April 30, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Shachar and I saw the new Hitchhiker's movie tonight. I loved it, now want to reread all the books again, and definitely want to get the "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish" theme song!

Lots of changes from the original, but it was nicely done -- I'll definitely want to see it again...

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Kids in Common

Spent the day at the Early Literacy Conference, helping out at the booth for Kids in Common a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood that gives out books to clinics and doctors offices for kids to take home.

More on this group later...

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Checked out Books

Ok, this is the coolest thing I've seen for a while (yes, I think everything is cool, but this is WAY cool) Via Library Stuff I just downloaded and installed Library Books a desktop app (Mac 10.3 only, sorry pc folks) that tracks what library books I have checked out. So now on my top menu bar there's a drop down window that lists all the books I have out and what days they are due. It will even import the dates into ical. The list of libraries is works with so far is on their site -- but the Santa Clara County Library is there, and it literally took 2 seconds to be up and running. It has links to the renew page, my account page, the main catalog page, etc.

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(Emy, you should try it so Ray stops giving you a hard time)

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April 29, 2005

NBC11 Piece

Thank you to Emy, who alerted me in time to catch a piece about the campaign on our local NBC affiliate. I wish they had stressed that the ballots have to be IN by Tuesday (they can't just be postmarked by Tuesday and even in our last phone calls last night we were still getting people who didn't realize that or -- eek -- still thought they could go to the polls instead of voting by mail), but overall it was a fair piece and had very nice photos of story time at Cupertino. They interviewed some of the libertarian opposition and a supportive City Council Member and our County Librarian (who mentioned that they had identified 70 positions they'll have to cut if it fails -- ouch!)

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(I'm not sure what was up with the big closeup of the Passover story book, but maybe they shot the footage earlier in the week -- it looks like a cute book though: Seder with the animals by Howard I. Bogot and Mary K. Bogot, llustrated by Norman Gorbaty... and that copy does seem to currently be checked out according to the catalog)

(And yes, I really am looking forward to the day when I can grab good images off the tv or tivo and blog them)


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Eduard: Working & Singing

Found this cute photo of Eduard in his school play, "Working"
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and Mom just sent along these photos of his Beacher's concert at the Friends of the Library annual meeting
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April 28, 2005

Hay Places, A to Z

If you haven't been over to Alan's Hay in Art site lately, check out his new place-based project -- A Gazetteer of a Hundred Hay Places. He's going through all the countries represented in the 4000+ piece database and choosing one for each of the countries listed.

(and check out how he has completely mastered the use of internal links! whoohoo!)

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Happy Birthday Carrie!

Happy Birthday today to Carrie! If she were here, I'd try to bake her a suitable-for-passover cake.

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Where the results will be

Tonight's the last night of phone banking for the campaign -- ballots pretty much have to be mailed in by tomorrow to be sure they'll get there by Tuesday's deadline (if you haven't mailed yours in, please do so today! or you can drop it off to them at 1555 Berger Dr, San Jose, CA)

Just posting this here so I can find it on Tuesday (since I got a google alert for it this morning):
The County of Santa Clara - Registrar of Voters
... Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority. Click here
to see the results for the May 3, 2005 Special Mail Ballot Election
...

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April 27, 2005

Refgrunt, 4/27

A quiet Wednesday night at the library -- 2.25 hours A, .75 hours J

Some of the questions:

arts and crafts fairs in San Jose
nursing career info
community room reservation
paper x4
unlock DVDs
pre-algebra
mother-daughter conflict, Chinese American family psychology (working on a paper based on themes from The Joy Luck Club)
Measure A & B info (no, you can't vote online)
paper jam
$ for paper
yesterday's Merc
whippets
Jell-o - A Biography
Check out problem (didn't know his wife's pin)
and that was pretty much it unfortunately...

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Go Bisons!

Congrats to Eduard who has chosen to go to Bucknell!

Some quick facts:

3,350 undergraduates, nearly 150 graduate students, representing most states and 55 countries.

More than 150 student organizations, 10 fraternities, and seven sororities.

The 450-acre campus includes more than 100 facilities, including a performing arts center, fitness center, and 18-hole golf course

The Bertrand Library: More than 718,000 volumes, 2,000 periodical subscriptions, hundreds of electronic subscriptions. Services include training, technology support. Multimedia workplaces, collaborative work space, and the Bertrand Café.

All student housing connected to high-speed Internet. Substantial campus wireless network. More than 600 workstations available in teaching and open access labs. Digital television available in residence halls.

Historic Lewisburg is ranked as one of America 's 20 best small college towns

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YA55: The Shakespeare Stealer

This is on the young side, but very enjoyable. People were talking about it on one of the YA lists I'm on, so I'll have to go back and check if they thought it could be included in a YA collection or if its more of a children's book. I finished it on tape in the car on the way to work this morning.

The Shakespeare Stealer
by Gary Blackwood
Dutton, l998, 216 pages
Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2001)

This tale of a 14-year-old Yorkshire orphan sent by a rival theater manager to steal the as-yet-unpublished Hamlet in 1601 by copying it down as it is being performed, using an early system of shorthand. Through new friendships and unexpected job opportunities, Widge becomes quite close to those he must steal the play from. Will Widge be able to walk away from his new way of life and friends, or will he face his master and keep the play, "Hamlet" safe?

School Library Journal writes, "Tentative readers might be put off by Widge's Yorkshire dialect, but the words are explained in context. Wisely, much of the theater lingo is not explained and becomes just one more part of the vivid background through which the action moves. This is a fast-moving historical novel that introduces an important era with casual familiarity." In their review of the audio version, they add: "Actor Ron Keith's narration adds a strong auditory element to the story. The veteran narrator uses his well-developed talent to change voices for the characters, and employs inflecting vocal tones and silence to craft fuller personalities. Each voice is tailored to fit the subtleties of the character, as in the wicked Falconer. This is a great supplement to any language arts curriculum to enhance a Shakespeare unit, and a wonderful story just to enjoy."

