@ Your Library 10.16.18

Reflect on Photography

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Autumn reflections.

It’s October, and you could take a breathtaking photo without even really trying. Point and shoot; there’s color everywhere, calling out the artist in you. This is an excellent season for highlighting books on the craft of the photographer and the power of the photograph:

  • The history of photography: From 1839 to the Present Day by Beaumont Newhall. Text first published in the exhibition catalog Photography, 1839-1937 by the Museum of Modern Art in 1937. In 1938 the text and illustrations were reprinted with minor revisions as Photography: A Short Critical History. (A NF)
  • The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski. (A NF)
  • A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz. (A NF)
  • Healing Afghanistan: Hope for the Children by Judy Duchesne-Peckham. In 2003, Judy Duchesne-Peckham, photographer and teacher, joined a small humanitarian team headed for Kabul, Afghanistan. The mission was to provide aid to Afghan women and some of the country's estimated two million orphaned children. Ms. Duchesne-Peckham photographed and documented both the prevailing despair in the large government orphanages, and the beginning of hope in one small Montessori-based orphanage / school, the House of Flowers, founded in 2002 by Mostafa Vaziri, M.D., Ph.D., and Allison Lide, a Montessori teacher...-- publisher  (A NF)
  • Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America  by Carole Boston Weatherford. Presents the life and accomplishments of the first black director in Hollywood who became the first African American photographer for Life magazine.  (J B)
  • Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker.  "Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves. Real beauty isn't about being a certain size, acting a certain way, wearing the right clothes, or having your hair done (or even brushed). Real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it. Kate T. Parker is a professional photographer who finds the real beauty in girls, capturing it for all the world to see in candid and arresting images. A celebration, a catalog of spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it's what's inside you that counts, Strong Is the New Pretty conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village that it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person."-- Provided by publisher (J NF)
  • Think Like an Eagle: At Work With a Wildlife Photographer by Kathryn Lasky; photographs by Christopher G. Knight and Jack Swedberg. Follows photographer Jack Swedberg through a cycle of seasons as he tracks wildlife in three very different regions of the United States. (J NF)  

Adult Programs:

The Great American Read: check it out!  https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Children’s Programs:

Baby Storytime is for kids from birth-18 months and their caregivers, no registration needed. Tuesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am. We feature books, bounce rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and social/play time.

Toddler Storytime is for kids from 18-35 months and their caregivers. No registration required!  Everyone will enjoy books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, music, and craft activities on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00am.

Preschool Storytime is for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed.  There will be books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am.

Junior Writers Group is for ages 8-12. This group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children are encouraged to brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group.

Books and Beyond for Kindergarten-2nd grade. Starting in October, Books and Beyond will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 3-4pm and feature books, games, and arts and crafts.

Tween Time for grades 3-6. Starting in October, Tween Time will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. The theme for October 18th will be Spooky Stuff. Please register kids by the 17th.  Tween Time features books, games, and art.   

Teen Programs:

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

Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!

Chess Club is back - Mondays from 5-7.

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.

Game Club now runs on Mondays from 3-5pm. Stop in at the library and try your hand at any of our multitude of games!

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 4pm-6pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm.  Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open; hours may vary a bit.

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