The season of the Davis Library.

The season of the Davis Library.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

S'mores, Dogs & Books!

Multi-generational Community-building!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2010 Summer Reading program and thanks to everyone (including grownups) who came to the cookout Weds Aug 25! 12 children and 8 adults came by our cookout & ate hotdogs & chips, drank juice & seltzer, stood around talking & meeting each other & hanging out! It was great! If there aren't enough kids in the photos, it's because they were busy running around shooting each other with squirt guns!

For the "Make a Splash" Summer Reading Program, we had 36 kids sign up & so far 15 have come to claim their prizes and gift certificates. If you read this summer, bring your book log to Kelly on a Monday or Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:30 and get a gift certificate to the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene!

2011: "One World, Many Stories"

Next year we'd like to do even more, so please let us know what you'd like to see more of, less of, ideas, events, etc. I'd like to have an event each month related to the summer reading theme, "One World, Many Stories."

If people want to pre-order t-shirts next year, I'll have sign-ups available earlier in the year. There will still be a raffle for various kids sizes & a tote bag! Maybe more!

There will be more news about next year's summer reading as the time gets closer... meanwhile, keep thinking of fun things to do related to travel, other cultures... or even other WORLDS!

Keep reading,


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Veronica holds up her tote bag she won in the raffle & Sascha shows off her shirt!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

library haiku

Four little munchkins;
tiny chairs for listening.
I love storytime.

O audiobooks!
Mockingjay is on its way!
Hooray! New budget!

(Things I come up with while waiting on hold or for pages to load...)

New Audiobook Coming Soon

OK, maybe you don't know how much I love me some steampunk - fact, fiction or fantasy - so here's some non-fiction that gives us some background. As seen on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart! This has been ordered and is coming in soon!

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
by William Rosen read by Michael Prichard

If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress. In The Most Powerful Idea in the World, William Rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the Industrial Revolution and the machine that drove it—the steam engine. In the process he tackles the question that has obsessed historians ever since: What made eighteenth-century Britain such fertile soil for inventors? Rosen’s answer focuses on a simple notion that had become enshrined in British law the century before: that people had the right to own and profit from their ideas. The result was a period of frantic innovation revolving particularly around the promise of steam power. Rosen traces the steam engine’s history from its early days as a clumsy but sturdy machine, to its coming-of-age driving the wheels of mills and factories, to its maturity as a transporter for people and freight by rail and by sea. Along the way we enter the minds of such inventors as Thomas Newcomen and James Watt, scientists including Robert Boyle and Joseph Black, and philosophers John Locke and Adam Smith—all of whose insights, tenacity, and ideas transformed first a nation and then the world. William Rosen is a masterly storyteller with a keen eye for the “aha!” moments of invention and a gift for clear and entertaining explanations of science. The Most Powerful Idea in the World will appeal to readers fascinated with history, science, and the hows and whys of innovation itself.