Friday, November 30, 2012

Nov. 29

Dynamics of Contention
 The first of these divisions reflects the long-standing view that various forms of contention are indeed distinct and should be studied independent of others. A second traditional approach to the study of political contention denies the possibility of general theory, in deference to a thorough grounding in the temporal and spatial particulars of any given episode of contention. Finally, overlaid on these two divisions are stylized theoretical traditions--structuralist, culturalist, and rationalist--that have developed 
largely in isolation from one another. -Amazon-

Engaging Learners Through Artmaking
Introduces artistic behaviors that sustain engagement, such as problem finding, innovation, play, representation, collaboration, and more.
Provides instructional modes for differentiation, including whole group, small group, individual, and peer coaching.
Offers management strategies for choice-based learning environments, structuring time, design of studio centers, and exhibition.
Illustrates shifts in control from teacher-directed to learner-directed.
Highlights artist statements by children identifying personal relevancy, discovery learning, and reflection. 

FRBR: A Guide For The Perplexed

FRBR Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records is an evolving conceptual model designed to help users easily navigate catalogs and find the material they want in the form they want it be that print, DVD, audio, or adaptations. Developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Cataloging Section, FRBR is now being integrated into cataloging theory and implemented into systems and practice.  -Amazon-

 Gaming the Vote shows that there is a solution to the spoiler problem that will satisfy both right and left. A system
called range voting, already widely used on the Internet, is the fairest voting method of all, according to computer studies. Despite these findings, range voting remains controversial, and Gaming the Vote assesses the obstacles confronting any attempt to change the American electoral system.  
The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters
"With over a decade of experience as the science correspondent for The Times, Henderson has seen it all. Today science is enjoying unprecedented coverage in the media and recognition in popular culture. Here is the account of how and why this has happened, how science works, and how it is perceived, warts and all . . . Fascinating stuff."  —Jim Al-Khalili   review   -Amazon-

 This is a technical book that assumes a basic understanding of cataloging theory and practice, and it is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the new RDA standards. A list of abbreviations that are used throughout the work, as well as an index and list of selected resources and readings by topic, are included. --Sara Marcus   -Amazon-

 ...Teachers who structure self-directed learning activities can facilitate effective differentiation as students engage in the curriculum at their level. This book provides evidence-based, practical examples of how to transform the classroom into a creative and highly focused learning environment.  

 Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View
Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain the public’s faith? How can it help make our democracy work? In this groundbreaking book, Justice Stephen Breyer tackles these questions and more, offering an original approach to interpreting the Constitution that judges, lawyers, and scholars will look to for many years to come.    -Amazon-

Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies
"The Managerial Unconscious offers an insightful reading of composition history that cuts through tired debates about composition management and labor to give readers a productive re-imagining of the work of composition. Both a revisionist history and a call to action, Strickland demonstrates that composition denies the field's managerial identity at its own cost."-Bruce Horner   -Amazon-

Multiliteracies For a Digital Age
Multiliteracies for a Digital Age serves as a guide for composition teachers to develop effective, full-scale computer literacy programs that are also professionally responsible by emphasizing different kinds of literacies and proposing methods for helping students move among them in strategic ways.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Books 11/15

November 15, 2012 Arrivals
Newly arrived Books at Scarborough Library; click the title for the location in the library.

A brief text that gets students thinking analytically.
Based on the Full Edition of American Government: Power and Purpose but with a simpler framework, the Brief Edition combines authoritative, concise coverage of the central topics in American politics with smart pedagogical features designed to get students thinking analytically. The Twelfth Edition has been extensively revised by new co-author Stephen Ansolabehere and updated with new pedagogy.  -Amazon-


The American Republic:
 Primary Sources
A straightforward presentation of texts ranging from governmental charters to veto messages and the fifth Lincoln-Douglas debate, The American Republic is unvarnished with commentaries or interpretations; it is exclusively a collection of the primary sources themselves, leaving the reader to draw conclusions as he or she sees fit. The American Republic is an excellent and very welcome addition to American History reference shelves.  -Amazon-

Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 1986
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The Campaign Manager:
   Running and Winning Local Elections
Featuring invaluable insight from an expert author, The Campaign Manager offers the most comprehensive guide for organizing, funding, publicizing, and winning local political campaigns.  -Amazon-

Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue

 CTD promotes all analytical and interpretive approaches that are appropriate for the scholarly study of teaching and curriculum. In fulfillment of this mission, CTD addresses a range of issues across the broad fields of educational research and policy for all grade levels and types of educational programs. -Amazon-

....Now, with this timely and definitive volume, readers can finally cut through the clamor, read the the very best writings from each side of The Digital Divide, and make more informed decisions about the presence and place of technology in their lives.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


November 13, 2012 Arrivals
Newly arrived DVD's at Scarborough Library; click the title for the location in the library.

The Life & Times of Tim (First Season)
What happens when your girlfriend comes home before your hooker has left? How do you convince the police you weren't really raped by a bum during a bachelor's party? What do you do when a priest asks you to object to a wedding, as a prank? What happens when your boss orders you to change your ethnicity in order to meet his corporate quotas? Meet Tim: an ordinary guy who makes a habit out of misunderstanding in The Life & Times of Tim a hilarious, new, adult animated series from HBO.

The Life & Times of Tim (Second Season)

Everybody makes mistakes, but for Tim - a self-conscious young guy living in New York - just getting out of bed in the morning could be the worst decision he makes all day. No matter the situation, life's little challenges always manage to demand the most offensive solutions, which wouldn't be such a problem if he weren't continually caught red-handed. From the mind of Steve Dildarian - the Clio-winning ad man behind Budweiser's famous 'Lizards' campaign - The Life and Times of Tim follows this everyday working guy from one scandalous crisis to the next. -Amazon-

Freeman plays grumpy, washed-up alcoholic Western writer Monte Wildhorn (great imagination with the character's name, but don't let that put you off). He decides to summer-sit a house at a location I understand is Greenwood Lake, NY - but is called Belle Island. This confused me in several ways: the title says "ISLE" but I'd swear on someone's bones that they call it "island". Then, they are clearly not on an island but at the seashore, with some weird rocklike island off the coast, also called Belle Isle (or Belle Island, take your pick). -Amazon-

Marvel's The Avengers
The plot revolves around the far-ranging machinations of Loki, Asgardian god of mischief. Those who've read the AVENGERS' origin in the comic books should note a smidgen of familiarity, but only a smidgen. The Tesseract artifact plays a part. The bad guys Loki recruits as an invasion force aren't Skrulls. Not exactly. Certainly they pose an extinction level threat, alarming enough that some assembly becomes required. -Amazon-

Miss Evers' Boys
 Evers's conscience is torn between leaving her position on principle or remaining to give the dying men what comfort she can while they are systematically refused life-saving medicine at every turn. ... Ultimately that tone becomes the most disturbing facet of the drama: doctors and nurses so enmeshed in what is tantamount to a conspiracy they can find no way out, and a government that searches for scapegoats for its own cold-blooded research. --Sean Axmaker - Amazon-

Moonrise Kingdom
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward.  -Amazon-
A Thousand Acres

Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer are quietly dazzling in this underrated adaptation of Jane Smiley's best-selling modern version of King Lear. The two play sisters of a stubborn, alcoholic Iowa farmer who decides to leave his fertile farm to them and their youngest sister.  It is a decision that rends the family, setting siblings against one another and forcing long-held secrets out of their guilty closets. The family dynamics become ever more destructive, and the refuge of sanity the two older sisters have created may be their only salvation. It's a tragedy not quite on a Shakespearean scale, but anyone who appreciates the difficulties of a dysfunctional family will relate to the heartbreak--and the promise of redemption. --Anne Hurley -Amazon-

Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is a bright, attractive, confident woman whose entire life has just taken a sudden turn — in the wrong direction. Newly divorced and recently laid off, the only work she can scrape up is a dead-end job at her sleazy cousin's bail bond office. But when her first big assignment involves tracking down an on-the-lam ex-flame (Jason O'Mara), this tough-as-nails lady bounty hunter will be redefining the meaning of hot pursuit in this thrill-packed action comedy. - Amazon-

Person of Interest (first season)
...Set in New York City, this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Using data siphoned off the U.S. intelligence agencies' threat matrix -- information not related to terrorism, but rather violent crimes of a personal nature -- during each episode, the former CIA agent and his enigmatic partner identify a "person of interest" and set about solving the mystery of the impending crime. Tapping into the world's Big Brother-like surveillance network, the shadowy duo knows that something bad is going to happen; it's their mission to discover what that event will be ... and somehow prevent it. -Amazon-

Hunt For Red October
The Hunt for Red October sweats with high-tech anxiety and the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius . The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst  has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on! -Amazon-
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world. -Amazon-

Safe House Tobin Frost (Oscarr winner Denzel Washington), one of the CIA's most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During his interrogation, the safe house he's being held in is attacked by brutal mercenaries forcing rookie agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) to take the infamous Frost on the run. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant prot‚g‚, shaking the young operative's morality and idealism, the unlikely allies must fight to stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. Packed with intense action and thrilling suspense, Safe House takes you on a deadly ride through a covert world where no one and no place is ever safe. -Amazon-

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov. 8 -- DVD--

American Horror Story. Season 1

Synopsis: American Horror Story revolves around The Harmons', a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish.
Archer The Complete season two Floyd County

Synopsis: Archer is an animated half-hour comedy set at ISIS, an international spy agency, where global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this "buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to "outsource" their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a "true classic that reminds us that it's never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age." (Rex Reed, The New York Observer)

The Big Bang Theory (fifth season)

The show unavoidably makes use of previous sitcom combinations (the odd couple, the unfulfilled love-interest mismatch) but even if one manages to discern them they are used in such a fresh manner that all that is left is great entertainment !

Body of Proof. (Second Season)

It's a season filled with unique medical mysteries and shocking twists and turns. The team pulls together when a 6-year-old child is kidnapped, a lottery winner's luck takes an unfortunate turn, and one of Philadelphia's most despised citizens turns up dead, leaving an entire city of suspects. Meanwhile, Megan must also navigate the complicated new dynamic with her ex-husband and boss, Kate, while continuing to re-build her once-strained relationship with Lacey. Relive every astonishing case from Season Two.

 Dark shadows
 From the wonderfully warped imagination of Tim Burton comes the story of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a dashing aristocrat who is turned into a vampire by a jilted lover and entombed for two centuries. Emerging from his coffin into the world of 1972, he returns to his once-majestic home, only to the few dysfunctional descendants of the Collins family who remain. Determined to return his family name to its former glory, Barnabas is thwarted at every turn by his former lover - the seductive witch Angelique (Eva Green) - in this wildly imaginative" (Sam Hallenbeck, NBC-TV adventure).

  The Flight of the Phoenix
    Robert Aldrich's tense, 1965 drama about a plane crash in the Sahara is a unique psychological study of men in desperate circumstances. In this somewhat revisionist view of classic heroism, every character within the mixed lot is stretched to his limit, and individual efforts to brave the elements and hostile nomads are duly punished. What is left is collective will and ingenuity. One could call this an allegory for transcending Cold War madness, perhaps, but Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly) makes this such a gritty, immediate experience that you can feel the desert sand in your teeth. Superb performances by James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Hardy Krüger, Peter Finch, and the rest. --Tom Keogh   

  For Greater Glory theTrue Story of Cristiada
   A truly inspiring and deeply moving account of the events and characters struggling for Faith and Freedom in the little known persecution and Christero's War in 1920's Mexico. Superp cast and excellent production values. A must for people who believe that the real "Super Heroes" are not found in comic books but in the Grace, Faith and Courage of ordinary human beings who respond to the assault on their God Given Rights, and live and die for values that transend their mundane needs and desires. - amazon-

  Fringe. the complete (third season)
Synopsis: From the creative team behind Mission: Impossible 3, Alias and the upcoming Star Trek feature comes this incredible thriller about an unlikely trio who uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events that may be part of a larger and more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between the possible and the impossible. -amazon-

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nov 6 -- Books--

Every Man in This Village is a Liar 
       an education in war
    Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is Megan K. Stack’s riveting account of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy. She reports from under bombardment in Lebanon; records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq; and, one by one, marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews. 

