Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poetry Month: Poetry Audio for Kids

Young Adult Poetry Display at Cherry Hills Library
Want to get your children interested in poetry? Why not try listening to a poetry audiobook? The library catalog has many poetry offerings for children - from the soothing tones of Julie Andrews to the whimsy of A.A. Milne to the raucous rhymes of Shel Silverstein.  A sports fan might enjoy Casey at the Bat, and the poems of Jack Prelutsky are kid favorites!  Some people feel poetry is best as a spoken art - now you and your kids can decide that for yourselves!

Titles are Audiobook on CD unless otherwise noted. Audiobooks and music CDs usually do not come with a print book, but Read-alongs indicate a book in combination with a CD.

Joyful Noise; I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes

Don't Take Your Elephant to School by Steve Turner

When We Were Very Young; Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne

Flamingos on the Roof: Poems and Paintings by Calef Brown

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies selected by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton  [eAudiobook]

The Spider and the Fly: Based on the Poem by Mary Howitt [Read-along]

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest L. Thayer   [Read-along]

A Child's Garden of Songs: The Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson In Song by Ted Jacobs [Music CD]

Ferdinand the Bull and Friends; Carnival of the Animals & Mother Goose Suite by Nina Flyer, cello; Chie Nagatani, piano; stories and poems read by David Ogden Stiers [Music CD]

The Children's Suite: Inspired by the Verses of A.A. Milne by Phil Woods [Music CD]

The Best of Shel Silverstein: His Words, His Songs, His Friends chiefly by Shel Silverstein [Music CD]

A Pizza the Size of the Sun written and performed by Jack Prelutsky [Music CD]

The Days Gone By: Songs of the American Poets by Ted Jacobs [Music CD]

Happy National Poetry Month! Don't forget today is Poem In Your Pocket Day!


Monday, April 21, 2014


Each month we highlight one of our most popular eResources on our homepage. For April, we are highlighting our Genealogy eResources - Fold3, Heritage Quest, Newspaper Archive, and Ancestry. For those unfamiliar with these eResources, Ancestry Library Edition has most of the features of the subscription version of - you can search records, including international records, download charts and forms, send documents to your email address - except for personalized functionality and access to a couple of Ancestry's online research collections. Heritage Quest gives you access to PERSI (Periodical Source Index) and Freedman's Bank records, among other features. Fold3 includes Native American Archives. Genealogists looking for online access to large-scale maps of towns and cities in the United States, for the time period 1867-1970, might also use the Digital Sanborn Maps eResource; the American Ancestors eResource, a collection of databases for the New England states, is available only at the Main Library. Please note that Newspaper Archive only searches New Mexico newspapers. Explore these databases on your own with your valid library card and PIN (you must access them via the library homepage to get free access), or visit our Genealogy Center for more information!

From our homepage, you can head over to our Genealogy LibGuide just by clicking on the Genealogy heading! This will show you all the resources our Genealogy Center has to offer.

The front page of the guide includes upcoming programs, recommended books, information about our Genealogy Center (all ABC Library's genealogy materials are housed on the second floor of Main Library), and links to local genealogical societies. The How To Begin tab includes handy tips and even a printable ancestor chart! Other informational tabs include Obituaries, Census Research, Microfilm, and Researching New Mexico Families.

Genealogy Research Day is April 29, the last Tuesday of April!  Come anytime between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm and get individual help from expert volunteers from the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.  They're happy to help beginners or experts and can provide assistance on special interest areas and locations, DAR applications and research, Internet research assistance (the Genealogy Center has a dedicated computer lab), and more. Bring your charts and questions!

Would your group like a tour of the Genealogy Center or an overview at your next meeting of the available resources?  Contact us (see Hours and Location on the Genealogy LibGuide for contact information) and we can schedule a tour at the Genealogy Center or come to you with a half hour presentation about the many resources available at the Genealogy Center to support family history research.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Go Wild! for National Park Week

National Park Week is April 19-27! How will you be celebrating?

If you don't have time to visit a park this week, here are some items from the library catalog to whet your appetite for future travel:

Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations by Jean Stern, Susan Hallsten Mcgarry, Terry Lawson Dunn

To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Robert B. Keiter

Secrets of the National Parks: The Experts' Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond the Tourist Trail  by National Geographic

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks by Michael Lanza [eBook]

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl [eBook]

National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks by Erin McHugh

The Park Scientists by Mary Kay Carson  

If you'd like to visit one of New Mexico's National Parks, you can find information about them in the library catalog. You can also find more items about National Parks nation-wide in the library catalog.


National Park Week (National Park Service)

National Parks in New Mexico

Ernie Pyle House (and branch library!) - National Historic Landmark

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Poetry Month: New & Novel Poetry Books

Happy National Poetry Month! April 24th is Poem In Your Pocket Day, when  people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day - are you ready? If not, perhaps you'd like to consider checking out one of our latest poetry acquisitions to find a likely poem?  Here's some of the library's latest verse finds:

The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson

Dog Songs: Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay by Mary Oliver

2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses edited by Bill Henderson with the Pushcart Prize editors

Singing at the Gates: Selected Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca

His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute by Maya Angelou

The Iliad by Homer; translation by Barry B. Powell

Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton by John Borling, Major General, USAF, Ret.

