Archive for April, 2016

Take Ten: Much Ado About Shakespeare

This Saturday – April 23 – will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and after all that time, his work is still beloved (though, maybe not by current high schoolers, who are probably toiling through one of his works right now…). Literary critic Harold Bloom claims that while the Bible may be the Western basis for understanding the spiritual side of being human, Shakespeare’s works are the foundation for how we understand our own humanity. Regardless, his plays and sonnets must still speak to us – we’re reading, and performing, and re-imagining them all the time.

If you want to learn more about the Bard and his impact on world literature, pick up one of the ten titles listed here.


Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? – James Shapiro

How Shakespeare Changed Everything – Stephen Marche

Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – Neil L. Rudenstine

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard – E. Foley and B. Coats

The Shakespeare Book – Stanley Wells

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human – Harold Bloom

The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios – Eric Rasmussen

Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects – Neil MacGregor

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare – Stephen Greenblatt

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays – Tina Packer

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1979

It’s been a while since we stepped into the Way Back Machine (guess it’s been such a busy “now,” we haven’t had much time for “then”). Anyway, dust off your leisure suits and let’s head back to 1979.

If you were around in those days, you might remember these events:

  • McDonald’s debuts the Happy Meal nationally! (June)
  • ESPN launches. (September)
  • More than 60 U.S. citizens are held hostage in Iran after the students of the Iranian Revolution took over the American Embassy. (November)

Be a little retro this spring and pick up a read from the New York Times Best Seller list from the week of April 15 in 1979. You might find you can relive the past a little.



1. Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

2. The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

3. Chesapeake by James A. Michener

4. War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

5. Overload by Arthur Hailey

6. SS-GB by Len Deighton

7. Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

8. Dubin’s Lives by Bernard Malamud

9. Proteus by Morris West

10. Dress Gray by Lucian K. Truscott IV

11. Evergreen by Belva Plain

12. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever

13. The Coup by John Updike

14. Manhattan by Neal Travis

15. The Sixth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders



1. The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet by Herman Tarnower

2. Lauren Bacall: By Myself by Lauren Bacall

3. Sophia, Living and Loving by A.E. Hotchner

4. How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years by Howard J. Ruff

5.  Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

6. A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

7.  Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman

8. Nurse by Peggy Anderson

9. The Complete Book of Running by James F. Fixx

10.  American Caesar by William Manchester

11. The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch

12. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

13. In Search of History by Theodore H. White

14. How to Get Whatever You Want Out of Life by Dr. Joyce Brothers

15. The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle And Peter Golenbock

National Library Week!

Next week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the ways in which libraries impact our community. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform” and we’re highlighting how the library has transformed to meet the needs of our patrons, and how our patrons have transformed because of what they can do/learn/see at the Library!

Attend one of our programs – or just drop in and browse. Let us show you what’s new and exciting at TFPL!


All Week

  • Make-a-Craft Week (K-5th)
    • Pick up your craft kit at the Youth Services Desk.
  • Food for Fines
    • 1 non-perishable food item for $1.00 off your overdue fines ($25.00 max) – for more information ask at the Circulation Desk

Monday, April 11

  • Special Toddler Time (18-months to 3-year olds) at 10:30 am
  • Because of you…libraries transform Event from 3:00-6:00 pm
    • Come see how we are transforming with 3-D printing, and digital and community resources
  • Sing-a-long with Don Ritchey at 4:00 pm

Tuesday, April 12     

  • Special Preschool Storytime (3- to 5-year olds) at 10:30 am
  • Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at 12:00 pm
  • Book Club at 5:30 pm
    • Defending Jacob by William Landay

Wednesday, April 13

  • National Bookmobile Day from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at Robert Stuart Middle School
    • In celebration of Bookmobile Day, we will have a mobile maker space lab (with 3-D printing) and be announcing our Bookmobile’s new name!
  • Local History Presentation at NOON
  • Special Kids Club: Design Squad at 4:00 pm

Thursday, April 14

  • Special Toddler Time (18-months to 3-year olds) at 10:30 am
  • Teen Concert at 4:00 pm
    • Teens can join us for a special concert and Q & A with local musician Jordan Thornquest

Friday, April 15

  • Special Preschool Storytime (3- to 5-year olds) at 10:30 am

Saturday, April 16

  • Storybook Character Meet & Greet at 10:00 am
    • Join us as we welcome some of your favorite storybook characters to the library!  There will be snacks, a storytime, and other fun activities!
  • Saturday Movie Matinee at 3:00 pm