Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Crash of 1929

Confused about today's economy? How do things compare to what happened in 1929? Were any safeguards put in place then that prevent a repeat situation? Check out PBS' "The American Experience" website on "The Crash of 1929" at:

There you will find a the film, personal accounts of people who suffered through that hard time, photographs of the time period, etc.

The next time you're in the library, check out this book about the crash:
Six Days in October : The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal.

And get a better grip on your finances with the following:
Better than a Lemonade Stand! : Small Business Ideas for Kids by Daryl Bernstein
Coping with Money by Richard S. and Mary Price Lee
Debt Information for Teens : Tips for a Successful Financial Life Including Facts about Money, Interest Rates, Loans, Credit Cards, Finance Charges, Predatory Lending Practices, Preventing and Resolving Debt-Related Problems, and More edited by Karen Bellenir.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Award Winning Books

Winners of the Michael L. Printz Award were recently announced. This award is for young adult books that exemplify literary excellence.

The 2009 award goes to Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Honor Awards were received by the following:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

For more information about the award, click on the following link:

Monday, February 16, 2009

Don't Try this at Home ...

...Just enjoy watching the crazy and talented people who do extreme sports.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour made a stop at the Lebanon Opera House a few days ago. One of the films screened was "The Red Helmet." Watch it on You Tube at,en/

Here's a "teaser" worth watching:

Watch the DVD X-treme Sports & Other Action Adventures available in our collection.

After you've finished watching the films, check out these books
Extreme Sports edited by Janel D. Ginn
Skateboarding is not a Crime : 50 Years of Street Culture by James Davis
Xtreme Sports : Cutting Edge by E.J. Maxwell.

Again: Don't try this at home!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine's Day

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller said that. She must have been a romantic; she's not alone. According to Hallmark, 188 million Valentine cards are exchanged each year (and that number does NOT include all of those packaged cards the kids give out at school). That's amazing! What's even more amazing is all of the information you can find about Valentine's Day at

There are videos about the history of Valentine's Day, how chocolate is made, and even the Valentine's Day massacre. You can find games, love quotes, romantic movie titles, etc., etc. This website is definitely worth a look.

Do you like conversation hearts? I sure do! Find out about this sweet Valentine treat at

Happy Valentine's Day!!