Our first fantastical creature of the month is one that you’re probably already familiar with: the mermaid.
According to The Mythic Bestiary, depictions of merfolk go back to early times. Ancient Greeks had their own mythical mermaids, as did other cultures. Whether they are kind or cruel, mermaids are usually depicted as being human on the top half, and fish-like below. They usually have powers of being masters of the sea, although some stories credit them with being able to come onto land. Mermaids have been an endless source of fascination over the years, and have inspired art and literature. Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid story is a classic, but there are some newer stories, as well.
If you’re curious about some contemporary mermaids, try these books:
Mermaid: a twist on the classic tale by Carolyn Turgeon SF-F TUR
Forgive my Fins (series) by Tera Lynn Childs TN CHI
The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan Jh MAD
Ingo by Helen Dunmore Jh DUN
Waterfell by Amalie Howard TN HOW
And if you’re looking some mermaid art, one of my favorite places to find it is at DeviantArt.com – you can find a lot of beautiful images here (like the one in this post).
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If you visit the lower level, you might have noticed that in the study room window next to the graphic novels, there’s a monthly display (in the window), and most of the time, a running theme for posts on the blog. Last month, the Daily Dewey sent curious readers around our nonfiction section. And I’ll bet that this month, you were expecting some kind of wintry theme, like books with cold-weather settings ….. or holidays books.
Nope. I think we all get enough of that as it is.
So, this month’s feature is Fantastical Creatures. I’ll be posting regularly on the blog to feature different features and different books. So, we’ll be exploring such things as dragons, mermaids, kelpies, and an assortment of other wonderful beasts.
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Here are two intriguing books presently on our new nonfiction shelf (downstairs by the circulation desk):
1) History Decoded: Solving the Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, by Brad Meltzer and Keith Ferrell (001.9 MEL New Nonfiction): Written by thriller author and host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, Meltzer, along with Ferrell, briefly discuss evidence for history’s mysteries and conspiracies, such as the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy, Area 51, missing Confederacy gold, and Hitler’s search for the Spear of Destiny. Adding to the fun are the documents tucked in fake leather satchels at the beginning of each chapter, documents with real evidence for each case.
2) How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction, by Liisa Ladouceur (398.45 LAD New Nonfiction): Ladouceur explores how vampires have been killed in folk tales, novels such as Dracula, Anne Rice books, and Twilight, TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood, and old horror films. Ladouceur also delves into superstition, why vampires were created, and how to protect oneself against them. A short, fun read for your Fangsgiving break.
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For anyone who missed our Upcycled Jewelry Program yesterday here is a video to show you what we made.
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Our November display theme down by the Teen section is The Daily Dewey. Melvill Dewey will be making appearance in our nonfiction section of the library throughout the month of November. Look to the number of that day, and then see if you can spot him!
Do you win a special prize? No! But, you reap the reward of discovering some cool books, which you might never have seen before. And hey, it means you were smart enough to find Melvill hiding in the stacks!
So who the heck was Melvill Dewey? Well …. does the Dewey Decimal System ring a bell? If you’ve ever looked for a book here in the library and noticed it had a number on the spine (like 917.93 AND) then you’ve been using his system. Melvill Dewey was born in 1851 and was an educator and librarian and his Dewey system basically assigns numerical categories to subjects. (Like, 500s are where you find science books.) You can read all about him on Wikipedia, but it’s enough just to know that he was a pretty smart guy who came up with an system of organizing things that we still use today.
So, throughout the month of November, you can find the Daily Dewey number down in the window by the graphic novels (lower level, corner) and then see if you can locate him in the stacks. And you just might find some cool book you never knew you were looking for in the process.
And a thank you goes out from me to Miss Ingrid, the Magpie Librarian, for her original display idea. Without her, I wouldn’t have had so much fun with Mr. Dewey this month.
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Like many of you i have been waiting for a long time to play Pokemon X/Y. I was intrigued about how the series would look once it made the jump to 3D. While I loved the old school pixel graphics, their age was beginning to show and it felt as though the series was afraid to make the next big leap. While I was a big fan of both Black/White and Black 2/ White 2, there were large sections of those games that felt slightly out of touch with the current gamer. For instance the over emphasis on grinding mechanics that require only patience and time. Also some of the menu scenes were troublesome to navigate at times. But enough about the past lets talk about the future.
for the most part, casual fans will not notice much of a difference from previous games. If anything both casual and hardcore fans will notice that the game “feels” easier. It must be said that this particular impression will be based on the fact that a great deal of the needless grinding has been removed from the game as a whole. There are still a few places that grind a bit, but by and large these are few and far between. It is unquestionably a welcome addition.
There has been a great deal of arguing about this over the internet in the past few months. It was obvious to me that nothing would be settled until the game made it’s way into our hands. So, what is the verdict? They are awesome, they are a great leap forward in terms of refinement, while still clearly being the pocket monsters we know and love.
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