My college roommate (my sophomore year, his junior, in the social dorms at Amherst where we had a suite of tiny rooms and a shared common room along with the wonderful Vanessa) is here visiting! Yay! I can't wait to show him all the fun norcal stuff!
Read Bee Season: A Novel by Myla Goldberg on the plane back yesterday. I've been meaning to get to it for ages, and finally checked it out of the library and took it along with me.
Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. In this altered reality, Saul inducts her into his hallowed study and lavishes upon her the attention previously reserved for Aaron, who in his displacement embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. When Miriam's secret life triggers a familial explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos.
It wasn't exactly what I had expected -- since all I knew in advance was it was something about spelling bees (and I loved Spell Bound) but I definitely enjoyed it and it was perfect for a plane ride read.
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
The book is dripping with awards, including: A 2000 Printz Honor Book, A 1999 National Book Award Finalist, An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist, A 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, An ALA Quick Pick, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 1999, A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and A Horn Book Fanfare Title.
I liked it a lot -- its really funny even while dealing with a hard subject. The main character, Melinda Sordino, is very likable and while she stops speaking to most of the rest of the world, we still get to read what she's thinking and experience the problems of high school along with her.
My favorite line: "Just in case we forget that
'weareheretogetagoodfoundationsowecangotocollegeliveuptoourpotentialgetagoodjoblivehappilyeveradfterandgotoDisneyWorld,' we have a Job Day." (p. 52)
Grade 8/Age 12 and up
Sitting using the free wireless at the snazzy Jet Blue terminal at JFK. They make flying rather fun again!
It was a very nice, and not even very stressful, trip home for Thanksgiving. It was great to see everyone!
See you all back on the West Coast.
And if you're around Westport today, don't forget to stop by the annual antiques show benefitting our high school radio station, WWPT.
NOV. 27-28: The 27th Annual Westport Holiday Antiques Show will have 65 exhibitors of fine arts, prints, silver, glass, textiles, and American, English and European furniture. Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., Westport. Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. Call show manager Lillian Gilman at 222-2259.
(Usually the show's at Staples, but its still under construction)
Thanksgiving break always makes me think of WWPT anyway -- when we were at Staples, we used to do a Thanksgiving marathon where we would broadcast straight from Wednesday's half day of school until Sunday night, with pledge breaks between the songs to beg our family and friends for donations to the station (usually the station would only broadcast live from 3pm when school got out until 10 or 12 at night I think). It was one of the best highlights of the year -- and especially when you were an upper classman and got to snag the coveted graveyard shifts (not sure why I thought it was so cool then to get the midnight to 6am spot since definitely no one was listening at that hour, but it was exciting I guess to be up and on campus in the middle of the night. I even flew back early from Thanksgiving in Seattle one year so that I could make a late shift (and some of the guys who were on air at the time paged me in the airport on the way back which was pretty exciting at the time as well).
Mark was the GM of the station, I was news director (and had a blast doing election coverage for school board elections and the 1992 presidential primaries where we had Mr. Green and Darin doing color commentary in the studio while Stephanie and others were sent out into the field to interview people at each of the campaign HQs). Katy and I had a show Sunday mornings from 9-noon where we played pretty much anything we wanted and had a great time dancing around the studio. Brett had a show before any of the rest of us and I remember hanging out during his show - I guess the summer between freshman and sophomore year maybe? We were even all featured once on MTV (though poor Mark had food poisoning or something that day) talking about the station and feeling quite cool.
Here are some of the other photos from the party -- if you want a larger copy of one that you are in, email me or leave a comment below and I'll send it to you... (emily - at - chocolatespoon.com)
Tonight was the party to celebrate Mom and Bill's 10th anniversary (and the 10th anniversary of us all being one great big family!) Here are a few of the photos from the party.
It was a great party -- complete with a chocolate fondue fountain, pomegranite martinis in an ice-slide, a 3-piece ensemble, and lots of great people -- many of whom were at the wedding party 10 years ago!
I'll post some more of the photos in the morning!
Brian and Karen arrived and Mom took the required group shot of all of us.
Here are some leftover shots from last night as well.
Carrie came up and spent the day and helped us get ready for the anniversary party (and took me shopping, which she is just so much better at than I am).
Mom and I checked out the new knitting store in Westport, Knitting Central. Very nice, and very busy. I resisted buying anything new since I have a huge yarn stash waiting at home and haven't been making much lately, but it was a lot of fun to go in and pet the yarn and show Mom some of the cool stuff.
Mom's on Backstage web site again:
Arts Action Fund Officially Launches
Wasserstein, Lynch Tout Ambitious Grassroots Citizen Initiative
November 26, 2004
By Leonard Jacobs
Arts advocate Ann Sheffer, who chairs the fund's board of directors, and Nina Ozlu, Americans for the Arts' vice president of government and public affairs and the fund's vice president, also made remarks.
2 classic YA books today:
The Chocolate War
Knopf Books for Young Readers; 30th Annv edition (September 14, 2004)
Originally published in 1974
Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 1997)
Originally published in 1967
The theme today seems to be high school boys getting beat up, but despite that I actually found that I enjoyed both books a lot.
The Chocolate War tells the story of Jerry Renault who refused to sell chocolates in the annual school fund-raiser and sets off an all-out war involving a secret school society, the Vigils. It deals with how hard it is to stand up to the pressure of high school and how awful and mean kids can be. Jerry goes from being a bit of a hero to an outcast and a scapegoat by the Vigils with pressure from the acting headmaster who is in way over his head with the chocolate sale. There's a sequel, Beyond the Chocolate War which I'll have to check out as well to see what happens to Jerry, Archie, Obie, and all the other characters we met in the first book.
