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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.

Born in January

Robert William Service was born January 16, 1874 in Preston, England.  It is appropriate that a poet who popularized the frozen Canadian northwest should be born in the middle of January.  Service’s poems appeal to both adults and children.  What child would not be entranced by stories about hard, strange men struggling to survive in a cold, dangerous environment?  The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew are two story poems that have been published as children’s picture books. 

During his youth, Service was a wanderer, farm laborer and ranch hand; however, most of his experience of life in the land of the midnight sun was as a banker and successful author.  At the age of 39, he married a French woman and spent much of his later years on the French Riviera.   

A few other authors born in January who wrote poems that appeal to children are:  Edgar Allan Poe (born January 19, 1809), Carl Sandburg (born January 6, 1878) and Lewis Carroll (born January 27, 1832).   Poe’s most famous poem, The Raven, appeals to children’s fascination with horror.  Sandburg is the poet for children looking for stark realism and humor.  Carroll’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.  His poem, Jabberwocky, is one of the most imaginative poems in the English language, describing a fantasy adventure with abundant use of invented words.  

New Releases-Some Titles to Tempt You



Furniture Restoration: Step-By-Step Tips and Techniques for Professional Results by Ina Brosseau 

Good Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments, and Romance, Shaken and Served with a
Twist by A. J. Rathbun 

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 

Poet’s Corner: the One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family by John Lithgow 

Silent Theater: the Art of Edward Hopper by Walter Wells  

Books on CD

Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz 

Fall of Troy by Peter Ackroyd 

Free Life by Ha Jin 

Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh 

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton 


Abbott and Costello Funniest Routines 

Amazing Grace Cinema 16: European Short Films 

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 

Nights From the Alhambra/Loreena McKennitt 

Music on CD 

As I Am/Alicia Keys 

Black and White Album/Hives 

Greatest Songs of the Seventies

I’m Not Here: Original Soundtrack 

Polish Spirit
Music by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz and Emil Mlynarski/performed by Nigel Kennedy (violin) and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra

What About a Classic?

It’s cold, it’s gray-a perfect day to watch a good movie.  Of course, the library has copies of all the new movies to check out, but what about a classic, Citizen Kane, Godfather, Casablanca, Raging Bull, Singin’ in the Rain, for example?  These are the top five of 100 movies selected by the American Film Institute for the 10th Anniversary Edition of 100 Years…100 Movies series. 

The American Film Institute is an independent, non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts.  In 1998, the 100th anniversary of American film, the AFI began its 100 Years…100 Movies series, an annual CBS television special honoring a different aspect of excellence in American film.  Last year, the program was entitled 100 Years…100 Cheers: America’s Most Inspiring Movies.  In 2005, it was 100 Years…100 Quotes. 

Go to AFI’s website at to see the lists of selected films, quotes, heroes, songs and more that have been selected over the years and featured on this series.  The library has an extensive collection of classic movies on video and DVD and all the titles on the 10th Anniversary Edition of 100 Years…100 Movies list.  Start working your way through this list of the all-time best American movies.  

Happy New Year !

" We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

Edith Lovejoy Pierce, poet, b. 1904

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