Oak Harbor Library Blog

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Reads

Here are two things I absolutely love: Summer and Really Great Books. And a third thing I love: How well Summer and Really Great Books go together.  

Here's a list of great new books.  I hope you'll find a few on here that make it into your beach bag this summer, and offer that unparalleled lost in a book at the beach feeling.  Now for some warm weather, please!  

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

A delightful, funny novel that packs a clever punch, from the author of the "New York Times"-bestselling "Julie and Romeo" about a mother who suddenly turns invisible.

I am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran

An explosive fiction debut from an astonishing new voice: darkly funny, wildly original stories about the power of love, and the love of power--two urgent human desires that inevitably, and often calamitously, intertwine. 

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson 

In an illustrated memoir, the creator of the Bloggess blog shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

Reamde by Neal Stephenson

When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani  

Two star-crossed lovers--Enzo and Ciro--meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.

A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez 

The popular author talks about three of her most personal relationships--with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"--winner of the Whitbread First Novel award.

See you at the beach!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Potty Poetry

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. This triggers a little known phenomenon in the library… The absence of all potty training materials on our shelves! Warmer weather seems to motivate parents to start the process of teaching bathroom etiquette to their young. Parents all over Island County suddenly descend upon the library, searching for the magic book that will inspire their toddlers to want to use the toilet and wear “big girl” or “big boy” pants. Fortunately, a lot has been written about this subject.  Here are a few tantalizing titles to put on your holds list in preparation for a summer of potty time success:

Danny Is Done with Diapers: A Potty ABC, by Rebbecca O’Connell
Children with names from Adam to Zach celebrate being diaper free, demonstrating an alphabet’s worth of potty procedures and successes.

Dinosaur is having too much fun to stop and use the potty.  When he starts to do his victory dance, he starts to realize that maybe he is dancing for another reason...


Oh No, Gotta Go! and Oh No, Gotta Go #2, by Susan Middleton Elya
A little girl discovers the wisdom of using the bathroom before taking a ride in the car and that there are some parental suggestions that really do make sense.  These clever stories, which include fun Spanish vocabulary, will resonate with traveling potty users of all ages.

Well-known children’s songs are transformed with silly potty lyrics that will have everyone giggling with irreverence, making potty time a lot more fun!

Everyone, including a few adults I know, can benefit from the wisdom imparted in this charming, yet insightful, book on potty etiquette. Follow a classroom of creatures as they learn how to use their school restroom in a courteous and hygienic manner.

DVD titles:

Elmo’s Potty Time, by the Sesame Workshop - DVD
Sesame Street’s most appealing monster will convince even the most reluctant toddler that learning to use the bathroom is an adventure not to be missed! 

by Frappé Productions
These are the classic potty training videos, tailored for boys or girls and their individual learning needs for using the bathroom successfully.  You might also want to check out the books of the same titles.
Which are your family favorite, tried and true, potty books and parenting tricks for potty training success?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sailboat Photos on Display

Photographer Curtis Adams says of his photograph Afternoon Delight: 
The boat pictured is named Skye Rocket. William McKinnon owns and races her. The boat design is called a J/80.  

The picture was shot just after the boat rounded the windward mark in Penn Cove during the 2011 Whidbey Island Race Week. I particularly like the photo because it's an action shot with the entire crew executing a maneuver called a gybe. I also appreciate it from an aesthetic standpoint with the spinnaker color reflecting off the water, and other spinnakers on the horizon.

I named this image Afternoon Delight as a reference to a song recorded by the Starland Vocal Band. The song “Afternoon Delight” includes the lyrics “Sky rockets in flight, afternoon delight.” Since the boat pictured is named “Skye Rocket” flying along on a delightful sunny afternoon, the concept of the name tickled my funny bone.

“Afternoon Delight” was written by Bill Danoff, a member of the Starland Vocal Band. It was a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one single in July 1976. The song was also a number one hit in Canada.