Quick Picks from CMCL

November 27, 2014

Kid’s Corner: Stories About Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is almost here, so today we’re sharing some stories that inspire us to be thankful. These books are great for ages 3 and up. Here are more ideas from Scholastic.

Want a fun craft activity to reinforce the stories you read? We love this idea of making a Thankful Tree with your little (or big) ones to celebrate the holiday season. How are you sharing the concept of “being thankful” this year? Let us know in the comments below.  -Wendy

Bear Says ThanksThankful BookGracias ThanksSplat Says Thank YouSecret Saying Thanks

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson: Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr: Easy-to-read text encourages the reader to find something every day for which to be thankful, from underwear that is just the right size to birthday cakes and the wishes they bring.

Gracias by Pat Mora: A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

Splat Says Thank You! By Rob Scotton: In this Thanksgiving-themed story, Splat the Cat figures out how to let Seymour know that he’s thankful for their friendship.

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood: While learning the secret to a good life, a child says thank you for the natural world and for being loved, because a grateful heart is always happy.

November 26, 2014

What I’m Reading Now: Wayne Dyer’s Memoir

JacketI have been a follower of Dr. Wayne Dyer for many years. I’ve read, and listened to his books, watched him on PBS, and even attended his workshops. I have learned a lot from his many books including: You’ll See It When You Believe It, Real Magic, Power of Intention, and, Excuses Begone!. So I was delighted to hear that he had finally written his memoirs. I Can See Clearly Now is no ordinary autobiography. Dr. Dyer takes specific events in his life and shares how they shaped his future. Some were significant events, and some were not, but they all took synchronicity to happen at the exact moment they did. He also shares stories of raising his children using this self-empowerment approach. Lessons that stand out for me: “would you rather be right or kind”, and “there are no justified resentments”.

His daughter, Serena Dyer, has written her own book about her experiences being the daughter of spiritual parents, in Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You. Both books describe powerful concepts that Dr. Dyer has made the core of his life, and that he taught to his children. His goal has always been to help folks become self-actualized spirits so we can all accomplish the mission we came here to fulfill. We are each on our own path. Dr. Dyer’s work respects where we are presently, and teaches us lessons to help us move our lives closer to where we want to be.  — Rita Jacket1

November 25, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: Awesome Epistolary Novels

dearmembersI learned a new word in the process of writing this blog: epistolary. This describes a novel that is written by means of letters, correspondence, telegrams, emails, etc. I just read the fantastically honest, revealing, hilarious, and strangely moving epistolary novel (!) Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher. It is a story revealed entirely via correspondence written by one dry, horrendously blunt, and crotchety university English professor. The themes, characters, drama, and laugh-out-loud wit are expertly woven over the course of an academic year. This is a perfect choice if you want a fulfilling, quick read for the weekend, sure to leave you the target of any nearby raised eyes and eyebrows, wondering why you’re laughing so hard.

One catch: there is currently a small waiting list for this title in the WCCLS system. While you wait for this one to arrive on your library’s hold(s?) shelf(ves?), and if the letter/memo format intrigues you, then try some of these:

Up the Down Stair Case, by Bel Kaufman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Last Days of Summer, by Steve Kluger

Griffin & Sabine, by Nick Bantock, and all its sequels

Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Fun Fact: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was originally written in correspondence format, but when she couldn’t get it published she rewrote it in the more traditional format we now read today.


- Leanna

November 24, 2014

In the Know: Thanksgiving – the Gateway Holiday

Here are some inspiring food blogs that made the leap to published cookbooks, just in case you need a little inspiration this week.


Isa Does It : Amazingly Easy, Wildy Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
WEBSITE: Post Punk Kitchen

“The PPK was created by me, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, in my cramped Brooklyn kitchen in 2003. The idea was simple: a fun cooking show to give vegans something to watch. And, hey, let’s throw some bands in. We also started a website (this website!) to support the show and to foster a vegan cooking and baking community, where we could submit recipes, share ideas and maybe gossip a little bit.”

Vegan Yum Yum : Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining & Everyday
by  Lauren Ulm
WEBSITE: Vegan Yum Yum

“When Lauren Ulm went vegan, she faced the typical onslaught of questions from acquaintances and more than the occasional wince from unsuspecting dinner guests. Vowing to prove that vegan food can be decadent and delicious—and not a bland stand-in for ‘normal’ food—she created a blog, veganyumyum.com. What began as a hobby became an obsession, winning her not only legions of vegan and non-vegan foodie fans, but also the 2008 Best Veggie Blog Award from VegNews magazine.”

