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Take a "Chance" at Greenfield Public Library - Week of November 5

Voting, bake sale, fundraiser, Mini-Subject, StoryTime

Hello Library Patrons.

Greenfield Public Library has become a busy place and we are happy to serve our public’s academic journey.  The following are a couple announcements of action at GPL.

 

LIBRARY CLOSED ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 6

Greenfield Public Library will be closed Tuesday, November 6 due to Election Day.  For those wondering why GPL will be closed this day, the library is a polling place.  A high turnout is usually expected for presidential elections, which creates large foot traffic and congested parking situations for the library.  Under these circumstances, the Library would be concerned that we could not guarantee safe parking conditions for our disabled patrons, parents with children, or all of our patrons in general.  Library patrons get to keep their items out an extra day on November 6 because of the closure. 

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please consult the library director, Sheila O’Brien.  Whether you are a Greenfield resident or not, please exercise your civic duty and remember to vote on November 6.

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAKE SALE A MONTH A WAY!

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Do you love helping the community?  The Annual Greenfield Library Holiday and Cookie and Bake Sale is December 1 from 10:00-3:00 is a month away.  We look forward to seeing the culinary creations of our community in this great cause that benefits Greenfield Public Library.  There will be raffles and music to keep the holiday cheer alive.  Start planning those recipes and we look forward to the Bake Sale next month.  Thanks.

 

FALL STORY HOURS

Fall story hours have begun with the theme Animals on Parade.  Join Mr. Mark as each week a new animal is featured in the stories.  Next week’s stories will focus on the frog, so hop on in.  Story-times will take place in the story corner of the Children’s Library.  The program runs through the end of November. 

 

The story times for this coming week are:

Monday, November 5 @ 6:30 PM

Thursday November 8 @ 4:00 PM

 

NO NORMAL STORY HOUR ON NOVEMBER 6 DUE TO ELECTION DAY CLOSING

 

Register with a librarian at a reference desk a time you and yours would like to come or register at the following link: http://www.greenfieldlibrary.org/index.asp?Type=DYNAFORM&SEC={9B11F369-BDB0-4B0A-B2FE-BAF908A38E05}

 

Finally…

As a special feature for the blog, we will be highlighting a themed mini-collection to show the vastness of Greenfield Public Library’s collection, relevant to the time of year it is posted.  This week, we draw attention to America’s most popular board game.

 

 

Monopoly

 

On November 6, 1935, Parker Brothers acquired the forerunner patents for MONOPOLY.  Today, an estimated 500 million players from around the globe in numerous international and themed versions have played the board game.  The game goes back to 1904 with Elizabeth Magie’s “The Landlord Game.” The original game intended to show how rents enrich property owners and impoverish tenants.  The game was somewhat popular and localized through the 1920s and 1930s until Charles Darrow patented his own variation and hand-made copies for $4.00 a piece.  Darrow brought the game to Parker Brothers and they purchased the initial rights of the game from Magie for $500 and no stock options; a good deal during the Depression, but a horrible one in the long run.

 

The properties in MONOPOLY are named after locations in or near Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Each player starts out with $1500 and a small metal token to dash around the board which is always a personal and reflective choice (old shoe for this writer).  The rest of the game is based on chance, greed, and strategy and has been enjoyed globally for well over 80 years. 

 

Check out our Community Chest of Greenfield Public Library’s MONOPOLY and board game related books.

 

MONOPOLY BOOKS

*Everything I Know About Business I Learned From Monopoly: Successful Executives Reveal Strategic Lessons From the World’s Greatest Board Game – Alan Axelrod     658.421 AXE

 

*The Monopoly Companion – Rich Uncle Pennybags as told to Philip Orbanes     794.2 ORB c.3

 

*Winning Monopoly: A Complete Guide to Property Accumulation, Cash Flow Strategy, and Negotiating Techniques When Playing the Best-Selling Board Game – Kaz Darzinskis     794.2 DAR

 

GAMES

*The Book of Games – ed. Peter Arnold     793 ARN

 

*The New Complete Hoyle: The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance – Alfred H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, & Geoffrey Mott-Smith     794 MOR

 

*Play It Again: Historic Board Games You Can Make and Play- Asterie Baker Provenzo     794 PRO

 

KIDS

*24 Games You Can Play on a Checkerboard – Carol Lynch Williams     J 794 WIL

 

*Board and Card Games – Ruth Oakley     J 794 OAK

 

 

Stop by Greenfield Library soon, if not to vote, then just to browse around.  We hope to see you soon.

