In the Stacks: Explore the world of yodeling, learn origami, or get organized - all at the Juneau library

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2004

New non-fiction books are waiting for you at the Juneau Public Libraries!

"Mendenhall Glacier: flowing through time," by Katherine Hocker, photography by David Job: Spectacular photos embellish this slim but information-packed book dedicated to one of our most accessible glaciers. Hocker introduces glaciers in general, explaining why Alaska has so many, why they look blue, and how they shape their environment. Then she discusses the things that make the Mendenhall unique: the amount of time it takes snowflakes here to become glacial ice, for instance, is several thousand years less than in other places. I particularly love the timeline that traces the Mendenhall area from the Ice Age up to today, giving facts and (at least as important) information on how scientists figured it all out.

"Raising Financially Fit Kids," by Joline Godfrey: In our society, kids hear a lot about money, most of the times in ways that slip under adult radar. Though we want kids to learn to be responsible with their money and understand its value, many of the messages they get make this difficult. Money shows up in fairy tales as magical gold, under their pillows as gifts from the tooth fairy, and pops out of ATMs at adult command. But Godfrey is here to help: first, she helps parents figure out what they want their kids to know about money and, second, she shows them how their ideas can be taught. By dividing lessons up by age groups, Godfrey enables parents to capitalize on kids' developmental strengths to build a firm money foundation.

"Yodel-ay-ee-oooo: the secret history of yodeling around the world," by Bart Plantenga: Scientifically speaking, yodeling is a vocal emphasis on the jump between a chest voice and a head voice, a statement which doesn't begin to touch the variety of yodeling sounds out there in the world. You may think of yodeling as strictly Swiss, but the Germans, Austrians, Brazilian Indians, natives of Papua New Guinea, and many more all yodel. Curious? Explore the world of yodeling with Plantenga as he ferrets out yodeling tidbits (did you know that Switzerland's best pop album of the past 15 years was yodeling set to electro-dance rhythms?) and compiles biographies and discographies of the biggest names in the business.

"The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering," by Jenny Friedman: Want to expand your family's horizons, get your children and yourself involved in the community, and feel like you've done something meaningful? Try doing volunteer work together with your kids! There are plenty of opportunities all around us, and this book will get you started thinking about activities that will enrich your family life while helping others out. With chapters like People-to-People, Healing the Earth, Fighting Poverty, and more, there is plenty of food for thought and action. There's even a developmental timetable for young volunteers to help you match your child's stage to appropriate and interesting volunteer opportunites. And there are plenty of suggestions for thoughtful ways you can improve your community with a one-time or even spontaneous gift of time and elbow grease.

"Making Family Websites," by Jenni Bidner: Got events to share with friends and family who live Outside? If you've got a computer (or access to one), you can set up your own family website. Here's the book that will help you untangle basic web design and help you create a navigable and beautiful site that will help your out-of-town family keep up with the kids. A nice list of resources in the back will help you find the software and supplies Bidner recommends.

"Origami to Astonish and Amuse," by Jeremy Shafer:There is truth in titles in this hefty book of paper play! Learn how to make frog tongues, gremlin masks that move, rings, exploding (and non-exploding) envelopes, and many more paper toys. This is not for the novice - if you are looking for an origami challenge, take a look!

"Join Me," by Danny Wallace: One day on a whim, Wallace placed an ad in his local newspaper that said simply "Join me: Send one passport-sized photo to..." and added his address. A few days later, he got his first joinee, and then another. The trouble was, no one, not even Wallace, knew what they were joining! Finally, realizing he had to find a channel for his followers, he started Good Fridays, filled with Random Acts of Kindness. He's still accepting members to his Karmic Army...

"Conquering Chronic Disorganization," by Judith Kolberg:This is not the usual find-a-place-for-your clutter book - author Kolberg specialized in helping people organize their houses and offices based on their learning styles. She's helped Emotional Organizers by creating categories such as "Things that will come back to haunt me" and "Stuff I can never find when I need it." Wholistic organizers, on the other hand, have trouble breaking down tasks and find organizing around themes the easiest (the example in the book is that of a man who organizes his office into a body: his computer area is the brain, his couch and coffee table are where he "digests" information, and so on). Even if you aren't as badly organized as the people in the case studies, you will find plenty of useful (and fascinating)information.

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our website ( and looking at our catalog. Placing holds on items featured in In the Stacks is now even easier! The new columns are hyperlinked to the catalog: simply look up the column, click on the title you want, and you will be ready to place a hold.

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