Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring is in the Air

March 20th is the beginning of spring, and with spring comes lots of flowers. Unfortunately here in the Northeast, we didn’t get the memo, and are still dealing with snowstorms and frigid weather. If you are facing the same, you may want a book to keep your mind occupied and treat your spring fever until warmer weather finally arrives.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
Where Azaleas Bloom by Sherryl Woods
A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith
Lavender Lies by Susan Albert Wittig
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman
Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
Peony in Love by Lisa See
For the Roses by Julie Garwood
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
Red Lily by Nora Roberts
Magnolia by Diana Palmer

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

By the time March rolls around, many of our New Year's resolutions are often forgotten. 
Promises to stick to diets and exercise may be waning. Before you give up, consider 
something else that's healthy and positive - better money management. The library has a
 terrific collection of books on personal finance to help get you started. Here are some 
great titles to get you started.

The Self Directed Investor by Marc Chaikin
Day Trading for Dummies by Ann Logue
Crowdfund Investing for Dummies by Sherwood Neiss
Taking Charge with Value Investing by Brian Nichols
Winning the Losers Game: Timeless Strategies for  
Successful Investing by Charles Ellis
High Powered Investing All-in-One for Dummies by Jason Best
The Investor's Guidebook to Fixed Income Investments by Stuart Veale
Stock Market Cash Flow: Four Pillars of Investing for Thriving in Today's Markets 
 by Andy Tanner
The Economist Guide to Investment Strategy by The Economist
Tax Efficient Investing by Reto Gallati

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on this and many other topics.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

And the Winner Is...

Forget about the Oscars, and the Golden Globes. Somers Library’s favorite award show each year is the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. Each year ALA honors the best books, videos, and audiobooks for children and teens with notable awards such as the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and more! This list comes from the American Library Association and the 2018 winners are…

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
“Hello, Universe” written by Erin Entrada Kelly is the 2018 Newbery Medal winner. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James; “Long Way Down,” written by Jason Reynolds, and “Piecing Me Together,” written by Renée Watson.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell is the 2018 Caldecott Medal winner.
Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Big Cat, little cat,” illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper; “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes; “A Different Pond,” illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi, and “Grand Canyon,” illustrated and written by Jason Chin.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“Piecing Me Together,” written by Renée Watson, is the King Author Award winner. Three King Author Honor Books also were named: “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” written by Derrick Barnes;  “Long Way Down,” written by Jason Reynolds, and “The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas. “Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the King Illustrator Award winner. The book is written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth. Two King Illustrator Honor Books also were named: “Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut,” illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, and “Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” illustrated by James E. Ransome, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award to affirm new talent:
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet,” written by David Barclay Moore, is the Steptoe Author Award winner.
“Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song,” illustrated by Charly Palmer and written by Kathryn Erksine is the Steptoe Illustrator Award winner.

Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Eloise Greenfield is the winner of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour, is the 2018 Printz Award winner.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas; “Long Way Down,” written by Jason Reynolds; “Strange the Dreamer,” written by Laini Taylor, and “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
“Silent Days, Silent Dreams,” written and illustrated by Allen Say wins the award for young children (ages 0 to 8).
“Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess,” written by Shari Green is the winner for middle grades (ages 9-13).
“You’re Welcome, Universe,” written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner is the winner for teens (ages 14-18).

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“All Systems Red,” by Martha Wells; “The Clockwork Dynasty,” by Daniel H. Wilson; “Down Among the Sticks and Bones,” by Seanan McGuire; “Electric Arches,” by Eve L. Ewing; “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea,” by Melissa Fleming; “Malagash,” by Joey Comeau; “Roughneck,” by Jeff Lemire; “She Rides Shotgun,” by Jordan Harper; “Things We Have in Common,” by Tasha Kavanagh, and “An Unkindness of Magicians,” by Kat Howard.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2018 winner is Jacqueline Woodson, whose award-winning works include “Brown Girl Dreaming,” “After Tupac & D Foster,” “Locomotion” and “Show Way.”

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2018 winner is Angela Johnson. Her books include “Heaven,” “Looking for Red,” “The First Part Last” and “Sweet, Hereafter,”; “Bird,” and “Toning the Sweep.”

