Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Reviews for books read during Spring and Summer 2016

Book Reviews for books read during Spring and Summer 2016
I have had a fast and furious spring and summer reading sprint interspersed with all those activities that make the seasons what they are and have curated an eclectic and exciting list for those who are interested in Viking History.

John Haywood's THE PENGUIN HISTORICAL ATLAS OF THE VIKINGS, Penguin, 1995.  948.022 /HAY, provides an essential roadmap to the history of the Vikings. This atlas provides a rich and comprehensive overview into the socio and geopolitical influence of these people's  throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.  It is a great companion to the students of the Vikings.

Lars Brownsworth's  SEAWOLVES A HISTORY OF THE VIKINGS - 2014 Crux Publishing Ltd. Is not for those faint of heart. This narrative history is compelling in its content depicting the magnitude of the Viking influence; it's politics tactics and barbarism from North America to the Caspian Sea. Indeed, the Muslum and English tribute silver sustained the Vikings and provided economic power to rule with ultimate authority.

Robert Ferguson's The Vikings, A History, Penguin, 2010,  948.002/FER, presents a comprehensive, sequential history of the Scandinavian peoples and the Viking age. This book is captivating and detailed; I feel it brought the meaning of Viking to a higher level than the marauding killers of yore!

David Nicholas' THE NORTHERN LANDS, GERMANIC EUROPE,  1270-c. 1500 Wiley-Blackwell 2009, 943 /BLA. Presents the social and cultural histories of Northern Europeans. This book is academic and comprehensive giving the reader a clear understanding of the political, legal, and cultural history of 13th- 14th-century Germanic history. The book is weighty and essential to the student and scholar.

Bernard Lewis's What Went Wrong, Western Impact, and Middle Eastern Response. Oxford University Press. 2002,  956/LEW, Provides another look at Islam from the master of understanding. Dr. Lewis in his final look provides insights into Islam that are not readily available to westerners.

Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt's THE RAINBOW COMES AND GOES; A MOTHER AND SON ON LIFE, LOVE, AND LOSS, 2016 HarperCollins, is an extraordinary little rich boy story that brings humanity to a story that needed to be explored by the players. These two have a lot of baggage yet were able to get through life and then find each other, catharsis. I  liked this book.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Farmington Libraries provide a source for longevity, happiness, and economic well-being

The Farmington Libraries provide a source for longevity, happiness, and economic well-being

Nikolai Kopelev, Ph.D. reports that reading books, not only provides exciting engagement, but the Key to a better and longer life; where researchers report that reading lengthens life-span, economic well-being, family circumstances and mental health. Indeed, Yale epidemiologist, Becca R. Levy, reports” people who read books at least a half hour per day had significant survival advantage over those who did not read. I love to read; yet this data has me reading faster and more vigorously. Keep on reading.

Best, Jay

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Farmington Libraries presents: Koo Koo Kanga Roo: the Dream Achievement Tour

Over 940 people signed up and had a great time at the Koo Koo Kanga Roo party  last evening on the lawn at the Farmington Libraries main library. Just a great event for all concerned. Special Thank You to the “Friends” and the team members who gave their time and assisted at this great event… Best Wishes to all for a fabulous “reading high” this summer.

Thank you to the Friends of the Libraries for underwriting this fabulous community event.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Farmington Libraries 2016 Team Retreat

Farmington Libraries 2016 Team Retreat

The outcomes from our 2016 Retreat are filled with great ideas and new initiatives along with a mutual understanding of the nature and direction of other teammembers work.

The First American Army, a review

Bruce Chadwick’s, The First American Army: The Untold Story of George Washington and the Men Behind America's First Fight for Freedom presents the visceral pain of ordinary Revolutionary War soldiers mixed with the drudgery and business of ordinary life, love, and orders through their diaries. It is captivating if you are really interested in the human spirit and context of this great American struggle.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sharades Oldies Band (outdoor concert) Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn*

Sharades Oldies Band 
Sharades Oldies Band (outdoor concert)
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn*
Everyone had a ball at the Sharades  50’s, 60’s, 70’s, doo-wop, rock n’ roll, and oldies band concer.  With over 300 concert goers  armed with dinner and beverages the evening went on through 8:00.. I had a blast... Please don't miss the next concert with  Singer-Songwriter Sheri Miller  on Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 PM, Barney Library Lawn*