Thursday, November 20, 2014

Don't Take Awkward Family Photos!

Along with your family and great food, there's the ever-present camera at holiday gatherings.  Do your family pictures turn out like this? 
Thank goodness that we can now easily erase bad photos.  But we do want to have some good pictures to help us remember the happy times in our lives.  Our photography section on the second floor has the inspiration you need for great holiday images.

In the book "The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography" author Lena Hyde shares images from several different photographers in sections on babies, children, siblings, and families.  Be inspired by the images, as well as the tips on lighting, lenses and props. 

Everyone knows that children are the hardest to capture, as noted in the picture with the bawling trio ironically holding the word "joy".   In her book "Moments that Matter", mom of 3 and photographer Farrah Brannif answers the questions parents ask about photographing their children.  She covers both point-and-shoot as well as DSLR cameras, so this is a guide for all levels.  

Our photography section has these books as well as information on many other facets of photography.  Come visit your library so you don't get stuck with pictures like these in your holiday photo album.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Adventure Series for the younger crowd: Heroes in Training

Young readers who like adventure will devour the Heroes in Training series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, which are available in the Library’s collection and also as downloadable e-books.  Full of excitement and adventure, the reader follows Zeus on a hilarious and unexpected journey to find his destiny. 

We meet Zeus in the cave where he grew up.  Raised by a goat, a nymph, and a bee, Zeus was a fairly normal kid—he just seemed to be struck by lightning a lot!  Zeus’ life changes when he is kidnapped by evil King Titan’s soldiers.  While trying to save his own life, he discovers a pet lightning bolt, which has awesome powers in Zeus’ hands!  Will Zeus and the lightning bolt be able to free themselves from the King and his soldiers?  And then will Zeus be able to return the lightning bolt to its rightful owner?  You will definitely want to read this book to find out!

This creative introduction to Greek Mythology is simple and funny enough to hold the attention of younger readers who are not yet ready to read the more advanced Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan.  Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams also wrote The Goddess Girls series, which may appeal to readers wanting even more mythology.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life, a special exhibit at the  Indianapolis Museum of Art, features works by O’Keeffe and other notable artists who painted the American Southwest. Everyday objects such as fruit or flowers are typically depicted in a still life painting. What makes Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life unique, according to the IMA, is the way the more than 50 works on display “capture the essence” of a geographic place. The exhibition runs through February 15, 2015.

Georgia O'Keeffe by Charles C. Eldredge, former director of the National Museum of American Art, weaves the story of O'Keeffe's life with the art she produced. Each beautifully illustrated chapter focuses on one of the themes or subjects O'Keeffe explored in her paintings. Although not a biography, the text follows O'Keeffe's life, starting with her early abstractions, and then moving through cityscapes, flowers, deserts, and bones, to conclude with "a glimpse of the infinite," her final paintings of clouds and doors. For younger readers (ages 10 – 12), Wideness & Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O'Keeffe by Susan Goldman Rubin is an excellent introduction to the artist's life and work.  Both books can be found in the Library's adult nonfiction collection.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Research the History of Your House

    On Tues., Nov. 18 at 6:30 PM, come to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library to learn how to research the history of your own home. Certified genealogist Betty Warren will explain what resources you can use to track down a house's lineage. Betty has done several genealogy programs for us in the past and is an expert in explaining the ins and outs of complicated research to novices. A must for anyone curious about their own domicile!

Block Party!

Calling all families and their children ages 8 months to 8 years!  Join us for a fun hour with hundreds of blocks provided by Purdue Extension educator, Lisa Cangany. on  Thurs., Nov.13  at 6:30 PM or   Fri., Nov. 14  at 10 AM

Explore the world of blocks with your child.  Playing with blocks can provide experiences where children learn math and science, new words and pre-reading skills, social skills, and physical skills. Join us for a Block Party at the Library to learn the importance of block play while playing with your child. 

Watch this video to learn more about the  Block Party !

Friday, November 7, 2014

Downton Abbey Mania

Love the world of romance and intrigue that is Downton Abbey?  Here at the library, we have numerous Downton Abbey-themed books and movies to tide you over until the newest season arrives in America.  If you want to know about the real tales of Downton Abbey, look no further than Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey and Lady Catherine, the earl, and the real Downton Abbey, which both explore the real lives of some of the ladies of Downton.  The DVD Secrets of Highclere Castle lets you take a look inside and discover the mysteries of Highclere Castle, the main house of Downton Abbey.  If you enjoy cooking, Edwardian cooking : 80 recipes inspired by Downton Abbey's elegant meals lets you create tasty dishes inspired by those shown in the TV series.  Be sure to check out the Downton Abbey Lovers display on the second floor next to the biography section.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do you NaNoWriMo?

Image Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is the easy way of saying November is National Novel Writing Month.  It is more than just a title, it is an entire month challenging you to exercise your brain by writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, which averages out to writing 1,667 words each day.  It may not sound like an easy task, but nearly half a million people in more than 200 countries have dedicated an entire month to putting their story on paper.  It is free to sign up and to report your daily or weekly progress, just cut and paste your story, click a button and your word count is submitted.  There is more than just bragging rights for reaching 50,000 words, there are great prizes.  It may sound like an insurmountable goal, but with every difficult task, there are online and in person groups to provide encouragement, warm-ups, exercises and lots of advice.  There's still lots of time left, so grab your laptop, hunker down at the nearest desktop, or even grab pen and paper and write away.  The world needs your story.