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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.

Cats and Dogs!!!

Children’s literature throughout the ages and across cultures has depicted complex relationships between humans and animals. Dogs are typically portrayed as helpful and protective whereas wolves are shown as dangerous, even deadly. Lassie and Old Yeller gave their lives for their human friends. The wolves in Little Red Riding Hood and White Fang, on the other hand, viewed humans as food.


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New Releases-Some Titles to Tempt You


America by Ethan Canin 

Cheeses of Wisconsin: a Culinary Travel Guide
by Jeanette Hurt

Fearless Fourteen
by Janet Evanovich

Freewheelin’ Time: a Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties by Suze Rotolo 

My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekov to Munro

O, the Oprah Magazine Cookbook: 175 Delicious Recipes to Savor with
Friends & Family

Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed
by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan 

Uniquely Felt: Dozens of Techniques from Fulling and Shaping to Nuno and Cobweb
by Christine White 

We Would Have Played for Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk
About the Game
They Loved by Fay Vincent 

Audiobooks on CD

Death and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin

Not in the Flesh
by Ruth Rendell

One Minute to Midnight
by Michael Dobbs

by David Guterson

by Danielle Steel

Music on CD

Bring Back the Funk
/Brian Culbertson

Grammy Nominees 2008

South Pacific: the New Broadway Cast Recording

Violin Concertos/Schoenberg, Sibelius
/performed by Hilary Hahn
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends/Coldplay




Puccini Gold


Walk Slim.  Fast & Firm: 4 Really Big Miles  

Summer Sunflowers

A popular choice for summer gardens is the sunflower (Helianthus Annuus).  It’s easy to grow and the large flower with its distinctive rows of seeds is both beautiful and useful. Did you know that people have been growing sunflowers for over 5,000 years? Some archaeologists believe that the sunflower may have been domesticated even before corn. 

Sunflowers were grown by Central American cultures in Mexico and Native Americans around the Mississippi valley. Spanish explorers took the exotic plant back to Europe sometime around 1500, where it became popular as an ornamental plant. Developing sunflowers as a commercial crop for oil and seeds began in Russia in the 1800s.  By the 1900s, sunflowers had come back home to the United States and they were a lot bigger than they were when they left!  

Native sunflowers have many small flowers and are considered a weed in some states. What most people think of as a sunflower today is mostly the result of breeding for seeds and oil. The cheerful face of a blooming sunflower has an undeniable appeal, as you can see on calendars, coffee mugs and in summer gardens everywhere. If you’d like to learn more, a great book on the history of sunflowers is Sunflowers: the unauthorized biography of the world’s most beloved weed by Joe Pappalardo. 

From the Library Director

To all of you who linked to the Wauwatosa Public Library’s recent online survey through and offered your comments and suggestions, thank you. Within 24 hours of posting it, more than 1,000 people had completed the survey. Once again, I found myself humbled by the generosity of this community. I’m very grateful for the time and thought you gave to completing the survey. We are in the process now of compiling the data and comments/suggestions for our planning committee and Board of Trustees. Your help was so important. Thank you. 

Mary Murphy, Director
Wauwatosa Public Library 

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