Tired of the cold? Ready for Spring and pretty flowers? Do you know there’s grass under that snow but not sure what shape it’s in?
Then it’s time to come to Green Branch Library. We have all the books you want on vegetable gardening, landscaping and flower gardening.
We also have books on container gardening and even how to make a water garden. Check out our display. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, just ask, we can find it for you. Spring has Sprung here at Green Branch Library.
MEMORIES OF MY PARENTS, PT. 2: THE MONKEES
When I was growing up in East Canton in the mid 1960s, my father worked out of town during the week. WAY out of town. Indiana, to be exact. That meant he would leave early Monday morning and come home late Friday evening, usually after us kids (myself and my older brother and sister) were in bed asleep. So, the following morning I would always get up, run into my parents’ bedroom and a) make sure my dad had come home the night before, and/or b) wake him up. On one particular morning in 1967 I ran into the bedroom and found, much to my surprise, an album I had been wanting by The Monkees. He had brought it home for me and propped it up on the night stand, knowing I would see it when I came into the room the next morning.
This particular album was called Headquarters, and it was a kind of a big deal when it came out because it was played and sung entirely by The Monkees themselves. As it turns out, the Monkees only sang on their first two albums, even on the songs written by Monkee Mike Nesmith. Being five years old at the time, I wasn’t aware of this, and couldn’t have cared less. I loved the show’s manic energy, and great music. The problem was, they were apparently being passed off as a real band, which angered and embarrassed two of the Monkees in particular, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork. After an infamous incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel where Nesmith put his fist through the wall and threatened a Screen Gems executive, they were allowed to record their next album themselves. And so they did. It went straight to number one for one week, after which they were knocked down to second place by The Beatles Sgt. Pepper—but hey, EVERYBODY was second to The Beatles that summer (and for good reason).
After spotting this album on my dad’s night stand, I jumped up and down and squealed (something I still do when it comes to listening to certain albums, much to the embarrassment of my wife and the members of her couponing club), grabbed the album, woke my siblings and ran downstairs to put it on my mother’s record player. It was one of those early 60s floor model types, with a big lift-up lid, revealing a record changer and a radio inside. It also had a giant speaker that woofed out bass like nobody’s business. You could really rattle the house when you cranked that sucker up.
I put the record on, and we gave it a listen. Needless to say, I loved it. Even at age five, I was reading the liner notes to see who played what. Mike Nesmith played guitar and pedal steel, although I had no idea what that was at the time. Peter Tork played guitar, bass and organ. Mickey Dolenz played drums and guitar. Davy Jones played percussion, and “jawbone”, whatever THAT was.
Three of the Monkees contributed original songs to this album. Mike Nesmith’s three tunes included You Just May Be The One, which turned out to be a genuine Monkees classic, and Peter Tork’sFor Pete’s Sake wound up being the closing theme for the second series of their television show. Mickey Dolenz not only learned to play drums for this album, he also wrote Randy Scouse Git (the title being British slang for, er, “lustful Liverpuddlian jerk”), a song that MOJO magazine recently named one of the best songs of the psychedelic era. Unfortunately, none of these tracks were released as a single, except for Randy Scouse Git, which was a hit in—wait for it—Britain (although the title was changed to…Alternate Title). In fact, the band’s label didn’t think any of the tracks were worthy of release as a single, which is a shame because it’s a pretty good album. In retrospect, Headquarters is one of the first examples of country rock that would later be popularized by bands like The Byrds. Several tracks, including songs like Shades Of Grey, Early Morning Blues And Greens and the aforementioned original tracks, have become what would now be referred to by music geeks (like myself) as “deep cuts”.
The album also had its share of silliness. Zilch was a minute long track comprised of each member chanting different sayings over and over. Despite the fact that you could skip this track and not miss much, Zilch has been sampled by hip hop artists, and They Might Be Giants have performed it in their live shows. The other bit of nonsense is Band 6 which is, believe it or not, the Monkees attempt to perform The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down—i.e. the Looney Tunes theme song.
