May 31, 2007

Knights and Castles

swan knight
Interested in knights and castles, real and fairytale?

Some suggestions:


J 728.81 MACAULA Castle by David Macaulay. (The architecture of castles.)
J 940.1 LANGLEY Castle at war : the story of a siege written by Andrew Langley and illustratd by Peter Dennis.
728.81 TOY Toy, Sidney. A history of fortification from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1700.
J 940.1 GRAVETT The knight's handbook : how to become a champion in shining armor by Christopher Gravett.
728.81 G455 Life in a medieval castle by Joseph and Frances Gies.
J 940.1 NARDO The medieval castle by Don Nardo.
J 940.1 CHAPMAN Medieval castles Lynne Ferguson Chapman.
J 940.1 PIPE Mystery history of a medieval castle by Jim Pipe.
913.42 ALCOCK Was this Camelot? : Excavations at Cadbury Castle, 1966-1970.
J 728.8 COLE Ms. Frizzle's adventures : medieval castle by Joanna Cole ; illustrated by Bruce Degen.


940.18 R 662 Dungeon, fire, and sword : the Knights Templar in the crusades, John J. Robinson.
940.1 C637 Knight of great renown, the life and times of Othon de Grandson.
J 940.1 O'BRIEN The making of a knight : how Sir James earned his armor by Patrick O'Brien.
J 940.1 NICOLLE Medieval knights, David Nicolle.
J 940.1 GRAVETT The world of the Medieval knight, written by Christopher Gravett ; illustrations by Brett Breckon.
944 T888 A distant mirror : the calamitous 14th century Barbara W. Tuchman.
J 940.1 PLATT Castle diary : the journal of Tobias Burgess, page transcribed by Richard Platt ; illuminated by Chris Riddell.
J 940.1 BUEHR Chivalry and the mailed knight written and illustrated by Walter Buehr.


We have well over 100 fiction titles with a Knights and Knighthood subject tracing. We probably have many, many more as our adult fiction did not receive subject tracings until recently.

FIC KAFKA The castle Not really about the castle as a building, about a bureaucracy that is sealed up, impenetrable, within a castle. A dystopia. Video games were based on it and The Prisoner had a similar plot.)
FIC BONHOTE Bungay Castle : a novel by Elizabeth Bonhote
J PA Castle by Garth Nix.
J FIC NESBIT The enchanted castle by E. Nesbit ; illustrated by Betty Fraser.
FIC SMITH I capture the castle by Dodie Smith. A Bildungsroman. The movie is good too.
J FIC EAGER Knight's castle, Edward Eager ; illustrated by N.M. Bodecker.
FIC CERVANT Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
FIC MARTYN The knight and the rose Isolde Martyn.
SF DAVID Knight life by Peter David.

Look for these as well.

__ The Amazing Felix by Emily Arnold McCully
__ The Battle for the Castle and The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
__ The Knight At Dawn (part of the Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
__ Nora's Castle by S. Ichikawa
__ Pure Dead Magic and Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori
__ Two Tamora Pierce series (one has First Test, Page, Squire and Knight, the other is the Alanna series)
__ Bella At Midnight by Diane Stanley
__ Good night, Good Knight by Thomas (it's a reader)
__ The Knight and the Dragon by Tomi DePaola
__ Knights of the Kitchen Table (part of the Time Warp Trio series) by Jon Scieszka
__ The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

And the legends

J 398.22 MALORY The book of King Arthur and his noble knights Stories from Sir Thomas Malory's Morte D'Arthur We have several editions.
J 398.22 PATERSO Parzival : the quest of the Grail Knight retold by Katherine Paterson.
J 398.22 MORPURG Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as told by Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by Michael Foreman.
J 398.22 PYLE The story of the Grail and the passing of Arthur and other titles by Howard Pyle

And many, many other Arthurian romances. Just look under the subject tracing Arthurian Romances - Adaptations and you will find 46 titles.


Posted by library at 04:57 PM

May 18, 2007

Online Book Clubs

The Friends of the Takoma Park Library has gifted us (and you) with a subscription to the Dear Reader online book clubs. A small five minute piece of a book is delivered to you via e-mail each day for a week. After a week you will have received one or two chapters which should be enough of a sample to determine whether or not you want to read the rest of the book or other books by that author. The next week another book starts. (The audio, science fiction and pre-publication books start every second week.) We won't own all the books, but when we don't, or our copies are checked out, you can probably find them at nearby libraries or local booksellers.