This would be a great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare's time (it's like Shakespeare in Love for kids). "By giving students an easy to read novel that shows great insight concerning the cultural mores and customs during this time period, you as teachers will not have to explain the cultural backgrounds concerning Shakespeare's works. The story is set in and around London, England in the mid 1600's." (http://faculty.ssu.edu/~elbond/stealer.htm)

It could lead to some interesting discussions of intellectual property, gender roles, friendship & loyalty... and maybe leave you bitten with the theater bug!

Ages 9-14, Grade 4-8

There's a sequel as well: Shakespeare's Scribe
In this sequel to THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, the plague comes to London, the Globe Theater closes down, and Widge and his fellow players have to travel all around England, performing in city squares, innyards, and guild halls. In a starred review, School Library Journal calls it "An exciting, well-written tale that is sure to leave young thespians clamoring for more."

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April 26, 2005

In the Merc Again

The campaign showed up in a nice piece in the Merc today:

Mail-in election may bring library tax home
Mercury News Editorial
Posted on Tue, Apr. 26, 2005

With a lick of a stamp rather than a drive to the polls, residents in nine communities served by the county library system are deciding this month whether to continue a parcel tax or increase it. The cause is good and so is the process, an election by mail.

and one last reminder...

Library ballots are due at the registrar of voters' office -- 1555 Berger Drive in San Jose -- on May 3. Win or lose -- and we hope the tax passes -- the mail-in ballot should reverse a trend of falling voter turnout. That alone would be a cause for celebration.
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Refgrunt, 4/26

4 Hours J -- busy night (Tuesday nights generally are since we're closed all day Monday, plus there's a family story time at 7 which draws a big crowd)

phone questions about storytime
Dan Brown books
planets
Ann Boleyn
Harriet Tubman
Booker T. Washington
bibliographic info from a book the kid had left at home
origami
Wayside School is Falling Down
world records
SAT9 for 2nd grade
eraser
Lemony Snicket audio
Hellen Keller
Dragon Slayer series
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Fellowship of the Rings
Inkheart
Where the Sidewalk Ends
shapes and colors
Bil Keane
War of 1812
short stories for kids
SAT9 for 3rd grade
1950s x2
pangea
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
Sequel to Spy X
long question on resources for bored kids who need challenges outside of school
Dumbo
a book called "dragon" (turned out to be Eragon)
Greek myths
Socrates
Mary Poppins
Noodlebug DVDs
Tale of Despereaux
Ella Enchanted
lost library card
... and others I forgot to write down

(BTW, people keep asking me why I call this section refgrunt -- it's not just me, there are many others out there, but the one most referred to is probably this one)

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April 25, 2005

YA54: Al Capone Does My Shirts

0399238611.01._AA400_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgHere's an interesting one for the pile, one that everyone was talking about so I thought I'd finally check it out. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.

Twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz in 1935 so his father can work as a prison guard and his younger, autistic sister, Natalie, can attend a special school in San Francisco.

It's a good quick read, an interesting time and setting (the families of the guards did actually live there on the island at that time) and a likable main character dealing with his sister, the pressure his family puts on him, and his desire to just be a kid and have a chance to play baseball with his new classmates. A good middle school pick.

2005 Beatty Award Winner

Grade 6-8

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April 24, 2005

More super cool alphabets

Wow! Even cooler than the flikr words, via SmartMobs I just found this super cool amaztype where you can type in a word and the result will be cover art from Amazon! You can click on the books and they show up in amazon.

So, for example, this takes my name, searches Amazon.com for books with Emily in the title, and collages them together into the letters of my name. Or here it is in books authored by emily's. How cool is that!

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April 23, 2005

Happy Passover

Happy Passover! Just got back from another wonderful Seder at Margaret & Alan's. Here are a few photos.

The food was great and it was a lovely large crowd (20 folks I think!)
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Mom brought along new finger puppets (so in addition to the 4 questions, we now have finger puppets for all 10 plagues!!! They were SO cute -- the boils were particularly fun) Someone else brought chocolates in the shape of all the plagues as well (I ate the chocolate frog.)
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Brenna found the afikoman this year (and then did a little dance)
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Kevin, Grace, Me, Shachar
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Ann (mom), Margaret, me & some of the plague props
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Annie & Harold and Mom, Bill & Sasha
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Mom also brought a video of a seder from 1957 or so that Uncle Doug had converted from an old Super 8 movie. It was so cool to see everyone (including a very cute Margaret -- Mom must have been hiding)

(last year's)

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April 22, 2005

Tina P in NY Times

In 1995 or so, I spent the summer in Seattle working on Tina Podlodowski's campaign for city council. Mom pointed out that she's on the front page of the NY Times today:

Microsoft Comes Under Fire for Reversal on Gay Rights Bill
By Sarah Kershaw
Published: April 22, 2005

Apparently, "The Microsoft Corporation, at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, is coming under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees for withdrawing its support for a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

"I think people should feel betrayed," said Tina Podlodowski, a former Microsoft senior manager and former Seattle city councilwoman who now runs an advocacy group for AIDS patients. "To me, Microsoft has been one of the big supporters of gay and lesbian civil rights issues, and they did it when it wasn't an issue of political expediency, when it was the right thing to do."

Cheers Tina, from one of the "Pod People"!

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Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Tonight was our annual Volunteer Reconition Dinner at The Tech. It is always a really nice event, but was particularly special for me this year since I just finished my 2 year term as VAB Chair (and, as you know, I'm taking a leave from volunteering there for a while.) We gave out scholarships to 5 really amazing high school kids (I read the applications this year but thankfully turned the committee over to some new folks) We all got our service pins (I got a 750 hours one, but I don't think that includes my ASTC hours [grin]) Check out Ronnie's little Tech onesie! Its hard to tell in the photo, but it says "The Tech" on the back of it. She is the cutest baby ever.

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Stan took this photo of me trying not to cry when accepting my award. They gave me two really nice plaques. Thanks to everyone for voting for me!

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April 21, 2005

Booktalks

So for class tomorrow, we each have to present two booktalks that we've prepared. Since I was sitting here practicing anyway, I thought I'd figure out how to record it so I could listen to it (and find out how long they actually took to go through). Then, of course, I figured I would find out how to turn it into an mp3 (it's not really a podcast yet, but it's some of the preliminary steps needed to podcast) So anyway, here are two booktalks that I'll be presenting tomorrow. I downloaded the free 14-day trial of Sound Studio and then followed the instructions here to convert the .aiff to .mpg in iTunes.