Mickey Dolenz has said that The Monkees becoming a real rock band was like Leonard Nimoy actually becoming a Vulcan—a comparison that irks Peter Tork to this day. TV Guide referred to the Monkees playing their own music as “The Great Revolt of 1967”. Despite the fact that most pop bands at the time made records the same way (i.e. studio musicians played for them—that’ll be a future blog entry) the Monkees were roundly criticized for admitting it, often by bands that did the same thing. Nonetheless, the album went on to sell over two million copies within the first two months of its release, and has since gone on to sell over twelve million copies.
Again, I can thank my dad for buying what is to this day one of my favorite albums of all time. I later found out my dad liked both The Monkees (esp. Mike Nesmith’s country rock tunes), and The Mamas And The Papas for their harmonies. I also recall him buying Roxy Music’s first album at a used record store once, although I never found out whether or not he liked it…
Headquarters is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. And you must. So…go here:
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On March 21, the film version of Veronica Roth’s popular teen book Divergent will be released in theaters.
Divergent is the first in a trilogy that tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a teen coming of age in future Chicago. This dystopian society divides people into five factions based on virtues: Abnegation (the selfless); Dauntless (the brave); Amity (the peaceful); Candor (the honest) and Erudite (the intelligent/knowledgeable).
At age 16, all citizens must choose which faction they wish to devote their lives. Tests help the youths make this choice…usually. Beatrice Prior is more than a little shaken to discover that she is Divergent, meaning that she fits into more than one faction. This anomaly is a dangerous secret that she must keep.
Beatrice renames herself Tris and joins Dauntless, but her struggle is far from over. Initiation is highly competitive…and highly dangerous. Does Tris have what it takes to survive and thrive in this brave new world?
Shailene Woodley stars as Tris in the film. Other cast members include Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ashley Judd.
You can find Divergent and its sequels Insurgent and Allegiant in Teen Fiction.
Did you ever Hop on Pop? Or enjoy the mischief with Thing 1 and Thing 2? For decades kids have enjoyed the wacky world of Dr. Seuss. And what better way to celebrate the awesomeness of Dr. Seuss than by coming to the library for a Dr. Seuss pajama party. On Monday, March 3 at 6:00 pm Green Branch Library will be hosting a pajama party to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday. There will be crafts, stories, and birthday cake! In the meantime…here are a few facts that you might know about Dr. Seuss.
- His real name is, Theodore Seuss Geisel.
- He wasn’t a doctor. He pursued a PhD. in English, but never finished it. He did receive several honorary degrees in his lifetime, however.
- His first book was “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” It was finally published in 1937 after being turned down a reported 27 times. His grandparents lived on Mulberry Street.
- He had no biological children of his own, but invented an imaginary one named Chrysanthemum-Pearl that he used to brag about.
- “Green Eggs and Ham” contains only 50 different words. He wrote it after a publisher bet him he couldn’t write a book with so few words. Dr. Seuss won … as did we all.
- He based the Grinch character on himself. In 1957, he told Redbook, “I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”
- He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- “If I Ran the Zoo” holds the distinction of being the first published record of the word “nerd.”
- In all, he wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books in his lifetime. Today, there are more than 200 million copies of those books around the world.
Oh, the places you will go with Dr. Seuss.!
Spring is almost here! You can believe it! The seed catalogs have arrived and it’s time to get busy. Do you have your garden plan ready?
Do you know:
How and when to start seedlings?
How to grow more in less space?
If you can garden organically?
Tricks and tips to make a garden kid-friendly?
What tools might help a gardener with arthritis?
For all your questions, check out the bountiful resources at the Green Branch Library. If we don’t have an item at the branch, we’ll order it from elsewhere. Also, check out the seeds offered by the Science and Technology Department at our Main Library, in downtown Akron.
