Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the New Book Shelf

Two boys.
Same name, same background.
One is a Rhodes Scholar, the other a convicted murder.

While studying at college Wes Moore made a stunning discovery—another man named Wes Moore from the same city was on trial for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a police officer. As Moore began to research the other man’s background he discovered several similarities. Both men were raised in the inner city by single mothers and had had a series of run-ins with the law, beginning at a young age. Intrigued, Moore has chronicled the similarities and pivotal differences between his life and the other Wes Moore’s life.

The Other Wes Moore is a fascinating look into the choices that we make and their impact. As Moore states in the introduction, “The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”

Moore, Wes. The Other Wes Moore. New York: Random House, 2010.

F189.B153 M66 2010

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday and Christmas DVD List

Perhaps you’ll have a break in the holiday rush and want to relax with a movie.  The library staff suggests the following titles; please call the Circulation Desk for availability, 271-7186.

Borrowed Hearts DVD PN1997 .B677 B6774 2004
Sam, a businessman, has always put money first until a woman and her seven-year-old daughter enter his life. Unlike Sam, they barely have enough money to survive, but they have plenty of something he lacks: love. They help him to discover that family and loyalty are more important than wealth.

A Christmas Carol DVD PN1995.9 .C5113 C47578637 2006
For the first time ever, an all-animal animated CGI feature film with all new music and songs based on the classic, much loved Charles Dickens story.

A Christmas Carol DVD PR4572 .C475 2005
DVD release of the 1938 feature film.

A Christmas Carol DVD PN1995.9 .C5113 C47578637 2007
Presents the classic Dickens story about a bitter old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who's given a chance for redemption when three ghosts come to visit him on Christmas Eve.  Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.

The Christmas Shoes DVD PN1995.9 .C475 C475
A workaholic attorney crosses paths with a young boy on Christmas Eve and rediscovers the true meaning of love, life, and the holiday season.

Christmas Snow DVD PN1997 .C475 C475 2004
Mrs. Mutterance runs a candy shop and lives with her two adopted children. On Christmas Eve, her mean-spirited landlord, Mr. Snyder, says they must move, as he plans to turn the building into a laundromat. Then a blizzard hits, and Mrs. Snyder goes missing. Mrs. Mutterance and her children rescue Mr. Snyder, and he has a change of heart.

A Christmas Story DVD PN1995.9 .C55 C47 2003
Nine-year-old Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder BB-gun for Christmas, over his parents' objections.

A Christmas Visitor DVD PN1997 .C475 C475 2003
A Christmas visitor: A family that hasn't celebrated Christmas since their son was killed in the Gulf War, has a visit by a soldier who bears a striking resemblance to their son.

The Christmas Wife DVD PN1997 .C45 C45 2005
A widower, not wanting to spend Christmas alone, responds to an ad for social introductions and invites a woman to spend the holiday with him at his cabin.

A Christmas Wish DVD PN1997 .C57 C575 2003
A down-on-their-luck family moves into a ground floor apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives in the attic. Rupert acts as the family's beneficent guardian angel - not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever.

A Christmas without Snow DVD PN1997.2 .C5757 C575 2007
A recently divorced woman moves to San Francisco to start a new life. She joins a church choir and meets new friends and learns special life lessons.

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life DVD PN1997 .I87 I87 2009
A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him.

Frosty the Snowman DVD PN1997.2 .R365 F767 2002
Frosty the snowman: When Frosty comes to life, he must weather a storm of adventures and the plans of an evil magician before he can find safety and happiness at the North Pole.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD PN1997 .H687 H687 2001
Jim Carrey as the bitter Grinch plots to steal Christmas from Whoville.

My Christmas Soldier DVD PN1997.2 .M9 2006
A small Georgia town struggles with the rationing and sacrifices of      
America at war.

