Soprano Máire O'Brien performs January 21

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                                                                                                                           Issue No. 215, January 2007




                                                                                                                             Holiday schedule
Soprano Máire O’Brien performs January 21                                                                                    The library will be closed Sunday and
                                                                                                                             Monday, December 31 and Januar y 1
        Soprano Máire O’Brien vis-          Other performances in twen-         Nerea, James Adler’s Memento                 in observance of New Year’s Eve and
its on Sunday, Januar y 21 at 3       tieth centur y reper toire include        Mori: An AIDS Requiem and                    New Year’s Day. The librar y will be
p.m. to per form songs by             Augusta Read Thomas’ Ligeia at            Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 on the              open 1 to 5 p.m on Monday, January 15
Debussy, Handel and Richard           the Aspen Music Festival, at              Naxos Label.                                 for Martin Luther King Day.
Hundley and settings of poetry by     Spoleto USA, Bernstein’s Trouble                A native of Dublin, Ireland,
W.B. Yeats. She will be accompa-      in Tahiti as a Young Artist at the        Ms. O’Brien trained at the                   Doug Block screens 51
nied by pianist Mark Riggleman.       prestigious Juilliard Opera Center        Juilliard Opera Center and holds
        The Washington Post says      and Jenny Diver in Britten’s The          a bachelor’s degree from Trinity             Birch Street
Máire O’Brien’s performance in        Beggar’s Opera. She has sung at           College, Dublin, and a master’s of           Documentar y filmmaker Doug Block,
Or f f ’s Carmina Burana at the       the Meet the Virtuoso Series at the       music from the Juilliard School.             will introduce his film and answer ques-
Kennedy Center with the Wash-         92nd Street Y, the Masterworks Se-                                                     tions after wards on Friday, Januar y 5
ington Chor us “was fresh and         ries at Shenandoah Conservatory,                                                       and again on Tuesday, Januar y 16 at
sweet in the soprano arias, and       VA and at the Music at Penn Alps                                                       7:30 p.m. See the calendar of events for
she has both the stratospheric        Series in Maryland.                                                                    a complete description.
high notes and the raw courage to           Ms. O’Brien was a regional
take on the solo “Dulcissimme!”       finalist of the Metropolitan Opera
O’Brien received enthusiastic         National Council Competition. She
praise for her New York City Op-      was the only two-time winner of the                                                    Disability survey
era debut as Miss Jessel in           E. Nakamichi Concerto Competi-                                                         In an effort to better ser ve Port resi-
Britten’s Turn of the Screw. The      tion at the Aspen Music Festival                                                       dents with disabilities, the library will
New York Times hailed her por-        and has been awarded prizes at                                                         conduct a sur vey to gather data from
trayal as “vivid and well sung.”      the Premio Sanremo Musica Clas-                                                        people in our community. The sur vey
Her powerful performance as the       sic and Iris Adami Corradetti In-                                                      will allow individuals with various dis-
Duchess in Powder Her Face, by        ter national Voice Competition                                                         abilities to share their experiences
acclaimed composer Thomas             (Italy), the Olga Koussevitsky                                                         about using the library.
Adès, was heard at the Aspen Mu-      Competition and Genevieve B.
sic Festival, in its American stage   Gauemann Award (New York) and
premiere conducted by the com-        the New Jersey State Opera Com-
poser, and at Brooklyn Academy        petition. She is a recipient of a                                                      Director’s Cut
of Music’s Next Wave Festival         Gerda Lissner Foundation Career                                                        On Thursday, February 1 at 8 p.m. film
with the Brooklyn Philharmonic        Grant.                                                                                 expert John Bosco will screen and dis-
Orchestra, conducted by Robert              On CD, Ms. O’Brien is to be                                                      cuss House of Sand (Casa de Areua)
Spano.                                heard in Handel’s Deidamia as                                                          (2005-115 min.). In Brazil in 1910,
                                                                                                                             Vasco de Sá moves with his pregnant
                                                                                                                             wife Áurea and her mother Maria to a
                                                                                                                             desert near a lagoon. When his work-
                                                                                                                             ers abandon the place and Vasco dies,
                                                                                                                             the two women are left alone without
                                                                                                                             any resources. Brazilian filmmaker
                                                                                                                             Andrucha Waddington directs his wife,
                                                                                                                             Fernanda Torres, and his mother-in-law,
                                                                                                                             Fernanda Montenegro, in dual roles.
                                                                                                                             The film is in Portuguese with English
                                                                                                                             subtitles.