A History of Modern Yoga : 
  Patañjali and Western Esotericism
  With regard to 20th century developments, this book proposes a four-fold typology of Modern Yoga comprising Modern Psychosomatic, Modern Meditational, Modern Postural and Modern Denominational forms. Iyengar Yoga, one of the most influential schools of Modern Postural Yoga, is then analyzed in the light of this framework, while the conclusion shows how a typical Modern Postural Yoga session may be interpreted to reveal the forms and contents of a healing ritual of secular religion.

Last Great Senator: 
     Robert C. Byrd’s encounters with eleven U.S. Presidents
…Corbin describes Senator Byrd’s humble background in the coalfields of southern West Virginia (including his brief membership in the Ku Klux Klan). He covers Byrd’s encounters and personal relationship with each president and his effect on events during their administrations. Additionally, the book discusses Byrd’s interactions with other notable senators, including Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Russell, Mike Mansfield, and especially Robert and Edward Kennedy. -Amazon-

The Mindful Brain :   
      Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-being

For clinicians and laypeople alike, Siegel’s illuminating discussions of the power of the focused mind provide a wealth of ideas that can transform our lives and deepen our connections with others, and with ourselves. --Amazon-

Running alone :
      Presidential Leadership -- JFK to Bush II : Why it hasFailed and How We Can Fix  It

Drawing on his own personal letters, interviews, and recollections of America's presidents, Burns charts the decline of genuine leadership in the Oval Office and offers a stirring vision of what the presidency can and should be. America deserves better leaders, and with unsurpassed knowledge of American history and politics, Burns shows us the way forward. -Amazon-

Mad at School :
    Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life 
"A very important study that will appeal to a disability studies audience as well as scholars in social movements, social justice, critical pedagogy, literacy education, professional development for disability and learning specialists in access centers and student counseling centers, as well as the broader domains of sociology and education."---Melanie Panitch, Ryerson University -Amazon-
   Teaching the New Writing : Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom 
'One of the beauties of this collection is that it explores multimodal composition and assessment across levels of schooling, demonstrating that elementary, secondary, and collegiate teachers work best when they share understandings. Perhaps most importantly, this book reasserts a value on innovation and creativity within composition classrooms.'' -- Cynthia L. Selfe, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University  -Amazon-

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 2

 Now Available at Scarborough Library 

 Art for Life
By offering practical ideas for revealing the meaning and relevance of art to humanity, this text helps art students become effective art teachers. Unlike most art pedagogy texts, Art for Life offers a holistic approach to the art curriculum, through classroom illustrations and comprehensive art content, engaging to art students today. -amazon-

    The Chez Franc̦ois Cookbook 

...It combines traditional French cooking with surprising and delicious ingredients. Franois Haeringer and his son, Jacques, have captured the flavor of Alsace in the hills outside Washington, D.C., home of L'Auberge Chez Franois, acclaimed "Best Restaurant in Washington" for fifteen straight years by readers of The Washingtonian magazine. -Amazon-

Civil Rights Under Reagan
Civil Rights Under Reagan'" is a masterful look at race relations and policy in America. Polls on racial attitudes show that the vast majority of Americans - including black Americans - believe our system should be color-blind.  more  - Google Books

 Contemporary Issues in Art Education
  An anthology based on contemporary art issues being addressed in the art world, in critical theory, in education and in art education, Contemporary Issues in Art Education provides a complex of conceptual frameworks within three sections—theoretical frameworks, content, and pedagogical strategies. ... - Amazon-


Criticizing Photographs                

      ... it is a book about ideas and the ways in which the ideas which are normally attributed to art in general are applied to photography specifically. Although the book is very well written this is NOT a work of original scholarship ( I mean that in a good way), rather it is a relatively quick and, I think, complete summary of photographic history and thought that would find little disagreement in academic circles. - Amazon-