Friday, September 19, 2014

Music Play

Music in storytimes promotes numerous early literacy skills- music helps children learn the sounds of language, it enriches vocabulary, and music improves listening skills and memory.

Music isn’t just important during storytimes, though; music is a very important activity to do at home!  The good news is that you do not have to be a professional singer or musician to play with music at home.  You can sing nursery rhymes in your non-professional voice and kids won’t even notice.  The Library also has a great collection of music CDs that you can play at home so that you can sing and dance along to the professionals.

You may not know the name Jim Gill, but chances are if you go to storytime at HMMPL you have heard his music!  Jim Gill is a favorite children’s singer among the librarians at Zionsville because he creatively combines music and play, which always makes a great time.  We have fun learning and dancing to his music in storytime.

You have an excellent opportunity to see Jim Gill live at the Carmel Clay Library this weekend!  On September 20, 2014 Jim Gill will be putting on a concert at the Carmel Clay Library at 10:00AM and noon.  Stop by the Carmel Clay Library if you have a chance, this is an interactive concert you won’t want to miss! Click here if you want to put Jim Gill CDs on hold at HMMPL.

Click here for a great music video of Jim Gill putting music and play together.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a seven-part PBS series that chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, premieres this Sunday, September 14, on WFYI at 8 PM.  PBS describes the 14-hour documentary created by acclaimed filmmaker, Ken Burns, as follows: "The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage and the conquest of fear."

Look for the companion volume, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History  at the Library. Kirkus Reviews calls the book, co-authored by Roosevelt scholar Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, "[A]n eye-opening look at a political dynasty worthy of the name and at a state of politics far better than our own."

Other fine books about this distinguished American family include: Young Mr. Roosevelt: FDR’s Introduction to War, Politics, and Life by Stanley Weintraub; The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio To Win the Presidency by James Tobin, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough, and The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. (Coincidentally, Millard's newest book, The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, a gripping account of events surrounding President James A. Garfield's assassination, is the Library’s 2014 United We Read selection.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Knitting at the Library

Join us on Wednesday, 9/17 from 2-4PM for a Debbie Macomber knit-along! We'll talk about The Shop on Blossom Street and work on afghan blocks that we'll donate to Warm Up America, an organization that  makes sure people get the clothing items and blankets they need. If you're not able to finish the block during the program, you may take it home and bring it back once you're done. Yarn will be provided, but additional worsted weight acrylic is welcome. Participants may either bring their own size 8 needles, or needles will be provided. Adults only, registration required.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Don't have a Library Card? Sign up for a Library Card during September and enter your name in a weekly drawing at the 2nd floor reference desk for a prize basket filled with Library goodies. Winners will be drawn every Tuesday in September and each new card holder will earn an entry into that week's raffle. New library card holders and all customers are welcome to attend our interesting and fun programs and activities for youth, teens and adults. The Library gives you access to computers, wireless, free computer classes, e-books, book clubs, prizes for reading during the summer and winter reading programs, and places in which you may study, read, and chat with your neighbors. Stop in during September and open your world with a library card.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Festival Parade 2014

 The Zionsville Lions Club is hosting the 61st annual Fall Festival Parade Saturday, September 6, 2014.  The parade steps off at 10:15 from Zionsville High School.  The parade route travels from Zionsville High School down Mulberry Street, continues down Ash, and then turns on Main Street where it ends at Main St. and Pine.

The Library will be closed Saturday morning until noon to participate in the Fall Festival Parade, but be on the lookout for Dancing Librarians! 

As we parade by step right up to grab a flyer promoting the 2014 United We Read Boone County book selection, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard.  Check out a copy of the book from the Library and then register for community discussions relating to the book, which includes a Skype visit with the author, Candice Millard!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Giver is in Theaters

The movie adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry has been released 21 years after the novels debut.  The book is critically acclaimed; it has won numerous awards including the 1994 Newbery Medal.  Despite all of the awards, this book is also frequently on banned book lists around the country, and it is currently listed on the American Library Association’s website under 100 most challenged books from 1990-1999.

Lois Lowry shares her thoughts on banning The Giver on her website.
I think banning books is a very, very dangerous thing. It takes away an important freedom. Any time there is an attempt to ban a book, you should fight it as hard as you can. It's okay for a parent to say, "I don't want my child to read this book." But it is not okay for anyone to try to make that decision for other people. The world portrayed in The Giver is a world where choice has been taken away. It is a frightening world. Let's work hard to keep it from truly happening.

Whether you have read the book or not, the movie version of this celebrated “banned book” is going to help spread the importance of reading across America this weekend.  If you see The Giver in theaters LABOR DAY WEEKEND, fifty cents of each ticket sold will be donated to NEA’s Read Across America initiative to help buy books for children across America.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

The name says it all. This engrossing collection brings history to life. Popular British blogger, Shaun Usher has selected 125 letters written by entertainers, artists, presidents, queens, and ordinary citizens. Letters of Note includes fanciful, profound, and often surprising letters, like Annie Oakley’s offer to President McKinley on the eve of the Spanish American War, to place a contingent of 50 lady sharpshooters at his disposal.  A companion paragraph, that sets the piece in context, accompanies each letter.  Most communications also include a photograph of the original letter to enhance the reading experience. You’ll find this treat on the New Books shelf (808.86 LETTERS).