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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) - 19 Jan 2015


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of inspiration and hope lives on today in his words and memory. You can listen to Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. For the text of this and other history-changing addresses by the champion of the American Civil Rights Movement, stop by the Library, open regular hours on Monday, January 19.
Thesaurus Day - 18 Jan 2015

On this day, 236 years ago, Peter Roget, best remembered for his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, was born in London. What better day to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the English language than Thesaurus Day?

If you love words—the more obscure the better—you’ll love A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory to Aadvarks to a Zeal of Zebras. This delightful picture book for adults features stunning renditions of more than 2,000 curious, collective nouns.  Did you know a group of jellyfish is called a smack or a collection of pandas is known as an embarrassment? Whimsical? Yes. Eclectic? Very.  Many of the nouns come from a fifteenth century hunting guide, The Book of Saint Albans, although some (an ooze of amoebas) are newer. Fun? Absolutely!


The word “thesaurus” comes from the Greek thēsaurós meaning “a treasure, treasury, storehouse, chest.” Do you know where the word “heckling” originated?  (Hint: It has to do with sheep.)  For this, and other etymological trivia, flip through The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Blogger Mark Forsyth (aka The Inky Fool.)  Or, for a more straight forward approach to word derivations, try the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins.
My Winter Reading Challenge - 8 Jan 2015

Two years ago, in a frenzy of good intentions, I listed 10 goals on my Winter Reading Challenge sheet. Big mistake! This year I have one, simple reading resolution: Slow down!  I’m currently reading Slow Reading in a Hurried Age by David Mikics, distinguished faculty member at the University of Houston. Slow Reading is a guidebook that lists 14 rules to better reading and includes tips on how to read short stories, novels, poetry, and plays. It's addressed to people who love books and want to get the most out of reading them. I’m only on page 39—remember, I’m trying to read slowly—but, so far, I’m hooked.

Mikics's prose is accessible and his message timely. “It’s easy," he writes, "to fill the day (when you’re not working, doing chores, or talking to friends, family, and coworkers) by surfing the Internet, skimming the headlines of news stories, and checking e-mail—not to mention television and video games."  This online grazing, he asserts, is not real reading. "Scanning an e-mail or a text message is fundamentally different from the activity of reading. . . . Reading is a craft, a practice." Slow Reading in a Hurried Age offers a concrete program to help people tune out digital distractions and become better readers. You can listen to Mikics talk about his book on WNYC.

Stop by the reference desk in Teen & Adult Services, on the second floor, to sign up for the Library's 2015 Winter Reading Challenge and receive a free book!

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Reading is Filling -
When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
PreSchool Pals -
When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Three to six year-old children are introduced to longer stories and will enjoy various interactive activities, fingerplays, use of the flannelboard, songs and a craft.
Story Soup For Kindergarteners -
When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Kindergarten. Warm up with delicious stories and activities especially for kindergarteners.
TEEN: Game On! -
When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Get moving with the XBox or Wii in the Teen Area. No registration is needed, just come in and have fun. TV not on? Just ask the friendly librarian! For students in grades 6-12 and college.
Toddler Zone -
When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Ages 12 - 35 months. This active and fun-filled program uses books, fingerplays, puppets, songs and nursery rhymes to foster a familiar environment for little ones where they feel comfortable to learn.
Toddler Zone -
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Ages 12 to 35 months. This active and fun-filled program uses books, fingerplays, puppets, songs and nursery rhymes to foster a familiar environment for little ones where they feel comfortable to learn.
PreSchool Pals -
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Three to six year-old children are introduced to longer stories and will enjoy various interactive activities, fingerplays, use of the flannelboard, songs and a craft.
Reading is Filling -
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
TEEN: Game On! -
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Get moving with the XBox or Wii in the Teen Area. No registration is needed, just come in and have fun. TV not on? Just ask the friendly librarian! For students in grades 6-12 and college.
Tween Game Night -
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Grades 4 - 5. Join us for a fun and casual game night with friends at the Library! Snacks will be provided.
Wonderful Ones -
When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Ages 12 - 23 months. The one-year-olds' program focuses on a theme and uses books, flannelboard stories, fingerplays, puppets, songs and a craft.
Terrific Twos -
When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Ages 24 - 35 months. Two-year-olds are exploring the world around them and their storytime covers a wide range of themes using books, puppets, songs, fingerplays, complete with a craft.
Reading is Filling -
When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
TEEN: Game On! -
When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Get moving with the XBox or Wii in the Teen Area. No registration is needed, just come in and have fun. TV not on? Just ask the friendly librarian! For students in grades 6-12 and college.
Toddler Zone -
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Ages 12 - 35 months. This active and fun-filled program uses books, fingerplays, puppets, songs and nursery rhymes to foster a familiar environment for little ones where they feel comfortable to learn.
PreSchool Pals -
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Three to six year-old children are introduced to longer stories and will enjoy various interactive activities, fingerplays, use of the flannelboard, songs and a craft.
Reading is Filling -
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
TEEN: Game On! -
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Get moving with the XBox or Wii in the Teen Area. No registration is needed, just come in and have fun. TV not on? Just ask the friendly librarian! For students in grades 6-12 and college.
Romp and Stomp -
When: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Lora Hussey Room

Family Program. Join us at the Library as we get wild with music and movement!
Reading is Filling -
When: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
TEEN: Game On! -
When: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Get moving with the XBox or Wii in the Teen Area. No registration is needed, just come in and have fun. TV not on? Just ask the friendly librarian! For students in grades 6-12 and college.
Parent/Child Chess Club -
When: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Mayfield North and South

Family program. Join the Parent/Child Chess Club at the Library on Saturday mornings to challenge your mind! Kids and parents can spend quality time together learning the game of chess. It doesn't matter if you are a chess expert or don't even know how the pieces will move, we will find a place for you!
Reading is Filling -
When: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
Reading is Filling -
When: Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you want anything more than books or chocolate? The Library will give you both when you pick up a Challenge Sheet at the second floor reference desk between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28. Simply fill out your name and your Challenge, and you’re good to go. No computers, no passwords, easy as pie. Your Challenge is up to you. In years past, people have gotten themselves to tackle that stack of magazines that has been piling up, or read a few books outside of their comfort zone. Maybe there are a few classics you’ve always wanted to crack open, or perhaps you’d like to buckle down and try some nonfiction. Or, you can simply vow to devote more time to books, such as reading during every lunch break or always listening to audiobooks on the way home. Whatever the challenge, now is the time to conquer it. Return your Challenge Sheet by Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift bag.
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