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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.

Recent Additions: Some Titles to Tempt You


Change Up: An Oral History of 8 Key Events that Shaped Modern Baseball/Larry Burke

Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner Batches, Grow Heaps, Comforter Compost, and Other Amazing Techniques for Saving Time and Money, and Producing the Most Flavorful, Nutritious Vegetables Ever/Barbara Pleasant 

David Mamet: A Life in the Theatre/Ira Nadel

Enchantress of Florence/Salman Rushdie

Front/Patricia Cornwell

Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What it Means to Be an Educated Human Being/Richard M. Gamble, ed.

Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life/Nancy Snyderman

Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube & the Future of American Politics/Morley Winograd

Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work/Carol Kinsey Goman

When You Are Engulfed in Flames/David Sedaris

Yum-O!:  The Family Cookbook/Rachael Ray

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Catch the Reading Bug

Most people associate the name, “Wauwatosa” with firefly, perhaps due to the line, “Saw the fire-fly, Wah-wah-taysee, Flitting  through the dusk of evening,” from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Song of Hiawatha.  The name fits our city, for twinkling fireflies are a common sight near the Menomonee River or the Honey Creek on warm summer nights. 

Fireflies are one of the few land creatures that can make their own light, produced by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence.  This cool light elevates the firefly from a rather ugly beetle to an insect of legend and lore.  They are found throughout the world where the climate is wet with warm, humid summers.The early Spanish explorers reported that the Native Americans used caged fireflies to light their homes or tied the large, flashing bugs to their heads as guide lights.  Japanese school children liberate thousands of the caged insects on the Emperor’s birthday, perhaps because one legend explains that fireflies are the ghosts of brave warriors who died protecting Japan.  Some Italians believe that these glowing insects are the spirits of departed ancestors.  A Persian botanist from the 14th Century wrote a cure for earache that includes ground fireflies.   

This summer, fireflies and a great number of other insects will be visible in the Children’s Library.  “Catch the Reading Bug!” begins with Kick-Off Day on Monday, June 16, 2008.  Dr. Bob Kann, Storyteller/Magician/Juggler/Author, will present the program of “Go Buggy: Read! It’s Magic!” at 10:00-10:45 am, repeated at 1:30-2:15 pm in the Civic Center Auditorium.  This free program is suitable for families with children 3-years-old and older.  For more information:  414-471-8486.

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