You may know The Outsiders more from the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola movie starring Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze (which I'll now have to go rent). The book came out in 1967 and has been one of the best selling young adult books of all time. The story is told by Ponyboy Curtis who lives with his two older brothers Darrel 'Darry' Curtis and Sodapop Curtis. Along with their gang of friends (Dallas 'Dally' Winston, Johnny Cade, Keith 'Two-Bit' Mathews, and others) they are "Greasers," poor tough outsiders from the wrong side of town with long greased hair. Their rival gang, the rich "Socs" (Socials), like to beat up Greasers for fun, but Ponyboy comes to realize that they're just guys too -- and things are tough everywhere.
The best part of The Outsiders though was the additional Q&A at the end with the author, S.E. Hinton. She was 15 when she started writing the book, in response to a friend being beat up for being a greaser. I actually never would have guessed that the author was a woman, and apparently others felt that way too. Answering a question about why she uses her initials, she writes that her "publisher was afraid that the reviewers would assume a girl couldn't write a book like The Outsiders." She also talks about how shocking the book was at the time, responding that:
"I was pleased that people were shocked with The Outsiders came out. One of the reasons for writing it was that I wanted something realistic to be written about teenagers. At that time realistic teenage fiction didn't exist. If you didn't want to read Mary Jane Goes to the Prom and you were through with horse books, there was nothing to read. I just wanted to write something that dealt with what I saw kids really doing."
Update: Plus, I learned from Dan Woog at the party that one of the big experts on YA, Sarah Herz (who wrote From Hinton to Hamlet), used to be an English teacher at Staples!
Mom, Bill, Eduard and I (after a nice post-thanksgiving nap) ventured out to see Finding Neverland, which has been on the top of my movie todo list for a while. I thought it was wonderful and magical. Bring kleenex. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet were fabulous, the kids were great, and Dustin Hoffman (as the play's producer) was perfect.
Happy 10th Anniversary today to Mom and Bill -- we'll be celebrating Saturday night!
Eduard, Grandpa, me, Mom, Bill's Dad and Bill after eating WAY too much wonderful thanksgiving food.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm now safely in CT (JetBlue rocks!) and am looking forward to a nice relaxing thanksgiving. Happy Hollidays everyone!
The Internet & Society 2004 conference, entitled "Votes, Bits, and Bytes," takes place over three days, December 9 - 11, 2004, on the Harvard campus.
I was just starting to email Brian to see if he'd be attending (and if so that he should say hi to Joi) when I noticed that (no surprise) he's actually one of the speakers (along with a lot of other very cool folks -- including one of my all-time fav's, Robert Putnam). Way to go B... and a pretty cool way to spend your birthday!
December 11, 4-5:30pm
Rules for Radicals
Mindshare Interactive in conversation with James Crabtree
Brett pointed out this Wired piece on newspapers (basically reporting that our 18-34 demographic isn't really interested in reading print newspapers for various readings, including not having old papers pile up, and get our news in other ways).
For anyone who has seen my apartment*, you know that I have long wrestled with the dilemma of getting the paper or not (because I hate wasting all that paper and I hate dragging things all the way down to the recycling and I have a serious pat-rack problem and generally hate to throw anything away...) But since I'm about to start a daily morning internship thing and won't have time in the morning to get through the Times anyway, I actually had just decided to go back to just getting the Sunday instead of the daily edition. I know I mostly get the Times because I like being a "New York Times [gal]" -- especially out here in CA (despite periodic episodes of guilt that I'm not following the local Bay Area news as much as I could be) and because, of course, my parents religiously read the Times (no matter which coast they're living on).
Hmmm... so anyway, I thought it was an interesting article...
*now, thanks to Shachar, minus an entire cart-load (literally) of piles of newspapers but you can barely tell the difference there is still so much other stuff piled up right now...
The Gift of Reading
Presented by the Mercury News and Kids In Common
November 8 through December 3, 2004
Give the gift of reading
Whether it's a toddler's picture story or a teenager's novel, a book brings magic into a young reader's life. It provides comfort and hope on dark days. It can challenge, inspire, and open doors.
Each year, the Mercury News Gift of Reading Program brings this magic to thousands of Bay Area children who need it most.
There are lots of places to drop off the books. You can give any (new, good condition) book, they have suggestions as well (in English, Spanish and Vietnamese). Or you can sign up to help sort books (I'm going 12/9 if anyone is interested. PPMM sent out an alert for volunteers since they're working with Kids in Common and the Mercury News on the Gift of Reading program).
Packing to go to CT for Thanksgiving... thought I'd compare the weather... Its not all that different, not nearly as cold there as I thought it might be but its still supposed to be an average of 9.4 degrees warmer here each day.
(and yes, I am now officially a California weather wimp)
Next week, millions of college students and young professionals will head home for the Thanksgiving holidays. We’ll sit with our families in warm, candle-lit dining rooms eating stuffed turkey, reminiscing over old photographs, preparing holiday shopping lists and … Please. Let’s be frank. We are going home to fix our parents' computers.
