August 31, 2005

5 Blogs

Ok, so I never got around to commemorating international blog day and finding new blogs to share with you - I'll have to play next year. Its been fun following other people's submissions though.

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International Blog Day

Blog Day 2005

Apparently, today is International Blog Day -- I'll have to give this a shot when I get home from work.

BlogDay posting instructions:

1. Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting
2. Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2005
3. Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs
4. Post the BlogDay Post (on August 31st) and
5. Add the BlogDay tag using this link: and a link to the BlogDay web site at

[ I love the logo and the explanation: "Have you ever noticed that the date 3108 (August 31st) looks like the word “Blog”?" ]

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Happy Birthday Paul S.

Happy Birthday today to Paul S.!

(I don't think I've ever had two friends named Paul before to need to differentiate like that).

Of course I completely forgot to wish him a happy birthday when he stopped by the library last night...

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August 30, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/30

Quite busy tonight on the J desk. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Spy Kids
science experiments
parakeets (esp. eggs)
American Sisters series
Berenstein Bears
Arnold Lobel books (Frog and Toad)
Emily Lindsay Dreams Come True? (never did find that one)
book with tape
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Princess Diaries
Freddy in Peril
Don't Date Naked
lost password help
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
3rd grade books
Ultra Maniac
A Boat to Nowhere
Vince Carter, Slam Dunk Artist
The Invisible Island (and other A to Z mysteries)
Icy Igloo Inn
Zombie Zone
Alexander and the terrible...
Star Wars CD Rom game
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54
Seed of Chucky books?
picture books about everday things

and I got to mark 'void' on a huge pile of weeded paperbacks which made me wish I could think of some creative way to reuse them (like this woman did) since they were too beat up to give to the Friends' Book Sale. Speaking of booksales, I'm so sad I'll miss the upcoming MH one, Saturday, September 3 (10 am - 5 pm) - but of course I really don't have room for more books right now... and I'm working at the wrong library the weekend of the big Los A. one (September 9, 10, 11, 2005 ), and then the MI 3 day one is coming up on the first weekend in October...

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August 29, 2005

Happy Birthday Blog!

pinatacake.jpgHappy 2nd birthday to my blog! woo hoo!

As of right now (including this one): 1493 entries, 664 comments

Now I just need to find some time to upgrade my version of movable type so I don't have to spend quite so much time deleting spam comments and hopefully fix the error messages people get when they try to comment.

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The City of Ember and The People of Sparks

ember.gifsparksnew-1.jpgSpeaking of great books, I just finished listening to The City of Ember and its sequel, The People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau and am going to have to add them to my all time favorites list. Its probably best for grades 4-7 and would lead to some really interesting class discussions (lesson plans and quizzes) The audio books, narrated by Wendy Dillon, were superb.

"The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!"

some booktalks

ALA Notable Children's Book 2004
Best Children's Books of the year 2004; Bank Street College of Education
Capitol Choices, 2004
IRA Children's Literature Choice List, 2004

One of the CE questions is to plan an author visit to your library -- Jeanne Duprau is definitely one that I would consider choosing (plus, she apparently lives nearby!)

I really just want to start over and read it again, but there's a huge pile waiting for me (and as soon as I get my new language CDs in the mail, its back to Hebrew lessons in the car instead of stories for a while)

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Best of the Best List

via Pop Goes the Library (an excellent source of pop culture and library stuff), YALSA's best books for young adults from the past decade. Sadly, I only score 25 out of the 100 titles -- though I have at least 3 others on my bookshelf waiting for me.

So many books, so little time...

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2 wins!

Well, our opponents forfeited, so its not a real win, but we weren't going to complain (not only would we get to practice on the field for an hour, but there's pizza and two pitchers of beer on the house -- apparently charged to the no-show team). But then another team was short on women so three of us got recruited to go and play for them (you have to have three women or you forfeit as well.) And on that team, we won 16-3! I hit a double, a sacrifice grounder (i.e. I got out before reaching first, but brought in a run) and a single where unfortunately I got the guy ahead of me tagged out. I got tagged out once running home (I'd like to think I can blame that on bad base coaching?) and left on third the other time. I missed one awful play at home (I was the catcher), but otherwise we had such great fielding that there weren't many plays at home to worry about.

So I feel like I had two wins tonight! I think it was my new lucky cleats (plus when I bought them this afternoon I found out that I get a discount at the local sporting good store from my job).