Easy Gourmet : Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook
by Stephanie Le
WEBSITE: I am a Food Blog

“Celebrate the awesomeness of food!”

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
by Deb Perelman
WEBSITE: the Smitten Kitchen

“Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City.”

Home Made Winter
by Yvette van Boven
WEBSITE: Yvette Van Boven

“Together with her husband, photographer Oof Verschuren, she made a number of cookbooks from scratch. The first book Home Made was named ‘cookbook of the year 2010′ and has since then been released worldwide, translated into English, German and French. Her next books Home Made Winter and Summer have now also been translated into English and German.”

The Pioneer Woman Cooks : A Year of Holidays : 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations
by Ree Drummond
WEBSITE: The Pioneer Woman

“My name is Ree.  I’m a desperate housewife.  I live in the country. I channel Lucille Ball, Vivien Leigh, and Ethel Merman. Welcome to my frontier!”

November 22, 2014

Cedar Mill Reads: Gift Books For Babies and Children

Filed under: Books, Cedar Mill Reads, Kids — Tags: , — LGP @ 9:00 am

Gift Book Suggestions for Babies and Children
Newsletter for November 21, 2014

Here are some recommendations from Library staff for books that will make good gifts this holiday season.

Board Books for Babies

Llama Llama Jingle Bells Llama Llama Jingle Bells
By Dewdney, Anna
Illustrator Dewdney, Anna
2014-10 – Viking Children’s Books
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It’s almost Christmas! Time for gift giving, song singing, and cookie decorating with Llama Llama and his Mama. With a fun-to-read rhyming text and durable pages, this festive board book is an ideal introduction to holiday cheer for little ones. Full color. …More
Zoom, Zoom, Baby! Zoom, Zoom, Baby!
By Katz, Karen
Illustrator Katz, Karen
2014-05 – Little Simon
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This interactive board book features different animals on the go! Little onescan lift the flaps on each spread to reveal adorable animals inside a varietyof such vehicles, as a train, a plane, a truck, and more! Full color. 6 5/8 x7 3/8. …More
Baby Bright Baby Bright
By Meredith, Samantha
2014-03 – Tiger Tales
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My Busy Day My Busy Day
By Tiger Tales
2014-03 – Tiger Tales
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Picture Books

I'm Brave! I’m Brave!
By McMullan, Kate
Illustrator McMullan, Jim
2014-09 – Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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For fans of “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” comes a noisy addition to this hilarious read-aloud series from the popular creators of “I’m Bad!, I Stink!, ” and “I’m Dirty!”Na brave little fire truck. Full color. …More
Goodnight Songs [With CD (Audio)] Goodnight Songs [With CD (Audio)]
By Brown, Margaret Wise
Illustrator Bean, Jonathan
Illustrator Berger, Carin
2014-03 – Sterling
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From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved “Goodnight Moon,” comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists and accompanied by a CD. The illustrators include Carin Berger, whose “The Little Yellow Leaf” (Greenwillow) was a “New York Times” Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; …More
Nest Nest
By Hurley, Jorey
Illustrator Hurley, Jorey
2014-02 – Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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In her picture book debut, artist Jorey Hurley opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world and tells a universal story of family. …More
Go! Go! Go! Stop! Go! Go! Go! Stop!
By Harper, Charise Mericle
2014-02 – Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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One day Little Green rolls into town and says his first word: “Go ” The town is building a bridge, and now everyone has a job to do, from dump truck to forklift. Little Green helps them do their jobs with gusto. Until . . . there is a little too much gusto. They can go, go, go . . . but how will they stop?
This bright, fun book with a bold package captures the endless energy of little boys and …More
Maple Maple
By Nichols, Lori
Illustrator Nichols, Lori
2014-02 – Nancy Paulsen Books
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Giverny Award (2014)A nature-loving little girl’s favorite playmate is her maple tree, until the day she’s surprised with a baby sister. …More

