Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wind Power Basics by Dan Chiras

Many of us who live in the Red River Valley have been keeping an eye on the horizon over the past month or so. The St. Joseph Wind Farm is taking shape and the towers are now rising.

Wind energy has been around for centuries but the new 21st century applications are mind boggling. Dan Chiras has authored a series of books on different renewable energy technologies. Wind Power Basics can be found on the shelf in the Morden Branch but is available to all patrons through interbranch loan. The book examines all aspects of small-scale installations as well as offering a detailed introduction to this emerging technology.

Dan Chiras is an educator and author of many books on residential renewable energy. Another of his books, Solar Electricity Basics can be found in the Altona Branch.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mary has found Sharyn McCrumb’s new book The Devil Amongst the Lawyers both entertaining and informative.

It is 1934 and an Appalachian Virginia teacher is accused of murdering her tyrant father. Reporters from the big cities come to report on the story. However, they don’t find what they’re looking for. They are looking for backwoods hillbillies that everyone can feel sorry for. All they find are ordinary people going about their business just like everyone else in the country. The book goes on to explain how the reporters slant their stories to provide the sensationalism that their editors are looking for. Only one young, idealistic reporter tries to report “just the facts”.
The story has a surprise ending that isn’t what the big city reporters expected.

This book is fiction, but it poses the question: can you believe everything you read in the newspaper?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Bee and me by Ellie J. McGuinness, illustrated by Heather Brown

This week and next, branches of the South Central Regional Library are taking registrations for the fall session of Pre-School Storytime. This program runs every Wed. morning from 10 – 10:45, so please call your local branch for details, or check the library’s website.

One children’s book that comes highly recommended by Brody and his Grandmother Shirl, is The Bee and Me written by Ellie J McGuinness and illustrated by Heather Brown. In this book, the bee is working in a backyard - doing what bees do. A dog scares the bee and it ends up trapped in a little boy’s room. Initially the boy is frightened and hides, but curiosity gets the best of him. This bee can talk and informs the boy and the reader of the vital role bees play in the environment.

One feature of this book is the “animation”. It is drawn in such a way that the bee appears to fly and dance, the flower appears to open from a bud, and the bee cries a big tear as the boy waves goodbye and frees him.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The no-cry separation anxiety solution by Elizabeth Pantley

This is a season of change for many families. Anxiety in children beginning kindergarten or day-care can cause a parent’s heart to break. Elizabeth Pantley has developed gentle, effective solutions for every separation situation in her new book The no-cry separation anxiety solution. Her book will help children and parents alike.

Pantley examines and explains separation anxiety and provides practical instructions and solutions for overcoming the challenging moments. She helps parents to understand separation anxiety as a normal stage of development. Pantley explains the difference between anxiety that stems from fear, and the love-based separation that is often found in families facing new experiences.

Pantley notes that children express separation anxiety in different ways. She writes that even if children display no outward signs of anxiety, that doesn’t mean they do not feel it.

She points out that it is critical to examine each child’s individual needs in order to best help them cope.

Pantley’s book is available in most library branches.