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Library News for week of September 16, 2014

Head’s up to all young children and their parents/caregivers to come to our Imagination Library’s Farm Day celebration this Friday, September 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Come hear farm-themed music and stories, visit a live petting zoo, see balloon shaping and enjoy lots of silly puppet fun with Ms. Susie and Quackers.  We are happy to announce that First Lady, Crissy Haslam, who is an advocate of using books with children, will be our guest attending the festivities.  For more information, please call the Children’s Library at 484-6790 ext. 228.

 Rev up your popcorn popper!  The library's collection of DVD's has "popped" with a large selection of great new items.  Popular DVD’s including “Draft Day” and “The Fault in Our Stars” will be available to library patrons as they are released.  Many Academy Award Winners that you've been waiting to see, including “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena” are waiting to go home with you.  We've also expanded the selection of TV series with popular dramas and comedies including “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory”.  With all the new titles, you may need to make two batches of popcorn.  Happy viewing!

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be shown in the Cumberland Meeting Room next Tuesday, September 23rd at 2:00 p.m.   It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield).   For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone).  But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city.  With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than himself.  And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.  This 2014 film runs 142 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Great Finds for All Ages!

A cart of brand new fabulous non-fiction books is in my office and I find them scintillating, to say the least.  Space allows me to pull out only a few to whet your reading appetite.  While they are labeled for the Children’s Library, I know the interest levels can cover just about everyone.  So, here goes:

“100 Inventions That Made History:  Brilliant Breakthroughs That Shaped Our World” by DK Publishing.

Applying engaging, innovative design and fun, informative text, this book looks at the trailblazing inventions that have advanced technology and transformed the way we live, as well as the gadgets and gizmos that we couldn't live without!  Divided into five chapters — On the Move, Getting Connected, Ordinary Things, For Better or Worse, and Culture Shock — all areas of inventions are covered as well as showcasing the inspirational people who brought them to life.  From antibiotics to the atomic bomb, microscopes to the microwave, and wind turbines to the World Wide Web, “100 Inventions That Made History” is a discovery not to be missed.   J 609 TUR

“Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk Into Treasure” by Mike Wolfe with Lily Sprengelmeyer.

The star of the hit television show American Pickers shares his love of treasure-hunting with kids.

Mike Wolfe’s passion for “picking” started with old bikes, cigar boxes, and other collectibles people may have called “junk.”  A self-taught picker, the TV star now shares his craze for picking antiques with his enthusiastic kid audience, and offers tips on collecting, sorting through flea market offerings, asking relatives about family heirlooms, and much, much more.  In the process, kids will pick up history, research skills, and new hobbies galore (and maybe even help clean the attic).  Kids love treasure-hunting.  “Kid Pickers” is a fun and practical resource from one of the most popular pros around.  J 708 WOL

“Mommy & Me Craft: Make and Learn Together” by DK Publishing.

The perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of crafting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and more, this book is full of fun craft ideas for the whole family.  With a wide range of projects including animal masks, friendship bracelets, knitted bunnies, fabric bags, pom-pom creatures, and more, kids will develop a sense of achievement upon completion of projects and will love the rewarding feeling of being able to have something to show for the time they've spent.  In addition to the projects featured throughout the book, readers will learn about materials such as wool and fabric: what they are, where they come from, and fun facts about each one, making “Mommy and Me Craft”one-of-a-kind.  This book is also a 2014 National Parenting Publications Honors Award Winner.  J 745.5 MOM

“Star Wars: Complete Vehicles” by DK Publishing.

For any fan who wants to explore the inner workings of the spaceships and vehicles of all six Star Wars™ movies comes this fascinating expanded edition of a fan favorite, now with new cross-section artworks and a wealth of new photos.   “Star Wars®: Complete Vehicle” is packed with visual explorations of more than fifty essential Star Wars spacecraft and landcraft, including the TIE bomber, Imperial shuttle, A-wing, B-wing, and more.  Full-color cross-section artwork presents in-depth examinations of each craft's weapon systems, engines, hyperdrives, cockpits, and construction secrets, providing a never-before-seen glimpse at the vehicles that drive the Star Wars universe.  This fascinating book now features new and never-before-seen cross-sections!  J 791.43 DOU

“365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials” by E. Richard Churchill, Louis V. Loeschnig, and Muriel Mandell.

One of the best ways to learn the fundamentals of science is through hands-on experimentation with familiar, every-day objects.  Through the hundreds of activities in “365 Simple Science Experiment”  kids gather an understanding of important scientific principals while at the same time enjoying making things fizzle, bounce, and ooze using basic objects and ingredients they can find around the house.  Projects include a bubble blower, a bottle barometer, an undersea water fountain, invisible ink, a directional compass, rock candy, and a rainbow.  Through these engaging experiments kids learn about gravity, electricity, magnification, magnetism, oxidation, and more.  Here’s a great find that is perfect for kids who like to explore the wonders of the natural world.  It's also a great activity book for any kid, any time.  J 507.8 CHU

Information Tip of the Week

Did you know that the Mediterranean diet is based on the consumption of fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, cheese, fish, poultry, and olive oil?  Red meats, sweets, and highly refined, processed foods are seldom consumed.   Some of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world occur in Mediterranean countries, even though the diet contains as much fat as the U.S. diet.  Most of the fat, however, is in the form of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil and in most nuts and omega-3 fatty acids found in some fish and grains.  In general, the diet places emphasis on foods from plant sources and on foods that are not highly processed.  The American Heart Association has found that a diet rich in these foods may help to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. Why don’t cows have money?

A.  Because people milk them dry!


For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by e-mail at or  The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Cumberland County Archives & Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                            

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