star Trek: The Original Series, you’ll enjoy reading this book.

Review by Jessica A.

Friday Reads: African American Music Appreciation Month

June is African American Music Appreciation Month, so this week settle back and check out these books about great African American musicians, all available at Danville Public Library.

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Day by Day with Beyonce by Tammy Gagne

Traces the life, career, and charity work of the popular singer, from her early career as a member of the group Destiny’s Child to her success as a solo artist, songwriter, and actress.

 

 

 

13595232Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix edited by Steven Roby

In addition to interviews from major mainstream publications, “Hendrix on Hendrix” includes new transcriptions from European papers, the African-American press, and counterculture newspapers; radio and television interviews; and previously unpublished court transcripts — including one of the drug bust that nearly sent him to prison.Though many respected books have been written about Hendrix, none have completely focused on his own words. This book is as close to a Hendrix autobiography as we will ever see.– Publisher Description.

28449249Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff

A revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

 

 

 

81l4ifxniclGlow: The Autobiography of Rick James by Rick James with David Ritz

“Best known for his song “Super Freak,” hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound expression of a rock star’s life and soul. He was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song “Super Freak.” Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music–and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to JayZ to Snoop Dogg, among countless others. In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America’s disco age. It tells of James’s upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, “My journey has taken me through hell and back. It’s all in my music–the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions.” But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His “glow” was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him–and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music”– Provided by publisher.

51o4uepld1l-_sx258_bo1204203200_Scit-scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Sean Qualls

Follows the beloved American jazz singer’s rise to fame, describing the difficult historical and cultural factors that she overcame.

 

 

71sluue2bhelPops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century and a giant of modern American culture. Offstage he was witty, introspective and unexpectedly complex, a beloved colleague with an explosive temper whose larger-than-life personality was tougher and more sharp-edged than his worshipping fans ever knew. Wall Street Journal arts columnist Terry Teachout has drawn on new sources unavailable to previous biographers, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations, to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of this towering figure that shares, for the first time, full, accurate versions of such storied events as Armstrong‘s quarrel with President Eisenhower and his decision to break up his big band.–From publisher description.

41k0q5o20il-_sx350_bo1204203200_Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom, Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the phenomenon Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sang for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

 

 

 

Note: All book descriptions are from SHARE and all book covers are from Google Images.