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Books and Pies - Week of November 26

Activites, donations, food, fundraiser, bake sale, Mini-Subject, Tail Waggin' Tutor

Hello Library Patrons!

Thank you for coming back to the blog.  We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving and we hope you will have a great holiday season.  Here are some events for the last week of November and the beginning of the first week of December.



No time to bake for the holidays?  You’ll find delicious homemade treats that you can claim as your own at the Greenfield Library’s Holiday Cookie and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Library’s Community Room.  There will be raffles and holiday music, too.  All proceeds will benefit the Greenfield Library.  If you would like to bring in baked goods, please do.  We look forward to seeing you then.


The Greenfield Public Library welcomes applications from local non-profit civic and cultural groups and clubs to display their artwork and other small items and/or information about their group in our display case in the Library lobby.  For more information, please contact Michelle at (414) 321-9595 or by email to


Puzzle, the newest member of the Greenfield Library family, is a trained, licensed, therapy dog who would love to spend some special reading time with your reluctant or emerging reader.  Time spent reading to our patient canine volunteer in a fun, relaxing and calm environment could give your child the confidence boost he or she needs to allow reading skills to grow. Please call the Library at (414) 321-9595 X104 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Puzzle.


 As a special feature for the blog, we will be highlighting a themed mini-collection to show the vastness of Greenfield Public Library’s collection, relevant to the time of year it is posted.  This week, we draw attention to our coldest and southern-most continent.



 When asked to name the seven continents, five or six are easy to rattle off.  Perhaps it is because it is easy to visit the other six, while Antarctica is often a remote, forgotten area.  At 5.4 million square miles, Antarctica is the nearly twice the size of Australia.  98 percent of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages a thickness of one mile.  Even though it is the coldest (having reached -129 F) and most snow-covered continent, Antarctica is considered a desert since its average precipitation is less than 10 inches annually (8 inches average).  There are no permanent residents, but anywhere from 1000 to 5000 people reside at research stations scattered across the continent.    Due to polar ice cap shifting, the geographical location of true South Pole shifts about 10 meters every year and is recalculated often. 

On November 29, 1929, US Admiral Richard Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole; a great feat for both exploration and aeronautics.  We celebrate this act of bravery by displaying some of our books written about Antarctica and its frozen atmosphere.



Antarctica: Secrets of the Southern Continent – David McGonigal, Chief Consultant     919.89 MCG

Terra Antarctica: Looking Into the Emptiest Continent – William L. Fox     919.89 FOX

Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future of Antarctica – Fen Montaigne     577.2 MON

Cold Hands, Warm Heart – Tess Burrows     919.89 BUR

Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott’s Antarctic Quest – Sir Ranulph Fiennes     BIO Scott, Robert (Ask Librarian for this title)

Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole – Ross D.E. MacPhee     919.89 MAC



Dry Ice – Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson     F EVANS, Bill

Icefire – Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens     PAPER FIC REE c.2

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple     F SEMPLE, Maria



Antarctic Adventure: Exploring the Frozen South – Meredith Hooper     J 919.89 HOO

Sir Ernest Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer – Patricia Calvert     J BIO SHACKLETON, Ernest

Antarctica – Henry Billings     J 998.9 BIL

Antarctica – David Peterson     E 998.9 PET

Eve of the Emperor Penguin – Mary Pope Osborne     JC OSB

Penguins and Antarctica: A Nonfiction Companion to Eve of the Emperor Penguins – Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce     J 598.47 OSB

Penguins at Home: Gentoos of Antarctica – Bruce McMillan     J 598.47 MCM

Antarctica – Helen Cowcher     E COW

Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems – Judy Sierra     E 811.54 SIE

The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel – James Patterson     YA PAT

Troubling a Star – Madeleine L’Engle     YA LEN

The White Darkness – Geraldine McCaughrean     YA MCC


Encounters at the End of the World     DVD 998 ENC

March of the Penguins     DVD 598.47 MAR

Eight Below     DVD EIG

Whiteout     DVD WHI

Happy Feet 2     J DVD HAP


We hope that you venture out into the cold and come over to Greenfield Public Library very soon, if not to buy at the bake sale, then to get some books or DVDs or CDs or whatever you need to keep you learning and entertained during this cold weather.  Have a great December.


The Greenfield Public Library Team.

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