                                                                                                                             Tai Chi
                                                                                                                             Join us for a Tai Chi demonstration and
                                                                                                                             workshop on Thursday, February 8 at
A new library                                                                                                                8 p.m. Developed in China a few hun-
                                                                                                                             dred years ago, Tai Chi is a type of mar-
resource                                                                                                                     tial art that is known for its health ben-
                                                                                                                             efits. Release tension and stress with
     Elly Shodell, Cur t                                                                                                     Master Sitan Chen, who has won over
Trinko and Carol Clarke                                                                                                      32 gold medals and the title of Cham-
present the official Guide to                                                                                                pion in national and international Tai
the Residents for a More                                                                                                     Chi competitions. Audience participa-
Beautiful Por t Washington                                                                                                   tion follows the demonstration.
Archives, at the Residents
Annual Meeting in Decem-
ber. Funding for the project
was provided by the Docu-             In the Main Gallery
mentar y Heritage Program             Larry Dinkin exhibits his Serigraph Visions: Improbable to Inevitable January 3
of the New York State Ar-             through 29. The Art Advisory Council hosts a reception for the artist on Saturday,
chives.                               January 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.
                                                                                   Friends Cabin Fever Series
                                                                                          The Friends of the Library        for Best Feature.
                                                                                   hosts its popular Cabin Fever Se-              Having It Almost, a new mu-
                                                                                   ries again this winter. The first pro-   sical that had its world premiere at
                                                                                   gram, featuring Wendy Perelman,          the New York Musical Theatre Fes-
                                                                                   will be on Wednesday, Februar y          tival on September 13, 2006, was
                                                                                   14 at 9:30 a.m. at Main 415. Cost        conceived by Wendy, a 40-some-
                                                                                   of the program is $15. Registra-         thing woman living in Los Angeles,
                                                                                   tion information is available at the     who had left New York and her ca-
                                                                                   librar y. Ms. Perelman is a musi-        reer years earlier to get married,
                                                                                   cal theater writer who will speak        raise kids and be a housewife.
                                                                                   about writing and producing a                  Wendy had never expected to
                                                                                   musical.                                 put aside her creative dreams, but
                                                                                         Wendy is a graduate of the         upon doing so, found that the life
                                                                                   music theatre program at the Cin-        of wife, mother and mini-van driver
                                                                                   cinnati Conser vator y of Music.         was not as fulfilling as she had
                                                                                   She has appeared in New York at          imagined. The seeds of what
                                                                                   the Second Stage and Equity Li-          would become Having It Almost
                                                                                   brar y Theatres, The Triad, The          grew out of Wendy’s need to ex-

Library Trustee Everett                                                            Ballroom and Don’t Tell Mama.
                                                                                   Regional work includes the world
                                                                                   premiere of Dear at the Syracuse
                                                                                                                            press her creative self.
                                                                                                                                  She enlisted her TV pro-
                                                                                                                            ducer-husband, Jeremiah Bos-

