Friday, November 22, 2013

November is Native American Heritage Month

 On display now in the library, take a look at some books highlighting Native American history and culture during Native American Heritage Month. Though a few of these books discuss Thanksgiving and the interactions between Native Americans and the Mayflower colonists, others discuss the history of Native American tribes in other parts of the U.S. and Native Americans today.

For more information about Native American heritage, check out the collections online at these sites.
  • Native American Heritage Month 2013: A collaboration between the Library of Congress and several other national organizations, this site brings together online collections of images, documents, and videos that illustrate Native American history and culture.
  • ALIC Indians/Native Americans: Links to National Parks sites, legal and cultural documents, and digital collections related to Native Americans from the National Archives.
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Take a look at some of the exhibits at or coming to this Smithsonian museum, and check out some of the lectures they've posted to their YouTube page.
Or, go offline and check out some local museums.
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center: Exhibits explore the history of the Pequot, other local tribes, and Native Americans across the U.S. The museum's collections include both historical cultural objects and contemporary art.
  • Plimoth Plantation: The Wampanoag Homesite is staffed entirely by Native People from the Wampanoag and other tribes. Though the interpreters in the English Village are role players, the interpreters in the Wampanoag Homesite discuss history from a modern perspective. If you're curious about how the Wampanoags and Pilgrims became associated with Thanksgiving, check out this history of the holiday and read primary sources describing the shared meal.

Friday, November 15, 2013

December 12 Book Club Selection

Book club's next meeting will be on Thursday, December 12 after school to discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

From Goodreads: "Global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, young love, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession shuffles Clay Jannon from his web-design drone job to night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Curiously, few customers come in repeatedly and never buy. Analysis reveals astonishing secrets ..."

All are welcome; hope to see you then!

Borrow library books on your iPad with OverDrive

Your C/W MARS library card from Uxbridge Free Public Library lets you check out more than physical books. You can also borrow and download eBooks and audiobooks online through the C/W MARS library catalog on OverDrive.

On your iPad, the easiest way to access these books is through the OverDrive app. Grab a pamphlet in the library or head over to the eBooks and Audiobooks on OverDrive tab for how to set up the app and borrow books. If you have questions or need help setting up the app, email Ms. Charpentier or come in to talk to her. Bring your iPad and your library card number if you need help!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What's new in the magazines?

  • 101 objects that shaped America in Smithsonion
  • The 2013 Red Sox in Sports Illustrated
  • Chris Christie and the Republican party in Time
  • Stars of Catching Fire profiled in Seventeen and InStyle
  • The health insurance website's problems in National Review
... and much more.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Club Read-Alikes

Book club meets tomorrow after school to discuss the steampunk mystery The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. If you liked the novel or want to get into steampunk, check out the display of similar books in the library, or visit the UHS Library on Pinterest to find out more about these books.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In case you missed it ...

If you missed any of the events during the One Book, One Community series on immigration or want to relive them, you're in luck. Recordings of the performances and lectures that took place and copies of the films that were screened during the series will be available at the Uxbridge Free Public Library.