Hidden Talents by David Lubar
Listen to the Booktalk (you may need to save it and open it) (I may have to re-record it a bit louder)

Boy Meets Boy by David Levinthan
Listen to the Booktalk (you may need to save it and open it)
[the list of items is modeled after a list that Paul makes on p. 156 (he gets all the way to Z)]

Be nice, these are my first book talks ever. But I thought it would be cool if libraries recorded booktalks and podcasted them on their teen web sites...
(though I have to admit it was really weird listening to myself in iTunes and then have it transition immediately to a Coldplay song)

Posted by Emily at 10:38 PM | Comments (0)

Random Brian Quote Spotting

Here's Brian in the Connection Newspapers from Virginia:

Delegate Candidates Release Fund-Raising Totals
$57,000 donation puts Mandala at head of the pack.
By Michael Lee Pope
April 21, 2005

"There's a clear contrast in the types of races that are being waged in Virginia," said Brian Reich, editor of Campaign Web Review. "One is the traditional, media-driven kind of campaign that uses expensive television advertising. The other kind of campaign, which Englin is running, uses a grassroots effort to create a much larger and more committed group of supporters." More than 20 percent of Englin's fundraising total was collected on-line, an accomplishment that puts his candidacy at the vanguard of using technology for political purposes. "The Englin campaign's use of the web is above the level of many congressional campaigns," said Reich. "I'm sure that's driving their unusually high rate of on-line donations."
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YA52-3: Stoner & Spaz and If You Come Softly

Finished two "thin" ones yesterday -- Stoner & Spaz (an unlikely friendship between a film-obsessed boy with cerebral palsy and a drug addicted girl) by Ron Koertge on tape in the car and If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson (tragic interracial romance, late last night.

If You Come Softly

Ages 9-12

181 pages

Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2000

ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Stoner and Spaz

Narrated by Josh Hamilton

Listening Library, Inc., 2003

2 Cassettes, 2 hrs. 55 min.

Grades 9+

PW review of the tapes: "With a youthful edge to his voice, Hamilton brings a rich credibility to the roles of teenagers Ben and Colleen, stars of Koertge's sharp and emotionally moving YA novel. As two very different kinds of outcasts, drug-addicted Colleen and cerebral palsy-afflicted Ben forge an unlikely friendship that helps each of them blossom. And in the author's true-to-life style, setbacks, successes and uncharted territory await the duo on the path of self-discovery. Hamilton handily masters Koertge's smart, contemporary repartee between the protagonists, capturing each note of sarcasm and humor as well as lots of film and pop-culture references. Hamilton also adds welcome shades of color to supporting characters, including Ben's stuffy, overprotective grandmother. This winning performance, which envisions Ben and Colleen as likable and sympathetic-warts and all-will please fans of Koertge's work and surely gain him new admirers."

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April 20, 2005

Crowns

BobbiLynn and I saw Crowns at TheatreWorks tonight.

The description explains it better than I can:

Hats. Fabulous, flamboyant, and fantastical, the church-going "crowns" of black women proclaim their heritage, identity, and joyous way of life in this exuberant, soul-stirring celebration of family and fortitude. Part revival meeting, part fashion show with a sassy "hattitude" - that's one part faith and five parts hallelujah! - it fills the stage with stories of struggle and triumph, raising the roof and the temperature with glorious gospel songs cried, stomped, and testified from the heart.

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It was an excellent production and, as always, a great discussion following the show. It is based on the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry called Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats. It apparently got its start through the McCarter Theater (where Carrie H is now the dramaturg) and one of the first productions was at the Arena Stage in DC (where Carrie also used to work -- it's going back there this summer if any of you DC folks want to see it). I'll have to write to Carrie and see if she's seen it, since it seems to be following her around (hmmm, now that it has had its Northern CA premiere, maybe Carrie will come visit!) There was a great deal of imagery that I missed, so it was great getting some clues afterwards and I'll definitely have to read up on Orishas and some of the other elements used.

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Books2Eat

via LII, check out this cool contest: Books2Eat:

The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on April 1 throughout the world. This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented then consumed.

Check out the gallery of examples. Wouldn't that be a fun annual library event?

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April 19, 2005

Refgrunt, 4/19

Not too busy tonight. Here are some of the questions (4 hours J):

Annie's Baby
Da Vinci Code
leopard geckos
wind turbines
Secrets of Droon
Lord of the Rings Return of the King
Vietnamese dictionary
nautilus
Inu Yasha #2, @19, #20
Breaking Through
That's Ghosts for You
Zia
Because of Winn Dixie
Charlott's Web 2
address check by phone
how to use the catalog
library card applications x3
beginner easy readers x2
lost child
children's DVDs
I Spy books
Battle of Yorktown
Vietnamese/English stories
very basic spanish language book
Fever 1793
biographies x3
King George III
states
presidents
Hindi DVDs
California earthquakes
alphabet videos for toddlers
Circle of Three series
Homecoming series
DVD's for toddlers
Scary Stories 2

and I was weeding JE's and found this great one called The Bow Wow Bake Sale by Judith Bauer Stamper where a group of kids (including an Emily) want to adopt a puppy and figure out how to raise the money to keep it (by baking bone-shaped dog treats and selling them in the park). I thought it would be fun to do a booklist of lemonade-stand type stories for summer. Here are a few:

Lemonade for sale by Bettina Ling
Maisy makes lemonade by Lucy Cousins
The Lemonade Raid by Carolyn Keene ("When her lemonade stand is threatened by a lemon-stealing bandit, Nancy wonders who could possibly want to steal a box of lemons and searches for clues in a surprising place.")
Lulu's Lemonade (though the library doesn't seem to have it, there's an adorable Reading Rainbow review)

I found one video, Lemonade for sale from GPN/WNED-TV. On the practical side, there's The lemonade stand : a guide to encouraging the entrepreneur in your child by Emmanuel Modu. I'm sure there are more but I should stop procrastinating, finish my fundraising letters and work on my booktalks...

