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Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan MeissnerA scarf passed down through generations connect Clara Wood and Taryn Michaels in "A Fall of Marigolds" by Susan Meissner.  Both women experienced life changing events during tragic events, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the World Trade Towers collapse.  In September 1911, Clars is working on Ellis Island because she can't face living in Manhattan after the Fire.  She lost the man she loved when he fell to his death. While working she meets an emigrant Welshman wrapped in his deceased wife's marigold scarf and Clara finds herself helping the quarantined man beyond her nursing duties. She stuggles with what she learns about the man's wife and makes her look at her own life and her capacity to love again.  At the same time we learn about Taryn Michaels who's husband died in the 9/11 disaster.  On that day she was to meet her husband at the top of the Tower, but was delayed when she went to pick up a scarf from a customer.  This scarf appears in a photo on the tenth anniversary of the disaster and stirs up emotions in Taryn.  The reader learns about the connection between the two women whose broken hearts have left them in an in-between place.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Come bring the kids or come yourself to the celebration which includes games, crafts, activities, & cake.  The festivities will be Saturday, February 28 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room.  Also we can celebrate the publishing of a new Dr. Seuss book this summer, "What Pet Should I Get?"  Here's some books to enjoy on Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss : American icon by Philip Nel  (B S496n)
Readers will "come away enlightened about the talented man who wanted to wake people up to events in the world and leave a moral legacy for children."  Nel eschews all but the most necessary details of Dr. Seuss' personal life, but, using numerous, specific examples of his writing and art, digs deeply into the work, including a particularly intriDr. Seuss: American Icon by Philip Nelguing discussion of Dr. Seuss' pre- and post-World War II politics."  Booklist

Dr. Seuss & Co. go to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of America's leading comic artists by Andre Schiffrin  (940.530207 S333d)
"Schiffrin describes this book as "a companion and a sequel" to Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel, compiled by Richard Minear (1999). Indeed it is, with 124 cartoons by Dr. Seuss and 179 by artists including Al Hirschfeld, Carl Rose, and Saul Steinberg, who were not associated with newspaper editorial cartooning."  Choice Review

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : a biography by Judith Morgan  (B S496mo)
"This witty and charming biography of the highly original genius, Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), maintains suspense as the authors unfold the facts of his life and art. It is full of wry Seussian limericks and interesting anecdotes, among which are his failed invention of an Infantograph and the mad pranks played by Seuss on rival artists."  Library JournalDr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard Minear

Dr. Seuss goes to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard Minear  (940.530207 M664d)
This book features handsome, large-format reproductions of more than two hundred of Geisel’s cartoons with commentary by the historian Richard H. Minear.

Dr. Seuss, the cat behind the hat  (759.13 S496.g)
"Everyone who grew up entertained, provoked, and enlightened by Dr. Seuss books will love this big, color-saturated volume covering 70 years of published and private art by the master of smart, loopy fun. Here are examples of Theodor Geisel's clever, now ironic advertising work, including a rambunctious campaign for Flit, an insecticide containing DDT. Geisel's political cartoons and magazine illustrations are animated by his phenomenal gift for line and color, mischievous humor, and humanitarian values." Booklist

You're only old once! by Dr. Seuss  (817 S496y)
Classic picture-book ode to aging.  "This comical look at what it's like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years." Amazon

Movie Matinee

Ok, you weren't invited to George's wedding, but you can see him at our Monday Movie Matinee, Oct. 20 at 1:00 pm.  He will be appearing in the "Monuments Men," the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, an unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.  If you wanted to learn more about the art thefts during World War II, check out our Spotlight page this month for some recommended titles.

Back to School

Jump-Starting Boys by Pam WithersThinking Organized for Parents and Children by Rhona GordonTalkers, Watchers & Doers by Cheri FullerThe Launching Years by Laura KastnerA Parent's Guide to Tutors and Tutoring by James MendelsohnSchool Power by Jeanne Shay Schumm

School is in session!  Are you and your student ready for another year?  School shouldn't be stressful for parents or students.  The library's education section offers readings to help parents through the school years.

School Power: study skill strategies for succeeding in school by Jeanne Shay Schumm
Step-by-step instructions, practical advice, and insider tips from real students cover every conceivable topic, from how to get organized and create a study space to how to take notes, write papers, prepare speeches, follow directions, set goals, handle long-range assignments, and much more.

Jump-Starting Boys: help your reluctant learner find success in school and life by Pam Withers
"Offers tips and tools for parents, rather than teachers, demonstrating how home life can make a dramatic difference in performance and confidence levels at school. Topics include increasing boys' interest in reading and writing, helping boys who are underachieving in math and science, identifying physical difficulties, and emphasizing the importance of male role models in boys' lives." From Library Journal

Thinking Organized for Parents and Children: helping kids get organized for home, school and play by Rhona M. Gordon
"Writing primarily for students in grades 5–12, her book focuses on improving executive-function skills by teaching six key strategies: material organization, time management, learning styles and studying, memory tools, note taking for reading comprehension, and written language skills." From Library Journal

Talkers, Watchers, and Doers: unlocking your child's unique learning style by Cheri Fuller
"Supplies insight into the various ways we take in information, whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic, with clear guidance on how to make the most of a child's learning strengths while minimizing weaknesses." From Library Journal

Parent's Guide to Tutors and Tutoring: how to support the unique needs of your child by James R. Mendelsohn
This book "offers a survival guide for helping parents decide whether or not to hire a tutor; advice for choosing the right person; and ideas for evaluating if the job is well done. In addition, the book includes suggestions for selecting a tutor for kids with special needs and shows what it takes to tutor for an individual child's unique weaknesses and strengths."  From Amazon

The Launching Years: strategies for parenting from senior year to college life by Laura S. Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
"Part one of the book focuses on issues of senior year in high school: the arduous college application process, senioritis, prom, and graduation. Part two focuses on the first year of college: parenting from afar, sad siblings, and helping the college student deal with issues from grades to drugs to sexual freedom. This is a useful resource for parents facing the imminent departure of their children to college." From Booklist

Learning Without Boundaries: how to make virtual schooling work.
An explanation of virtual public schooling, where students attend from home. Combines the strong parental involvement of home schooling, the expertise and accountability of publicly funded education, and the flexibility of online classes. Offers tips and advice from parents and Connections Academy staff, many applicable to K-12 students in any setting.

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