The Cineaste by A. Van Jordan

Transfer of Qualities by Martha Ronk

The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers (New Poems) by Alice Walker

Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology edited by Tim Kendall

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound by Garrison Keillor

Failure and I Bury the Body: Poems by Sasha West

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman

Hyperboreal by Joan Naviyuk Kane

Collected Poems by Denise Levertov

The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead: Poems by Eleni Sikelianos

Engine Empire by Cathy Park Hong

Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems, 1992-2012 by Lisa Jarnot

Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Gl├╝ck          

Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker - With New and Selected Jazz Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa

Don't forget to visit our Poetry LibGuide!  It can help you find new books in the library catalog, poetry events, resources for writing poetry, and more!

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Library Week: Lives Change @ Your Library

The week of April 13-19 is National Library Week! This year's theme is Lives Change @ Your Library, with honorary chairperson Judy Blume. Today’s libraries can help you and your family discover a new and exciting world. Visit your library for computer resources for teens and adults, help with your job search, access to subscription databases, library-recommended websites and homework help. You also can obtain information about how to become a U.S. citizen, bilingual resources and neutral financial information to help you make important decisions. Libraries are an oasis if you are looking for adult education classes, or for a recommendation on the best books or e-books to expand your horizons.

Want to show support for your library? Tweet about how the library has changed your life using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14. Or, fill out the form on our Library Week LibGuide and let us know how the library has changed your life! Each branch will pick their most inspiring story to be featured on our Facebook page (featured stories will receive a small token of appreciation).

Open the door to change, visit your library! Some library branches will be featuring library-themed programming for National Library Week, so make sure to give our programs & events calendar a look-see.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Poetry Month: Young Adult Verse Novels

I love poetry. As a result, I like to read young adult verse novels, even though I don't always enjoy them. In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought I would share my favorite young adult verse novels, as well as my favorite young adult novels that incorporate poetry in some way.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders is the book that got me interested in poetry. The Robert Frost poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" plays a somewhat large role in the book, and when I first read it, I fell in love with it and with poetry.

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Golden also plays with Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay," but even more than that, its inspiration comes from the Mary Oliver poem "The Summer Day." Throughout the book, Parker Frost tries to determine what it is she will do with her one wild and precious life, after reading the line "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" from Mary Oliver's poem.

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

And We Stay is about a girl, Emily, who loves Emily Dickinson, but who is also a poet herself. Emily (the character, not Emily Dickinson) writes poems that are presented throughout the story.

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Amy McNamara is a poet, in addition to a young adult fiction writer. The title Lovely, Dark and Deep is taken directly from a Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Even though it's written in prose, McNamara's book reads much like poetry.

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Audition isn't the first young adult verse novel I've read, but it was the first one I read that I actually loved. Because it's about ballet, there was something about the musical aspect that tied in really well with the poetry in the book.

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

This is the other young adult verse novel that I love. Unlike most verse novels I've read, I felt like The Day Before really played with poetic elements. On top of that, the story was great, and lent itself well to verse.

There are plenty of other young adult verse novels in the library catalog. Some popular authors to check out are Ellen Hopkins, Lisa Schroeder, Micol Ostow, and Nikki Grimes.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Poetry Month: ePoetry

Our eBook collection is growing all the time - you may have already checked out and downloaded a bestseller, or a cookbook, or a Young Adult novel (it's okay to read YA as an adult! We don't judge).  But did you know you can also download poetry to read on your eReader?  April is National Poetry Month, and we'd like to share with you a sampling of some of the ePoetry available to you - you don't even have to come into the library to check them out if you have internet access at home and a valid library card! All titles listed are eBooks in our catalog unless otherwise noted.

Litany for the City: Poems by Ryan Teitman

Need Machine by Andrew Faulkner

Holy Heathen Rhapsody by Pattiann Rogers

Faces of Love Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz by Dick Davis

Phantasmagoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll

That Said: New and Selected Poems by Jane Shore

Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro

Waiting For the Moon: Poems of Bo Juyi translated by Arthur Waley

The Story of a People: An Anthology of Palestinian Poets Within the Green-Lines edited and translated by Jamal Assadi

Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball edited by Todd Davis

Voodoo Inverso by Mark Wagenaar

Our Andromeda by Brenda Shaughnessy

The Door by Margaret Atwood 

Hiphop H.A.I.K.U.: Volume 1 - Higher Awareness is Kept Underground by ShaIfa Mami Watu

The Essential Brendan Kennelly: Selected Poems by Brendan Kennelly

Poems 1960-2000 by Fleur Adcock

Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 by Helen Dunmore

I Won't Let You Go: Selected Poems by Rabindranath Tagore

The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home by Janice N. Harrington

Songs and Stories of the Ghouls by Alice Notley

The Spoken Arts Treasury - Volume I: 100 Modern American Poets Reading Their Poems [eAudiobook]

The Spoken Arts Treasury - Volume II: 100 Modern American Poets Reading Their Poems [eAudiobook]

Yeats Reads His Own Work by W.B. Yeats  [eAudiobook]

 For more poetry eBooks, check the library catalog. Ditto poetry eAudiobooks!