This year’s Caldecott Medal was awarded to the book Locomotive by Brian Floca, a majestic look at train travel in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic illustrations were meticulously-researched to show the train, travelers and crew as they traveled across America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. The illustrations are truly glorious and will have even your non train-loving family members mesmerized for multiple reads. “The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive...Read More
January 29, 2014
It's awards season! First up, the John Newbery Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature which has been awarded to outstanding American children’s literature since 1922. It is the oldest medal of its kind.
This year, the Newbery Award went to Kate DiCamillo for Flora & Ulysses : The Illuminated Adventures. Ms. DiCamillo, who resides in Minneapolis, has won this award once before, in 2004, with The Tale of Despereaux. She also won a...Read More
January 22, 2014
Today's Top Ten is from Whitney L. of RCL - Roseville. And Whitney says, "Normally my list would feature all books as it is my favorite form of media, but I had a lackluster year with my choice of books so I had to throw in a couple of others to make it to a Top Ten."
Scandal (TV Show) - This show made a total binge watcher out of me- and it also makes what goes on in Washington D.C. seem a little more interesting.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah - A story of a friendship between Kate and Tully spanning three decades-not...Read More
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January 19, 2014
Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian!
Here's today's illuminating question:
Q. Did Thomas Edison really invent the light bulb?
A. In 1879 Edison became the first to develop a commercially viable incandescent electric light bulb, but his invention built on the work of others. Way back in 1802, an Englishman named Humphrey Davy demonstrated the world’s first incandescent light by passing electric current through a thin platinum filament.
During the next eight decades, inventors from Britain, France, Germany and Russia all obtained...Read More
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January 17, 2014
Today's Top Ten comes to us from Charles M. of RCL - North St. Paul. According to Charles: "The following is not a traditional best-of-the-year list, but a somewhat arbitrary mix of old and new. Forgotten masterpieces and flawed curiosities rub up against new movies, some acclaimed, others not so much. The only unifying aspect is that these have all been released or nationally rediscovered sometime during 2013."
Ten Notable Viewings from 2013
The Act of Killing sort of poses the question: what if the Nazis had won? In the case of the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s, they essentially did, and the perpetrators sometimes self-identified with violent icons from the American cinema to carry out their deeds....Read More
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