Brenner remembered                                                                 Stage, Some Enchanted Evening at
                                                                                   the Pennsylvania Stage, The Not
                                                                                   Mikado at the Virginia Opera,
                                                                                                                            gang, and with the help of ASCAP
                                                                                                                            and BMI, canvassed the theatre
                                                                                                                            community for trunk songs that
     Life, Love and Lullabies:           and Cantorial Investiture.                Starting Here, Starting Now at the       addressed the issues she wanted to
Mostly Theater Music, a concert to             Amy and her husband, How-           New American Theatre, Diana in           explore (namely those of women in
honor the memor y Everett                ard, a gastroenterologist, live in        A Chorus Line at the Lobero The-         their 40s). Subsequently, in col-
Brenner, will be presented on Sat-       nor ther n New Hampshire with             atre, Trina in Falsettos at the          laborating with her close friends
urday, Januar y 6 at 7:30 p.m. by        their twin sons, Aden and Jack.           People’s Light & Theatre Com-            David Goldsmith (co-book writer
Mr. Brenner’s daughter, mezzo-so-              The accompanist for the con-        pany, Pam in Baby at the Corbett         and lyricist) and John Kavanaugh
prano Amy Brenner Mitz. Ev               cer t will be Deirdre Brenner,            Theatre, Little Me at the Birming-       (composer), what was once a mu-
Brenner, who passed away in              Amy’s cousin, who has performed           ham Theatre, and the Cincinnati          sical revue of songs, evolved into
January, 2005, was a Trustee of the      in concerts throughout the United         Playhouse in the Park. Wendy             a full-fledged book musical. And
librar y.                                States, UK, Ireland and continen-         toured the U.S. with My One and          now, four years later, the project
     Everett Brenner was a the-          tal Europe.                               Only and has performed in Korea          has completed its world premiere
ater aficionado, who particularly              A Cape Cod native, Deirdre          and Japan. She co-produced and           showcase at the New World Stages
enjoyed the versatility of Audra         earned her Bachelor of Ar ts de-          co-starred in the indie film Good        in Manhattan, as part of the pres-
MacDonald. Therefore, the con-           gree from Dartmouth College and           Money, which won the 1997 New            tigious New York Musical Theatre
cert will consist primarily of the-      her Master of Music degree from           York Comedy Film Festival award          Festival.
ater music.                              the Royal Academy of Music in
     A Por t Washington native,          London. She studied at the Royal
Amy Brenner Mitz attended Port           Irish Academy of Music in Dublin
Washington Public Schools, grad-         with Dr. John O’Connor. She has
uating from Paul D. Schreiber            also studied with Loretta Slovak,
High School. She also graduated          Sally Pinkas, Colin Stone and
from Clark University with a BA          Julius Drake. She is cur rently
in English Literature and from           studying lieder, coaching and per-
Hebrew Union College in New              formance at the Vienna Conserva-
York City, where she received a          tory in Vienna, Austria.
Master’s degree in Sacred Music




