Posts Tagged 'Fairport NY'

Shakespeare’s Amazing Traveling Adventure, by Nicoletta Barrie

Shakespeare’s Amazing Traveling Adventure is based on the true story of Shakespeare, a cat who adopted Fairport’s Nolan family. Trapped inside a moving van, poor Shakespeare was carried many miles from home—and then he found his way back.  Just as you start to ask yourself how anyone would ever know the real facts about a cat’s travels, you will learn the specific clues that led the Nolan family to discover Shakespeare’s story. Partial proceeds to Lollipop Farm.

Nicoletta Barrie will appear at the Local Author Book Fair at the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2 to 4 PM.

Mr. Bee Man: The Story of Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, “Father of American Beekeeping”

Image As a child, Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth couldn’t resist watching insects, even though his father punished him for wearing out the knees of has pants and his teacher punished him for failing to pay attention in school in order to watch a housefly, instead.

Langstroth was born in 1810.  The author and illustrator give just enough detail to set the scene without overwhelming an elementary-aged reader.

There’s lots of good information about bees here.  Readers will find much to discuss, from practical mathematics and entomology to American history and the fascination of science.

Rosalie Gabbert will appear at the Local Author Book Fair at the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2 to 4 PM.

Love Always Wags its Tail, by Kathy Porter

ImageNot surprisingly, this charming title immediately appeared on Amazon’s bestseller list for pet essay books, as soon as it was published.  One reader speaks of dogs leaping and dancing across the pages of this book.

The author always loved dogs, even as a child.  When she watched her son creep into the dog house to find a friend after a hard day at school, she began to think about the special friendship dogs offer.  For the last 20 years, she has been a leader in Rochester’s ex-racing greyhound rescue program.  She is also the author of the HealingRescueDogs blog.  A portion of the sales of this book will be donated to the American Brittany Rescue (ABR) organization.

Kathy Porter will appear at the Local Author Book Fair at the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2 to 4 PM.

Ellen Stoll Walsh, Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Balancing Act, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Besides exploring the mathematical concept of balance or equivalency, Ellen Stoll Walsh offers a beguiling story of two mice, friends who have balanced a stick over a rock to create their own teeter-totter.  One by one, additional friends appear and want to join the fun.  Again and again, the teeter-totter becomes unbalanced and must be re-balanced by adding a friend or moving friends to the other side.  At last, the weight of the friends is too great for the stick, and it breaks.  The friends run off to play something else, all but the two original mice, who hunt up another stick and return to their balancing game.  So this cut paper collage with minimal text also provides for discussion of the values of playing nicely with friends and refusing to give up easily.

But most of all, this is a charming story to read to the little one you put to bed every night.

Fairport children will recognize that the mouse statues outside the library window are cousins to this story.  They come from Walsh’s earlier mouse book, Mouse Paint.

Duane H Cook, By Guess and By God

By Guess and By God, by Duane H. Cook

Starting without family or friends, young George Cash grew up to marry his sweetheart and inherit an Idaho rabbit ranch with valuable government contracts to feed the soldiers in World War I.  When the war ended and with it the rabbit contracts, along came Prohibition and opportunities for evading the Volstead Act.  The family continued to grow and prosper, one way and another, through World War II and the Cold War.  As time went by, the Cash family learned a lot about war and the suffering it brings.

Over the course of his long lifetime, George Cash observed and distilled his own philosophy, which he passed on to his numerous children and grandchildren, several in powerful places.  “Be patient:  Soon we will have our opportunity to change the world.”

This historical novel is strongly based in American history, and offers fascinating factual footnotes for the curious reader.

Bill Self, Customer 3D: A New Dimension for Customers

Customer 3D

Customer 3D: A New Dimension for Customers, by Bill Self

Self describes exceptional customer service and shows how a variety of organizations have focused on the customer’s experience (rather than products or services) in order to achieve business success.  The makers of WD-40 lubricant, for instance, focus on “creating positive, lasting memories for customers.”  The memories involve well-lubricated hinges, perhaps; but the focus is the positive memory, not the product.

A business that answers a customer’s request with, “Because our software doesn’t allow us to do that,” reveals that customers are expected to put up with the status quo.  This is the antithesis to customer service.

Self stresses that good customer service comes from a sense of abundance.  Rather than “giving away the store,” customer-centered generosity involves the “soft” skill of recognizing the customer’s human individuality and providing whatever is necessary.  This, in turn, enables the business to survive changes in technology or in the economy, because its focus is always on customer needs.

Written for business leaders, this book is of interest to entrepreneurs, employees, and civil servants as well as to the CEO.

Jean Keplinger, Windows to the Past: 200 Years of Perinton, New York, History

Windows to the Past

Windows to the Past:  200 Years of Perinton, New York, History, by Jean Keplinger

Because this report on “200 Years of Perinton, New York, History” is a well-organized collection of news paper articles, the book functions as an introduction to local history or as a quick reference providing information on a multitude of subjects.  Chapter headings group early neighborhoods, farms, transportation, business, education, churches, recreation, etc.

The illustrations provide archival photographs and maps from the Town Historian’s collection and also offer current snapshots.  The lengthy index provides a reader’s route to new connections and novel insights, connecting different aspects of the history of a building, institution, or settler.

Old-timers will enjoy reminiscing about the subjects found.  Because each article stands on its own, the information is accessible to students as well as adults.  Like a bowl of peanuts, this well-written collection tempts the reader to take time for “just one more,” and then another, and another.