Babies Need Words Every Day

By , December 31, 2015

Baby Reading

Did you know that your baby was born with the ability to tell the difference between many sounds and languages? By about six months of age, babies can tell similar languages apart. This means, communicating with your baby, in the language most comfortable to you, is essential to their growth and development.

You can surround your baby with words in a number of fun and exciting ways!

Attend a Nashville Public Library story time

We have Story Times specifically designed for our littlest library visitors.

Read to your baby every day

Reading with your baby exposes them to new concepts and words. On average, picture books contain 30 rare words per thousand whereas a typical adult/child conversation typically contains 9 rare words. It’s okay if your baby gets restless while reading; you can finish the book later. Nashville Public Library also provides a list of Baby Books to read to your baby that will be enjoyable for both of you. This list is available online and in the library. The Association for Library Service to Children also provides a list of Board Books (pdf) your child will enjoy.

Sing with your baby every day

Singing helps children hear the different sounds in words since it slows them down. Singing with your baby also helps you bond with them. It doesn’t matter to your child if you don’t think you have a great singing voice; they will love it anyway.

Talk with your baby every day

Talking with your baby exposes them to more words every day. The more words you use when talking with your baby, the more words he or she will know! As you go about your day, narrate what you are doing. Use “big” words when explaining different items, topics, and ideas. Examples of words that you could introduce to your child are eggplant, peculiar, or amphibian. These may seem advanced for young children, but you are adding to their vocabulary and giving them background knowledge, which will help them become successful readers.

Play with your baby every day

Play is serious business for children. They learn essential life skills, such as how to work with others, when they play. Playing with your child also allows him or her to put into practice the skills they are learning from you.

- Cassandra

Popmatic Printcast for December 30, 2015: By the Numbers

By , December 30, 2015

The audio version of Popmatic returns next week to tell you about the best books, movies, and music to check out in 2016. In the mean time, I thought it would be fun to run a few numbers about what we talked about in 2015. Me doing stats is pretty much the equivalent of Beavis and Butt-Head, CPA. Enjoy! what_formats_did_we_talk_about_most_in_2015 Six hundred and thirty-seven unique items were mentioned on Popmatic this year, but books remain king on the library’s pop culture podcast. Things you watch on a screen are a close second if you combine the categories of movies and tv. Music remains a strong third despite the fact Crystal doesn’t podcast much these days—she remains a music maven—and we have increasingly emphasized movies. We can all agree that a world where comics are just considered books is a better world, but I wanted them in their own category to see if the flack I give Jeremy and Mike about talking comics all the time is justified. It’s unjustified because comics are great. The problem category is other. This is anything that didn’t fit anywhere else: magazine articles, blogs, podcasts, restaurants, art shows, video games, library events, etc. It seems like nearly a tenth of the time we are speaking about things the library doesn’t own, but the majority of these other items were direct tie-ins to library owned things or events. Of those other things that were not library tie-ins, often it was just not applicable whether the library owned them or not; e.g., it is our duty to teach you about Omni Hut. Still, other got a little out of hand and if I had to do it over, I would break that category into subcategories. As it stands, I dug deeper into the two most popular formats: books and movies. fiction_vs_nonfiction_2015 There is balance in the force with regards to true stuff vs. imaginary stuff, but let us not forget the wise words of John Waters, “Fiction is the truth, fool!fiction_by_genre_2015 Literature was the dumping ground for anything that didn’t clearly fit in an obvious genre. The bullseye is in the middle, err, brow. Comedic novels got shoved into whatever genre they were lampooning. Sci-fi / fantasy is probably a little over represented if compared to a control sample of library checkouts. Mysteries / crime and romance are probably under represented if compared to a control sample. If you’re a librarian and you’re reading this, please provide confirmation in the comments. nonfiction_by_subject_2015 People power in full effect. Biographies are what we’re after though the majority of items in the top three categories could all be said to be biographical histories of the arts. I asked Mike to explain exactly how the library decides which category to classify any particular book in. He said he was too sad about Lemmy dying to care. The garbage fire here is psychology / sociology. I used this as a catchall for any social issue, self help, or religious themed nonfiction. The resulting piece of pie is far bigger than it needs to be and does not indicate much. Let's move on. movies_by_genre_2015 Drama is to movies as literature is to fiction. Too bland to go anywhere else? Ummm, you can go right here. Admittedly, Bill’s taste for sophisticated thrillers probably bloated this category a bit. This is because I didn’t want to put them in mystery / crime. Regardless, much like my blog fremisis Beth, we love documentaries. This a little disingenuous too because documentaries can be so different. Some are very funny. Some are very sad. Many are both. Another victim here is romance. Amanda fought the good fight, going head to head with horror in the fiction category, but alas. Not to mention, is Love Actually a drama, a comedy, a romantic movie? What about Silver Linings Playbook? Do you see how hard this is?

