Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30: Did you know...

that the Library sells 1 GB flash drives?  The drives double as a black bracelet, with the words "Back it up @ the Moorestown Library" printed in yellow and cost $7.50 each.

So don't lose that paper you've been working on for an hour -- stop by the reference desk to purchase a flash drive today!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29: Novel Destinations: A taste of Africa

Travel to Africa this summer with the Moorestown Library!   Explore such countries as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in these powerful novels written by African authors.

The girl who married a lion and other tales from Africa – Alexander McCall Smith
A beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.


King Solomon’s mines – H. Rider Haggard
Allan Quartermain and his companions struggle across the remote African continent in search of hidden gold in this classic story that’s stood the test of time.

Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
In a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa, a fifty-two-year-old college professor who has lost his job for sleeping with a student tries to relate to his daughter, Lucy, who works with an ambitious African farmer.

Baking cakes in Kigali – Gaile Parkin
In genocide-stricken Rwanda, baker Angel Tungaraza provides decadent confections and a friendly ear to a series of troubled customers.  A good choice for readers interested in the political and social life of African countries.

Things fall apart – Chinua Achebe
Traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. Its hero, Okonkwo, is a noble man who is driven by destructive forces.

Say you’re one of them – Uwem Akpan
A collection of tales about modern African children in crisis includes "An Ex-Mas Feast," in which an eight-year-old child shares in his family's sacrifices to obtain enough food and enable his education.

Purple hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Growing up in a wealthy Nigerian home with a tyrannical father, Kambili and her brother find happiness during a visit to their Aunty Ifeoma, but as Kambili enjoys her freedom and falls in love, the country begins to fall under a military coup.

Whatever you do, don’t run – Peter Allison
Presents laugh out loud tales from a safari guide about his encounters with big cats, elephants, hippos, and other unpredictable animals.  Whether he’s facing a lion charge or crashing his Land Rover into a lagoon full of hippos, Allison is clearly in his element in the unpredictable wilderness.

Poisonwood bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The family of a fierce evangelical Baptist missionary--Nathan Price, his wife, and his four daughters--begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives forever transformed over the course of three decades by the political and social upheaval of Africa.

Links – Nuruddin Farah
Returning to Mogadishu, Somalia, from New York after a twenty-year exile, college professor Jeebleh finds a troubled and devastated city ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by violent gangs of thugs. Farah writes of governmental and social unrest in chilling detail that hardly seems to be fiction at all, especially considering today's global headlines.

Children’s Day – Michiel Heyns
The award-winning South African author of The Typewriter's Tale presents the story of a young boy who grows up in a state-free village during the 1960s apartheid years, where he interacts with a range of eccentric fellow characters and confronts strange and sometimes violent expressions of class, race, and gender.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28: Who lives where detective match

To go along with Novel Destinations, our adult summer reading program, here's a fun quiz for you to try!

Match the detective on the left with the place he/she lives or works on the right.

  1. Philip Marlowe
  2. Harry Hole
  3. Agatha Raisin
  4. Guido Brunetti
  5. Precious Ramotswe
  6. Easy Rawlins
  7. Aimee LeDuc
  8. Miss Marple
  9. Sherlock Holmes
  10. Peter McGarr
  11. Kinsey Milhone
  12. Erlendur Sveinsson
  13. Kurt Wallandar
  14. Jonathan Argyll
  15. Charlie Chan
  16. Amelia Peabody
  17. V.I. Warshawski
  18. Carol Ashton
  19. Marcus Didius Falco
  20. Brother Cadfael
  1. Rome, Italy
  2. Botswana
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Oslo, Norway
  5. Egypt
  6. Paris, France
  7. Rome, Italy
  8. Santa Teresa, CA
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Shrewsbury, England
  11. London, England
  12. Chicago, IL
  13. Dublin, Ireland
  14. Sweden
  15. Cotswolds, England
  16. Honolulu, HI
  17. Venice, Italy
  18. Los Angeles, CA
  19. St. Mary's Mead, England
  20. Iceland 

Check back next week for the answers!

Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27: Harry Potter Movie and Trivia for teens!

Join us in the meeting room at 4 pm today to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 followed by some fun trivia and cool prizes!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 23: Congratulations to the first prize winner in our adult summer reading program!

Today we drew the name of our first raffle winner in our Novel Destinations adult summer reading program.

You could be next!

Pack your bags and get ready to go!

From June 13 to August 10, travel to Novel Destinations at Moorestown Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program!

How it works

For every book that you read about another culture, fill out a prize entry form.
We will be holding weekly drawings throughout the summer for prizes from around the world.

