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Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2011 13:59
How is it that fables are still so popular? In searching the library database Books in Print, which lists books currently published, you can find over 6,000 books that concern fables in some shape or form. Writers and artists still draw from the tales of old.
Our illustration this month features the work of one such artist, Darryl Funk. Mr. Funk is a freelance illustrator in Canada who does work for a children's magazine called Zamoof! And he drew a lovely piece featuring the Fox and the Grapes. When asked about why he used a fable for inspiration he said, "For me I think that it's kind of like going back to the beginning. These fables are the basic building blocks for storytelling. The simple, moral lessons are as valid today as they were way back then. I'm sure most modern stories have just taken that information and expanded upon it."
The longevity of fables may be because they were intended to be cautionary tales for dangers which are timeless. They were told to warn those who are weaker and to provide advice on a means of escape from difficult situations - some advice being good and some bad. Perhaps that is why fables are so popular as children's books. They are constants to which both adults and children can relate.Add a comment
Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2011 14:00
As winter approaches we find ourselves taking stock of our cabinets and ourselves. Many of us will be cashing in food for fines over the next few days. As we do this we ask ourselves, "Do we have enough to last the colder season? Have we done enough to help those around us?"
The December, Children’s Fable Podcast, features a classic tale which touches on the above themes – in the ancient and modern telling. Most of us know the tale of the Grasshopper and the Ants from the 1934 Walt Disney Silly Symphony telling. In this version the hard working Ants show compassion for their idle Grasshopper neighbor and share food and shelter during the harsh cold season. In exchange the Grasshopper must earn his keep and entertain the Ants with his fiddle playing.Add a comment
Have you ever spent hours creating something really amazing on the computer and then not been able to save it?
Well, the Pioneer Library System would like to help make sure all your hard work does not go to waste. Each hometown library will have the 2GB flash drives available for $9.00 each. We have been selling 1GB flash drives, but now we have upgraded to 2GB flash drives. Now you can store even more of your documents, pictures, videos, and music.
Time to get working on your projects, but be sure to save often.Add a comment
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 09:39
The Pioneer Library System is now on facebook!
Now you can not only post articles from the website on your facebook page, but let all your friends know that you support the library. We are inviting everyone to visit the page and become a fan of the Pioneer Library System. So, take a break from MafiaWars, Farmville, Pet Society, or looking at friends pictures to check out the Pioneer Library System page and show how much you love the library by becoming a fan. Just click on the facebook icon on the right side or search for "pioneer library system" on facebook.
Check back weekly to see our fun profile pics featuring your hometown libraries and events throughout the system.Add a comment
Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2009 13:54
This month's fable, read by the Moore Public Library's Children Department staff, is The Lion and the Mouse. When the western world thinks of fables, Aesop is the name which springs to mind for many. But if it wasn't for Gaius Iulius Phaeder in Pieria, aka Phaedrus, we may not think of fables as we do today.
Phaedrus translated Aesop’s Fables from Greek into Latin and put them in a poetic form. He compiled them in the first collection of fables ever published as literature. He did more than create a compilation of Aesop’s tales, he refined and rewrote the fables in a Greek poetry style, called iambic senarii. He also included some of his own fables using “the old form but with modern content”, some say to fight against moral degradation during the time of Emperors Augustus and Tiberius.Add a comment
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