Peace One Day; The Making of World Peace Day

“ When you build a house, you start with one brick.”

Jeremy Gilley believed there should be a specific day dedicated to peace every year. He traveled the globe meeting with world leaders to get support for a World Peace Day. With help from the Dalai Lama and Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, former Israeli leader Shimon Peres and others, the UN unanimously adopted September 21 as a day of global cease-fire and nonviolence in 2002. In his book Peace One Day; The Making of World Peace Day, Gilley describes the journey to make Peace One Day a reality.

Important Birthdays Today! (November 30)

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) – famous American author of such titles as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and more. He is quoted as saying, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” He did just that, passing away one day after Halley’s Comet visited in 1910.

Winston Churchill – statesman, author, and prime minister (from 1940-45 and 1951-55). The library owns many of his works including Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Speeches of Winston Churchill, The Great Republic: A History of America, as well as many biographies about this prominent figure. (more below)

Stan Berenstain, 1923-2005

Stan Berenstain, co-creator of the beloved Berenstain Bears, died Saturday, November 26, 2005.

Berenstain, with his wife Jan, created the popular illustrated All in the Family feature 49 years ago. All in the Family first appeared in McCall’s magazine, running from 1956-1969. In 1970, the column moved to Good Housekeeping magazine for twenty years.

In the early 1960s, Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), who was then head of Random House’s children’s publishing, worked with the Berenstains to develop a series of books for kids featuring the Bears. Thus was launched a hugely popular series, totaling more than 200 titles. The Berenstain family saga is a sort of ongoing ursine Leave It to Beaver tale of innocent capers and misadventures, full of gentle resolution.

Hip-Hop Says READ!

JayZ

Eve thinks you should read Toni Morrison's Bluest Eye while Jay-Z recommends "Keep Ya Head Up" by Tupac. You can find these recommendations and more on The Hip Hop Reader, an "interactive website created to increase and enhance the reading habits, Internet usage, and civic engagement of urban high school students." Funded by Verizon, the first Hip Hop reader program is being tested in NYC right now, and features a point system (for students in public NYC high schools), where they can purchase prizes after reading from the Leadership Council's selections. The council includes Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Eve and others. Check out the reading lists, too.

Based on the book...

Most of the hotly anticipated movies due to be released next month are based on a book: Memoirs of a Geisha, Brokeback Mountain (from Annie Proulx's Close Range and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Even The New World, Terrence Malick's drama about the 17th century English settlement at Jamestown--a tale that promises a good deal of bloodshed, greed, conquest, starvation, and love--is based on Love and Hate in Jamestown: James Smith, Pocahontas and the Start of a New Nation, left, by James Price, a "sparkling book [that] retells a beloved tale in modern terms...." (Publisher's Weekly)

Satiric Saga Skewers Shopping

Sellevision: A Novel by Augusten Burroughs is a wickedly funny book, as it skewers the on-screen personalities of a fictional shopping channel. I read the book in two evenings for a book group, and frankly, it was much more fun than shopping.

Adoption Books are Rich and Plentiful

November is National Adoption Month, and amid all the publicity, adoptive parents can usually pick up a few good reading recommendations. Our family’s all-time favorite titles are Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Warren Turner, and Pablo’s Tree by Pat Mora.

Boarded up for the winter

Why does snow always make me want to read about boarding schools? Something about the idea of a cozy wood-paneled room, a roaring fire, and the promise of institutional food at the end of the day ...

If you feel the same way, here are a handful of stories set at boarding school to help you get your fix:

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, in which Lee Fiora copes with being both invisible and an outsider at the East Coast prep school to which she has won a scholarship.
Boy by Roald Dahl, in which the author explains how to mask burned toast and keep from being thrashed. (more below the cut)

Living Longer and Healthier

Money, Money, Money

“Riches cover a multitude of woes”…Menander Lady of Andros
“The love of money is the root of all evil”. Bible 1 Timothy 6:10

Moolah, bread, dough, call it what you will, it all comes down to money. This book Money, Money, Money: Where it Comes From, How to Save it, Spend it, Make it by Eve Drobot explores the past, present and future of money. Did you know that Iceland leads the world in the use of credit cards, that a coin machine can count 2,500 coins a minute, that piggy banks go back about a thousand years, that the biggest denomination ever printed in the United States was a $100,000 bill, and that the bird pictured on American money was a real eagle named Peter? This is a fascinating book about a subject that is endlessly fascinating. Check it out! Ages 8 and up.

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