The Night before Christmas DVD PN1997.2 .E544 N544 2004
While scurrying about for a midnight snack, Gregory the mouse sees a mischievous Christmas fairy casting an evil spell to stop Santa. It is now up to him to break the spell before time runs out.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular DVD M1522 .R23 2008
This special 75th Anniversary DVD features all the best-loved performances of the Rockettes, including: The Dance of the Nutcracker, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers; Santa's Toy Headquarters, the Living Nativity and the arrival of Santa.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review- IQ84


Haruki Murakami (2011); translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel

PL856.U673 A61213 2011

Stylistically a masterpiece, even more so when one realizes that most Westerners are reading the translation of one of the great works of literature; and even then, two translators are at work - the second translator seems to be channeling the first - in what appears to be a seamless translation from the original Japanese.  Which is even made more impressive in that many words, such as “mind” – in Japanese the closest word is “kokoro,” - don’t have a direct equivalent.  And, make no mistake, the use of language in 1Q84 pulls us through the novel even as we attempt to slow down and appreciate what we are reading.

While 1Q84 is a great literature it by no means wears the heavy mantle of a reverential greatness. The novel is playful, compelling, thoughtful, sensual, mind-bending, challenging and, mysterious – almost akin to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49. It is also about language, love, lost love and found love.

Deliberately set in 1984, 1Q84 is a reality (or is it?) that runs parallel to the year 1984 and in which several characters find themselves. In Tokyo and its environs a young woman, Aomame - who has strong ties to a young man, Tengo, who is an aspiring novelist with an unusual project - punishes perpetrators of domestic violence. Most of the narrative is composed of alternating storylines as told by Aomame and Tengo. For both, who knew each other when they were young school children and then lost touch with one another, major events cause them to have memories that don’t match up with stories reported in the news – and both, along with several other characters, see two moons after they’ve been shunted onto and into the parallel time of 1Q84. Filled with shadowy organizations, hit men (and women) and noir characters 1Q84 is also a fairy tale that opens by quoting lyrics from Billy Rose and “Hip” Harburg’s, “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Will Aomame and Tengo find each other and will they ever get back to 1984 and a world with only one moon? Only after almost 900 pages of exquisite torture are we prepared to learn the answers to those questions in a most remarkable book. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Review- The Anatomy of Ghosts

The Anatomy of Ghosts

Review by Jane Hunt, NHTI Adjunct Professor
Set in the Cambridge University of 1786, Andrew Taylor’s mystery-cum-romance-cum-historical novel pulls us deep into the sights, sounds, textures, odors and especially the sensibilities of the late Enlightenment.  Here is a world which, in William Manchester’s illuminating phrase, is lit only by fire; in the shadows thrown by that fire, ancient medieval superstitions struggle for dominance with the emergent rational outlook of the modern world.
            Enter John Holdsworth, widower, bookseller, erstwhile printer, and would-be rationalist, who finds himself haunted by guilt over the recent deaths of his wife and young son.  The author of a small book, The Anatomy of Ghosts, Holdsworth has advanced the notion that ghost stories do not merit the “serious consideration of men of education.”   For his efforts, Holdsworth has drawn withering criticism from the religious establishment, creating enough of a local sensation to draw him to the notice of Lady Anne Oldershaw, whose son Frank, a student at Cambridge, has gone mad, apparently after encountering a ghost.
            Lady Anne’s summons proves a precarious blessing.  While rescuing Holdsworth from the poverty into which his grief, guilt, and troubles have plummeted him after losing his wife and son, that summons also plunges him into mysteries surrounding Frank Oldershaw’s madness, a theft from the Cambridge Library, college politics, a haunting, blackmail, debtor’s prison, and murder.  En route to unraveling these tangled threads; Holdsworth lays more than one ghost and resurrects his own hopes for the future.
            The story is compelling enough, but the even greater treat here is the research Taylor has done on 18th-century Cambridge, its geography, culture, customs, language, and mores.  You’ll return to the 21st century with a profound mix of gratitude and relief haunted by a ghost of regret.

