March 16, 2011

Library Going to the Dogs: You Can Check One Out at the Yale Library!

Did I mention how much I love dogs (and libraries, and books and reading)?

Monty, a border terrier mix (photo courtesy of Above the Law)
This article caught my attention (via @LibraryJournal):

I can't tell you how tickled I was to see this, and I'm hoping that the program will indeed help stressed-out students!

Here's the original announcement made in September, complete with the card catalog listing!

from Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid

And from the Yale Daily News:

Two personal connections for me: 
Here are more feel-good articles about Monty:

Yale Law's new ufference librarian: Monty the dog - Yale Alumni Magazine blog
Yale Law School May (or May Not) Have a Therapy Dog for Students - Education - GOOD

And here's a nice article about the value of therapy animals:

Animals can help humans with all kinds of therapy from St. Louis Today


Maybe we could do something at our school. Kathy of Hawaii Canines for Independence sounded enthusiastic when I mentioned it ...


Next Young Adult Borders Book Club Read - About a Boy by Nick Hornby

The Borders Young Adult Book Club's next pick is

About a Boy
by Nick Hornby

The book discussion will take place:

Saturday, April 16, 2011
3:00 pm
The Borders on Dairy Road
Kahului, Maui

Check out a synopsis and some reviews of About A Boy at Nick Hornby's Official Website.

Nick Hornby & Jasmin Tabatabai lesen photo © 2009 Admiralspalast Berlin | more info (via: Wylio)

For more information, contact Laura Mayron.


Come by the library to borrow/reserve, or use the library's suggestion/reserve box.

March 13, 2011

GREAT reading recommendations from some Facebook friends, ala PBS

I asked this question of my Facebook friends last week.

"What book are you reading right now that you'd recommend to others? Why?
(same question PBS asked on Facebook)

Look at the variety of delicious responses!

Julia: Currently reading Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley. Recently finished The Descendants - a novel about a family in Hawaii. Just did a blog post today about this!

Joy: Decision Points, George W. Bush. It's interesting to learn about the man as well as the former President, how some decisions were made and why...Not an easy position to hold - often a lonely spot to be in. Loving it!

Wendy: Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World by Lynne Spears... reading it out of pure curiosity, but loving the way it paints such a small town way of living as it reminds me of home.

Okee: The Hunger Games...thanks to my daughter who recommended the series to all three, pretty intense'll be Morpheous Road series because I got the 2nd book for free but waiting for the 1st one to be off of "hold" status.

I added this great trailer made by a student (not one of ours)

Rosemary: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. True story about WWII.

Susan: Just finished Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. Highly recommend to people who like southern stories with uplifting, fun characters! Am on the prowl for my next read.

Jennifer: I am reading The Help" it. Luke (my 5 year old) loves anything that has to do with dinosaurs...ANYTHING!

Debra: A sixth grade student shared What-the-Dickens: the Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire. Just started it.

Azi: Nani and I like to read James Patterson novels...don't we Nan..?

Val: I'm re-reading A Tale of Two Cities, because we are now in the worse and best of times. I'm also re-reading Once Were Warriors, loved the movie, but simply love the book. Both have to do with generational poverty...

Nani: I do like James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman, but the most recent book I read was Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. She's a journalist and has written for the New York Times. She tackles the effects of the girlie-girl culture on our young daughters. It was a hilarious read, rather informative (based on research), and has taught me to emphasize that there are other colors in the spectrum besides pink :)

Nani: Zoe likes the Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. They're the first books she's read by herself that have a storyline :)

Steve: Breakfast at Sally's by Richard LeMieux...story of a true local from this part of Washington...riches to rags and he lived on the street with his dog before pulling himself out of a slump...inspiring and humbling. A true testament to the good and pure side of human nature and its instinct to survive no matter what.

Rachael: Owen and Mzee ... because they inspire Great Love and Reverence for all life...

Penny: I may have mentioned this one before; Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. Such a lovely, quiet yet inspirational read. Now reading Even Silence Has an End a memoir of a woman held in captivity in Columbia for six years. Ingrid Betancourt.

Thanks so much, readers!


Ordering now ...

March 10, 2011

Deployed Military Dad Reads to His Kids

This is SEABURY READS' first guest post!

Wendy Corden Anderson graduated from Seabury and is now the wife of Ryan, who's a Chief aboard the USS Paul Hamilton. Wendy and Ryan are the parents of Cianna, age 5, and Ty, age 3. Reading is an integral part of their family.

I started video taping Ryan six years ago when I was pregnant with Cianna. He was out to sea a lot during my pregnancy and I knew he'd be leaving for 6 months when she was just about 3 months old. I wanted Cianna to hear her daddy's voice while I was pregnant like she did mine since I read a book aloud everyday when I was pregnant, to both my babies. I wanted the babies to hear Ryan's voice too, so I'd play the video of him reading every day so Cianna and Ryan would both be familiar with his voice too when they were born.

Well, when Ryan was gone for Cianna's first year (for Ty right now as well) I didn't want them to forget about their daddy. So I had Ryan read books aloud while I video taped (with my camera, the video camera, even my cell phone). Every night while Ryan is away, my kids get to watch a video of their daddy reading them their bedtime story.

The ship has a reading program also. Ryan has a very large book with him that contains 50 greatest children's stories, and the ship will periodically offer personnel a quiet room to sit and read. They video tape it and send the videos home for us to watch.

It works so well, because Ryan is a part of our everyday life, even though he's gone. I feel it even helps with the transition when he comes home. While other babies screamed and cried upon seeing this strange man coming home, Cianna was so happy, because to her Ryan was as big a star on TV as Barney. lol

This year, as we were doing all of our videos, I found a website called They provide e-books that flip along as a recording of someone reading the book plays. So now, no matter where we go, we can get to "Daddy Books" as we call them. . . Even in a busy grocery store, I can pull up a Daddy Book on my phone and Ryan reads Cianna and Ty a book, while I shop.

Deployments are very long and tough, and this is one way we "see" and "hear" Daddy everyday.


March 4, 2011

New Children and Teens Books Site, By Children, For Children!

Today is World Book Day, and the UK's Guardian is launching a brand new BOOKS site for children and teens. It's designed and curated by kids from all over the world. (How cool is that?)

"If you love reading, this is definitely something you should be a part of."


Bringing readers together on a global scale -- the future is looking very bright today!