Posted by Emily at 10:26 PM | Comments (0)

YA51: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Chris Crutcher
excerpt
HarperTempest, 1993
295 pages

It's written from the point of view of Eric Calhoune, also known as "Moby," because of his weight. He and Sarah Byrnes have been friends since elementary school because they were both "different" -- she was badly burned in what she referred to as a childhood accident. When Moby joined the swim team, he started to shed his extra pounds...and he was afraid getting thinner would make his best friend think he didn't want to be her friend anymore (hence the title). But now the sarcastic, tough-as-nails Sarah Burnes has stopped talking completely and is in the hospital's mental ward. Eric uncovers some of the terrible secrets she is hiding and tries his best to help...

SLJ describes it: "An obese boy and a disfigured girl suffer the emotional scars of years of mockery at the hands of their peers. They share a hard-boiled view of the world until events in their senior year hurl them in very different directions. A story about a friendship with staying power, written with pathos and pointed humor. " PW adds: "A subplot centering on a self-righteous teammate drives home the point that nothing is as it appears on the surface, and leads to Eric being caught between his menacing vice-principal and the even more malevolent Mr. Byrnes--with spine-tingling results. Superb plotting, extraordinary characters and crackling narrative make this novel one to be devoured in a single unforgettable sitting." Kirkus (warning spoilers) writes: "Though Crutcher doesn't always play fair in developing his themes--all the conservative Christians here are humorless dupes or hypocrites, and one tries to commit suicide after it comes out that his girlfriend had an abortion--his language, characters, and situations are vivid and often hilarious. In the end, he deals out just deserts all around: Eric gets a stepfather he can respect; Virgil, a vicious mauling plus 20 years in stir; Sarah, a new and loving set of parents. Readers may find the storybook ending a welcome relief, though it does seem forced after the pain that precedes it. Pulse-pounding, on both visceral and intellectual levels--a wild, brutal ride."

Ages 12+, Grade 8+

ALA Best Book for YA
SLJ Best Book for YA
American Booksellers Pick of the List
California Young Reader Medalist
ALA Best of the Best Books for YA
Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
and other awards

If you like Chris Crutcher books, you'll probably like this one (there are definitely familiar elements from the other books.) After reading King of the Mild Frontier I definitely wanted to read more by him.

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National Volunteer Week

It's National Volunteer Week! (April 17-23)
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2005 Statistics in Volunteering
September 2003 – September 2004
Reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor

  • During the past year, 64.5 million people volunteered in some capacity – up from 63.8 million for the similar period ended in September 2003. The volunteer rate held steady at 28.8 percent.
  • About 23.6 percent of men and 31.0 percent of women did volunteer work, about the same proportions as in the prior year. Women volunteered at a higher rate than men across age groups, education levels, and other major characteristics.
  • By age, 35- to 44-year olds were the most likely to volunteer, closely followed by 45- to 54-year olds and 55 to 64 year olds. Their volunteer rates were 34.2 percent, 32.8 percent, and 30.1 percent respectively. Teenagers also had a relatively high volunteer rate at 29.4 percent, perhaps reflecting an emphasis on volunteer activities in schools. Volunteer rates were lowest among persons in their early twenties (20.0 percent) and among those 65 and over (24.6 percent). Volunteer rates within the 65 years and over group decreased as age increased.

This is a great time to sign up to volunteer for groups in your area. Thank you to all of you who volunteer in some way some where!

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Happy Birthday Heather!

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April 18, 2005

BlogHer Conference '05

Just signed up for the BlogHer Conference '05, Saturday, July 30 at TechMart in Santa Clara. Any of you want to come? It sounds like a good event -- I read the blogs of a couple of the women on the advisory board (and will have to go check the rest of their sites out when I have a sec).

This flagship event is open to all bloggers—including men and beginners—interested in enhancing their online exposure, learning the latest best practices in blogging, networking with other bloggers, and specifically cultivating the female blogging community.

BlogHer Conference '05 will provide an open, inclusive forum to:

1. Discuss the role of women within the larger blog community
2. Examine the developing (and debatable) code of blogging ethics
3. Discover how blogging is shrinking the world and amplifying the voices of women worldwide

Though I seem to have signed up without them asking for my blog address, which was a bit puzzling because it would be nice to see the blogs of the other attendees...

Oh well, off to phone bank...

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YA50: Tangerine

Yes, I finally made it to #50! Of course I have a huge stack of other YA titles I want to get to, so the count won't stop here, but it does mean I'm going to have to start building the database of all of these, write booktalks for four of them, and make my lists of top favorites, etc. for this weekend's final ftf class (yes, I'm annoyed that we're having class on Passover).

tangerine.jpgTangerine
by Edward Bloor
1997
Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (June 1, 2001)
304 pages
8 sound cassettes (10 hrs.) Narrated by Ramon de Ocampo.

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. The book is told through Paul's diary entries where he chronicles his adjustment to this bizarre new place, describing his triumph at soccer, making new friends, and fighting the frost to save a tangerine grove. No one except Paul -- especially their parents -- sees how vicious and amoral his brother Erik really is, but the secret is about to come out.

Gr 6-9, Ages 11+

The Library Journal Review of the audio version was written by our Deputy County Librarian! She writes that, "This excellent recording will bring new fans to a book that has become a YA classic." From Booklist: "There's a lot going on in the story--perhaps too much--and with the exception of Paul, the characters are little more than intriguing, shadowy shapes. Paul's musings occasionally seem too old for his years, as well. Still, the book has a lot going for it, especially the atmospheric portrait of the eerie community, where lightning strikes more often than it does anywhere else and a school is swallowed by a sinkhole. One thing is for sure: this dark debut novel proves that Bloor is a writer to watch." From Kirkus: "Smart, adaptable, and anchored by a strong sense of self-worth, Paul makes a memorable protagonist in a cast of vividly drawn characters; multiple yet taut plotlines lead to a series of gripping climaxes and revelations. Readers are going to want more from this author."

I've been listening to it in the car for the last week and definitely enjoyed it. While some of the plot twists are a bit unbelievable (a giant sink hole swallowing the modular classrooms?... actually that might be wishful thinking for those of us in SJSU's lovely modular maze) but Paul is a great character and I would definitely recommend the book to middle schoolers.