                                                                                   Bill Englander

                                                                                   In the Photography Gallery
                                                                                         Bill Englander has lived in        one photographer worth a thou-
                                                                                   Port Washington for 35 years, and        sand lawyers? I look for the mo-
                                                                                   practiced law for nearly 60 years.       ments between — before or after
                                                                                   His photographs will be exhibited        the purposeful gesture, during the
                                                                                   Januar y 3 through Februar y 28          unexpected pause, or the unob-
                                                                                   in the Photography Gallery.              ser ved meditation. The lens di-
                                                                                         He writes, “For the past 35        vides the world into an infinite
                                                                                   years, photography has liberated         number of par ts. Why do I see
FACES IN THE NEWS: Pictured above is the first family to borrow a pass (avail-     me from the tyranny of language          some of them while you see oth-
able at the Circulation Desk) to Old Westbury Gardens. The pass admits 2 adults    that my law practice has imposed.        ers? No doubt the choice is com-
and their children. Passes are for use by Port Washington card holders only, and   I have often asked myself: if a pic-     pelled by the sum of our lives up
may be borrowed for 3 days. Please note: There is a $2/day overdue charge.         ture is worth a thousand words, is       to the very moment of exposure.”
Author visits planned
      Port Washington resident Ri-     York City’s political and economic
chard Sonnenfeldt, author of Wit-      life. Barron also explores the art
ness to Nuremburg, visits on Tues-     and science of developing a piano’s
day, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.            timbre and character before its
      In this gripping memoir by       first performance.
the chief American interpreter at            James Barron is a staf f re-
the Nuremberg trials, Sonnen-          porter for The New York Times.
feldt recounts a remarkable life.      Over the past 25 years, his writing
By the time he was 18 years old,       has appeared in vir tually ever y
he had grown up in Germany, es-        section of the paper and has
caped to England, been deported        ranged from breaking coverage of
to Australia as a “German enemy        the September 11 attacks and the
alien,” ar rived in the United         2003 New York City blackout to
States, and joined the U.S. army.      The Gates public art installation in
By age 22 he had fought in the         Central Park. Juilliard graduate
Battle of the Bulge and helped lib-    Philip Fisher will perform on our
erate the Dachau concentration         own recently refurbished Steinway
camp, when he was appointed            grand. Books will be available for
chief interpreter for the American     signing courtesy of the Friends of
prosecution of Nazi war criminals      the Library.
at the Nuremberg trials. During
his service, he spent pretrial time
with Hermann Goering as well as
other top Nazi leaders like von
Ribbentrop, Rudolph Hoess and
Julius Streicher, the infamous edi-
tor of the anti-Semitic Der Sturmer.
As an engineer in later life, he
was a principal developer of color                                            Top: Carol Hiller, Ellen Zimmerman and Pam O’Connell of the FOL board receiv-
TV and computer technology and                                                ing a proclamation from TONH Councilman Fred Pollack. Bottom left: Silent vaude-
a key player in NASA’s prepara-                                               villian Chip Bryant entertained more than 60 children, including Mariel O’Connell,
tion of the first moon shot. Follow-                                          and led a parade into the Children’s Room. Bottom right: Two-time Pulitzer winner
ing his presentation, Mr. Sonnen-                                             Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times regaled a large crowd with stories of his
                                                                              investigative reporting exploits.
feldt will sign copies of his book,
available courtesy of Friends of
the Library.
      James Barron visits on Sun-
day, Januar y 14 at 3 p.m. to
                                                                              Friends turns 40 in style
present Piano: The Making of a                                                      Nearly 400 people attended            Michael Balboni, State Assembly-
Steinway Concert Grand.                                                       the weekend-long 40th anniversary           man Thomas DiNapoli and
      In this captivating narrative,                                          celebration of the Friends of the           Nassau County Legislator Craig
Bar ron tells the stor y of one                                               Library held November 3 through             Johnson sent proclamations con-
Steinway piano, from raw lumber                                               5. Seven events — from a vaude-             gratulating the FOL and recogniz-
to finished instrument. Barron fol-                                           ville show for kids, to a lecture on        ing its four decades of service. In
lows that brand-new piano on its                                              investigative journalism, to a gos-         addition, the FOL held ar t and
eleven-month journey through the                                              pel concert — thrilled patrons of           writing contests for children in
Steinway factory, where time-hon-                                             all ages and interests. “There was          grades K-6 on the theme of “What
ored manufacturing methods vie                                                tr uly something for ever yone,”            I love about our library.” A list of
with modern-day industrial effi-                                              said Amy Bass, FOL president.               winners may be found on the
ciency. He looks over the shoul-                                              Elected of ficials including U.S.           FOL’s webpage at www.pwpl.org/
ders of men and women — some                                                  Senators Charles Schumer and                fol. All 60 entries were on view in
second- and third-generation em-                                              Hillar y Clinton, TONH Council-             the Children’s Room.
ployees, some recent immigrants                                               man Fred Pollack, State Senator
— who transform wood and steel
into a concer t grand. Together,
they carry on the traditions begun
more than 150 years ago by the
immigrants         who     founded
Steinway & Sons — a family that
soared to prominence in the mu-
sic world and, for a while, in New




