Thursday, July 30, 2009
Call or ask library staff for film title (though hopefully the melting faces gives it away).
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Dr. Hunn involved children as young as five in his research, paying them a small amount to collect and identify for him as many specimens of plants as they could bring him. Although this wasn't the focus of his research, Hunn was struck by the "precocious" knowledge village children possessed of the natural world surrounding the village. They could name flowers and plants, know their use (one shrub is used to counter the effects of the 'evil eye'. Another protects against witches.
The children acquire their knowledge innately through play, for example. A flower with sticky properties is used in a game. Pine cones become sheep in a corral.
Children are very familiar with their family kitchen gardens, where flowers, fruits and vegetables for medicinal, ritual, and food uses grow.
As I think about library programming for young children, the children of San Juan come to mind. The children are not taught about the natural world systematically through formal instruction.
Acquiring environmental knowledge is akin to learning a first language, Hunn says.
Can the Zapotec languages, culture, and environmental knowledge survive in a global society?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Take your pick!
All in the Family
Mork & Mindy
The Monroe Library offers these and many other classic TV shows on DVD.
Just ask at our Information Desk and we’ll help you find a good one.
Unfortunately, the library doesn’t own every great show.
In that case, you might want to try
a website that lets you watch
individual episodes on your computer.
And the part we like best? IT'S FREE!
hulu has TV shows like
The Colbert Report,
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
Or take a “staycation” with
National Geographic Travel Videos
How about your favorite
Saturday Night Live episodes, or
There’s even the latest
celebrity interviews and
full-length feature films.
So, as we say in the library world:
Check it out!
We bet you’ll be dancing for joy.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Monroe Library offers:
> Customer Service positions, and
Here’s the link with all the employment details:
Many of these positions require a Food Handler Card, so you may need to plan ahead. For Food Handler testing schedules & locations, check here:
Friday, July 17, 2009
The Monroe Library currently has a display of books & movies on nostalgic toys & games like these. Remember toy trains on Christmas morning? Or when was the last time you flew a kite? Lots of ideas for lots of summer fun. BIG fun. For little dough.
Try a few of these:
The Kids Summer Games Book
Let’s Play: Traditional Games of Childhood
Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them
The Games We Played: the Golden Age of Board and Table Games
And, as we say in the library world: Check it out!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This novel is the story of Rossie and Eliza Benasco's life together in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, and of how Rossie came of age as a buckaroo driving cattle in southeastern Oregon and Nevada. Rossie and Eliza marry in 1934, at age 19, when Eliza was pregnant with another man's child.
I like books with a strong sense of place, and Kittredge certainly knows this country, from Denio and Roaring Springs to Missoula and Hamilton, from the 1920's to the 90's, and all the sweep of the historic west.
Another book you might enjoy is the story of a ranch wife, Judy Blunt, whose autobiography Breaking Clean is the story of how she left that life and became a writer.
Both Kittredge and Blunt are Missoula-based authors.