Preview Shelf: February 2018

February 22, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

By Jessica Mondy, Reference Department Assistant

Did you know that there are fifteen sports played at the Winter
Olympics? The Olympics happen every two years, with alternating
Summer and Winter Games. The sports at these two athletic festivals
vary greatly, and the countries represented change throughout the
years. In PyeongChang, South Korea, the United States is represented
by 242 athletes, which is the largest number ever taken to a Winter
Games by any one nation! Team USA includes 108 women, seven sets of
siblings, a married couple and one athlete from Indiana.*

At CDPL, we are excited to show our support for Team USA in these 2018
Winter Games! We have created an Olympic Book Display on the second
floor of the library, containing a variety of materials related to the
Olympics. The display includes such topics as books on the history of
South Korea; biographies of famous Olympians such as Michelle Kwan,
Dorothy Hamill, and Scott Hamilton; books about the sports played in
the Winter Olympics; and fiction titles set during various former
Olympic Games. The display includes additional Olympic information as
well. Please come check it out for yourself!

Also available with your library card are resources on Overdrive. The
books that are available through OverDrive include similar subjects to
the ones featured in our book display: more Olympian biographies and
fiction titles having to do with Olympic events. Two specific titles
are, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and Amazing Pace by
Paul McMullen. The Boys in the Boat is about a group of Americans at
the 1936 Olympics, and Amazing Pace tells the story of Olympic Gold
Medalist Michael Phelps. Resources related to South Korea include
titles such as The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara, which is a novel about
the events of the Korean War. I also searched for skiing,
snowboarding, figure skating, and hockey, all of which are sports
represented in the Winter Olympics, and all of which had varying
numbers of search results on Overdrive.

Our Hoopla service also has e-books, e-audio books, movies, and music
available for electronic access and is available 24-7. A variety of
Olympic-related materials includes the e-book Devil at my Heels, by
former Olympian Louis Zamperini, and hundreds of other titles. If you
have never used Overdrive or Hoopla, or need a refresher course in how
to use them, feel free to contact our Reference staff by calling
765-362-2242 ext 117, or visit us on the second floor of the library.
We would be more than happy to assist you with getting started with
our e-content services.

We hope you are excited about the 2018 Winter Olympics! The
festivities began on February 9th, and will continue until February
25th. Please come check out our Olympic resources at CDPL to learn
more about another country, a sport you find interesting, or a famous
Olympic athlete. Hope you enjoy the games, and we hope to see you soon
at the library.

*Statistics taken from NPR. The article I read is located at:
http://n.pr/2EimWnb

 

February 15, 2018

Date Night Tango
By Angela White, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Looking for something fun and different to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Why not learn to tango! Ballroom dancing has made a noticeable comeback thanks to its exposure on reality television. Not only is it fun and entertaining for viewers and participants alike, it’s also really good exercise. What’s more, people of any age can do it.

So strap on your dancing shoes and start practicing your best dance moves because the Crawfordsville District Public Library along with the Carnegie Museum is holding its second ballroom dance event. Come this Friday for a beginner lesson in the American Tango, Rumba, and East Coast Swing.

Now don’t fret, you do not need any ballroom experience. That’s what a beginner lesson is for. Ballroom dance does require a bit of movement on the floor so your shoes are important. Ballroom dance shoes or any leather bottomed or felt bottomed shoes will fit the bill nicely. No need for a tux or fancy gown, business casual is dressy enough. Just make sure you can move in your clothes. In addition to social dancing, guests will enjoy light refreshments, good music, and champagne.

The event will be held at the main gallery of the historic Carnegie Museum on Friday February 16, 2018. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Our wonderful instructor will give a dance lesson from 7pm-8pm. Then the dance floor will open up from 8-10pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and are currently available for sale at two locations for your convenience: at the circulation desk in the library, and at the gift shop in the museum. The Carnegie Museum can accept credit cards

All proceeds go to fund programming at the library and museum. Please join us for this very exciting Date Night Tango.

 

February 8, 2018

Indiana Authors

By Craig Lefteroff, Assistant Department Head, Reference & Local
History Department

When you see the phrase “Indiana authors”, a list of famous names
probably leaps into your mind: Kurt Vonnegut, Theodore Dreiser, and
(naturally) Lew Wallace. But there are plenty of excellent writers in
this state who are producing fine work now and their wares are waiting
for you at the library.

Cathy Day’s The Circus in Winter (FIC Day) is one of the best literary
advertisements for small-town Indiana. Based on the author’s hometown
of Peru, the book concerns a travelling circus that spends the colder
months in Indiana. It’s arranged in a series of interconnected short
stories, much like Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, and tells its
tales through prose that’s masterfully controlled. Once you’ve
finished it, you’ll probably want to take a trip to Peru to see the
remnants of the town’s real-life circus history.