 

The Greenfield Public Library Team

Give a Hoot and Read Some Books at GPL - Week of November 12

Book Club, Greenfield Listening Debates Alliance, Greenfield Public Library, Mini-Subject, Pajama Story Time

Hello Greenfield Patrons

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Thankful for the Library - Week of November 19

bake sale, Facebook, Holidays, Mini-Subject, Mr. Mark, Storytime

Hello Greenfield Library Patrons

The library has been busy lately and we are happy that more people are coming to our library and “liking” our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/greenfieldpubliclibrary). We hope you tell others about what is going on here and the Facebook page is excellent exposure and we are grateful for your interest. Here is what is coming up at GPL.

LIBRARY CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

The library will be closed November 22 for Thanksgiving. We wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings and we are thankful for your patronage all year.

A CIVIL DISCOURSE: RELIGION & GOVERNMENT

 The Greenfield Listening Debates Alliance invites you to join us for an engaging dialogue on Monday, November 19. This forum will address the topic “Religion and Government” and will feature a moderator, several expert panel members representing a breadth of views, and a lively but civil public debate.  The forum will be governed by several “listening & debating” rules designed to move beyond the heat to find common ground.  People with all points of view are welcome.  This forum will be held in the Greenfield Library Community Room at from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.  Admission is free and registration is not required.

 

FALL STORY HOURS

Fall story hours have begun with the theme Animals on Parade.  Join Mr. Mark as each week a new animal is featured in the stories.  This coming week’s stories will involve DINOSAURS.  Story-times will take place in the story corner of the Children’s Library.  The program runs through the end of November. 

The story times for this coming week are:

Monday, November 19 @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 20 @ 10:30 AM

NO STORY-TIME ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND LIBRARY CLOSURE

Register with a librarian at a reference desk a time you and yours would like to come or register at the following link: http://www.greenfieldlibrary.org/index.asp?Type=DYNAFORM&SEC={9B11F369-BDB0-4B0A-B2FE-BAF908A38E05}

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAKE COMING UP!

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Do you love helping the community?  The Annual Greenfield Library Holiday and Cookie and Bake Sale is December 1 from 10:00-3:00.  We look forward to seeing the culinary creations of our community in this great cause that benefits Greenfield Public Library.  There will be raffles and music to keep the holiday cheer alive.  Start planning those recipes and we look forward to the Bake Sale in a few weeks.  Thanks.


FINALLY…

As a special feature for the blog, we will be highlighting a themed mini-collection to show the vastness of Greenfield Public Library’s collection, relevant to the time of year it is posted.  This week, we draw attention to some of the lesser known United States Presidents.

 

Forgotten Men - Our Nineteenth to Twenty-Fourth Presidents of the United States

Despite his death nearly 150 years, Abraham Lincoln’s popularity is sky high in the 21st century.  The upcoming biopic Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly’s bestseller Killing Lincoln, and the fictional Seth Grahame-Smith tale and film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter shows how our 16th President is still in the public spotlight and admired, even if he is killing vampires.

But what about those that followed him? After the unready Andrew Johnson and two terms of scandal, yet civil-rights encouraging Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant, most people forget that there were presidents between Grant and William McKinley, the last president of the 19th century.  Despite their awesome beards, moustaches, and huge sideburns, these men (Presidents 19-24) are unfortunately forgotten by American history even though they ruled in the racially-charged and vastly important Reconstruction period following the Civil War.

