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Languages Abound at Greenfield Public Library - Weeks of December 3 and December 10


We are finally into December and the holiday season is in full swing.  In between shopping and reflecting on the importance of the holidays, please take time to come to Greenfield Public Library.  Here are a couple ways to stay in touch with us in December and in 2013.



Sign up for text notices from the library.  Receive text notices about holds, renewals and overdue items, renew items right on your phone, or find out if a book is available at a nearby library.  To sign up text ‘SIGNUP’ to  In order to sign up, you need a text messaging-capable phone and messaging plan with you mobile service provider.  You will also need your library card number and PIN.  Text messaging rates may apply. 


Do you have an event or important meeting coming up and you simply have nowhere to host?  The Greenfield Public Library has three rooms available to meet the needs for a handful of people up to 100.  If interested, please see the ‘Application for Room Reservation and Use’ and ‘Library Room Reservation Use Policy’ forms at{E384F402-5E75-4379-A305-6EE935A62F52} or call Michelle at 414-321-9595 x101.  You can also get these forms at the Adult Reference Desk.  We look forward to hosting your next event.


¿Habla o lee español?  ¿Es difícil encontrar libros o DVDs en español en la biblioteca?  This month, the Greenfield Public Library is highlighting some of our books written in Spanish in our monthly display.  The Greenfield Library has received numerous requests for materials in Spanish, especially children’s books and DVDs.  We hope this new collection of materials will help this ever growing informational need.


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 one of the world’s most important political events.



The French Revolution was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France that had a lasting impact on French society and through the rest of the world. The absolute monarchy that ruled France for centuries collapsed within three years.  French society underwent an epic transformation as feudal, aristocratic, and religious privileges evaporated. The shift from absolute monarchy to a republic led to the rise of Napoleon and the wars that ravaged Europe in the early-19th century.

 Historians widely regard the French Revolution as one of the most important events in history.  The Revolution represented the most significant and dramatic challenge to political absolutism up to that point in history and spread democratic ideals throughout Europe and ultimately the world.  On December 11, 1792, the deposed King Louis XVI was brought to stand trial and hear his indictment, an accusation of high treason and 33 charges of crimes against the state.  Less than a month later, he was executed via the guillotine.  Nine months later, his queen, Marie Antoinette met a similar fate.  Read more about this historic event with some of the titles available at GPL.


Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution – Simon Schama     944.04 SCH

The French Revolution – J.F. Bosher     944.04 BOS

Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France – Evelyne Lever     BIO MARIE Antoinette

The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte – Robert B. Asprey     BIO NAPOLEON I

Napoleon Bonaparte – Alan Schom    944.07 NAPOLEON


Start the Revolution Without Me – DVD STA

The Elusive Pimpernel – VID ELU

The Scarlet Pimpernel – VID SCA c.2

City of Darkness, City of Light – Marge Piercy     F PIE

A Dish Taken Cold – Anne Perry F PERRY, Anne c.3 OR Book on Tape CAS PER

The Elusive Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy     F ORC

The Gods are Thirsty – Tanith Lee     F LEE

Revolution – Jennifer Donnelly     YA DON

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens     F DICKENS, Charles   OR   YA CD FIC DIC

Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe – Sandra Gulland     F GULLAND, Sandra


The French Revolution – Phyllis Corzine     J 944.04 COR

Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal – Robert Burleigh     J BIO NAPOLEON I

Den of Thieves – Julia Golding      J GOL

The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution – Sally Gardner      YA GAR

The Silver Blade – Sally Gardner      YA GAR


We thank you for reading.  The blog will take a one week hiatus and be back again in the middle of December.  We hope that you enjoy reading it and we would love to have your feedback.  If any new happenings occur, we will make sure to post them on our Facebook page ( or our website (  We hope you have a great December and we hope to see you at the Greenfield Public Library soon.

 The Greenfield Public Library Team.

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