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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.

New Children's Books

More than 5,000 new books for children are published every year.  How do you know which ones are the good ones?  The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a network of more than 4,000 children’s librarians, children’s literature experts and other adults committed to improving library service to children and their families.  In addition to choosing the recipients of some of the most prestigious awards for children’s books in the English language, the ALSC publishes the ALA Notable Books for Children List or the best of the best in new children’s books. The Notable Children’s Books List includes a summary of each book and notes major ALA awards the book has won.  It is divided into four categories:  Younger Readers, Middle Readers, Older Readers, and All Ages.   Lightship by Brian Floca, a notable in the Younger Readers category, is also a 2008 Sibert Honor Book.  This book’s spare prose and marvelously detailed pictures make this book a good choice for a very young reader looking for nonfiction.  Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: America’s Sproutings by Pat Mora is an inventive mix of haiku and brilliant illustrations about 14 foods that originated in the Americas.  This delicious book is for Middle Readers.  The New Policeman by Kate Thompson is an intriguing fantasy set in Ireland that mixes Irish music with fairy lore.  This book for Older Reader asks the contemporary question: Where is all our time going?  Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan demonstrates the power of spirituals with kaleidoscopic cut-paper collages that fairly jump off the page.  Bryan’s book, a notable for All Ages, is also the 2008 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Book. 

The Wauwatosa Children’s Librarians compile their own annual list of the best of the best new books for 2008.  They will present their choices at the “Annual Review of New Books” held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008 in the Story Room of the Children’s Library.  This list of new children’s books includes the major award winners and many ALA Notables.  For more information or to register, please call the Children’s Library: 414-471-8486.  This program is for Adults only.

Recent Additions-Some Titles to Tempt You


Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife by Marianne Williamson 
Brick Lane by Monica Ali 
Films of Sergio Leone by Robert C. Cumbow 
How Your House Works: a Visual Guide to Understanding & Maintaining Your Home by Charles Wing 
Knitter’s Book of Yarn: the Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes 
Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation by Larry D. Rosen 
Predictably Irrational: the Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely 
7th Heaven by James Patterson
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of 
     Everyday Life by Sandra Aamodt
Where Does the Money Go?: Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis by Scott Bittle 


Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult 
Logic of Life: the Hidden Economics of Everything by Tim Harford 
Lush Life by Richard Price 
Panama Fever: the Epic History of One of the Greatest Engineering Triumphs of All Time-the Building of the
     Panama Canal by Matthew Parker 
Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer 


In the Shadow of the Moon: Remember When the Whole World Looked Up 
Into the Wild 
No Reservations 

Music on CD 

Bach/Canadian Brass
In Rainbows/Radiohead 
Long Road Out of Eden/Eagles 
My Foolish Heart/Keith Jarrett 
Once: Music from the Motion Picture  

Spring Leadership Luncheon

The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation cordially invites you to the Spring Leadership Luncheon Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the Zoofari Conference Center, 9715 Bluemound Road.  The luncheon will be from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. (registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.) and will include a program featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Bob Gleeson, M.D., the presentation of the Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award and Leadership Awards to area high school students.  

Dr. Bob Gleeson, M.D. is one of Milwaukee’s foremost specialists in internal medicine. As Medical Director of Northwestern Mutual and President and Chief Medical Director of Health Now, he has dedicated his life to studying the habits of healthy people.  In his book, What Healthy People Know: and the 7 Things They Do to Stay Healthy and Live Long, Dr. Gleeson presents the science behind the daily choices that healthy people make to promote good health.  He uses solid research to tell us how to lower our risk of chronic disease and enhance our quality of life, which will, in turn, substantially reduce health care costs and disability rates.  A frequent writer and lecturer on wellness, chronic illness and epidemic disease, Dr. Gleeson is working on a second book, tentatively titled, Your New Life, Longer than You Thought 

       The Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. and Mrs. Craig Larson.  Craig and Ann Larson have been dedicated Wauwatosa volunteers for two generations.  While their children were young, both were active in the Washington School PTA.  Craig served on the Wauwatosa School board for 25 years and was a member of the Underground Traveling Medicine Show, a group of doctors who provided emergency care during stadium and Summerfest concerts.  Ann was a devoted supporter and tireless fundraiser for the Wauwatosa East Marching Band, Orchestra and Theater Department.  She has also been an active volunteer for the Medical Society Balls, raising funds for scholarships, in the Washington Highlands Homeowners Association and has served as an election judge at Wauwatosa’s polls for years.    

Also on the program, will be the presentation of Leadership Awards to high school students from DSHA High School, Marquette University High School, Pius XI High School, Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa West High School and Wisconsin Lutheran High School. 

Get your ticket today!  Tickets cost $35.00 and are available at the Library Information Desk.  Corporate sponsorships are available.  All proceeds will benefit the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation.  Call the Information Desk at 471-8485 for additional information. 

April Fools' Day

April Fool n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.
The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce  

Hopefully, you were lucky enough to survive April Fools’ Day without mishap or humiliation.  If you were one of the unlucky victims of an April Fools’ prank, you might be wondering how, where and why this tradition started.  Well, in short, no one really knows.  There have been many explanations for the holiday’s origin (some have been hoaxes themselves!) Its origins are probably related to the turn of the seasons and the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

Some ancient cultures celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1st (closely following the vernal equinox).  In the Middle Ages, much of Europe celebrated the beginning of the new year on March 25th, the Feast of Annunciation.   

In 1582, the Gregorian Calendar replaced the old Julian Calendar making New Year’s Day January 1st. France was one of the first countries to adopt the new calendar and make January 1st officially New Year’s Day. Those people who continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st , either because they weren’t aware of the change or didn’t wish to acknowledge it, were often subject to ridicule, sent gag presents or tricked into believing something false.  This tradition of foolery spread throughout Europe and beyond.  The French call the April Fool, Poisson d’Avril or April Fish (in April, the sun leaves the zodiac sign of the fish).  Traditionally, the French celebrated April 1st by placing dead fish on people’s backs.  Today, paper fish have replaced real fish and fish shaped candy and bakery are popular treats.

Many cultures throughout time have had days of foolishness in the spring around the beginning of April.  Whatever the origin of April Fools’ Day, people the world over feel lighthearted in the spring and like to have a little fun (often at someone else’s expense).  So, if you were the victim of a nasty prank on April Fools’ Day this year, just remember, in another time and place, it could have been worse, you could have had a dead fish slapped on your back!    

Books on MP3 CD? What Are They??

Audio books on CD are now common in the library; in fact, we no longer purchase books on tape.  But you may recently have noticed a new format for audio books – MP3 CDs.


The MP3 CD format has some advantages for audio books, most importantly the fact that a book that requires up to 20 regular CDs will fit on just one or two MP3 CDs.  The cost is also considerably lower.


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