Monday, June 30, 2014

Get your rhythm on in Literacy Park

We've been so lucky to have dry weather during our first two Summer Reading programs in Literacy Park. Now we're going for three dry Wednesdays in a row with this week's featured performer, Aaron Wheeler Kay. 

Aaron uses dance, rhythm and lots of audience participation to entertain and educate them about the physical science involved in the art he makes. He promises to Fizz! Boom! Move! at Wednesday's program. You can see him in action on YouTube.

Aaron's lodging while in Newport is provided by Newport's Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Funding for his show is provided by a Ready to Read Grant from the Oregon State Library and Ready to Read funds from the Lincoln County Library District.

For more information about Newport Public Library's summer programs for readers of all ages, check out our website.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

A few weeks ago, a cold sent me home for a few days. Feeling bad was bad enough until I realized I didn’t have anything to read. Quel horreur!

I rummaged around the house and finally found a 1000-page paperback of Edward Rutherfurd’s Sarum that I had picked up at a used book store years ago. I’m not sure, but I think I’d bought it to take on a trip. I never took the book, or maybe I never took the trip, because thankfully, I never read the book. A few weeks later, healthier now, I’m still engrossed in this wonderful imaginary trek across millennia. 

Beginning with the earliest Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, Sarum follows five families of Southern England around what is today Salisbury Plain and two of its most famous landmarks, Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge. Men and women eke out a living on the high chalk plain, develop agriculture, build towns and Roman roads, and later factories, drive cars and watch televisions.

It is the people’s near-mystical attraction to their fruitful land that weaves in and out of this 40,000 year-long narrative and it makes for compelling reading. The people and their stories come and go but their love of the land is a constant, tied nicely together by a few little literary conceits that I don’t want to give away.

I’m glad I’m feeling better. And I’m glad I discovered Edward Rutherfurd’s Sarum. You can reserve it here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Bingo Returns to Literacy Park

Book Bingo began over 20 years ago at Newport Public Library and continues to be a very popular part of our annual Summer Reading program. Played like regular Bingo with pictures of book jackets instead of numbers, it is used to promote books to young readers that they may not have seen before. This year’s books pertain to science because the theme is Fizz! Boom! Read!

My favorite part of Book Bingo is the prizes. We save children’s books that people donate to the Library throughout the year, then put out the best ones for our young readers to select from when they get a Book Bingo!  I so appreciate that people donate such lovely and popular books. The children love to get a free book of their choice to take home and the happy smiles on their faces are simply priceless.

Book Bingo happens in Literacy Park at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.  This program, like all Newport Public Library programs, is free and open to all who want to attend. Bingo playing, except as a helper, is limited to children 11 and under.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Oregon Fossil Guy Comes to Newport Library

On June 24 at 6:30 p.m., Guy DiTorrice, also known as the Oregon Fossil Guy, will be giving a presentation at the Newport Public Library on the fossils found right here on the Oregon Coast. Along with seeing a variety of specimens, attendees will learn how to find and identify beach fossils as well as the rules and regulations for collecting them. 

DiTorrice’s presentation is part of Newport Public Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Literary Elements,” combining science and literature in a variety of events sure to pique your interest. All programs are free of charge. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or check out our website at 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Jugglemaniac Rhys Thomas returns to Newport Library

Jugglemaniac Rhys Thomas is a favorite with audiences in Newport and around the world. His deft hands are capable of juggling diverse objects all at one time while he also entertains with jokes and comic asides. He’s been a staple of Newport Public Library’s summer reading programs for over a decade and is back again this summer. His amazing show starts at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 in Literacy Park. Come early for a good seat because last time he was here almost 400 people came to see him.