1997 "American Bookseller" Pick of the Lists, an ALA Top-Ten Best Book, a "Horn Book" Fanfare Book, a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year, and an Edgar Award nominee.


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B's PDF Article

Check out Brian's very well-written piece on Personal Democracy Forum today: Please Standby... The DNC Is Still Experiencing Technical Difficulties. Nice job B!

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flikr words

I just thought this was so much fun! (via belladia via naiveknitting) Type in a word into the Flikr Speller and it will grab cool images for each of the letters.



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April 17, 2005

Refgrunt, 4/17

It was such a gorgeous spring day here that the library was pretty quiet. Here are some of my questions and the books people were asking about (4 hours A, 2 hours J):

hybrid cars
issue with their disk
drivers ed video
stapler x2
phone listing for a business in florida
books by Oswald Chambers
biographies of astronauts
mystery for first grader (gave them Cam Jansen)
teen classics
Native American folk tale picture books (that would be a great booklist)
Reign of Fire
Eat Yourself Thin
death penalty, economic aspects
Mrs. Polifax
mystery with an archaelogist (Elizabeth Peters/Amelia Peabody)
Mind Over Mood
DVD documentary about lightning
Queen Bees and Wannabees
50 Firs Dates
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
US News college rankings
history of comeitive swimming, figures about #s of people participating
change location of a hold pickup
audio books
Bernard Cornwell books
videos on National Parks
Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
pokemon
TinTin
Diary of Anne Frank

... plus a librarian I hadn't worked with before showed me some new features of the Ancestry geneological site, where they now have WWI draft registrations from 1917. So I think I found my great-grandfather, but I'll have to check some of the data with Mom to make sure its the right guy.

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April 16, 2005

YA49: Blood and Chocolate

I'll have to add the rest of the info tomorrow, but wanted to record #49:

bloodchocolate.jpgBlood and Chocolate
Annette Curtis Klause
Dell Laurel Leaf, 1999
264 pages
Ages 14+

A great werewolf one!

Booklist gushed that, "This violent, sexy novel is a seamless, totally convincing blend of fantasy and reality that can be read as feminist fiction, as smoldering romance, as a rite of passage novel, or as a piercing reflection on human nature…Klause's imagery is magnetic and her language fierce, rich, and beautiful…Passion and philosophy dovetail superbly in this powerful, unforgettable novel for mature teens."

And the author is a librarian! In an interview, she writes: "The library seemed to be a good environment for a writer--I would be the first to read all those lovely books and reference sources would be at my fingertips.  Of course, I didn't know back then that there is hardly any time to read the books with all the others things to do."

2001 American Library Association Top Ten Challenged Books of the Year. (She writes on her site that this is her "most dubious honor")
2000 Garden State Teen Book Award
2000 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award
1998 American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults.
Voted one of the top 10 on this list, too!
1998 American Library Association Quick Picks.
Voted one of the top 10 on this list, too!
1998 Nominated for the Heartland Award for Excellence Young Adult Literature.
1997 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.
1997 Booklist Editor's Choice.

And soon there will be a movie!!

spiritedaway.jpgPlus, I finally saw Spirited Away tonight (which I'm going to include in my assignment as well because I have to review 10 non-print items) It was amazing! I had included it in my 12-month YA plan that I just turned in yesterday, and had been meaning to see it forever. "In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by witches and monsters, where humans are changed into animals."

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April 15, 2005

Happy Birthday Janine

Happy birthday today to my former officemate Janine (I told her I always think about her on tax day, but that didn't sound quite right).

She updated me on some of our old NMP pals, and I learned that my other officemate Jenny is now working on Garage Takeover (which I'll have to go Tivo). I found a photo of her here on the site of one of the participants.

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April 14, 2005

KTEH Travel Auction

KTEH TRAVEL & LEISURE AUCTION
LIVE ON TV AND ONLINE
APRIL 14-17, 2005

Going live April 14-17, 2005, the KTEH Travel & Leisure Auction will offer a variety of exciting adventures spanning all over the world! Whether it’s a beautiful trip to a tropical island, a breathtaking mountain ski resort or a leisurely road trip to a local bed & breakfast, the KTEH Travel & Leisure Auction has something for everyone’s budget and interests! Keep checking back as items will soon be up for viewing and bidding online prior to the televised event.

I'll be there doing camera tomorrow night (friday) from 5:30-11:30 (we do hour shifts and then switch with another tech crew) If they're short-handed I may be answering phones on my off hours, so be sure to call and bid! (or you can bid online)

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April 13, 2005

Looking for Time Travel Books

Help -- any of you have any suggestions for good time travel books where the characters go forward in time (I'm having a much easier time with a list of ones going back in time). The Time Machine came to mind, but otherwise I'm pretty stuck.

Failing that, any favorites that are set in the future (e.g. Feed)

YA books preferred, but adult books that would appeal to teens will do as well.

Thanks!

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Cookie Monster

Alex tipped me off to this very sad development in the world of Cookie Monster (Brian, did you hear about this???): From CNN Has Cookie Monster given up sweets?

My beloved blue, furry monster -- who sang "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me" -- is now advocating eating healthy. There's even a new song -- "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food," where Cookie Monster learns there are "anytime" foods and "sometimes" foods.

Sigh.

In related news, Emy found out that they're building a Krispie Kreme _way_ too close to us here in San Jose.

Sigh.

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Library Journal piece

The campaign's in LJ again:

Santa Clara County's Mail Vote New Tactic for Tax Proposals
If the measures are defeated, another 60 positions will be cut, says Cervantes, on top of 24 lost last year. Some locations would open only 30 hours a week.

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April 12, 2005

Take Action: Fund California's Arts and Culture

Americans for the Arts sent out an action alert today regarding AB655, "All for 1%-1% for All," which would provide funds, estimated at $30 million the first year, for grants from the California Arts Council (CAC) to arts organizations and arts education programs throughout the state.

On Tuesday, April 19, The Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media will hold a hearing on AB 655. The bill will establish a continuous funding stream for the CAC from a 1 percent admission surcharge on entertainment venues and presenters, both for-profit and non-profit.

