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10/29/2015

Recharge Your Inspiration

Books To Inspire Creativity
Steal Like An Artist - Austin Kleon [153.3 Kle] 
 Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott [808.02 Lam] 
 Power of Habit - Charles Duhrigg [158.1 Duh]
 Contagious - Jonah Berger [658.834 Ber]
 Thinking Fast & Slow - Daniel Kahneman [153.4 Keh]
Elements of Style - William Strunk [808.042 Str]

10/28/2015

Who Knew?

SPIDERS!
Antarctica is the only continent in the world where you can’t find spiders.
There has only been one species identified as vegetarian the rest are all predators: Bagheera Kiplingi.
Arachnophobia is the fear of Spiders. It is one of the most common fears in the world. It affects approximately 10% of men and 50% of women. The severity of the fear can vary.

The strongest material in the world is considered the silk that Spiders create. Scientists haven’t been able to recreate this design even with all the technology we have today.


The Brazilian Wandering Spider or Banana Spider, is the most poisonous of all Spiders. This one is in shown in attack position.

10/26/2015

10/21/2015

Happy Back to the Future Day!

Celebrate Back to the Future Day by watching a modern classic.  The Ong Library has the entire Back to the Future trilogy available for check-out.


You can also explore some time-travel themed fiction  or explore the science of time travel with some non-fiction picks.


10/20/2015

Who Knew?

BLACK CATS!

The Ancient Egyptians revered all cats as sacred, helpful and lucky. They were the symbol of Bastet, the cat-headed goddess of protection.

In parts of England and Ireland, a black cat cross your path signifies good luck.

Speaking of Great Britain, giving a cat to a bride in the English Midlands should bring good luck.

In Scotland, a strange black cat arriving at your home means you may win the jackpot! A stray black cat arriving on your doorstep signals prosperity.

If you’re German, you have to pay attention. If the cat crosses your path from right to left, that’s bad; left to right is good.

If you’re a pirate, it gets even more complicated. If the black cat is walking toward you, it’s bad luck. If it’s walking away, that’s good. If the cat walks onto the ship and then back off, get off the ship because it’s going to sink.

Fishermen and their wives saw black cats as good luck, with many keeping them on their ships or in their homes. Black cats became so highly valued that some could not afford them.

In Japan, black cats are considered symbols of good luck, especially for single women. Owning a black cat is thought to attract potential suitors.

In Russia, all cats are viewed as lucky.

10/19/2015

Go M.A.D. in a NEW Location

Go M.A.D!
Go Make a Difference 

Interested in service travel, volunteering, philanthropy, environmental action,
 eco crafts/upcycling?
Check out the resources in the Go M.A.D.!
collection located on the shelves below the magazines next to the round table.


10/16/2015

Celebrate Autumn!

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." 
-  Nathaniel Hawthorne


"Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. It seems the perfect home for Max, who is fleding a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play. But it is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime."--Back cover.

To reserve this title, email  Spencerj@wra.net

10/14/2015

Know More ~

The National Book Award Finalists 
Were Announced Today.
The Award will be presented 
November 18, 2015.

National Book Awards Finalists
Fiction
Karen E. Bender, Refund
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House
Lauren GroffFates and Furies
Adam JohnsonFortune Smiles
Hanya YanagiharaA Little Life
Nonfiction
Ta-Nehisi CoatesBetween the World and Me
Sally MannHold Still
Sy MontgomeryThe Soul of an Octopus
Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light
Poetry
Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Terrance HayesHow to Be Drawn
Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus
Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine
Young People's Literature
Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish
Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep
Noelle StevensonNimona


Who Knew?

Pumpkins originated in Central America.

Pumpkins are fruit.  

In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.

Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.

The "pumpkin capital" of the world is Morton, Illinois. 
This self-proclaimed pumpkin capital is the home of the Libby Corporation.  


The Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America.  The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips, but in America, pumpkins were plentiful and easier to carve.

10/10/2015

Author David Foster Wallace Interview

In this interview, author David Foster Wallace 
talks about reading, writing and the perils of perfectionism.
This interview is part of the PBS Digital Series Blank on Blank
an animated collection of previously unreleased interviews 
with American writers, actors, musicians and cultural icons.

10/04/2015

10/02/2015

Instructional Stats


Reader/Leader Announced

WRA Readers Are Leaders

Congratulations to 
Madame Christine Borrmann!
Madame has been a longtime WRA campus reader.
She is usually juggling at least 2 book clubs in addition to her own personal reading titles.  At the library, we love talking books with her and suggest you do the same.  Madame brings an interesting perspective to every story she shares.
 Below are some of her Recent Reads!


All Things Teen Collection

Located on the bookcase next to the magazines,
the ATT (All Things Teen) collection has fiction 
and non-fiction resources 
on a variety of aspects of teen life.
Feel free to browse the books in this collection
for issues of interest to you. 
There's no need to check them out. 
Just take what you'd like to read 
and return them to the library at your leisure.

10/01/2015

2015 Halloween Is Coming ...

Check out last year's costumes ~
your photos are "running"
at the library front desk.
Let these photos 
inspire your creativity.