Taylor, Andrew.   Anatomy of Ghosts.  New York: Hyperion, 2011.  PR6070 .A79 A85 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Scott Bulger

Wings of Knowledge
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
7:00 P.M.
NHTI Library Living Room

NHTI adjunct professor and photographer, Scott Bulger, teaches Photo I and Photo II in the Visual Arts degree program.  The Hippo, a New Hampshire weekly magazine, named him the Best Arts Educator and Best Visual Artist for 2011. Scott says, “My classes teach the mechanics but the ultimate goal is to help students find their own voice and allow them to express themselves in their own way.”  The library recently displayed his black and white digital photographs and owns Scott’s books, Khronikos and A Portrait of the Yucatan.

Friday, November 18, 2011

New DVDs

Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World   HG171 .A834 2009
Ben Hur (50th ed.)   OVS DVD PN 1997 .B46457 2011
The Best of Mr. Bean   DVD PN1992.77 .M834 2006
A Christmas Without Snow   DVD PN1997.2 .C5757 C575 2007
Engineering Ground Zero   DVD HV6432.7 .A44 2011
Evening   DVD PN 1995.9 .M45 E946564 2007
Guitar Aerobics   DVD MT580 .N457 G958 2007
Johnny English   DVD PN1995.9 .C55 J64 2004
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Cool Place   DVD HM647 .M34 2011
The Most Dangerous Man in America   DVD DS558 .M67 2010
Mr. Bean’s Most Memorable Moments   DVD PN1992.77 .M834 M7 2010
Prohibition (Ken Burns documentary)   DVD HV 5089 .P964 2011
River’s End   DVD PN 1997.2 .R5847 2010
Simple Justice   DVD PN1997 .S56 2003
Winnie the Pooh   DVD PN1997.2 .W56 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Women in the Military

As we observe this year’s Veterans Day, the following books in the library’s collection highlight women’s deployment in combat.

A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by Evelyn M. Monahan & Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee.  New York: Knopf, 2010. UB418 .W65 M66 2010

The never before told story of the women who fought for the right to defend their country by serving in combat units. Interviews, correspondence, diaries and archived material tell the remarkable story of the women who comprise over 15 percent of the U.S. armed forces.

The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 2009. DS79.76 .H653 2009

In 2003, women fought on the front lines in Iraq for the first time. This book is an unforgettable account of the call to action and the emotional aftermath of combat by female members of the U.S. armed forces.

I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg. New York: Knopf, 2003. DS79.76 .B73 2003

Bragg tells the story of Jessica Lynch who survived an ambush attack in the desert only to be captured and imprisoned by  the Iraqi’s. Her rescue galvanized the nation and she became a symbol of victory, innocence and courage.

Officer, Nurse, Woman:  The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War by Kara Dixon Vuic. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2010. DS559.44 .V85 2010

The author interviewed over 100 women to create these vivid personal accounts of army nurses during the Vietnam War.  The author also explores the gender issues that arose in the male-dominated army at that time. Women drawn to the patriotic promise of service faced disturbing realities in the virtually all-male hospitals of South Vietnam.

When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans by Laura Browder & photographs by Sascha Pflaeging. Chapel Hill: North Carolina UP, 2010. U52 .W475 2010

These photographs by Sascha Pflaeging, accompanied with oral histories, provide a dramatic portrait of women at war. These stories tell not just what it’s like to be under fire, but also how to cope with motherhood, marriage, sexism, sacrifice and duty.

Women in the United States Armed Forces: a Guide to the Issues by Darlene M. Iskra. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 2010. UB418 .W65 I85 2010

This volume covers over a century of accomplishments by military women, from the Civil War to current wars in the Middle East.  During World War II, 565 women in the Women’s Army Corps received combat decorations proving women had the courage, strength and stamina for battle. But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that women had opportunities to serve at sea and in the air. The book reviews today’s issues, including sexual harassment, while noting women’s performance in Iraq and Afghanistan, contributed to positive change in attitude within the predominantly male military.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Autism Awareness Display

Northern New England
School Autism Awareness Day
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Are you aware of these facts about autism?
  • Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.
  • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.

