Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New! CD Books for checkout

The CWC Library began an audio book leasing program just in time for Christmas break. We have several new, popular titles available. Come take a peek!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December Staff Picks

Grey’s Pick
How to Climb 5.12!
Eric J. Horst
GV 200.2 .H68 2003

How to climb 5.12 can help intermediate climbers make the physical and mental jump to advance climbing ability. It offers streamlined tips and suggestions on such critical issues as cutting-edge strength training, mental training, and climbing strategy. How to climb 5.12 is the perfect manual to guide you on the road to mastery and to help make the trip as short as possible.

Ben Huver's December Staff picks

Picture Books for Children
Patricia J. Cianciolo
PN 1009 A1 C565 1981

If you are looking for a book to help you find good illustrated children books this book tells you what to look for basically. It gives you authors names and titles of illustrations they have done. Also it gives you ideas on what to draw if you’re trying to illustrate a book or just need some help drawing.

Hannah's December Staff Pick

Conditioning for Climbers!
A Falcon Guide
Eric J. Horst
GV 200.2 .H66 2008

This book is great for anyone looking to become a better climber, have a great bod, and interested in overall health and fitness. Anyone who feels healthy has more fun and is in general happier and that’s why I think fitness is important. This book has a lot of different exercises and not only will getting in better shape help boost your self esteem, as a climber you get more out of it the more you can progress! So.. check – it – out!
Hannah Hall

Cory's December Staff Pick

By Eric Brende
HM 846 .B74

How many science fiction novels are there about time travel? This one is non-fiction! Brende and his wife lived among a sect of people similar to the Amish (he calls them “Minimites”) for over a year, during which time they eschewed just about all technology. Brende honestly examines both the changes in himself and his wife and their relationship without the tools of the modern age. He provides great insight into the relationships among those in their adopted community. He shows us that yes, there is more manual labor, but there are more people doing it and they are happy for the tasks. Furthermore, working takes pressure off social interactions and builds appreciation of one another. The Brende family planned to stay for just a year, but didn’t want to leave. The last chapter is “Recipe for a leisurely, laborsaving life.” Did I mention they also had a baby while they were there (then)?

Coralina Daly
Director of Library Services
Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Ave
Riverton, WY 82501
(307) 855-2332
fax: (307) 855-2094

Kristy's December Staff Pick

M.C. Escher: 29 Master Prints
OVERSIZE NE 670 .E75 A4 1983

Escher’s work is fascinating and intriguing. He says, “In my prints I try to show that we live in a beautiful and orderly world and not in a chaos without norms, as we sometimes seem to. My subjects are also often playful. I cannot help mocking all our unwavering certainties. It is, for example great fun deliberately to confuse two and three dimensions, the plane and space, or to poke fun at gravity. Are you sure that a floor cannot also be a ceiling? Are you absolutely certain that you go up when you walk up a staircase? Can you be definite that it is impossible to eat your cake and have it?” Take a look through this book and maybe you will see things just a little bit differently when you are done.

Candy's December Staff Pick

The Private Life of a Masterpiece – DVD
DVD N 72.5 .P75 2008

This collection has seven DVD’s. To quote the description on the back, “This award-winning series reveals the full and fascination stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world.” Enjoy!

Jan's December Staff Pick

Where Rivers Change Direction
Mark Spragg
WYOMING F 767 .P3 S67 1999

Mark Spragg’s memoirs are a harsh but revealing account of a boy coming-of-age on a working dude ranch just outside the east gate to Yellowstone Park in the 1950’s. Reality of ranch life is exposed through time spent with his friends, ranch workers, and family.
“Readers expecting a quaint, picturesque yarn will find instead an elemental, powerful confrontation with the naked realities of living and dying.” (This Amazon review says it all!)
Welcome to the ranch life of Wyoming that has not changed that much in 50 years. Go with him and share the experience.

Juli's December Staff Pick

Edited by Herbert H. Wernecke
PT 1 W495 TA1

Who doesn’t love a good story? At this time of year, people gather to celebrate the season and to share in fellowship, friendship, and family. Memories are shared and made and without a doubt, stories are shared. This collection of Christmas stories includes tales from countries far away, such as India, the Philippines, and Czechoslovakia but also includes stories from the States. I encourage you to share stories from Amish country and Possum Run. My personal favorite is Christmas in the Alps, which is from Switzerland.
Happy Holidays Everyone!

Kreig's December Staff Pick

The German Atomic Bomb
By: David Irving
QC 773 A1 I69

There are few people who know of the secrets of Nazi Germany. Even fewer still are the number of people that believe the stories of these secrets. One of the most heavily guarded secrets within all of Nazi Germany is that they were well on their way to having a completed and highly successful Atomic bomb. David Irving describes in depth, using captured Nazi records, just how they went about building the weapon and who was a member of the development team. The German Atomic Bomb shows just how dangerously close Germany came to winning World War Two as they had a delivery system just not the weapon itself perfectly developed. A wonderful book for history buffs and World War Two enthusiasts alike.

