Art in the Garden with Anaphora

Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 pm!

It’s Art in the Garden once again with artist Faith Saxton Gallow, and the various writers and creators of the Cross Keys Poetry Society!

Anaphora

Do not let that word scare you! Anaphora is just a repeated phrase or pattern. Anaphora is just our theme for this week. Anaphora is not required to attend Art in the Garden this week–but we’re convinced it will be fun to do!

The device is commonly used for various effects in poetry, lyrics, prose and even political speeches. Here are a couple of quick excerpts from the Poetry Foundation about how anaphora is used in prose and speech for affect.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which uses anaphora not only in its oft-quoted “I have a dream” refrain but throughout, as in this passage:

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina,go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

And. . . 

This is so popular and effective a device for politicians and other persuasive speakers that it’s ripe for parody, as in Homer Simpson’s impassioned speech from the 1994 Simpsons episode “Fear of Flying”:

I want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town. I want to explore the world. I want to watch TV in a different time zone. I want to visit strange, exotic malls. I’m sick of eating hoagies! I want a grinder, a sub, a foot-long hero! I want to live, Marge! Won’t you let me live? Won’t you, please?

Check out more great poetic examples at the Poetry Foundation. Or maybe you could share with us this Tuesday one of your own creation!

Again, that’s this Tuesday, September the 1st at 6:30 (That’s one half hour early since it’s getting dark sooner now).

 

Attention Teachers: Story Bags and Trunks by Topic

STORY BAGS

by Topic

A Story Bag is a collection of fiction and non-fiction books, and related materials that center on a theme. Most of Story Bag books can also be found on our shelves. You can search for them by title in our Card Catalog.

Some puppets and other items may also be available for checkout separately. If you have questions please email our Youth Services Coordinator Kim King at pfmlkids@ptd.net or call 570-473-8201.

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1-2-3 Count

A-B-C

All About Me

Apples, Leaves and Pumpkins

At the Seashore

Books, Reading and Libraries

Camping/Outdoors

Cats:  Big and Small

Colors

Community Helpers

Desert

Dinosaurs  (2 levels)

Dogs

Dragons

Families

Farm Fun

Feathered Friends

Firefighters

Five Senses

Food Fun

Friends

Going Buggy

Great Dinosaur Hunters

Healthy Habits

In the Forest

In the Garden

Jungle

Kids Biz (Kids Business/Trade)

Kings, Queens and Castles

Money and Banking

Music

Numbers

Our Earth

Owls

Patriotism

Pennsylvania

Pets

Poetry

Punxsutawney Phil

Reptiles

Rivers and Ponds

Rocks, Gems, and Minerals

Seasons

Shapes

Sizes and Opposites

Space

Things that Go

Weather

Winter

Zoo

STORY TRUNKS

and PA One Book Materials

Each year, traveling trunks are developed by museum educators to help expand upon the concepts in the chosen book. Each trunk is filled with fun book-related puppets, games, and manipulatives for young children.

In addition, each trunk includes a guide for librarians and educators that encourage use of the trunk contents in activities that are aligned with Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.  

And be sure to check out our selection of rubber stamps as well!

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  • 2015 – Number One Sam by Greg Pazolli
  • 2014 – Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale
  • 2013 – The Bus for Usby Suzanne Bloom
  • 2012 – Stop Snoring Bernardby Zachariah OHora
  • 2011 – Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
  • 2010 – What a Treasure!by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
  • 2009 – If You Were a Penguinby Wendell and Florence Minor
  • 2008 – Up, Down, and Aroundby author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • 2007 – A Splendid Friend, Indeedby author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom 

Fall Kids’ Programs Starting Up!

The Summer Season is winding down, and the library’s fall programming for children soon resumes, with lots of great activities and learning opportunities. 

Be sure to check our Calendar for all the specifics and updates on times, dates, and activities!

Babies Boogie & Toddlers Rock

Starts Monday, September 14th!

For babies birth to 24 months and their caregivers. Come explore books, short stories, sing some songs, learn finger plays, music and movement, and socialize with others. Sessions are 20-25 minutes long, with time to explore our extensive toddler book collection and our unique toy lending library is provided afterwards.Mondays at 10:30 am.

Nature Nuts

Starts Tuesday, September 15th

Families can come and explore the outdoors with us! Come dressed for the weather and bring your desire to explore the area in and around the library. Children must attend with an adult. We meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30

Time for Twos

Starts Wednesday, September 30th!

Designed for active 2 year old (24-36 months) and their caregivers. Sessions will run 20-30 minutes, and include music, movement, stories and hand-on fun! Time to explore our extensive toddler and easy book collection, and our unique toy lending library is provided after wards. Wednesdays at 10:30 am.

Kids Rock

Starts Wednesday, September 30th

Created for Kindergarten and first graders, this club caters to those who are just beginning to read. We would like to create and grow future library readers. Children’s books and activities will be given each week to give your new reader many chances to feel successful with his or her new skill. Every Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 pm.

Very Ready to Read Storytime

Starts Friday, September 18th

Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds and their parents or caregivers. Stories and activities are more complex. Children should be able to sit still for a longer period of time. Very Ready to Read Storytime happens on Fridays at 10:30 am.