The organization, Autism Speaks sponsors School Autism Awareness Day; visit their FAQ page -

And stop by the NHTI Library to see the lobby display of books and other library materials to educate people about autism.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tom Wessels

Tom Wessels
Wings of Knowledge
November 1, 2011

Tom Wessels, professor of ecology at Antioch New England, founded the conservation biology graduate program and has authored books on the cultural history of the forested landscape.  He teaches students and gardeners to see the history of a local landscape and as they learn its past, to bond with the site.  The shape of tree trunks, rocks on the forest floor, wind and fire damage all offer clues to the land’s use over time.  

The NHTI Library owns several of his books:

Forest Forensics: a Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape. Woodstock, VT: Countryman, 2010. NEAR SD144 .A12 W47 2010

Granite Landscape: a Natural History of America’s Mountain Domes, from Arcadia to Yosemite.  Woodstock, VT: Countryman , 2001 QH104 .W47 2001

Into the Field: a Guide to Locally Focused Teaching.  Great Barrington, MA: Orion Society, 1999.      QK121 .L475 1999.

Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future. Burlington, VT: Vermont UP, 2006. QH541 .W42 2006

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Picture Books

Here’s a short list of new picture books available at the NHTI Library. Picture books stimulate a child’s curiosity and introduce reading at a very young age.  The collection supports our Early Childhood Education program as well as the needs and interests of our campus community.

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has a mission to nurture a love of reading and writing and targets children in communities where resources are limited and children at risk for low literacy skills.  CLiF offers literacy programs in prisons as described in this article in the ProQuest Database

If you’d like to learn more about CLiF, visit their website, ; it will tell you about their programs and activities.  Their site includes a NH map that shows towns involved with CLiF.

Big Plans
JUV PZ7 .L7652 R44 2008

After writing on the board, “I will not roll my eyes.  I am not the boss of the class.  I will not laugh when others speak,” a young boy sits in the classroom corner and spends the day dreaming of big plans.  He climbs the tallest hill and shouts “I’ve got big plans, I say.”  On the way down, he finds a mynah bird who says “I’m in!”  Together, they fly a helicopter and continue on their adventure finishing big plans as they go.  Great illustrations.

How the Sphinx Got to the Museum
JUV DT87.15 .H36 2010

In 1470 B.C., a woman pharaoh, Hatshepsut, ordered a set of 6 sphinx statutes for her temple.  After she dies, her stepson, Thutmose III becomes pharaoh and has workmen destroy the statues and bury the pieces.  In the 1920’s, an archeologist from the Museum of Metropolitan Art finds the pit with the broken pieces. People from the museum travel to Egypt and uncover the sphinx fragments.  This book tells the story behind bringing the sphinx to New York.

Maisy’s ABC
JUV PE1155 .C58 2008

Maisy teaches the alphabet in her version of the ABCs.  On each page, there’s a tab to pull or a flap to lift; find the tab where a purple dolphin for the letter “D” leaps out of the water.  Perfect for children 3 years and up.

Press Here
JUV PZ7 .T82314 P74 2011
Yellow, red and blue dots dance across the pages in this whimsical book.  Press the yellow dot and find out what happens next.  Teaches color recognition.

Red Wagon
JUV PZ7 .L7652 R44 2011

Lucy, a fuzzy fox, takes a trip to the market with her new red wagon.   First she pulls the wagon up a hill, as a squirrel and a hedgehog jump in.  At the top of the hill, it starts to rain and the wagon becomes a ship as she heads to the bottom with animal friends.   Follow her journey as she buys vegetables and heads for home.