Let’s specifically learn a little bit more about one of them and go from there.   November 19 marks the 181st anniversary of the birth of 20th President James Garfield.  After completing nine terms in the US House of Representatives, Garfield won the presidency in 1880, defeating Democrat Winfield Hancock.  Garfield stressed the importance of education for African Americans, and was an avid reader himself, having a 3000 book library.  Unfortunately, Garfield is best known for his assassination. Garfield’s presidency lasted only 200 days as a result of being shot by Charles Guiteau on July 2, 1881.  A mentally deranged Federal office seeker, Guiteau believed that after killing Garfield he would be exonerated of the crime and made President. Garfield survived until September 19, 80 days after the initial shooting of a massive heart attack, spleen complications and pneumonia.  Many say with modern medicine, Garfield would have survived, especially the use of sterilization and simple hand washing.  Regardless, Garfield is the second youngest president to die in office (49) and one of four assassinated presidents (Lincoln, McKinley, and Kennedy).

While there is not much attention paid to these men in the long course of American history, Greenfield Public Library has some books, especially in our Children’s Library that can be a start in your knowledge of all United States Presidents. Feel free to ask about them and see what we have to offer.


RUTHERFORD B. HAYES – 19TH PRESIDENT – 1877-1881 – REPUBLICAN (OHIO)

-Rutherford B. Hayes – BreAnn Rumsch J BIO HAYES, Rutherford B.
-Rutherford B. Hayes – Zachary Kent J BIO HAYES, Rutherford B. (Ask a librarian for this book)
-Rutherford B. Hayes: Our Nineteenth President – Sandra Francis J BIO HAYES, Rutherford

JAMES A. GARFIELD – 20th PRESIDENT – 1881 – REPUBLICAN (OHIO)

-The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard 973.8 MIL
-James A. Garfield – Ira Rutkow BIO GARFIELD, James
-James A. Garfield – Megan M. Gunderson J BIO GARFIELD, James A.
-James A. Garfield: Our Twentieth President – Carol Brunelli J BIO GARFIELD, James A.
-James A. Garfield: Twentieth President of the United States – Dee Lillegard J BIO GARFIELD, James A. (Ask a librarian for this book)

CHESTER A. ARTHUR – 21st PRESIDENT – 1881-1885 – REPUBLICAN (NEW YORK)

-Chester A. Arthur: Our Twenty-First President – Carol Brunelli J BIO ARTHUR, Chester
-Chester Arthur – Heidi M.D. Elston J BIO ARTHUR, Chester

GROVER CLEVELAND – 22nd & 24th PRESIDENT – 1885-1889, 1893-1897 – DEMOCRAT (NEW YORK)

-The President is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth – Matthew Algeo 973.8 ALG
-Grover Cleveland – BreAnn Rumsch J BIO CLEVELAND, Grover
-Grover Cleveland: Our Twenty-Second and Twenty-Fourth President – Ann Graham Gaines J BIO CLEVELAND, Grover

BENJAMIN HARRISON – 23rd PRESDIENT – 1889-1893 – REPUBLICAN (INDIANA)

-Benjamin Harrison – Megan M. Gunderson J BIO HARRISON, Benjamin
-Benjamin Harrison – Susan Clinton J BIO HARRISON, Benjamin (Ask a librarian for this book)
-Benjamin Harrison – Sandra Francis J BIO HARRISON, Benjamin

  

Thank you for reading our blog.  We once again wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you at Greenfield Public Library soon.

 

Greenfield Public Library Team.

Books and Pies - Week of November 26

Activites, donations, food, fundraiser, bake sale, Mini-Subject, Tail Waggin' Tutor

Hello Library Patrons!

Thank you for coming back to the blog.  We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving and we hope you will have a great holiday season.  Here are some events for the last week of November and the beginning of the first week of December.

 

LIBRARY BAKE SALE – DECEMBER 1

No time to bake for the holidays?  You’ll find delicious homemade treats that you can claim as your own at the Greenfield Library’s Holiday Cookie and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Library’s Community Room.  There will be raffles and holiday music, too.  All proceeds will benefit the Greenfield Library.  If you would like to bring in baked goods, please do.  We look forward to seeing you then.

