Friday, May 29, 2009
Newport Public Library has summer programs planned for children of all ages. If you have a preschooler, a young reader or a teenager, we have a program for them to enjoy this summer. The theme for this summer’s reading programs is Be Creative @ your library and features programs with creative people creating art in many different ways.
The Read-To-Me Club is for children ages one to five years old and their families. The family keeps track of every fifteen minutes that they read together by filling in a reading wheel available at the library. Small rewards are provided for the children whose families read to them. Toddlertime and Storytime programs for preschoolers will continue at the library during the summer, June 16 – August 7. Toddlertime is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Storytime is at 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
Children ages 6-12 can earn a Be Creative @ your library t-shirt by setting a reading goal for the summer and keeping track of the titles they read. When that goal is reached a t-shirt is awarded. There will be programs for this age group in Literacy Park every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. beginning on June 17th with juggling comedian Curtis Carlyle. This program is sponsored by the Umpqua Bank, Newport Public Library Foundation, and an Oregon Legislature Ready-To-Read Grant from the Oregon State Library (including additional funding from the Lincoln County Library District)
The Teen Summer Contest, Express Yourself @ your library, is for youth ages 12 to 18. Teens signing up will receive a booklet for keeping track of their reading. For every 150 pages read, one hour of volunteer work given, or every hour spent reading to someone else, the teen will receive a raffle ticket. Raffle drawings will be held every Friday, beginning June 24th, for prizes donated by Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport Book Center, Panini Bakery, Cafe Stephanie, Oregon Maid Ice Cream, Arctic Circle, Canyon Way Bookstore, Mo's Enterprises, Abby's Legendary Pizza, Coca Mocha Joe's, McDonald's Restaurant, Sea Towne Books, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., Newport Performing Arts Center, Pizza Cucina, Mariner's Square Attractions and Newport Candy Shoppe. Art and craft programs for teens will be held every Thursday, 2-4 p.m., beginning June 18th.
Sign-up and schedule information for all programs is available by calling the library, 265-2153, or online at http://www.thecityofnewport.net/dept/lib/srp2009.asp.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I enjoy this for a number of reasons. For one, Martinelli, a pragmatic woman, is amusingly exasperated by all the Holmes enthusiasts who might have killed in order to obtain this document. Two, the story is narrated by Holmes, who (in the story) was in San Francisco in the 1920s, solving a case involving a transvestite lounge singer. If you've ever read a Sherlock Holmes story, you know that Doyle would not have written a story about a transvestite lounge singer.
But most of all I'm delighted because those of us who read King's other series, the ones starring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, know that Holmes was indeed in San Francisco in the 1920s. We know that in Laurie King's universe, Holmes is not a fictitious character; we know that Martinelli's manuscript was not written by Arthur Conan Doyle but by Holmes himself. Kate Martinelli will never believe it, but we know the truth.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Recently I opened The Flamingo's Smile, and came across the essay "Carrie Buck's Daughter." It's about America's eugenics movement, and a test case which reached the Supreme Court in 1927: Buck v. Bell. At issue was the involuntary sterilization of those deemed by society to be genetically unfit.
In the case, the Supreme Court upheld the state's right to involuntarily sterilize 18-year-old Carrie Buck because, in the words of Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Gould's exploration of this case concludes that, while we know little of Carrie Buck's mother, both Carrie Buck and her daughter, Vivian Buck, were of normal intelligence. There was no pattern of three generations to indicate that there was any hereditary threat that warranted involuntary sterilization; there was no mental defect at all.
Why, then, did the highest court in the land rule that Carrie Buck undergo involuntary tubal ligation to prevent her from reproducing again?
Buck was an illegitimate child who was raised in foster care by the Dobbs family. At seventeen, she became pregnant out of wedlock after being raped by a Dobbs family member. She was committed to the State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded, not because she belonged there, but to get her out of the way to have her child in secrecy, to hide her shame and to protect the Dobbs reputation. The nurse who examined six-month-old Vivian Buck for evidence of developmental disability admitted in her testimony, "perhaps my knowledge of the mother may prejudice me."
