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Jump into Spring with Bunnies Max & Ruby at the Hoboken Public Library

26 Apr

I brought my son home from the hospital on Easter and perhaps because of this bunnies have always been a favorite of his.  And if like him your little one is a fan of bunnies then they will love Rosemary Wells’s brother/sister rabbit duo Max & Ruby.

And we have big news: Wells will be here at the Library on Saturday June 10! There will be  a program for kids, plus one for adults about encouraging children to read as part of our 2017 Hoboken Library Fair. Stay tuned for more details about time and other specifics. Till then consider borrowing some of these books and videos.

Print Picture Books

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Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt

A rainy day doesn’t stop the bunny siblings’ fun, when Grandma creates a treasure hunt for them in Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt.

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Max’s Bunny Business
In Max’s Bunny Business, little brother Max causes trouble when his sister and friend decide to have a lemonade stand.

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Max & Ruby at the Warthogs’ Wedding
Max is the ring bear for the Warthogs’ wedding; of course he loses the ring. Can he and Ruby find it in time?

DVDs

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Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Spring!
This is the perfect time to borrow the DVD Everybunny Loves Spring and enjoy some spring adventures with Max and Ruby.

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Max & Ruby: Bunny Party
Ruby and Max each think they know the perfect cake for grandma. Will she get Ruby’s Angel Surprise Cake or Max’s Earthworm Cake? I know which one I’d want if I were attending the Bunny Party.

Streaming Videos from Hoopla

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Max & Ruby Seasons 1-5
With Hoopla, you can watch episodes of season one through five of the popular cartoon, Max & Ruby, based on Wells’ characters. Hoboken library patrons have 20 Hoopla checkouts per month–perfect for family binge watching on a rainy weekend.

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A Visit With Rosemary Wells
If you can’t wait till June, then right now you can borrow A Visit With Rosemary Wells to get insight from Rosemary Wells about her life and inspiration for some of her stories.

-Written by Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

Dewey Decimal Challenge: Book 3 – The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour — and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller (The 000s)

20 Jan

This week we are venturing into 070.1 territory, where we can go to find books on television news broadcasting. Let me start by saying that I have little to no knowledge regarding the history of news broadcasting on TV, and I am barely familiar with the current climate. In a previous post I mentioned my unquenchable thirst for information on current events, but, like many people, I get most of my news content online. While television is still considered an important source for news, especially for older viewers, traditional television viewing in general has been gradually declining. Television news providers have begun to transition to providing content on digital platforms in order to remain relevant. Pew Research Center reported in June 2016 that local TV news viewership was dropping and that late night TV news viewership, with the fastest decline of all three time slots (morning, early evening, and late night), had dropped twenty-two percent since 2007. With regard to national news, the morning time slot has been hit the hardest in recent years. It is a trying time to be a TV news anchor especially in a professional field that I’ve just recently learned is already considerably stressful due to the competition between a wealth of talented candidates over a few sought-after positions.

The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour – and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller (070.1 WEL)

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In her book The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour — and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News, Sheila Weller documents the rise of three of TV’s most accomplished female news icons – Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour. Weller explores the personal and professional challenges all three women faced on the path to success, particularly the challenge of being female in a male-dominated profession. While detailing the trajectory of each woman’s life and career in depth, Weller relies heavily on insights from the friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. Weller’s thesis seems to be that Sawyer, Couric, and Amanpour were driven to push harder against sexist roadblocks due to tragic circumstances at different stages of their personal lives – the sudden death of Sawyer’s father when she was just twenty-four, the death of Couric’s first husband, and Amanpour’s unceremonious departure from her home country of Iran as a teen during the Islamic Revolution. While I do believe that these life events did contribute to each women’s tireless drive and great inner strength, Weller does not make a particularly strong case to support the singling out of these events. They are simply part of the awe-inspiring narrative of these women who prevailed despite having the cards stacked against them. It may be important to note that none of the subjects of this biography were interviewed themselves.

This selection was substantial at 436 pages (with very tiny type!), and I enjoyed every page despite there being no real in-depth analysis of the gender disparity in broadcasting. Weller is an objective biographer. She doesn’t glorify her subjects though she most certainly finds their stories inspiring. I was surprised to learn about Sawyer’s reputation in the biz as manipulative and insincere whilst still being well-respected by her colleagues. Weller draws back the curtain and reveals the cutthroat reality of television broadcasting. It’s cliché to say, but, in this business, only the strong survive, and they do so by eating the weak. For this, I take issue with the title – this is everything but a social gathering. This isn’t a sorority of sisters who champion each other behind closed doors, this is a ratings war: a battle for better interviewees, better producers, and coveted time slots. Sawyer, Couric, and Amanpour are just like their male counterparts in that respect although these woman are perhaps more deserving of prestige.

-Written by Sharlene Edwards, Senior Children’s Librarian

Click here to read past posts about Sharlene’s Dewey Decimal Challenge!

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