True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
JUV PZ 7 .S41267 T79 1989

Here’s the real story from the Wolf’s point of view.  He set outs to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake.  His first stop was the pig living in a house of straw down the road.  He sneezed, blew down the house and ate the pig, just like a hamburger.  Read this book to learn what happens at the next house.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New DVDs

An American Family--DVD HQ536 .A44 2011
Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale --DVD RC642 .B33 2011
Ben-Hur--DVD PN1997 .B4645 2011
Black Indians: An American Story --DVD E98 .R28 B53 2004
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid--DVD PN1997 .B88 B88 2000
Christmas in Wonderland --DVD N1997.2 .C47 C475 2009
Citizen Kane (Reserve shelf) --DVD PN1997 .C58 2011
Digital Nation--DVD HQ784 .T37 D53 2010
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner--DVD PN1997 .G847 2008
Hey Boo: Harper Lee & to Kill a Mockingbird--DVD PS 3562 .E353 T63377 2011
The Hunchback of Notre Dame--DVD PN1995.9 .H6 H86343335 2006
Japan’s Killer Quake--DVD QE 537.2 .J37 J37 2011
Making Stuff--DVD T 173.8 M35 2011
Moments to Remember--DVD M1630.18 .M664 G654 2006
Power Surge--DVD TD 195 .E49 P69 2011
Quatermass and the Pit --DVD PR6021 .N413 P59 2010
Quatermass 2--DVD PR 6021 .N413 E6469 2010
Rugged Gold--DVD PN1992.77 .R844 2010
September 11th--DVD HV6432.7 .S468 2011
The Third Wish--DVD PN 1997.2 .T4574 T45749 2010

Friday, October 7, 2011

Introducing Literature Online (LION)

The NHTI Library now offers Literature Online, a fully-searchable database of English literature.  It includes American and English poetry, prose and drama in more than 350,000 works along with 320 journals, American, English, African-American and Canadian poetry clips and links to 5,250 web sites.
Let’s say you need to write a paper on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Locate the NHTI Library database page and find Literature Online in the right-hand column.  When the page opens it shows a search box. Type in Shelley, Mary and there will be over 1600 references and 10 web sites for this writer.

Criticism & Reference:
Criticism (Combined search) (1647 results)
Reference (12 results)
Web Sites (10 results)

Now look up Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s best known work.  LION includes 773 articles of criticism and one website about this book. 

Literature Online offers video clips of contemporary poets along with the complete plays of Shakespeare in full, unabridged audio recordings.  There’s literary criticism beginning in the 1920s and coverage of almost every period and genre of literature in English. 

The annual literary index, Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), with over 950,000 records, comprises part of the database.  

Pretty impressive!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


From spirits reaching from beyond the grave to horror tales producing fear in readers, come see (if you dare!) the lobby display of classic horror fiction, ghost stories and tales of Halloween. Find a book and check it out for three weeks.  Stop by the circulation desk if you need to set up a library account.

“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties
 And things that go bump in the night,
 Good Lord, deliver us!”

                                        Cornish prayer

Anonymous. Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, 1997. Credo Reference. 28 Sept  2011 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Research Guides: Start Your Assignments with One

Over the summer, your NHTI reference librarians updated all the Research Guides.  The General Research Guide gives an orientation to the library and overall resources.  The subject-specific or course guides provide an overview to individual websites, databases, eBooks and print materials. Guides are available at the library website- Find printed guides in the kiosk near the reference desk.

Contact the reference librarians if you need additional help or information. Make an in-person visit when the librarians on duty:

Hope to see you soon,
Sarah, Christine and Carol
 NHTI Library reference team.

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 11: Three Questions

The NHTI Library posted these questions in the library lobby:

  •  Where were you on 9/11?
  •   How has 9/11 changed you?
  •   How has America changed?

Here are your answers:

Training in California with large machine guns. (Marine)

In math class.Two students received cell phone calls.  One concerned for her father flying then from Boston to NYC, the other involved in homeland security before we officially had homeland security.  Both were OK.

