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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.

The Mozart Effect

  The most recognized child prodigy in music history is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who made his piano and violin debuts at age six and composed Andante (K. 1a) and Allegro (K. 1b)
at age 5.  It is not surprising that a number of music teachers and researchers believe that playing Mozart’s music to children has a positive effect on their creative abilities.  

Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child’s Mind, Health, and Creativity with Music and The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit, owns the copyright for the phrase “Mozart Effect”.  He defines the “Mozart Effect” as “
an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being."
 

The research is still out on whether the “Mozart Effect” lives up to its claims.  Research does show that most children enjoy listening to variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, excerpts from the Magic Flute and other compositions by Mozart. 

Children in K5 through 8th grades will have a chance to check out the “Mozart Effect” by attending a string performance at the Wauwatosa Public Library on Monday, August 10, 2009.  The Milwaukee Center for Strings students will play from 10:00-10:45am and 1:30-2:15pm in the Firefly Room.   

New Additions

Books 

Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the 
                          Longest
 by Dan Buettner 

Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hellbending, Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be-With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank Mowing Our Lawn by P.J. O’Rourke 

Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live by Sarah Susanka 

Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives by Michael Gurian 

Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneers by John Broven 

Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick 

Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See 

Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies: Emails, Blogs, Cell Phones & More by Lisa Guerin 

Street Fighters: the Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street by Kate Kelly 

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan 

Audiobooks on CD 

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child 

Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene 

Fugitive by Phillip Margolin 

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears 

Summer World: A Season of Bounty by Bernd Heinrich 

Music on CD 

   Intimate Letters (Janacek & Martinu)
/Emerson String Quartet 

Summer Love Songs
/Beach Boys 

Time Out/Dave Brubeck Quartet 

Townes/Steve Earle 

Veckatimest/Grizzly Bear     

DVDs 

Faith Like Potatoes  

Gran Torino 

He’s Just Not That Into You 

Last Chance Harvey 

Revolutionary Road             

Gardens of Wauwatosa

    The Wauwatosa Beautification Committee is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and improving the beauty of our neighborhoods by planting and maintaining gardens throughout Wauwatosa.  

The garden beds you see around the “Welcome to Wauwatosa” signs, in the boulevards and around other public spaces in Wauwatosa are the work of the Committee and the Committee’s volunteer gardeners, the“Gardening Angels”.  The beds around the Library/City Hall entrance and throughout the parking lot are full of flowering trees, shrubs, irises, lilies and other lovely plants. These gardens beautify the area and brighten the day of the employees and visitors to the Library and City Hall.  The WBC also encourages and recognizes Wauwatosa residents and business owners that contribute to the beauty of our neighborhoods by annually presenting the “Yard of Distinction” award to homes and businesses in Wauwatosa. 

The Wauwatosa Beautification Committee is not funded by any government agency, it depends on funds raised through its annual garden tour and support from individuals. The 15th annual Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa Tour is July 11, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The tour will start at the Kneeland-Walker House (7406 Hillcrest Drive) and include seven Wauwatosa gardens.  Master gardeners will be present to answer questions and plant societies will sell plants and garden-related items.  Tickets are $10 in advance at some local businesses and $12 on the day of the tour.  Call 258-9014 for more information. 

Support the Wauwatosa Beautification Committee and the work it does and have an enchanting day in the secret gardens of Wauwatosa. 

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