Roxane Gay hasn’t written about irate elephants or acrobats performing
spins of death (yet), but she has excelled in almost every other area
of writing. Adept at novels (An Untamed State [FIC Gay]) and short
stories (Difficult Women [FIC Gay]) and collections of essays (Bad
Feminist [814.6 Gay]), Gay is an author of far-reaching abilities.
It’s hard to know how she finds the time while also teaching at
Purdue! Her latest nonfiction book, Hunger, is available as an ebook
and audiobook through our Overdrive service, and her previous works
live in multiple sections of the library.

If you’ve talked to a teenager recently, you probably
already know about Indianapolis’s John Green. His The Fault in Our
Stars [YA FIC Gre], a young adult romance about young people dealing
with cancer, was a massive hit with readers of all ages. It was also
adapted into an acclaimed film. His latest book, Turtles All the Way
Down [YA FIC Gre], is a tale of an Indiana teenager’s struggles with
mental illness. It’s just as moving and well-crafted as his previous
works, and further cements Green as one of the most reliably rewarding
authors around.

Melanie Benjamin was also born in Indianapolis, but her
books are quite different from John Green’s. Real-life figures like
Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Lewis Carroll populate her historical
fiction, whose titles include Alice I Have Been [FIC Ben] and The
Swans of Fifth Avenue [FIC Ben]. Benjamin’s books have the kind of
substance not often found on the bestseller list and are perfect for
book club discussions.

Indiana has a great, long literary history, but it also
has plenty of authors who are still crafting their legacy. If you’re
not reading living authors who are current or former Hoosiers, you are
missing out on some of the most captivating books around. If you need
help finding a new Indiana writer to enjoy, we’d be happy to help you
at the library!

February 1, 2018

The Real Stories Behind Star Trek

By Dianne Combs

A new book on display upstairs is “The Autobiography of James T.
Kirk,” which made my Trekkie alarm go off! I quickly grabbed it to
learn more about one of my favorite television and movie characters —
you need to know that my computer sign-in is a photo of Kirk and
Spock! The editor is David A. Goodman, who wrote for “The Golden
Girls,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and “Family Guy.” Kirk’s story begins
with his farm life in Iowa, his mother’s leaving to have her own life,
and his father raising James and his brother, Sam, in the outdoors
with lots of travel and adventure. I know, not like the movie, but
this is based on the 1960’s series. The author presents several
chapters of “backstory” on the life of Captain Kirk. I especially
enjoyed reading about how Kirk met his crew of the “Enterprise,”
starting with Scotty. Kirk’s experiences on different ships, mostly
the “Hotspur,” the first ship he captained, help build up the
character that we would later come to love in the television series.
Finally in chapter six, we read about the handing over of the “USS
Enterprise” by Captain Pike to Kirk, and the adventures begin!

If you are like me, and you cruise the internet for production
information (gossip!) while watching shows, “Inside Star Trek: The
Real Story,” (791.4572) by Herbert Solow and Robert Justman, is just
the thing for you. Solow and Justman were intimately involved in the
production for the series, so you know you’re getting all the news
that is worth knowing.This is a fascinating look into the nuts and
bolts production of the series. I really enjoyed reading about how
different actors were hired and contributed to the series. Original
paperwork used by producers, directors, and others pepper the book,
sharing with us the efforts necessary to make a series work on network
television, even the score to the theme song, with the original words!

“Star Trek Memories,” (791.4572) by William Shatner, is a
behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek from the pen of one of the best
known television actors of all time. He starts with a short biography
of Gene Roddenberry. He then stops at each episode, sharing tidbits of
gossip, and funny stories to add to our love of the series. Think
about how the pointy-ear character played by Leonard Nimoy must have
been received by his castmates! Names such as “Dumbo,”, Pixie-Man,”
and others probably not suitable for publication annoyed Nimoy enough
that he was ready to give up the ears. Roddenberry told him that after
thirteen episodes, if the ears were still a problem, they would find a
way to get rid of them.

“The City on the Edge of Forever,” the original award-winning
teleplay by Harlan Ellison, is available on our CDPL website on
Overdrive, our digital download service. Hoopla, our other digital
download service, has different over 400 Star Trek titles in
audiobooks, ebooks, and graphic novels.Prefer DVD? We have both Star
Trek: the Original Series as well as Star Trek: the Next Generation
Series in the library’s collection. Live long and prosper!