Friday, August 30, 2013

The joys and benefits of music

There is music everywhere we go these days; in the car, in the grocery store, even in the elevator, but how often do we actually sing with friends or relatives or play an instrument ourselves? 

Some of us are old enough to remember singing folk songs while a talented friend or relative played the guitar or piano.  If you are one of these lucky people you probably remember how much fun that was.  Looking forward to that gathering and performance was a great motivator. If you were the musician you practiced until you had the song down perfectly so you could accompany the singers without a mistake.

Why not plan a sing-along and revive this tradition in your family or with your friends? 

The library has many books and tapes to help you practice up on those old songs and instruments.  Here are a few to consider:



Singing and instrumental music are important to our mental development as you'll learn if you read The Universal Sense: How hearing shapes the mind by Seth Horowitz.

Learn about how important music is to our social development by reading America The Beautiful: The stirring true story behind our nation's favorite song, or Go Down Moses: A celebration of the African-American Spiritual by Richard Newman. 

Perhaps a real talent will emerge from your sing-along sessions and you'll want to break into the music business. Well, we have books to help you with that too - just let us know when you are ready.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Getting a horse?



Horses.  Horses.  Horses.  


There was a time when it seemed to me that there was nothing more wonderful than a horse, and little or no chance that I would ever have one of my own.  Between bouts of begging my parents, who were very “let’s wait and see” about the whole idea, and working and saving every dime of my babysitting money, I read all sorts of books about horses.  Of course I started by reading horse stories but as my interest grew I began looking at books about all the different breeds:  Appaloosas, Fresians, Palominos and Paso Finos etc.  

I drew horses and dreamed of them, but my parents kept asking nagging practical questions such as: “How much will it cost to keep a horse (never mind buying one)?” and “Where can you keep a horse around here?” We were living in Fairfax at the time.  

My response was to read more practical books about horse keeping and nutrition and to look a little more realistically at just what I could hope to provide out of my babysitting money. 

Eventually I got my horse when a neighbor who was going off to college gave me the opportunity to buy her virtually unbroken three year old Mustang filly for $75, including tack.  When I found out that I could board the horse for $50 a month at a little farm within walking distance of my junior high school my parents relented and the horse was mine.  That was the beginning of a wonderful and very challenging chapter in my life.
If someone you know loves horses, a trip to the library and a peak at our great selection of books on all things horse related is a must. From what you need to know to own your first horse to what it takes to show horses, our collection includes books at both ends of the spectrum. Here are a few to consider:


The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told, edited and introduced by Steven D. Price


Horses / Photographs by Michael Eastman










The Event Horse by Sheila Willcox     (I never got this far but I did show in the 4-H fairs)

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 8/18/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
2. Mistress by James Patterson
3. Inferno by Dan Brown  
4. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
6. Hotshot by Julie Garwood                                                 
7. The English Girl by Daniel Silva                                         
8. The Last Witness by W. E. B. Griffin & William Butterworth IV
9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman                       
10. The Companions by R. A. Salvatore                                   
11. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin                    
13. Hidden Order by Brad Thor                                              
14. First Sight by Danielle Steel
15. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Zealot by Reza Aslan                                                       
2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
3. This Town by Mark Leibovich
4. Infiltrated by Jay W. Richards
5. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
6. Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
8. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris                       
9. The Sports Gene by David Epstein                                             
10. These Few Precious Days by Christopher Andersen
11. Collision 2012 by Dan Balz
12. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
13. Manson by Jeff Guinn                                                      
14. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                                               
15. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson           

Washington Post 8/18/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
2. Mistress by James Patterson                                             
3. Inferno by Dan Brown                                                     
4. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
5. The English Girl by Daniel Silva                                         
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. Hotshot by Julie Garwood                                                 
8. The Last Witness by W. E. B. Griffin & William Butterworth IV
9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman                       
10. First Sight by Danielle Steel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. This Town by Mark Leibovich                                            
2. Zealot by Reza Aslan
3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
5. Collision 2012 by Dan Balz
6. Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
7. Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
8. Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie    
9. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                           
10. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 8/11/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
2. Inferno by Dan Brown
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
4. The English Girl by Daniel Silva
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman                       
7. The Highway by C. J. Box
8. Hidden Order by Brad Thor
9. First Sight by Danielle Steel
10. Light of the World by James Lee Burke
11. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
12. Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
15. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Zealot by Reza Aslan                                                       
2. This Town by Mark Leibovich
3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
4. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
6. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
7. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
8. Shirley Jones by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh
9. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                                               
10. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson           
11. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown                      
12. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson                             
13. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle
14. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
15. Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry                                          

Washington Post 8/11/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
2. Inferno by Dan Brown
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
4. The English Girl by Daniel Silva                                         
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. First Sight by Danielle Steel                                              
7. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
8. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman                       
10. Light of the World by James Lee Burke                                      

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. This Town by Mark Leibovich
2. Zealot by Reza Aslan                                                       
3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
4. The Butler by Wil Haygood                                               
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
6. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                           
8. Shirley Jones by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh                 
9. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
10. Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Star Trek



Space: the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
 Its five-year mission:
to explore strange new worlds,
to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Any Trekkie fans out there? Star Trek: The Original Series was a television show produced between 1966 and 1969. It introduced space and technology as never seen before on television and became a cult classic. The Star Trek franchise has produced 5 spin-off television shows, 12 feature films, and numerous book series.

