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You may have seen or heard the news that we have new eggs in our library nest. Mother ducks were spotted laying eggs in our Children's Department courtyard again, and if all goes well we look forward to welcoming baby ducks. While we wait for further action, might I suggest looking for a few ducky stories? Some recommendations - both fiction and nonfiction - are below. If you find one you especially enjoy, I bet the ducks in the courtyard (or me, the big friendly bear right next to them) might enjoy listening to you read it.

Bear hugs,

Thorndyke

Ducklings by Marfe Ferguson Delano

Introduces wood ducks, describing their life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and behaviors.

Watch me grow duckling by Lisa Magloff

Shows the duck as it grows up in its natural environment.

 

In case you missed our Rain storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own stormy storytime at home.

From Storytime

Raindrops roll by April Pulley Sayre

In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

 

IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE (From jbrary)

          It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more, it ain’t gonna rain no more…

          Oh, no! It’s up to my toe! But it ain’t gonna rain no more.

          (repeat with:

                    Oh gee! It’s up to my knee!

                    Oh, my! It’s up to my thigh!

                    Oh, fiddle! It’s up to my middle!

                    Oh, blech! It’s up to my neck!)

          Finish with: Oh, dread! It’s up to my head! So I guess I’ll just swim home…

"Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family's odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism--by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different. It is the story of women like Ruth Sullivan, who rebelled against a medical establishment that blamed cold and rejecting "refrigerator mothers" for causing autism; and of fathers who pushed scientists to dig harder for treatments. Many others played starring roles too: doctors like Leo Kanner, who pioneered our understanding of autism; lawyers like Tom Gilhool, who took the families' battle for education to the courtroom; scientists who sparred over how to treat autism; and those with autism, like Temple Grandin, Alex Plank, and Ari Ne'eman, who explained their inner worlds and championed the philosophy of neurodiversity. This is also a story of fierce controversies--from the question of whether there is truly an autism "epidemic," and whether vaccines played a part in it; to scandals involving "facilitated communication," one of many treatments that have proved to be blind alleys; to stark disagreements about whether scientists should pursue a cure for autism. There are dark turns too: we learn about experimenters feeding LSD to children with autism, or shocking them with electricity to change their behavior; and the authors reveal compelling evidence that Hans Asperger, discoverer of the syndrome named after him, participated in the Nazi program that consigned disabled children to death. By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability"--.

Senator (Making Peace with Autism) hits the nail on the head once again with this work that shares her continuing journey as the parent of an adult with autism. Parents often worry about who will care for their children should they no longer be able, but that concern lessens once children are grown and out on their own. Parents of children with autism, however, must address their fears and seek answers to such a scenario before and into their child's adulthood. Senator tells her experience helping her son, Nat, find a living situation that will support his needs and allow him to be a part of the community. She also relates stories of 30 other families, and the solutions they have found for their children with autism. By explaining how she and others in similar situations manage on a daily basis, the author encourages parents to seek new resolutions in addition to available options for their child.

In this fascinating biography, Annette Wood delves deep into Grandin's life from childhood to adulthood. Wood tells of the trials and tribulations of the icon: What difficulties Grandin struggled with and how she's become a hero for the autistic community. She also tells what Temple has done since the movie came out, where she is today, what kind of difference she's made, and what her future holds. For the 22 million people worldwide afflicted by autism and the countless friends and family members who support them, this brilliant portrait presents an up-close look at the disorder and renewed hope for what the future could bring for those on all levels of the spectrum. -- Amazon.com.

"A scientifically developed program for feeding kids with special needs--based on the popular Brain Balance Program Dr. Robert Melillo's Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of the Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain. Designed to help busy parents feed picky kids in a beneficial way, the book will show readers how to: Recognize the difference between a fussy eater and a problem eater. Ease the sensory issues that make for mealtime mayhem. Identify food sensitivities using a simple elimination diet. Choose supplements that will help ensure adequate daily amounts of the specific vitamins and minerals important to brain health. Prepare delicious, healthy meals that will pass the taste test of even the most finicky eaters. Understand how the brain plays a primary role in many dietary and nutritional issue including food sensitivities"--.

 

In case you missed our Feet storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own stompy storytime at home.

From Storytime

A counting book featuring animals with different numbers of feet.

 

THIS LITTLE PIGGY

     (Wiggle a toe for each piggy, starting with the big toe)

    This little piggy went to market

    This little piggy stayed home

    This little piggy had roast beef

    And this little piggy had none

    And this little piggy cried, "Wee, Wee, Wee, Wee" all the way home

It's here---National Library Week! Every year, there is a special week in April to celebrate our favorite place in the whole, wide world--Libraries. This year it is April 9 to 15 and it is a wonderful week that has been celebrated since the mid-fifties. For more information on how this week of awesome came about, check out the information provided by the American Library Association (ALA)  http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek.  Be sure to stop in and visit the Canton Public Library and thank a Library worker, check out a book, or enjoy one of the many free programs we have available. :) In fact, here are some great new books that can't wait to come home with you!

Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s county prison, Cammie O'Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby, and interacts with some of the reformed inmates, including one who makes a staggering sacrifice..

