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: 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.