Monthly Archives: June 2010

American Classics


American FlagIt’s almost the Fourth of July and I got to thinking about great American books, movies and music. The library has wonderful American works that you can read, listen to or view.  Isn’t it great to have America’s public libraries, where everyone has equal access to gems like this? Some Americana  in our collection that you might enjoy:

Have a Wonderful Fourth!

-Anne R., Reference Librarian @ CADL

What’s Bugging You?

Is it my imagination or is there an incredibly large population of bugs in the mid-Michigan area this summer?  I don’t think I’ve ever had the experience before of mosquitoes landing on me while I was riding my bike or walking but that seems to be the case this year.  (In the past they’ve waited until I’m comfortably seated before diving in.)  It’s not only mosquitoes either, but wasps, huge bumble bees, dragonflies, fire ants, bed bugs; you name it.  Fortunately, I haven’t encountered any ticks or fleas yet and I hope my luck holds out.  But, relying on luck in dealing with bugs and their bites isn’t the best idea.

Certainly bug bites are uncomfortable and cause itching, but they also can produce severe allergic reactions and transmit diseases.  Knowing the type of bugs you’re likely to encounter and simple first-aid steps can make your summer safer.  For a quick primer, you can go to Medline Plus (from the National Library of Medicine).  They have links to several useful sites.  Be sure to check out the AAAAI site (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) for their flying insect matching quiz.  And, the U.S. EPA Pesticides Division has got great information on bug repellants, including a tool for selecting the appropriate repellant based on the amount of time you want coverage for and the type of bug.  Their database contains detailed information on the repellant products of over 100 companies.  Search results include the name of products, active ingredients(s), and EPA registration number.

-Eunice B., CADL Reference Librarian

Ape on the Loose in Mason

A  Mason Fourth of July celebration about 1900 carried more excitement than fireworks and parades. According to the State Republican an ape escaped from a traveling menagerie, and ran amuck for nearly 10 hours. No one was injured except the ape. He was knocked unconscious, damaged his jaw and lost a tooth when the fire department blasted him from a tree with their hose.

mapThe menagerie was “Prof.” Gus Lambrigger’s Zoo. The show consisted of several small caged animals, and some freaks. Tom Sapp the Ossified Man traveled with him for a time. The star attractions were a large python and Master Tony an “educated” chimp. It was probably Tony who the Mason fire department knocked from the tree in Miller’s Flats on the north end of town.

Born Augustus S. Lambrigger on June 15, 1859, the “Professor” spent most of his childhood in Chillicothe, Missouri. While still a youth he literally ran away with the circus. Working various jobs, he settled in for over a decade specializing in side shows with the Wallace Circus. Circa 1897 he married his first wife, Julie Boisegrain, a snake charmer who worked for the same circus. About the same time he began his own show.

ape posterThe paper elucidates how the ape temporarily escaped bondage. A small monkey housed with the ape unfastened the latch. However, in the Journal of Mammalogy Volume 3 from 1922, there is an account from years before where Lambrigger travels with a young Orangutan who could open his own cage. Not familiar with primates the reporter could have easily misidentified the responsible simian.

Although falling nearly 60 feet, and sustaining injury, the animal’s keeper stated he “thinks the ape will be alright unless he has taken cold”. The story values the ape at $100 and weighing 90 pounds. From available sources Master Tony’s final disposition is not known.

-Dave V., CADL Local History Librarian

Tell Us Your Story

How has the library helped you?
Every CADL patron has a story—we want to hear yours! Maybe you took a computer class that helped you get a job, attended an inspiring musical program, found a book you loved or got help with a term paper. Maybe a librarian even helped you find the tools to start your own business.

Tell us how using the library has made a difference in your life. Or tell us about your most memorable library experience. Why do you visit the library? What are your favorite things about the library?  Do you have a favorite memory of the library?

