Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Art Scene

Teen Photography Display
WHERE:Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
March 17 to April 30, 2012

Come see the photography display by Hayden Crocker, age 15, in the Young Adult area of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.  Hayden Crocker is an avid still photographer.  He has been carrying a camera at his side for most of his life. (Even as a toddler he had toy cameras.)  Hayden is drawn to capturing moments from every day life. Most often his photographs are of friends, animals and landscapes or items found in nature. He also has taken photographs for commercial purposes, whether for a direct marketing campaign or to promote an artist.  In addition to still photography, Hayden has also created hundreds of short films and instructional videos.

All teen artists are welcome and encouraged to submit their artwork for display in the Young Adult area of the Library.  Work submitted must be ready to hang on the wall, and the Library reserves the right to accept or reject any work as it deems appropriate. For more information, please stop by the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, or contact Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian at 978.468.5577, ext. 14 or

As part of the 2012 teen summer programming I will be scheduling a night photography workshop (in keeping with the "Own the Night" summer reading teen slogan) in late June.  Participants will be asked to display the result of their work from the workshop, in the teen area of the Library.  Look for the schedule of teen summer programming on this blog or keep an eye on the Library's online Calendar of Events.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Teen Think Tank Video Debut

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon after the Library closed, members of the Teen Think Tank (the Hamilton-Wenham Library's teen advisory board) met to shoot a video to enter in the 2012 Summer Reading Teen Video Challenge contest.  The contest rules were to give an interpretation of this year's Collaborative Summer Library Program teen slogan "Own the Night," and to promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.

To see other entries from Massachusetts, go to YouTube and search: 2012-TVC-MA. Leave off the state abbreviation to see entries from around the country.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Doo Wee Tune-Up? Yes We Do: NEW NON-FICTION

The following are recently purchased non-fiction books for the Young Adult collection in Dewey Decimal order.  Check out a previous post to view recently purchased music-related non-fiction titles.

UFOs: Real or Imagined? : A Scientific Investigation, by Stanton T. Friedman, 2012.
Y 001.94 FRI

Roswell Incident: An Eyewitness Account, by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt, 2012.
Y 001.94 SCH

Supernatural Signs, Symbols, and Codes, by Beryl Dhanjal, Arlene Billings, 2012.
Y 130 SUP
Famous Ghosts and Haunted Places, by Gordon J. Lynch, Diane Canwell, Jonathan Sutherland, 2012.
Y 133.1 SUP
Ancient Egypt's Myths and Beliefs, by Fergus Fleming and Alan Lothian, 2012.
Y 299 FLE
Five Thousand Years of Slavery, by Marjorie Gann, Janet Willen, 2011.
Y 306.3 GAN

Understanding Economic Data, by Susan Meyer, 2012. 
Understanding Economic Indicators: Predicting Future Trends in the Economy, by Kathy Furgang, 2012.
How markets work, by Diane Bailey, 2012.
Y 330 ECO

Start It Up: The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions Into Pay, by Kenrya Rankin, 2011.
Y 330 RAN

Geothermal Power, by Carla Mooney, 2011.
Y 333.8 MOO
The Politics of Saving the Environment, edited by Michael Anderson, 2012. 
Y 337.72 AND
The Science of War: Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics, edited by Robert Curley, 2012.
Y 355.4 BRI
Your Career in the.... Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, 2012.
Y 355 - Y 363

Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard, by Thomas Vander Ven, 2011.
Y 362.29 VAN

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, by Marc Aronson, 2011.
Y 363.11 ARO

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal, 2011.
Y 363.41 BLU
Be Honest: And Other Advice From Students Across the Country, edited by Nínive Calegari, 2011.
Y 371.8 CAL

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style: How to Find Your Perfect Look, by Ann Shoket & the editors of Seventeen, 2011.
Y 391 SEV

Tattoo Art Around the World, by Diane Bailey, 2012.
Y 391.6 BAI
Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation, by Anton Zeilinger, 2010.
Y 530.12 ZEI

Discovering the Speed of Light, by Charles J. Caes, 2012. 
Y 535 CAE

Slow Light: Invisibility, Teleportation and Other Mysteries of Light, by Sidney Perkowitz, 2011.
Y 535 PER