Here’s the raw numbers. Here’s my source. An interesting analysis would be genres I put things in versus the library’s subject headings.


This is the transcript of the show. It is available upon request.

Holiday Treats from the Wilson Collection Suite

By , December 28, 2015
Christmas cards from George W. Bush (from Archives) and the Wilson Limited Editions Collection. Christmas Card display can be found in Non-Fiction on 3rd floor of the Main Library.

Christmas cards from George W. Bush (from Archives) and the Wilson Limited Editions Collection. Christmas Card display can be found in Non-Fiction on 3rd floor of the Main Library.

Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….

~ Dr. Seuss

Welcome back Wilson readers, and you know what time of year it is. The weather should give an indication but it hasn’t quite caught up with the times though; give it time, it will. If you haven’t caught up as well, it’s the holiday season of course and of all sorts – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, you name it. In honor of this magical season, I’m going to highlight one of the Wilson Collection’s coolest additions and talk about the fun and easy craft we did during the Throwback Thursday program in Teens.

Let’s get started, shall we….

The Wilson Limited Editions Collection includes 2 copies of Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas CarolThe first was published by the Limited Editions Club in 1934, illustrated by artist, Gordon Ross. The second book in the collection was printed by the Arion Press in 1993. While both books embody their own uniqueness and beauty, my personal favorite is the Arion Press edition.

Arion Press published their copy in 1993 to honor the 150th anniversary of its first publication (in 1843). The edition includes an introduction by Paul Davis, a Professor of English Literature at the University of New Mexico. Davis is also a Charles Dickens’ expert. His intro to the book provides a chronicle of the illustrated editions of A Christmas CarolIda Applebroog, a well-known American artist whose works can be found in several popular art museums, created 50 illustrations for the special edition classic. Applebroog created illustrations that pay homage to the earlier versions of the book while also applying her own style.

Along with the anniversary edition, the Press also issued an extra suite of 18 hand-colored prints by Applebroog. When the prints are stood up on their folding stands, it forms a tableau. This special edition was limited to 25 copies and sold with the book, which makes it even more special.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Tableau created by artist, Applebroog, for the Arion Press edition of The Christmas Carol

The Tableau created by artist, Ida Applebroog, for the Arion Press edition of A Christmas Carol.

A few of the illustrations included in the tableau.

A few of the prints included in the tableau.

During December’s Teen program, Throwback Thursday, I took 3 intriguing books from the Wilson Collection:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Artist: Ida Applebroog
Arion Press, 1993

A Christmas Carol, published by the Arion Press.

A Christmas Carol, published by the Arion Press.

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
Artist: Albert Rutherston
Limited Editions Club: 1940

Dec Craft 2015_4

The Winter’s Tale, published by the LEC.

Genesis, translated from the Hebrew by Robert Alter
Artist: Michael Mazur
Arion Press, 1996

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Genesis, published by the Arion Press.

