Quick Picks from CMCL

October 31, 2014

Checking In: City Cat, Oh City Cat

Filed under: Books, Checking In, Kids — Tags: , , , , , , — patrickc @ 8:00 am


National Cat Day may be over for the year, but Checking In remains committed to bringing you the latest in cat-related news and/or technology. In that spirit, meet globetrotting City Cat!

City cat, city cat, what are they feeding y-

Oops, wrong cat. This cat hitches a ride with an Italian family on a trip around Europe in City Cat, Kate Banks’ love letter to big cities and feline rambling. From Rome to Marseille to Amsterdam, City Cat paws around parts of the Continent (and London).

Lauren Castillo’s gorgeous cartoony-yet-detailed illustrations mesh perfectly with Banks’ lyrical storytelling. City Cat travels to real places, and the artwork reflects that, its realistic style helping to ground City Cat as kitty travelogue. The writing crackles with the joy of new places:

“City Cat, strutting down the boulevards, taking in the city sights. The skyline, pulsing, bathed in light. An obelisk, a graceful arch, a gilded bridge, a sprawling park.”

And once a cat, never not a cat:

“City Cat, marching through the narrow streets, trots across the Bridge of Sighs, then taunts the pigeons in the square, wishing for a mask to wear.”

City Cat, oh City Cat, come back soon.


October 30, 2014

Kid’s Corner: National Bullying Prevention Month

Filed under: Kid's Corner — Tags: , , , — jennytf @ 3:21 pm


Growing up in the ’70’s, we had a neighborhood bully who shouted insults and threw rocks at us as we biked around. Although Johnny lived just down the street, we didn’t see him much except for an occasional appearance in church on Sunday mornings. My brothers and I tried to ignore him- he was big, mean, and often seemed bored and lonely. I don’t remember ever telling an adult.  I don’t know why he stopped, just that he (thankfully) did. As a parent of two young boys, I know they will likely deal with teasing and/or bullying at some point. Today the issue of bullying has transformed as cyber bullying (using technology to bully others online) has become more prevalent. Fortunately for families and educators there are many resources out there. Here are some great online resources, as well as books and videos you can find at Cedar Mill Library.  -Rebecca

Online Resources:

How to Talk About Bullying

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Oregon State Laws on Bullying

Scholastic Parents Guide to Bullying

Ten Ways to Nurture Tolerance to Reduce Bullying by Dr. Michele Borba


My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig: A girl confides to her mother that her best friend is treating her badly, and together they figure out what to do about it. Includes a note to parents and teachers, as well as related resources.

Jake’s Best Thumb by Ilene Cooper: When Jake goes to kindergarten, a bully teases him about sucking his thumb, but Jake discovers that everyone–even bullies–needs some help being brave.

Say Something by Peggy Moss: A child who never says anything when other children are being teased or bullied finds herself in their position one day when jokes are made at her expense and no one speaks up.

Girl Wars: 12 strategies that will end female bullying by Cheryl Dellasega

The bully, the bullied and the bystander: from preschool to high school: how parents and teachers can break the cycle of violence by Barbara Coloroso

Bully blocking: six secrets to help children deal with teasing and bullying by Evelyn M. Field

The bullies: understanding bullies and bullying by Dennis Lines

Cyberbullying: activities to help children and teens stay safe in a texting, twittering, social networking world by Vanessa Rogers


Being Bullied: strategies and solutions for children with Aspergers: “Describes the various types of peer abuse– taunting, nicknames, damaging property, and stealing– and the devastating consequences, such as poor self-esteem, low academic achievement, depression, or even suicide”

Bully: This is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. Documentary provides an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices.

Bullying: what every adult needs to know: “Educates adults about what bullying is and what they can do to help the young people in their lives when bullying is a problem.”

Cyberbully: A seventeen-year-old girl receives a computer for her birthday and soon finds herself the victim of betrayal and bullying while on a social website. When she is pushed to the breaking point, her mother takes on the school system and the legislature to make sure no other teen has to experience the same treatment.

Stop Bullying Now! Take a stand, lend a hand: As part of the Stop Bullying Now! campaign, this DVD compilation includes 12 animated webisodes featuring school-age characters dealing with bullying episodes, five TV and two radio public service announcements to promote the campaign, and five video workshops developed for professionals in the education, health and safety, mental health, and law-enforcement fields who encounter and deal with bullying behaviors.

