Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31 & January 1: Happy New Year's Eve & New Year's Day!



In observance of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, the library will be closing at 5 p.m. today and will be reopening on Thursday, January 2nd at 9 a.m.

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 30, 2013

December 30: Rudyard Kipling: Birth Anniversary



Born this day at Bombay, India in 1865, Kipling was an English poet, novelist, short-story writer, and Nobel Prize laureate.  After working as a journalist in India, he traveled around the world.  Kipling is best known for his children's stories, such as The Jungle Book and Just So Stories, and poems such as "The Ballad of East and West" and "If."  He died at London, England on January 18, 1936.

Click here to view materials in our collection by and about Rudyard Kipling.  For some interesting external links, visit:  the Kipling Society and the Rudyard Kipling Collections at the Library of Congress.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

December 28: Woodrow Wilson: Birth Anniversary



Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson at Staunton, Virginia on this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson was twice elected as president of the U.S. (1912 and 1916).  He asked Congress to declare war on Germany, April 2, 1917, proclaiming, "The world must be made safe for democracy."  His second term of office ended March 3, 1921.  He died at Washington, D.C. on February 3, 1924.

Click here to view the library's holdings about Woodrow Wilson. For some interesting external links, visit:  the Woodrow Wilson Resource Guide compiled by the Library of Congress, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, and works by Woodrow Wilson at Project Gutenberg.

Friday, December 27, 2013

December 27: Food for fines!




Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26 - January 1, 2014: Happy Kwanzaa!




Kwanzaa, an African-American family observance, was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga in recognition of traditional African harvest festivals.  This seven-day festival stresses unity of the black family, with a harvest feast (karamu) on the first day and a day of meditation on the final one.  Kwanzaa means "first fruit" in Swahili.

Click here to view the library's holdings of materials about Kwanzaa and ideas for celebrating it.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 24 & 25: Happy Christmas Eve & Merry Christmas!


 
In observance of Christmas Eve tonight and Christmas tomorrow, the library will be closing at 1 p.m. today and will reopen on Thursday, December 26th at 9 a.m.  Merry Christmas!

Click here to view our large collection of Christmas holdings. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23: DVD Request

 

Request:  Bones, Seasons 4-8

Response:  We have Bones, Seasons 1-3 and plan to begin ordering more seasons soon.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December 21: Drop-in calendar craft for all ages!



2014 is right around the corner!  Drop in to the Children's Room any time today from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., or any time the library is open through Tuesday, December 31st, to make a custom calendar.  Bring pictures from home or use our craft supplies.

No registration required!

December 21: Legos and game playing for all ages!



Join us today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and / any time the library is open until Tuesday, December 31st for Legos and game playing in the Children's Room.

No registration required!

Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20: Food for fines!





Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December 19: "Titanic" Released: Anniversary


On this day in 1997, the most expensive film made (up to that time) at $200 million was released in theaters.  Titanic, written and directed by James Cameron, featured the drama of star-crossed lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) paired with the amazing special-effects re-creation of the doomed 1912 ocean liner's first and last voyage.  The film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, which tied it with 1959's Ben Hur.

Click here to view our holdings of this film as well as materials about the Titanic.  For numbers regarding the Titanic movie, along with its cast, production and technical crew, click here.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18: Ty Cobb: Birth Anniversary



Born on this day in 1886 at Narrows, Georgia, Tyrus Raymond Cobb became known as one of the all-time great baseball players.  Cobb had a lifetime batting average of .367 compiled over 24 years, during which he played in more than 3,000 games - mostly for the Detroit Tigers.  His runs scored record was not broken until 2001, and his stolen bases record stood until 1979.  Cobb was among the first five players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.  Ty Cobb died at Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 1961.

Click here to view the library's holdings about Ty Cobb.  Some interesting external links pertaining to Ty Cobb and the history of baseball include Ty Cobb at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Ty Cobb Museum, each of which provides additional links.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 17: " A Christmas Carol" Published: Anniversary




On this day in 1843, this holiday classic by Charles Dickens was published in a print run of 6,000 copies that sold out in one week.  By January 6, 1844, 2,000 more were sold.  This story of a bitter old miser's transformation has remained immensely popular. 

Click here to view the original manuscript and here for the library's many non-print and print adaptations of A Christmas Carol

For interesting details and other external links regarding this famous story, visit David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page.

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16: Lego League: Fill the Display Case with Wintery Creations




Our theme for December is "Winter Wonderland."  Work with a team, with a buddy, with your family, or on your own to create a winter masterpiece.  Your wintery creations will be displayed in the library lobby throughout the month of December.

Build your creations in the Children's Room today from 4-6 p.m.  All ages are welcome to participate!  No registration is required!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December 14: Christmas Bird Count




Now through January 5, 2014, join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas to take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind or rain to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

Click here for more information about the Christmas Bird Count.  To view the library's holdings on bird watching, click here.

Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13: Food for fines!



Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12: Edvard Munch: 150th Birth Anniversary



Born at Loten, Norway on this day in 1863, Munch was a painter and printmaker whose work influenced the development of German Expressionism.  His most famous work, The Scream (1893), has become an icon of the anxiety inherent in modern consciousness.  In 2012, at $120 million, it became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.  Munch died at Ekely, Norway, on January 23, 1944.

Click here to view the library's holdings of books about Edvard Munch and his work.  To view Edvard Munch's works online at museums and galleries worldwide, click here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11: United Nations: UNICEF established: Anniversary



On this day in 1946, the United Nations General Assembly of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

Check out our copy of Ana's Story, based on Jenna Bush's work with UNICEF, and the resources listed at the end of this book if you want to make a difference with this important organization. 

Click here to learn more about UNICEF and how to get involved.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10: VISIT WITH SANTA TODAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED





UNFORTUNATELY, SANTA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE LIBRARY TODAY.  HIS REINDEER AREN'T QUITE READY TO MAKE THE TRIP!

December 10: Registration for winter story times begins today!




Weekly story times for children from birth through Kindergarten will resume the week of January 6.  Register today by coming to the Children's Room or by calling 856-234-0333, ext. 5.

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9: John Milton: Birth Anniversary



Born at London, England on this day in 1608, John Milton, considered one of the greatest poets of the English language, was also known as a historian, civil servant and defender of freedom of the press.  He died from gout on November 8, 1674 at London.

Paradise Lost (1667) and Paradise Regained (1671), Milton's great verse epics, are available in our collection.  Click here to view our other holdings about this literary giant and his works.

For an online, almost fully annotated, collection of all of Milton's poetry and selections of his prose, click here.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 7: Willa Cather: Birth Anniversary



Born at Winchester, Virginia on this day in 1873, Willa Cather became best known for her novels about the development of early 20th-century American life, such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia.  She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for her book One of Ours.

Click here to view the library's holdings of materials by and about Willa Cather.  For more information about the life and times of Willa Cather, visit the Willa Cather Foundation Web site.

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6: Food for fines!



Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5: Walt Disney: Birth Anniversary



Born at Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1901, Walt Disney was an animator, filmmaker,  theme park developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, known internationally for his contributions to the entertainment field.  He died at Los Angeles, California on December 15, 1966.

Click here to view our vast collection of materials by and about Walt Disney, including travel books to Disney theme parks.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4: WISH tree at the Library



Now through December 18th, visit the WISH Tree at the Moorestown Library, Roma Bank (Ark Road & Route 38), and Boscov's in the Moorestown Mall to choose a tag and make a child's wish come true. 

This project is being sponsored by the Woman's Club of Moorestown in support of Emergency and Community Services of Burlington County.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3: Gilbert Stuart: Birth Anniversary



Born near Narragansett, Rhode Island on this day in 1755, American portrait painter Gilbert Charles Stuart, best known for his famous painting of George Washington, also painted portraits of Madison, Monroe, Jefferson and other important Americans.  He died on July 9, 1828 at Boston, Massachusetts.

Click here to view 155 works by Gilbert Stuart and for a book about Gilbert Stuart and his contemporaries, check out America's Old Masters, First Artists of the New World.

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2 Favorite Films: Meet John Doe (1940)



Join us in the Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. for a screening of Meet John Doe (1940). 

Directed by Frank Capra.  With Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan and Edward Arnold.  The search for the forgotten average man as a publicity stunt by a newspaper and how it backfired.  Excellent and elaborate comedy production.  (135 minutes)

December 2: Tree Lighting Celebration


Gather at 5:30 p.m. this evening on the front lawn of the Moorestown Community House to kick off this festive season and share a new tradition with your family and friends.

This event is being hosted by your friends at the Moorestown Community House.  For more information about this Moorestown landmark, click here.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30: Winston Churchill: Birth Anniversary



Born this day in 1874 at Oxfordshire, England, Winston Churchill was a British statesman and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.  A strong leader during WWII, Churchill was dedicated to Britain and total victory over Germany as minister of defense and prime minister.  He died on January 24, 1965 at London, England.

Click here to view the library's holdings of materials by or about Winston Churchill.  For external links on Churchill, visit the Web sites for the National Churchill Museum and the Churchill Centre.

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29: Food for fines!





Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28: Happy Thanksgiving!




In observance of Thanksgiving, the library will be closed today.  Enjoy the holiday!  We will be open tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27: Our Thanksgiving Collection




Check out our fictional and factual materials on Thanksgiving (including ideas for recipes and crafts for both children and adults) before we close at 9 p.m. this evening.

To get answers to all of your turkey questions, call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372) or click here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 26: Charles Schulz: Birth Anniversary





Born at Minneapolis, Minnesota on this day in 1922, Charles Schulz, widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, was best known for creating the comic strip Peanuts, featuring the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others.  Schulz was named International Cartoonist of the Year in 1978.  He died at Santa Rosa, California on February 12, 2000.

Click here to view the library's holdings of materials by and about Charles Schulz.  For interesting external links, visit Schulz's home page and the Charles Schulz Museum.