Christmas ornament made out of old Christmas cards

Christmas ornament made out of old Christmas cards

I also included a craft for the teens to make ornaments out of Christmas cards. This is an easy and fun craft, especially if you save your cards like I do. All you need to create the ornament is (for 1 ornament):

2-4 Christmas cards (depending on how large you draw your circles)
Ribbon, yarn, or cord (about 1 ft long total)
Pen or pencil
Circular object like a bottle to draw circles

Step 1: On the back of the card fronts, trace 8 circles total (there is no definite size, I drew 1-inch circles and that’s approximately the size you see here).

Step 2: Cut out your circles.

Step 3: Fold each circle in half, creasing the fold well. Then, fold them in half again. They should look like the picture you see below.

Christmas Card Ornament

Step 4: Open each folded circle, cut along just one fold to the middle of the circle (only to the middle).

Step 5: This step can be tedious because you will have to do it to each circle, but it involves the use of the glue. With the circle facing you, place glue on the bottom right section of the circle. Bring the left side of the circle over the right now, and press down to the glue. Your circle should now look like a triangle. Now repeat this step until they are all triangles.

Step 6: This is another repetitive step – but take two triangles and glue them together. They should look like the picture below. Repeat 4 times until all triangles are glued to another.

Christmas Card ornament

Step 7: Now you should see where I am going with this, but let’s glue two of the sections together to create a half-circle.

Step 8: Before gluing the other half to each other, let’s first glue your ribbon or cord to the first half-circle. Glue it half-way down the half-circle for firm placement.

Step 9: Now you may glue the two halves together. Your final product can happily hang on your tree now very easily with it’s ribbon/cord/yarn!

Dec Craft 2015_2

The bottom ornament is the one created with recycled Christmas Cards.

Look forward to next month’s post that will include the schedule for our upcoming book-making workshop programs. I was going to post these programs this month, but it’s better to wait until the new year to finalize all details.

If you’re interested in visiting the Wilson Collection, you’ll find it on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library in the East Reading Room (between the Fine Arts department and Non-Fiction). The hours are the same as the Main Library hours. If you’d like a personal tour of the collection where you’d get to see the books up close and even get to look through them yourself, either respond to this blog post or call either of the following numbers:

(615)880-2363 – leave a message for myself.

(615)880-2356 – leave a message for Liz.

Stay tuned for next month’s post!

Legends of Film: Walter Murch

By , December 26, 2015

Return To OzDuring this episode we talk to Sound Designer, Film Editor and Director Walter Murch. Mr. Murch’s editing credits include Apocalypse Now, Julia, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient, and The Conversation. Murch won three Academy Awards® over the course of his film career.

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Trust No One: The X-Files Returns!

By , December 25, 2015

Scully and Mulder are returning to primetime and there’s only one month to catch up on all things X-Files! Don’t panic – the library can help.

Get the facts:

The Truth is Out There book cover

The Truth is Out There: The Official Guide to the X-Files Created by Chris Carter

The X-Files FAQ






Listen to the sounds:

The Truth and the Light album coverThe Truth and the Light: Music from The X-Files 

X-Files – I Want to Believe / Ost






Interpret and create:

The Art of the X-Files book coverDeny All Knowledge: Reading the X-Files

The Art of the X-Files





The story as a comic:

The X-Files Season 10 book coverThe X-Files: Year Zero

The X-Files: Season 10 Volume 1







(Re)Watch it all most of it:

The X-Files I Want to Believe movie coverThe X-Files Season One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine 

The X-Files: I Want to Believe






The X-Files mini-series premieres on Fox on January 24 9:00pm CST. Until then, happy exploring!

The Wet-plate process, Dukes and the Iodine State

By , December 24, 2015


2015 has been a generous year for those who love southern writing. Sally Mann surprised us with her lovely authentic memoir, Hold StillSure, she could have used a stricter editor, but if you ever wandered the backroads below the Mason Dixon line, you enjoyed this ride. And it was her appreciation of her Daddy, after all, that went on too long. So, all is forgiven.

