Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31: Happy Labor Day Weekend!

In observance of Labor Day, the Library will be closed on Monday, September 2nd and will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9 a.m. 

If you'd like to celebrate by grilling up a feast, click here to view some cookbooks with some great recipes from our collection.

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 30: Only one week left to register for "How To Keep Your Grandchildren Safe"


Mark your calendar for:  Friday, September 6 from 2-4 p.m., Library's Meeting Room

This highly acclaimed session offers the most up-to-date information available today on adolescent behavioral trends and substance use.  Learn how legal substances found in your bathroom, kitchen and garage as well as in your health food, or food stores can cause intoxication and even death.

This session is ideal for parents, grandparents, relatives, alternative caretakers, counselors, teachers, and administrators.

Presented by John Kriger of Kriger Consulting, Inc. and provided through a grant from the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Unit.

The workshop is free, but space is limited, so please call the Reference Desk at 234-0333 to reserve your spot.

**This workshop is intended for individuals 18 years and older.**

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29: Book Request

Book Request:  The Afghans by Nadeem Akbar

Response:  We will not be purchasing this title, but would be happy to request it for any patron through interlibrary loan.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 28: March On Washington: 50th Anniversary

On this day in 1963, more than 250,000 people attended this civil rights rally at Washington, D.C. at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his famous "I have a dream" speech.

Click here for materials in the library's collection about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  For further information, including biographies, primary sources as well as images & videos relating to Martin Luther King, Jr., consult African-American History Online.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27: Theodore Dreiser: Birth Anniversary

American novelist Theodore Dreiser was born on this day in 1871 at Terre Haute, Indiana.  He was an exponent of American naturalism in literature.  His first novel, Sister Carrie (1900) was suppressed by his publisher on moral grounds.  Dreiser's finest achievement is widely considered to be his novel An American Tragedy (1925).  He died December 28, 1945 at Hollywood, California.

Click here for the library's holdings of his works.  Also, for information about Theodore Dreiser and critiques of his writings, consult Bloom's Literature.

Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26: National Dog Day

More people in the U.S. have dogs for pets than any other animal.  Here is one day to recognize and honor them for their love.

The library has many books on dogs, including their selection and care, their behavior, as well as fiction featuring them for both children and adults.  Also, click here to view the titles of movies that we have starring dogs.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 24: Vesuvius Day


On this day in AD 79, Vesuvius, an active volcano in southern Italy, erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum.

Click here for our collection's fiction and non-fiction holdings on Vesuvius.

Friday, August 23, 2013

August 23: 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, August 22, 2013

August 22: Ray Bradbury: Birth Anniversary


Born on this day in 1920 at Waukegan, Illinois, Ray Bradbury was one of the preeminent science fiction / fantasy writers of the 20th century.  His body of work, which critiqued social mores and depicted the consequences of technology, is considered timeless and transcends generations.  Bradbury died June 5, 2012 at Los Angeles, California.

Click here for the library's holdings of books by and about him. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 21: Hawaii: Admission Day: Anniversary

President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union on this day in 1959.  The statehood bill had passed the previous March with a stipulation that statehood should be approved by a vote of Hawaiian residents.  The referendum passed by a huge margin in June, and Eisenhower proclaimed Hawaii the 50th state on August 21st.

Click here to view the library's vast holdings, both fiction and non-fiction, on Hawaii.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August 20: Eero Saarinen: Birth Anniversary

 Born on this day in 1910 at Kirkkonummi, Finland, but raised in the United States by his architect father, Eliel, and sculptor mother. His first great triumph was the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, better known as the "Gateway Arch," at the edge of the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Eero Saarinen was a leading postwar architect and furniture designer whose sculptural designs were in contrast to the reigning International Style.   He died on September 1, 1961 at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

To learn more about Eero Saarinen, visit the National Park Service Web site and click here to view our holdings on this grand designer.

Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19: National Aviation Day

First proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and always August 19th of each year since 1939.  Observed annually on the birth anniversary of Orville Wright who, on December 17th of 1903, piloted the first self-powered flight in history. 

The library has a variety of books on the history of aviation, Orville Wright, and biographies of other Americans involved in aeronautics.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 17: Happy Birthday Robert De Niro!

Actor Robert De Niro turns 70 today.  Click here to view our holdings of the many films in which he has starred including those for which he won Oscars (Raging Bull, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver). 

Friday, August 16, 2013

August 16: 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, August 15, 2013

August 15: Julia Child: Birth Anniversary

America's beloved food authority, who didn't take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born in Pasadena, California.  Child's cookbooks and television shows encouraged Americans to cook and eat well.  She died in Santa Barbara, California on August 13, 2004.

 Click here to view the library's holdings of materials by and about her.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 14 - 17: American Quilter's Society Quilt Show

Features 500 quilts, special quilt exhibits, workshops and lectures at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

For those interested in quilting, but not venturing to Grand Rapids, click here for fiction, including mysteries, with quilting themes, and how-to books on making quilts for those craft-minded and artistically inclined individuals.  Quilting sites worth visiting include American Quilter's Society and National Quilt Museum.