Gould writes, "Carrie Buck was persecuted for supposed sexual immorality and social deviance. The annals of her trial reek with the contempt of the well-off and well-bred for poor people of 'loose morals.' Who really cared whether Vivian was a baby of normal intelligence; she was the illegitimate child of an illegitimate woman. Two generations of bastards are enough."
Involuntary sterilization, based upon unsound science and rife with the sort of abuse found in Carrie Buck's case, was abandoned in this country after World War II, when eugenics became ineradicably associated with Nazism. We don't do things like that any more: but it may be that some of the underlying currents of this case (classism, sexism, moral judgment) are still with us, making the case of Carrie Buck worth learning about.
Like all of Gould's essays, it makes for fascinating reading.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a phone book that let you find a business by its name, industry type, Yellow Page heading, geographic region, or any combination of these categories? If you have a
A custom search lets you select how you want to search. Suppose I wanted to buy a book, but didn’t know what bookstores were in
Search results give the company name, address, and phone number. If there is a parent company, a link will show up under ‘Corporate Family.’ Clicking on a company name will give more detailed information.
Listings can also be downloaded to a spreadsheet, and saved to your computer!
To use ReferenceUSA from your home or office, go to the library’s website, www.newportlibrary.org, and click on the link for databases. All you’ll need to do is type your library card number, and you’re good to go! Ask the staff at the library if you need any help; that’s what we’re here for!
But the first-person narrative is so well done that the familiar ingredients feel fresh again.
Camille Preaker's dysfunction, self-mutilation by cutting, is an integral part of the story, not just a gimmick to make her more interesting. You may guess who the bad guy is before the end, or you may not-- there are plenty of red herrings-- but in either case, it's twisted enough to keep you on your toes, as the tension ratchets ever higher.
Check it out.
I love Golden Age mystery novels: Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, and especially Dorothy L. Sayers. These novels are comforting even though they deal with murder and mayhem. Why? I think it's because of the way in the end of the book the truth is always discovered, the baffling clues always add up to a coherent solution, and justice always done. What could be more comforting?
When The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry arrived at the Newport Public Library, we put it in the Mystery section, because it's about a detective who investigates a series of crimes. Also, the blurbs on the cover say that the author plays upon the conventions of the Golden Age of detective fiction. Naturally, I had to read it!
The Manual of Detection stars Charles Unwin, a nondescript office clerk, who idolizes crime-fighter detective Travis T. Sivart. When Sivart vanishes, Unwin investigates and finds himself in deep waters. He encounters Sivart's nemesis, the fiendish carnival performer turned crime-lord Enoch Hoffman. He wards off the sensual spell of femme fatale Cleopatra Greenwood. And, as so frequently happens to detectives in mystery novels, he is accused of murder himself.
So far, it sounds like a pulpy mystery, right? But as I read it, I realized that Berry's novel manages to confound and defy the principles of mystery fiction. Unwin's investigation ends up in the realm of dreams, where anything is possible, everything unreal. Unlike the classic mystery novelists, Berry does not assure the reader that puzzles can be solved and truth discovered. In fact, the effect of The Manual of Detection is to suggest that one can never really know anything.
This book is strange, funny, charming, and bewildering all at once. I think that people who like mystery novels will enjoy it; but you won't find it in the Mystery section. In light of its genre-bending nature, it's been moved to general fiction.
Interested in reserving this book? Click here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Salmagundi: “The term does not refer to a single recipe, but describes the grand presentation of a large plated salad comprising many different and disparate ingredients.” - Wikipedia
Sounds like us.
Social networking on the web really took off in 2008-2009 and since youʼre there, Newport Library wants to be there with you. We want to find out what you want. We want to tell you what weʼre doing. We want to start a dialogue that makes us relevant to how you access information.
Weʼve dipped our toes into the water with this blog and we hope to make a bigger splash in the future. Look for library audio and video projects, online tutorials, and reviews to staff picks old and new.
We encourage you to comment, either online or in person, (you know where weʼre at, donʼt you?) and you can expect us to comment right back at you. Let us know what we can do to make Newport Library the tag right next to Google on your bookmarks toolbar.
Speaking of Google, 12 Quick Tips to Search Google Like an Expert is a very useful article on how to improve your Google search results. You, too, can search Google like a librarian.