Then The Southerner’s Cookbook reminded us that you can never, ever, ever say enough about southern food. Any cookbook that begins with a “Southern larder” section that includes Duke’s mayonnaise is all right by me. This book was produced by the editors of “Garden & Gun” and includes writing by John T. Edge, Rick Bragg and Roy Blount, Jr. The only bar-b-que sauce recipe you’ll ever need (Eastern North Carolina style vinegar-pepper sauce) is on page 234.

Finally, the most spellbinding longing, languid gift of southern writing this year came from Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free. The magic is that the writing is intimate, and yet it turned out that the whole music world was listening. I’ve got a drawer of snapshots he’s never seen that illustrate this turn through the south. Edited perfectly, it left audiences waiting for more.

“As anyone who grew up on the food can attest, life without a little South in your mouth at least once in a while is a bland and dreary prospect” John Egerton





Popmatic Printcast for December 23, 2015: HOLIDAY PICKS – ALL CAPS SO THEY MUST BE GOOD

By , December 23, 2015

This week most of the Popmatic crew is in wilderness searching for the perfect Yule log so we bring you the podcast equivalent of fruit cake: a print list of prefab picks to make your season merry and bright. If you put these items on hold today you probably won’t get them until after Christmas, but don’t worry, much like fruitcake, they will last all year. Except for the ones you can stream. You can get those right now.

Food Gift LoveFood Gift Love: More than 100 recipes to Make, Wrap, & Share
by Maggie Battista
My tastes and her tastes don’t exactly match up, but there are still some fun recipes in here to try. I made the Citrus Sugar and it tasted good on cookies. This one’s good for those last LAST minute gift ideas!

The Man from EarthThe Man from Earth DVD | Hoopla
The Man from Earth is an intelligent science fiction movie. It has no space ships, ray guns or wookies. Most of the movie takes place in a living room. You will enjoy this thought provoking movie.



Empire of ImaginationEmpire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons and Dragons
by Michael Witwer
Pothead, born-again cobbler from Wisconsin dreams his whole life away and takes your kids with him; or, schluby greaser sacrifices his family to the Demon Lord to become the Steve Jobs of gaming; or, d20 Icarus. Take a holiday from reality with this little gem.


Emmet Otter's Jug-Band ChristmasEmmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
This is Jim Henson’s retelling of The Gift of the Magi, only with poor semi-aquatic animals instead of poor people. It’s based on a book by Russell Hoban and features music by Paul Williams, the Tyrion Lanister of 1970s singer/songwriters. This holiday classic pushes right up against the “too sweet” threshold, but it’s balanced out by the Riverbottom Nightmare Band, a group of rapscallion rock-n-rollers who, like the great Bad Company, sing a song with the same title as their band name.





National Lampoon's Christmas VacationNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This is my favorite Christmas movie.





The Twelve Days of YA Reading

By , December 22, 2015

Whether you be a Grinch or a Who, tis’ the season to cozy up with a warm blanket, long book and a cup of hot tea.  In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’ve compiled a list of Young Adult books to keep you company as the nights get colder. Sing to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Hunger Games

On the first day of YA, my librarian gave to me, a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

Two Boys Kissing

On the second day of YA, my librarian gave to me, Two Boys Kissing, and a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

The Fault In Our StarsLooking For AlaskaPaper TownsWill Grayson, Will Grayson

On the third day of YA, my librarian gave to me, three boxes of Kleenex, and a John Green reading spree.

I am Number four

On the fourth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, I am Number Four so I can finally watch the movie.

On the fifth day of YA, my librarian said to me, “We need more diversity!”, I am Number Four, John Green spree, Two Boys Kissing, and a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

The Crossover

On the sixth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, The Crossover by Mr. Kwame.

Avengers WorldDragon Ball Z

On the seventh day of YA, my librarian gave to me, everything from Avengers to Dragon Ball Z.

Star Wars cook book

On the eighth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, a new cookbook for my Star Wars party.


On the ninth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, the fourth book in the Lunar series.