Take Action

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Refgrunt, 4/12

4 hours on J tonight, here are some of the questions/books:

Tom Sawyer
DVDs
Princess Diaries
By the Great Horn Spoon (and I swear I heard biodegradable spoon and was completely stumped)
Sahel (region in Africa)
scifi for 6th grade girl
Mission San Juan Bautista
Shiloh
The Long Patrol
Because of Winn Dixie
Face on the Milk Carton
sea turtles
encyclopedias
Mission San Juan Capistrado
Magic Shop series
The Cay
blue morpho butterflies
building a lunar base model
2nd/3rd grade action book, 100+ pages (ack)
Indian dance
Flat Stanley #3
Barney videos
Baby Einstein videos
toddler book about fruit
whale sharks
pokemon

etc.

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YA48: Boy Meets Boy

boymeetsboy.jpgWow, this was one of the best ones of the bunch IMO. Its a very quick read and I want to immediately go back and read it again (like I did with Weetzie Bat).

Boy Meets Boy
David Levithan
Alfred A. Knopf, 2003

Read an excerpt here.

Its a lovely, sweet high school romance with an obvious twist from the normal boy-meets-girl fare. It is utterly believable yet entirely fanciful -- this is a town and a school you just don't find everywhere (but then again I always wanted to live on Sesame Street, and there's nothing wrong about escaping to a world where people can interact in ways they may not be able to in the real world).

For some reason this description of Noah's room really stuck with me. It's like he's the StarGirl type character that Paul almost loses. Here's how Paul describes it the first time he sees it:

I don't know where to begin, both in looking at it and describing it. The ceiling is a swirl of just about any color you'd care to imagine. But it doesn't seem like it was painted with different colors -- it looks like it appeared at once, as a whole. One wall is covered with Matchbox cars glued in different directions, with a town and roads drawn in the background. His music collection hangs on a swing from the ceiling; his stereo is elevated on a pedestal of postcards from absurd places -- Botswana, the Kansas City International Airport, and Elvis convention. His books are kept on freestanding shelves hung at different angles on a sea-green wall. They defy gravity, as good books should. His bed is in the middle of the room, by can be rolled effortlessly into any corner. His windowshades are made from old bubblegum wrappers, arranged into a design.

As Noah says, "I hope you don't mind whimsy." (46) It reminded me of the types of things the girls in Dangerous Angels would do to their rooms, and all the other great characters in these books who really could express who they were.

The lengths that Paul goes to show Noah how he feels are some of the most romantic high school gestures ever, guarenteed to make you melt. As the front cover says, "In this celebration of love in all forms, David Levithan has crafted a world full of engaging and enduring characters that readers will want to visit again and again." In his bio, the author says he is "often asked if the book is a work of fantasy or a work of reality, and the answer is right down the middle - it's about where we're going, and where we should be."

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April 11, 2005

We were just talking about this...

Funny, at our campaign meeting on Saturday we were just saying that someone should do an op-ed piece (we were thinking one of those NPR ones) calling on the first lady to step up and take on the Salinas Library issue (and call attention to the other at-risk and underfunded libraries across the country. And then here it is in the NY Times back on Friday and I completely missed it.

Editorial: An Issue for the First Lady

"The sad state of the nation's libraries was driven home last week when all of the libraries in John Steinbeck's birthplace, Salinas, Calif., came close to closing. The crisis in Salinas is part of a larger picture in which financially strapped local governments have been slashing library hours and book budgets. Public officials, starting with Laura Bush, the most powerful librarian in the world, should be clamoring for greater resources for libraries."

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Weekend

Had the whole weekend off from work (I've been subbing one or both weekend days lately which was a lot more fun when I didn't have a M-F job) and packed a lot of things into it (unfortunately finishing my paper wasn't one of them). Campaign meeting (we're shifting into GOTV this week), lunch out at my favorite sandwich place for a turkey & advocate sandwich, my favorite hardware store for more pots to plant things on my deck, a long afternoon nap, dinner & pool at the sports place down the street (we lost two games to the couple who were at the table), pastries in Half Moon Bay and a walk on the very lovely beach there, drafted fundraising letters and list for the campaign, updated the hay database, planted the new seeds and things, and saw a fantastic concert (Rita at Foothill College). Off to phone bank now and then I really need to get this paper out of the way... but it was a very nice weekend!

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April 10, 2005

YA47: Montmorency

Everyone was talking about this one in class, so I thought I'd give it a try. It was interesting, well written, hard to put down, and refreshingly different from the other YA ones.

montmorency.jpgMontmorency: thief, liar, gentleman?
Eleanor Updale
Orchard Books, 2003
233 pages

When a petty thief falls through a glass roof trying to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a whole new life. He soon becomes the most elusive burglar in Victorian London, adopting a dual existence as both a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency, and his degenerate servant Scarper who prowls the newly built city sewers (London, 1875).

The Amazon review writes that, "Middle school fans of John Bellairs, Lemony Snicket, and Philip Pullman, will delight in plowing through the cliff hanging pages of Montmorency. Updale's prose is clear and plot-driven, full of the kind of fascinating detail about the quirky Victorian thief's dual existence that young mystery readers adore. And, with a sequel coming in 2005, they won't groan too loudly at the wide open, although wholly satisfying ending." School Library Journal explains that, "Peculiarly enough, Updale's seamless historical novel contains no true adolescent characters. Yet the transitional stages of Montmorency's entry into society and evolving sense of self-discovery resemble the paths taken by many famous teen protagonists. Readers will find themselves drawn not only to Montmorency's compellingly bizarre biography, but also to his clever and mischievous nature that eventually leads him to both a realization of his past wrongs and a valid career where he can put his "best" skills to good use." From Booklist: "It's tough to pinpoint the target audience, though--some readers will react negatively to the absence of characters their own age, and find the abundant period details overly fussy (in one scene, Montmorency lingers over the subtle flavors of whisky). This will appeal the most to older kids who enjoy immersing themselves in historical atmosphere, including some adult devotees of Victorian detective fiction."

