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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Three Dragons for the Year of the Dragon

I've always been fond of dragons and always been fond of elegant drawings. With the year of the dragon just beginning, I found three beautiful drawings of dragons to share with you.  Click on the pictures to see them enlarged.  These three are Ottoman Empire dragons from The age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent by Esin Atil.




To find more information and stories about dragons, click here on dragons.

To find fiction and non-fiction about the Ottoman empire, you can click here on Ottoman Empire.




To find books on how to draw dragons for yourself, particularly for younger readers, click here on drawing dragons.

For more on the year of the dragon and books and stories on dragons and the Chinese zodiac, click on Chinese zodiac.




CATEGORIES: Nell M. , Art , Fantasy , History
POSTED: 12:02:00 AM |

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Do Inmates Read?

Not your typical question...but it's a question I'm asked quite often. As the Library Manager at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Clarksburg (and yes, we're part of MCPL!), I see a very diverse readership within our population. Inmates have varied tastes in literature and interests, just as folks do in the general community. Following is a smattering of our hotter titles:

* The Alex Cross series by James Patterson
* "Chasing Destiny" by Eric Jerome Dickey
* The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
* The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
* "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo
* "Classic" titles such as "Old Man and the Sea," "The Outsiders" and "Where the Red Fern Grows"

* "33 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene
* "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli
* "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
* "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry" by Marc Kelly Smith
* "Art of Seduction" by Robert Greene
* "Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents" by Nicholas Ganz

* "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
* "The Diary of Anne Frank"
* "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
* "Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall" by Frank Brady

The MCCF Library offers free and equal access to services and resources to help the inmate population find the general and legal information they need to improve and enrich their lives, and enable their successful re-entry into the community. A wide variety of reading material is available, comprised of a collection of approximately 15,000 fiction and nonfiction titles, paperbacks and reference books, including materials in several languages. Inmates have access to the library on a biweekly basis, and may check out up to seven books to take back to their cells.

You can read more about what services we provide: go to the drop-down menu at the upper right side of the screen (it'll say "Most Popular Pages") and select "Branches and Hours."

See what's happening at The Jail that Reads!

CATEGORIES: Andrea C. , Prisoners , Reading
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Calendar showing January 1.Have you made any New Year's resolutions this year? 2012 is nearly 2 weeks old. Have you been sucessful in keeping any of your resoultions?  Experts say that people have trouble  keeping resolutions that are not specific. In a recent New York Times article, John Tierney advises individuals to divide wide, all encompassing resolutions, into small, more manageable behavioral changes that will be easier to acomplish and track.

The USA.gov site gives a list of the most common resolutions and the resources to help you plan how to keep them.  Included on the list are Piggy Bank

  • Drink Less Alcohol,
  • Earth from space in a recycle bin.Eat Healthy Food,
  • Get a Better Education,
  • Get a Better Job,
  • Get Fit,
  • Lose Weight,
  • Manage Debt,
  • Manage Stress,
  • Quit Smoking,Fruit
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,
  • Save Money,
  • Take a Trip, and
  • Volunteer to Help Others.

It is not too late to use this kind of information to modify your resolutions. For example, instead of resolving to "feed your family only healthy food in 2012," a more managable and attainable goal would be "to cook and serve 2 or 3 meals each week using only healthy ingredients." Family members used to finding soda in the refrigerator and cookies in the cupboard will be resistant to a change that completely eliminates these foods. Look for greater cooperation and long lasting change when changes are incremental or small.

If you need ideas about making this kind of change in your family Feeding Bay Green cover.meals, MCPL hasFood Rules Cover books, ebooks and databases that can help. The books,  Eat This, Not That give suggestions on how to Eat this not that cover.substitute one food for another. Food Rules give simple, sensible rules to follow to help you develop a healthy, sustainable eating plan. Feeding Baby Green may also be help you plan meals for young children. Browse the nutrition section, 613.2, to find other books. Don't overlook the new book sections in your local branch or the ebook catalog entries, when browsing.  MCPL's online Health and Wellness database includes links to current articles and publications about health, exercise and nuitrition.

IDancersf you have resolved to "get moving" in 2012, MCPL offers a variety of dance and exercise DVD's that can help you to exercise in your own home.  These DVD's may be borrowed for 3 weeks and renewed twice, if no one else is waiting.  For dance DVD's, browse the shelves in the 793.33 section for DVD's like The Couples Ultimate Dance Sampler.  There are similar titles for children, too in the children's DVD section.  For exercise DVD's, browse the  the shelves in the 613.7 section. This section includes yoga DVD's, too. Local shopping centers including LakeForest, Westfield Montgomery and White Flint malls each offer "mall walkers" programs.  The Montgomery County Department of Recreation  offers a variety of classes and recreational programs for adults and children.

Oh, what about my resolutions? Instead of my annual resolutions to keep my house in order and exercise more, I have resolved to hang my clothes each evening, make my bed each day and walk at least twice a week. Maybe the modified goal strategy will work for me?

Avatar Barbara MBarbara M.


CATEGORIES: Barbara M. , Health
POSTED: 9:18:00 AM |

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


I was browsing the audiobook collection at Silver Spring Library and discovered a little gem called, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obession by Mark Obmascik. I am not a birder. Actually, I have an ornithophobia, but the words, “Fowl Obsession” sparked my interest. The book is about an informal bird counting competition that starts every year on January 1. Birder’s call it “A Big Year,” or “Having a Big Year.” The eccentric characters of this book made me want to research this bird mania.
             So, with a little research and Google here is a list not in any order of some site that could help with bird discovery.
1. Maryland Department of Natural Recourses


 2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services


 3. Ornithological Society of North America


 4. National Audubon Society


5. Maryalnd Audubon Society


6.  American Birding Association


7.  Bird Forum


 8. Fat Birder Ranks 500 best birding websites


Happy Birding:)  Gale

CATEGORIES: Gale K. , Animals
POSTED: 2:12:00 PM |
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