Tim's December Staff Pick

George MacDonald
PR 4967 .P49 2008

This book contains two stories that helped set the foundation for the fantasy genre. George MacDonald takes you on a romantic fantasy for both men and women. C.S. Lewis was quoted as saying, “It must be more than thirty years ago that I bought Phantastes. A few hours later I knew I had crossed a great frontier.” Enjoy reading this book and let your imagination take control.

Ashley's December Staff Pick

In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
HV 6533 .K3 C3 1994

This book is a very well-written documentary about a tragedy that takes place near a small Kansas town on November 15, 1959. Four members of the Clutter family are savagely murdered by two criminals, with no apparent motive for the crime. This book takes you through the events that lead to the murder, up to the trial and the execution of the killers.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November Staff Picks

Tim’s Pick
The Dead Sea Scriptures
With Introduction and Notes by Theodor H. Gaster
BM 487 A3 1964
You don’t have to be religious to find the Dead Sea Scriptures interesting. The Bible is one of the most controversial literatures ever written that has transformed mankind. This book will help you to understand the Bible a little bit more clearly and give you insights that you may not have realized before. Enjoy!!

November Staff Picks

Cory’s pick
The Body Project
By Joan Brumberg
HQ 798 B724 1998

“The Body is a proxy for the self.” – Joan Jacobs Brumberg

With every generation, body image issues in girls emerge at younger and younger ages. This book examines that trend using diaries from girls in the 19th century, when beauty was only small piece of one’s existence, not the defining factor. Brumberg shows how society’s influence has shifted gears; in embracing individualism over conformity, Western culture created a vacuum where one’s external appearance is a much bigger factor in how we value ourselves and one another. Think of how much creative energy has been wasted on primping that could have gone toward meaningful pursuits!

November Staff Picks

Kristy’s Pick
CENSORED 2009: the top 25 censored stories
edited by Peter Phillips and Andrew Roth with Project Censored

Criteria for project censored news stories nominations:
1. A censored news story is one which contains information that the general United States population has a right and need to know, but to which it has had limited access.
There are five other criteria to nominate a story for this series. Read the book and find out more!

November Staff Picks

Ben Huver
Staffs pick
The Giving Tree
By. Shel Silverstein
PZ 7 S588 GI 1964
In the Giving tree a boy has a tree for a friend and the tree gave the boy everything like shade and apples. Well after a while the boy grows older and he needs different things and the tree loved the boy so much until the tree had nothing more to give and the boy had nothing for the tree. This great short story show you how the fact that someone can love you so much until there burnt out and can give no more. If we were all like this we would be better off.

November Staff Picks

Ashley’s November Pick
Nineteen Minutes
By Jodi Picoult
PS 3566 .I372 N56 2007
This book is one of my favorites that I’ve read multiple times. It’s a really compelling, awesomely told story that will make it difficult to put down. The story takes place in the small New Hampshire town of Sterling, a complacent, quaint community until it is shattered by a heinous tragedy. The characters are evolved brilliantly in this story, and the plot is very thought-provoking. I highly recommend this book!

November Staff Picks

Jan’s November Pick
When I Was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago
F 128.9 .P85 S27 1993
Esmeralda Santiago leads you through her childhood growing up in a large family in Macu’n, Puerto Rico. Her memories remind us that some things we do as children are universal, while other hardships are almost beyond our American imagination.
Enjoyable reading and thought-provoking at the same time. Get to know her!

November Staff Picks

Staff Pick By: Hannah Hall
Steve Bechtel
WYOMING GV 199.42 .W82 L363 2007

This book is great for anyone looking to climb around Lander; 175 pages of climbing merriment. Tons of pictures, tons of routes, pretty accurate ratings. Has climbs for Sinks, Wild Iris, Fossil Hill, Baldwin Creek and Suicide Point - Must have for any local climbers -

November Staff Picks

Kreig’s Pick
The Slave Next Door
By: Kevin Bales
HQ 314 .B35 2009
The Slave Next Door brings a very compelling argument against Human Trafficking, or Modern Slavery in America. Not only does it offer many examples of the actual act of slavery but it also provides ways to spot a trafficking victim. Kevin Bales provides insight into one of the biggest problems plaguing American and international society, the ignoring of slavery in communities. He also shows examples of people who have helped slaves escape their masters and convict them of both federal and state crimes. Anyone who believes that slavery is truly abolished and no longer exists within the United States should read The Slave Next Door for a very very big eye opener.