Life on Mars by Jon Agee

"A young astronaut is trying to find life on Mars, but he's made a very big oversight"--.

"A child wishes for a unicorn without knowing how unruly they are as pets"--.

Books About Mundane Stuff That Are Actually Fascinating...

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which covered nearly thirty thousand square miles across seven states, was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history. Due to the speed of new media and the slow progress of the flood, this was the first environmental disaster to be experienced on a mass scale. As it moved from north to south down an environmentally and technologically altered valley, inundating plantations and displacing more than half a million people, the flood provoked an intense and lasting cultural response. The Flood Year 1927 draws from newspapers, radio broadcasts, political cartoons, vaudeville, blues songs, poetry, and fiction to show how this event took on public meanings. 

"Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today--from the native Taino to Columbus's landing, from Cuba's status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolution. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Once the only country Americans couldn't visit, Cuba is now opening to us, as is Havana, not only by plane or boat but also through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait of the long-elusive city"--.

Appointed to conquer the "crime capital of the world," the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light. From secret courtrooms to torture chambers, City of Light, City of Poison is a gripping true-crime tale of deception and murder. Based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynie's compulsive note-taking, as well as on letters and diaries, Tucker's riveting narrative makes the fascinating, real-life characters breathe on the page.

Friedman (coauthor of That Used to Be Us), a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work as a reporter with the New York Times, engages in an intelligent discussion of the faster paces of change in technology, globalization, and climate around the world. His core argument is that "simultaneous accelerations in the Market, Mother Nature and Moore's law" (the principle that the power of microchips doubles every two years) constitute an "Age of Accelerations," in which people who feel "fearful or unmoored" must "pause and reflect" rather than panic.

"A former police academy classmate and protégé asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier. But as Tracy probes one small town's memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community's fabric, her own life may be endangered"--.

Today, people worry that they're going to run out of money in their older age. That won't happen if you use a few tricks for squeezing higher payments from your assets-- from your Social Security account (find the hidden values there), pension (monthly income or lump sum?), home equity (sell and invest the proceeds or take a reverse mortgage?), savings (should you buy a lifetime annuity?), and retirement accounts (how to invest and-- critically-- how much to withdraw from your savings each year?). The right moves will not only raise the amount you have to spend, they'll stretch out your money over many more years. You will also learn to look at your savings and investments in a new way. If you stick with super-safe choices the money might not last. You need safe money to help pay the bills in your early retirement years. But to ensure that you'll still have spending money 10 and 20 years from now, you have to invest for growth, today. Quinn shows you how. At a time when people are living longer, yet retiring with a smaller pot of savings than they'd hoped for, this book will become the essential guide.

"The laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother and learn the truth of her mother's long-secret past...Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to shoot varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors--and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young, modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere: it's just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun The Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?".

The history of the United States is rich in religious tolerance and diversity. Here are several sources that help to understand the plethora of faith persuasions active today throughout the U.S. and the world and the push to preserve their unique traditions and heritage.

 

The Religions Book

Religious literacy : what every American needs to know / Stephen Prothero

Religions of the world : the illustrated guide to origins, beliefs, traditions & festivals

Religions of the World (DVD)

Cultural Literacy for Religion (DVD)

Religions/ Carl Wilkerson

Illustrated dictionary of religions : rituals, beliefs, and practices from around the world

A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (DVD)

A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam

Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Religious Holidays and Calendars: an Encyclopedia

How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife

The Amish / Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

The Amish [videodisc] / American Experience / Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

The Amish [videodisc] : how they survive / Buller Films LLC

Complete Idiot's Guide to Christianity

The Christians [videodisc] / written and presented by Bamber Gascoigne ; a Granada Television production

Great World Religions: Christianity (sound recording)

Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide

Buddhism: Origin, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places

Great World Religions: Buddhism (sound recording)

Confucianism and Taoism (videorecording)

Essential Hinduism

Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture and Practice

Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

Great World Religions: Hinduism (sound recording)

India : a sacred geography / Diana L. Eck

For the love of being Jewish : an A-to-Z primer for bubbies, mensches, meshugas, tzaddiks, and yentas / written by Steven Stark Lowenstein ; illustrated and designed by Mark Anderson

The everything Judaism book : a complete primer to the Jewish faith--from holidays and rituals to traditions and culture / by Richard D. Bank

Judaism / by Martha Morrison, Stephen F. Brown

Introduction to Judaism [videodisc] / Shai Cherry

Great World Religions: Judaism (sound recording)

Islam and the future of tolerance : a dialogue / Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz

Islam: What Non-Muslims Need to Know/ John Kaltner

Decoding the Past: The Secrets of the Koran (DVD)

Great World Religions: Islam (sound recording)

It's dangerous to believe : religious freedom and its enemies / Mary Eberstadt

Religious Tolerance [Web site]

Pluralism Project [Web site]

 

 

The Spur Awards are annual literary prizes awarded by the Western Writers of America (WWA). The Spur Awards honor writers for distinguished writing about the American West. The Spur awards began in 1953, the same year the WWA was founded.

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