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Award Winning Books in the Brimmer Collection

2014 Newbery and Caldecott winners

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC DIC
ISBN: 076366040X
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

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Locomotive - Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 385.0973 FLO
ISBN: 9781416994152
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. With encyclopedic enthusiasm, Floca visually documents the trip, vignettes illustrating the train's equipment as well as such must-know details as toilet and sleeping conditions. Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book's unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself. The nameless girl and boy provide touchstones for readers throughout, dubiously eyeing an unidentifiable dinner, juddering across a trestle, staring out with wide-eyed wonder. Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey. Frequent variations in font and type ("HUFF HUFF HUFF!" is spelled out in ornate, antique letters) further boost the excitement. Front endpapers provide detail on the building of the transcontinental railroad; back endpapers show the steam engine in cross section, explaining exactly how coal and water made it go. Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes.

 

Additions to the Brimmer Collection

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Draw What You See - Kathleen Benson; Benny Andrews (Illustrator)
Call Number: B AND
ISBN: 9780544104877
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Introduces readers to Benny Andrews, one of the most important African-American painters of the 20th century.

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The Everything Seed - Carole Martignacco; Joy Troyer (Illustrator)
Call Number: 231.765 MAR
ISBN: 9781592980086
The story of the very first seed, the one that unfolds to become everything in the Universe.

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas - Lynne Cox; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 599.79 COX
ISBN: 9780375858888
World-renowned swimmer and author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged. Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home. Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.

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Old Manhattan Has Some Farms - Susan Lendroth; Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Call Number: 635 LEN
ISBN: 9781580895729
Subject: Urban gardening.

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel - Kathryn Gibbs Davis; Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
Call Number: 791.06 DAV
ISBN: 9780547959221
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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Follow follow : a book of reverso poems - Marilyn Singer; Josée Masse
Call Number: 811.54 SIN
A collection of short poems called reversos which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. From top to bottom they mean one thing and then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top they mean something else.

 

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Tittles Acquired in February

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Childhood in a Global Perspective - Karen Wells
Call Number: HQ767.9 .W457 2014
ISBN: 9780745684932
The second edition of this compelling and popular book offers a unique global perspective on children s lives throughout the world. It shows how the notion of childhood is being radically re-shaped, in part as a consequence of globalization.

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Why Crime Rates Fall, and Why They Don't - Michael Tonry (Editor)
Call Number: HV6001 .C672 V.43
ISBN: 9780226208633
Publication Date: 2015-03-07
Why crime rates are falling throughout the Western world-- From swords to words: does macro-level change in self-control predict long-term variation in levels of homicide? -- Cross-comparative perspectives on global homicide trends -- The breadth and causes of contemporary cross-national homicide trends -- Understanding trends in personal violence: does cultural sensitivity matter? -- Crime and inflation in cross-national perspective -- Violent female victimization trends across Europe, Canada, and the United States -- Why the crime drop?.

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Issues in Terrorism and Homeland Security - CQ Researcher Staff (Editor)
Call Number: HV6432 .I87 2010
ISBN: 9781412979894
Understanding terrorism. Re-examining 9/11: could the terrorist attacks have been prevented? -- Anti Americanism: is anger at the U.S. growing? -- Religious fundamentalism: does it lead to intolerance and violence? -- Nuclear proliferation and terrorism: can "rogue" states and terrorists acquire nuclear weapons? --
Terrorist environments. Understanding Islam: Is Islam compatible with Western values? -- Crisis in Pakistan: can the fragile democracy survive? -- Radical Islam in Europe: are terrorists expanding their recruiting efforts? -- Global jihad: does a terrorist movement threaten the West? -- Keeping the homeland secure. Homeland security: two years after 9/11, are we safer? -- Real ID: will the new driver's license law make Americans safer? --
Cyber security: how vulnerable is the U.S. to cyber warfare? -- Port security: are new anti-terrorism measures adequate? -- Policing the borders: can the United States guard against terrorists? -- Weapons of mass destruction: can the U.S. protect itself? -- Torture debate: is the U.S. war on terror legitimizing torture? -- Treatment of detainees: are suspected terrorists being treated unfairly?

World Criminal Justice Systems : a survey - Terril, Richard J.
Call Number: HV7419 .T47 2007
ISBN: 9781593453190
Table of Contents
Preface
Chapter I ENGLAND
Chapter II CANADA
Chapter III FRANCE
Chapter IV SWEDEN
Chapter V JAPAN
Chapter VI RUSSIA
Chapter VII CHINA

The Distant Magnet; European Emigration to the U. S. A. - Philip A. M. Taylor
Call Number: HIST102 JV6450 .T37 1971 (at the reserve desk)
ISBN: 9780061360589

