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It takes more than one or two people to transform a bare room into an oasis of imagination. Nine talented artists and craftsmen, Tony and Toby Spolar, Jennifer Farr, Jenn Moore, Rick Pflieger, Philip Atilano, John Imig, Greg Martin and Bob Kirchhoff, created the room in three phrases starting in 2004. It is fun to wonder whose imagination produced the fairy tale castle mural, who worked on the heavy construction scene, and which of them is fascinated with the Wizard of Oz.
Books that use the idea of characters entering a book to participate in the story are The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup, and Magic by the Book by Nina Bernstein. The Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke is unique in that a main character in Inkheart “reads out” characters from a scary book into his own world. In the sequel, Inkspell, the main characters enter the scary book to try to change the course of the story and the story within the story.
The Story Room is open to the Public during regular library hours whenever the room is not being used for a school or story program. We offer story programs for various age groups throughout the year. Please visit our web site or pick up a calendar from the Children’s Reference Desk for more information.
All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Beneath the Roses by Gregory Crewdson
Photographs/essay by Russell Banks
Dear Mr. President: Letters to the Oval Office From the Files of the National Archives by Dwight Young
Faster, Better, Stronger: 10 Proven Secrets to a Healthier Body in 12 Weeks by Eric Heiden
Gate House by Nelson DeMille
Horror Writers Association Presents Blood Lite: an Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories
Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook by Martha Stewart
Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment With Your Dog by Cesar Millan
Pieces of My heart: a Life by Robert Wagner
Widows of Eastwick by John Updike
Sequel to Witches of Eastwick
Audiobooks on CD
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
Panama Fever: the Epic Story of One of the Greatest Human Achievments of All Time-the Building of the Panama Canal by Matthew Parker
Panic in Level 4: [Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science] by Richard Preston
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
Whole Truth by David Baldacci
Music on CD
Dim Sum/Ying Quartet
String quartets written by Chinese American composers
The custom of sending greeting cards is a popular and old tradition. A brief history of its origins probably starts with the ancient Chinese who exchanged good will messages to celebrate the New Year. By the early 15th century, handmade, hand-delivered greeting cards, primarily New Year’s and Valentine cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans began printing New Year’s cards from woodcuts as early as 1400. In the mid 1800s, due to advances in printing and the introduction of the postage stamp, the greeting card became a more affordable and a popular way to convey messages. The first published Christmas card appeared in London in 1843. Sir Henry Cole hired an artist to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends. Esther Howland, from Massachusetts, is known for her beautiful, handmade valentines. In 1849, she started a successful publishing firm specializing in decorative cards. In 1856, a German immigrant named Louis Prang, started a small lithographic business near Boston and within 10 years, perfected the process and began producing elaborate, high quality Christmas cards. He is generally credited with starting the greeting card industry in America. And what an industry it is. According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans alone purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year with annual sales estimated at more than 7.5 billion! (and, these numbers don’t include e-cards).
Today, greeting cards come in all shapes and sizes and are both homemade and mass-produced. Pictures on cards range from fine art to tacky cartoons; messages, from poetry to crude jokes. Aside from the standard type of greeting card, there are photo and “audio cards” that play music or sounds when opened. New trends in cards include “lenticular” cards that appear to move utilizing a hologram-like technology and cards with flashing lights.
Although greeting cards are usually given on special occasions such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day and birthdays, they are often given to express gratitude, condolences and friendship. Whether it’s a sad or happy occasion, whether you receive a serious or laugh-out-loud card, it’s always nice to know someone is thinking about you.