Student came into the library – I had to see it to believe it.  Needed to hear Peter Jennings say it would be OK.

How has America changed?   I can’t fly anywhere without extreme security and invasive checks.  Lots of fear.  Can’t even go to events in arenas – theme parks without checks for security.

In fourth grade – dismissed from class – watched in disbelief on TV.

Our son left for England Sept. 4.  On September 9 or 10, the London ATM ate his card because he forgot to move money before he left.  There was no way to send money to him because the US govt. shut down all money transfers in + out of the US.

I was in history class (which I hated) when it announced over the school.  The TV was turned on for the rest of the day.   No classes.  Everyone was scared/worried about someone they know or loved.  That day changed rules for everything.  Maybe it’s good and bad.

I was in my office when I heard my boss in the next room over swear aloud.  Hearing the TV, I went over to his office and saw the image of the burning tower and plane frozen on the screen.  What remains with me when I think of the actual day of 9/11 are two things:  that image which so changed the world and the courage of passengers of Flight 93.   Horror and heroism – two sides of a terrible event.

I had just gotten up for work thinking this was just going to be another day.  But nothing would ever be the same again.  May all those who where laid to rest find everlasting peace.

I was in Little Hall 2nd floor comp. lab. There for EN101.  Instructor got the news, told us and we watched the events unfold on a small black/white TV in one of the faculty offices.  So strange to be back here 10 years later.

High school Advanced Math and Trig, 2nd block had just begun.  The principal came on the intercom and announced that a 2nd plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  When she said “2nd”, I wondered what had happened.  I didn’t realize “plane” meant “jet plane”, I thought a Cessna had lost control.  Classes stopped for the day as the school watched everything unfold on classroom TV’s.

4th grade.  I was home sick with the flu.  My mom was watching TV when the plane hit the towers.  She called me out and I saw the second plane hit.  I was worried about all the people and I didn’t understand how they could kill all those people.  I still can’t.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Elvis is in the Library

Did you know that on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM the library plays selections from its record collection? Stop by to listen to some of your favorites—everything from ragtime to honky-tonk. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy 80th Birthday, Babar

The French painter, Jean de Brunhoff, created the elephant, Babar, to illustrate a bed-time story told by his wife to their children. He decided to write down the story and paint the character, an elephant who had lost his mother. Babar wore a green suit, spats and a bowler hat.  A family friend in the publishing business saw the paintings and Babar the Elephant was published, the first of 42 books about this elephant.

USA TODAY published a recent article about Laurent de Brunhoff, Jean’s son, who continued the series following his dad’s death in 1937.  

In the NHTI Library’s Proquest database,  Stephen  O’Harrow  discusses Babar’s character  and  theorizes that Babar’s story hides a colonialist view of the world.  Babar learns to wear clothes, sleeps in a bed and hold conversations, acquires a red roadster  and lives as a Parisian man about town. 

Edward Rothstein reviewed an exhibit of Jean and Laurent’s  de Brunhoff’s illustrations in 2008 at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York.  He discusses the allegories within the Babar stories and writes about the paintings and the difference between Jean’s and Laurent’s artistic styles.

Laurent de Brunhoff says Babar’s adventures  appeal to children, ages 3-6, and the books will remain popular, making these stories a classic tale to read aloud to your grandchildren.   If you want to learn more about picture books, consult this Credo database article:

The library owns:
  • De Brunhoff, Jean (2000). Bonjour Babar!  New York: Random House  JUV PZ7 .B828428 B66 2000.
  • De Brunhoff, Laurent (2000). Babar and the Succotash Bird.  New York: Abrams.  JUV PZ7 .B82843 B3337 2000
  • De Brunhoff, Laurent  (2005) Babar the Magician.  New York: Abrams. JUV PZ7 .B82843 B3376 2005.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Remembering September 11, 2001

The NHTI librarians selected books from the collection about September 11, 2001. The books are available in a lobby display and are available for checkout. 