Luckily I have a pretty tech-savvy Mom (and thankfully a little brother who has taken over the local tech support duties to some extent) but there are usually a few things waiting for me to take a look at when I come home for the holidays and I doubt that this year will be any different. But I guess I like feeling useful :)
This is a collection of five short books in one, including Weetzie Bat, so I didn't think it could count as a separate entry in set of YA books for class (but after reading the first one last week I knew I had to read everything else in the series immediately). Its wonderful and I could barely put it down. The first book, "Weetzie Bat", is still my favorite but the others add depth to the characters and show more love and loss and magic and all the other things I loved about the first one. Three of the other stories are about Weetzie's daughter Cherokee and her almost-daughter Witch Baby ("Witch Baby", "Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys", "Missing Angel Juan".) The final piece, "Baby Be-Bop," tells the story of Weetzie's friend Dirk. There are angels and ghosts, genies and magic spirits, but it feels somehow both real and solid at the same time. I love the writing style - it feels like it dances off the page.
I'm still very taken with this description of Weetzie's first kiss with her true love, My Secret Agent Lover Man (that's really his name).
A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm tress speeding by, training pink clouds when you drive down the String sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like teams all over your legs." (p. 29)
I've already made some of you read that (sorry) since I've been carrying the book around and showing that passage to anyone who asks me what I'm reading...
I love their crazy unconventional loving family, the food, the flowers, the clothing, the names, the words they use... I was definitely swept away by it.
So Amytha and I put together a quick video yesterday for the "The 3rd Okayama International Sightseeing Video Contest". I still need to tweak it a bit, but here's the rough cut. Let's see if I can get this to work...
Watch our movie!
If you need to, you can Download RealPlayer (there's a free version) here. Then in the address box, type the following: rtsp://real.gjhost.com/emily/SanJose.rm
(and yes, we were trying to make it cheesy)
Jerri, one of the women in our SNB group is in the Wall Street Journal! She writes:
Also, last week I promised I would send out the link to the Wall Street Journal article that I was mentioned in. I spoke about a bunch of different networking methods in the interview and the one they chose to mention was our Stitch N' Bitch group - here is the link - read and enjoy: http://www.careerjournal.com/jobhunting/networking/20041108-capell.html
The article is "Women Find Nontraditional Ways To Network for Advancement" by Perri Capell.
When it comes to business networking, executive women throughout the U.S. are throwing out their golf clubs and joining others like them to talk shop in online discussions, book clubs, nail salons, knitting groups, and other nontraditional venues.and later in the article:
Jerri Barrett says a "Stich 'n Bitch" knitting group near her San Jose, Calif., area home gives her a way to talk with other women and pursue her knitting hobby. Ms. Barrett, vice president of customer service for HighWired Technologies Inc., a San Francisco voice-messaging company, found the group on Meetup.com.
Five to 25 mostly professional women meet Sunday afternoons in a coffee shop, says Ms. Barrett, 43. "You share information on knitting, but you end up making relationships that go in all different directions," she says.
Yes, its pledge time again on KTEH, so I'll be back there a couple of times over the next month doing camera.
Andre Rieu: Royal Albert Hall
Monday, November 22, 8:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
The violinist and conductor leads his Johann Strauss Orchestra in this Strauss-heavy “gala millennium concert” at London's Royal Albert Hall.
I pick my slots by what's open and when I'm available, not what's on tv at the time, so I don't always get shows that are ones I would likely be watching if I wasn't there... but I just noticed this banner on their web site and am very excited that I signed up for this night in December!!!
There isn't any other info yet on their site, but I'll keep an eye out. Plus its a live shoot so there is a full crew of tech volunteers including some of the cool people I've worked with before (hi Radi!) Tonight I'm the only techy, but the phone volunters are always fun and interesting too.
Happy birthday today to Amytha! We're going to celebrate by trying to visit as many wacky, tacky and crafty San Jose places as we can... Stay tuned for pictures...
Weeding* (or deselection) is a really important part of collection management in libraries and we spent a chunk of yesterday's class talking about it. Weeding makes it easier for people to find what they want in the library's collection and unweeded collections often include outdated stereotypes and inaccurate information.
My prof told us about this great weeding site yesterday in class, and since I was helping to weed today at work I got into a discussion with the other librarian who hadn't seen the site. Its the Weed of the Month by Sunlink, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education.
The SUNLINK Weed of the Month program is an effort to help provide Florida’s K-12 School Library Media specialists with guidelines and suggestions for weeding their collections "a little at a time" as well as for adding quality materials. The program idea and specific suggestions came from other media specialists via LM_NET, a listserv for library media specialists, and SUNLINK’s Weed of the Month is now used throughout the country. A subject section of school library media collections will be identified each month as a weeding target.
The best part is the section with the "things we've dug up while weeding" -- where librarians write in about the funny and scary titles discovered by media specialists around the world.
* not to be confused with the type of weed research Shachar does
If you're only going to have class in person on campus once or twice a semester, it should definitely be on a day where the campus looks like this:
Plus, the Friends of the Library were having a big $5/bag book sale, so I couldn't resist getting a couple of interesting looking things...
Class was good as well -- I turned in my final paper which was on "Supplementing traditional reader's advisory service by layering user rating systems and collaborative filtering systems onto our online catalogs" -- like Amazon does when in recommends books for you based on what you've bought or rated and what other people who bought those books recommend... We had a great discussion about merchandizing and presentation of books in the library -- basically asking "What would Barnes and Noble do?" and realizing that many of the patrons coming to the library are there to browse, and we really don't set up most of our libraries to accomodate that. Rather, the books are organized so that we can find them, not so that patrons can. And don't even get me started on the problems with our online catalogs...
New York Sun, November 16, 2004
SECTION: KNICKERBOCKER; Pg. 16
Campaign Calls Americans To Arts Action
by Gary Shapiro
At a Midtown press conference yesterday, Americans for the Arts Action Fund officially launched its national citizens' membership campaign. The campaign will enable and encourage individuals to champion the arts and arts education. The organization hopes to mobilize more than 100,000 citizen activists to promote arts friendly public politics at all levels of government.
and toward the end:
The chair of Americans for the Arts Fund's board, Ann Sheffer, said that in a country where many people "think Martha Graham is a snack cracker, the citizenry really hasn't had a voice. One group the campaign will try to reach, she said, were not just grass roots but "grass tops," that is, influential local leaders who sit on arts boards and local school education committees.