Chapter Books

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
By Cronin, Doreen
Illustrator Cornell, Kevin
2014-04 – Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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They’re darling. They’re daring. They’re chicks on a missionNand on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. The bestselling team behind “The Trouble with Chickens” is back with a fun new series. Illustrations. …More
The Vanishing Coin The Vanishing Coin
By Egan, Kate
Author Lane, Mike
Illustrator Wight, Eric
2014-04 – Feiwel & Friends
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Bluebonnet Awards (2016)Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start for Mike, but he just can’t sit still. His parents won’t even let him play soccer anymore. Instead, he has to hang out with his neighbour Nora, who is good at everything But then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit – a store with a special secret inside. It’s owner, Mr Zerlin, is a magician, and, amazingly, he seems to think that Mike could be a …More
Absolutely Almost Absolutely Almost
By Graff, Lisa
2014-06 – Philomel Books
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From the author of “A Tangle of Knots.” Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, the best at gym, the greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him. But his new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. …More
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
By Foxlee, Karen
2014-01 – Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission. …More
Mouseheart Mouseheart
By Fiedler, Lisa
Illustrator To, Vivienne
2014-05 – Margaret K. McElderry Books
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The first book in an epic animal adventure series. Hopper is just an ordinary pet shop mouse before he escapes. He soon finds himself deep within Brooklyn’s subway tunnels and in Atlantia, a glorious utopian rat civilization. But all is not what it seems. Illustrations. …More
Stay Where You Are & Then Leave Stay Where You Are & Then Leave
By Boyne, John
Illustrator Jeffers, Oliver
2014-03 – Henry Holt & Company
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The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight–but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a …More

Non-Fiction Books

A Child's Introduction to Art: The World's Greatest Paintings and Sculptures A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures
By Alexander, Heather
Illustrator Hamilton, Meredith
2014-05 – Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
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Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up) (2014)Explore the fascinating world of art and artists. This title highlights 40 painters and sculptors including Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol, with information on their life, inspirations, influences, techniques and a photo of one of their works. …More
What's Your Favorite Animal? What’s Your Favorite Animal?
By Carle, Eric
Author Bruel, Nick
Author Cousins, Lucy
2014-01 – Henry Holt & Company
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Everybody has a favorite animal. Some like little white dogs or big black cats or hoppy brown bunnies best. Others prefer squishy snails or tall giraffes or sleek black panthers. With beautiful illustrations and charming personal stories, 14 children’s book artists share their favorite animals and why they love them. …More
125 True Stories of Amazing Pets: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship and Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship and Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics
By National Geographic Kids
2014-05 – National Geographic Society
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From a Chihuahua that scared masked robbers out of a convenience store to a cat that takes swimming lessons, this treasury offers 125 heartwarming and hilarious anecdotes of animal friendship, four-legged heroes, and and animal antics. Full color. …More

November 21, 2014

Checking In (With the Writers)!

Filed under: Books, Checking In — Tags: , , , — Eric D @ 8:00 am

November, as some of you surely know, is National Novel Writing Month! Although I am not participating this year, I have done so in the past, and I know how hard it’s getting right about now. The clock shows it’s well past halftime, and maybe you’re a little (or a lot) behind on your writing goals. Maybe you started late and you’re trying to make up ground. Maybe you’re still on track but worried that you might not be able to keep up the momentum. Well, in any of those cases, don’t lose hope! To help you along, I’ve come up with these titles to skim through if you need some ideas or inspiration – just don’t use too much writing time!

Place a hold!Building Fiction: How to Develop Plot and Structure, by Jesse Lee Kercheval

Focusing mainly on the bone structure of a story, this book might just help you if you’re feeling like your plot is mired down or missing something fundamental.

Place a hold!Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict, by Cheryl St. John

On the other side of the coin, this title glosses over all that hooey about plot and explains the importance of knock-your-socks-off dramatic storytelling.

Dialogue: TechPlace a hold!niques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue, by Gloria Kempton

Available through WCCLS as an e-book, take this one on the bus with you and learn how make your characters sound real. A hint: real-life dialogue doesn’t sound quite normal in fiction! Learning what to cut makes a massive difference.

Bullies, Bastards and Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of FictionPlace a hold!by Jessica Page Morrell

Are your villains just not seeming, well, villainous enough? This book will help in a big way. It’ll teach you how to turn your flat, uninspiring megalomaniac into a complex, deeply flawed character who compels meaningful change in your protagonist. And, since the simple equation for plot is “character change / time”, this ought to be something you want!

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and HorrorPlace a hold! (multiple authors)

Writing a genre piece for your NaNoWriMo? Interested in genre writing in general? There are some easy pits to fall into when writing genre fiction, and this book helps you to develop compelling content while avoiding the most harmful overused tropes and groaners.

Even if you aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo this year, these titles may just help you get past that wall you’re running into with your story. Remember that there are many other resources in Portland as well – as one of the most literary cities in the nation, you’ll find an abundance of book groups and writing groups, as well as writing centers as colleges across the state who would be delighted to help you move things along. Get writing!