Here’s a sampling of our collection:
Heirloom flavor: yesterday’s best-tasting vegetables, fruits, and herbs for today’s cook / Doreen G. Howard.
All new square foot gardening: the revolutionary way to grow more in less space / Mel Bartholomew
The illustrated practical guide to gardening for seniors: how to maintain a beautiful outside space with ease and safety in later years / Patty Cassidy.
The month of February designated as Black History Month as a way of remembering and celebrating African-American achievements.
Join us on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1 pm to enjoy music and history about the civil rights movement in America at our Sing For Freedom program.Help us celebrate Black History Month with this special program presented by Muszikat-Shalom (Music of Peace). Music has always been integral to the African American struggle for freedom. The music of the Civil Rights Movement was shaped by those who participated in the rallies; the marches, those who went to jail, those who marched to the courthouse to register to vote;-as they marched-they sang. “Sing For Freedom” was designed to expose the community to the enriching aspects of the protest traditions of African American freedom songs. This interactive program will discuss events of the Civil Rights Movement including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders Movement and the Greensboro Sit-In Movement and will present a wide range of music.
Please register in advance for this program.
Program sponsored by Friends of Green Branch Library.
Please see the following for more information on Black History Month: http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
The African Americans [videorecording]: many rivers to cross: an unprecedented journey through African Americans history / written and presented by Henry Louise Gate, Jr.
[United States]: [PBS?], [2014?]
The African Americans: many rivers to cross / Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Donald Yacovone.
African Americans in sports / James Nasium.
African-Americans in business / Tish Davidson.
African Americans and the color line in Ohio, 1915-1930 / William W. Giffin.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2005.
50 of the most inspiring African-Americans / edited by Patricia M. Hinds; introduction by Susan L. Taylor.
New York : Essence Books, c2005.
Updated and rev.
The inventive spirit of African Americans : patented ingenuity / Patricia Carter Sluby.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, c2004
Need something free to do this weekend? Enjoy the wintery weather at an Ice Festival.
See http://www.mainstreetmedina.com for more information about Medina’s Ice Festival, Feb. 14 – 17.
Would you like to know how to make them yourself? See the book below!
Being sick is the worst isn’t it? We’re right in the midst of a terrible cold and flu season and it seems like everyone is coughing and muddling through it. Here are five easy ways to soothe those awful cold symptoms naturally, from Hip2Save.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial agent and we tried making a warm drink using it along with honey as a natural way to soothe a sore throat. I’ve tried it several times because I often get a sore throat due to allergies, and it really is very soothing! Plus, the honey makes it easier to drink the vinegar. For best results, use a high quality organic raw honey and an organic apple cider vinegar like Braggs. Organic raw honey retains more vitamins and antioxidants. I found both these items at my local natural food store.
Apple Cider and Honey Drink (for sore throats):
Mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water, honey, and lemon. Sip on this like you would hot tea – it really does calm a sore throat!
Homemade Cough Syrup:
Try soothing a cough by simply taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of natural raw honey. We use this with my kids instead of cough syrup and it does work. (As always, consult your doctor and never give a baby under the age of one honey.)
Coconut Oil Winter Throat Soother:
(Recipe from Complete Organics)
Did you know Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory? Combine 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, and the juice of 1 lemon. Microwave for just 20 seconds to melt – it tastes very yummy and is very soothing. I really liked the taste of this one especially if you can’t handle vinegar in the recipe above.
Ginger Root & Honey Drink:
(Photo and idea from Every Day Roots)
Try boiling a piece of ginger root and then drink with honey. I haven’t tested this yet, but I personally love the taste of ginger and know that it helps with nausea and digestive issues.
(Idea is from Healthy Green Kitchen)
Garlic has been known as a powerful immune booster and so many people swear by it! I love the idea of honey infused garlic to make it easier to eat raw.
Need more ideas? Try the following books:
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