On August 19th, we celebrate the birthday of Gene Roddenberry, the iconic creator of the Star Trek franchise. To celebrate, the library will have a Star Trek trivia bookmark available for pick up at all three branches to test your Star Trek knowledge. We will also be posting Star Trek trivia on our Facebook page - be on the lookout for that! The LEGO club also plans to have a Star Trek theme for one of its meetings - stay tuned!
Check out some of our Library resources listed below!
  
Books about Star Trek and its Franchise
The Star Trek Encyclopedia by Michael Okuda
The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
Star Trek Movie Memories by William Shatner
Star Trek Memories by William Shatner
Star Trek Chronology by Michael Okuda
Up Till Now: the Autobiography by William Shatner
Get A Life! by William Shatner
I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy
Science Fiction Books / Authors
Star Trek series by William Shatner and / or Judith Reeves-Stevens
The Star Trek Reader adapted by James Blish
To Reign in Hell by Greg Cox
Dark Mirror by Diane Duane
Here There Be Dragons by John Peel
The Forgotten War by William Forstchen
Rogue Saucer by John Vornholt
Sins of Commission by Susan Wright
Sarek by A. C. Crispin
The Devil's Heart by Carmen Carter
Perchance to Dream by Howard Weinstein
Gulliver's Fugitives by Keith Sharee
DVDs
Pioneers of Television - Season 2 - interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Nichelle Nichols
Star Trek : Original Motion Picture Collection - includes Star Trek I - VI, plus a special features disc
Music

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What's in a name?





Last month, we talked about how the month of June got its name.  What about July and August?  July was named for Julius Caesar, the Roman general and statesman who was assassinated on the Ides of March (March 15), 44 BC.  August takes its name from Octavian Augustus, great-nephew of Julius Caesar and the first emperor of the Roman Empire. With all this talk about Rome, why not take a trip back in time and read some fiction books set in ancient Rome?


There are several enjoyable mystery series set in ancient Rome. Try Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder.  The first book in the series, Roman Blood, set in 80 BC, finds Gordianus hired by the orator Cicero to investigate a case.  Ruth Downie's series features army doctor Gaius Petrius Ruso, and is set in Roman-occupied Britain.  A series with a bit more humor is the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis, set during the rule of the Emperor Vespasian (69-79 AD). Falco, an informer and occasional imperial agent, has been compared to Columbo (for those us us who remember our 1970s TV shows!).

If you're not in the mood for a mystery, there are many other fiction books set in ancient Rome. William Napier's trilogy on Attila tells the story of Attila and his invasion of Rome in 449 C.E.  Robert Harris tells the life of the Roman orator Cicero in the books Imperium and Conspirata; the third book in the trilogy is not yet published.  Colleen McCullough, author of The Thorn Birds, has written several books set in Ancient Rome--Antony and Cleopatra retells their story in detail, and Caesar: Let the Dice Fly recounts his military exploits.

Enjoy your "trip" to Rome, regardless of which path (or book!) you chose.

Vicky@Warrenton

Monday, August 5, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 8/4/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
2. Inferno by Dan Brown                                                     
3. The English Girl by Daniel Silva                                         
4. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
5. Light of the World by James Lee Burke                                      
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman                       
8. First Sight by Danielle Steel
9. Hidden Order by Brad Thor                                              
10. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory                              
11. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
12. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan 
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. Bombshell by Catherine Coulter
15. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
      (NOTE: Library has CD book)

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Zealot by Reza Aslan
2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
3. This Town by Mark Leibovich
4. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5. Breakpoint by Jeff Stibel                                                  
6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
7. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris                       
8. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
9. Shirley Jones by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh                 
10. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson           
11. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson                             
12. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle                   
13. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
14. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
15. Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry                                          

Washington Post 8/4/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
2. Inferno by Dan Brown                                                     
3. The English Girl by Daniel Silva
4. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
5. First Sight by Danielle Steel                                              
6. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
8. Light of the World by James Lee Burke
9. Bombshell by Catherine Coulter                                        
10. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan 

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. This Town by Mark Leibovich                                            
2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
3. Zealot by Reza Aslan                                                       
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
5. Security Engineering by Ross J. Anderson
6. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
7. Collusion by L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham
8. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                           
9. A Curious Discovery by John S. Hendricks
10. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. & E. B. White    

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Book Discussions

The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of August.  See the library's website for details on meeting dates and times.




*August 5 - Mary Postgate by Rudyard Kipling (Warrenton Great Books Group)

*August 14 - The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

*August 15 - March Violets by Phillip Kerr (Warrenton Mystery Book Club)

*August 19 - Planning meeting for the Bealeton Book Club

*August 26 - Picnic meeting for the Marshall Evening Book Club