Via Westport Now (though Mom did tell me about it first and may have some pictures to add later if they came out), Lois was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Athena Award ceremony in Norwalk from the Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce. According to the web site, "The ATHENA Award was created to recognize the exceptional professional accomplishments and generous community service of women working and/or living in Westport or Weston." Congratulations Lois!
Woohoo! Turns out that BobbiLynn has a blog and never told me [grumph!] I would leave a comment over there but she's not allowing anonymous comments right now and I don't have a blogger account... but we should definitely visit and encourage her to keep it up!!!
On a side note, can I say how much I adore the "Sub with Bloglines" feature on Bloglines -- you just add it to your favorites bar and in one click it figures out what the site's feed is and adds it to your list (adding BLA's makes her my #100 feed that I'm subscribed to -- nothing to have feed envy about of course while everyone else out there is bragging about their 400, but I had gone through and erased a bunch that I wasn't really reading so the 100 isn't as bad as it might get...)
Some good news about the New York City public libraries from today's NY Times:
BOOKS | November 18, 2004
Public Library to Expand Hours and Services, and Restructure Branches
By Edward Wyatt
"The New York Public Library, forced to cut services after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hobbled the city's economy, is preparing to expand its hours and services and to restructure itself to coordinate the neighborhood branches more closely with the library's central operations. As part of the changes, the library's landmark building, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, will adopt a six-day schedule next month, opening on Sundays for the first time since 1970, library officials said yesterday." "Even at a time when books can be ordered online relatively cheaply and many bookstores function as libraries with cafes, the public library maintains an important role in the city's daily life. Nearly 2 million New Yorkers hold a library card, and the New York Public Library system had 15 million visitors last year. Roughly 98 percent of all computers with free public Internet access in New York City are in the public libraries."
ARTS | November 18, 2004
Lion Kings of Urban Jungle Get Facelifts
"A pair of famous New York faces recently underwent face-lifts and chin-tucks to restore their youthful luster. The two-week makeover tightened things up on Fortitude and Patience, the twin pink marble lions positioned outside the New York Public Library for the last 93 years. The lion kings of the urban jungle needed the work after decades of pigeon droppings, winter weather and climbing kids. On Thursday, library President Paul LeClerc unveiled the spruced-up lions by yanking a bright blue plastic tarp off each lion, which had been caged in steel scaffolding during the project."
The 20 Best North American Districts, Downtowns, and Neighborhoods
1. Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia
2. East Village, New York, NY:
3. North Beach, San Francisco, CA
4. Camden, ME
5. Coyoacan, Mexico City
6. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
7. The Plateau, Montreal, Quebec
8. Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario:
9. Center City, Ponce, Puerto Rico
10. Fells Point, Baltimore, MD
11. Lower Garden District, New Orleans, LA
12. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL
13. Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
14. 23rd Street, Portland, OR
15. South Beach, Miami, FL
16. Federal Hill, Providence, RI
17. Downtown Northfield, MN
18. Chautauqua, NY
19. Venice Beach, CA
20. Adams Morgan, Washington, DC
Around the world in 20 places
* Arbat Street, Moscow
* Asafra Beach, Alexandria, Egypt
* Downtown Christchurch, New Zealand:
* Fez Souk, Fez, Morocco
* Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
* Le Marais, Paris, France
* Miraflores, Lima, Peru:
* Muslim Quarter, Kunming, China
* Neal's Yard, London, England
* Old City, Dubrovnik, Croatia
* Old City, Krakow, Poland
* Old Delhi, India:
* Old Havana, Cuba
* Otavalo, Ecuador
* Pedestrian Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
* Pedestrian Center, Freiberg, Germany
* Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
* Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland:
* Yemenite Quarter and the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv, Israel
* Weekend Women's Market, La Paz, Bolivia
You can comment on these places or nominate other places as well on their site.
The Tech sent this out to us today and asked that we share it with any contacts we have that may be interested in nominating a candidate for this award.
Tech Museum Awarding $250,000 in Cash Prizes Global Call For Nominations of Innovators Using Technology to Benefit Humanity Nomination Deadline: April 4, 2005 www.techawards.org
Eye catching headline, huh? As you know, The Tech Museum Awards is a
unique and prestigious program that honors and awards innovators from
around the world who use technology to benefit humanity in the categories of:
You can help us reward those making a difference and nominate an individual or organization today. A simple nomination form can be found at www.techawards.org. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Individuals, nonprofit organizations and companies are all eligible. Program details, including judging criteria, can be found at The Tech Museum Awards website listed above.
Each year, 25 Laureates are honored at a gala dinner, invited to participate in press and media coverage, and introduced to a network of influential advisors. Next year's gala is on November 9, 2005. One Laureate in each category will be granted a $50,000 cash prize.
Gillian Caldwell of WITNESS, 2003 Laureate in the Knight Ridder Equality award category and cash prize recipient, called The Tech Museum Awards "...a truly remarkable program that has given WITNESS acclaim for using technology to document human rights abuses. I was deeply honored to be recognized along with 24 other innovators from around the world who are working to improve human life through technology. The exposure generated from receiving this award and the $50,000 cash prize will surely lead to expanded services, awareness, and improved solutions for ending violations of human rights."