October 29, 2014

What I’m Reading Now: The beginnings of football

Filed under: Info, What I'm Reading Now — Tags: , , , , , — ErinM @ 3:15 pm

Jacket1The Big Scrum: Theodore Roosevelt and the birth of football, by  John Miller

I loved this book. I don’t care much about current day football, but the history of football, along with stories about the people and the times (late 1800s) makes for an interesting read. It is now one of my all-time favorites.Pam

“The never-before-fully-told story of how Theodore Roosevelt helped to save the game that would become America’s most popular sport. During the late nineteenth century, the game of football was a work in progress that only remotely resembled the sport of today. There was no agreement about many of the basic rules, and it was incredibly violent and extremely dangerous. Numerous young men were badly injured and dozens died in highly publicized incidents, often at America’s top prep schools and colleges. Objecting to the sport’s brutality, a movement of proto-Progressives tried to abolish the game. President Theodore Roosevelt, a vocal advocate of “the strenuous life” and a proponent of risk, acknowledged football’s dangers but admired its potential for building character. In 1905, he summoned the coaches of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to the White House. The result was the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, as well as a series of rule changes that ultimately transformed football into the quintessential American game.” –From the publisher’s description.

October 28, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: And Now For Something Completely Unexpected…

Filed under: Blurbs from the Branch, Books — Tags: , , — Becca B @ 10:00 am

thequickLauren Owen’s debut The Quick is an extremely well written novel about Victorian London and its secret underworld. I won’t give anything away, because that would be uncool, but I will say that this book is an excellent read for the month of October. I’ll also say that after the first 100 pages, the story is turned on its head and things get pretty crazy. The Quick was not what I expected (not that I really knew what to expect) and I loved it!



October 27, 2014

In The Know: Horror Classic ‘The Shining’

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1980 Film Original Poster

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1978 Mass Market Cover

What makes a classic, whether in print or on film? It’s hard to say, but you know one when you see one – especially when it continues to inspire 35 years on. Stephen King’s novel, and the film of the same name, still hold the imagination of people everywhere. Read more about all things Shining, and look out for kids on trikes, topiary animals, and a writer with a serious case of writer’s block.

I don’t read much horror; images that I read and see stay stuck in my head for a long time so I try to choose wisely. However, sometimes it’s the only thing to read in the house, and you’re home sick, stuck on the couch, with a long day ahead. That’s I how I read my first Stephen King fiction, a collection called “Night Shift”. It was scary, but scary good. That collection was published to coincide with the paperback edition of his 3rd novel, “The Shining”, a year or so before the film debuted in 1980.  I’d been hearing about how our own Timberline Lodge was going to feature in the upcoming movie, so I sucked up my courage one weekend and devoured the novel to my great (scary) delight.

There’s been lots of confusion over the years about where it was filmed, and whether the hotel really existed, with its malevolent elevator (or boiler, if you prefer the novel’s version). Of course, Timberline Lodge is only seen briefly in the film, but provides the only real snow seen on-screen (the rest is Styrofoam and salt). If you’re willing to dig deep in the trivia here or  even here, you’ll find out that even though King was inspired by a visit to the Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, CO, and a Ray Atkeson photo of Timberline Lodge, the hotel set was built at Elstree Studios, where it covered the entire back lot. The film took so long to complete it delayed production on other films, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Even though the film never saw the inside of Timberline Lodge, Room 217 is said to be the most requested room in the hotel.

The film continues to inspire – check out this new parody ad from IKEA, conflating a global brand with the nightmare of a child’s path through long ride through hallways. OR, snuggle up to the fire and read a good horror story instead.

Update: The fan site “The Overlook Hotel” http://www.overlookhotel.com, is a wonderful resource that is offline as I write this (Tuesday the 28th). Check back soon for more trivia!

Enjoy! – Liz

October 24, 2014

Checking In: Favorite Stuff In Five Words (part two)

Last week on Checking In, we posted some book, movie and TV recommendations that were limited to no more than five words. This week we have another batch, so…

have just a few more!

ramaRendezvous with Rama: Astronauts watch a world awaken.

cycleliesCycle of Lies: Sociopath cyclist cheats to win.

jeeveswoosterJeeves and Wooster: Never try outsmarting the butler!

ringworldRingworld: Makes Halo seem donut-sized.

georgemarthaGeorge and Martha: Sweet, deadpan, adorable hippo friends!

hopscotchHopscotch: Wait… WHICH chapter comes next?

irememberI Remember You: Isolated island, horrific crimes, ghost.

foundationFoundation: Genius saves galaxy using MATH!

gilmoregirlsGilmore Girls: Lorelai and Rory freestyle linguistically.

Once again, thanks to Eric, Maria and Shannon for their entries!
- Patrick

October 22, 2014

Inside Scoop: Girls, Girls, GIrls!

Filed under: Info — klsseong @ 8:00 am

Here are a few titles by women who have succeeded in their respective fields doing it their way. Each writes a collection of personal and professional essays that helped create paths to getting paid to do what they love.

lenaNot That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

amyYes, Please! by Amy Poehler

sophia#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

October 20, 2014

In the Know: “Let Them Eat Cake!” at CML’s Annual Meeting on the 21st

Chocolate CakeAttending meetings is rarely on my “I can’t wait!” list, but I have to say that I look forward to CML’s annual meeting each year. If you were unable to attend the library’s 40th anniversary celebration a few weeks ago, coming to this meeting is your chance to get a taste of what all the hoopla was about. The story of CML is a testament to the remarkable difference just a handful of inspired individuals can make and how their efforts continue to touch the lives of our community members in countless ways.