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August 28, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/28

It was hopping there today (partly because of the picnic) and I don't think I managed to write down all the questions, but here are some of them:

help with finding the downloadable audiobooks in the catalog
Rashomon video
resizing graphics to print
historical US fiction 9th grade (x3, must be a school assignment)
Chinese DVD list
The Greatest Generation
monologues for young actors
directions to the Cupertino library
presidents, white house
W4 forms
senior computer classes
pdf questions
Dewey numbers for Italy and Switzerland
The Great Smith House Hustle
The House with the Clock in its Walls
Spy (Eye Witness)
Magic School Bus videos
human body
Harry Potters
Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus (which I know well, thanks to Julia)
Austria and Switzerland travel videos
unlock the display case
The Kill Angels
SAT writing test prep
directions to Tower Records (teens get a gift card there for completing the summer reading club)
Into the Forest

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Captain Underpants!

Captain Underpants (aka the Adult Program Librarian) made a guest appearance today at the library to help celebrate the town-wide picnic happening just outside.


with Jean assisting a bit in the flying part.

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Canteen Night

Mom sent along this photo of Grandpa and our friend Julia dancing away at the Historical Society's Canteen Night, with music and food from the 1940s and a swing dance demonstration.


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August 27, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/27

A quiet Saturday, 2 hours J, 2 hours A. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Megan's Law database
exercise videos
help with Word formatting
book on really basic how to use the Internet
Directions to the Gilroy DMV from Walmart
Consumer Reports Buying Guide
Alexandra Nicole Smith Bone Series? (i really think she meant Alexander McCall Smith, but it took some negotiating)
historical photographs of the town
Washington Crossing the Delaware (picture of the painting in a book)
Nickelodeon web site
Destiny Deoxys (Pokemon video)
concept (ABC, 123) books

Plus I got to work on a display for upcoming Banned Books Week (Sept 24-Oct 1) -- if you read one of the "banned" books (they have big red signs on them), you can be entered in a drawing for a prize.

I also volunteered to make a web site for the Friends' of the Libary and their big upcoming fundraising campaign -- though not until after Nov 1 of course.

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Vending Machines

Via Lady Crumpett, book vending machines in Paris. Ooh, maybe Julia will see some on her trip!

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August 26, 2005

In-Laws to Be

Here's some of my new in-laws to be, here visiting from Israel this week.



And no, I don't understand a word of what everyone's been saying all evening... oh well.

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Refgrunt, 8/26

A lovely Friday afternoon at the library. Not too busy but a couple of interesting questions to work on...

Here are some of the requests/questions from today (2 hours J, 2 hours A):

The Hobbitt
Teen section
USB drive
Muzzy Spanish Level 1
new baby brother books
Princess Diaries
Reader Rabbit phonics
Hunter's Best Friend at School
Duck on a Bike
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth
TV shows on video
find and mail an obituary from the local paper from 1971 (the joys of microfiche)
civil war newspaper templates
summer reading club pickups
John Muir texts
Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy
The Circuit

plus I got to make a display of Dummies books

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Audiobook Downloads

Libraries Offering Audiobook Downloads
By Michael Hill
The Associated Press

Our libraryhas them too (of course I'm one of those people who complained they don't work on ipods...)

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August 25, 2005

Full Set

I forgot to blog that we finished the 4th chair and the table over the weekend (and touched up the first three chairs) Here's the full set:

Special thanks to Susan who inspired me and helped me to paint my dresser a couple of years ago.

Just in time for more house guests to arrive this evening!

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The Big Over Easy

tbo_usuk.jpgJust finished The Big Over Easy, the new Jasper Fforde that Mom had brought with her when she was visiting. Even without Thursday Next (my personal hero and role model), it was a very satisfying read and I'll definitely looking forward to another installment which is due out next July. Jack Spratt and Mary Mary (yes, the ones you think I mean) investigate the murder of Humpty Dumpty (I kept trying to explain to S that this wasn't one of the children's books I often read)

I like this exchange between Mary and Jack when Mary first joins The Nursery Crime Division

"Do they know?" "Do they know what?" "Do they know they're nursery characters?" "I think sometimes they suspect, but for the most part they have no idea at all. To the Billy Goats, Jack and Jill and the Gingerbreadman, it's all business as normal. Don't worry -- you'll get into the swing of it."
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Settled In

mitchellhall.jpgBetty's apparently all settled in to her dorm at GW. Good luck to her in all her new classes!

