Sandstone Classics Corner Open House

With Friends Like These…the Sky’s the Limit!

The Sandstone Friends of the Library recently celebrated their new CLASSICS CORNER with an open house. Having purchased over 175 volumes from the Library of America series, the Sandstone library now has an outstanding collection of the best literature America has produced over the centuries. The Library of America books are beautifully produced and there’s something for every interest.

For example, for early-American history buffs, check out the Writings of our Founders: Washington; Jefferson; Franklin; Madison; Hamilton; and Paine each have a volume in the series. Or tackle the monumental history by Henry Adams on the Administrations of Jefferson and Madison. (By the way, when’s the volume of Henry’s great-grandfather–our second president–coming out?) Perhaps you wish to go back further with Captain John Smith’s Writings, with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America. Francis Parkman’s history, France and England in North America, is a must-read ending with (spoiler alert!) England’s victory in the French-Indian War.

Picking up the story from there, The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence, gathers the literature surrounding the birth of our nation. Of course, it’s one thing to “dissolve the political bands” between peoples and quite another to have to establish one’s own. For that attempt, see: The Debate on the Constitution (Vols. 1 & 2).

With an outsider’s perspective, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America offers a portrait of our country’s social and political character that is still considered one of the best. Then back to Parkman for The Oregon Trail, a chronicle of his 1846 trip West, his encounters with the Plains Indians, and a vanishing frontier. The two volumes of Lincoln’s Speeches and Writings, which begin in 1832, are excellent accompaniment to the many outstanding books currently being published to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth.


Above: Ray Marcotte (l), Maker of the “Classics Corner” sign and Art Olstead, Maker of the Bookshelves! Many, many Thanks!

Area Lions Club members, left to right: Branch Librarian Jeanne Coffey, Carrie Olstead, Irma Faulkner, Carol Nelson, Sandy Snadwick, Chester (behind) and Janice (front) Gustafson, Tony Nelson, Judy Loken, Art Olstead, Ken Sample.

Below: Never letting a fundraising opportunity pass, the Friends held a silent auction. A few elbows were thrown as the clock ticked down but no injuries were reported. Below Left: Silent Auction items and (front to back) Carrie Olstead, Judy Loken, Sylvia Marcotte, JoAnn Alexander. Middle: Irene Sandell plans her strategy. Right: JoAnn Alexander (below left) reveals her talent for accessorizing by putting a quilted Christmas tree skirt to use as a cape.


I could go on and on. So I will!

(L-R) Judy Loken, Elsie Lundorff, Irene Sandell
Perhaps fictionalized accounts of these times are more your style. Then take a look at James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales, which includes the novel “The Last of the Mohicans.” Washington Irving’s and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories also present windows through which to view our nation’s early years. The Writings and Drawings of John James Audubon capture the natural landscape, as does the work of environmentalist William Bartram (1739-1823), described as “the most significant American writer before Thoreau and a nature artist who rivals Audubon.”

Explore other aspects of the cuture with American Poetry: The Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century (2 vols.); American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King; American Sea Writing: A Literary Anthology; or American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War. Civil War? Read on!

Right: (L-R) Merlin and JoAnn Alexander, Patti Hapke, Branch Librarian Jeanne Coffey, Branch Aide Carol Nelson

Below: Friends of the Library (L-R), JoAnn Alexander, Melissa Grabau, Patti Hapke (back), Sylvia Marcotte (front), Jeanne Coffey.

There’s the Memoirs of Generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant, The Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass, and the anthology of Slave Narratives. Post war? How about little-known Lafcadio Hearns’ American Writings, “the master of a gaudy and sometimes self-consciously decadent literary style…a tough-minded and keenly observant reporter, with an eye for the offbeat, the sensual, and occasionally the gruesome”?

And I’ve only described one avenue through this collection!

Talk to Jeanne or Carol about what’s available–or, better yet–come on in and browse through these wonderful books and discover on your own.

Also, go to the Library of America website for their description of each volume.

CONGRATULATIONS SANDSTONE LIBRARY!
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Posted by Nick Dimassis, Assistant Director

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Today is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss. We have Dr. Seuss books in every single one of our branch libraries. Go to the catalog page of our website, and do an author search — enter seuss, dr as the search term. When you get your Dr. Seuss book, grab a kid, and once again enjoy the lyric poetry. The National Education Association has proclaimed March 2nd as Read Across America Day. They even have this Read Across America poem on the NEA website:

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.

When you’re done with the Dr. Seuss books, the NEA site has a list of Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children.

Barbara Misselt, Director

How are the roads?

It’s a snowy Minnesota kind of day. I went out for lunch and got back just fine, and having gotten my driving teeth in this kind of climate, I would describe it as “not so bad, just gotta-take-it-easy.” However, delivery driver Jerry, a well-seasoned Minnesota driver came back after finishing half the route saying after 8 cars in the ditch and white-out visibility it’s one of his top bad driving days.

I just showed someone my stand-by reference tool for assessing road conditions and thought a few more might not have found it — 511mn.org. 511 is part of a national effort that began in July 2000, when the FCC designated “511” as the national traveler information phone number. The primary source of data for 511 services originates with the Condition Acquisition and Reporting System (CARS). Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol staff from dispatch centers, the field and the Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) use this system to maintain real-time information about travel conditions throughout Minnesota.

You can find Minnesota’s 511mn.org at http://www.511mn.org
For other states, look at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/511.htm

Minnesota Department of Transportation was one of the first state DOTs to implement the 511 service. Many of the other states’ web resources are not nearly as well-developed as the Minnesota site.

Here is this afternoon’s map. For southern readers a hint — all that red means it’s a good day to stay home and read a book.

www.511mn.org

Barbara Misselt, Director