Thursday, April 19, 2012

New DVDs

  • The Amish   DVD BX8129 .A5 A44 2012
  • Black Beauty   DVD PN1997.2 .B533 B533 2010
  • Bringing Out the Dead   DVD PN1997 .B755 B755 2000
  • Crossed Over   DVD PN1992.77 .C76 2008
  • The Descendants   DVD PN1997.2 .D47 2012
  • The English Novel  OVS DVD PR821 .E64 2006
  • The Help   DVD PN1997.2 .H456 H456 2011
  • Horror Classics   DVD PN1997.5 H677 H677 2005
  • House of Usher  DVD PN1997.2 .H687464 2010
  • How to Train Your Dragon  DVD PN1997.2 .H688 2010
  • Hugo   DVD PN1997.2 .H84 2012
  • Iron Man   DVD PN1997.2 .I766 2008
  • Iron Man 2   DVD PN1997.2 .I76 2010
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bridge   DVD PN1997 .M7 2011
  • Mr. Bean   DVD PN1992.77 .M834 2008
  • Midnight in Paris    DVD PN 1995.9 .C55 M536 2011
  • Pushing Daisies (Season 1)  DVD  PN1992.77 .P87 2008
  • Pushing Daisies (Season 2)   DVD PN1992.77 .P87 2009
  • Puss in Boots   DVD PN1997.2 .P877 2012
  • Visual Acoustics  DVD TR140 .S58 V57 2010  
  • The West   DVD E591 .W44 2004

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s collision with an iceberg approaches, the loss of more than 1500 lives in the ocean near Halifax still stands as one of the most horrifying maritime disasters of this century.

The White Star Line built the Titanic, Olympic and Britannic to compete with the Cunard luxury liners crossing the Atlantic. The Titanic was built for show, mimicking the space and amenities of the best hotels; the ship included multiple dining areas, a squash court, gym and a swimming bath . It left on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 10, 1912 and was lost at sea April 15. A nearby ship, the Carpathia, rescued survivors and arrived at New York April 18. 

Here’s an article from the Ebsco database,” Shadow of the Titanic”, that offers a new explanation of the disaster.  

The NHTI Library has new books about the Titanic disaster:
  • Lost Voices from the Titanic: the Definitive Oral History.  G530 .T6 B4975 2010
  • Shadow of the Titanic: the Extraordinary Stories of those who Survived.  G530 .T6 W56 2012
  • Titanic: the Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later.   G530 .T6 T587 2012
  • Titanic Tragedy: a New Look at the Lost Liner.  G530. T6 M366 2012
  • Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats and the Worlds They Came From.G530 .T6 D35 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Review- A Ball for Daisy

2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Ball for Daisy

Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

It’s a wordless story of a little dog, who takes her favorite red ball to the park, only to see another dog destroy it.  Raschka’s paintings in watercolor, gouache and ink are deceptively simple, but very moving, and these illustrations capture Daisy’s tale of loss, recovery and friendship.  Wordless books build a foundation for literacy because they give a very young child a sense of reading plus the sequence of illustrations tells the story as the child turns the pages.  While developing a child’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, the wordless book allows the child to narrate a new story at each reading and learn that stories have a beginning, middle and end.                            

A panel of U.S. librarians and book experts read thousands of picture books published each year in the United States and award the Caldecott Medal to the artist or illustrator of the most distinguished book.  For more detailed information and criteria used to make the selection for the Caldecott Medal see Credo reference article:

For more information about Randolph Caldecott, the man for whom the medal was created, see:

Marcus, Leonard S. "Medal Man: Randolph Caldecott and the Art of the Picture Book." Horn Book Magazine 77.2 (2001): 155-170. MasterFILE Elite. Web. 24 Jan. 2012.

The article provides information on the children's book illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Caldecott's name is well-known from the award created in his honor, but his books are largely forgotten. Caldecott earned instant praise for "The House That Jack Built" and "The Diverting History of John Gilpin," both published in 1878.

A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. JUV PZ7 .R1814 B355 2011