Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29: 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, July 28, 2011

July 28: Literary settings quiz

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

1. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi is set in _____
a. France
b. Sweden
c. Germany

2. Albert Camus' novel The Plague is set in _____
a. France
b. Algeria
c. Italy

3. The family in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible moves from Georgia to
a. Rwanda
b. Indonesia
c. Belgian Congo

4. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck is set in _____
a. China
b. Japan
c. Australia

5. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is set in _____
a. Italy
b. Brazil
c. Spain

6. Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux is set in _____
a. Honduras
b. Ecuador
c. Portugal

7. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood is set in _____
a. Quebec
b. Upstate New York
c. Toronto

8. Isabel Allende's novel The House of the Spirits chronicles the life of a family in _____
a. Peru
b. Chile
c. Spain

Check back next week for the answers!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26 – Tuesday kids movies: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Puppy mayhem turns the lives of two Chihuahuas upside down as their rambunctious puppies pose one challenge after another.

Today at 1:30 in the library meeting room. Open to all ages.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25: Novel Destinations: The Far East

Journey to China, Japan, Korea and Laos this summer with the following selections from the Moorestown Library collection.

Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

“Spanning the years between the world wars, this tale of a young Chinese girl forced to work in a silk factory describes the sisterhood of workers she discovers there.”

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

“Because her mother is dying and her father is old, Chiyo, nine, is sold to a wealthy geisha house in Gion where she learns her trade and works in it in the 1930s and 1940s.”

Tea House Fire by Eillis Avery

“Relocated from 1866 New York to Japan by an abusive missionary guardian, young Aurelia Bernard befriends the daughter of Kyoto's most influential tea master, who instructs her about the fading tradition of the tea ceremony.”

The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

“Seventy-two-year-old Dr. Siri Paiboun, a coroner in Laos, confronts shamans, dreams, conversations with the dead, and an international cover-up, in his attempts to solve a series of murders of Vietnamese soldiers and the wife of a party leader.”

The Lucky Gourd Shop by Joanna C. Scott

“The adoptive mother of three Korean children digs deep into their past and shares the story of their South Korean birth mother Mi Sook, an independent spirit who grew up amidst poverty and war without family relationships.”

“Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth living in suburban New York, seems on the surface to be living a quiet and harmonious life, but he remains tormented by his wartime love for a Korean comfort woman.”


The Good Earth Trilogy by Pearl Buck

The Good Earth

“Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant, rises from poverty to become a rich landowner with the aid of his patient wife in the 1920s.”

Sons

“Wang Lung and O-lan's sons divide their land in the sequel to The Good Earth, but the youngest, Wang the Tiger, becomes a warlord.”

A House Divided

“After The Good Earth and Sons, Wang's grandson Yuan spends years in America as a student before he returns home to the New China and revolution.”

Pearl of China by Anchee Min

“In the small southern town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the nineteenth century, young Willow and young Pearl S. Buck, the headstrong daughter of zealous Christian missionaries, bump heads and embark on a friendship that will sustain both of them through one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history.”

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

“A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.”


***Raining Cats and Rats by Donna Gottardi

“This is the true story of a teacher’s adventure beyond the classroom in modern-day rural China. Experience the rewards of testing one’s own comfort zones, 10,000 miles from home.”


***Meet the author at Moorestown Library, Wednesday, August 10 at 7 PM!











Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22: 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, July 21, 2011

July 21: Teen movie marathon at the Rec

We will be showing all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies in the Rec Center today! First movie starts at 10 am - come grab a snack and get out of the heat to enjoy a movie with your friends!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 20 - Bathroom Cleanliness

Suggestion:  "If you are going to keep the front bathroom locked, it still needs to be cleaned.  It is smelly.  It was cleaner and fresher before the lockdown began.  Please add a step stool for kids to use."

Response:  The restrooms are being cleaned on a daily basis by the same cleaning service.  They might not seem as clean as you remember because during the summer months, they are used by more patrons since the traffic through the library is heavier when school is not in session.  "Legal ramifications prevent the use of step stools around bathroom fixtures in public places used by children," according to Joe Galbraith, the Library Director.
Diane C.
Reference Librarian

July 20: Novel Destinations: A taste of Spain

A Spanish Lover by Joanna Trollope (F Tro)
“Lizzie raises a family while her twin, Frances, starts a travel business in which she meets Luis Gomez Moreno, a married man 10 years older.  Trollope constructs a beautiful plot, and her descriptions of Spain will have you itching to call your travel agent.”