November Staff Picks

Juli’s Pick
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
Z 1035.9 .P38 2003
Western Memoirs? Magical Realism? Road Novels? Ecofiction? Great Dogs in Fiction?
Spies and Spymasters?
These are just a small few of the reading recommendation categories you can choose from in this book of book suggestions! Nancy Pearl provides quick lists of potential reading material based on your “mood, moment, and reason”!

November Staff Picks

Candy’s Pick for November
PBS Home Video – Fractals Hunting the Hidden Dimension
DVD QA 614.86 .F73 2009
What does broccoli, a tree, a river delta, and your veins have in common? Fractals! Watch this DVD, and it all will become clear, well most of it anyway. It explains Benoit Mandelbrot’s theory behind fractals. A fractal is a repeated pattern (called iteration, if you speak math) and can become something else on its own. It tells how a Pixar animator was inspired to create the very first computer animated scene in The Wrath of Khan (remember the Genesis planet?) when computers were not as powerful as they are today. Finally, math has a real application!

Monday, October 18, 2010

October Staff Picks

Cory's Pick
Animal Vegetable Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver
S 521.5 .A67 K56 2007
Barbara Kingsolver is a great storyteller. This is her story of her family’s experiences growing their own food and eating locally for one year, building relationships with others who grew what they could not. The story includes her husband and daughter’s perspective in alternating chapters and focuses on fundamental skills. If we had to, could we feed ourselves? This book has become a beacon for the Eat Local movement as an example of how with dedication, planning and sacrifice it can be done. We can rely on each other again.

October Staff Picks

Juli's Pick
The Bridges of Madison County
By Robert James Waller

Oh yes… when I read this, I tried stifling my sobbing but there was simply no use. I had it bad for the fictional Robert Kincaid and found it nearly impossible to accept that he wasn’t really a National Geographic photographer shooting images of the Iowan covered bridges. That was a hard dose of reality to swallow, I admit. And although I’m not one to read sappy romance, this book did capture me and turned out to be a good read.

October Staff Picks

Jan's Pick
#1 Ladies Detective Agency
Alexander Smith
PR 6063 .C326 N6 2005
This is a Must-Read if you enjoy light hearted common-sense detective stories. Author Smith introduces you to some of Botswana's characters in a way that you know them, above all the owner of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency, Mm Ramotswe. You will want to sit and have tea with her as she leads you through the entertaining accounts of her cases.
This is the first of a series of 8+, and I am looking forward to spending more time with the #1 Ladies Detective Agency! Hope you take time to do the same.

October Staff Picks

Kreig's Pick
Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984
Samuel Hynes
PR 6029 .R8 N5346 1971
A collection of Critical Essays By: Isaac Deutcher, Irving Howe, Aldous Huxley, Wyndham Lewis, Stephen Spender, Lionel Trilling and Edited by Samuel Hynes
It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. This one sentence begins one of the most historic and well known pieces of Dystopic literature ever written. The book 1984 by George Orwell delves deeply into future where the world has fallen into three super-powers constantly at war with one another but yet constantly at peace. The idea of Doublethink or as Pritchet calls it “Reality-Controll” is brought into view. The reader follows Winston Smith as he experiences every side of the party’s enemies and even becomes one himself. In Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984 the reader is given a set of essays that were written about the book itself and delve into how it can be taken by individuals. Anyone who wants to understand the book better or even needs to have more evidence to argue about 1984 should read this collection.

October Staff Picks

Kristi's Pick
Junkyard Dogs
Craig Johnson
PR 6029 .R8 N5346 1971
Junkyard Dogs is Craig Johnson’s sixth book starring Sheriff Walt Longmire. In this story, the sheriff is “star-deep in the darker aspects of human nature with a combination of love, laughs, death, and derelict automobiles.” If you’ve never read any of these, I highly recommend you start at the beginning- all of his books are funny, well-written mysteries that will entertain even if mystery is not a person’s usual genre.
And we can all definitely relate when he talks about Wyoming weather!

October Staff Picks

Ben's Pick
Where the Wild Things Are
PZ 7 .S47 WHE 1984

This book is about a little boy Max and how he travels off to a land filled with wild things. Max was pretending to be a “wild thing” his mother called him so she sent off to bed without eating dinner. Well Max’s room grew into a huge forest and ocean carried him on his own boat to the where the wild things are. With some magic he became the king of the wild things and they sang all through the night. Then Max realizes that he misses the love from his parents and so he sails home to find a hot bowl of soup waiting for him. Also this was made into a movie so watch it.