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Dramatic Interactions in Education : Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research. - Susan Davis (Editor); Beth Ferholt (Editor); Hannah Grainger Clemson (Editor); Satu-Mari Jansson (Editor); Ana Marjanovic-Shane (Editor)
Call Number: PN1701 .D725 2015
ISBN: 9781472576897
"Dramatic Interactions in Education draws together contemporary sociocultural research across drama and educational contents to draw out implications for researchers and practitioners both within and outside the field. Drama is a field for which human interactions, experience, emotional expression, and attitude are central, with those in non-arts fields discovering that understandings emerging from drama education can provide models and means for examining the affective and relational domains which are essential for understanding learning processes. In addition to this, those in the realm of drama education and applied theatre are realising that sociocultural and historical-cultural approaches can usefully inform their research and practice.Leading international theorists and researchers from across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia combine theoretical discussions, research methodologies, accounts of research and applications in classroom and learning contexts, as they explore concepts from Vygotsky's foundational work and interrogate key concepts such as perezhivanie (or the emotional, lived experience), development of self, zone of proximal development"-- "A compendium of work from leading academics exploring sociocultural theory and research applications within the realm of drama and education"--

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The Casual Vacancy - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: PR6068 .O93 C37 2012
ISBN: 9780316228534
When Barry Fair brother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils, Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

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Mockingbird ; a potrait of Harper Lee - Charles J. Shields
Call Number: PS3562 .E353 Z87 2006
ISBN: 9780805079197
To Kill a Mockingbird, the twentieth century's most widely read American novel, still sells a million copies yearly. Yet despite the book's perennial popularity, its creator remains a somewhat mysterious figure. Journalist Shields brings to life the warmhearted, high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who gave us two of American literature's most unforgettable characters--Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout--and who contributed to the success of her lifelong friend Truman Capote's masterpiece, In Cold Blood. At the center of the book is Lee's struggle to create her famous novel. But her life contains many other highlights: her girlhood as a tomboy in overalls in tiny Monroeville, Alabama; the murder trial that made her father's reputation and inspired her great work; her journey to Kansas as Capote's ally and research assistant on the story of the Clutter murders; the surrogate family she found in New York City.

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The Man Who Loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle kingdom. - Simon Winchester
Call Number: Q143 .N44 W56 2008
ISBN: 9780060884598
The extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China--long the world's most technologically advanced country. This married Englishman, a freethinking intellectual, while working at Cambridge University in 1937, fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He became fascinated with China, and embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations--including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper--often centuries before the rest of the world. His dangerous journeys took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham began writing what became a seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Science and Civilisation in China.


 

New Acquisitions - Featured Titles - February 2015

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton, the library has purchased books on Thomas Merton.

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Thomas Merton : in My Own Words - Merton Institute for Contemplative Living Staff
Call Number: BV4740 .T46 2007
ISBN: 9780764816710
Publication Date: 2007-11-01
Contents: On the road to becoming a monk -- Who is a monk? -- Monastic prayer in solitude and silence -- The monk in the modern world -- The monks transparency to friends and readers.

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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton - Monica Weis
Call Number: BX1795 .N36 W45 2011
ISBN: 9780813130040
Contents: Introduction. Dancing with the raven --
Encountering Rachel Carson : environmentalist and provocateur -- Learning to see : becoming awake -- "Spots of time" : moments of awakening -- Seeing differently : recognizing the holy in the ordinary -- Merging inner and outer landscapes : prayer, poetry, and photography -- Merton's evolving ecological consciousness -- Afterword. Woodland deer : an ecological journey in miniature.

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The Pocket Thomas Merton - Thomas Merton; Robert Inchausti (Editor)
Call Number: BX2350.3 .M47 2005
ISBN: 9781590302736
Publication Date: 2005-11-08
Contents: Real and false selves -- The world we live in -- Antidotes to illusion -- Love in action.

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Life and Holiness - Thomas Merton; Henri J. M. Nouwen (Introduction by)
Call Number: BX2350.5 .M37 1990
ISBN: 9780385062770
In this brief work, Merton offers his thoughts on what it means to be holy in the face of the anxieties of the modern world.

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Thomas Merton : selected essays - Patrick F. O'Connell (Editor); Patrick Hart (Foreword by)
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 A25 2013
ISBN: 9781626980235
Contents of selected essays: The white pebble -- St. John of the Cross -- Poetry and contemplation: a reappraisal -- Boris Pasternak and the people with watch chains -- The recovery of paradise -- Notes for a philosophy of solitude -- Theology of creativity -- Christian culture needs oriental wisdom -- Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra concerning giants -- Peace: a religious responsibility -- The humanity of Christ in monastic prayer -- Message to poets -- A tribute to Gandhi -- From pilgrimage to crusade -- Religion and race in the United States -- Rain and the rhinoceros -- The contemplative life in the modern world -- Day of a stranger -- Symbolism: communication or communion -- The other side of despair -- The time of the end is the time of no room -- Blessed are the meek -- Events and pseudo-events -- The spiritual father in the desert tradition -- Is the world a problem? -- A Christian looks at Zen -- Terror and the absurd -- The monastic renewal: problems and prospects -- "Baptism in the forest": wisdom and initiation in William Faulkner -- Ishi: a meditation -- Learning to live -- The wild places -- Final integration.