The books have been recommended by librarians and include some superb titles. We hope you discover some books that you would never have thought of reading.

You can choose as many of the following catagories as you wish: fiction; non-fiction; mystery; teen; romance; business; science fiction; audio; books that have not been published yet. Each one arrives as a separate daily e-mail.

Be sure to save at least one of the messages you get because they have your unsubscribe link. You may also need to whitelist if your spam filters are picky.

Unfortunately each e-mail segment also contains a chatty message from the Dear Reader staff, but if you find it objectionable you can just scroll down to the start of the book text. If you have already decided that you don't like a book, just delete the messages for the rest of the week. Don't feel guilty.

After you subscribe to a club, it may take a few days before the actual excerpts begin to arrive. You can ask for missing ones.

Here is a list of the upcoming books in the general fiction catagory.
5/21/2007: City of Glory by Beverly Swerling
5/28/2007: Fly Me to the Moon by Alyson Noel
6/4/2007: The End As I Know It by Kevin Shay
6/11/2007: Drenched in Light by Lisa Wingate
6/18/2007: The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
6/25/2007: Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison
7/2/2007: Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
7/9/2007: Halfway House by Katharine Noel
7/16/2007: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
7/23/2007: Let It Rain Coffee by Angie Cruz
7/30/2007: His Lovely Wife by Elizabeth Dewberry
8/6/2007: The Time it Takes to Fall by Margaret Lazarus Dean
8/13/2007: Me vs Me by Sarah Mlynowski
8/20/2007: The Rebel by Andrew J. Fenady
8/27/2007: Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi

And here are the mysteries.
5/21/2007: Iron Orchid by Stuart Woods
5/28/2007: Stalking Ivory by Suzanne Arruda
6/4/2007: Hide by Lisa Gardner
6/11/2007: To Thine Own Self Be True by Judy Clemens
6/18/2007: Persuader by Lee Child
6/25/2007: Love, Lies and Liquor by M.C. Beaton
7/2/2007: The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth
7/9/2007: A Catered Valentine's Day by Isis Crawford
7/16/2007: Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
7/23/2007: The Blight Way by Patrick F. McManus
7/30/2007: By the Time You Read This by Giles Blunt
8/6/2007: Remains to be Scene by R. T. Jordan
8/13/2007: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
8/20/2007: Kidnapped by Jan Burke
8/27/2007: Final Undertaking by Mark de Castrique

Posted by library at 01:33 PM

May 17, 2007

Book Donations May 07

Thank you for the wonderful book donations. We can't accept any more right now because we have to have everything sorted and processed before the sale itself - Saturday May 19th, beginning at 10 am.

Please come. And remember that we will have some special programs in the library that morning.

Posted by library at 03:44 PM

May 16, 2007

DeLillo Night

Friends of the Library Reading Group
Wednesday, May 16, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Community Center, 3rd floor

Discussion of White Noise by Don DeLillo, published by Viking in 1985 and considered DeLillo's first big hit. This was his 8th published novel, originally titled Panasonic, sound everywhere. This novel won the National Book Award in 1985.

Some background reading:
Curt's page
The Sparknotes study guide

BTW Delillo has has new book, Falling Man, that will be published in the middle of this month.

Posted by library at 10:50 AM

May 07, 2007


For the children, and adults, who enjoyed the annual Sheep & Wool Festival, here is a reading list.

Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola. Our copy has gone missing but it will be replaced. Meanwhile you can find this great picture book almost anywhere.

Sheep Out to Eat, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple. The delicate manners of sheep in a tea shop. They tip well. Shaw and Apple also created the wonderful Sheep in a Jeep.

Farmer Brown Shears his Sheep : a Yarn about Wool, Teri Sloat and Nadine Bernard Westcott. The cold sheep get sweaters.

What do you get if you cross a field with a sheep? To the other side. Sheepish Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, pictures by R.W. Alley.

Warm as Wool, Scott Russell Sanders and Helen Cogancherry, based on a true story of Connecticut pioneers in Ohio.

Sheep-Pig, Dick King-Smith. The original story of Babe.

And for wonderful writing - Smudge, the little lost lamb, James Herriot.

Posted by library at 02:40 PM
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