Discovering Thermodynamics, by Joseph Kantrowitz, Jeffrey B. Moran, 2012. 
Y 536.7 KAN
The Illustrated Timeline of Medicine, by Gill Davies, 2012.
Y 610.9 DAV
Nutrition: Opposing Viewpoints, David Haugen and Susan Musser, book editors, 2012.
Y 613.20 HAU
I Have Diabetes: Now What? (Teen Life 411), by Leslie Green, Pat Kelly, 2012.
Y 616.4 GRE
Tanks: Inside & Out, by Michael E. Haskew, 2012.
Warships: Inside & Out, by Robert Jackson, 2012.
Jet fighters: Inside & Out, by Jim Winchester, 2012.
Y 623 WEA

Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets "Festive", by Jen Yates, 2011. 
Y 641.86 YAT

Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads: Jump-Start Your Career!, by Louise M. Kursmark, 2012. 
Y 650.14 KUR

I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place, and Purpose, by Jill Rubalcaba, 2011. 
Y 720.92 RUB
The Star Wars Craft Book, by Bonnie Burton, 2011.
Y 745.5 BUR
Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, by Joan of Dark, a.k.a. Toni Carr, 2012.
Y 746.4 CAR
The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History, by Ben Marcus, 2011.
Y 796.22 MAR

The Britannica Guide to...Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, edited by Adam Augustyn, 2012.
Y 796.32 - 796.35 AUG
Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless, by Joseph McBride, 2012.
Y 808.2 MCB

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy,  edited by Leah Wilson, 2011.
Y 813 WIL
The Tree is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories From Mexico With Paintings by Mexican Artists, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1998.
Y 860.9 NYE
His name was Raoul Wallenberg : Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II, by Louise Borden, 2012.
Y 940.53 BOR


Smile: The story of Lily Allen, by Bella Wolfson, 2010.
Y 782.42 WOL


Dan Eldon: Safari As A Way of Life, by by Jennifer New, 2011.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by by Karen Blumenthal, 2012.
Y B JOBS, Steve

Katy Perry: A Life of Fireworks, by Chloe Govan, 2011.
The Pregnancy Project, by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer, 2012.
Y 306.87 ROD

Will Smith, by Lisa M. Iannucci, 2010.

Don't Put Me In Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey From the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench, by Mark Titus, 2012.
Y 796.323 TIT

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Featured Author: Tamora Pierce

Help, send me to Books Anonymous, I've been hooked on Tamora Pierce's books for the past month and can't stop.  I'd been meaning to try one of Pierce's books for several years, and finally picked up Terrier, the first book in the Beka Cooper series.  This is a medieval fantasy world with a detective heroine.  I couldn't put it down. I read through the rest of the series, and and then didn't want to leave the world of Tortall, so continued on with Alanna, The First Adventure.  Beware, if you like fantasy and adventure, with strong female and male characters, and animals that communicate with them, these books will have you reading deep into the night.

Terrier, by Tamora Pierce, 2006.  Beka Cooper Book 1.
"Sixteen-year-old Beka Cooper lives far removed from knights, palaces, and the nobility. Her world revolves around thieves, beggars, taverns, and the lowest of the low. She's a trainee for the Provost's Guard—a rookie cop, in a world where a cop makes her own name based on her personality, her attitude toward money, and her love of the law".--Tamora Pierce

Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce, 2009.  Beka Cooper Book 2.
"Beka is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world".--publisher's description

Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce, 2011.  Beka Cooper Book 3.
"... a tasty blend of detective work, romance, magic, and treachery. A king's son has been kidnapped and Lord Gershom calls in the best team he has: Beka Cooper; her canine tracker, Achoo; Beka's partner Tunstall and his Lady Sabine; and a seemingly bumbling mage known as Farmer Cape".--Cindy Welch, Copyright 2010 Booklist

Tamora Pierce's series are listed below in the chronological order in which they take place.  My advice is to start with Alanna and proceed from there.  Click on the series title to go to the Library's online catalog:
The Song of the Lioness (4 in series)
The Immortals (4 in series)
The Circle of Magic (4 in series)
The Protector of the Small (4 in series)
The Circle Opens (4 in series)
The Will of the Empress
Melting Stones
Trickster (2 in series)
Beka Cooper (3 in series)

Short Stories

Tamora Pierce website