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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Book Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Wow what a book! Dr. David Henry is very much in love with his wife Norah, so much so that when their first child Paul is born, he knows their lives will be complete. But then, as he sees it, tragedy strikes and Norah gives birth to Paul’s twin sister Phoebe, a daughter with Downs Syndrome. To protect his wife and family from the sorrows of raising a Downs Syndrome child David gives the child to the nurse, Caroline, to have it taken away to an institution, and tells Norah that she was born stillborn. Caroline is appalled by the condition of the institution and cannot bear to leave the child there. So, she keeps Phoebe and raiser her as her own. This book is a compelling look at the prejudices, difficulties and joys of raising a Downs Syndrome child in the 1970’s. It was the beginning of a time when people with special needs where just beginning to be looked at as people and not monsters to be shunned and ignored. You will fall in love with Phoebe and the compelling story that is her life.

Review by Leslie B.

 

Book Review: Audubon — On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau and Jérémie Royer

Audubon-Cover-RGBThis beautifully illustrated book covers the life of John James Audubon and his life pursuit of cataloguing the birds of America. His adventuresome spirit and single-mindedness may have made him a poor businessman but certainly contributed to him completing his life’s work and then continuing to go on further expeditions. One can’t help but feel sorry for his family, as they stayed at home while he travelled, wondering if and when they would ever see him again. I would recommend this to the many members of our local Audubon Society as well as anyone interested in early American scientific discoveries or those interesting in bird-watching.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Pape Mortuary Database

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Are you interested in local genealogy? Visit DPL’s Catalogs, Databases, & E-Collections page and click on Databases, then View by Category to see out genealogy links, including Pape Mortuary Database.  Pape Family Funeral Home maintains a database of death and birth records. For each individual, it shows date and place of birth, father and mother, spouse and wedding date, and date of death and cemetery location.

Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

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Of all the places in the world, I find China to be the most mysterious, the most foreign. This novel helped me to understand a little about the life of a woman during the 19th-century in rural China. Snow Flower and Lily are born in a time steeped in tradition, where foot binding and arranged marriages are the norm. The relationships between men and women are based on duty and honor, so the only relationships that are built on affection are those between women. A match maker guides the life of a women and the relationship she will have with her husband, but if you are luck she will also find you a lifelong friendship more powerful than any other relationship. Called a laotong – or “old sames” these girls learn to confide all of their secrets to one another through a written secret language called nu shu, writing it between the folds of a white silk fan. I found the traditions fascinating, how to foot bind, prepare to be married and the lives of these women. The pain and suffering they endured for honor and their families, gratefully set aside for a best friend.

Review by Leslie B.

Book Review: The Arthurian Book of Days by Caitlin and John Matthews

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I tried very hard to read this in the daily dose it’s written in, but I often found myself forgetting and reading a week’s worth or so in one go to catch up. Either way, it was a good system. I love all things Arthurian and this book was no exception. It’s a clever format and tells all the great tales of Arthur and his Court. One can even follow individual storylines that don’t necessarily go chronologically or day-to-day. I highly recommend this book for any Arthur nerd.

Review by Jessica A.