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school musical. (YA Fic Shulman)       Chinese Americans trying to par-
      The Rules of Survival by         ticipate in popular culture.
Nancy Werlin. Seventeen-year-old       (Graphic YA Fic Yang)
Matthew recounts his attempts to             The Book Thief by Markus
free himself and his sisters from      Zusak. Tr ying to make sense of
the grip of their emotionally and      the horrors of World War II, Death
physically abusive mother. (YA Fic     relates the stor y of Liesel — a       AN INTERGENERATIONAL AFTERNOON: Seniors shared their stories about Port
                                                                              Washington with fifth grade classes from Sousa Elementary School at the library
Werlin)                                young German girl whose book-          on October 13. Clipboards, pencils, cameras and questions in hand, the students
      American Born Chinese by         stealing and stor y-telling talents    sat mesmerized as seniors traveled down memory lane. Library program coordi-
Gene Luen Yang and Gene Yang.          help sustain her family and the        nator Jessica Ley, Sousa School and Friends of the Arts worked together on
Alternates three interrelated sto-     Jewish man they are hiding. (YA        Finding Port: Sharing Our Stories, a pilot project designed by Friends of the Arts, a
ries about the problems of young       Fic Zusak)                             not for profit arts organization in Locust Valley.
          January Library Kids
Welcome to the page for Children’s Services. Be sure to look here for upcoming exhibits, programs and articles relating to Children’s Services and the
Parenting Information Center. Parents: Please comply with the age guidelines for these programs and be prepared to show proof of local residency.



  Winter Workshop for Preschoolers
        Willy the Penguin / Monday, January 22 at 1 p.m.
  Join art designer Shirley Ruby and create a cute and frosty hanging.
  For preschool children ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Registra-
  tion is required and begins Tuesday, January 9 at 9:15 a.m. in the
  Children’s Room or by calling 883-4400, Ext.150. Workshop fee: $3.




  Workshop Series for Parents
     a series of Monday workshops from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  Meet other parents from the community and discuss popular topics
                                                                                       Story Times
                      with Tina Rotstein, CSW                                   Toddler Story Time: For children ages 2½ to 3½ accompanied by an
                                                                                adult. Five Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2 p.m. Session I be-
  January 22      “How to understand and deal with children’s anger”            gins Januar y 30 and ends March 6; Session II begins March 20 and
  January 29      “Why do some children seem more stressed”                     ends April 24. In-person registration begins on Tuesday, January 16 at
  February 5      “Juggling the many needs of our families”                     9:15 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Birth certificates will be required as
  February 12     “Create a parent team even when we disagree”                  proof of age; registrants may sign up for only one session.

          Registration begins Tuesday, January 9 at 9:15 a.m.                   Preschool Stor y Time: For children ages 3½ to 5 without an adult.
        in the Children’s Room or by calling 883-4400, Ext. 150.                Two groups: Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2 p.m. Groups
                                                                                begin February 2 and end March 30. Registration begins Tuesday, Janu-
                                                                                ary 16 at 9:15 a.m. in the Children’s Room or by calling 883-4400,
                                                                                Ext.150.

                                                                                After School Story Time: For children in kindergarten through sec-
                                                                                ond grade without an adult. Group meets on Wednesdays from 4 to
                                                                                4:30 p.m. Begins January 31 and ends March 28. Registration begins
                                                                                Tuesday, January 16 at 9:15 a.m. in the Children’s Room or by calling
                                                                                883-4400, Ext.150.




                                                                                          Born To Read
       Twilight Tuesdays                                                              Congratulations new parents!
                                                                                The Port Washington Public Li-
         Bilingual Stor y Time — Tuesday, Januar y 9 at 7 p.m.                  brar y is proud to be a par t of
  Takes place the second Tuesday of every month. Join local resident            Born To Read, a nationwide pro-
  Mayra Cruz-Vazquez and children’s librarian Rachel Fox for stories and        gram that promotes early literacy.
  fingerplays in English and Spanish from 7 to 7:30 p.m. For children           Bor n To Read was created to
  ages 3½ to 6 accompanied by an adult. Family members welcome. No              reach out to new parents and their
  registration required.                                                        babies in an effort to encourage
                                                                                the sharing of books together. This
         Pajama Stor y Time — Tuesday, Januar y 16 at 7 p.m.                    special bond between parents and
  Takes place the third Tuesday of every month. Come in pajamas and             children can begin from the time
  listen to bedtime stories from 7 to 7:30 p.m. For children ages 2½ to 5       a child is born.
  accompanied by an adult. Family members welcome. No registration                    We invite Port Washington
  required.                                                                     families with babies born anytime
                                                                                in the year 2007 to par ticipate.
         Page Turners — Tuesday, Januar y 30 at 7:15 p.m.                       Please visit the Children’s Room
  Takes place the last Tuesday of ever y month. Fifth and sixth grade           to receive the Born To Read wel-
  members in this monthly book group will meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.           come gift. This program is co-spon-
  For availability call 883-4400, Ext.150.                                      sored by the Friends of the Library.




