Thursday, October 31, 2021

If You Don't Watch Out!

Little Orphant Annie 
James Whitcomb Riley - 1849-1916

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you

Onc't they was a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wasn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was thist his pants an' roundabout--
An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever'one, an' all her blood an' kin;
An' onc't, when they was "company," an' ole folks was there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They was two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you

An' little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parents, an' yer teachers fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you

If You Dare!

Book Riot offers several book lists for Halloween and beyond: Haunted Books, Eerie Reads, and Horror Poetry Collections.

Monday, October 14, 2021

Librarians on Horseback

"WaPo says Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) The Giver of Stars is a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship, of the beauty of our most rural corners and our enduring American grit: the kind of true grit that can be found in the hills of Kentucky and on the pages of this inspiring book.

Based on the true story of the Pack Horse Library initiative — a Works Progress Administration project that ran from 1935 to 1943 and turned women and their steeds into bookmobiles — Moyes’s characters travel into the remote Eastern Kentucky mountains to deliver learning to the most isolated residents."


Email contains GIF image of a dissolving e-reader with the text "Library access to eBooks is disappearing." Macmillan Publishers wants to limit library access to eBooks. Visit to sign the petition. #eBooksForAll American Library Association

Saturday, October 12, 2021

Halloween Costumes

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation offers 20 Bookish Halloween Costume suggestions. 

Bookish Halloween Crafts

If  the thought of cutting up a book makes you cringe in horror, these crafts would be perfect for paperbacks that are worn and yellowed with age. Visit Graphics Fairy for vintage images!

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Music Bios

Janis: Her Life and Music biographer, Holly George-Warren lists her top 10 music biographies from Kurt Coban to Bing Crosby. She lists other favorites as well. If you enjoyed Ken Burns Country Music you'll definitely want to see her recommendations.

Ebook Club (no waiting)

After the Flood book cover image

Heather Cho
CHICAGO - Readers nationwide can now borrow and discuss the first ebook selection of the Libraries Transform Book Pick, a new digital reading program from the American Library Association and Rakuten OverDrive. From Oct. 7-21, 2019, book lovers across the U.S. can borrow an ebook copy of the inventive and riveting saga “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag at their public libraries without waitlists or holds. Readers will only need a library card and the award-winning Libby app to download and read the ebook, then discuss via social media.

The Libraries Transform Book Pick program is designed to connect readers across the U.S. with the selected ebook simultaneously through their public libraries to generate conversation across communities. A book guide and other materials to help book clubs and readers foster conversation are also available.

“It is such an honor to have my debut novel selected as the first Libraries Transform Book Pick,” said author Kassandra Montag. “So many of my childhood memories are of my local library: reading by the stacks, participating in various programs, browsing the shelves. Libraries serve people of all walks of life as cultural gathering places for learning, community, discussion and reading. The Libraries Transform Book Pick continues this service and tradition, and I'm so grateful for my work to be part of that.”

Thursday, October 10, 2021

Poetry & Song

Silent Auction & Poetry and Song Concert
Our friends at Alpharetta Community Chorus 
Sunday 13 October at 3 pm
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy St (near Alpharetta library)

Come at 2:30 for a silent auction

Every 40 Seconds

Romeo & Juliet, Catcher in the Rye, Me Before You, Along Way DownA Man Called Ove... Unfortunately, suicide isn't confined to fiction. In fact, every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. That's 800,000 people a year globally and many many more make attempts. 
10 October is WHO Mental Health Day. This year's focus is suicide. Learn more about the issues, start a conversation, raise awareness, provide support, advocate against the stigma of mental illness.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
Free and confidential - 24 hours, 7 days a week

Friday, October 4, 2021

World Animal Day!

World Animal Day

"The first World Animal Day was organized in 1925 by a man named Heinrich Zimmermann to promote the protection of all animals, domestic or wild. The mission today is to “raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.” With looming statistics around species loss highlighting what has been termed “the Sixth Great Extinction,” endangered protections (like the Endangered Species Act) under threat, and animals still suffering under poor conditions of treatment, today is a day to do something positive for the rest of the animal kingdom!"

Visit the library to learn more about animals and their defenders (Jane Goodall, William Wilberforce, Temple Grandin and more). Check out some vegetarian cookbooks. Research what plants are beneficial to our local wildlife...