Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31: 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.

Lost, damaged or missing materials are NOT eligible.


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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30: Traditional Memorial Day

Although Memorial Day is currently officially designated as the last Monday in May, traditionally it was observed on May 30.  The first national celebration of this holiday took place in 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery.  At that time it was called Decoration Day, as it was a day for decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. Read more about the holiday and its history at Today in History, at the Library of Congress website.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mark your calendars: Summer Volunteer Training

Calling all teens in grades 7+!  We need responsible, reliable teens who like working with children to listen to children in the Summer Reading Program report on the books they've read.  If you're interested, sign up for a training session to learn more about it.  Students who attend the training will have the opportunity to choose their volunteering dates and times before other volunteers, so bring your summer calendar with you. 
This training is recommended for ALL VOLUNTEERS, and REQUIRED FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS.
Registration is required.
Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28: Help us decorate the Children's Room for summer

Drop-in Craft: Decorate the Children’s Room for the Summer (all ages, no registration)
 
We are getting ready to "Dig Into Reading" this summer, and we need your help! Drop into the library any time to make a shovel, dump truck or hard hat to hang in the Childrens Room all summer long.


Tuesday, May 28 – Wednesday, June 12

Monday, May 27, 2013

May 27: Memorial Day

Moorestown Library is CLOSED today in observance of Memorial Day.  The library will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, at 9:00 a.m. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

May 24: Anniversary of the first Telegraphic message

On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first telegraphic message from Washington, DC to Baltimore, MD.  This was only the beginning--just think about the changes in communication that have come to pass since that day!

You can read more about that historic event and Samuel F.B. Morse among the General Reference databases in our Research Center.  We also have a few biographies of Morse, both for children and adults, in our collection.

The Library of Congress website has more information, including a digitized image of the strip of paper where Morse wrote down the message he would transmit that day.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 23: Games & Legos

This afternoon, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., join us in the Children's room for an afternoon of Lego building and game playing.  Feel free to bring a friend--the more the merrier!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22: Try an eBook or audiobook

Are you getting ready for your summer vacation?  Take more library books with you (without weighing down your suitcase) by trying the eBooks and audiobooks available in our South Jersey Audiobook and eBook Download Center.  Moorestown Library cardholders are eligible to borrow up to 10 books at a time, for up to a two week period.  If you finish a book early, you can return it early to get something new.  Alternatively, the book will return itself at the end of the lending period, so you won't owe any fines!

The download center has a wide variety of books that will work on several different eReaders and mobile devices.  If the book you want is out, you can also use the site to place a hold for the next available copy.

Don't be scared to give the download center a try!  It may look complicated, but it's not hard.  We have created step-by-step directions sheets to help you get started.  Pick up a sheet at the reference desk or download a copy on your own.

Photo courtesy of The Hamster Factor at flickr.com

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21: Author birthdays

There are several interesting people celebrating birthdays this week.  Today we have quite a variety:

Janet Dailey (May 21, 1944), American romance novelist.
Ian McEwan (May 21, 1948), British author best known for Atonement.
Alexander Pope (May 21, 1688), British poet, critic and satirist. You can also learn more about him by searching in the databases available in the General Reference section of the Research Center on our web site.

And there are several more tomorrow:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859): British physician and author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
Mary Cassatt (May 22, 1844): American artist from the Impressionist era.
Sir Laurence Olivier (May 22, 1907): influential British actor and director.
Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813): German composer, best known for his operas, including the Ring Cycle (Der Ring de Nibelungen).

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20: Model Investment Club meets tonight


If you are ready to learn more about investing, join us tonight at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. 

See http://www.betterinvesting.org/public/default.htm to learn more about this national, non-profit educational organization!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18: Book Sale at the Farmers' Market

Today!

Join us at the Burlington County Farmers' Market at 500 Centerton Road for a Book Sale to benefit the Moorestown Library.
We will be selling a variety of gardening books and cookbooks  Something for everyone!
Hardcover books:  $1
Softcover books: $.50
Celebrate Spring and get some gardening inspiration!

Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17: Summer movies and summer reads

Are you ready for the Summer Movie season?  Before you get your tickets and your popcorn, you might want to check out some of the books on which they are based.  

Here are some of the titles that will be playing on the big screens this summer, and links to find the books in our catalog:

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid
Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
World War Z, by Max Brooks
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan
Austenland, by Shannon Hale
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

If the book you are interested in is currently checked out, you can place a hold on the next available copy by using your library card number and your PIN.  Contact us if you need any help placing a hold.

