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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

'Tis the Season

Now that you're nearly finished digesting your luscious Thanksgiving meal, it's time to start thinking about the next round of holidays that are juat around the corner.  (Though I'm sure some of you have been thinking about such things, willingly or otherwise, since at least Halloween.)  Whether you're shopping your way through your family's holiday gift lists or lining up the menu for your perfect holiday meal, MCPL can help.  Visit our Consumer LibGuide for reviews, tips to save money, and more.  Use your library card to connect to our MasterFILE Premier database which contains (among other things), full text articles fro mseveral years worth of Consumer Reports.  Of course, if you're still somewhat technologically challenged, you can still read the print version of CR at many of our branches.  This LibGuide also contains links to an array of online consumer reviews from both professional reviewers, like Good Housekeeping, and the general public (like Amazon and Epinions).  You can also check out Enoch Pratt Free Library's recession busting tips.

For those with holiday baking and cooking on their minds, MCPL has plenty to offer you as well.  If you're looking for something different with perhaps a more international flair, check out the wide range of recipes in the the Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World.  This is just one of many resources contained in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  Of course, you can visit our our online periodical databases, MasterFILE Premier and General OneFile to search our extensive collections of online magazines and newspapers to find the perfect recipes for your holiday meal.  Of course, don't forget to stop in and browse through the 641s for recipes for everything from apple pie to zucchini bread.  Yum!

Happy Holidays!

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CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Holidays , Shopping , Consumer Information , Food
POSTED: 8:30:00 AM |

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

World War II and Those Who Lived It

I was at a fascinating exhibit called WWII & NYC at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, one of my favorite museums in the city.  The exhibit was about the impact of the war on the city and on people who lived there.  By “impact” the curator meant the presence of troops being trained there, the refugees, the wartime industries and mobilization of workers, families waiting for the safe return of their sons and fathers, etc. Many who lived there through the wartime were interviewed about their own experiences and how the war affected the rest of their lives. 

This exhibit started me thinking about what we have in our library system on ordinary people’s experiences during the war.  MCPL has many books on WWII.  Most of the nonfiction titles are being shelved at Dewey Classification number 940.54. 

The Greatest Generation SpeaksTom Brokaw published The Greatest Generation in 1998.  The book was based on his interviews with some famous people who lived through the war, as well as many ordinary citizens, including the members of the Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out) who meet regularly in diners in Boston.  Brokaw published a follow-up in 1999, titled The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections.  I liked the latter which has more verbatim quotes and less interpretation by the author.


When It Was Our WarStella Suberman's When It Was Our War: a Soldier's Wife on the Home Front is a sequel to her previous title, A Jew Store: a Family Memoir.  She decided to write the second book after 9/11, another life-changing experience.  The second book starts with a now 16-year-old author living in Florida in1938 watching an odd ship harbored in the bay.  She later learns that the ship was the S.S. St. Louis which carried a boat-full of European Jews waiting for President Roosevelt's permission to land.  He denied permission and the boat and its passengers were sent back to Europe.  The book ends as the war winds down.  Her writing style is casual as if you were sitting Our Mother's Waracross the table listening to your favorite aunt sharing her life's story.  Emily Yellin's Our Mothers' War provides accounts of women on the homefront and how their experiences changed their lives in many ways.

These storytellers are the parents of Baby Boomers.  I feel an urgency to read and listen to their stories before it is too late.



  Megumi L.

CATEGORIES: Megumi L. , Wars
POSTED: 2:26:00 AM |

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It was (just another) dark and stormy night...

Flooding at Holman Municipal Airport sometime in the 1940's.
From NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection, image wea 00745
Photographer: Archival Photography by Steve Nicklas, NOS, NGS

We’ve been seeing our fair share of severe weather in the DC region over the last year or so: heavy snowfall, earthquake, derecho, hurricane. All of these events stopped time for us. Literally. Power outages crippled the region and had us stocking up on candles, canned goods and batteries and buttering up our neighbors with generators because Home Depot was sold out of them by the time we got there. Some people are paying more attention to the survival-type shows on TV to pick up tips on preparing for the worst.
Your local library branch also has some great resources for you. We can help you prepare for and survive nature’s wrath and also help keep cabin fever at bay when you are sheltering in place. Let’s start with the preparations…
Take a stroll to the 613.9 area of non-fiction for survival tips and look for books like:
Now that you have your plans in place, browse through the rest of the library to find entertainment for your weather-proof bunker.
  • Read fiction to match the atmosphere with books like: Ashfall, about a catastrophic volcano eruption that separates a young man from his family; Life as We Knew It, about a meteor knocking the moon out of its orbit and the changes that wreaks on the earth; or the classic Swiss Family Robinson, about a family shipwrecked on a deserted island.
  • Read non-fiction and be thankful that the worst thing you are suffering is losing cable for a few hours or having to eat PB & J for every meal for three days, like: Into the Wild, about a young man who drove a bus into remote Alaskan wilderness and disappeared; The Perfect Storm, about fisherman lost 500 miles off the New England shores battling extreme waves and churning seas; or Alive or Miracle in the Andes, about a plane crashed on a remote glacier in the Andes and the unimaginable decisions the survivors had to make in order to live and seek rescue.
  • If you still have power and internet connection, explore the E-Library and download a classic to read aloud  or listen to with the family, find tunes to keep you dancing on Freegal or learn a new language with Mango Languages (including Pirate!).
  • Stock up on DVDs using this list of… even though the list is mostly limited to natural disasters and does not include surviving zombies.
CATEGORIES: Disasters , Nature , Weather , Tina V.
POSTED: 3:48:00 PM |
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