                             Our Monthly Display: “Lost & Found”
  Visit the Children’s Room throughout the month to view an eclectic display of Lost & Found items. Whether it’s a baseball cap, a deck of cards or a
  children’s wristwatch, the collection consists of articles left in the Children’s Room from just the past few months. Prior to this exhibit, selected
  pieces, such as clothing and toys were donated to St. Peter of Alcantara Thrift Shop and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Have you left anything
  recently in the Children’s Room? If you see it on display, let us know.
More 1930s Classics on DVD
      If you’re enjoying our 1930s      Modern Times • The Most Danger-
Film Festival, check out these          ous Game • Mystery of the Wax Mu-
comedies, dramas, wester ns,            seum • A Night at the Opera •
thrillers, adventure films, crime       Ninotchka • Nothing Sacred • Our
pictures and musicals from the          Relations • Pack Up Your Troubles
1930s in our DVD collection:            • The Petrified Forest • Platinum
      Animal Crackers • The Animal      Blonde • Possessed • Prisoner of
Kingdom • Anna Christie • Anna          Shark Island • The Private Lives
Karenina • The Big Trail • The          of Elizabeth and Essex
Black Room • Block-Heads • Bride              Rain • The Rains Came •
of Frankenstein • Broken Dreams •       Roberta • Sabotage • Scarface •
Camille • Captain Blood • Captains      The Scarlet Letter • The Scarlet
Courageous • Carefree • The Champ       Pimpernel • The Secret of Dr.
• Cimarron • Cleopatra • The Cru-       Kildare • Sign of the Cross • Son
sades • A Damsel in Distress • Destry   of Frankenstein • Sons of the
Rides Again • The Devil-Doll • Doc-     Desert • Stagecoach • They Made
tor X • Dracula • Dracula’s Daugh-      Me a Criminal • Tarzan the Ape
ter • Drums Along the Mohawk •          Man • Things to Come • Topper               CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS PHOTO? This building, which is no longer in existence,
Duck Soup                                     Winterset • The Wizard of Oz          may have been located in Port Washington in the 1890s. Please let us know if you
                                                                                    have any information, at localhistory@pwpl.org. The caption that accompanies
      East of Borneo • Eternally        • Wuthering Heights • You Can’t             the photo reads: “Grandfather Roger Conklin’s Blacksmith and Wheelwright Busi-
Yours • Flying Down to Rio •            Cheat an Honest Man • You Only              ness.” Pictured from l to r: William Conklin, Roger Conklin, blacksmith, Cappy
Four Frightened People • Franken-       Live Once • The Young in Heart              Thatcher, Alfred Conklin.
stein • G Men • The Good Earth          • Young Mr. Lincoln
• Grand Hotel • The Great Ziegfeld
• The Green Pastures • Gunga Din

                                                                                    Have you noticed?
• Hallelujah, I’m a Bum • Hell’s
Angels • Horse Feathers • The
Hound of the Baskervilles • The
Hunchback of Notre Dame                                                                   Vintage photographs from           gins of their houses, neighbor-
      I Cover the Waterfront • In                                                   the library’s Local History Collec-      hoods and community groups.
Old Chicago • International House                                                   tion are making their way around               Thanks to the generosity of
• Island of Lost Souls • It’s a Gift                                                town, mounted on the walls of a          Port Washingtonians over the gen-
• Jamaica Inn • Jezebel • The Ken-                                                  number of local businesses. The          erations, our library has one of the
nel Murder Case • King Kong •                                                       photos add an interesting flavor to      largest photograph and manu-
King Solomon’s Mines • The Last                                                     the character of our town.               script collections in Nassau
Days of Pompeii • Let ‘Em Have It                                                         Our archival resources are         County. And thanks to new tech-
• Lost Horizon                                                                      also used by genealogists, stu-          nology, we hope to share these
      Mad Love • March of the                                                       dents, teachers, researchers, ar-        treasures with you on our website
Wooden Soldiers • Marie                                                             chitects, historians, town planners      as we move into the future.
Antoinette • Mata Hari • Millie •                                                   and residents interested in the ori-




