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Colour My World

Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland once noted, "The Key of D is daffodil yellow, B major is maroon, and B flat is blue." The beloved jazz pianist and host of NPR's Piano Jazz for over 30 years has left the recording studio, after sharing a rainbow of musical journeys with fellow artists.

If you are new to jazz or want to pay tribute to McPartland and her musical family, visit NPR's tribute Twilight World. McPartland interviewed her guests with the language of music, co-creating unique musical experiences. She had a gift for drawing musicians out, and the intimacy of their conversations drew listeners in. 

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Pop Quiz

There's no better way to ease into the new school year than with a pop quiz. For every tagline below, guess the corresponding movie title. No pencil or paper needed for this challenge but please, do keep your eyes on your own screen.

To get started, click the link for the title and place a hold for those you haven't seen or wish to view again for extra credit. (The Library doesn't give extra credit but it sure sounds motivating.)

Hint: all movies feature middle school or high school angst without one John Hughes film in the mix.

Did You Miss This?

Did you miss this?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title. Recent titles sporting the bookmark include a few multicultural novels (and one memoir) you may have missed.

An Apartment Called Freedom by Ghazi A. Algosaibi was originally published in Arabic. The story takes place in Egypt during the 1950s, a time of bitter international conflict over the Suez Canal. Within this political climate, four young men from Bahrain arrive in Cairo to complete their education.

Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

The first women's federal prison, Alderson in West Virginia, was opened for business in 1927. The same prison Martha Stewart reported to in 2004. Piper Kerman also began serving her prison term in 2004, reporting to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury. She chronicles her experience in Orange Is The New Black​ and the basis for the Netflix series.

Much like Susanna in Girl Interrupted, Piper is a privileged protagonist. As her story unfolds, she exposes the different faces of privilege through her interactions with fellow inmates. Issues of race, sexuality, mental health and poverty are explored. Some of the women will have options when they are released, others will not.

Zine much?

book cover for Whatcha Mean What is a Zine?

July is National Zine Month and the ideal time to make a zine (pronounced "zeen"). Hand-made and about anything you can imagine, zines allow you an uncensored voice. Yes, you control all aspects of the content, design and distribution.

Creating a basic zine is easy! Start with your idea, paper, a writing/drawing tool, and create. Once you have what you want to say down on paper, head over to a photocopier. My favorite how-to zine book, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?, steps you through the zine process from "Should I staple?" to "Where do I leave my zine for others to enjoy?"

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Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code by Władysław Kozaczuk & Jerzy Strasz

Intrigued by codes, ciphers and those who break them? The PBS mystery Bletchley Circle introduced a new audience to the fascinating world of decryption.

Susan, Mille, Lucy and Jean harness all their experience gained as codebreakers at Bletchley Park to find a killer. Bletchley Park is an estate and at one time, ground zero for English codebreaking activities during WWII.

Right Neighborly

Getty Image - Man smacking his head and standing behind white picket fence.

Ah, home sweet home...um, maybe. That urban castle of solace can quickly turn into one of strife if you are plagued by nosey or noisy neighbors.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood never prepared us for the Griswolds and Mr. & Mrs. Smiths of the world. Now that the weather is improving, you can't rush past your neighbor because it's too cold to chat. So how can you move from avoidance to acceptance and appreciate the neighbors you have?

Holiday Magic

Cee Lo's Magic Moment

Amp up any holiday party with new tunes or remakes of Christmas classics. Whether you prefer R&B, country or jazz music, there is much to choose from in 2012 to complement your favorites.

Hold lists are started for new Christmas albums by these artists. Place your holds online or give us a call. We are happy to help!

 

Cowboy Crazy

Cover for A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey

Frazzled just thinking about the holidays? From Montana to Texas, the cowboy rules hearts so take time out to enjoy a western flavored romance!

These new titles will have you racing to the end.  Need help finding a romance title? We are happy to help!

Freedom Blues

Jafar Panahi and Nasrin Sotoudeh, 2012 Award Winners

Weary of the election? Does a world without oppositional speech sound perfectly dreamy? Don't rush to give away your civil liberties just yet.

The 2012 Sakharov Freedom of Thought Award is a reminder of the human rights our fellow citizens of the world don't enjoy. Awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 and named after the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, the Prize honors those who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy.

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