To learn more about the upcoming movie versions of these stories, try looking at imdb.com, where you can find lists of the people attached to movies as well as links to trailers and other information.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 16: NY Times Summer Reading Contest for Teens

Calling all teens, age 13 through 19!  
The New York Times is holding its Fourth Annual Summer Reading Contest this year.  Each week from June 14 to Aug. 16, teenagers 13 to 19 years old are invited to choose any article, essay, photo, etc., they like that was published in The New York Times and write to tell us why it interested them. The New York Times will choose one teen submission to publish each week.

You can choose any article in the newspaper--it could be from the front page or from the Style section, and it can be on any topic.  If you feel inspired by an article about a summer blockbuster movie, that works! 

Find out more details about the contest here.

Photo courtesy of jit bag at flickr.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15: Have courage!

L. Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in Chittenango NY.  Although The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is his most famous book, he wrote many more, including over a dozen about the land of Oz.
You can find his books, the movies based on his books, and books about his work, in our collection by searching the catalog with the key words "frank baum."  You can also read an interesting entry about him at Today in History: May 15 at the American Memory historical collections.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May 14: Clifford is coming!

Today, Tuesday May 14, at 4:15 p.m., and Saturday, May 18,  at 10:00 a.m.

Clifford is visiting the library today - this calls for a HUGE celebration! Join us for stories, a short movie, a simple craft and refreshments, all in honor of everyone’s favorite big red dog. Be sure to bring your camera to get your picture taken with Clifford in front of his giant dog house! 

Ages 2-6 are welcome, no registration is required.

Monday, May 13, 2013

May 13 through 19: Celebrating Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week is an annual celebration of books for children and teens.  It was established in 1919, which makes it the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.  Stop by the web site to learn the results of their annual Children's Choice and Teen Choice Book Awards.  While you are there, you can also download a free bookmark designed by author-illustrator Grace Lin, winner of the Newbery Honor award for her book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10: Don't forget Mother's Day this weekend



Today, Friday, May 10: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
In our Children's Department, drop in to design an original card to show Mom how much she means to you!  All ages are welcome, no registration necessary.




Remember: It's also Food for Fines Friday!  

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.

Lost, damaged or missing materials are NOT eligible

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

Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 9: Birthday of J.M. Barrie

 James M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan as well as many other stories and plays, was born on this day in 1860, in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland.  

You can find works related to Barrie--including his books, movie versions of his works, and books written about him--by searching for keyword "barrie" in our catalog.

You also can read about Barrie on the web through the research resources available from our library's web site.  From the "Research Center" tab, choose "General Reference," where you will find the Encyclopedia Britannica, and Biography Collection Complete. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 8: Wednesday on the Web

The American Memory historical collections at the Library of Congress are a great free resource for primary digital materials on the Web.  You can find digitized images of photographs, historical newspapers, manuscripts, videos, maps, baseball cards, etc.  This collection is a treasure trove for teachers and for students!

According to the Today in History page (scroll down), the first Coca-Cola was sold on this day, May 8, in 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy, in Atlanta Georgia.  You can read more about the history of the soft drink, and even view 50 years' worth of Coke's TV advertisements, in the American Memory collection.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mark Your Calendars for May 18!

Join us at the Burlington County Farmers' Market at 500 Centerton Road on

Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM

for a Book Sale to benefit the Moorestown Library.
We will be selling a variety of gardening books and cookbooks  Something for everyone!
Hardcover books:  $1
Softcover books: $.50
Celebrate Spring and get some gardening inspiration!

Monday, May 6, 2013

May 6: Favorite Films: Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Join us tonight in the Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. for a screening of  Knights of the Round Table (1953).

Directed by Richard Thorpe. With Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Stanley Baker, Anne Crawford & Felix Aylmer. A colorful, exciting excursion into the medieval legend of King Arthur and his knights. Based primarily on Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur (115 minutes).

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 4: KAPOW!! It's Free Comic Book Day

It's Free Comic Book Day at the Library!
Drop in any time to select a freebie from tons of cool comics!
One comic books per child or teen, while supplies last.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 3: 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.

Lost, damaged or missing materials are NOT eligible

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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 2: Book Club tonight

Join us tonight in the Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Book club discussions are open, and can be attended by anyone who wishes to discuss the book.  Come join us--bring a friend!

If you don't have a copy handy and want to brush up on the book, you can read it online or download an eBook for free from Project Gutenberg.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1: It's May Day

May is here, and the weather is getting better and better.  Is your garden ready for spring?  

We have hundreds of gardening books in our collection.  There are also several great websites that offer gardening tips.  

Stop by the site for the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: this is a great site that provides a lot of information specifically applicable to New Jersey.