Friday, July 27, 2012

'Jackie Joyner Kersee Superwoman'

Well folks, tonight is the Opening Ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad Games in London.
I will be watching them at Homewood's Olympic Training Site at Lakeshore Foundation with some of the USA top Paralympic athletes. My love for the Olympics begin as a child and over the years I have had the good future to meet and know so many Olympic heroes. A few include Alice Coachman, Willma Rudolph, Billy Mills, Bob Beamor, Charlies Barkley, Jennifer Chandler, Rowdy Gaines, Michael Johnson, Florance (FoJo) Griffin, Carl Lewis, but one of my favorites is Jackie Joyner Kersee.

Homewood Public Library Children's Department  has several biographies on Jackie Joyner Kersee, because she is one of my favorite Olympians and people. A product of title IX , she is a shining example of what young women, given a chance to compete in high school and college sports, can hope to achieve. She is also a shining example of an accomplished athlete who gives back to her sport.

Jackie Joyner Kersee Superwoman follows Jackie's athletic career from Lincoln High School in East St. Louis through 1994, a period in time when Jackie was breaking world records and ground for female athletes in Olympic sports. This book is co-authored by Margaret Goldstein and Jennifer Larson. Larson, a seven-time All-American in track and cross country from St. Olaf College, provides a unique insight into the hard work and determination required to be successful in a sport on the Olympic level. 

The London Games are here, and new stars will certainly emerge. I am excited and also feel so lucky I am now meeting some of my Paralympic heroes like Aimee Bruder and Aliison Milford. That said, Jackie Joyner Kersee will always be one of my favorites. She will also always be recognized as one of the top USA Olympians of all times. I hope you will read about her accomplishments and now let the games begin!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Meet Ivan, a silverback gorilla who is the main attraction at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Ivan has a pretty nice life. He has his TV, his art, and his friends (including Stella the Elephant and Bob the stray dog). Ivan doesn’t really think about his old life with his gorilla family. Ivan is content in his domain. Soon, a new arrival shakes things up at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. When Ivan meets Ruby, a baby elephant who joins them to boost business, Ivan realizes that there is more to life than what he knows. 

    The One and Only Ivan is a lovely story about friendship that you cannot help but love. The characters are endearing and the story of Ivan and Ruby is quite powerful. Based on the true story of a gorilla at the Atlanta Zoo, The One and Only Ivan will utterly charm you.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An English Summer

With the start of the XXX Olympiad Games in London, in less than two days, all eyes will  soon be on England. But the truth is between the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton a little over a year ago and this magnificent production by PBS there are already a lot Anglophiles here in the good old USA.

Downton Abbey, is a beautiful  'period'  production shot on location. In 2011 it entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the "most critically acclaimed English language  television show" for the year", becoming the first British show to be recognized as such by the Guinness Book of Records.  So what are you waiting for?

This August, between watching  the outstanding athletic events going on at the  London Olympics, I highly suggest you find time to make yourself a spot of tea, relax and enjoy Downton Abbey.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: two short novels from Crosstown to Oblivion

     Walter Mosley's latest work, "The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: two short novels from Crosstown to Oblivion" is another foray into the world of science fiction.The two novels require the mind to try and comprehend two tales of the past, present, and future.They are as much alike as they are different.One novel delves into the gift of internal fire and how a former god must decide who is worthy of carrying the flame.This flame is the flame that makes one decide to get off the sidelines and do something.The other novel is the meshing of an alien being who looks prehistoric but actually is years more advanced than modern man.Somewhere along the way the more man went forward, the more he went backward. ~L. Jones


Michael Jordan was not always a household name. Once upon a time he was just an ordinary boy living in North Carolina with his family. Jump! From the life of Michael Jordan by Floyd Cooper is the story of how that ordinary Michael became 'Air' Jordan, one of the most outstanding athletes of the century.  

Jump!: From the Life of Michael JordanMichael Jordan is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist. He earned Gold Medals on the USA 1984 Olympics team, while he was a Junior at the University of North Carolina, and also as a member of the infamous 1992 USA Olympic 'Dream Team' that won Gold in Barcelona, Spain. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Taste of Home Cookbooks

We have all been there. We open up our cabinets after spending all day at work and we see nothing to eat. Yes, there are usually plenty of ingredients, but what to make? The last time I want to do is spending hours cooking and prepping something, especially after work.

That’s why I love the Taste of Home cookbooks. My two favorites are Taste of Home: The BusyFamily Cookbook and Taste of Home: Simple and Delicious. 