                                             Our staff favorites from 2006
                                                   Suite Française combines two     read books. Things begin to                    Par t of Me by Kimberly
                                             novellas, the first dealing with the   change when a group of over en-          Willis Holt. A heartwarming col-
                                             escape of Jews from Paris during       thusiastic librarians come to town       lection of stories chronicles four
                                             the panicked exodus of 1940 and        to reopen the library and take Pee-      generations of a Louisiana family.
                                             the second with the early period of    wee under their wing. As they try        The tale begins in 1939 with young
                                             Nazi occupation. Irene Nemir-          to teach the town the importance         Rose, who leaves school to help
                                             ovsky’s portrait of French society     of education, Peewee begins to see       suppor t her family by driving a
                                             in the grips of war and occupation     that she might have more potential       bookmobile. The final story takes
                                             is not judgmental, but it is devas-    than she ever realized. Rachel Fox       place in 2004, with 79-year-old
                                             tating. Nemirovsky was Jewish,               The Manny Files by Christian       Rose embarking on a book tour to
                                             but converted to Catholicism and       Burch. Young Keats Dalinger              celebrate the publication of her
                                             wrote two anti-Semitic magazines       learns how to be more self-confi-        first book. Readers will enjoy the
                                             in an attempt to hide the family’s     dent from ‘the Manny’, his eccen-        cast of characters whose lives are
                                             Jewish origins and protect her chil-   tric male nanny. One of my many          connected by reading and the
                                             dren from growing anti-Semitism.       favorite parts of The Manny Files        books they treasure. For children
                                             Read in tandem with Marcus             is when the Manny includes a             ages 10-14. Joni Simon
Upcoming concerts                            Zuzak’s, The Book Thief (another
                                             staf f pick) one gets an “ever y-
                                                                                    note reading “Be interesting” in
                                                                                    Keats’s bagged lunch. In tr ue
                                                                                                                                   Rules of Survival by Nancy
                                                                                                                             Werlin. Seventeen-year-old Mat-
                                             man’s” depiction of war from both      Manny style, the note is not writ-       thew recounts his attempts, to free
       The Music Advisor y Coun-             sides of the fence. Jessica Ley        ten on a piece of paper, but on a        himself and his sisters from the
cil’s 2006-07 Season continues with                The Book Thief by Markus         whole coconut! Filled with the per-      grip of their emotionally and physi-
these fine performers. Please join           Zusak. Tr ying to make sense of        fect amount of humor, wisdom,            cally abusive mother. Lori Gerbasi
us on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.            the horrors of World War II, Death     and a just a touch of sadness, The             The Stolen Child by Keith
                                             relates the story of a young Ger-      Manny Files is perfect for ages 10       Donohue. The story of Henry Day,
 Sunday, February 18 at 3 p.m.                                                      to adult. Karen Anderson                 a 7-year-old kidnapped by a group
                                             man girl named Liesel, whose
   Amadeo Modigliani String                  book-stealing and story-telling tal-         Monsters: A Celebration of the     of changelings who leave one of
           Quartet                           ents help sustain her foster family,   Classics from Universal Studios,         their own in his place. They give
                                             their neighbors and the Jewish         compiled by Roy Milano. A “coffin        Henr y a new name, Aniday, and
  Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.
                                             man they are hiding in their base-     table book” full of handsome pho-        he now lives in the woods with a
      Dora Seres, Flute                      ment. Suzanne Ponzini                  tographs of the Phantom of the           group of other stolen-away chil-
                                                   Here Lies the Library by Rich-   Opera, Dracula, the Frankenstein         dren. The reader follows Henr y
   Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
                                             ard Peck. Education is not a high      Monster, the Mummy, the Wolf             and Aniday in alternating chapters
     Adam Neiman, Piano                      priority for Eleanor “Peewee”          Man, the Creature from the Black         as Henr y grows up and Aniday,
    Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.
                                             McGrath; she would rather repair       Lagoon and other beloved fiends.         forever 7, does not. Rachel Fox
                                             cars at her brother’s garage than      Jonathan Guildroy
       Smolens Swingtet
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        Teen Advisory Group                     Nick and Norah’s Infinite               Incantation by Alice Hoffman.     struggling to keep his life on track,
  Would you like to help select           Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David          During the Spanish Inquisition, 16-    but when his old pal X-Ray shows
  books, movies and music for             Levithan. High school student Nick       year-old Estrella, raised Catholic,    up with a tempting plan to make
  TeenSpace? If so, join our Teen         O’Lear y meets college-bound             discovers her family’s true Jewish     some easy money, Armpit reluc-
  Advisory Group (grades 7-12). To        Norah Silverberg and asks her to         identity, and when the secret is be-   tantly goes along. (YA Fic Sachar)
  join, stop by TeenSpace or call us      be his girlfriend for five minutes in    trayed by Estrella’s bestfriend, the         Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman.
  at 883-4400, Ext. 148.                  order to avoid his ex. (YA Fic Cohn)     consequences are tragic. (YA Fic       Julie and Ashleigh, high school
                                                The Braid by Helen Frost. Two      Hoffman)                               sophomores and Jane Austen fans,
   Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.        Scottish sisters, living on the west-         Sold by Patricia McCormick.       seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-
  Goal! The Dream Begins (2006-118        ern island of Barra in the 1850s, re-    Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves       like boy and struggle to hide their
  minutes, PG-13) Like millions of        late, in alternate voices and linked     her poor mountain home in Nepal        true feelings while rehearsing for a
  kids around the world, Santiago         narrative poems, their experiences       with plans to work in the city as a
  harbors the dream of being a pro-       after their family is forcibly evicted   maid only to find that she has been    continued inside
  fessional footballer. Living in the     and separated from one another.          sold into the sex slave trade in In-
  Barrios section of Los Angeles, he      (YA Fic Frost)                           dia with no hope of escape. (YA Fic
  thinks it is just that — a dream, un-         Saint Iggy by K.L. Going. Iggy     McCormick)
  til a turn of events has him trying     Corso, who lives in city public hous-         King Dork by Frank Portman.
  out for Premiership Club Newcastle      ing, is caught physically and spiri-     High school loser Tom Henderson
  United.                                 tually between good and bad when         discovers that “The Catcher in the
                                          he is kicked out of high school,         R ye” may hold the clues to the
          Top Picks for 2006              goes searching for his missing           many mysteries in his life. (YA Fic
        Here is a recommended read-       mother, and causes his friend to get     Portman)
  ing list just for teens, compiled by    involved with the same dangerous              Wintersmith by Ter r y Pra-
  the Young Adult Services Staff, that    drug dealer. (YA Fic Going)              chett. When witch-in-training Tif-
  reflects some of our favorite picks           An Abundance of Katherines by      fany accidentally inter r upts the
  from 2006.                              John Green. Always being dumped          Dance of the Seasons and awakens
        Avalon High by Meg Cabot.         by girls named Katherine, Colin          the interest of the elemental spirit
  Having moved to Annapolis, Mary-        Singleton, a washed-up child             of Winter, she requires the help of
  land, with her medievalist parents,     prodigy with a Judge-Judy obsessed       the six-inch-high, sword-wielding,
  high school junior Ellie enrolls at     best friend, embarks on a quest to       sheep-stealing Wee Free Men. (YA
  Avalon High School, where several       prove The Theorem of Underlying          Fic Prachett)
  students may or may not be rein-        Katherine Predictability, which will          Small Steps by Louis Sachar.
  carnations of King Arthur and his       impact all of his future relationships   Three years after being released
  court. (YA Fic Cabot)                   and change his life. (YA Fic Green)      from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is        A recent TeenSpace workshop




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