LIBRARY DISPLAY CASE

The Greenfield Public Library welcomes applications from local non-profit civic and cultural groups and clubs to display their artwork and other small items and/or information about their group in our display case in the Library lobby.  For more information, please contact Michelle at (414) 321-9595 or by email to michelles@greenfieldwi.us

READ TO PUZZLE: OUR TAIL-WAGGIN’ TUTOR

Puzzle, the newest member of the Greenfield Library family, is a trained, licensed, therapy dog who would love to spend some special reading time with your reluctant or emerging reader.  Time spent reading to our patient canine volunteer in a fun, relaxing and calm environment could give your child the confidence boost he or she needs to allow reading skills to grow. Please call the Library at (414) 321-9595 X104 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Puzzle.

FINALLY…

 As a special feature for the blog, we will be highlighting a themed mini-collection to show the vastness of Greenfield Public Library’s collection, relevant to the time of year it is posted.  This week, we draw attention to our coldest and southern-most continent.

  

ANTARCTICA

 When asked to name the seven continents, five or six are easy to rattle off.  Perhaps it is because it is easy to visit the other six, while Antarctica is often a remote, forgotten area.  At 5.4 million square miles, Antarctica is the nearly twice the size of Australia.  98 percent of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages a thickness of one mile.  Even though it is the coldest (having reached -129 F) and most snow-covered continent, Antarctica is considered a desert since its average precipitation is less than 10 inches annually (8 inches average).  There are no permanent residents, but anywhere from 1000 to 5000 people reside at research stations scattered across the continent.    Due to polar ice cap shifting, the geographical location of true South Pole shifts about 10 meters every year and is recalculated often. 

On November 29, 1929, US Admiral Richard Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole; a great feat for both exploration and aeronautics.  We celebrate this act of bravery by displaying some of our books written about Antarctica and its frozen atmosphere.

 

ADULT NONFICTION

Antarctica: Secrets of the Southern Continent – David McGonigal, Chief Consultant     919.89 MCG

Terra Antarctica: Looking Into the Emptiest Continent – William L. Fox     919.89 FOX

Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future of Antarctica – Fen Montaigne     577.2 MON

Cold Hands, Warm Heart – Tess Burrows     919.89 BUR

Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott’s Antarctic Quest – Sir Ranulph Fiennes     BIO Scott, Robert (Ask Librarian for this title)

Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole – Ross D.E. MacPhee     919.89 MAC

 

ADULT FICTION WITH ANTARCTIC SETTING

Dry Ice – Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson     F EVANS, Bill

Icefire – Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens     PAPER FIC REE c.2

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple     F SEMPLE, Maria

 

KIDS BOOKS (FICTION & NONFICTION)

Antarctic Adventure: Exploring the Frozen South – Meredith Hooper     J 919.89 HOO

Sir Ernest Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer – Patricia Calvert     J BIO SHACKLETON, Ernest

Antarctica – Henry Billings     J 998.9 BIL

Antarctica – David Peterson     E 998.9 PET

Eve of the Emperor Penguin – Mary Pope Osborne     JC OSB

Penguins and Antarctica: A Nonfiction Companion to Eve of the Emperor Penguins – Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce     J 598.47 OSB

Penguins at Home: Gentoos of Antarctica – Bruce McMillan     J 598.47 MCM

Antarctica – Helen Cowcher     E COW

Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems – Judy Sierra     E 811.54 SIE

The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel – James Patterson     YA PAT

Troubling a Star – Madeleine L’Engle     YA LEN

The White Darkness – Geraldine McCaughrean     YA MCC


DVDs (NONFICTION & FEATURE FILMS WITH ANTARCTIC SETTING)

Encounters at the End of the World     DVD 998 ENC

March of the Penguins     DVD 598.47 MAR

Eight Below     DVD EIG

Whiteout     DVD WHI

Happy Feet 2     J DVD HAP

 

We hope that you venture out into the cold and come over to Greenfield Public Library very soon, if not to buy at the bake sale, then to get some books or DVDs or CDs or whatever you need to keep you learning and entertained during this cold weather.  Have a great December.

 

The Greenfield Public Library Team.

Languages Abound at Greenfield Public Library - Weeks of December 3 and December 10

SEASONS GREETINGS GPL PATRONS!

We are finally into December and the holiday season is in full swing.  In between shopping and reflecting on the importance of the holidays, please take time to come to Greenfield Public Library.  Here are a couple ways to stay in touch with us in December and in 2013.