Mary T

Mary T’s Story: I have lived across from the Okemos Library my entire life, and I love it! I never want to move! A few reasons for this. 1. The staff is so nice. 2. Most selections of books are okay. And 3. And I love being able to enter a new world every time I open a book.

I have loved reading since I was about 7, and I love it more now, (if that is possible.) The Library is a great place for ALL kids to learn, especially because there are many activities for kids to do. I LOVE THE LIBRARY!

There are several ways you can tell us your story. Type your story into our online submission form on our website, or tell us your story in your own words by leaving us a phone message at (517)325-3206. If you have a photo from a library event that helps to tell your story, upload it to our Flickr group. You can even record a video of yourself telling your story and upload it to our YouTube group. You’ll need an account to share your story on Flickr or YouTube. Does all of this sound a little too high-tech for you? Click here for our printable story submission form. Just print it, write in your story and return it to your local library. Voila!

No matter how you choose to tell us your story, please be sure to include your name, story and library. Everyone’s story is special, and we want to hear them all. Please encourage your friends and family members to share their stories as well. We look forward to learning your story!

-Katy C., CADL Marketing Volunteer

Reader Roundup

Welcome to the weekend. If relaxing with a good book is your idea of how to spend a Saturday, our librarians have a few recommendations for you and your family. Check these out or peruse our Books, Movies + More page or YouTube channel for more recommended reads.

Jessica T. recommends:

DangerousDangerous by Diana Palmer

Check out Dangerous in our catalog.

50 ways to hex...50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom

Check 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover out  in our catalog.

Instant AttractionInstant Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Check out Instant Attraction in our catalog.

Sara D. recommends:

Rock Paper TigerRock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann

Check out Rock Paper Tiger in our catalog.

Liz V. recommends:

Something Like Fate Something Like Fate by Suzanne Colisanti

Check out Something Like Fate in our catalog.

Karma ClubKarma Club by Jessica Brody

Check out Karma Club in our catalog.

Twilight Mania — New Movie, New Books & CDs!

EclipseThe third entry in the Twilight movie saga hits theaters at the end of this month, with the big-screen adaptation of Eclipse. But did you know there are also BRAND NEW Twilight books and CDs available through your local library?

the short second life of bree tannerFirst is The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. Shorter than a full-length novel, this quick summer read re-tells a portion of the saga from the point-of-view of newborn vampire Bree. Also available as a Book on CD!

Twilight graphic novelThe second book is Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1. It’s the first in a series of graphic novel adaptations of the saga (adapted from the books rather than the movies), and is done in a black-and-white, manga-inspired style.

Finally, don’t forget to check out not one, but TWO official Eclipse movie tie-in CDs! First there’s the official soundtrack, featuring songs by Muse, Unkle, and Vampire Weekend. There’s also a separate score CD, featuring the haunting music of composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings).

-John T., Library Assistant @ CADL Mason

PS: Join us at the Mason Library today, June 24, @ 4:00 PM for the first entry in our “Summer Movie Day” series! The show is free, and we’ll also provide pop and popcorn!

We can’t tell you what the movie is here on the website, but you can call 517-676-9088 for details. (Here’s a clue: Wax on, wax off!)

Future Mason Library “Summer Movie Days” are July 22 and August 26.

Meet the Reference Staff: Jolee H.


JoleeJolee H. is a reference librarian at the Downtown Library. She answers reference questions, orders library material in the arts, presents at Book Bites and contributes to library web pages.

Anne: What interesting arts/crafts books have you seen come in recently?

Jolee: New books on classic comics always are trickling in. They are lots of fun and of high interest. Plunder Island and Marvel Comics in the 1960s arrived. A couple of newer books on art and posters during the WPA era are beautiful and fresh: Posters for the People:  Art of the WPA and When Art Worked : An illustrated documentary. A very cute new craft book that hasn’t gotten a lot of press is Make!: over 40 projects with 16 exclusive designs.

Anne: You are an avid reader in spite of being a busy mom and working. What interesting things have you read lately?

Jolee: Funny you should ask! I actively am involved in my son’s class, and I been leading a book club for a 3rd grade reading group. Because of that, my most recent reading has been re-reads for the group. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Both are amazing tween reads, and it has been a thrill to look at them with these young readers again. When I can get back to reading that is entirely my own again, I plan to read Black Hills by Dan Simmons, an alternative history revolving around a young Lakota who believes he is possessed by the late George Custer. Intriguing, yes?

Anne: I know you and your husband like movies. What are some of your favorites?

Jolee: That is a tough one! Both of our movie interests are so eclectic. All time favorites for me are A River Runs through It, Strictly Ballroom and Hope Floats.

Anne: Do you have any reader’s advisory web sites/other resources that you like to use?

Jolee: I check out Fresh Fiction, Goodreads and Teenreads. These are both for my professional needs and personal interests. I also follow a lot of blogs relating to reading and books. Booking Mama is one that is particularly well done and so befitting to my life.

Anne: What has changed in the profession since you started?

Jolee: More has moved to digital. People’s expectations of electronic access has gone up too. At the same time, readers still want books or are able to access certain information from either books or microfilm only. Service demands have only gone up.

Anne: Why did you get interested in librarianship?

Jolee: I was an English and Communication major. Although it’s a fallacy that we get to touch books all day, the love of reading and the interest in connecting people with books and information had a major appeal to me.

Anne: What do you enjoy about being a librarian?

Jolee: I love the variety. I love the idea of the both basic and precious idea of linking people with books. Libraries truly are an arsenal of democracy, not to be taken for granted. That is an idea I can get behind. I completely see the value it the services that libraries offer. I enjoy public service.

Anne: Thanks Jolee!

-Anne R. & Jolee H., CADL Reference Librarians

New Movie Review: Karate Kid

Karate Kid, or should I say Kung Fu Kid, is the latest remake of an awesome 80’s movie. This newly released version goes back to the original, telling a story in which a troubled youth needing guidance finds it in an older martial arts expert. Here’s the trailer:

The biggest difference is that instead of the martial arts expert being a Japanese karate Sensei (played by the late, great Pat Morita), we have a Chinese kung fu Sifu, played by Jackie Chan. This big change made the new version fresh and surprisingly beautiful. The vast Chinese countryside, the ancient temples and the Great Wall of China make this movie visually appealing. The spunky attitude of the young Jaden Smith makes the film fun and humorous.

While nothing can quite top the drama of the original’s ending, this new movie does a pretty good job entertaining audiences, even when you know how it’s going to end.

Want more on the Karate Kid, Kung Fu, and more? Check out these great titles from CADL:


Karate Kid 1-3

Kung Fu Panda

Shanghai Noon

The Forbidden Kingdom

3 Ninjas

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The complete  guide to  northern praying  mantis kung  fuThe Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu by Stuart Alve Olson

The Kung Fu Handbook The Kung Fu Handbook by Peter G. Warr

Kung Fu High School Kung Fu High School by Ryan Gattis

A girl's  guide to  the martial  artsA Girl’s Guide to the Martial Arts by Alice Jablonsky

Ingham & Eaton

samuel d inghamIngham County takes it’s name from Samuel Delucenna Ingham, a Quaker, paper manufacturer and Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson from 1829-1831. Ingham was born September 16th, 1779 and served as a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania before his appointment. During his tenure he attempted, without success, to broker peace between the feuding Jackson and Nichols Biddle, President of the Second Bank of the United States.  Jackson loathed and mistrusted banks vehemently. Jackson also decried paper currency while appointing a former, and future, paper manufacturer Secretary of Treasury.

Several Michigan counties were created by an act of territorial legislation dated October 29, 1829, five years before the first European settler, John Davis, moved into Ingham County, and eight years before statehood. Ingham, along with Van Buren, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun and Eaton were all members of Jackson’s cabinet. These counties are known as the Cabinet Counties. Jackson County was named after the then-Commander in Chief.