One of the library’s most beloved founders, Mary Packer, recently passed away. Visiting the library was among the very last outings Mary was able to make, and she tells CML’s story in her own voice. What strikes me about Mary’s account is how blissfully unaware she and her fellow founders were of the force they were setting into motion.

I hope you’ll join me and other CML supporters on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7pm in the library’s community room for a State of the Library report, a Tip o’ the Hat to the founders, and an exciting look at what’s ahead. Oh – and did I mention? There will be cake!

October 17, 2014

Checking In: Favorite Stuff In Five Words (part one)

Here at Checking In HQ, we love words. Mashing ‘em up, combining them, making them fit into places they probably oughtn’t and above all, letting them roam wild and free in the adjective seas and verb prairies. Just last week a vast flock of adverbs made national headlines for moving swiftly! Sometimes though, brevity is the soul of less stuff, and in that spirit the rest of this blog entry will be on a strict five word diet. So here are recommendations for some of our coworkers’ favorite things…

but only in five words.

Place a holdGone with the Wind: Narcissistic belle survives Civil War.

Place a holdCannery Row: Worst thank you party EVER!

Place a holdAnna Dressed in Blood: Ghost killer meets his match.

Place a holdCowboy Bebop: Jazzy space cowboy film noir!

Place a holdCitizen Kane: Industry tycoon laments lost youth.

Place a holdBoston Legal: Two walking disasters somehow litigate.

Place a holdRed Dwarf: Last human bumbles around galaxy.

Place a holdAmerican Gods: See the world’s trippiest carousel!

Place a holdTuesday: Flying frogs take over town.

Next week: more diminutive recommendations. Thanks to Maria, Shannon and Eric for their lovely summarylets!
- Patrick

October 16, 2014

Kid’s Corner: National Bully Prevention Month

Filed under: Kid's Corner — Tags: , , , , — jennytf @ 12:19 pm









Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school. According to the website nobullying.com,  20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying or are feeling bullied, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Being a witness to some form of bullying is even more common: 70.6 percent of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools.

With this in mind, it’s important to provide stories with messages and solutions kids can embrace. In her article “Sticks, Stones, and Sneering Tones” (Children & Libraries, Winter 2013), Kim Becnel recommends “titles that create complicated, relatable characters for both the bully and victim roles are preferable to those that rely on one-dimensional or stereotypical figures” and that “books that portray realistic solutions and outcomes will resonate with readers” Here are some suggestions for school age kids and teens. Is there a book about bullying that has made a difference in your life, or the life of someone you know? We’d love to hear from you.

Chapter books:

I Funny: a middle school story (also: I even funnier: a middle school story) by James Patterson

Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back by Michael Winerip

Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Beany and the Meany by Susan Wojciechowski

Calvin Coconut: trouble magnet by Graham Salisbury

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Blubber by Judy Blume

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

Secret Identity (Shredderman series) by Wendelin Van Draanan

Secret Identity (Shredderman series) by Wendelin Van Draanan


Teen Fiction:

The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale

Bystander by James Preller

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

The Misfits by James Howe


Dear BullyDear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

Bullying WorkbookThe Bullying Workbook for Teens

It Gets BetterIt Gets Better: coming out, overcoming bullying and creating a life worth living

Odd Girl Speaks OutOdd Girl Speaks Out: girls write about bullies, cliques, popularity and jealousy by Rachel Simmons

Stand UpStand Up for Yourself & Your Friends by Patti Kelley Criswell

We Want You to KnowWe Want You to Know: kids talk about bullying


Chrissa Stands Strong: an American girl: On her first day at her new school, Chrissa is seated with three girls who greet her with teasing and tricks. They bully Chrissa in class, on the bus, online, and even at swim club. When the taunting goes too far, Chrissa must find a way to stand strong.

Dealing with Bullies…The Right Way!: Bullying is a reality for kids in schools everywhere. They’re a bully, a victim or a witness. Using true-to-life scenarios, the program explains exactly what bullying is and how it affects people who are abused by bullies. The program provides young viewers with practical strategies they can use to deal with bullies safely and get positive outcomes.

How To Eat Fried Worms: On his first day at a new school, eleven-year-old Billy goes up against the school bully in a challenge that ends up with a total gross-out date…to eat 10 worms in one day. As the pressure mounts, Billy must summon all his strength to meet the dare, all the while keeping his weak stomach from betraying him and his big mouth from getting him in even more trouble.

Internet Bullies: What Should I Do?: For many kids, the Internet is an important part of their daily routine. Unfortunately, with the immediacy of the Internet, its anonymity and its easy accessibility, kids are using instant messaging, blogs, email, chat rooms, and social networks to spread gossip and rumors to harass and embarrass their peers. In this program, viewers will come to understand that using the Internet for those purposes is actually bullying.






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