Our Top Three Romance Picks

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 14 Days

Perhaps you remember our Valentine surprise? Frisco was named Amazon’s 20th most romantic city in the US!

Which naturally got us to thinking about our most favorite romantic reads. And because we’re all very organized over here (and we love making lists), we decided to narrow our favorites down to THREE AWESOME ROMANCE READS!

So here they are in no particular order.

1. Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James

Rebecca Belknap, our new Adult Services Manager (everyone say hi!), has found new love in Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James. Rebecca says Libertine’s Kiss is an enticing and provocative interpretation of the life of a famous hedonist, William de Veres, and the love of his life.  “It’s best read with wine, chocolate, and a date to look forward to.”

 

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

From Rachel Dalton, one of our fabulous Adult Services Librarians says Pride and Prejudice hands down. “Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite romance. This book sat on my shelf for years until I decided to take the plunge. I was surprised to find a book with such a witty and timeless message of love and acceptance.”

3.  The Wreath by Sigrid Undset

Judy Pederson, Librarian extrordinaire, claims The Wreath by Sigrid Undset as her favorite. “In matters of romance, I agree with Kristen,” Judy says. “Follow your heart and deal with the consequences later.”

March 17, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Mister David’s Favorite Picture Book

 Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 17 Days

 

Hello Everybody! 

Lately, I was thinking about my silliest, zaniest, most favorite-est picture book of all time… Well, actually I was asked to think about it. But here it is anyway!

A day spent with Wilbur’s extended family includes robots, spaceships, a giant octopus, life size “toy” trains, and singing frogs! What’s not to love?

Hope you enjoy!
Mister David
 

March 14, 2011 at 10:00 am 3 comments

ESL Classes: Hablar—Aprender—Practicar.

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 20 Days

Our first ESL class was last night! We saw an attendance of 19 for the 2-hour class, which focused on conversation. Some of the activities included a PowerPoint presentation, a question-and-answer game, and a discussion of a song’s lyrics—there was even a video presentation of the song!

Estamos practicando.

We will be holding another class with very similar activities next Wednesday, March 16th, from 6:30-8:30. If you’re interested, you may sign up at the Ask Us desk on the first floor.

These classes are the only two that are being offered right now. They’re kind of a “test run” for us. After next week’s class, we will be taking a survey. Your input is important—it will help us as we begin to develop a more permanent ESL program!

We hope to see you next week!

March 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

Tick Tock Literacy Tip of the Week!

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 26 Days

  • Check out a wordless book from the library and let your child tell the story.

Yes, early literacy is developing even when there aren’t any words! Asking your child to tell you a story based on pictures works vocabulary and storytelling muscles your child didn’t even know they had. Instead of having words read to them, they are required to recover the word from their own memory — and find the most appropriate word to fit the pictures in the book! Is it a cat? Or is it a lion? Is he mad or furious? Why?

Remember to download your copy of the Quick Picks handout; this week, we’ll be Eating! Pretend eating, that is. And going on picnics, and enjoying breakfast, and making cakes… Don’t miss out.

Print Me!

March 7, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Get Ready for your Student Storyteller Auditions!

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 30 days

 

Hey guys!

It’s Miss Cindy here and I am all a-flutter. You know why? Because on March 7th you can pick up your student storyteller audition packets from the second floor Ask Us Desk! Of course, you don’t have to come to the library to get your packet, you can also get it from your FISD school library as well. But if you come to our library, you just may see ME! (And I am the judge, you know … But no bribes!)

Just complete the audition packet (following all the rules, of course) and bring it back to the Frisco Library between April1st and May 8th for a chance to perform next to nationally-acclaimed storytellers at our next Lone Star Storytelling Festival! Oh, and make sure you are at least 8 to 18 years of age. AND turn your packet in on time! I am not allowed to accept late applications, no matter how much I may want to and no matter if you’re just one millisecond behind the deadline. Once the library closes on May 8th, the deadline is up.

Visit our Kids or Teens What’s Happening pages to learn more!

I can’t wait to hear all your stories!

Sincerely,

Miss Cindy

March 2, 2011 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Conserving Memories, Stitch by Stitch

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I give my homemaking a solid B+.  For instance, my laundry routine is a pretty simple one: separate out the brights, throw in some detergent, and I call myself done.  Of  course, I’m not cleaning a wedding dress, or having to take care of any 150 year-old heirloom quilts.  I also haven’t been trained in the art of textile conservation, nor have I ever been employed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to do just that.

Leigh Acosta, on the other hand, has done all these things, and I had the pleasure to meet her and see some of her pieces on Friday.  “I wanted to bring things people have in their homes,” she says.  She’ll be conducting a workshop next Saturday, March 5th, at the Frisco Heritage Museum.  “I want to show people how to keep these things – even from the very beginning.” She picks up a quilt made in the 1840’s and begins slowly, expertly arranging it on a table in the museum’s offices.  Careful and soft-spoken, Mrs. Acosta is interested in the delicacy of time.  “You don’t think a tiny light in the basement is going to do much to the things you’re keeping down there.  But give it thirty years and you’ll see the difference.”

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The quilt has followed Acosta’s family line – along with a piece that at first glance, I think has come from an IKEA catalog. “I found this in my grandma’s basement,” she says.

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“You can really see the creases in the folds,” says Acosta. She explains that frequently, pieces like this are rolled. But, of course most of use don’t have space for a bunch of huge rolled textiles – there are ways around that, though.

She’s a collector of fabrics, but beyond that, she is a collector of people’s little histories, preserved in old stitches and faded lace.  She lifts a tiny blue striped jacket out of her bag and places in on the table.  It had been made in the 1920’s.  “Look,” she says, “the inside lining of this baby’s jacket is a potato sack.  It just says so much about the people who – and see how the pieces were stitched together with a completely different fabric, something that must have just been sitting right there – it just says so much about the personality of the piece.”

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Baby Jacket Lining

Everything has a story. She’s got a tiny lace bonnet from about 1880 – apparently, while Leigh was working in a museum in Idaho, a family brought in a number of things – clothes, blankets, decorations – all of them more than a hundred years old.  And while the museum’s curators were delighted to see the pieces, they had no room for them in their collection.  “And the next morning,” says Mrs. Acosta, “we opened up the front door and there was everything, crumpled in a plastic bag!”

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Mrs. Acosta has her own story, as well. She seems to have been everywhere, from The Met to the Midwest to the Washington National Cathedral (by the way, you can tell exactly where the chalice and the candles go because of the wine and wax stains on those hundred-year-old tablecloths), and now, she’s landed here, with her husband and her children. “Conservation and kids don’t go together well,” she laughs.

For more information on seeing some of Leigh Acosta’s collection for yourself this Saturday – and to learn how to preserve everything from last month’s wedding dress to the blanket your great-great grandmother made for your great grandmother and your grandmother and your mother and you and your children and so on – call or stop by the Frisco Heritage Museum (972-292-5665).

KatieIcon Katie Breithaupt
Library Assistant
KBreithaupt@friscotexas.gov

February 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Tick Tock Literacy Tip of the Week!

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 33 Days

  • Provide plenty of pens, pencils and printed materials such as tickets, menus, maps, and catalogs for children to use as they play.

Even if it just results in scribbles, encouraging your children to put pen and paper to use goes a long way for early literacy. Plus, it’s a great way to have fun on rainy days!

Another great way to enjoy a rainy day is to come down to the Frisco Public Library for our Rainy Day Story Time! Don’t forget your Story Time Quick Picks handout. Remember, scribbling on the Quick Picks handout is a lot more fun than scribbling on the walls. (At least it is for Mommies and Daddies.)

February 28, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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