Enter as often as you like! Open to adults 18 and older.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22 : Summer is here and it's TOO HOT TO COOK! Let Moorestown Library help.

Too hot to cook and tired of take-out?  Need some fresh ideas for delicious food?  Check out these titles for some new and easy summer suppers.
Gourmet Sandwiches by Norman Kolpas (641.84 Kol)
A World of Salads by Rosalie Swedlin (641.83 Swe)
The Sandwich Maker Cookbook by Donna Rathmell German (641.84 Ger)
The Salad Book by Michele Evans (641.83 Eva)
Roadfood Sandwiches by Jane & Michael Stern (641.84 Ste)
The Great Sandwich Book by Anita Borghese (641.84 Bor)
and for those days when you are feeling a bit more ambitious  Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson (641.5 Law).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21: Novel Destinations : A Taste of India

Travel to India with Moorestown Library this summer by checking out the following titles.

On Thursday, July 7 at 7 pm the Library Book Group will meet to discuss Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, an award-winning novel of Colonial India set in the 1920s.  Read the book and join the discussion!

Another title set in India during the time of the Raj is A Passage to India by E.M Forster. Don't miss this classic novel of the culture clash between East and West.

In Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, Koly is thirteen and her family can no longer afford to support her.  A husband must be found for her but there is very little money for a dowry.

Jhumpa Lahiri also tackles the issue of the traditional arranged marriage in the novel, The Namesake.  However, this young couple must adjust not only to each other but also to a new culture in the United States and finally to the challenge of maintaining their relationships with their American born children.

In Amulya Malladi's Mango Season, Priya Rao left India to study in the United States when she was twenty years old and has never returned.  In the seven years since she has become engaged to an American man and now she must return to India and face her traditional family with this unthinkable relationship. 

In Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan Olivia Hawthorne only learns the truth of her half Indian parentage after her father's sudden death.

Finally, one title in our biography collection reveals a local connection with India.  An American in Gandhi's India : the biography of Satyanand Stokes by Asha Sharma is the story of a Philadelphia Quaker who travels to India and ends up working with Gandhi for Indian independence.

Stay tuned for more Novel Destination titles coming soon!

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20: Come see Tom Finley's paintings through the end of June!

Our latest Community Gallery artist is Tom Finley, a longtime Moorestown resident. He attends classes at Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown and has been mentored by American Watercolor Society artist Bob Sakson.

Tom's watercolors have received awards in Perkins and Garden State Watercolor Society shows. He created this exhibit of ten watercolors from locations in Moorestown in 2010 and 2011.

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 17: Today is Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, June 16, 2011



From: Critical Companion to James Joyce: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, Critical Companion.
June 16, the day in 1904 on which the action of Ulysses takes place and since 1924 a date celebrated by admirers of Ulysses and James Joyce worldwide.  Bloomsday has become an international celebration—probably the only one devoted to a single literary work—that includes readings of Ulysses, performances of Joyce's works, festivities, and scholarly gatherings.
Celebrate Bloomsday by reading one of the James Joyce title's in Moorestown Library's collection.
Dubliners (audiobook)
Finnegans Wake
The Portable James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Stephen Hero
and of course, in honor of the day Ulysses !

June 16: Father's Day is June 19. Check out these inspiring titles!

In celebration of Father's Day, we'd like to recommend a few good reads about fathers from our library collection.

Big Russ and Me : father and son : lessons of life by the late Tim Russert is a warm and entertaining memoir of his father and of growing up in his working class family.

The newly published Good Stuff: a reminiscence of my father is Jennifer Grant's tribute to her beloved father, Cary Grant, who retired from acting to be her full-time parent.

In Touching My Father's Soul: a sherpa's journey to the top of Everest, Jamling Tenzing Norgay interweaves an account of his own ascent of Everest with stories from his father's climb with Sir Edmund Hillary.

Fathers and daughters in their own words (photographs by Mariana Cook), is a photographic essay with texts by the fathers and daughters pictured.  Some famous personalities and many unknown fathers and daughters share their special relationships in this unforgettable title.

And from our fiction collection, we recommend three titles:

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is a wonderful novel set during the World War II evacuation and relocation of Japanese-Americans.

Geraldine Brooks' March tells the story of the Civil War experiences of Captain March,  the father of the family introduced to readers in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

Finally, what literary celebration of fathers would be complete without Atticus Finch, the exemplary role model of single fathers immortalized in Harper Lee's magnificent novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  

And to everyone who is a father, has a father or stands in for a father, Happy Father's Day from the staff of the  Moorestown Library!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 15: Novel Destinations: Get a taste of Italy

Need some ideas to get you started in the Adult Summer Reading program?  Try out some Italian fare!

Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex (F Ess)
Renaissance Italy is brought to life in this meticulously researched fictional biography of the noble d’Este sisters and their complex relationships with Leonardo, their husbands, and each other are explored.

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (F Sto)
This idealized biography of Michelangelo traces his development as a painter and sculptor.  Details about Italy and the interplay of personalities in Florence and Rome during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries abound.

The Passion of Artemisia  by Susan Vreeland (F Vre)
Narrated in the first-person voice of Italian painter, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1653), The Passion of Artemisia tells the story of Artemisia’s life and career in Renaissance Italy.  This fact-based fiction of the first woman admitted to the Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno in Florence is filled with intrigue and drama.

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel (520 Sob)
A new view of Galileo is presented through the surviving letters of his illegitimate daughter, a cloistered nun.

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt (945 DeB)
Set in Venice, this nonfiction thriller follows the aftermath of the 1996 Venice opera house fire.  Rich cultural history is relayed through the author’s interviews with local figures.

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena DeBlasi (945 DeB)
Marlena DeBlasi, food writer and chef from St. Louis, Missouri, chronicles her adjustment to marriage and life in Italy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14 is Family History Day. Where does your past begin?

Discover your family history with the Moorestown Library's easy-to-search online collection of genealogical and historical sources.

Heritage Quest assembles U.S. federal census through 1930, banking and military records, genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials.

Ancestry includes sources like vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Ancestry and Heritage Quest are both available in the library. Heritage Quest is also available from your home computer with a Moorestown Library card.

The clues are out there waiting. Let us help you find them. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13: Tonight at 7:30: The importance of being Earnest

Join Jack Favorite tonight for a screening of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Directed by Anthony Asquith. With Michael Redgrave, Joan Greenwood, Michael Dennison, Dorothy Tutin, Edith Evans & Margaret Rutherford. Oscar Wilde’s peerless comedy of manners, set in Victorian England, is given and admirable treatment by a superlative cast.

Friday, June 10, 2011

June 10: Food for Fines Fridays: Every Friday until Labor Day!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 9: The 65th Annual Tony Awards are June 12

The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® got their start in 1947 when the Wing established an awards program to celebrate excellence in the theatre.

To get ready for the show, why don't you check out a soundtrack from one of these past winners?

2010: Memphis
2009: Billy Elliot
2008: In the Heights
2007: Spring Awakening
2006: Jersey Boys

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7: Why should kids have all the fun?

Pack your bags and get ready to go!  Travel to Novel Destinations at Moorestown Library's Adult Summer Reading Program!

Join us for a book discussion, prizes, and fun!

Open to adults 18 and older.

Stay tuned here for more details. Bon Voyage!

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6: Extended time on the computer

Comment:  "I believe that it is completely wrong that you don't let members of this library get a guest pass after using all of our minutes on our card because we might need more time on a project or something important."

Answer:  Most patrons find two hours of time on the computer to be sufficient, but if you let a reference librarian know that you will be needing the computer for more than two hours before your time expires in order to complete a project, we will be happy to give you additional minutes.
Diane C., Reference Librarian

June 6: One world, many stories

Registration for the library's summer children's programs begins tonight, June 6, at 7 p.m.  Reading programs, weekly story times and special events are available, including a brand new story time for babies!

Check out the children's page on the library website for more information.

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3: Today is Food for Fines Friday!

Today, Friday, June 3, from 9 am to 5 pm bring in one (1) non-perishable food item and the library will waive the overdue charges on one (1) overdue item up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Moorestown Day is this Saturday, June 4, 9 am to 3 pm!

Join Moorestown Library for a "celebration on Main Street."  Enjoy delicious food, shopping and entertainment and stop by and see us at the Moorestown Library table.  We will be located in front of Creative Interiors, 8 East Main Street, near the intersection of Mill Street and Main Street.  Sign up for a library card, check out all our upcoming programs and pick up a bargain book or two.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Favorite Film Festival: Monday June 13 at 7:30 PM

Join Jack Favorite this Monday, June 13, for a screening of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Directed by Anthony Asquith. With Michael Redgrave, Joan Greenwood, Michael Dennison, Dorothy Tutin, Edith Evans & Margaret Rutherford. Oscar Wilde’s peerless comedy of manners, set in Victorian England, is given and admirable treatment by a superlative cast.

Please note: This screening has been rescheduled from June 6.