Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: Hello, I’m Noelia Marziali from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
A total lunar eclipse will take place next month on January 21 2019. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned, with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does. Due to this reddish color, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a blood moon. Unlike a solar eclipse, which can be viewed only from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth. A total lunar eclipse lasts a few hours.
Beyond awe-inspiring events like a lunar eclipse, the importance of the moon’s cycles in our lives may play a larger role than we appreciate. An article in Scientific American reads: “The ocean tides mirror life itself. Their ebb and flow pay homage to the cyclic nature of the cosmos along even the most secluded seashores. But is life itself also ultimately a fluke of the tides?
Today on Library Moments, Nancy Therrien and I will talk about books that explore Lunar themes.
Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a magical, heart-warming novel by Sarah Addison Allen about a young lady named Emily Benedict, who returns to her mother’s hometown in North Carolina following her mother’s sudden death. She is searching for answers, such as why did her mother, Dulcie, leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return?
Emily moves with her grandfather, an eight-foot gentle giant, and is befriended by another recent returnee to Mullaby, Julia Winterson, who was bullied by Dulcie in high school. Julia is working to pay off her late father’s debts, and she plans to leave Mullaby as soon as possible, partly because she can’t shake her teen reputation as a self-harming Goth freak.
Emily becomes romantically involved with a local, Win Coffey, but an old family feud threatens their relationship. Meanwhile, a boy who hooked up with Julia in high school tries to rekindle their bond, but Julia is hiding a secret that could destroy their connection.
The parallel storylines of Emily and Julia include family skeletons, love, and redemption, with just a touch of white magic. Fans of Southern fiction and Chick-Lit should check out this novel. Also take a look at the appendix which lists monthly full moon names and events according to traditional folklore. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.
Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: The big flood tide that accompanies the full moon is a pivotal event for those who make a living from the sea. Salmon returning to their natal rivers and streams always come in on the full moon tide. And since the full moon ebb tide retreats farther than usual, it’s also the best time to gather shellfish. Bill Proctor has lived and worked by the full moon flood tides all his life. A natural storyteller, his book Full Moon, Flood Tide: Bill Proctor’s Raincoast he points the way to hidden waterfalls and abandoned Native village sites. People like Fritz Salem, who made the best moonshine on the coast; Joe Jack, who knew the secrets of fishing for spring salmon in winter; and Dad McKay, who lived on eggs and bannock in a hollow cedar stump. Some of Proctor’s stories will raise goosebumps –like the sad fate of the Maid of Orleans , a former slave ship, or strange encounters with a giant sleeper shark and the ghost of Kingcome Inlet. Full Moon, Flood Tide is no conventional cruising guide, but an indispensable companion for travellers around northern Vancouver Island, Fife Sound, Wells Passage, Blackfish Sound and Tribune Channel. Maps illustrate the places Proctor describes. Brimming with coastal lore and sprinkled with Yvonne Maximchuk’s enchanting line drawings, this fascinating volume pays tribute to pioneers who wrestled a livelihood from forest and sea even as it makes a passionate plea to preserve the wilderness. Full Moon, Flood Tide by Bill Proctor is available to borrow at Haliburton County Public Library.
That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.
*Originally aired in January 2019 on 100.9 CANOE FM