Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31: Moby-Dick marathon

Today, in Mystic Seaport, CT, there will be a 24-hour reading of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, beginning at 12:00 noon on July 31 and continuing through August 1, when Melville's birthday will be celebrated with cake.  Visitors, volunteers, staff, and special guest readers take turns reading Moby-Dick during this annual tradition, which has been held in Mystic Seaport for the past 28 years.  

You can read more about this unique event here.  If you want to join in and read Moby-Dick on your own, you can find various versions and books relating to it in our collection.  

You also can download a free eBook version of this and thousands of other public domain books at OpenLibrary.org or Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30: Midday Movie for kids

Join us today, at 1:30 p.m., for the last of our July midday matinees with munchies!

Today's movie: The Aristocats (1970 rated G; 79 minutes).  When Duchess inherits a millionaire's estate, a greedy, bumbling butler catnaps her kittens.  Can alley cat Thomas O'Malley save the day?

(And be sure to see the play at the Moorestown Theater Company, August 21 - 23!)

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29: NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the US agency responsible for the civil space program, was created on this day in 1958, by virtue of a bill signed by President Eisenhower.  Over the years, most US space exploration has been directed by NASA.

We have several works relating to NASA  and space exploration in our collection.  

NASA also has an incredibly interesting website, with a great deal of information--including photos, activities, and videos--aimed at both children and adults.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

July 28: Beatrix Potter's birthday

Helen Beatrix Potter, beloved author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit stories, was born July 28, 1866.  Find works by and about Beatrix Potter in our collection here.

Friday, July 26, 2013

July 26: 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, July 25, 2013

July 25: Title request

Request:  Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich.

Response:  We will be getting Takedown Twenty once it is published in November 2013 since Janet Evanovich is one of our standing order authors.

July 25: Title request

Question:  "I have a question.  I am interested in Asian Ancient folktales and Chinese language.  I am just wondering if the library would be able to add Tales of Terra Ocean to the list for the next purchasing order?"

Response:  We will not be ordering Tales of Terra Ocean at this time since no reviews of it have yet been written in the professional journals that we use for selecting materials.

July 25: Anniversary of the Andrea Doria sinking

 On July 25, 1956, the Andrea Doria, an Italian luxury liner collided with another ship and sank.  The incident is remarkable for several reasons, including the relatively small loss of life.  Approximately 50 people lost their lives, while over 1,600 passengers and crew were rescued by other ships in the area.  Read more about the story of the Andrea Doria here, and in our collection.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 24: Annual swimming of the ponies


Today marks the 88th year that the ponies will swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia.  This annual tradition was made famous in Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague.  Read more about the annual pony swim here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 23: Midday movie for kids

Join us today at 1:30 p.m. for our Tuesday matinee and munchies for kids.

Today's Movie: Peter Pan (1953; rated G; 77 minutes).  Peter Pan whisks the Darlings away to the magical world of Neverland for fantastic adventures with Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook.

(And be sure to see the play at the Moorestown Theater Company, July 31 - August 2!)

Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22: Summer Cooking!

Are you looking for new ideas for dinner tonight?  Maybe the summer rain and heat have caused the bounty of your garden to overflow your basket.  We have a great collection of cookbooks with everything from new barbecue recipes to ideas for canning and freezing.  You can find many of these books in a display near the circulation desk, and feel free to dig into the broader cookbook collection on the shelves.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21: Ernest Hemingway's birthday

Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.  Read more about him at Today in History, at the Library of Congress web site, and find books by and about him in our collection here.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

July 20: Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day

 

On this day, annually the third Saturday in July, people write down their "could haves" and "should haves" on a piece of paper and then throw that list into the trash.  Then they make this resolution:  "From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past - the past is history that I can't change.  I can do something about the present - I choose to live in the present."  The library holds several titles in the popular Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series which might help to give you a fresh outlook.  Other materials in our collection that are related to this topic can be found under Conduct of Life, Success, Self-Actualization, and Self-Defeating Behavior.


Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19: 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, July 18, 2013

July 18: Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday

People around the world will be celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela today, on his 95th birthday.  The ailing South African statesman has been hospitalized for several weeks, and his condition remains very serious.