Patron Mini-Review–Beyond Words

51zurwqtBNL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_We’re asking patrons and friends of the library to write mini-reviews of the books they read. You can write a couple of sentences to 200 words. Choose a new book, like today’s Finders Keepers, by Stephen King, or it choose an old classic you’d like to recommend. If it’s in the library, it’s fair game for a Mini-Review.

Today’s Mini-Review from Lana:

Beyond Words, What Animals Think and Feel, by Carl Safina

If human brains are structurally similar to other mammals are the functions
similar also? Carl Safina describes thee interaction between wolf, dolphin,
whale and elephant families.

In the 1850’s the grey whales, who migrate from Alaska to Baja to birth their
babies, were mercilessly slaughtered. Today they approach small boats of
tourists and even expose their young to the humans.

From the book:

“Please tell us a story that distances us from all other life.”
Why? Because we desperately need to believe we are not unique – as all species
are – but that we are so very special, that we are resplendent, transcendent,
translucent, divinely inspired, weightlessly imbued with eternal souls.
Anything less induces dread and existential panic.

For more information on how we treat marine mammals read War of the Whales by
Joshua Horwitz.

Write your own Mini-Review! Whether new, or not-so-new, tell us what you thought of the book, in 200 words or less, even just a sentence or three. Loved it? Hated it? Would you recommend it? Why? We’ll post your review here on the library’s blog and you can share it wherever you’d like. We won’t pass along your private info or email address. To email your own mini-review click here!

 

Art in the Garden Returns this Tuesday Evening

Bring your notebook, sketchbook, easel or instrument.

Or you can just bring yourself and a lawn chair! 

Poets, painters, storytellers of all types are welcome.

If you’ve missed Art in the Garden this summer, come join us at the picnic table in the Library Garden this Tuesday, the 18th at 7:00 pm.

Faith Saxton Gallo will be setting up her easel again and we invite you to do the same.

Not a painter? What about your sketchbook, or a notebook to write or doodle in? Maybe you could strum some chords on your guitar.

Check out the honeymooner’s video in the comments below for the evening’s crazy theme, and inspiration!

Of course, if you just want to come enjoy the serenity of the garden and have a few light refreshments with good company, you are welcome too!

Mud Kitchen Monday!

This Monday, August the 17th is Mud Kitchen Monday! 

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All ages are encouraged to attend (with an adult), and make sure you wear old clothes and be prepared to get messy in the mud kitchen. 60668_685892171487309_7044723008373032878_n

Mini-Review–Staff Pick, Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the sunWe’re asking patrons and friends of the library to write mini-reviews of the books they read. You can write a couple of sentences to 200 words. Choose a new book from our 7 day shelf, an old classic, or anything in between. If you’d like to recommend it or warn against it, we want to hear your thoughts. If it’s in the library, it’s fair game for a Mini-Review.  

Today’s Mini-Review is a Staff Pick edition from Linda about the Empire of the Summer Moon, Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne:

Wonderful book! I could not put it down. Made me want to cry about how the Indians were treated. What an eye-opener!

 

Write your own Mini-Review! Whether new, or not-so-new, tell us what you thought of the book, in 200 words or less, even just a sentence or three. Loved it? Hated it? Would you recommend it? Why? We’ll post your review here on the library’s blog and you can share it wherever you’d like. We won’t pass along your private info or email address. To email your own mini-review click here!

 

 

Mini-Review, Finders Keepers, by Stephen King

Book Review Finders KeepersWe’re asking patrons and friends of the library to write mini-reviews of the books they read. You can write a couple of sentences to 200 words. Choose a new book, like today’s Finders Keepers, by Stephen King, or it choose an old classic you’d like to recommend. If it’s in the library, it’s fair game for a Mini-Review.  

Here is our first Mini-Review, today by John H.:

Do yourself a favor. Assuming you’re a reader, go get yourself a copy of Stephen King’s newest book, Finders Keepers. Well, maybe first you should read Mr. Mercedes–which is a fine book all by itself—but Finders Keepers is a sequel to it so you might want to read the first one first and so on. Not that you couldn’t read it all by itself–you could but all the characters are introduced in the first one and… You know what? Just read them both in whatever order you want.

“But,” you’re saying, “I don’t care for horror novels!” Well, then these are for you. King has managed to turn out some page-turning detective novels with nary a creepy nor a crawly to be found and that are guaranteed to be un-put-downable. Actually there’s not a guarantee attached, but trust me, library-review-reader, you should give them a chance.

Write your own Mini-Review! Whether new, or not-so-new, tell us what you thought of the book, in 200 words or less, even just a sentence or three. Loved it? Hated it? Would you recommend it? Why? We’ll post your review here on the library’s blog and you can share it wherever you’d like. We won’t pass along your private info or email address. To email your own mini-review click here!

 

Art in the Garden

11053422_861611937248664_5711087332519437713_nHere is just a taste of what you missed if you missed Art in the Garden with Cross Keys Poetry on August 4th. There were poems, stories, painting and sketching. Oh! And a ridiculous variety of refreshments.

The good news is you can join us next time on August 18th. Come relax in the Library Garden with artists and writers, and most importantly, snacks. 

The Cross Keys Poetry Society meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Music by Brian P. Kelly, “Lady of Shalott” by Loreena McKennitt, based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.