Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Do you know where the name "cloak room" orginiated from? Why weren't baths popular for two centuries? Did you know beauty marks were originally stock-on patches? What were they for? Did you know bedrooms used to be very social places where people gathered with their friends to drink tea, visit and play cards? This intriquing book is all about how our home have changed over the centuries. It certainly made me appreciate living in modern times.
Reviewed by Mimi Fintel, Branch Manager
Monday, June 4, 2012
Love, Life and Elephants, an Afriacan Love Story by: Dame Daphne Sheldrick and now available at the Genoa Branch Library.
Dame Sheldrick's family was orginally from Scotland but had settled in Africa in the 1820's. Dame Sheldrick began her love affair with animals as a young child which led to her life work as a conservationist.
Until I read this inspiring book, I did not know that elephants have family groups similar to humans. They reason and plan. They mourn their dead. And unfortunately, they are brutally slaughtered for their tusks which leaves baby elephants orphaned. Dame Sheldrick's family was orginally from Scotland but had settled in Africa in the 1820's. She and her husband started trying to save these defenseless babies. After they figured out a "formula" to feed the babies, they were able to raise the babies (and other species babies) and then gradually introduce them back into the wild. This book is not just about elephants but also about Dame Sheldrick's interesting and at times heartbreaking life. I loved this book. Her work has been so important for the conservation of elephants and educating people about their plight.
reviewed by: Mimi Finte, Branch Manager, Genoa Branch Library