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This Day in Music History – February 3, 1959

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On February 3rd 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a tragic plan crash. Rock & Roll, which was still in it’s infancy, lost three of it’s most promising performers.

Don McLean alludes to the tragedy in his classic song American Pie – it was “the day the music died.”


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Kids, Teens and Screens

The library had a fantastic turn-out for the recent film screening and discussion panel related to kids, teens and screen addiction (computer, smart-phone, games, etc). The film Screenagers explored some of the dangers of technology and the developing brain. If you want to learn more about the topic, here are some of the resources available to you:

Books: (click the title to place a hold)

The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, by Howard Gardner

Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time, and Why it Matters, by Martin L. Kutscher

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids–and How to Break the Trance, by Nicholas Kardaras

Internet and Social Media Addiction, by Andrea C. Nakaya

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Sites/Articles:

American Academy of Pediatrics: Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

Common Sense Media: What Parents Need to Know About Technology Addiction

Screenagers: Screenagersmovie.com  & Parenting Guide


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New Year Reading Challenge

rhc_cover_pinterestHappy New Year! Are you making resolutions? I’ve noticed the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge that has come out the past couple of years. Each year it asks people to stretch their reading habits and try something out of their comfort zone. I usually gravitate toward one or two specific genres that I find enjoyment in and infrequently try something new. Maybe this year I’ll give it a go? What about you? How would you like to try this challenge and read something out of your norm?


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Shirley Jackson’s 100th Birthday!

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted LifeToday is Shirley Jackson’s 100th birthday! The author is most famous for her works of suspense, such as the short story “The Lottery” (that almost all of us read in High School). A biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin has recently been released detailing her life story. Learn more about this interesting author and borrow her biography the next time you stop in!


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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Want to learn more about diabetes? Check out Southampton Hospital’s monthly educational program – “Living With Diabetes.” The programs take place on the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s program is Wednesday November 30th at noon. http://www.southamptonhospital.org/services/diabetes-counseling/default.aspx


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Looking for New Fiction…Check these out

nba-medals On November 16th the winners of the National Book Awards in all categories will be announced. Why not get a jump start and check out one or two of the finalists. If fiction is your thing, you can find the finalists on the shelf in our New Book Section now: The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Also be sure to view the finalists and longlists for NonFiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature at
http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2016.html#.WBHVCev3arU


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Man Booker Prize awarded to Paul Beatty for “The Sellout”

winner-announcement-graphic-1 The 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was awarded to Paul Beatty for his political satire “The Sellout.” This was the first time an American was honored with the award; U.S. authors became eligible in 2014. Read more about Paul Beatty and the Man Booker Prize at http://themanbookerprize.com/news/sellout-wins-2016-man-booker-prize