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:
“The Murderer’s Ape” is the 2018 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Sweden as “Mördarens Apa,” the book was written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius, translated from Swedish by Peter Graves.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were named: “Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education,” written by Raphaële Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty and translated from French by Julie Cormier; “When a Wolf is Hungry,” written by Christine Naumann-Villemin, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo and translated from French by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers and “You Can’t Be Too Careful!,” written and illustrated by Roger Mello, and translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
“The Hate U Give,” produced by HarperAudio, is the 2018 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin.
Five Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were named: “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage,” written by Philip Pullman and narrated by Michael Sheen; “A Boy Called Christmas,” written by Matt Haig and narrated by Stephen Fry; “Long Way Down,”  written and narrated by Jason Reynolds; “Trombone Shorty” written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and narrated by Dion Graham and “The Wizards of Once”, written by Cressida Cowell and narrated by David Tennant.

Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
“La Princesa and the Pea,” illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Susan Middleton Elya.
Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books also were named:“All Around Us,” illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, written by Xelena González, and “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos,” illustrated by John Parra, written by Monica Brown.
“Lucky Broken Girl,” written by Ruth Behar, is the Pura Belpré Author Award winner. Two Belpré Author Honor Books also were named: “The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora,” written by Pablo Cartaya and “The First Rule of Punk,” written by Celia C. Pérez.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
“Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961,” written by Larry Dane Brimner, is the Sibert Award winner. Four Sibert Honor Books also were named: “Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix,” written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One; “Grand Canyon,” written and illustrated by Jason Chin, “Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability,” written by Shane Burcaw, illustrated by Matt Carr and “Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem,” written by Patricia Newman.

Stonewall Book Award–Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
“Little & Lion,” written by Brandy Colbert, and “The 57 Bus,” written by Dashka Slater are the 2018 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards–Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.
Two Stonewall Honor Books were also named:
“As the Crow Flies,” written and illustrated by Melanie Gillman, and “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,” written by Mackenzi Lee.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers is
“Charlie & Mouse,” written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes.
Five Geisel Honor Books also were named: “I See a Cat,” written and illustrated by Paul Meisel; “King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats,” written by Dori Hillestad Butler and  illustrated by Nancy Meyers; “My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories,” written and illustrated by Salina Yoon; “Noodleheads See the Future,” written by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold, and “Snail & Worm Again,” written and illustrated by Tina Kügler.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
“The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas, is the 2018 Morris Award winner.
Four other books were finalists for the award: “Dear Martin,” written by Nic Stone; “Devils Within,” written by S. F. Henson; “Saints and Misfits,” written by S. K. Ali, and “Starfish,” written by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman, is the 2018 Excellence winner.
Four other books were finalists for the award: “#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women,” edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy; “Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism,” written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos; “The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives,” written by Dashka Slater, and “The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found,” written by Martin W. Sandler.

"American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award winners", American Library Association, February 12, 2018. (Accessed February 13, 2018)
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teen Writers Find Their Creative Voices

Recently, a representative from Poets & Writers asked the moderator of the Somers Library Teen Creative Writers Group - Christine Adler - to collaborate with them by participating in their program's blog in a featured interview!  The interview would would offer Poets & Writers’ blog readers a glimpse into the process and experiences of workshop facilitators. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions: Get Organized!!

Every January millions of people make resolutions to improve themselves in some way. Whether it’s to eat healthier, exercise more, volunteer or learn a new language, many people give up after only a few months for various reasons, mostly because it’s difficult to change their ways. Is getting organized your goal for 2018? If so, the library has books that might help you make that resolution stick.
  • Organizing from the inside out: the foolproof system for organizing your home, your office, and your life by Julie Morgenstern
  • How to organize (just about) everything: more than 500 step-by-step instructions for everything from organizing your closets to planning a wedding to creating a flawless filing system by Peter Walsh
  • Stephanie Winston's best organizing tips: quick, simple ways to get organized and get on with your life by Stephanie Winston
  • Spark joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up  by Marie Kondō
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondō
  • 1000 best quick and easy organizing secrets by Jamie Novak
  • Real life organizing : clean and clutter-free in 15 minutes a day by Cassandra Aarssen
  • Simpler living handbook: a back to basics guide to organizing, decluttering, streamlining, and more by Jeffrey Davidson
  • Small space organizing: a room-by-room guide to maximizing your space by Kathryn Bechen
  • Home Organizing & Closet Makeovers: Inspiration + Expert Advice by Bridget Bradley
  • How to clean and organize your house: the ultimate DIY house hack guide for speed cleaning, de-cluttering, organizing: learn how to save money and simplify your life by Sam Siv
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