The sun also rises by Ernest Hemingway (Fiction Hem)
Depicts a group of lively but aimless expatriates who travel across Spain and France after World War I, drinking, fishing, and going to bullfights.

Don Quixote by Miguel des Cervantes (Fiction Cer)
Don Quixote of 16th-century Spain decides to become a knight with a horse and squire who honors a lady, but his horse is a nag, his squire a peasant, and his lady a prostitute.

Spain:  a culinary road trip by Mario Batali (641.5946 Bat)
Spain’s unique food, wine, cooking, art, history, culture and music are showcased in this road trip adventure.

Picasso’s War:  the destruction of Guernica and the masterpiece that changed the world by Russell Martin (CD Book 759.4 Mar)
“Presents the story of the town in northern Spain that was attacked by Hitler’s Luftwaffe in 1937, an event that inspired Picasso’s celebrated and controversial masterpiece, Guernica.”

Goya by Robert Hughes (760.092 Hug)
“A portrait of the legendary Spanish artist provides a study of his life and varied works from the context of the turbulent world of eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century Spain.”

The Camino:  a journey of the spirit
by Shirley MacLaine (791.43 Mac)
“The author and actress chronicles her journey along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain – the famous pilgrimage route that has been taken by pilgrims ranging from St. Francis of Assisi to Chaucer.”

The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky (946.6 Kur)
“A history of the Basque people of Spain speculates on the origins of this enigmatic group of Europeans whose language and culture have long baffled anthropologists.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19: Save the date

Local author Donna Gottardi will be joining us on Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. to share her experiences traveling in modern-day rural China.

Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18: Library phone problems

Due to ongoing problems with the township phone system, the library is not able to receive incoming phone calls. Town Hall is currently receiving all calls and transferring them to the library, but they are only able to do this when township offices are open (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday).

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the situation fixed as soon as possible.

July 18, 2011 - The movie, "Left Behind"

Suggestion:  "Left Behind" the movie

Answer:  The movie, "Left Behind" is available through interlibrary loan, but we need to know the name of the patron requesting it in order to have it sent to us.  Please call us at:  856-234-0333.
Thanks,
Diane C.
Reference Librarian

July 18: Did you know...

That the library has a scanner?  (Well, technically, we have a photocopier that also scans.) 

Scanning is free - you just need to bring in a flash drive to store your scans. The machine will give you the option to change file types, resolution, and size.

If you need help, just ask the Reference Librarians and we'll get you started!

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15: 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, July 14, 2011

July 14: It all ends!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens at midnight on July 15. How many of you will be going to see it?

Need a Potter fix now? Check out the trailer!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 13: Novel Destinations Australia

Get a  taste of the Lands Down Under!

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Fiction Wyl)
“Set in the haunting landscape of eastern Australia, this is a stunningly accomplished debut novel about the inescapable past, the ineffable ties of family, the wars fought by fathers and sons, and what goes unsaid.”

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan (Fiction Mor)
“A fictional account of an American woman's four-month odyssey through the Australian Outback with the region's native people shares a message about living in harmony with the world around.”

The Secret River by Kate Grenville (Fiction Gre)
“Moving between the slums of nineteenth-century London and the convict colonies of Australia, chronicles the lives and fortunes of the early pioneers of New South Wales, in a fictitious novel based on the author's own family history.”

The Legacy by Nevil Shute (Fiction Shu)
"A tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback."

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Fiction McC)
A romantic family saga set in the Australian outback and spanning the first half of the 1900s. 

The Road from Coorain: Recollections of a harsh and beautiful journey into adulthood  by Jill Ker Conway (B Conway)
“A woman of intellect and ambition describes growing up on an Australian ranch, coping with her father's death and her mother's depression, her intellectual awakening at the university, and her path to becoming the first woman president of Smith College.”

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (919.404 Bry)
“This travel narrative from veteran wanderer Bryson (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.) provides an appreciative, informative, and hilarious portrait of the land Down Under. “

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All : A New Zealand Story by Christina Thompson (993 Tho)
“Relates the author's marriage as an American middle-class student to a Maori tradesman from a background of rural poverty, and explores their relationship within the wider context of the cultural clash between Europeans and Maoris throughout New Zealand's history.”