 The recipes are simple, quick, and incorporate items that most kitchens already have (none of those fancy shmancy ingredients you’ve never heard of and cost an arm and a leg), and Taste of Home provides beautiful pictures. I love cookbooks with photos that way I know what it is suppose to look like. If you are looking for some simple and great cookbooks with recipes that your whole family will enjoy then Taste of Home books are definitely what you are looking for. 

Be sure to check out some of the other great Taste of Home cookbooks that are in the system! Click here for more choices

Here is a recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Chicken that is a favorite of my family!It is beyond yummy! Enjoy :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley by Jamie Fedorko is the biography of the Leeds, Alabama native and member of two USA Olympic teams.

The book is one of the Overcoming Adversity:Sharing the American Dream series. It tells how Charlies, a kid  raised by his Mother and Grandmother, dreamed of playing in the NBA and accomplished that and much more.

It has been said that Charles Barkley's best and worst qualities are that he "tells things just like he sees them." Fedorko seems to have adopted that same philosophy when he wrote this book. It is a simple sixty- four page, interesting and easy to read account of Charles' youth, his college years at Auburn University, his incredible career in the NBA, and his experience as a member of the USA Olympic Basketball Dream Team. Also, and maybe more importantly, it tells the story of how Charles found success after his professional basketball career ended, doing that thing he does so well (or poorly...depending on who you ask) as a television personality.

To reserve a copy of this book for check out click here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bollywood Film: Jodhaa Akbar

On  gloomy days, like today, it is best to curl up on the couch with a great book…or a great movie! Sometimes you just want to watch an epic movie that captures your heart and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Well the Homewood Public Library has just the movie for you!

New to our collection is the 2008 epic Bollywood saga, Jodhaa Akbar. Already a classic, this powerful love story of a marriage for alliance will sweep you into a foreign world of a whole different realm. Set in the sixteenth century, this sweeping story takes place in the Mughal Empire. Muslim Emperor Akbar enters into an arranged marriage with Hindu princess Jodhaa. As their love grows, they spread a message of religious tolerance throughout their empire. This Bollywood movie is a clean family film that the whole family will enjoy with the beautiful scenery and dazzling costume designs. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I am so excited! We are only days away from the start of the London Summer Olympic and Paralympic  games. Here's a Olympic book to put you in the Olympic spirit! 

Swifter, Higher, Stronger written by Sue Macy and published by National Geographic. This book features stunning photographs that capture the Olympic spirit and chronicle the history of the modern Olympic games alongside a concise documentation of important events.

To check out a copy of this book click here.

Classic Hollywood Movies!

We have recently added a slew of classic movies to our collection. With legendary Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Cable, Joan Crawford, and  Marlon Brando how could you possibly go wrong with any of these titles? Click on the image below to place your hold on one of these new additions today! Enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

'Jesse Owens Fastest Man Alive' a great Olympic book and hero

 Jesse Owens

 Adolf Hitler planned to use the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin to showcase the cultural and physical superiority of the German  Aryan race to the world. The modern city, stadiums, venue sites, and pageantry had never been matched in former Olympic games, but a black American athlete by the name of Jesse Owens would prove to be the superior athlete.

The children's book, JESSE OWENS Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford, is the story of Jesse Owens. Born in segregated Alabama, he was considered a second class citizen by many, even in the USA. During the 1936 Olympic games he demonstrated he was capable of running through social barriers, winning four gold medals and the hearts of millions, while setting two world records and proving the Nazi dictator theory of racial superiority unmistakably wrong.

 Jesse OwensTo reserve a copy of this book click here.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

    Recently, I have been in a movie slump. I haven’t watched anything absolutely wonderful, so when I ran across Crazy, Stupid, Love I didn’t think much about it. I have seen this movie check out like crazy so I thought I would give it a try. This romantic comedy stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, and Kevin Bacon. The movie opens with Cal (Carell) and Emily (Moore) at dinner, when Emily decides to drop the bomb that she has had an affair and wants a divorce.  Cal, who is completely devastated, is thrown back into the single life and he is pretty much sinking when playboy Jacob (Gosling) saves him. Jacob teaches Cal the wicked ways of manipulating women into getting what he wants from them. But soon, heartthrob Jacob has meets his match in the enchanting Hannah (played by a delightful Stone). If you think this is going to turn out to be a predictable romance comedy, well think again. There are other stories thrown in that make the movie wonderful. There are also lots of connections and twists that will keep you on your toes. The main message of this movie is love and it is definitely the starring character. So if you are looking for a great movie that will leave you with a positive feeling and lots of laughs, then I cannot recommend Crazy, Stupid, Love enough to you.