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Three Giants in Children's Literature

Three important children’s book awards were announced by the American Library Association on January 26, 2009:  Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Awards.  Coretta Scott King was well-known as the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and in her own right as an important figure in the peace and social justice movements during the latter part of the 20th Century. 

Randolph Caldecott, an Englishman, was already a successful artist in the media of oils, watercolors, sculptures, cartoons, sketches, and book illustrations, when Edmund Evans asked him to illustrate two children’s books for Christmas in 1878.  The House that Jack Built and The Diverting History of John Gilpin became immediate successes, transforming the world of children’s books.  For the next eight years, Caldecott illustrated two books each Christmas season.  Children eagerly awaited these books because of the humor, action and detail of the illustrations.  Caldecott is credited with inventing the modern children’s picture book that showed action flowing from picture to picture and page to page, creating the effect of continuous movement prefiguring modern day animation.

John Newbery, another Englishman, lived from 1713-1765.  He was the first publisher to specialize in children’s books and to take care that the books were delightful as well as instructional.  A Little Pretty Pocket-Book by John Newbery is considered the first children’s book, because it was written specifically for children.  It consists of simple rhymes for each letter of the alphabet and was sold with either a ball or a pincushion, depending on the gender of the child.   Many of the books written or published by Newbery may seem preachy by today’s standards, but 18th Century children greatly enjoyed these books for their lively stories and quality illustrations at affordable prices. 

The 2009 Newbery winner is
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; the Caldecott winner is The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson; illustrated by Beth Krommes; the Coretta Scott King author winner is We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson; and the Coretta Scott King illustrator winner is The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

New Additions


     Do Cats Hear With Their Feet?: Where Cats Come From, What We Know About Them, and What They Think About Us by Jake Page

No Limits: the Will To Succeed by Michael Phelps

Private Patient by P.D.James

Shadow Country: a New Rendering of the Watson Legend by Peter Matthiessen

Superorganism: the Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Holldobler

Books on CD

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Retribution: the Battle for Japan, 1944-45 by Max Hastings

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Music on CD

     Chinese Democracy
/Guns n' Roses

Radio Retaliation/Thievery Corporation

Songs of Joy & Peace/Yo-Yo Ma

808's & Heartbreak/Kayne West

X/Trace Adkins


Dark Knight



Man on Wire

Step Brothers

It's That Time of Year Again

The library doesn’t have IRS Form 2290 “Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return” or the French version, Form 2290 (FR) “Declaration d’Impot sur l’Utilisation des Vehicules Lourds sur les Routes”.  And, we don’t have Form 5307 “Application for Determination for Adopters of Master or Prototype or Volume Submitter Plans” (I’m sure that makes sense to someone) or Form 8302 “Direct Deposit of Tax Refund of $1 Million or More”.   

What the library does have, is a good supply of the basic federal and state forms and instructions and some other not so basic, but unfortunately necessary, forms such as Schedule EIC “Earned Income Credit”, Schedule SE “Self-Employment”, 1040-ES “Estimated Tax”, 4868 “Application for Automatic Extension”, 8606 “Nondeductible IRAs” and 8863 “Education Credits”.  You can go to the IRS site, or the Wisconsin Department of Revenue,  to download other specific tax forms you may need.  

 Once again, the library is taking appointments for AARP Tax Assistance in the Wauwatosa Civic Center and Library Firefly Room. Senior citizens in need of tax return preparation assistance should call the Information Desk at 471-8485 to make an appointment.  Trained AARP volunteers will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from February 4th through April 15th.  If you are not a senior citizen, call the Information Desk, we can give you information about other tax return preparation assistance available in the area.      

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Newell Wyeth died January 16th , 2009 at the age of 91.  One of the most popular and significant artists of the 20th century, he was known for his paintings of the land and people in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and around his summer home in Cushing, Maine.   

Wyeth was part of an artistic family.  His father, N.C. Wyeth, was a notable artist and illustrator.  Andrew learned art from his father and grew up with a love and appreciation for nature and his rural surroundings.  His sisters, Henriette and Carolyn were also artists, as is his son, Jamie Wyeth.   

   Wyeth maintained his realistic painting style throughout his life.  His paintings, mostly in watercolor and egg tempera, are characterized by their technical brilliance, stark images, subtle colors and recognizable subjects.  The Olson Farm in Maine is the setting for his most famous painting, “Christina’s World”. “The Mill”, a group of 18th century buildings purchased by Wyeth, and the Kuerners and their farm in Pennsylvania appear often in his work.  Helga Testorf, Karl Kuerner’s Prussian-born caretaker, is the subject of 247 paintings that Wyeth secretly painted between 1971-1985.   

Despite the popular appeal of his paintings, his work has been criticized for being stagnant and more like illustration than art.  Learn more about Andrew Wyeth and his art.  There are two original paintings on display in art museums in the Milwaukee area; “Afternoon”, in the Milwaukee Art Museum and “Water Turtle”, in Marquette’s Haggerty Museum of Art. You can also find a number of Wyeth’s paintings included in the library’s online Art Museum Image Gallery.  View high resolution images and get information about his work including title, date created, location, owner, dimensions and material and techniques used.  The library also has a good collection of books available for checkout.  The following are of special note: 

American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art: N.C.Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth by James H. Duff
Andrew Wyeth: a Secret Life by Richard Meryman
Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic by Anne Classen Knutson
Andrew Wyeth: the Helga Pictures by John Wilmerding
Wyeth at Kuerner

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