There are currently 49 Librarian Meetup groups around the world, 3 near San Jose, and perhaps one right near to you!
Again, If you're new to Meetups, here's how they work: A Meetup is a local gathering of a group of people brought together by a common interest. Meetups occur in public venues such as restaurants, bookstores, bars, and coffee houses in hundreds of cities around the world. So sign up today at http://librarians.meetup.com/ and they'll send you an email when its time to pick the next location.
Its a great way to organize local events and to 'meet-up' with other librarians and library school students and alumni!
Sign on today and join the group!
Some of the events this Thursday November 18 @ 7:00 PM
Santa Clara County Librarians September Meetup
Alameda County Librarians September Meetup
San Francisco Librarians September Meetup
Join your local group to find out where they'll be meeting! We're hoping to get additional folks to sign up so there will be meetings in more areas around the state by next month's meeting!
Ok, for my class in the spring I'll be reading a whole bunch of Young Adult (YA) (aka teen) books. I thought I might as well get started with some of the ones on the list.
Last night I thought I would just dip into Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block, but found myself reading the whole thing (its a small format, 113 page quickie) and absolutely loving it.
Of course it was published back in 1989 so I'm extremely behind the times (the amazon description reads: "Ten years ago Francesca Lia Block made a dazzling entrance into the literary scene with what would become one of the most talked-about books of the decade: Weetzie Bat. This poetic roller coaster swoop has been repackaged with a sleek new design and is available in both hardcover and paperback editions. Rediscover the magic of Weetzie Bat, Ms. Blocks sophisticated, slinkster-cool love song to L.A.the book that shattered the standard, captivated readers of all generations, and made Francesca Lia Block one of the most heralded authors of the last decade.")
So I checked the full set out from the library tonight, Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books (one of the benefits of working on the adult side is that the teen collection is right in front of the reference desk) and can't wait to get started on it (I think I'll read Weetzie Bat again first because it was just amazing... I don't remember the last time I wanted to read a book again as soon as I got to the end).
Hmmm... Liz and Betty may be getting a few extra books for Hanukkah this year...
I read his Age of Missing Information years ago and its one of my all-time favorites (that's the one where we watches EVERYTHING that is playing on all the cable channels for 24 hours -- that's A LOT of TV -- and compares what he learns from all of that to spending 24 hours outside, by himself, on the top of a mountain or something)
This book addresses issues of genetic engineering, robotics and nonotechnology. As the back says, "McKibben offers a celebration of what it means to be human and a warning that we risk the loss of all meaning if we step across that threshold." Its not a light read, but I wanted to tackle it (its been sitting in my pile since May according to my Amazon purchase records), especially with the new genetics exhibit at The Tech. It is definitely thought provoking and I'm really not sure what to make of it all.
Woohoo! Flundle Fluff has a new blog (I won't name her by name in case she wants it to be an anonymous blog and dish up some good dirt... ) Looking forward to reading more!
Its so nice to have a regular weekly shift at the library (now tuesday nights). Now that I've done a couple in a row, I'm recognizing some of the repeat patrons and feel like I'm getting to know some of them (most of the rest of the time I'm at different libraries on different days at different times, which is fun in its own way but I definitely feel like I'm missing out on getting to know the folks and helping them over time).
There's a great Mom with two kids, and the boy's teacher keeps assigning interesting family extra credit projects (which apparently the parents are supposed to help with) and this week I got to help find ways to make totem poles out of paper towel rolls (my favorite was this pdf template from the Monterey Bay Aquarium here) The daughter has now read all the books on our first & second grade suggested reading list and so I introduced her to some of the young Cam Jansen series (and others on the Top 10 Series for 2nd Grade list). And of course lots of other people to help find biographies, tap dancing movies, modern dance books (for a report unfortunately due tomorrow), sign language books, information on the history of the telephone, Pilgrims (x2), and lots of other interesting sounding books.
Back tomorrow night for more fun!
Via Resource Shelf comes the perfect way to procrastinate doing my collection development paper, OCLC's list of the Top 1000 Titles in Worldcat, the works most widely held by libraries (52,000 libraries in 95 countries around the globe.)
There are some great factoids about the books on the list.
You can download the whole list in case you want "to check off those you own or ponder the popularity patterns" but it warns "Careful! The list can become addictive." and I have no doubt that it could be...
I should have gone to Internet Librarian. Monterey really isn't that far and it did sound like it would be such a cool conference. I thought it would be too much with CLA this past weekend, and it probably would have been (since I really should be buckling down and writing this darn paper I've been procrastinating about!)... but since almost all the librarian bloggers whose feeds I subscribe to are there and blogging, I'm definitely feeling like I'm missing out... Sigh.
I have to learn that I can't be everywhere, can't do everything, can't know everything... sigh
Lisa herself is starring as this month's Virtual Chautauqua guest! Come and join us Nov 15-30. She writes:
This month, I want to invite you to a conversation centered on something I've been thinking about a lot lately - collaboration as a 'practice' v. a value. C'mon into the Virtual Chautauqua http://www.virtualchautauqua.com and join the dialogue!
via a google alert (since there's a mention of The Tech later in the article):
Depict S.J. in video for sister city contest
By Leigh Weimers, Mercury News
If you had to sum up San Jose in a three-minute video, what would you show? That's what one of our sister cities -- Okayama, Japan -- wants to know. It's conducting a video competition, with the winning entries to be shown on its municipal Web site. And yes, there's money involved: prizes of $454, $181 and $90 (odd figures, but that's what happens converting yen into dollars). Contest details are available at www.sjeconomy.com. (pdf with details)
I just thought that sounded like so much fun! I wonder what people will include? Unfortunately entries are due 11/30 or I'd try to rope Amytha into putting something together with me (since her background is in film and we had all those plans to go visit the really wacky & tacky San Jose sites) Anyway...