Grade 6-10

The sequel has been nominated for the 2005 Best Books for Young Adults:
Updale, Eleanor. Montmorency on the Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer?
Scholastic/Orchard Books, 2005. $16.95. (0-439-60676-4).

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National Library Week

Happy National Library Week!
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April 08, 2005

Midsummer Reunion

In 1966, the Staples Players (the theater group from our high school) put on an award winning production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream." Tonight most of the original cast (including Mom and Uncle Doug) got together for a grand reunion. There's a photo up on Westport Now (of course) -- and there's Mom in the front with a very snazzy long white coat. I wasn't cool enough to be in the Players when I was at SHS (that and I can't act to save my life, despite a starring role as Alice #6 in the 5th grade production of Alice in Wonderland)

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YA46: Rats Saw God

ratssawgod.jpgAnother book finished on tape in the car (boy the commute goes fast with a good story... not that its a very long commute... and yes, the end of this assignment is in sight so there will eventually be more variety in my reading picks here).

Rats Saw God
Rob Thomas
Simon Pulse, 1996
224 pages
Recorded Books, 1996, 5 sound cassettes (6.5 hr.)
Narrated by Johnny Heller

By his senior year in high school, Steve York has come through the worst two years of his life. His parents have divorced, and his girlfriend has broken his heart. Now he's barely making it through his senior year in San Diego, busted for being high in class, and risking flunking out. Steve's only hope to graduate on time and avoid summer school is to write a 100-page paper for his guidance counselor. Will the assignment help him to pull his life together or push him over the edge? As we read Steve's account of his Sophomore year in Houston, his group of friends and their Grace Order of Dadaists (GOD) club, his first love Wanda "Dub" Varner, we start to see where everything went wrong. At the same time, we start to see him pull things back together, his academic recovery, fueled in part by a new love interest, and his reconciliation of long time tension with his famous astronaut father. The book is funny and touching.

From PW: "In his first novel Thomas lays bare the pain, awkwardness and humor at the heart of one teenager's search for identity.... Thomas, a former high school teacher, nails his setting with dead-on accuracy. The sharp descriptions of cliques, clubs and annoying authority figures will strike a familiar chord. The dialogue is fresh and Steve's intelligent banter and introspective musings never sound wiser than his years. Readers will likely enjoy the quick pace of Steve's journal-style flashbacks; on a deeper level, they will be moved by his emotional stumbles and impressed by his growing maturity." Booklist adds: "Thomas, a former high-school teacher, has a strong, funny voice, but the first-time novelist needs to learn how to trim a book; what should be left out is as important as what to put in. This is definitely for the YA crowd, not the preteens who often pick up this sort of book. The language is authentic, and a first-time sex scene, though not exactly graphic, has some memorable images." Kirkus finds that "Readers will take heart from the way Steve grows past his rebellion as they laugh at the plethora of comic situations and sharply set up, well-executed punchlines."

Apparently, Thomas was one of the original screenwriters in season one of Dawson's Creek and co-created Cupid (which I liked). He's also the creater of Veronica Mars (which I should probably watch at some point). There's an interview with him about it on Salon.

If you liked Rats Saw God...

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Another Salinas Update

As many of you have already heard, "With a $75,000 donation from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the city of Salinas met its fundraising goal of $500,000, allowing it to keep its three libraries open with limited hours through December." (CLA)

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April 06, 2005

Great TV

I hope you all watched West Wing!

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April 05, 2005

Last VAB Meeting

lastvab1.jpgToday was my very last volunteer advisory board meeting at The Tech. After a year as vice-chair (and rep to the board of directors) and two years now as chair, my term has come to the end. It was a pretty good meeting and a nice send-off with sappy sentiments and lovely parting gifts. I'm going to miss the group and know I leave it in very capable hands (prior to the meeting we interviewed two of the three finalists for the Volunteer Manager position and I feel like we're heading in a very good direction there as well). So thank you to all of you who have put up with my ranting and complaining and roping you into helping out with things over the past few years at the museum. I'm sticking through next week's communication meeting and the annual volunteer dinner later this month, and then will be officially retiring (or at least going on a nice long leave) from volunteering there.

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YA45: Sabriel

Another really good one! I'll admit I've had this on my pile from the very start of the semester and kept picking it up, considering it, and then picking up some other book from the pile. I even carried it all the way to Florida over the holidays (but then put it aside to read the new books Mom had brought). It was fantastic though -- really good fantasy and I couldn't put it down. Of course I'm going to now have to add the others in the series to the list of books I want to read after this course ends.

Sabriel
Book 1 of the Abhorsen Trilogy
Garth Nix

School Library Journal explains that, "This vividly imagined fantasy pits a young necromancer against a shambling horde of deliciously gruesome minions of an unspeakably evil sorcerer." The reviewer finds that, "Though he doesn't handle every element with equal skill, his monsters are scary and repulsive, his sense of humor is downright sneaky, and he puts his competent but not superhuman heroine through engrossing physical and emotional wringers. This book is guaranteed to keep readers up way past their bedtimes." PW writes, "Although Sabriel is possessed of much heavy knowledge ("A year ago, I turned the final page of The Book of the Dead. I don't feel young any more"), she is still a teenager and vulnerable where her father and love for Touchstone are concerned, making her a sympathetic heroine. Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel, an Australian import, is excellent high fantasy. The suitably climactic ending leaves no loose ends, but readers will hope for a sequel." Booklist writes, "The action charges along at a gallop, imbued with an encompassing sense of looming disaster. Sabriel, who entered the Old Kingdom lacking much of the knowledge she needs, proves to be a stalwart heroine, who, in the end, finds and accepts her destiny. A page-turner for sure, this intricate tale compares favorably with Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass and will surely appeal to the same audience."

Ages 12+, Grade 7+
Notable Children's Books of 1997 (ALA)
1997 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1997 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror 1996 (VOYA)
Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books of 1996 (VOYA)


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April 04, 2005

Not a complete waste of time

So all this blogging and IMing I've been doing? It might actually pay off one day. This librarian notes that they ask about those things in their YA interview process! Ha!

(My runescape experience has already paid off in the form of some very interesting conversations -- and surprised looks -- from teens playing in the library.)