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25: Andrew Carnegie: Birth Anniversary



Born this day in 1835 at Dundermline, Scotland, Andrew Carnegie was an American financier, philanthropist and benefactor of more than 2,500 libraries.  Carnegie Hall, the Carnegie Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace are among his gifts.  Carnegie died at his summer estate, Shadowbrook, MA on August 11, 1919.

Click here to view a list of materials about Andrew Carnegie and for more information about him, visit the Carnegie Birthplace Museum Web site.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23: Family Volunteer Day




Today is the day designated to encourage and mobilize families to participate in community-oriented projects.  Strategically occurring the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day, Family Volunteer Day is the perfect way for families and those who work with them to kick off a caring and giving holiday season.

Click here to view the library's holdings on books about volunteering and to learn how you can volunteer as a family to support your neighborhoods, communities and the world, visit:  www.FamilyCares.org or www.PointsofLight.org

Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22: Food for fines!



Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 21: France: Beaujolais Nouveau Release



By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau, a young red wine, can't be released for sale until the third Thursday of November.  Once the third Thursday is reached, celebrations abound as the wine travels to markets all over the world.

The library has many holdings of materials on wine and winemaking.  Click here to learn 10 fascinating facts about Beaujolais Nouveau.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20: Bill of Rights: Anniversary of First State Ratification


 

On this day in 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify 10 of the 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution proposed by Congress on September 25.  These 10 amendments came to be known as the Bill of Rights.

Click here to view the library's holdings of materials on the Bill of Rights.  For external links, visit:  the National Archives - the full text of the U.S. Bill of Rights, the Library of Congress - Bill of Rights and related resources as well as TeachingAmericanHistory.org - Bill of Rights.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: 150th Anniversary






On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.  This speech, given by Lincoln in just over two minutes, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history.

The library has a large collection of materials about Abraham Lincoln, including some specifically about the Gettysburg Address.

For some interesting external links, you might want to visit: the Abraham Lincoln - resource guide from the Library of Congress, an online exhibition about the Gettysburg Address from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History or the Gettysburg Foundation for information on battlefield tours and visiting the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18-23: National Book Awards Week




The winner of the National Book Awards will be announced in New York this week.  Click here to view the week of festivities and details regarding the announcement of one of our nation's preeminent literary prizes.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16: Book Sale!

 
Get some great bargains at our book sale today!  Fiction, non-fiction, adult and children's books are all available at unbeatable prices:  $1 for hardbacks and $.50 for paperback and children's books.

Check out our selections in the Meeting Room today from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15: Food for fines!



Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14: Claude Monet: Birth Anniversary

 
Born this day in 1840 at Paris, France, Claude Monet became a major figure in the Impressionist movement that transformed French painting in the second half of the nineteenth century.  He died at Giverny, France on December 5, 1926.

Click here to view the library's holdings on materials about Monet and his work.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13: Robert Louis Stevenson: Birth Anniversary



Known for his Child's Garden of Verses and such classic novels as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, this Scottish author was born on this day at Edinburgh, Scotland in 1850 and died at Samoa on December 3, 1894.

Click here for the library's complete holdings of works by and about Robert Louis Stevenson.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12: Register for children's programs



Register today, in person or by phone, for children's programs taking place in December.  Choose from:

South Jersey Boys Read on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (grades 1-2) or 9:15-10:15 a.m. (grades 3-5)

Gingerbread Fun (grades K-1) on Friday, December 20 at 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

Make a Personalized Stocking (grade 2) at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 or December 11.

Make an Old-Fashioned Gum Drop Tree (grade 3) at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18.

Cake Decorating Contest (grades 4+) at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 5.

Pizza and a Movie (grades 4+) from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, December 30.

Make a Tree Skirt (grade 5) at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17.

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11: Favorite Films: The Alamo (1960)



Join us in the Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. for a screening of The Alamo.  Directed by John Wayne.  With John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Richard Boone, Linda Christal & Chill Wills.  This spectacular homage to the heroes of the Alamo is a noble and inspiring film venture.  Presenting the fully restored, uncut version ... unseen in over 50 years.  (161 minutes)

November 11: Happy Veterans Day!





Today we celebrate and honor the service of all U.S. military veterans.  For detailed information about this federal holiday, you might want to visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' official Web site and for famous Veterans Day quotes, as well as recipes, crafts, and activities for the Day, click here.  Moorestown Library is open regular hours today (9 a.m. - 9 p.m.), but the township offices are closed.

We have a large collection of materials on the five branches of the U.S. military:  Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Check them out!

Thanks to all of our Veterans and Active Military for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9: National Child Safety Council Founded: Anniversary




The National Child Safety Council (NCSC), founded on this day in 1955, is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated solely to child safety. 

Visit NCSC's Web site at www.nationalsafetycouncil.org for safety tips and information. 

Click here for the library's extensive holdings on materials pertaining to safety in all areas of life.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8: Food for fines!


Every Friday 9 AM to 5 PM:  For each 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 $5.00 per item.