This is a fascinating account of Europe's growing awareness during the Medieval and Renaissance periods that a fourth part of the world existed outside of the known three - Europe, Asia, and Africa. The story is told by examining and exploring an influential but subsequently lost map produced in 1507. It was the first to use the word "America" to name the new part of the world, which had recently been discovered by - was it Columbus, or Amerigo Vespucci? The map also was the first to show an ocean to the west of that new world. The lost map was found in Germany early in the 20th century, and was transferred at great expense a few years ago to the Library of Congress, where it is now on display.
Ten stories about people who are struggling with the decisions they have made or are about to make. The title story takes place at a senior high’s all night graduation party where parallel dramas are being played out by the chaperones and the kids. In other stories, our hearts go out to the lonely grandmother who drags her decorated Christmas tree to the curb when her son reneges on yet another promised visit so that his wife can have more elective cosmetic surgery and to the gifted teen who is so afraid of college that he secretly sabotages his applications. Poignant vignettes.
With the holidays right around the corner, October is a great time to start perfecting your favorite desserts, not to mention finding the right decorations for your home. That is why October is designated National Bake and Decorate Month. Set aside time this month to start planning for the holidays. The library is a great place to get started and inspired, as we have plenty of decorating and baking books for you to browse through. Check one out today to make your holidays great!
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Anniversary of the Model T
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October 1st marks the production of the world’s first affordable automobile, the Model T. Henry Ford witnessed his dream come to life on October 1st, 1908 when the first Model T rolled off the assembly line at his factory in Detroit, Michigan. Ford set out to produce a car for in his words “the multitudes”, but may not have realized that he was sparking a revolution in the transportation world.
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone Debut
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In honor of Halloween, we dug through our vault and discovered that two all-time classic television series that debuted in October deal with the unexplained and the macabre. October 2, 1959 marked the beginning of the five-year run of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which focused on unusual and unexplained events. Coincidentally, it was October 2, 1955 that saw the television debut of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as the master filmmaker brought his signature style to the small screen for a ten-season run. Celebrate Hitchcock’s series by picking up one of his classic films.
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Internet Created on October 29, 1969
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By now, we are all familiar with computers and the endless possibilities they offer. Not a day goes by that we don’t send an email, check the news or just surf the web. None of that would be possible without the internet, the worldwide network that connects us all. The internet may seem like a relatively recent creation, but the idea for the internet stretches as far back as the 1950’s, in a primitive form. The internet as we know it today was “created” in 1969 when the world’s first email was sent between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute on October 29th. To learn more about the internet, computers, and many of their amazing functions, stop by and visit the computer-help section of the library.
There are no scheduled closings for the month of October.
The Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library will be holding their BIG book sale on Saturday, November 9 andSunday, November 10. Sale hours are 9:30am – 3:30pm on Saturday and 12noon –4:30pm on Sunday. The first hour on Saturday is for Friends members only. The Sunday sale will be an Inventory Close-Out Sale. All adult books will be 25cents and children’s book will only be 10cents each! Come find a treasured book or favorite movie!
Joan C. Luksik
This stark novel about Conrad, a U.S. Marine veteran returning from horrifying experiences in Iraq, doesn't pull any punches. Conrad clearly suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and as one of the few and proud, it doesn't occur to him to seek help, until it's almost too late. Normal life swirls around him, but he can't engage. Robinson's usual excellent prose is enhanced by apparent true-to-life descriptions of life as a Marine and an ex-Marine, which the author says in an afterword were gleaned from interviews with numerous Iraq veterans.
Geniver's daughter was delivered stillborn eight years ago. Then, a stranger shows up on her doorstep telling her that her child was not stillborn. Naturally, Geniver is confused by this information but feels she must pursue it. Thus begins the gripping tale. Is there some truth to the possibility that her husband was involved in giving the baby to someone, or is Geniver obsessed and unable to cope with her loss, as her husband maintains? Perhaps you will have to stay up late and find out too.
This book in which Joe Rantz and the University of Washington eight man rowing crew journey to 1936 Olympic gold is storytelling at its best. It touches on the Great Depression, boat building, teamwork, the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, coaching, great rivalries, Hitler's Germany and more. If you enjoyed Unbroken or Seabiscuit this should definitely be a book at the top of your reading list. If you like to listen, the audiobook is narrated by Edward Herrmann who does a fantastic job.
A young journalist was struck down by Lou Gehrig's disease at age 44. Together with her husband and three small kids, Susan forges a life filled with joy, family and friends and makes every moment count. She took seven trips with the seven most important people in her life. A life affirming book that truly inspires..... Every day is better when it is lived with joy.
A behind the scenes look at the Mary Tyler Moore show..how it was created, produced, directed and cast. Explores the evolution of comedy that revolutionized sitcoms. For fans of the show, you will absolutely love reliving all those Mary moments..... I may not have "gotten around", but I was nearby.
Joseph Hooker, botanist, Thomas Huxley, marine biologist and Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist were inspired by Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. They endured long voyages to exotic lands and returned with specimens and insights to become Darwin's staunchest supporters. I enjoyed every word McCalman weaved about the lives of four brilliant men from divergent backgrounds who shared bravery, determination and the quest for a scientific explanation for life.
Addicted to The Song of Ice and Fire series but stuck waiting for the next novel/TV season? Give this book a try. It is fantasy in the George R.R. Martin style, focused more on politics and court intrigue than on swords and sorcery (though there are some of both of those as well). There's even a plot thread about banking that is one of the best parts of the book. Abraham writes well, and is building a fascinating world of interwoven plots and characters here. Best of all, if you enjoy the book, there are already two more novels in the series available: The King’s Blood and The Tyrant’s Law.