November 16th, 2010

Instilling and maintaining the love of reading in a child is very much like nurturing a delicate fire in a windy open space: it takes careful tending, fresh fuel, and occasional sparks. The commonly held idea that teachers and librarians have plenty to work with in terms of books because the school "already has plenty of those" is a point of view which falls short of a full understanding of the dynamic process which is involved in nurturing and maintaining the love of reading in young readers. It is true that a wonderful outcome of education and maturity is the ability to see the ongoing relevance of classic works of literature, yet many children are engaged wholly in the present, and delight most in following current series and books which reflect their known environment.

We are very fortunate, as I well know from nigh on twenty years of partnering with my municipal and school librarian colleagues, to have a group of passionate and dedicated people working in our area libraries. We are also fortunate to be living in what is unquestionably a golden age of Childrens and Young Adult literature. Never has so much exceptional new literary work been produced to nurture young minds as is being published today. This is why the economic downturn, and the sad necessity of having the Mt. Blue RSD's book budget cut in half, has been so unfortunate. Our school libraries have no money, and as Gandalf himself confessed, "but I must have something to work on. I cannot burn snow". One very nice thing, however, about difficult times is that it reminds us of the importance of pooling resources and the power of community. With this in mind DDG and the Mt. Blue RSD School libraries have come up with an idea for giving area residents an opportunity to provide the handful of fresh titles that the libraries so strongly need: DDG's Mt. Blue RSD Wish List center. Visit and you'll find a wish list of titles hand-selected by our area school librarians.  All purchases  further support the library in that DDG will be donating 20% of all Wish List proceeds towards the library as well. Stop by The Wish List Center and have a look, and stay tuned for details on our district wide In Store Book Fair to benefit the Mt. Blue RSD School Libraries coming during The Chester Greenwood Weekend!

Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

 

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
By Obama, Barack
2010-11 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375835278 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Yup, President Obama has written a picture illustrated by the amazing Loren Long! Here's the blurb...

"In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children."
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption



Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
By Hillenbrand, Laura
2010-11 - Random House
9781400064168 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Fans of Hillenbrand's best selling Sea Biscuit will want to sit up straight here, as her carefully crafted second work of non-fiction has received widespread critical acclaim as being even better than her first. ...More

Cleopatra: A Life

Cleopatra: A Life
By Schiff, Stacy
2010-11 - Little Brown and Company
9780316001922 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Speaking of early raves and widespread critical acclaim, Schiff's new biography of Cleopatra has been greeted with all of the above for its examination of both Cleopatra herself, and the reasons behind the extraordinary impact of her relatively brief life and reign. ...More

Luka and the Fire of Life



Luka and the Fire of Life
By Rushdie, Salman
2010-11 - Random House
9780679463368 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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This is a follow up to Rushdie's beloved Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Luka, by the by, is Haroun's younger brother, called into action when his father slips into a deadly sleep. ...More

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
By Bradley, James
2010-11 - Back Bay Books
9780316014007 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Imperial Cruise, Bradley's account of the secret diplomacy which played out in 1905, easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. ...More

Million-Dollar Throw

Million-Dollar Throw
By Lupica, Mike
2010-11 - Puffin Books
9780142415580 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Now in paperback Mike Lupica's newest middle grade sports novel has depth, relevance, and the New England Patriots going for it. It deals with a boy, Nate, who idolized New England Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady. Nate gets a chance to make a single perfect throw at a Patriot's game to win a million dollars. With his family struggling in the bad economy, and foreclosure looming, Nate takes pressure on himself beyond his ability to handle. This is a powerful story that will resonate strongly with its middle grade audience. ...More

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