Monday, April 10, 2017

Re-imagining Space

Peter White Public Library is in the process of re-imagining the library building’s spaces nearly twenty years after the previous expansion and renovation project which began in 1998. The growth in public usage, need for updated technology, and the shortage of meeting room space has created an opportunity to imagine the possibilities for Marquette’s library of tomorrow. Input from the recent public focus groups and the online patron survey help to sharpen our sites on the exciting changes in store.
Just as the library is working with Kim Bollan & Associates to assist us with the space-planning process, some of the newest nonfiction books at the library will inspire and guide you to re-imagine your own personal space, no matter what the size. Find these items on the ‘New Books’ shelves on the main floor of the library under the call numbers indicated.
Prefabulous Small Houses by Sheri Koones is the minimalists’ dream idea book. Published by Taunton press in 2016 with a foreword by Robert Redford, the book’s 200+ pages are filled with stylish examples of quality tiny homes that have low environmental impact and are stunningly simple. From boat houses to beach houses, woodsy cabins to urban chic, these small spaces are huge on appeal. 728KO
On the other extreme of the housing spectrum, All the President’s Gardens by garden historian Marta McDowell, delves into the changes in the eighteen acres of the nation’s White House gardens and the influence on their design by our nation’s presidents from George Washington and his passion for trees through the Obama kitchen garden to promote healthy eating. All these changes were designed and cared for by the foremen who oversaw the White House grounds. Published in 2016, this book is a fascinating look into American history and garden trends since 1800. 635.0975MC
No money for adding on a room or total reconstruction? Take a look at your interiors through the eyes of Vern Yip, television home design expert and author of Vern Yip’s Design Wise, published in 2016. Yip approaches interior design through the lens of comfortable human dimensions, offering hard numbers on how to rearrange your seating, tables, appliances, utilities, etc. for comfort and practicality. The book is full of stunning photographs of stylish spaces with an Asian esthetic that are designed for everyday family living inside and outside. 747 YI
Making your new space happen requires some elbow grease. Readers handy with tools will enjoy Good Clean Fun by actor, comedian and writer Nick Offerman. A hobby woodworker, Offerman provides a tongue in cheek look at how his projects have worked, his views on the world of fine craftsmanship as well as to introduce readers to some of his quirky woodworking buddies. A fun read that will also teach you a thing or two. 648.08 OF
For those feeling suffering from cabin fever, Dream Treehouses by will help you release your inner adventurer. Written by four French designers, this book is a showcase of imaginative outdoor getaways around the world set well above ground with gorgeous vistas. Beautifully crafted, these treehouses become unique and beautifully crafted spaces to get away from it all. 728.9 LA
Now that spring has sprung, Botanical Style by Selina Lake will inspire you to bring a bit of the outdoors into your personal spaces. Well illustrated from cover to cover, this book features decorating tips using botanical art prints and fabrics, naturalistic floral arrangements and creative ideas on using indoor plants to help you transform your space into an indoor paradise. 747.98 LA
Happy spring!   
--Margaret Boyle, Circulation Services

Monday, April 3, 2017

Historical non-fiction

No matter what the content area, reading nonfiction can bring history to life thru great narration and descriptive writing. These titles are a great historical read. 

How the Post Office Created America, a History by Winifred Gallaher 
How the post Office Created America tells the story of the surprising role of the post office in the nation’s political, social, economic and physical development. For the longest time it  the post office was the U.S. government’s largest and most important endeavor and was established in 1775 before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The authors takes you on a journey, as the post office was the catalyst of the industrial economy (transportation grid, customer service cultured and the political party system. Gallagher argues that Americans should understand what the post office has accomplished since 1775 and what it can contribute to a 21st century.

Rites of Conquest: The History and Culture of Michigan’s Native Americans by Charles E. Cleland  
Rites of Conquest narrates the struggle of Michigan Native Peoples; Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi. For many thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, Michigan’s native peoples, the Anishnabeg thrived in the forests and along the shores of the Great Lakes, their cultures in delicate social balance and in economic harmony with the natural order.  The French quest for furs, the colonial aggression of the British, and the invasion of native homelands by American settlers is the backdrop for its fascinating saga of their resistance and accommodation to the new social order.  Michigan Native American’s look to their values and traditions that set them apart as the most enduring peoples of the Great Lakes region. 

Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A tale of murder and twisted deceit in Northern Michigan by Mardi Link
The author of When Evil Came to Good Hart and Isadore’s Secret, has written a third book of Michigan true crime. Wicked Takes the Witness stand provides a narrative on an unsolved mysterious case that sucked the state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up, which led to the separate condition and imprisonment of five innocent men.

--Stanley Peterson, Maintenance Services Coordinator