October Staff Picks

Candy's Pick:
The Nine Tailors
Dorothy L. Sayers
PR 6037 A95 N54 1989
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers is a good mystery (sorry, my favorite genre) read. It is a story that tells about Sayers’s favorite protagonist Lord Peter Wimsey and his trusted valet Bunter solving a murder, while Wimsey learns all about the complicated task of ringing church bells.
The bells have given specific names, notes, and are housed in a very tall church tower. Church bells were often the first sound the countryside residents heard when there would be an emergency, or an appeal (no pun intended) to help neighbor, announce a wedding, a funeral, a birth and of course call people to worship.
In fact the story opens with Lord Peter and Bunter traveling in the country and getting lost in a snow storm, the car breaking down, and their first clue to help is the pealing of the church bells.
Take a break from studying with this book. Enjoy!!

October Staff Picks

Hannah's Pick
Swedish Handcraft
Anna-Maja Nyen
This is a book about Swedish arts and handcrafts. I found it while shelving books one day. I think it's a great book to just flip through, there are so many cool knits and patterns and things in general that Swedish people have taken the time and effort to make.

October Staff Picks

Grey's Pick
Teton skiing : a history and guide to the Teton Range, Wyoming
Thomas Turiano
WYOMING GV 854.5 .T48 T87 1995
This book explores the history of skiing in the Teton Range of Jackson Hole and takes you on a tour of some of the most spectacular ascents and descents ever accomplished. You will find out how Billy Briggs managed to ski the Grand Teton and how Stephen Kock negotiated the black ice couloris on a snowboard. Plus, you will learn about the evolution of ski resorts in the Teton area, the rebirth of the telemark turn, the feats of pioneers who explored the Teton backcountry in search of powder and adventure and much more.

October Staff Picks

Ashley's Pick
The End of Overeating
By David A. Kessler, M.D.

This book is a very informative, in-depth look about America's problematic food industry. It's backed up with excellent scientific research and statistics on how the food manufactures target consumers. Dr. Kessler even gets real feedback from true "insiders" of the food industry, as well as top scientists and physicians about the shocking facts about how we lose control of our eating habits and how we can get it back.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September Staff Picks

Kreig's Pick
The Bell Tower: The Case of Jack the Ripper Finally Solved...In San Francisco
Written by Robert Graysmith
HV 6533 .C2 G73 1999
The year is 1888. It is dangerous to walk the lonely and dark streets of the white chapel district of London. This is the scene set for the serial killer known only as "Jack the Ripper." During the year of eighteen eighty Jack the Ripper killed five prostitutes. Then the killings suddenly stopped. No one knows why. Did Jack die or was he arrested on a different count and the murders were not tied to him. Over the hundred years since the killings many theories have suggested. Robert Graysmith delves into a theory of Jack the Ripper that places the blame of two murders in a San Francisco church on the new pastor a man named Pastor Jack Gibson. Graysmith delves deeply into the case and explains the two murders in depth creating a very good claim for his theory. The book contains many twists in itself that leave the reader wondering whether or not Pastor Jack Gibson is in fact Jack the Ripper.

September Staff Picks

Jan's Pick
Lifting the Sky
Written by Mackie d'Arge
WYOMING PZ 7 .D2434 LIFT 2009
In her first book, Mackie d'Arge (a unique local writer) will introduce you to a young lady who faces typical teenage dilemmas, and yet has special gifts that enable her to view the world in ways that are fascinating. Don't skip this book because you see "young readers" in the inside cover or think it is a "horse" story because of the cover picture. It is much more of a study in dealing with the life situations you face and the gifts you are given. Enjoy!

September Staff Picks

Tim's Pick
Orion Magazine

Have you ever wanted to go to certain regions around the world, but you don't have the time to travel? Orion Magazine is just the magazine for you. Not only is this full of many interesting articles, but the pictures inside make you feel like you are actually at the place. Enjoy the magazine.

September Staff Picks

Cory's Pick
The Solace of Open Spaces
Written by Gretel Ehrlich
WYOMING PS 3555 H72 Z476 1985
Ehrlich's Solace is a tender and honest portrait of life in Wyoming. The characters are real and her descriptions of the landscape are memorable. This excerpt covers her experience of winter:
"Winter is smooth-skulled, and all our skids on black ice are cerebral. While we begin to feel cabin feverish, the brain pistons thump against bone and mind interrupts- literally invading itself- unable to get fresh air. With the songbirds gone only scavengers are left: magpies, crows, eagles. As they pick on road-killed deer we humans are apt to practice the same small cruelties on each other."

September Staff Picks

Ashley's Pick
Written by Stephenie Meyer
PS 3613 .E979 E19 2007
Eclipse is the third book of the popular Twilight saga about a strong, unbreakable romance between a vampire named Edward and a teenage girl, Bella. In this book, Bella is in danger by a malicious vampire who wishes for revenge. Meanwhile, she is torn between her love for Edward and her growing friendship with Jacob- though her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. And with her graduation approaching, she still has the ultimate decision to make: life or death.