John EatonAlso in 1829, Secretary of War and former Senator from Tennessee John Henry Eaton, a widower of 11 years, married his second wife Margaret O’Neill Timberlake. Eaton was longtime friends with Margaret and her husband John Bowie Timberlake, who died at sea in 1828. Jackson, a friend and mentor to Eaton encouraged the pairing and swift nuptials.  Margaret’s parents were successful hotel/tavern keepers whose establishment was a favorite for D.C. elites. She was formally educated, artistic and grew up in the midst of powerful political figures.

Controversy soon arose when Margaret Eaton was excluded from social gatherings. Rumors floated she and John were together before her first husband’s passing, and that she was too familiar with several other men.  A group of D.C. wives led by Floride Calhoun, wife of Vice President John C. Calhoun, vociferously opposed her participation or attendance at social functions. Ingham is reported to have called Margaret “impudent and insolent”. This growing rift split the cabinet. This scandal, known as the Petticoat Affair, resulted in the resignation of the entire cabinet except Postmaster General William T. Barry.

After their resignations Ingham and Eaton exchanged tempestuous notes. Eaton challenged Ingham to a duel. Ingham declined and when Jackson heard this told Eaton “If he won’t fight, you must kill him.” Stalked by Eaton and his three companions Ingham gathered an armed escort and fled Washington after sundown. He then returned to paper manufacturing and died in 1860. Neither Ingham nor Eaton ever saw the counties named in their honor.

-Dave V., CADL Local History Librarian

Electronic Personal Health Records

The medical field may be one of the last to embrace the use of computers and technology to keep, share, monitor, & correlate data on individual’s records, specifically those that are health related.  While that is gradually changing, it is still critical for you to have some sort of organized system for keeping your own information.  What kind of information you should keep and how you maintain the information is a personal choice.  Basic medical information should include:  insurance information, lab results, names & phone numbers (doctors, practitioners, family members, etc.), injuries, illnesses, surgeries, allergies, and treatments.  And, whether you use a paper notebook, computer program, or website; you need to have a system!  Many Americans are fairly mobile – they’ve been in a variety of hospitals and seen a wide range of doctors/practitioners in their lifetimes so in fact, there’s probably no one source of all the reports, results, analyses, and consultations that have been generated about you.  You’ve heard the phrase that is popular in consumer health circles these days – you have to be your own advocate.  Well, being a good advocate starts with knowing as much as you can about your health history and being able to share it in a timely and concise manner.

A paper notebook or 3-ring binder is an easy first choice – low tech and affordable but useful nonetheless.  You include notes and paper copies of test results, hospitalizations, procedures, etc.  Computer software programs that you load onto your own equipment are an option.  Commercial products include Life Record, HealthFileHealthFrame, CVS CareMark, and many others. (yep, there’s even an app for this!)   They allow you to input data in spreadsheet fashion.  Online services include HealthManager from WebMD and My Health Manager from Kaiser Permanente to name 2 and often allow integration of information sourced from you as well as your doctors/practitioners.

But, how do you decide which way to go, what do you need to consider before joining an online service, what safeguards do you need to have in place?  Back in May, 2008, SmartMoney online contained an article, How To Choose a Personal Health Record that provides a thorough rundown of the issues involved in making such a decision.  On their website, the American Health Information Management Association has comprehensive tools for learning about PHRs, how to address privacy concerns, how to create and use a PHR, and many other issues.  And, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare & Research offers a short video that discusses creating a personal medical record.

So, don’t wait for an urgent need for your medical information.  Consider your options now and get started creating the PHR system that’s right for you.

*inclusion of the named commercial products in this post does not constitute an endorsement.  They are listed only as examples, many others are available.  Consult your insurance provider or doctor for their recommendations.

-Eunice B., Reference Librarian