Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014 is tomorrow, April 24

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find the perfect poem for your pocket by browsing bookshelves at the library, your own house, or at
You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

Each year, Earth Day - April 22 - marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  This year is the 44th celebration of Earth Day, and it is recognized in 192 countries around the world.

Check out this selection of library books and DVDs relating to Earth Day, the environment, the ocean, your own backyard, and more.  Find out what you can do to help preserve our planet and make our world sustainable for generations to come.

Silent Spring
Earth Days
John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: how a visionary and the glaciers of Alaska changed America
Nature's Fortune: how business and society thrive by investing in nature
Overheated: the human cost of climate change
The Pipeline and the Paradigm: Keystone XL, tar sands, and the battle to defuse the carbon bomb
Greedy Lying Bastards
Chasing Ice
Climate of Change
Changing Climate, Changing Health: how the climate crisis threatens our health and what we can do about it
A Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson's love of the natural world and her fight to defend it
Eco-yards: simple steps to earth-friendly landscapes
Global Weirdness: severe storms, deadly heat waves, relentless drought, rising seas, and the weather of the future
Power Surge
The Honest Life: living naturally and true to you
Gashole: what the oil companies don't want you to know
Ecological Intelligence: how knowing the hidden impacts of what we buy can change everything
The Ocean of Life: the fate of man and the sea
Eco-Friendly Families 
The Better World Shopping Guide: every dollar makes a difference
A Fierce Green Fire: the battle for a living planet
Renewable: the world-changing power of alternative energy
Toxic Free: how to protect your health and home from the chemicals that are making you sick 
Green Investing: a guide to making money through environment-friendly stocks
Wind Power Basics
The Green Blue Book: the simple water-savings guide to everything in your life
The Green Home
Renewable Energies for your home: real-world solutions for green conversions
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Greening Your Business
Green Living by Design: the practical guide for eco-friendly remodeling and decorating
Eco-craft: recycle, recraft, restyle
The World Without UsLiving Like Ed: a guide to the eco-friendly life
Go Green, Live Rich: 50 simple ways to save the Earth and get rich trying
Easy Green Living: the ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home
Green Goes With Everything: simple steps to a healthier life and a cleaner planet
This Green House, home improvements for the eco-smart, the thrifty, and the do-it-yourselfer
Eco-Beautiful: the ultimate guide to natural beauty and wellness
Haley's Hints Green Edition
The Essential Green You: easy ways to detox your diet, your body, and your life
Ready, Set Green: eight weeks to modern eco-living from the experts at
Eaarth: making a life on a tough new planet
Home Sweet Zero Energy Home: what it takes to develop great homes that won't cost anything to heat, cool or light up, without going broke or crazy
Upcycling: create beautiful things with the stuff you already have
Revolutionary Yardscape: ideas for repurposing local materials to create containers, pathways, lighting, and more
Making It: radical home ec for a post-consumer world

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel García Márquez: Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies At 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, has died at home in Mexico City. He was 87.

Known to millions simply as "Gabo," Garcia Marquez was widely seen as the Spanish language's most popular writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. His extraordinary literary celebrity spawned comparisons with Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

The Autumn of the Patriarch
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Collected Stories
The General in His Labyrinth
In Evil Hour
Innocent Eraeendira, and Other Stories
Leaf Storm, and Other Stories
Living to Tell the Tale
Love in the Time of Cholera
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
News of a Kidnapping
Of Love and Other Demons
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
Strange Pilgrims: twelve stories

2014 Pulitzer Prize Book Winners

Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
History: The Internal Enemy: slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
Biography: Margaret Fuller: a new American life by Megan Marshall
Poetry: 3 Sections: poems by Vijay Seshadri
General Nonfiction: Toms River: a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Library" Books

April is a month to celebrate one of the best places on the planet: THE LIBRARY!  April is School Library Month, and then there's National Library Week (April 13 through 19), National Library Workers Day (on April 15) and National Bookmobile Day (on April 16).

To help you library lovers, here is a list of books featuring libraries, cats, librarians, Dracula, archives, time travelers, and...books.
Do you have a favorite that we've missed?

The Lost Art of Reading: why books matter in a distracted time by David L. Ulin
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron
It's a Book by Lane Smith
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil
The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom
Running the Books: the adventures of an accidental prison librarian by Avi Steinberg
The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
Unshelved by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Free for All: oddballs, geeks, and gangstas in the public library by Don Borchert
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
A Gentle Madness: bibliophiles, bibliomanes, and the eternal passion for books by Nicholas Basbanes
Ex libris: confessions of a common reader by Anne Fadiman
In the Stacks: short stories about libraries and librarians edited by Michael Cart
The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Rex Libris, Volume 1: I, Librarian by James Turner
Quiet, Please: dispatches from a public librarian by Scott Douglas
This Book is Overdue!: how librarians and cybrarians can save us all by Marilyn Johnson
The Archivist by Martha Cooley
Four Past Midnight (The Library Policeman novella) by Stephen King
The Librarian: a novel by Larry Beinhart
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson
The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World by Jacques Bosser
Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
Library: an unquiet history by Matthew Battles
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
The World's Strongest Librarian by Joshua Hanagarne
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman