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Find a listing of the latest arrivals of books, audio and video items at the Wauwatosa Library, as well as information on upcoming events and staff suggestions for timely information you can use every day on the library's blog.

Read-Aloud Pleasures

What could be a happier memory than sitting beside your parent and listening to a good book?  What was your favorite read-aloud -- a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme, a Grimm’s Fairy Tale or an inimitable story such as the Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson? 

Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook, a great comprehensive resource, lists many reasons for reading aloud to a child:  to reassure, to entertain, to bond, to inform or explain, to arouse curiosity, to inspire, to build vocabulary, to create background knowledge and to provide a reading role model.  Perhaps the most important reason is to share the pleasure of reading. 

There are many ways to spice up the read aloud.  Predicting what will happen in a story is made easier in books by Jan Brett because she puts sidebar illustrations on each page hinting at what happens next in the story.  Picture books often contain intriguing illustrations or graphics on the end pages that complement the story.  Demi is an author/illustrator whose gorgeously illustrated books often tell a serious story or instructive folktale.   Two of the best are One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale and The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey. 

Children often enjoy hearing stories about characters that are like them.   Rosemary Well’s characters have everyday adventures that all children experience.  Two of her most endearing personifications are Max and Ruby from Bunny Money, Bunny Mail, Bunny Party, etc.  Wells’ stories are so funny that it is easy to read them with expression.

Children are never too old to hear a story.  The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo are beautifully written and have discussion value for middle grade school students.  Public Enemy Number Two: a Diamond Brothers Mystery by Anthony Horowitz is great fun to read with middle school students or teens.   

The Children’s librarians have many more suggestions for entertaining read-alouds.

New Additions

Books

Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance and the Cutting Edge Science That Promises Hope by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Flickipedia: Perfect Films for Every Occasion, Holiday, Mood, Ordeal, and Whim
                           by Michael Atkinson

Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life by Lori Bongiorno

Keeper of Dreams by Orson Scott Card

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Danbeney Brandreth

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff

Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America 
                           by David Hajdu

What the Gospels Meant by Garry Wills

Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants by Stephen Fishman

Audiobooks on CD

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Logic of Life: The Hidden Economics of Everything by Tim Harford

Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons

Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

DVDs

Best of Radiohead

Counterfeiter=Die Falscher

Eye

Fille du Regiment/Gaetano Donizetti

Smart People

Music on CD

Catered Affair: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Harps and Angels/Randy Newman

Owen Wingrave/Benjamin Britten

Skin Deep/Buddy Guy

This Is Not the World/Futureheads








 

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Little Red Store

The Little Red Store (7720 W. Harwood Ave.) has seen many transformations over the years.  Built in 1854 by Dr. Levi C. Halsted, it was originally intended to be a blacksmith shop but instead became the private dwelling for Dr. Halsted.  Since then, the Little Red Store has served many purposes.  It was the first railroad depot in Wauwatosa and is the oldest post office building in Milwaukee County still standing.  It has also served as a general store, grocery store, harness shop, plumbing shop, library and Republican Party headquarters. 

The Little Red Store is now undergoing a dramatic restoration.  In May of this year, the Wauwatosa Common Council approved a lease agreement with the Wauwatosa Historical Society for the property and agreed to appropriate $150,000 from a block grant for its restoration.  With another substantial donation by the Wauwatosa Historical Society, the restoration work began in June.  By the end of September, it is expected that the exterior and rough interior work on the Little Red Store will be completed.  Work on the interior will continue over the winter with an expected opening in May, 2009.  The Little Red Store will see its newest reincarnation as a Wauwatosa visitor and welcome center.

Opera News and Views

The popularity of opera has grown steadily in the United States.  With the number of  professional companies increasing from a few to more than 114 since the 1950s and audiences now at more than 6 million annually, opera is the fastest growing performing art in America. 

Opera has also increasingly made its way into the library’s collection.  Of course, we’ve always had a good collection of audio opera recordings, first on LP and now on CD, but the number of video recordings of opera available has increased dramatically in recent years, and the library now has more than 65 operas and opera-related DVDs.  You can find them all in the online catalog (http://countycat.mcfls.org ) by doing a word search for “opera or operas” and then limiting it to DVDs and the Wauwatosa library location. 

Milwaukee has its own terrific professional opera company in the Florentine (http://www.florentineopera.org/ ) which offers at least three productions each season, often with truly stellar casts and artistic/music direction.  The library is one of the sites for the Florentine’s “Insights” programs, combinations of informative and amusing lectures by Prof. Corliss Philabaum and musical excerpts by area singers (often members of the Florentine chorus) with piano accompaniment. The first of the programs this season is Madama Butterfly which will be held in the Firefly Room on Saturday, November 1st at 12:30. 

Other local opportunities for opera lovers include The Skylight, which always does at least one opera in English each season (http://www.skylightopera.com/ ) and the relatively new, live high definition digital video broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera now being shown in three Milwaukee area theaters.  For a list of the season’s broadcasts and a link to local theaters, see: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events_next.aspx  

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