It's Koko's 44th birthday and she got a very special present: two new kittens! Those familiar with Koko from her book Koko's Kittens will be excited to hear this news and for those who haven't read the book, now is the perfect time! You may also be interested in the beautifully-illusted picture book Little Beauty about a fictional gorilla/kitten pairing. Gorilla fans will also love the chapter book The One and Only Ivan. For those wanting to learn more about gorillas and other primates, we have a great selection of non-fiction books on the subject.
Here in the library we're excited about the discovery of Homo Naledi. If you haven't heard the news yet, two cavers exploring the Rising Star cave in South Africa discovered a cache of bones that belongs to a previously unknown early human ancestor. Accessing the bones required squeezing through some very tight spaces so they had to recruit archaeologists who could fit. The team extracting the bones ended up being all female. To learn more about the discovery you can find an article at National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150910-human-evolution-change/ or watch the video below.
We have a lot of great books about archaeology in the library, you can find a few below:
If you're wondering how artists and scientists can re-create how people looked from their bones, like they do in the video above, then this is the book for you! Uncover the fascinating process used to make these models and learn more about the early North American peoples. Faces from the Past by James M. Deem
This true story of an important fossil discovery reads like an Indiana Jones adventure story. Read the book to find out how a professor and his 9 year old son used technology to make a magnificent find.
The Skull in the Rock by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger
Learn all about the Mwangdui tombs in China from what life was like in ancient China to embalming techniques to create mummies. Photographs illustrate the artifacts and the techniques used to unlock their mysteries. At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins
Explore the archaeological finds at Hisarlik, what some people believe to be the site of Troy. Debate continues as to whether the story of the Iliad is just a legend or if it is based on real events but either way the stories of the people who have gone looking for it and the artifacts they have found is fascinating. Digging for Troy by Eric H. Cline and Jill Rubalcaba
When two men stumbled about some bones near Kennewick, Washington they did not except them to be over 9,000 years old. Since their discovery, archaeologists have learned more about life in early North America and as well as how the Kennewick man lived and died. Read along to see how scientists solved a mystery over 9,000 years old. Their Skeletons Speak by Sally M. Walker and Douglas W. Owsley
We get a lot of great magazines here in the library and I discovered a fascinating story in one of them recently. Flicking through the pages of Muse I was struck by photos of a dog among penguins. I read the article and found out that a type of dog called a Maremma is being used by an Australian town to protect its native population of Fairy Penguins. You can find out more about this in the video below, and be sure to check out our magazines for more great stories!
We have a lot of great books both fiction and nonfiction about dogs that help out and have a job to do. These are some of my favorites:
Nonfiction: Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum is a true story about a dog who fought in WWI. The Great Serum Race by Debbie S. Miller is about the dogs who fought terrible conditions to get a much-needed medicine to Nome, Alaska and inspired the Idatrod race. Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent goes through the history of dogs in wars to how they serve in the modern day.
Stay by Michaela Muntean explores the true story of ten dogs who were saved from the pound and now work in a circus. Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter describes the special bond between a former US Army Captain and his service dog Tuesday. Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz explores the life of the working farm dog. Prison Puppies by Meish Goldish, part of the Dog Heros series, describes a program that teaches prisoners how to train service dogs. Sniffer Dogs by Nancy F. Castaldo talks about how dogs use their amazing noses to rescue people, detect explosives, assist biologists, and more!
Picture Books Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby is based on the true story of a dog who guarded the mail and traveled all over the United States. Chester the Out-of-Work Dog by Marilyn Singer is a sheep herding dog who has trouble adjusting to city life. Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser uses simple text to count down ten puppies and describe the jobs they have when they grow up. The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel is a fun book about the royal chef's dog Max who tastes all the King's food. When a picky new young king takes the throne and refuses to eat his meals, Max investigates to find out why. Togo by Robert J. Blake tells the story of one of the dogs in the famous Nome Serum run. Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond explores the life of a hardworking dog on a ranch. Charlie has his own early reader series as well.
Cracker! by Cynthia Kadohata tells the story of a trained sniffer dog in the Vietnam War. Wilderness by Roddy Doyle describes a family dog sledding trip that goes horribly wrong when their mother is lost in the frozen wilderness. Angus and Sadie by Cynthia Voigt tells the story of two Border Collie pups growing up on a farm in Maine. Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson is a survival story about a 14 year old dog sledder who goes out on a routine run that becomes disastrous. Sheep by Valerie Hobbs is about a sheep dog that must find a new home when his farm burns down. He goes through a series of names and owners on his quest. Barry by Kate Klimo details the life of a heroic St. Bernard living in the alps who rescues lost travelers. Part of the Dog Diaries early chapter book series.
What does a dancing baby have to do with copyright? You might be surprised! It all started when a mother posted a brief video of her baby dancing to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" to share with family and friends. She received a takedown notice from the rights holder (Universal Music corp.) and her video was promptly removed from YouTube. But then she decided to fight back. A San Francisco Appeals Court just ruled that rights holders must think about whether or not a video is fair use before sending a take down notice.