Every so often you'll hear about STEM or STEAM in the newspaper, on the Internet or even on the news. This book shows how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) can change student's lives. "Spare Parts" by Joshua Davis is the story about four high school Latino teenagers who came together as a group and competed against some of the top colleges in a national underwater robotics championship. The four students, all who had entered the United States illegally, were struggling to find their place at the school, Carl Hayden Community High School and society (West Phoenix) This group consisted of a JROTC cadet, a would-be gang member, a brainy nerd and a qentle giant. Working with only a budget less than $1,000, the students build Stinky and compete against teams including MIT who is backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. Here's what one author said about the book "It will make you think hard about what it means to be American and where we will find the next generation of talents." ~Chris Anderson. Recently, a major motion picture starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Can't believe it's been 50 years since this movie musical first appeared on the big screen. "The Sound of Music Story" by Tom Santopietro gives us the account of how the movie came to be. Read about the behind-the-scenes stories on how the movie was almost cancelled due to "Cleopatra" nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox, the individuals who were considered for the lead roles and find out what the movie Von Trapp children are doing now. An interesting tidbit is how the big city/name movie critics hated the movie, but the small time critics and people loved it. The Sound of Music was the "feel good" movie that everyone wanted to see over and over. This book is a definite read for any Sound of Music or Julie Andrews fan.
A 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.
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 intriguing 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 Journal
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
Recently, Reference and Adult Services staff presented their list of the Best Reads of 2014 to the Learning in Retirement group. The presentation of books is available for viewing. See how many titles you have read. Other "best" lists available:
- LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites
- Publisher's Weekly
- National Public Radio
- New York Times 100 Notable Books