@ Your Library 8.28.18

Talking about bats

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Well, I just want to write about bats.  It is not national bat week, or day or month.  It’s something that came up because I happened to notice a bat while I was attending an outdoor showing of a Shakespeare play; the bat quite distracted me for a while. Bats intrigue me.  Also, I was waiting for someone to scream. 

Maybe you, too, are a person who is distracted by bats?  Some people don’t actually like them.  For a short season a bat frequented our house at night.  Each time I encountered him I would sweep him up (gently and not with my bare hands; thoughtfully, carefully, professionally, and respectfully) and let him go outside.  He continued to visit until my mom came for a couple nights to stay with the kids while my husband and I were at a conference.  This time, when our bat visited, my mom called the police.  Mom wouldn’t tell me what they did to the bat (and I didn’t press for information), but he was never heard from again!

Hopefully, if you are a person who doesn’t particularly appreciate bats, a couple of the following titles will give you a new perspective.  And if you DO like bats, these authors have your back:

  • A Gathering in Hope: A Novel by Philip Gulley. Thanks to an unexpected windfall, Sam Gardner's congregation (with the exception of a few malcontents) is eager to expand their meetinghouse. But before building can commence, the County Environmental Board and the Department of Natural Resources put the quietus on the plan.  A colony of endangered Indiana bats have made the tree beside the meetinghouse, and the meetinghouse attic, their place of hanging, mating, and living, which poses a big problem for the congregation. Aside from the fact that their fanged visitors are engaging in sinful acts on church property, until these bats leave for hibernation, Hope Friends Meeting is left without a gathering place. And when an over-zealous Leonard Fink takes matters into his own hands, he may even land himself--and Sam--in jail. (A F)
  • The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures With the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle.  Teenage discoveries -- Saving the gray myotis -- Tracking bat nightlife -- Investigating vampire bats -- Bats through a camera's eye -- Discovering frog-eating bats -- Finding America's most elusive bats -- Cacti that compete for bats -- Free-tailed bat caves and crop pests -- African adventures -- Bat-loving monks, tigers, and poachers -- Mysteries of bat-guiding flowers -- Bat foresters -- Fruit grower complaints -- A national park for bats -- Epilogue: Hope for the future.  (A NF)
  • Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace With Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats by Don Mitchell.  "When Middlebury writing professor Don Mitchell was approached by a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont's picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell's relationship with bats--and with government--could be characterized as distrustful, at best. But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launched him on a series of 'improvements' to his land that would provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats--and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him on a 'silent meditation, ' pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand, navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors 'something to find, ' Mitchell's tale is as profound as it is funny--a journey that changes Mitchell's relationship with Chiroptera, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past. Ruminating on the nature of authority, the purview of the state, and the value of inhabiting one's niche--Mitchell reveals much about our inner and outer landscape, in this perfectly paced and skilled story of place"--Provided by publisher.  (A NF)
  • Shadows of Night: The Hidden World of the Little Brown Bat by Barbara Bash.  Describes the life cycle, physical characteristics, and habits of the little brown bat, one of the most widespread bats in North America.  (J NF)
  • Wings of Life [DVD] by Disneynature.  This intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible and increasingly threatened creatures. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, 'Wings of Life' utilizes riveting high-speed, closer-than-close filmmaking techniques to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet. (J)
  • Bed, Bats, & Beyond by Joan Holub.  It's dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang's brother Fink can't sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.  (J F)
  • Nightsong by Ari Berk.  Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother, especially on a very dark night, but he soon learns to rely on his "song" to find his way and stay safe.  (E)
  • Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies.  On a night when the moon can grow no fatter, bats pack their moon-tan lotion and baskets of treats and fly off for some fun on the beach.  (E)

Remember that Monday, September 3rd, is Labor Day, and we will be closed. 

Adult Programs:

The Great American Read: We’re following the national hunt for America’s Best Loved Novel through the PBS television series The Great American Read. You can cast your vote for your favorite book online or via text. A list of the 100 books included is currently in the library. Look for the shelf tags as you travel throughout our stacks. For more information visit: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Fundamentals of Drawing with instructor Bill Newman will be held this Thursday, August 30th, from 6pm-8:30pm. For a list of what to bring, and to register, contact Bill directly at 315-386-2058.

Children’s Programs: We are on break. Baby Storytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Junior Writers Group, Books and Beyond, and Tween Time will resume the week after school starts in September.  An exciting new season of programs is in the works!

Teen Programs:

Anime Club Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary.

Game Club Board games! Video games! Stop in Wednesdays from 3-5 to try your hand at any of the wide assortment of games we have here at the Library.

Clash of the Readers’ booklist includes Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. Registration began on August 13; the competition is scheduled for  November 17.

Hours: Canton Free Library (phone: 315 386 3712) is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 6pm for the summer.  Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open; hours may vary a bit due to unforeseen circumstances.  

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