There’s an easel in the lobby for your answers to these questions,
  • Where were you on 9/11?
  • How has 9/11 changed you?
  • How has America changed?

You may also add other memories of that day you wish to share with our community.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pirates on the Horizon!

Captain Jack Sparrow isn’t the only movie pirate to capture everyone’s attention and become the current favorite.

There have been many popular cinematic pirates. The NHTI Library owns a great collection of pirate films, produced from the 1920’s through 2010.  Here’s what we have:

The Black Pirate (1926) DVD PN1997 .B535 B535 1996
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. in a robust silent swashbuckler.   Fairbanks’ films include amazing athletic feats and action.

The Sea Hawk (1940) DVD PN1995.9 P49 S43 2005
 Errol Flynn at his most dashing with the right balance of piracy, romance and swordplay.

The Crimson Pirate (1952) DVD PN1997 .C75 C75 2003
Burt Lancaster takes his turn to swashbuckle across the Mediterranean with thrills and laughs.

Peter Pan (1953) DVD PN1995.9 .F36 P4847 2007
Disney’s adaption of J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter, Wendy, Michael and John and the battle with the infamous Captain Hook and the pirates in Neverland.

Not to be excluded here’s Captain Jack Sparrow with his quick wit and swagger:

Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl DVD PN1997.2 P57 P57 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest DVD PN1995 .P49 P573847 2006

You may borrow DVDs for one week.  Check the NHTI online catalog or ask staff at the circulation desk for availability.

For additional information and movie reviews, check:

VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever found in Gale Virtual Reference on the NHTI Library databases page.  Use “conc90075” for Infotrac log-on.

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide REF PN1992.8 .F5 L36 2009 located in the library reference collection.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer Recipes

It’s summer time; are you ready for the avalanche of tomatoes and zukes heading to your table?  Hmmm, what to make? How about some blueberry pie? Peach?  Tomato tarts?

If you want to pick blueberries now or find apples in the fall, visit   or  for a list of farms and growers. If you’d like to locate fresh produce, flowers, cheese and baked goods and avoid the fields, find farmer’s market locations and times at , the New Hampshire Farmer’s Market Association website.

Now let’s hunt for some recipes in cookbooks, featuring New Hampshire and New England food, found in the NHTI Library collection:

With a forward by New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Taylor, Helen Brody writes about our farms and compiled recipes for wonderful dishes, such as Connecticut River Cheesecake (p. 44) in New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen with a two-page write-up for 30 farms along with 118 recipes.    

Let’s not overlook our lakes.  Jeannette Buell and Daryl Thompson collected recipes and published Hungry for Summer: a Unique Collection of Favorite Recipes from the Island Residents of Lake Winnipesaukee.  This book screams picnics, barbecues and summertime fun.  Recipes include Six-Week Cole Slaw (p.113) that will keep in the refrigerator submitted by Dot Pangburn and Bear Island Blueberry Scones(p. 46).   Peek at Bo Derek! (p. 182)

Sheryl Julian, a Boston Globe columnist, released an updated edition of The New Boston Globe Cookbook: More than 200 Classic New England Recipes, From Clam Chowder to Pumpkin Pie in 2009.  Julian writes and edits the Globe food pages; find her current recipes at: 

In this classic New England cookbook, she presents recipes to highlight New England’s cuisine. Beautiful photographs of the region and the dishes accompany the editor’s description and history of the recipes.  You might try Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins (p.124) for yourself.