Celebrate Children's Book Week November 15 - 21, 2004
Let's rock... let's roll... let's move... let's go... let's discover... let's fly... let's do it all... with children's books. Get ready for Children's Book Week 2004 with this colorful and engaging collection of decorative materials from some of today's hottest illustrators. Since 1919, educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated Children's Book Week during the week before Thanksgiving. So, this year—join the party and share the joy of reading... Let's Book. 2004 Children's Book Week poster Chris Raschka, artist
A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. Children's Book Week will be observed November 15 - 21, 2004.
Another day at the CLA conference!
Hung out a bunch with Paul, brainstormed about the election and blog, and watched him set up for the Interns@Your Library presentation that Davi and Nancy were doing (since I wanted to see how the quotes I had sent in were being used).
Sessions I attended:
Sadly, tomorrow's closing luncheon which features Lemony Snicket (!?!?!!?!!) is sold out. Bummer! I'm not sure its worth heading down for just the one morning workshop -- either "comiX.@#$! A New Graphic Novels Discussion Program for Teens" or "The State of the State" with the CLA's lobbyists -- but I'll see how I feel in the morning...
CLA is great so far! I saw tons of people I knew from school and the SCC library system and met a bunch of interesting new people. I even got to finally meet in person my professor from last summer's children's literature course (which had all been online).
Here's what I attended:
So, with all the buzz, I decided to go for it and try out Firefox but sadly none of my pages seem to actually work in it! Ugh! I haven't figured out quite yet what I need to do to make my stylesheets actually be read (so if anyone has some suggestions, feel free to jump in, I'm not proud.)
(Ok, so I actually missed 99% of the buzz by being clueless, but since Brett blogged so enthusiasticly about it and Bloglines was making such a big deal of it in the daily tips, I figured I should give it a shot.)
Just learned from my friend Tina that today is the first day of Diwali, a five day Hindu festival often referred to as the Festival of Lights (Diwali means "rows of lighted lamps") It also apparently marks the new year (according to the Diversity Calendar linked from LII, "The fourth day of Diwali falls on the first day of the lunar New Year") Some of the traditions and things are explained here as well.
So Happy Diwali and Happy New Year to any of you celebrating.
On fall/winter nights like this when it gets dark so early, a festival of lights is a wonderful thing to observe. I'm definitely looking forward to Hanukkah myself!
According to Emy, who heard it from Ilona, our SnB group is featured on p. 191 of the new SnB book! (but I ordered mine from Amazon and it won't be here until next week or later!)
ooh! Maybe we should all get together and go see Debbie january 13th or 14th in SF??
Got this great email today from the Project for Public Spaces:
The issues and rhetoric of the presidential campaign left many people feeling afraid, angry, divided, or isolated. If America stays that way, we'll all be losers coming out of this election. It's easy to forget that progressives, conservatives, and everyone in between share common ground every day--literally. They cross paths in parks, commercial streets, coffee shops, markets, libraries, houses of worship, trains and buses, community centers. Public places are the heart of our democracy -- not only where we vote in November, but where we meet neighbors and exchange ideas the rest of the year.
We at PPS believe that public places, and the pride and value they bring to widely diverse communities, offer a key lesson about the way our country needs to move forward. Cooperation, tolerance, and careful attention to people's well-being--precisely the things that define a successful public place--are what's missing from our political debate and public policies today.
We've seen over and over again how a community-oriented process to create or improve public places--we call it "placemaking"--can bring people together in new ways.... We deeply believe that placemaking can shape a new social and political agenda that transcends the divides in our country.
Placemaking is a practical method to discover common ground in a community by encouraging a diversity of opinion toward the goal of building a better place for everyone. This same spirit can guide our national political conversation. What makes places great, makes nations great -- and makes the world more peaceful and prosperous.
I just thought that was really inspiring.
The California Library Association Conference is here in San Jose 11/12-11/15 (I'll be working at registration tomorrow afternoon and hope to attend a few sessions this weekend) In addition:
Gordon Biersch is located at at 33 East San Fernando Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets, just a few blocks south of the SJSU campus. We will be in the bar inside and will try to stake out a few tables near by. So that you can find us, we will be wearing name tags and have a few copies of the ALASC newsletter, The SLIS Descriptor, with us.
Please note that everyone is welcome (you do not need to be registered for
the conference to join us), and we look forward to meeting you and
answering "everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask"
about the SLIS program!
Dad and Jane wrote from a library in Melbourne (yes, I'm extremely jealous) and sent along a copy of an article from Le Figaro that they were in about the Seattle Public Library.
Jane a d’ailleurs prévu d’y retrouver son mari Jay qui travaille dans le quartier. Cette dame délicieuse aime l’endroit avec sa lumière et ses tapis aux motifs végétaux. « Et puis c’est amusant de regarder les gens qui s’émerveillent en entrant pour la première fois. »
Saw The Incredibles today with Shachar -- and, as promised, it was pretty incredible. I may have to go again in a few weeks when they add in the outtakes (always one of the funniest things about Pixar films) but the movie itself is definitely worth seeing, the voices are great, and the animation is of course amazing.
I especially loved the little Pixar short that they showed before hand -- featuring a JACKALOPE (which of course always reminds me of the crazy 'humorous taxidermy' Lisa and I saw on our trip to Wyoming years ago.)
Uncle Doug sent along this clipping to Grandpa:
Today was the annual Tech Museum Awards, where the museum honors innovators who are using technology to benefit humanity. I was invited to attend the Tech Laureates Venture Network Showcase this morning where I got a chance to meet this year's 25 Tech Laureates and learn a bit more about their projects. The big gala is this evening.
Its getting lots of good press:
Helping Humanity in the SJ Merc
Group's high-tech efforts to aid Navajo honored in the Denver Post
Honoring technology for changing the world
Projects improved the human condition, SF Chronicle
Press Release with the winners.
The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity presented by Applied Materials, Inc., awarded $250,000 at a black-tie gala last night to educators and social entrepreneurs who use technology to benefit mankind. The five $50,000 cash prize recipients hail from Brazil, Guatemala and the United States, and their technology solutions change and save the lives of countless individuals from all backgrounds in over 25 countries.
Each of the five Laureates awarded a cash prize is encouraged to reinvest their winnings in additional innovative programs that utilize technology to solve global challenges and improve the lives of people around the globe.
The 2004 Tech Museum Awards cash prize recipients were:
Dr. Kenneth Owens, Jr. and Paul Burgess of Humboldt State University received the Intel Environment Award for developing remote-controlled, GPS-enabled robots to seek and destroy landmines.
Arcata, CA - http://www.humboldt.edu/~kdo10/demining.html
International Development Enterprises - International received the Accenture Economic Development Award for Easy Drip, an affordable and low-waste micro-irrigation kit for poor rural farmers.
Lakewood, CO - www.ide-international.org
Andrew Lieberman of Asociacion Ajb'atz' Enlace Quiche received the Microsoft Education Award for developing low-cost, bilingual, intercultural technology centers for indigenous Guatemalans.
Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala - www.enlacequiche.org.gt
Rodrigo Baggio of the Committee for the Democratization of Information Technology received the Agilent Technologies Equality Award for leveraging Information & Communication Technology to promote social inclusion of less-privileged people.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - www.cdi.org.br
Dr. Ashok Gadgil of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received the Affymetrix Health Award for UV Waterworks, a quick, low-cost system to disinfect drinking water in poor regions around the world.
Ok, quick roundup of the day: job interview (fingers crossed), various meetings and appointments (with various levels of frustration), some quality Starbucks time, 5-9 in Milpitas (lots of good questions and a project searching for available DVDs online), and finally now home to catch up on email and realize I don't have much of anything to blog about today.
Peggy suggested this site and has her own Canadian escape plan in the works...
Got a google alert today for Robert Putnam and its the conference Group Jazz is producing this week!
CONTACT: Yvonne Ralsky of the US Department of Labor, 202-693-4676
U.S. Newswire (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
... Among the authors and academics selected to participate in the forum
are: Robert Putnam, author of the bestselling book, Bowling Alone and
Better Together ...
plus, it came up with this article on the Bay Area's reaction to the election, Lessons from Losing, which suggests that we deserve to take seven days or so of mourning time, and then "after that it will be time to regroup and focus on some of the positive aspects of last week's debacle." Among the lessons, the author suggests that
...we can take solace that we live in the Bay Area, and not in one of those swaths of red that shockingly cover most of the nation. Surviving the next four -- or eight or 12 -- years of Republican rule will be a lot more bearable here than almost anywhere east of the California border.
Ooh! Mom just called to remind me that the Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork special is on tonight at 9! I used to beg to stay up late enough to watch when I was a kid.
More than 25 years ago, the cast took up residence at the famous Southfork Ranch just outside Dallas, Texas. When they meet there again, they'll tour the grounds, discuss the series' most infamous storylines and reminisce about their time together on the show. Larry Hagman will also share his own home movies that were shot when "Dallas" was actually being filmed.
Congratulations to Susan and Jamie on the arrival of their new baby Quinn, born last night.
Brittany, Amy and I attended the Northern California Docent Forum 2004 today at the Oakland Museum of California. It was a great meeting and I came away with a lot of ideas (and hopefully a new resolution to get things done instead of only being frustrated that things are so difficult right now.)
I'll have more notes in a bit, but here's the pieces I went to:
Keynote Address: Patrick J. Gallagher
Gallagher & Associates
Design for Innovation: Evolving Styles of Interpretation
Session: The Four R’s: Recruitment, Retention, Recognition and Retirement
Panelists will examine methods of recruitment that attract volunteers who reflect the diversity of their institution’s community, discuss building support systems that retain docents and share ideas for easing docents into reassignment or retirement when that time comes.
Session: Docent Organization and Leadership
Even the smallest of museums have some form of volunteer group organized to ensure that its commitment to visitors and the local community is met. Panelists will describe several organizational structures and their strengths, and address other issues including how to retain and renew program leaders and how to facilitate positive working relationships between the docent organization and the staff.
And then lunch, where I sat with a group talking about staff/volunteer relations and then an open forum where everyone asked questions and shared information.
And after the conference, we had a chance to see their new special exhibit, What’s Going on?—California and the Vietnam Era.
Emy and I saw the new Alfie movie this afternoon. It stars Jude Law as a very well dressed "philosophical womanizer... who is forced to question his seemingly carefree existence." Jude Law is pretty irresistable, and there are some other power castmembers like Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei. The clothes are awesome, the sound track good, and I was definitely left wondering what was going to happen to him (Emy had her own views on what should happen...) I haven't seen the original 1966 version, but it would be interesting to compare.
And despite the fact that my horoscope on the Alfie movie web site says "Your disgustingly responsible attitude is keeping you from having any fun. A wild night on the town is just what the Alfie ordered," I'm now going to attempt to sit down and finally focus on starting my collection development paper...
