Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New Parenting Books

There have been some excellently reviewed parenting books published this spring so I thought I'd share some with you.

By far, the most requests I get as a parenting topic, both in the library and as a member of the town's Early Childhood Council, is discipline. Here are three of the newest titles in our collection on this subject:

The author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution is Elizabeth Pantley, bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Her discipline book promotes gentle ways to encourage good behavior without whining, tantrums and tears.
Positive Discipline for Preschoolers and Positive Discipline for the First Three Years by Jane Nelsen are completely revised and expanded editions of her earlier discipline titles. As a matter of fact, there is a whole Positive Discipline series with titles for stepfamilies, caregivers, single parents and teenagers.

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family but can also present its own unique challenges. The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, Ph.D. addresses these issues with care and consideration. This book is for parents who have welcomed children from other countries and cultures, from troubled backgrounds or with special behavioral or emotional needs.

In a somewhat controversial title, Donna Bee-Gates, author of I Want It Now, compares today's culture of materialism and self-gratification with a simpler childhood that values good communication and interaction with peers and family.

These last two titles present specialized information not often written about for the mass market.
The Connected Father by Carl Pickhardt helps fathers become informed about changes and challenges that normally unfold during adolescence. He helps them navigate through the 4 stages of adolescence from ages 9 to 23 and deals with subjects such as communication, independence and authority.
While there have been several books on the parenting of infant through preschool twins and multiples, not much has been available on issues that develop during the school age. Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples by Christina Baglivi Tinglof fills that gap. Her book answers questions such as: should your twins be placed in the same homeroom at school or how healthy is competition among your triplets? Drawing from the latest cutting-edge research, she guides you through the children's first days of kindergarten to the always drama-filled years of high school.
All of the above titles are brand new and are currently being processed. Call the Children's Department at 665-8720 to place a hold on any of them.
These and other books addressing child rearing can be found on the Parent Shelf in the Children's Department. Any Children's staff will be happy to show you the location.
Helen Aveline
Head of Children's Services

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Parent Child Workshop photos

Here are some photos of children at our Parent Child Workshop. The Parent Child Workshop offers parents a chance to learn about services and meet local family specialists. Children can play with educational toys.

Created with Paul's flickrSLiDR.


Philip R. Craig

The library staff was saddened to hear of the death of Philip R. Craig. He had been scheduled to speak at the library on June 12. His passing is a great loss to his many fans here at the library and around the world.


Monday, May 21, 2007

Race Results are In

The results of the Newington Library 5k Challenge are in.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Teddy Bear Clinic Photos

Thank you Michelle for the photos!

Newington 5K Challenge 5/20/2007

Don't forget the Newington 5K Road Race starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday May 20 at Mill Pond Park. If you haven't yet signed up you can come into the library to get an application or go online to active.com to register.

The first 200 people to arrive at the race will get a free t-shirt and goody bag.

Friday, May 11, 2007

List of Books Given to the Library

All during the the year library patrons donate money to the library to purchase books in memory or in honor of a loved one. Jeanette Mercure, Head of Circulation and Collection Management created a list of recently purchased books with funds from our gift account. Gifts to the Library will now be on our new additions page along with the other new book newsletters.

Go take a look.


Whole Foods Series Begins

Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. come to the library for the first of three programs on whole foods. This Thursday the library will show a documentary on the "disturbing truth behind the food we buy in the grocery store". It examines the complex forces that are changing how and what we eat and offers alternatives. There will be a moderated discussion after the film.

On Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. Holistic Health Counselor Corrina Richards will lecture on how to incorporate whole foods into your daily life.

On Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. Corrina Richards returns to give a whole foods cooking demonstration. She will prepare delectable, unprocessed, fresh-from-the-earth samples that will nourish your whole self.

Call the library to register for the lecture or the cooking demonstration. 665-8700.
No registration necessary for the documentary.


One Book 4 Towns Finale - May 16

Archer Mayor will discuss The Surrogate Thief, his other books in the series and writing in general at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library at 7:00 p.m. Archer will answer questions and sign books. Books will be available for purchase at the program. Admission is free.

Who is the surrogate thief?

Should Gail run for office?

Do you think she knew what her campaign manager did near the end of the book?

What emotions do the two cases stir up in Joe?

Get these and many more questions answered at the finale of our One Book 4 Towns program.