Friday, October 5, 2012

AMAZING TWEEN NON-FICTION~Stop in to WMTL to check them out!


In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue......and discovered America, right?  Not exactly!  Read this intriguing and revealing narrative that shares many new theories by historians based on more recently discovered artifacts.


The introduction to this title has a warning that states:  If you don’t have the guts for gore, do not read this book.  The book works to explain many of the myths about the deaths of famous people in history while supplying more likely reasons for their illnesses.  It also contains quite a bit about the medical methods of earlier times which will lead you to believe that you are lucky to have access to modern medicine! Not for those with weak stomachs!!!!

Do you love baseball?  Kadir Nelson uses beautiful paintings to tell the story of the struggles of Negro League Baseball and its players' love of the game.  Their contributions to today's game of baseball are significant and were accomplished despite subjection to oppression, hatred, and prejudice.

Monday, September 10, 2012

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

I just finished this book and thought that I should add it to the blog.  Most of the books listed here are fiction, so here's something for all of you non-fiction lovers out there! Let me know if it interest you.
This title offers a riveting and alarming account of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 that struck the city of Philadelphia. Jim Murphy describes in detail the panic and struggle of the city's inhabitants to try to avoid and survive this plague and spends a lot of time describing in detail the city's squalid conditions, the physical horrors of this disease, and in many cases, the botched medical treatment received by victims of this illness due to the lack of knowledge about the infection. Also included in this account is a record of those individuals who remained behind and tried their best to help others and assume leadership in the city despite the excessive risk and danger of contracting this disease themselves simply by remaining.
Since there was no understanding of how Yellow Fever was contracted, there were many ideas and rumors that the fever only affected those of certain religion or cultural background. Murphy explores the various opinions of why it is was believed that certain people were affected. He also examines the communities of people who throughout history were scapegoats that were blamed for the spread of this disease simply because they were refugees or immigrants. Many believed that there was no way that "such a terrible killer could originate in their hometown" (Murphy, p. 126). The last chapter in the book offers a comprehensive look at Yellow Fever throughout history and how it still remains a potential threat to us today. Overall, this title offers an attention grabbing and thought provoking story of the epidemic that most definitely would engage its intended audience.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hey Tween Readers!

Hey Tween Readers! 
Wow~it’s amazing how quickly the summer has gone by.  We’ve been so busy here at the library running all of our great programs for tweens this summer.  One tween program, Art Kids Rule!, explored the art of Rene Magritte.  Tweens learned about the surrealist artist and then created their own artwork to reflect the style of this artist.  Each piece of art was unique and “eye” catching.  It was so hard to choose one to share here, so I decided that you should get to see all of them.  We have some talented young artists here in West Milford.  Here are the samples from this fun and creative art program: 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

ParaNorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

I'm sure that you have seen plenty of ads for the movie that is now playing in theaters~ParaNorman.  What you probably don't know is that there is a book that is based on the movie that you are sure to enjoy! The book contains great black and white illustrations and a longer story than the movie.  It is on order here at WMTL so if you are interested give us a call to check it out:

And just for fun, enjoy this movie trailer:

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger~Let the countdown begin!

Calling all Origami Yoda fans!!  Tom Angleberger's new book will be released August 7, 2012!  Here's a peek at the cover of the book and a link to T. Angleberger's website if you are interested in how to make a Fortune Wookiee of your own.  As always, may the force be with you, and as Yoda would say:

Read you must!

 Learn how to make a Fortune Wookiee of your own:

Just a few of the titles that will be here soon!

Hopefully you are enjoying your summer and getting the chance to read books that you LOVE!  Here is just a sampling of the new books that will soon be arriving at West Milford Township Library:

Happy reading!  And, as always, if you are interested in any of these titles, feel free to contact WMTL at 973-728-2823. :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This is for fans of The Avengers!

Have you seen the lastest superhero movie, The Avengers?  I did & it was amazing!!  What could be better than having some of the greatest superheros around like Thor, Captain America & The Incredible Hulk working together to defeat evil?  Coming soon to the library are some book titles about these superheros.  Check in or call us if you are interested.  These are the titles expected in very soon: