Monthly Archives: July 2011
Commander Toad series by Jane Yolen
Loaded with puns, the books about Commander Toad by Jane Yolen, found in the Easy reader section
of the children’s department, are as much fun for adults as for children, especially in grades 1-3. My
daughter (and I) read these books back in the 1980s when they were new, so when I saw them again on
the shelves here, I grabbed four of them and laughed my way through them all.
I can relate them to the TV series “Star Trek” through the main characters: Commander Toad “…guides
his ship where no space ship has gone before…”; “…copilot is Mr. Hop, who thinks deep thoughts
behind his green face”; “Lieutenant Lily fixes engines. She loves the big machines.” But “… young Jake
Skyjumper [who] reads the maps and plots the way from star to star” reminds me of “Star Wars.” By the
way, the name of their “…mighty ship, long and green…” is Star Warts.
The stories I chose were: Commander Toad and the Space Pirates, Commander Toad and the
Intergalactic Spy, Commander Toad in Space, and Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes. All of
them were unique adventures and a lot of fun to read.
Recommended by: Paula at Main
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been one of my favorite books since I was young. While recently discussing Halloween, the story came up again, and made me wonder what all resources our library had that are Alice related. I thought I’d share what I came up with for anyone that might be interested in reading (or watching, or listening to) Lewis Carroll and his work. (This isn’t even a totally comprehensive list, just one that hits all of the main points. Feel free to come to one of our branches or search our catalog yourself for more!)
We have different movie versions of the tale:
Books about Lewis Carroll:
And of course, the original:
There are books that are based on Alice in Wonderland but with a new, fresh twist:
And even a song book!
It might be fun to end the summer with a big tea party for you and your friends (no matter your age!) with a Wonderland theme, or maybe just enjoy a final day filled with Carrollian nonsense before settling back in for school and work in the fall. There’s a lot of inspiration to be had from Lewis Carroll’s work, so I hope you can enjoy the selection that the library provides.
Recommended by: Ashley at Main
This week, instead of reviewing a book, Addie from the main branch is spreading the word about a service the library offers called Mango Languages.
LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE—FOR FREE!!
The Raleigh County Public Library provides an awesome online program that many people may not even be aware of! It’s called Mango Languages. It’s great for students, those traveling to a different country, or those that just want to learn to speak a different language. The way Mango works is by teaching actual conversation skills that you would use in real-life situations. You will learn more than grammar and vocabulary…you’ll learn to communicate! Currently, there are over 30 different languages you can choose from, including Spanish, French, Russian, Farsi, and also English as a second language.
Mango Languages is easy to access and best of all, it’s FREE! Just go to Raleigh County Public Library’s website (www.rcpl.lib.wv.us). On the left side of the page, click on the “Research and Learning” icon. Then choose “Databases”. Click on the Mango icon and it will take you to the site. All you need is a Raleigh County Library card to log in and start learning!
Don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of this exceptional program for free!!
(If you don’t want to go the long way, here’s a direct link to our databases page. 🙂 The Mango link is at the top! )