According to Rhys’ website,, he learned to juggle in high school to impress a girl and then lost the girl and juggled to forget. With nothing more than a college education and thousands of hours of practice, Rhys taught himself enough juggling, comedy and physics to go from Seattle street performer to international stage sensation.
Rhys has performed on television, been an Artist in Residence at The Smithsonian Museums, and opened shows for such artists as The Smothers Brothers, James Taylor, Leon Redbone, Weird Al Yankovich and Al Gore. He performs every year at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta and during NBA half time shows. He is the author of two obscure juggling manuals first published in Japanese, but now available in English, and he teaches the physics of juggling in such diverse places as Trinidad, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

Rhys puts on a great show and, now that we have the Park, there is plenty of room for all to enjoy his antics and, unbeknownst to the children, learn a lot about physics through his juggling. Rhys puts some Fizz! Boom! Read! into our summer of library programs for families.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grab Your Viking Hat and Get Reading!

Looking for some great summer reads? You've come to the right place! If you're like many of us here at the library, you enjoy yourself some good historical fiction. Kay, one of our talented librarians, has put together a historical fiction display and a "greatest hits" list of titles for your perusal. Happy reading!


Plains of Passage by Auel, Jean                
The Visitant by Gear, Kathleen O. 

Ancient History

Achilles by Cook, Elizabeth                  
The Red Tent by Diamant, Anita              
Memoirs of Cleopatra by George, Margaret
I, Claudius by Graves, Robert      
Alexander by Manfredi, Valerio              
First Man in Rome by McCullough, Colleen    
Attila by Napier, William                             
Gates of Fire by Pressfield, Steven                 
River God by Smith, Wilbur                   

Middle Ages 

Year of Wonders  by Brooks, Geraldine             
Scarlet Lion by Chadwick, Elizabeth                            
Agincourt by Cornwell, Bernard                             
Name of the Rose by Eco, Umberto                
World without End by Follett, Ken             
Mistress of the Art of Death by Franklin, Ariana  
Last Queen by Gortner, C.W.                           
Boleyn Inheritance by Gregory, Philippa                 
Wolf Hall by Mantel, Hillary                              
The Crystal Cave by Stewart, Mary              
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Stone, Irving                   
Mistress of Husaby by Undset, Sigrid               

16th to 19th Centuries

Possession by Byatt, A.S.                        
Alienist by Carr, Caleb         
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Cather, Willa
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Chevalier, Tracy 
Shogun by Clavell, James                                  
Pirate Latitudes by Crichton, Michael        
Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, Charles     
Three Musketeers by Dumas, Alexandre     
Birth of Venus by Dunant, Sarah                   
Horatio Hornblower by Forester, C.S.    
Flashman and the Dragon by Fraser, George M.   
Outlander by Gabaldon, Diana                   
Roots by Haley, Alex                    
Deep Creek by Hand, Dana              
Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne, Nathan                        
Penmarric by Howatch, Susan                        
Shadows of the Moon by Kaye, M.M.       
Gone With the Wind by Mitchell, Margaret              
Beloved by Morrison, Toni     
Master and Commander by O’Brian, Patrick    
Scarlet Pimpernel by Orczy, Emmuska     
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See, Lisa
Killer Angels by Shaara, Michael                        
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Speare, Elizabeth    
War and Peace by Tolstoy, Leo                             
Fingersmith by Waters, Sarah                    
Innocent Traitor by Weir, Alison            
Orlando by Woolf, Virginia                                       

20th and 21st Centuries

Daughter of Fortune by Allende, Isabel                    
City of Thieves by Benioff, David                                  
The Good Earth by Buck, Pearl                                 
Ireland by Delaney, Frank                                              
Fall of Giants by Follett, Ken                             
Memoirs of a Geisha by Golden, Arthur                     
Water for Elephants by Gruen, Sara               
Remains Of the Day by Ishiguro, Kazuo             
Atonement by Mcewan, Ian                                       
Lonesome Dove by Mcmurtry, Larry                               
English Patient by Ondaatje, Michael            
Shadow of the Wind by Ruiz Zaf√≥n, Carlos                         
Thread of Grace by Russell, Maru Doria                      
Exodus by Uris, Leon                                                   
Plum Tree by Wiseman, Ellen                          
The Book Thief by Zusak, Markus