 

 TEXT NOTICES

Sign up for text notices from the library.  Receive text notices about holds, renewals and overdue items, renew items right on your phone, or find out if a book is available at a nearby library.  To sign up text ‘SIGNUP’ to countycat@shoutbomb.com.  In order to sign up, you need a text messaging-capable phone and messaging plan with you mobile service provider.  You will also need your library card number and PIN.  Text messaging rates may apply. 

 USE OUR MEETING ROOMS

Do you have an event or important meeting coming up and you simply have nowhere to host?  The Greenfield Public Library has three rooms available to meet the needs for a handful of people up to 100.  If interested, please see the ‘Application for Room Reservation and Use’ and ‘Library Room Reservation Use Policy’ forms at http://www.greenfieldlibrary.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={E384F402-5E75-4379-A305-6EE935A62F52} or call Michelle at 414-321-9595 x101.  You can also get these forms at the Adult Reference Desk.  We look forward to hosting your next event.

 SPANISH COLLECTION

¿Habla o lee español?  ¿Es difícil encontrar libros o DVDs en español en la biblioteca?  This month, the Greenfield Public Library is highlighting some of our books written in Spanish in our monthly display.  The Greenfield Library has received numerous requests for materials in Spanish, especially children’s books and DVDs.  We hope this new collection of materials will help this ever growing informational need.

 FINALLY

As a special feature for the blog, we will be highlighting a themed mini-collection to show the vastness of Greenfield Public Library’s collection, relevant to the time of year it is posted.  This week, we draw attention to one of the world’s most important political events.

 

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

The French Revolution was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France that had a lasting impact on French society and through the rest of the world. The absolute monarchy that ruled France for centuries collapsed within three years.  French society underwent an epic transformation as feudal, aristocratic, and religious privileges evaporated. The shift from absolute monarchy to a republic led to the rise of Napoleon and the wars that ravaged Europe in the early-19th century.

 Historians widely regard the French Revolution as one of the most important events in history.  The Revolution represented the most significant and dramatic challenge to political absolutism up to that point in history and spread democratic ideals throughout Europe and ultimately the world.  On December 11, 1792, the deposed King Louis XVI was brought to stand trial and hear his indictment, an accusation of high treason and 33 charges of crimes against the state.  Less than a month later, he was executed via the guillotine.  Nine months later, his queen, Marie Antoinette met a similar fate.  Read more about this historic event with some of the titles available at GPL.



ADULT NONFICTION

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution – Simon Schama     944.04 SCH

The French Revolution – J.F. Bosher     944.04 BOS

Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France – Evelyne Lever     BIO MARIE Antoinette

The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte – Robert B. Asprey     BIO NAPOLEON I

Napoleon Bonaparte – Alan Schom    944.07 NAPOLEON


DVD/VHS

Start the Revolution Without Me – DVD STA

The Elusive Pimpernel – VID ELU

The Scarlet Pimpernel – VID SCA c.2


FICTION WITH FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY SETTING
City of Darkness, City of Light – Marge Piercy     F PIE

A Dish Taken Cold – Anne Perry F PERRY, Anne c.3 OR Book on Tape CAS PER

The Elusive Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy     F ORC

The Gods are Thirsty – Tanith Lee     F LEE

Revolution – Jennifer Donnelly     YA DON

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens     F DICKENS, Charles   OR   YA CD FIC DIC

Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe – Sandra Gulland     F GULLAND, Sandra


CHILDREN’S NONFICTION / FICTION WITH FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY SETTING

The French Revolution – Phyllis Corzine     J 944.04 COR

Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal – Robert Burleigh     J BIO NAPOLEON I

Den of Thieves – Julia Golding      J GOL

The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution – Sally Gardner      YA GAR

The Silver Blade – Sally Gardner      YA GAR

  

We thank you for reading.  The blog will take a one week hiatus and be back again in the middle of December.  We hope that you enjoy reading it and we would love to have your feedback.  If any new happenings occur, we will make sure to post them on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/greenfieldpubliclibrary) or our website (http://www.greenfieldlibrary.org/).  We hope you have a great December and we hope to see you at the Greenfield Public Library soon.

 The Greenfield Public Library Team.

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