Brody, H. (2004). New Hampshire: from Farm to Kitchen. New York: Hippocrene Books.  TX725 .B8491315

Buell, J. & Thompson, D. (2010). Hungry for Summer: A Unique Collection of Favorite Recipes from the Island          Residents of Lake Winnipesaukee.  Denver: Outskirts Press.  TX715 .B9455 2010

Julian, S. (Ed.). (2009). The New Boston Globe Cookbook. Guilford, CT: Three Forks, 2004. TX715.2 .N48 J85 2009.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


It’s the end of summer – time to eat lobster and corn.  The library has acquired two new books about the lobster, Lobster: a Global History by Elisabeth Townsend and Lobster, by Richard King.

Townsend tells the story of our relationship with the lobster. From lowly pauper food to a status symbol of the rich, lobsters also became subjects for artists and writers. The author discusses today’s consumer’s concern about the ethics and controversies of eating lobsters.  At one time, lobsters were fed to the poor and servants because it was cheap food.   They were also fed to pigs and used as fish bait.  By the 1800s, fishermen were overwhelmed by the demand for lobster in New York and in London, where diners ate potted lobster.   

Richard King’s book, Lobster, provides a journey through the history, biology, cuisine and environmental status of lobsters throughout the world.  There is a timeline of the lobster, from 1495 BC to 2011 as well as a list of associations and websites.  Artists used lobsters in still lifes, as an indicator of wealth and a splash of red.  

Check the Art Museum Image Database to find artwork that includes lobsters such as The Seafood Seller; 19th Century  Francony, C

Linda Greenlaw, former swordfish captain, writes about life on the Isle au Haut and her return to home to become a professional lobsterman, find a man and settle down.  You may recognize her from Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm. She chronicles life on the island, home to seventy year-round residents and her venture into lobster fishing on the Mattie Belle.   See if all her plans come true as she revaluates everything about life, luck and lobsters.

Greenlaw, L. (2002). The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island.  New York: Hyperion
King, R. (2011).  Lobster.  London: Reaktion.
Townsend, E. (2011). Lobster: a Global History.  London: Reaktion.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Review- New Finnish Grammar

Diego Marani (2000); translated from Italian by Judith Landry (2011)

PQ4873.A691545 N49 2011

One of the great novels of the new century - arriving in 2000 - is now available in English in what must be a beautifully realized translation from Italian by Judith Landry. New Finnish Grammar has been called “deep and rich” as well as a subtle work of “breathtaking genius.” 

The story is simple: during the Second World War, in Trieste, an unconscious, badly beaten man with obvious head wounds, wearing a Finnish sailor’s jacket, is brought on-board a German hospital ship. A tag in his jacket has the Finnish name, Sampo Karjalainen, and when he finally regains consciousness the wounded man has no memory and no language. The German doctor treating him, originally from Finland, believes that by teaching his patient Finnish it will eventually trigger the patient’s memory so he can finally rediscover who he is. Finnish is a difficult language unrelated to most languages of the world, except for Hungarian and Estonian: once the sailor is physically well enough to travel – and with a very rudimentary Finnish vocabulary - he is repatriated in hopes that seeing Finland will jog his memories.

The story is part mystery, part reflection on language and memory and most certainly about the madness and losses of war. Told beautifully and intricately from the sailor’s language study books, letters from a woman who falls in love with him, the doctor’s continuing story of his attempt to help identify the sailor – as well as discovering the doctor’s underlying motivations - the novel sweeps from the Adriatic to Finland to northern Germany to the battles between Finland and the Soviet Union. The memory of New Finnish Grammar lasts long after its having been read.  

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Subscriptions

If you are studying a foreign language or you’d like to read or study in your native language, the library has some new print subscriptions to magazines in other languages.
  • Reader’s Digest (French, German and Spanish)
  • National Geographic (French, Spanish)
  • France-Amérique (French)
  • People (Spanish)
  • Takara (Japanese)

Remember, too, EBSCOhost and ProQuest databases allow a person to search in other languages. For EBSCOhost select your choice from the drop down menu under “Languages”. For ProQuest open the drop down menu from “Interface Language”.

Stop by the library and find a relaxing chair to read an issue or two.