Read more about the life of Nelson Mandela in our collection or in one of our general reference databases.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17: "Maintain the Brain" over the summer

Does your child need some help working through the summer school packet?  Or are they working on summer enrichment materials?  ExCELS Homework Help is at the library today and for the next few Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16: Midday movie for Kids

Join us today at 1:30 p.m. for our Tuesday matinee and munchies for kids.

Today's movie:  The Borrowers (1997; rated PG; 83 minutes).  The Borrowers live under the floorboards of our homes, raking great pains to go undetected as they "borrow" items we think we have lost.

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15: Summer Reading with an Award-Winning Children's Department!

Our children's summer reading program was one of only four libraries in the state recently recognized by the New Jersey State Library for Best Practices in Early Literacy.  Jen Dunne, our Principal Librarian for Children's Services, met with the State Librarian Mary Chute to accept the award (photo above).  Read more about the award here.

In case you needed more reasons to bring your children down to get involved in the Summer Reading program, here you go!

Friday, July 12, 2013

July 12: 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, July 11, 2013

July 11: To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's coming of age story of tomboy Scout Finch was published on July 11, 1960.  This renowned novel is set in Alabama in the Depression, and involves issues such as racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. It became a bestseller soon after its publication, and won its author a Pulitzer Prize in 1961.  It was made into an award-winning movie starring Gregory Peck in 1962.

Find the book and film in our collection here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10: Summer storytimes begin

The Children's Department is starting its summer schedule of drop-in story times for children up to age 6.  Check the Kids' Page for more details on summer drop-in programs.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July 9: Our Tuesday Movie series for kids begins!

Join us today at 1:30 p.m. for the first of our Tuesday matinees and munchies for kids.  

Today's movie: The Land Before Time (1988; rated G; 73 minutes).  Five young dinosaurs set out on a quest to reach "The Great Valley."

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8: Lego League!

Lego lovers rejoice!  Design original creations using our huge collections of Legos.  Mondays at 1:30 p.m: July 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5 and 12.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 6: Birth Anniversary of Frida Kahlo

The great surrealist painter was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderon at Coyoacan, Mexico on July 6, 1907.  She is known almost as much for her tumultuous life as for her vibrant art works filled with symbols and the flora and fauna of her beloved Mexico.  She was one of the first women painters to sell a work to the Louvre.  She died at her Casa Azul family home in Coyoacan on July 13, 1954.  For images and details of her work, click here to be taken to the Google Art Project.  In our collection, you'll find a variety of materials about this artist.

Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5: Little House on the Prairie

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant begins today, in De Smet, South Dakota.  This outdoor pageant, depicting scenes historically based on the life and books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, has been presented by volunteers for many years.  For most of us, who won't get to South Dakota for the pageant, we have many books, DVDs and other resources closer to home, here in our collection.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4: Independence Day

Moorestown Library is CLOSED today in observance of Independence Day.  The library will reopen tomorrow, Friday, July 5th, at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3: Are you ready for the Dog Days of summer?

The phrase "dog days" refers to the hottest days of the summer.  According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the traditional period of dog days of summer begins July 3 and August 11, which coincides with the rise of Sirius, the Dog Star.  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the name "dog days"  comes from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

The Encyclopedia Britannica is one of many "General Reference" resources that are available from the Research Center on our home page and can be used free with your library card number.

Photo courtesy of Jared Tarbell.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2: Anniversary of Amelia Earheart's disappearance

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared, after completing 22,000 miles in her planned flight around the world.  Read more about her here, at Biography.com, or in our collection.

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1: Favorite Films: Singin' In the Rain (1952)


Join us tonight in the Meeting Room at 7:30 pm for a screening of Singin' in the Rain (1952).

Directed by Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen.  With Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen and Millard Mitchell.  The setting is Hollywood during the transition from silent movies to sound and the complications and chaos that ensue.  Possibly the greatest and best-loved of all movie musicals. (102 minutes.)

July 1: The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg took place 150 years ago on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1863.  This crucial battle was also the Civil War's most bloody, resulting in more than 50,000 casualties on both sides.  You can read more about it at the Library of Congress, and the the Civil War Trust web site.

We have many books in our collection that can help you learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg, including some new books issued in honor of the 150th anniversary.  Adults might appreciate Carol Reardon's, A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through its History, Places and People, or Dr. James Paradis's African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign.   We have some books on Gettysburg for children and teens as well.