This is the story of Thomas Gradgrind, an educator, wealthy entrepreneur and Member of Parliament and his family in the industrial city of "Coketown," England. As parent and educator, Gradgrind is influenced by his personal philosophy and worldview of rationalism, self-interest and fact. Thomas Gradgrind believes the individual should not engage in fanciful or imaginative pursuits. Gradgrind raises his children on this philosophy, and as the children grow older and move from home, this social exchange worldview follows his daughter Louisa into her marriage with a much older man and a friend of her father, Mr. Josiah Bounderby.
Published on Friday, December 17, 2010
Just to assure everyone that Southeast's water main problems are at an end, and we're back to normal hours. Come see us during the holidays (we're closed December 24th, 25th and 31st, and January 1st but otherwise open during normal hours) and get some audio books for your travels or seasonal materials for your celebrations!
Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Southeast library will be open from 9:30-3pm today, Wednesday December 15th. The library will close at 3pm, due to continuing work on the broken water main. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Published on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Because the library is currently closed due to a water main break, we're rescheduling the craft program scheduled for this afternoon. We'll have it on Thursday (Dec. 16th), 4-6pm, for ages 3-13.
Hope to see you then!
Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Yes, 88 years ago today (on December 8th, 1922), our fine little library opened its doors to the public!
Thanks to everyone who's kept it going through the years!
Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Kids 3-13 are invited to come join us on Tuesday, December 14, from 4-6 p.m. to make holiday
and winter-themed crafts. We'll have lots of different projects and supplies for you to enjoy and create with!
Or if you can't come, or you need something right away, try these titles (or ask your local library staff for help finding others):
Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Lots of people have asked about the music we've had at recent Wednesday story times, so here are the CDs we've been using and a few more excellent titles! Titles in parentheses indicate the songs we've used at story time from each CD. Artists are listed in reverse-alphabetical just because it's more interesting that way! All recommendations are by Polly Ross, Children's Librarian.
Published on Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Guess what's coming tomorrow, November 9th? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, that's what! Come by after school to check it out, and join us at 4pm for a celebration! We'll have food, a chance to (not) touch the cheese, and other good things!
Ages 8 and up.
Published on Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Cat's Pajamas by Wallace Edwards.
This beautiful book uses some of the more colorful English idioms in silly sentences ("In order to have dinner music, Andy was forced to use his noodle"), accompanied by lush illustrations, which (mostly) help explain the meaning of the idiom. There's also a list of the idioms and their proper definitions at the back of the book. A lovely book to share with children and help them understand and enjoy some of the peculiarities of the English language!
Best for children ages 5 and up, and for reading aloud.
Published on Friday, October 22, 2010
Join us October 30 at 11 a.m. for some teddy bear fun! Bring your teddy or other favorite toy animal or doll to our Teddy Bear Tea.
We'll have songs, stories, games, and good things to eat.
We'll also have prizes for the best toys in many categories: oldest, newest, biggest, smallest, best dressed, most strangely dressed, and many more.
Children of all ages accompanied by a favorite toy are welcome.