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Red Review

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Ethel quartet adds wattage, panache to Red finale
Red (an orchestra)
Monday, April 04, 2005
Donald Rosenberg
Plain Dealer Music Critic

White (a snowstorm) couldn't keep a sizable audience away from the concert presented by Red (an orchestra) Saturday at Masonic Auditorium. The ensemble's season finale had plenty of musical heat to ward off climatic mischief.

Artistic director Jonathan Sheffer always has something surprising up his sleeve to keep a classical-music audience slightly off-guard. His artillery this time was Ethel, the New York-based string quartet whose members look like rockers, play with tasteful amplification and project enough artistic wattage for a bevy of classical virtuosos.

The concert had the feel of a rock concert, with scaffolding around the musicians bedecked with lights that transformed the atmosphere according to the musical moods. Most of the music was new or recent, exemplifying Sheffer's aim to balance the familiar with the unfamiliar -- or, as he put it Saturday, "certainty vs. uncertainty."

Oh, and check out this great photo of Grandpa, Lois, and the Pope.

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NY Times Article on Salinas Library

Thank you to Mom and to Karen for pointing out this piece:

In Steinbeck's Birthplace, a Fight to Keep the Libraries Open
by Carolyn Marshall
April 4, 2005
New York Times

The reputation of this farming community, known as the Salad Bowl of the World, has been burnished by giants of American history like the civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, who organized the area's farmworkers, and John Steinbeck, a native son who borrowed images from the landscape and Depression-era residents in writing "The Grapes of Wrath."

The pride, fear and hope Steinbeck described were in evidence this weekend as residents, celebrities and best-selling authors gathered for a 24-hour emergency read-in to try to avert an unwelcome footnote to Salinas's legacy: the impending closing of the city's three public libraries.

Unless the city can raise $500,000 by June 30, the John Steinbeck, Cesar Chavez and El Gabilan Libraries will be shuttered, victims of the city's $9 million budget shortfall. If the branches are closed, Salinas will become the nation's largest city without a public library.

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Sujata Massey, Wednesday Night

The Virtual Chautauqua is pleased to invite you to participate in a special event.

We have the exciting opportunity to talk with Sujata Massey, author of a wonderful series of mysteries featuring her heroine, Rei Shimura.

Date: Wednesday April 6
Time: 8:30-9:30pm US Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Email me if you want call information emily - at - chocolatespoon.com

You can find out more about Sujata's work at her website

Massey's books tell great mystery stories while, at the same time, exploring some of the cross-cultural challenges that emerge for the heroine as she straddles her Japanese-American heritage. Rei Shimura's trade in japanese antiques and her relationship with her extended family in Japan sends her to places all over Japan. She explores everything from the ancient art of flower arranging to modern Japanese comics.

The Rei Shimura series includes:

Zen Attitude (1998)
The Flower Master (1999)
The Floating Girl (2000)
The Bride's Kimono (2001)
The Samurai's Daughter (2003)
The Pearl Diver (2004)

Please join us for this special Virtual Chautauqua event! Even if you haven't read any of Sujata's books (yet) it will be fun to hear about the writer, the writing process, and the world of mysteries!

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April 03, 2005

Rain

After a really gorgeous couple of days (all of which I worked through so I didn't really get outside to enjoy them), it's raining again here. When Uncle Doug was here last weekend he took one look at me with my umbrella and decided that I had become my weather pixie! So here we are side by side:

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(now I just need a cat...)

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Sac Bee Article

Mentioned in another article:

LIBRARY services suffer big cuts
Sacramento Bee

In many cases, libraries have encountered difficulties when they seek to convert assessments, approved by a simple majority vote in the 1990s, to a special tax, requiring a two-thirds majority. The "super majority" is required by Proposition 218, known as the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, approved by California voters in 1996.

In the Santa Clara County Library District, a measure last year to replace a library assessment with a special tax failed, and the district is going back to voters in May, Gold said.

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Refgrunt, 4/3

Another busy Sunday at the library. 4 hours A, 2 hours J. Here are some of the questions:

R is for Richochet (on tape)
computer help
Great Escape
CDs
photos of the town for a paint the town event
town history
books on Beiking
Stephen Spielberg
Visual Dictionary of Ancient Civilization
Hercules
Sloppy Firsts
Sisterhood of the Treveling Pants
library card number
Walt Disney biographies
patents
biographies
looking for a free computer
equation of a wave (* best question of the night, found a great site that had ocean waves in the world of physics)
biographies of Bill Gates
scrap booking
books in Chinese (x2)
phone number for a neighboring library
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Nancy Lopez
bread baking
history of Turkey
Nordstrom's phone number
Forgive for Good
yahoo mail attachment problems
biographies of Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey
Michael Jordan
Cardcaptor Sakura
plant life cycle
Caldecott Medalists
Feida Khalo
biography of 150+ pages for a 7th grader
amphibians
Pope John Paul II biographies
gauss rifle
Spy Fox in "dry cereal"
and more...

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April 02, 2005

Refgrunt, 4/2

hmmm... can't seem to find my notes from today, but I'll add them if I find them. 3 hours A, 3 hours J

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April 01, 2005

Whales

Mom's in the news again (thank you google alerts), this time in a press release for a cool joint-project between the Playhouse and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk (we just love those partnerships between groups! They just needed to add in the local library to tie in some great whale books as well)

"Whale Week" Partners Playhouse, Aquarium and School
Monday, April 4, 2005
Starting at 11:15am
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT   06430

This was posted on a site called AmericanTowns.com, "an online resource where you can find local information and events critical to daily life in Fairfield County, Westchester County, Staten Island NY, Northern New Jersey, Long Island NY, Detroit and Boston suburbs."

Of course the news here is all about sharks (one great white shark in particular) -- my poor boss took yesterday off to go down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with his kids and probably just missed seeing it!

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Summer Class

I got my "permission number" today to register for the summer class I requested (you have to submit your top choices and they award spots based on preference and what time you submit your form) I got 248-13, Beginning Cataloging and Classification, all day on June 2-3 and the rest online, taught by Greg Cotton (from Iowa I guess?) Here's the green sheet from when he taught the course last fall. Time to dig out my AACR2!

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