Moorestown Area Quilters meet the third Wednesday, September - June, 7 p.m. at the Mt. Laurel Fire Department at Elbo Lane.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 13: Alfred Hitchcock: Birth Anniversary

Born in London, England on this day in 1899, this English film director and master of suspense began his career during the silent film era when he made The Lodger in 1926, based on the tale of Jack the Ripper.  American audiences were introduced to the Hitchcock style in 1935 with The Thirty-Nine Steps and The Lady Vanishes in 1938, after which he went to Hollywood.  There he produced a string of classics including Rebecca, Suspicion, Notorious, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Birds, Psycho and Frenzy, in addition to his TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He died on April 29, 1980 in Beverly Hills, California.

Click here to view the library's holdings of Hitchcock's films and books about him and his works.

Monday, August 12, 2013

August 12 - It's time for a baseball game!

The Camden Riversharks have given us free ticket vouchers for games during their Summer Reading Weekend, August 17-18. All children age 18 and younger who are enrolled in the Summer Reading program can get a ticket voucher.  Just stop by the Children's department for your free ticket voucher and enjoy the game!

August 12: Home Sewing Machine Patented: Anniversary

On August 12, 1851, Isaac Singer developed the sewing machine for use in homes.  Click here for a variety of books on sewing and visit Simplicity for sewing videos, sewing techniques, measurement charts, sizing & fit help, and some free projects.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

August 10 - 16: Elvis Week

Each year, Elvis fans from around the world visit Memphis to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll at his beloved home, Graceland Mansion.  Events occur throughout the city with special events sponsored by Graceland.  If you're able to visit Memphis during this time, you might want to view the Elvis Week Web site or a travel guide to Nashville.  For all those stay-at-home fans, click here for a variety of materials on the King of Rock and Roll.

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 9: 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, August 8, 2013

August 8: Bonza Bottler Day

Celebrate when the number of the day is the same as the number of the month.  Bonza Bottler Day is an excuse to have a party at least once a month!  For party and entertaining ideas in our collection, click here.  If you are planning to serve some "cool" desserts, you might want to check out some of our books on ice cream and ices.

To learn about the origins of Bonza Bottler Day and how others celebrate it, visit the Bonza Bottler Day Web site.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 7: Professional Speakers' Day

This is just the day to visit such Web sites as Professional Speakers Day, National Speakers Association and Philadelphia Speakers Series.  You might also want to check out our varied collection of materials on public speaking that includes wedding toasts, power talk tips, and quotes for speakers.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6: Andy Warhol: 85th Birth Anniversary

The artist, filmmaker and provocateur was born Andrew Warhola to Czech immigrant parents at Forest City, PA.  A leader of the Pop Art movement, Warhol challenged the definitions of art.  After a stint as a commercial artist, Warhol gained attention in 1962 with paintings of ordinary commercial products - most famously, Campbell's Soup cans - and pop culture figures.  He moved on to silk-screen portraits and experimental film projects.  Warhol was the center of New York's celebrity scene, and in 1968 it was he who claimed, "In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes."  Warhol died February 22, 1987, in New York, New York.  Click here for a listing of materials that the library holds about this famous artist.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Aug. 5: Favorite Films: Modern Times (1936)

Join us tonight in the Meeting Room at 7:30 pm for a screening of Modern Times (1936).

Directed by Charlie Chaplin.  With Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Chester Conklin.  This brilliant satire on the perils of a mechanized society has become one of the most honored of all film classics.  Chaplin expanded his comic vistas to include unemployment, breadlines, assembly lines, street agitators, etc.  It's all very funny and surprisingly undated.  This is the first film in which Chaplin used dialogue and his own voice. (89 minutes.)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

August 3: Happy Birthday Martha Stewart!

Martha Stewart, born in Nutley, New Jersey, turns 72 today.  The library holds many works by this lifestyle consultant, television personality & writer and also subscribes to Martha Stewart Living.

Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2: Declaration of Independence: Official Signing Anniversary

Contrary to widespread misconceptions, the 56 signers did not sign as a group and did not do so July 4, 1776.  John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed only draft copies that day, the official day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress.  The signing of the official declaration occurred August 2, 1776, when 50 men probably took part.  Later that year, five more apparently signed separately, and one added his name in a subsequent year.  (From Signers of the Declaration ..." US Department of the Interior, 1975.) The library has materials for all ages on the Declaration of Independence. Click here for a full text of this historical document as well as links to related activities and lesson plans.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy August - Summer is the perfect time to use our free museum passes!

If you haven't made use of our free museum passes yet, now is the time.

Adult Moorestown Library cardholders can check out a pass that entitles a family to a free visit to one of 9 different museums and gardens in our area.

Come in and check out a free day of fun for your family!

Enjoy our newest museum pass to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts!