@ Your Library 3.5.19

Celebrate Mardi Gras!

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart

3.5.19

Last week we highlighted minimalism, decluttering, and quiet spaces - this week we are exploring excess, noise and celebration.

Today they celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans with noisy, boisterous revelry.  Mardi Gras marks the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season, when the rhythm of the Christian liturgical tradition slows down to make room for a more contemplative time by minimizing the clutter and distraction of certain lifestyle choices and habits.

One of the time-honored traditions of Mardi Gras is the casting of trinkets and beaded necklaces into the crowd by people on the parade floats - they call these “throws”. In honor of this tradition, I want to throw you some titles.  New Orleans is a fascinating city any day of the year - check it out!  

  • Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown. "Burke Basile is a cop with nothing left to lose. Haunted by his partner's death, his marriage and his career over, he focuses on his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant attorney who helps killers evade justice. Burke looks for revenge and sees his opportunity lies with Remy, the lawyer's trophy wife. But Burke hasn't planned on the electric attraction he'll feel for the desperate woman who rose from the slums of New Orleans to marry a man she can never love ..." from back cover.
  • The Chef by James Patterson and Max DiLallo.  Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted. In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty--as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local.
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
  • Buddy by M.H. Herlong.  Twelve-year-old Li'l T and his family face great losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, including leaving Buddy, their very special, three-legged dog, behind when they must evacuate.
  • The Cameo Necklace: A Cecile Mystery by Evelyn Coleman.  Eleven-year-old Cecile Rey searches through many corners of 1854 New Orleans seeking a necklace, borrowed from her Tante Tay, which disappeared as she was exiting a crowded showboat. Includes facts about the 1850s.
  • Ganymede by Cherie Priest.  "The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he's happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money's good, he doesn't think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly's first legal gig--a supply run for the Seattle Underground--will be paid for by sap money. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it.... If only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River... If only it hadn't killed most of the men who'd ever set foot inside. But it's those "if onlys" that will decide whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean" - Provided by publisher.
  • I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis.  The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr.  "Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service...decides to go stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park...it will take all of Anna's skills learned in the untamed outdoors to navigate the urban jungle in which she finds herself..."

 

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, movement and music 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 last 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.

Battle of the Books: Please note: the registration deadline for the 2019 Canton Battle of the Books is coming up on Saturday, March 23rd!

 

Teen Programs:

Anime Club. Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. We are currently watching Steins;Gate 0.

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

Chess Club: Mondays from 5pm to 7pm.

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!

Nerd Club is once again being held at Canton High School! If you know a high school student who might be interested, direct them to the library conference room on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:20.


 

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.

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Celebrate @ your library!