Out of This World!

Do you remember what anniversary it is? Of course you do, at least if you are a certain age. Some of us are old enough to remember being glued to our TVs more than 40 years ago, watching this.

Then on this same day 17 years later, we saw this.  So how better to celebrate the spirit of exploration than with some great books (and movies, of course!) about astronauts?

Martian

If you love optimistic, adventurous stories about survival, and you haven’t read this one, you’re in for a treat! We’ve got the movie, too.

Lost Moon

If you think astronauts couldn’t stay this cool under pressure, how about some real-life heroics? Lost Moon tells the story of Apollo 13 in the voice of astronaut Jim Lovell.

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July celebrations!

Of course, we celebrate freedom in July! But it’s not just us Americans who celebrate. Canada day is July 2, and Bastille day is July 14. And that’s not all. In July, we also celebrate:

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Local help for Parents of Special Needs

Parent to Parent of NYS, from the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides support (matching you with a parent who’s “been there”, information and referral (locate and pay for services, equipment, or transportation), and training, (which is too detailed to get into here).  Click here to learn more, or call the Hudson Valley center, in Valhalla at 914-493-2635.

Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center from Westchester Institute for Human Development provides free consultation, training, and resources for parents with questions about their child’s special education, transition to adulthood, problem solving of disputes, legal help., referrals, and community-based support service providers. Call 914-493-7665.

 

 

 

Eid Mubarak!

Yesterday was the end of the month of Ramadan, and Muslims around the world celebrated. If you’re curious about the culture, we’ve got information at the library! Here are a few books, and even a movie or two.

Funny in Farsi

Firoozah Dumas was just seven years old when she moved to the United States with her family. She had no idea what to expect. This collection of essays documents her struggle to adjust; the book’s been called hilarious and touching.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Yes, we’ve got some great books (and movies) about fathers and sons, and daughters, too. Here’s just a sample.  Enjoy!

Letters to father

Sister Maria Celeste corresponds with her father, Galileo Galilei. A unique introduction to a brilliant family.

Father's Soul

In 1953, Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary. In 1996, his son, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, also climbed the mountain. Publisher’s Weekly says, “Norgay’s clever weaving of the parallel stories of his climb and his father’s enriches an already gripping tale.”  This is also the first modern tale of ascent from the indigenous people who revere the sacred mountain. Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day!”

June is LGBT Pride Month

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Aspen Mays’ Book Sculpture.  This image was used by the Westchester Library System in an ad placed in the White Plains LOFT pride brochure.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every year in June  to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. In the early morning hours of  June 28, 1969, police raided a Greenwich Village bar that had a largely gay clientele.  Patrons, who were angry about the frequent raids, fought back and soon a crowd of more than 400 people gathered in the streets. News of the event spread and inspired others to mobilize in support of gay rights.

The Westchester Library System has a growing collection of books with LGBT themes.  For this post, I will spotlight three fiction writers who have made LGBT content an important part of their writing.

Sarah Waters writes historical fiction for adults:

ThePayingGuests

The Paying Guests:  In 1922 London, economics force a widow and her daughter Frances to take in lodgers . Their lives are profoundly changed after they rent to a young couple and Frances has a dangerous clandestine affair with the wife.

 

FingersmithFingersmith:  Sue Trinity, an orphan raised by thieves, is recruited by a con man to help in his quest to marry Maude, a wealthy heiress.  Sue agrees to pose as a maid to gain Maude’s confidence, but finds herself falling in love with her.

 

TippingTheVelvetTipping the Velvet:  At a London music hall in 1887,  a male impersonator falls in love with her dresser.

 

 

 

Affinity: Visiting a grim Victorian London prison as part of rehabilitative charity work, Margaret Prior, a woman recovering from a suicide attempt, is drawn in by an inmate who asks Margaret to help her escape.

 

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It’s Hug your Cat Day!

Yes, really! Hug Your Cat Day is celebrated on June 4.


On Hug Your Cat Day, I am going to:Whether you can hug a cat or not, you can still celebrate with some great books and media from the library! Continue reading “It’s Hug your Cat Day!”