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The Seven Storey Mountain - Thomas Merton; Robert Giroux (Introduction by)
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 A3 1998
ISBN: 9780151004133
1 Prisoner's Base 3 --
2 Our Lady of the Museums 33 --
3 The Harrowing of Hell 75 --
4 The Children in the Market Place 145 --
1 With a Great Price 185 --
2 The Waters of Contradiction 247 --
1 Magnetic North 283 --
2 True North 327 --
3 The Sleeping Volcano 369 --
4 The Sweet Savor of Liberty 409 --
Epilogue: Meditatio Pauperis in Solitudine 445.

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Thomas Merton : Contemplation and political action - Aguilar
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 A645 2011
ISBN: 9780281060580
A fresh exploration of Merton's life and thought, focussing on his role as a Christian activist. An inspirational book that will encourage readers to work towards a more just world, written by an author who combines a contemplative life with political action

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Thomas Merton : twentieth-century wisdom for twenty-first century living - Paul R. Dekar
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 D45 2011
ISBN: 9780718892593
Contents: Stirrings of a new monasticism -- Introducing Thomas Merton -- Thomas Merton on monastic renewal -- Thomas Merton on simplification of life -- Thomas Merton, guide to the right use of technology -- Thomas Merton on care of earth --The root of war is fear --
Twentieth-century wisdom for twenty-first century communities -- Building communities of love -- Appendix 1. Conference on the Christian in a technological world by Thomas Merton -- Appendix 2. Conference on Marxism and technology by Thomas Merton.

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Thomas Merton : Faithful visionary - Michael W. Higgins
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 H54 2014
ISBN: 9780814637067
Publication Date: 2014-05-30
Contents: From Prades to Cambridge -- The army or the Trappists? -- Fixed but restless -- Abbot problems -- The making of a moral prophet -- Seized love -- Summoned by the East.


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Thinking Through Thomas Merton : Contemplation for contemporary times - Robert Inchausti
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 I527 2014
ISBN: 9781438449456
"Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times"--Provided by publisher.

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Divine Discontent : the prophetic voice of Thomas Merton - John Moses
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 M67 2014
ISBN: 9781441180629
Merton was a Trappist monk, writer, contemplative, social critic, pacifist, jazz lover and (in the context of world faiths) ecumenist whose sudden, premature death in unexplained circumstances prompted a further surge of interest in the man and his work. His extensive writings, many only recently available, provide the basis for a fresh examination of his story, permitting Merton to speak for himself whenever possible, but enabling also an analysis of his abiding fascination and the discontents -- human and divine -- that dominated so much of his life. The author inspires us to look again at our preconceived ideas about the natural world, the prevailing culture, abuses of power, questions of war and peace, contemplation and action, institutions and the freedom of the individual -- and the search for God

At play in creation : Merton's awakening to the feminine Divine - Christopher Pramuk
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 P62 2015
Examines the role of Sophia, Divine Wisdom in the writings of Thomas Merton. A more personal and less academic presentation than in "Sophia: the hidden Christ of Thomas Merton," the author's earlier book on this topic

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Soul Searching : the journey of Thomas Merton - Morgan Atkinson (Editor); Jonathan Montaldo (Editor)
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 S68 2008
ISBN: 9780814632642
Morgan Atkinson's DVD Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton is just a preview of the more extensive interviews found in the book by the same title. As a companion to the DVD, this book engages us in perceptive and sometimes humorous insights into Merton's life and the prophetic importance of his works for the world today. Selections from Atkinson's interviews with twenty-four notable Merton scholars and friends are organized according to four phases of Merton's life and spiritual journey in a way that augments all the Merton biographies and articulates his message in the context of his, and our, everyday lives. from Robert Toth, Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, Louisville, Kentucky

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Returning to Reality : Thomas Merton's wisdom for a technological world - Phillip M. Thompson
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 T545 2012
ISBN: 9781620322529
Contents: A contemplative critique -- Avoiding the nuclear apocalypse -- Reforming the information age -- Choosing to be human or transhuman -- Some balm for Gilead -- Conclusion: From the watchtower.

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The Vision of Thomas Merton - Patrick F. O'Connell (Editor, Translator)
Call Number: BX4705 .M542 V57 2003
ISBN: 9780877939917
Remembering Bob Daggy -- Thomas Merton and the search for Owen Merton -- With the eye of the heart : Thomas Merton of faith -- Interiorizing monasticism -- "Crisis and mystery" : the changing quality of Thomas Merton's later journals -- Loving winter when the plant says nothing : Thomas Merton's spirituality in his private journals -- On mind, matter, and knowing : Thomas Merton and quantum physics -- Dancing with the raven : Thomas Merton's evolving view of nature -- Sacrament and sacramentality in Thomas Merton's Thirty Poems --
Wrestling with angels : some mature poems of Thomas Merton -- Thomas Merton and Ananda Coomaraswamy -- Thomas Merton in dialogue with eastern religions


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