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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 Additions


Adopted Dog Bible by Kim Saunders

Eco-craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle by Susan Wasinger

    Fortune Scandal: Amazing Tales of Business Scandals That Shocked the World and Shaped Modern Business by the Editors of Fortune Magazine

How It Ended: New and Collected Stories by Jay McInerney

Lift Every Voice: the History of African American Music by Burton Peretti

Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak by William Povletich 

New Codependency: Help and Guidance for the Today's Generation by Melody Beattie

Next-day Job Interview: Prepare Tonight and Get the Job Tomorrow by J. Michael Farr

Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime by William H. Gates


Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

book jacket     Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern
by Adam Cohen

Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan by Suze Orman

Wicked Prey by John Sandford


book jacket    Bolt

Little Dorrit

MGM, When the Lion Roars: the Story of a Hollywood Empire

Paul Blart: Mall Cop


Music on CD

Product Details    He and She/Wynton Marsalis

Italian Songbook: Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini/Cecilia Bartoli

Just Go/Lionel Richie

Open Door EP/Death Cab for Cutie

Other Covers/James Taylor


    The black-capped chickadee, native to Canada and the Northern United States,  was named for the sound it makes, “Chick-a-dee-dee.”  Biologists have learned that the chickadee’s song is complex and used to communicate much about predators and social behavior. 

Most of the variations in sound are too fine for human ears to perceive.  Chris Templeton of the University of Washington Seattle can distinguish variations in the call to determine how dangerous a predator is to the chickadee.  Pygmy owls, whose small size and maneuverability make them efficient hunters of small birds, elicit an extra three and a half “dees” from chickadees.  Chickadees add only an extra half “dee” when warning other birds that a great gray owl is near, because the small birds can easily evade these large predators.  Chickadees also use their calls to keep the flock together when feeding and to alert others to good sources of food.  Carolina chickadees look very much like black-capped chickadees, but can be distinguished by their call.  These chickadees live in the Southeastern part of the United States.  Chickadee calls are mostly invariant across the species’ range, although those living in the zones of overlap will learn each other’s songs.

 Inspired by the beautiful songs of chickadees, Mary Karlzen, Anji Rodee and Carmen Nickerson named their female music trio The Chickadees.  Their children’s songs are from the great outdoors and the words to their signature piece, “Chickadee Song”, notes the traits people love about these birds.The Chickadees will kick off the Wauwatosa Public Library’s summer programs, Be Creative @ Your Library at 10:00am and 1:30pm on Thursday, June 18, 2009.  The two 45 minute programs of music and creativity are most appropriate for families with children 3-years-old and older.  For more information, call the Children’s Library at 414-471-8486. 

"Stay just as you are-don't ever change"

   You may be interested in knowing that the Wauwatosa library has an extensive collection of Wauwatosa high school yearbooks dating back to 1912; Wauwatosa High School and Wauwatosa East's Cardinal Pennant as well as Wauwatosa West's Olympian starting in 1962.  For many years now, the library has gotten the yearbooks directly from the high schools in pristine condition.  Most of the collection, however, is made up of copies that have been donated over the years; old, worn and, at one time, treasured yearbooks, signed by teachers and friends.

As the school year comes to an end, I am reminded of how much I looked forward to receiving my yearbook and passing it around to my friends to sign.  This past weekend, I got together with a few old friends from high school, and yes, the yearbooks came out.  We laughed at the inscriptions, and were reminded of some long forgotten names and faces (it was a little shocking how dated the pictures looked!).

Because of their irreplaceable value, the yearbooks don't circulate, but they are available, whether you are trying to remember the name of the guy you sat next to in homeroom, planning a reunion or just feel like reminiscing.

Jess Brown

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