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin (919.4 Cha)
“The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. This is an account which recalls the authors' travels across the length and breadth of Australia seeking to find the truth about the songs and unravel the mysteries of their stories.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 12: The All-Star Game is tonight

Tune in tonight to watch some of your favorite Phillies play in this year's All-Star Game!





Want to know about some stars of baseball's past?  Check out We would have played for nothing and The only game in town by former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent or Splendor on the diamond by Rich Westcott.

Play ball!

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11: Come see Gentleman Jim tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Join Jack Favorite tonight for a screening of Gentleman Jim.

Vigorous, good-humored biography of polished boxer Jim Corbett in the fight game’s early days. Flynn is dynamic in the leading role (reportedly his favorite), supported by a colorful, irrepressible cast.

Directed by Raoul Walsh. With Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Ward Bond, Jack Carson & Alan Hale. U.S., 1942, 104 minutes

July 11 : Baby Story Time begins today at 9:30

Children under 2 are welcome to join us, along with their caregivers and siblings.

To kick off this new program, the library is offering gift bags to all parents who register their babies (under age 2) for a library card. Hurry in while supplies last!

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8: 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, July 7, 2011

July 7: Library Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m.

Tonight's selection is Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The novel is set in colonial India during the 1920's. It tells the story of a young Englishwoman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant and drawn into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince. Her conflict between cultures is detailed in this powerful novel which won the Booker Prize in 1975.

The book group meets the first Thursday of every other month in the local history room. Books, author information, and discussion questions are available at the Reference Desk. Join us and bring a friend!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6 : Novel Destinations: A taste of the Middle East

Travel to the Middle East with Moorestown Library this summer!

Kite runner – Khaled Hosseini
This beautifully told story traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
In this graphic novel, the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.

City of veils – Zoe Ferraris
After the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on a beach in Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim, along with the help of a female coroner, discovers that the victim was a controversial filmmaker and must discern who wanted her dead.

A woman in Jerusalem - A. B. Yehoshua 
Assigned the difficult task of identifying and burying the victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market, a human resources representative reluctantly pieces together the woman's past as a former Soviet engineer and a non-Jewish person on a religious pilgrimage.


Palace walk – Naguib Mahfouz
At the end of World War I, al-Sayyid Ahmad explores Cairo at night while his family stays at home living according to the Qur'an.

Crescent – Diana Abu-Jaber
Never married, living with an Iraqi-immigrant uncle and devoted dog, and working as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant in California, thirty-nine-year-old Sirine finds her life turned upside down by a handsome Arabic literature professor.


Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
The author describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature.

Kabul beauty school – Deborah Rodriguez
Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of the Taliban. She soon found that her skills as a trained hairdresser were in demand, both for the Western workers and Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5: Answers to last week's quiz

As promised, here are the answers to last week's Who Lives Where detective quiz:

Philip Marlowe - Los Angeles
Harry Hole - Oslo, Norway
Agatha Raisin - Cotswolds, England
Guido Brunetti - Venice, Italy
Precious Ramotswe - Botswana
Easy Rawlins - Los Angeles
Aimee LeDuc - Paris
Miss Marple - St. Mary's Mead, England
Sherlock Holmes - London
Peter McGarr - Dublin
Kinsey Milhone - Santa Teresa, CA
Erlendur Sveinsson - Iceland
Kurt Wallendar - Sweden
Jonathan Argyll - Rome, Italy
Charlie Chan - Honolulu
Amelia Peabody - Egypt
V.I. Warshawski - Chicago
Carol Ashton - Sydney
Marcus Didius Falco - Rome
Brother Cadfael - Shrewsbury, England

How did you do?

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4: Happy Independence Day

Happy 4th of July to everyone! The library is closed today but we'll be back tomorrow!

Friday, July 1, 2011

July 1: Food for Fines and Fourth of July!

Today is Food For Fines Friday!

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.

Fourth of July Parade
Join your friends and neighbors on Monday for the annual Fourth of July Parade!  The library will have its own float, featuring our very own Joe Galbraith dressed as Thomas Jefferson!