DeliriumGrave MercyAcross The Universe

On the tenth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, a love triangle-free book to read.

The Book Thief

On the eleventh day of YA, my librarian gave to me, 11 book club copies of The Book Thief.

The Color of Water

On the twelfth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, the newest book for Nashville Reads.

-Happy Holidays from Main Library Teen Area (Raemona, Adrienne, Lauren, and Nina)

My Favorite Holiday Music

By , December 22, 2015

It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love. And every song you hear seems to say, “Merry Christmas.”

Wait. I think I heard that somewhere before. Anyway, it’s almost here – that magic day that comes just once a year. I hope your shopping is done. (I hope mine is done, too, by the time this posts!) So this year, I want to share with you my favorite Christmas albums. These are ones I listen to every year without fail.

The Christmas Album
The Manhattan Transfer

I blame this one on my dad. He has always been a huge Manhattan Transfer fan as I was growing up, so of course I loved them too. This may be my super-all-time-favoritest album for Christmas ever. If you haven’t heard it – you need to. It’s gorgeous and peppy and fun. Go download it on freegal right now. Go…oh. What? You only have 7 tracks to download and there’s 11 total? Ok, just come by my office and I’ll sing the other four for you so you don’t have to wait until next week to finish your album. That’s how much I want you to hear this album. I think my favorite song on the album is the very first one – Snowfall. It’s sad that we lost lead singer Tim Hauser (he’s the bald guy in the picture) last year. As the founder and driving force behind the group, he has been and will be missed.

Christmas Songs
Jars of Clay

This one’s all me. I’ve been a Jars of Clay fan since high school. You may have heard of them because of the song, Flood, that came out in the 90′s. I think I like this album so much because of their song choice. They picked some standards like O Little Town of Bethlehem or God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. But they also picked songs that aren’t often sung like Love Came Down at Christmas and In the Bleak Midwinter. My favorites are Wonderful Christmastime, written Paul McCartney, and Christmastime is Here from Charlie Brown. If you can’t get the physical CD because some else has it checked out, you can also listen to this album on hoopla. You don’t want to miss this mellow Christmas celebration.

Christmas Collection
The Carpenters

Ok, so I picked one because of my dad and one I liked. This last one has to be my mom’s favorite album. It never feels like Christmas until I hear Karen Carpenter singing “Merry Christmas Darling.” It seems like we always listen to this one in the car as we are travelling places over the holidays. I think Karen is the more famous of the siblings, but Richard has got some musical chops too. He did all the arrangments and played the piano – which let me tell you as a pianist, those parts are HARD! Besides Merry Christmas Darling, I also like their Carol of the Bells arrangement and Nutcracker medley. You can check out the one of the three CD copies if other folks will share, or you can also catch this one on hoopla.

Well, that’s it. Those are my favorites. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Happy listening…and eating cookies…and opening presents…and watching The Christmas Story

:) Amanda

Popmatic Podcast for December 16, 2015: Best Movies of the Year

By , December 16, 2015

It’s the best movies of the year! Will this episode be as divisive as the best music of the year episode? I hope so! Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month because we think you have all the time in the world to listen to podcasts. Something must brighten the gray of your cubicle cage. Let it be us! Please let it be us! The audio version of Popmatic is going on holiday vacation for two weeks so binge now.



Sicario1) Sicario
2) Ex Machina
The Gift




Call Me Lucky1) Call Me Lucky
2) Going Clear
3) Inside Out




Pixels1) The Intern [We'll get it when it comes out. Pinky swear.]
2) Pixels
3) Straight Outta Compton




Mad Max Fury Road1) Mad Max: Fury Road
2) The End of the Tour
3) What We Do in the Shadows




Felt1) Felt
2) Interstellar [Hack your tractor just like the movie.]
3) Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana






Amanda plays Christmas

Enough About Me by Burt Reynolds

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

Mike’s movie runner ups:
Last Days in Vietnam
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Creeping Garden
Steve Jobs
The Nightmare
The Search for General Tso


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

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