November 19, 2014

Straight Out Of the Box: New Games At CMCL

Filed under: Info, Straight Out of the Box — Tags: , , , — ErinM @ 4:09 pm

JacketLast Friday was International Games Day here at Cedar Mill Library. What a good time to tell you about the new video games we’ve just added to the collection. Take a browse through our shelves in both the Young Adult and Juvenile game sections, or search the catalog to see everything we have.
• Next generation first-person shooters like Destiny (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
• Ultra-realistic racing simulation games such as Forza Horizon (Xbox One) and Driveclub (PS4)
• This years’ major professional sports games, such as Madden ’15, NBA 2K15, FIFA ’15 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), and NHL ’15 (PS3, PS4)
• Fun games for kids based on popular movies like How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3DS, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3)
• Quirky multiplayer battling in Plants vs. Zombies : Garden Warfare (Xbox One, PS4)
• Playful fighting with Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS
• And an Innovative game in which you make games, Project Spark (Xbox One)
Take a break and play! — Katie

November 18, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: Fun History for Teens

Filed under: Blurbs from the Branch, Books, Teens — Tags: , , , , — Becca B @ 8:00 am

howtheycroakedGeorgia Bragg makes history fun in two books that focus on lesser known facts about people that dominate our history books. These books are full of humor and interesting tidbits that you aren’t going to learn just anywhere.

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully FamousFamous people don’t always die pretty deaths, and more often than not, these deaths are sugar coated for the masses. This book aims to do just the opposite by giving readers the nitty gritty details of the deaths of 14 people from history, while also clearing up some seriously incorrect myths about how these people died. For example, without giving too much away, Cleopatra was not, in fact, killed by an asp bite. This book isn’t for squeamish stomachs as some of these deaths (Henry VIII’s especially) are pretty grody. (Although, Henry VIII completely deserved it.)

How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous – Did you know that Thomas Alva Edison was a people-hating workaholic? Or that the man who owned the Titanic weaseled his way onto a life boat by saying there were no more women and children around to be saved? This book is all about how not-so-great or successful some of the most famous people in history actually were. It will definitely surprise you.

November 17, 2014

Off the Shelf: Don’t Call it a “Best of” List

Filed under: Music, Off the Shelf — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mark @ 2:41 pm

Apparently releasing a “Best of the Year” list in November is as bad as putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. So this isn’t a best of list. It is a “I really enjoyed this album at some point this year” list.

Heal by Strand of Oaks

I listened to this album once and later kept thinking, “What was that amazing song I heard recently?” It was the title track of the 2014 release by Strand of Oaks, Heal. Wanting to hear that song led to listening to the album again. And again. And again. And then again a few more times. This album is so eclectic and interesting I don’t know what else to say about it other than check it out.

Singles by Future Islands

When this album starts I feel like I’m watching a teen movie from the 80s. Then, bear with me, I am constantly reminded of the song Trey Parker finds on the radio in Baseketball. (If that sentence means nothing to you, borrow Baseketball from the library!) I find this album totally bizarre. I sometimes don’t understand why it is so good, which is probably why it is so good.

The Black Market by Rise Against

Even though they have been releasing records for fifteen years, I’ve never spent a lot of time listening to Rise Against. One listen of The Black Market and I was hooked. It’s always bittersweet to find a “new” band that has an extensive back catalogue to explore. It’s simply sweet to find that the newest album, which you cannot stop listening to, is one of their best.  Whether you’ve never heard of Rise Against or have been listening to them for a decade and a half, if you’re a fan of punk rock music, you’re going to like The Black Market.

Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem

The latest release from The Gaslight Anthem was one of my most highly anticipated albums of the year. Of course, looking forward to something, building expectations, nearly always results in disappointment. After the first listen I was a little disappointed. There were some great tracks, but as an album it wasn’t doing it for me. However, time and time again I was listening to it, in spite of my reservations. I grew to like it more and more. Get Hurt is a great band’s worst album. Still pretty darn good.

Hopefully, 2014 brought you plenty of new discoveries, music and otherwise. There is still time to unearth a few new, great things before the end of the year. Check out these albums before you compile your “Best of 2014”. But don’t even think of making that list before Thanksgiving!


November 13, 2014

Kid’s Corner: International Games Day Saturday!

Filed under: Event, Kid's Corner — Tags: , , , — jennytf @ 10:42 am

Thousands of people internationally will be gathering at their local libraries to play games this Saturday! This map shows who is participating. Cedar Mill Library is hosting an after-hours evening of game playing fun from 6-9 pm. Bring the whole family for a great evening of playing games. Choose from our supply of games or bring one from home to share!

PicMonkey Collage international games night

Cedar Mill Library will be celebrating International Games Day

Saturday, November 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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