Mom sent this map along (Joey sent it to her, but I don't know the original source)
And via Joi a few days ago, Harper's Magazine's Electing to Leave, A reader’s guide to expatriating on November 3
From the Inside Flap
Here is the reality: Bush won; Kerry lost.
Here is your reaction: AA#RGH*HG@GHW&WGRWW!!?!
Here is your salvation: The Bush Survival Bible
Although many of you may try, you can’t really do anything about the election results. But you can do something about your postelection stress disorder. Here are 250 ways to help you get through the next four years. For instance:
• Are you suicidal? Here are 5 antidepressants to consider.
• Are you cold? Here are 6 reasons to love global warming.
• Are you ready to leave the country? Here are 7 countries to move to.
• Are you political? Here are 6 ways to get involved in local politics.
• Are you spiritual? Here are 9 prayers to get you through the night.
No matter who you are, no matter what you feel, there’s a solution for you. Yes, Bush won. But that doesn’t mean you have to lose. And remember, he can’t run for a third term. Just 1,461 days to go! Light a candle, don’t sweat the Bush stuff, and pray.
He writes, "From looking at the map, you wouldn't know that almost half the population voted for Kerry. It shows very clearly how Kerry's base is in highly-populated urban areas and Bush's base is more in suburban and rural areas."
Eegads that's just so scary and depressing to look at.
Karen sent this along and since she said to "forward the following message to inform and rally your colleagues, friends, and family to become involved in the American Eagle Outfitters Great Gifts program, which directly supports Jumpstart - and encourage them to forward it to their friends and family as well," I figured I might as well blog it. They also have a new website at www.jstart.org (though Karen's profile page seems to be blank still).
Good Friends. Good Times. Great Gifts.
Generosity never goes out of style! Jumpstart is pleased to announce the American Eagle Outfitters Good Friends. Good Times. Great Gifts. campaign, which aims to promote volunteerism through action rather than words.
In AE stores across the country, customers are being encouraged to make a cash donation to one of AE's partner charities, Jumpstart or YMCA National Safe Place. In return for a $1 donation, customers will receive an AE bracelet as a thank you.
Jumpstart will receive 100 percent of every donation made to Jumpstart through AE! Customers can choose between four different bracelet colors* and show off their support for Jumpstart and their local community.
For more information about the Great Gifts campaign - including details about campaign spokesperson, actress Rachel Leigh Cook, and recent survey findings regarding youth volunteerism - please visit www.jstart.org. More information can also be found at www.ae.com. We encourage you to visit an AE store near you to get involved in this campaign. And please join us in thanking AE employees for supporting Jumpstart.
(I had heard the quote on NPR this afternoon, but thanks Bob for sending the image along!)
Since reality's getting less and less appealing, I found myself eaten by another book, Codex by Lev Grossman. Its been sitting in my pile since July, but I finally got around to it and then, of course, couldn't put it down. Its another literary thriller to be filed along with The Rule of Four and The Da Vinci Code. Its part medieval book chasing and part computer role playing game, which is definitely appealing, but it doesn't entirely pull it off. I immediately disliked the main character at the start, but he did grow on me, which I suppose is worth something.
I'd love to find one of these exciting literary thrillers where the female character is the lead instead of the beautiful-young-scholar-sidekick for a change. Though I guess we'll always have Thursday Next at least.
I'm here at work at the library, but its deathly quiet and I'm still reeling from yesterday. I thought work would distract me and cheer me up, but its going to be a long night. Plus it seems to be pouring rain, or was a while ago and chances are will be when I try to leave.
I've been seeing some hopeful postings around the net but still very little good news to focus on.
Looking at that map and seeing us blue staters squeezed into the coasts is rather daunting. Even here in California, the state is pretty divided and its just the very left coast that went for Kerry (luckily by enough to matter.)
I hadn't even had a chance to check in on the local races, but very sadly my state senate district just elected an anti-choice republican, defeating Peg Pinard here in the 15th District, who I really should have done phone banking for (I kept meaning to... famous last words felt everywhere today I guess) It does look like Ira Ruskin won for State Rep which is good, but it doesn't seem to be official yet. Barbara Boxer won at least. On the plus side, Prop 71 for Stem Cell Research passed, but I think most of the other ones I had voted for went down and the ones I voted against passed easily. Here's a full list.
Around the country, of those ten races I was watching 4 won: Barbara Boxer here in CA, Alison Schwartz in PA, Stephanie Herseth in SD, Darlene Hooley in Oregon. The rest did not fare as well: Diane Farrell CT, Betty Castor in FL, Granny D in NH, Lois Murphy in PA, Ginny Schrader in PA, and Inez Tenenbaum in SC.
I can't even think of anything to write. This is really really bad.
I don't know why I agreed to work tonight, but given how hard its been to sit at home this afternoon and get stuff done without continuously checking the time, calculating how much time is left until the polls close, feeling nervous, feeling hopeful... its probably just as well that I'll be out and about and with other people when the news does start to come in. So I'll be in Milpitas from 5-9 if anyone needs me -- or post any good links, tips, stats, results, etc. here so I can check from there.
It also just occurred to me that this is my last election in the "under 30" demographic. Just in time for the election that Generation E - "the empowered generation" - is a major force in. Joe Trippi writes, "Today another generation of Americans— perhaps the first in decades— goes to the polls believing they can change the world. Regardless of the candidate of their choice, and regardless of that candidate’s victory or loss, they are changing our nation’s politics—for the better."
I'm looking forward to Brian's report on how so many people are checking the blogs today that many of them have been unaccessible...