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Apr 15

National Library Week

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:58 AM by Craig Jacobson

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First created in 1958, National Library Week is happening now!  From April 12-18th, libraries across the nation are celebrating libraries as creative and educational spaces.
At FLW, we’re excited to be hosting the Mequon-Thiensville Senior Art League’s spring gallery on our second floor.  You can even check out paintings to take home.
Younger creators are also invited to our new Lego Club, while artists (age 4-11) are invited to draw a picture of their favorite book as part of the Culver’s Drawing Contest.  Pictures submitted will be posted on the board in the children’s section.

Beyond our doors, a special afternoon storytime will be held at Barnes & Noble Bayshore on Friday, April 17th.  As the weather turns warmer, families can look forward to outdoor storytimes at the Thiensville Village Farmers’ Market.  Later this year, our Fine Arts Series will host Dave Ehlert’s tribute act and see the return of Yid Vicious.

National Library Week also celebrates libraries as places to learn new things and share ideas.  Monday evening, our quick and easy ‘Appy Hour can help you get the most out of reading apps for your tablet.  On Thursday, April 16, Dave Bartlett explores the basics of Windows 8.
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Want to get even more out of your devices? FLW offers special digital services including language-learning through Pronunciator, and vacation and travel information with AtoZ World Travel! Many other services are available – from online SAT practice tests to interactive magazines – so drop by our website or visit the Reference Desk to ask what’s available to you.

New programs and events are scheduled throughout the year, so check our calendar or just drop in to find out what’s new and exciting at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library!

–Written by Carol M.

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Apr 02

Discover New Poetry!

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:49 AM by Craig Jacobson

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With the month of April now upon us, the time has come to celebrate National Poetry Month! Kids and adults alike can join in the fun of discovering what’s new/award winning in the world of poetry.

Below are some exciting options to consider:


browngirldreaming.jpgBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Growing up African American in the 1960’s and 70’s, Woodson’s childhood was certainly not easy. She and her family faced many challenges along the way, forcing them to pave their own path. Written in stunning verse, Woodson perfectly captures her voice as a child and how her love of stories aided in pursuing her one true passion, becoming a professional writer. Winner of a 2014 National Book Award, Brown Girl Dreaming is an elegant, moving and emotionally powerful exploration of self-discovery. Be sure to check this one out.

To this Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane L. Koyczan
In February 2013, Koyczan’s powerful anti-bullying poem “To This Day” struck a chord, garnering national attention as it led not only to 12 million hits on YouTube, but also a moving performance at the 2013 TED Conference. To this Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful is a beautiful adaptation of this work, giving any person who has dealt with the lasting impact of bullying a strong and passionate voice to connect with. This book is highly recommended.

Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli
Jealous of her home-town hero brother, eleven-year-old Susie searches for something that will make her unique, taking a sudden interest in the reclusive lifestyle and poetry of the late Emily Dickinson. Written in whimsical verse, the reader journey’s with Susie as she mimics Emily’s life of solitude; choosing to have no visitors or phone calls, no friends, no public outings, and discovering along the way that while Dickinson’s talent is admirable, the life she led may not be the right one for her. Fun and unique, Another Day is Emily is a treat for all. Check it out today.

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
2011 Newberry Honor Book and National Book Award winner, Inside Out & Back Again uses a series of poems to share the story of a young girl and her mother as they are forced to flee Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon in 1975 and immigrate to the US.  Based on Lai’s own experiences, this book shares the fears, dreams, and hopes of two people in unknown land. Discussing issues of immigration, this book is a beautifully written eye-opener that both children and adults are sure to appreciate.

bluehorses.jpgBlue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and winner of a National Book Award, presents a collection of poems based on her own observations of nature. Using powerful imagery, Oliver captures the true un-affected beauty of the outdoors. Lovely and captivating, Blue Horses is one not to miss.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
A 2014 National Book Award finalist, Citizen: An American Lyric is a bold, unflinching look at twenty-first century racism. Rankine uses both poetry and short essays to illustrate both the blatant and the seeming-innocent acts of racism that continue to litter not only the media today but also classrooms, supermarkets, neighborhoods, etc. It is a reminder that words and action still have an impact, and that every person, no matter their race, deserves to be treated with respect. Looking for powerful, hard-hitting prose that will make you think? Well, this is definitely the book for you.

Faithful & Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck
Winner of a 2014 National Book Award, Louise Gluck has done it again. Welcoming the reader into a dream-like world that will leave them captivated and unable to tear themselves away. Faithful and Virtuous Night is not only a fun adventure but it also provides a delightful weaving of dual points of view that is sure to please. Give this one a look.

Caribou by Charles Wright
Current US Poet Laureate and winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, Charles Wright reminds us once again why he is a national treasure with his latest collection, Caribou. Offering meditation on both nature and life, Wright elegantly puts pen to paper exploring the meaning of a divine reality with his signature unique style.  

These beautifully-written poetry collections/novels in verse offer something interesting for everyone. Stop at the Reference desk today and we will be more than happy to assist you in finding just the right one for you.

Happy reading!

-book covers provided via EasiCat

Mar 18

Award-Winning, Diverse Reads for Young & Old

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 2:13 PM by Craig Jacobson

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YMA.pngThe award and honor books announced in February by the American Library Association provide a great selection of diverse titles to read for all ages. Each year, the ALA Youth Media Awards honor both illustrators and authors for their work in literature for children and teens.  Over a dozen awards for picture books, middle grade, young adult, non-fiction, debut novel, and more are distributed. Below are highlighted selections and recommended reading from three major awards: the Randolph Caldecott Medal, the John Newberry Medal, and the Michael L. Printz Award. 

beekle.jpgThe Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the most distinguished American picture book for children. The winner in 2015 is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat. Told from the perspective of an imaginary friend searching for his human, this is a delightful story that will capture your attention and imagination. Past favorites include:

  • This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • Flotsam by David Wiesner
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A full list of Randolph Caldecott Medal and Honor books can be found here.

crossover.jpgThe Newberry Medal honors American literature for children each year by selecting a medal winner and a number of honor books.  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a unique story in which the reader feels like they are rocking and moving right along with the characters and the 2015 award winner.  Told in a distinct poetic rhythm, The Crossover will grab your attention and never let go.  Other memorable titles include:

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

A full list of John Newberry Medal and Honor books can be found here.

sun.jpgWith the increasing popularity of young adult titles like Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, young adult literature is not just for teens anymore. The stories told through the eyes of teens are wide ranging in genre and style. The Michael L. Printz Award seeks to distinguish the best of the best each year. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is the 2015 award selection. The story focuses on the strained relationship between twins Jude and Noah and unfolds in poetic language as each twin reveals their side of the story. Past award winners include:

  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers

A full list of Michael L. Printz Award Medal and Honor books can be found here.