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Happy Anniversary Dad & Jane

Points go to Brian who reminded me that today is Dad & Jane's anniversary. Happy Anniversary to them! S and I are looking forward to visiting them (and the new Seattle library at long last) next week!


Posted by Emily at 06:25 AM | Comments (0)

August 24, 2005

No on 73: Campaign for Teen Safety

I know it feels early to be worrying about the November elections, but here's one to keep an eye on for the fall, a parental notification measure.

Vote No on Prop 73

some comments from PPMM:

Proposition 73, an initiative that would require parents of minors to be notified 48 hours before an abortion, will be decided in the November 8th Special Election. If the proposition passes, the safety and health of our teenage daughters [and friends] will be put in serious danger.

While all parents rightly want to be involved in their teenage daughters' lives, good family communication cannot be imposed by government. If a teenager gets pregnant our first concern must be for her safety. Parental notification laws force teenagers to choose between talking with parents or having illegal, unsafe

Proposition 73 also puts our most vulnerable teens -- those who live in troubled homes -- in harm's way. If our daughters can't come to us, for whatever reason, we must make sure they get safe medical attention from qualified doctors and nurses.

Posted by Emily at 03:36 PM | Comments (0)

August 23, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/23

A relatively quiet night on the J side -- with a nice musical accompaniment outside in the park of Hawaiian music. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Dr. Seuss
Around the World in 80 Days
Helen of Troy (we didn't own the 1956 movie she was looking for)
Peter Pan
Stuart Little
The Borrowers
The Zombie Zone
Nguoi Mau (which we didn't own)
Hades' Daughter
Cyclops Doesn't Roller-Skate
Magic School Bus butterflies
postal exams (all the books were out, but you can take practice exams online now)
9th grade Eragon read-alikes
magazines to use for collages
Secrets of Droon
Magic School Bus
Very Hungry Caterpillar
beginner reader books
YA Historical fiction, Us pre-1865
Harry Potter #3 movie
Robinson Crusoe

Posted by Emily at 10:48 PM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2005

More than techies

Interesting NY times article:

A Techie, Absolutely, and More
by Steve Lohr
aug 23

"If you have only technical knowledge, you are vulnerable," said Thomas W. Malone, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of "The Future of Work" (Harvard Business School Press, 2004). "But if you can combine business or scientific knowledge with technical savvy, there are a lot of opportunities. And it's a lot harder to move that kind of work offshore."

and people looked at me funny when I tried to go all interdisciplinary with my CS studies back in college... ha!

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After a really embarassing wipe-out on the way to first base (after a pretty decent hit... and I would totally have made it to first if I hadn't been flat on my stomach), I have finally come to understand the usefulness of having cleats. Our team actually won tonight (making our record 2-5 I think), but with absolutely no help from me. But I think I'm going to have to treat myself to some cleats to avoid repeating this useful lesson. I bought myself some years ago (with some of the gift certificate Carrie and I had won at the Oriole's game by having the number in our program read out over the loud speaker -- one of my all time life highlights) but they never surfaced after my rapid departure from DC years ago.

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August 20, 2005


Happy 1 year anniversary to us. We went back to Maurizio's, the restaurant we had our first date at one year ago today.

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Yellow Raft and others

A quick roundup of the last few books I've finished:

yellowraftYellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
A wonderful three-generation story. Looks like a movie may be on the way. I could see it appealing to YAs.

disappearingactDisappearing Act
by Sid Fleischman
I started listening to this one on CD, but the second CD turned out to be for an entirely different book, so I finished it in book form. I really liked the characters - a brother and sister who escape a crazy stalker and start a new life together in Venice, CA.

awfulendA House Called Awful End
by Philip Ardagh
Kelly recommended this one when I was finishing around for CDs to listen to the other night. It was ok, but Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maude ran up against my low tolerance for really stupid things. The main character, Eddie Dickens was likable though, and I may go back for the 2nd and 3rd parts to see what becomes of him.

The Kite Rider
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Not to be confused with the Kite Runner, this is a children's story about a Chinese boy strapped to a great big kite.

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August 19, 2005


We finally got to see March of the Penguins at the local movie theater. What an amazing documentary! It was heartbreaking though.


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Eduard [or maybe Aaron?] is in College

Its still a bit hard to believe -- but best of luck to you in all your exciting new college adventures!

He's in a triple with Garrett and Colin. Mom commented that they even have the same sheets (but conceded that maybe it's the mothers who are alike.)

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August 18, 2005

Milpitas Hours

City backing allows library to restore Monday hours
By Ian Bauer

Milpitas Community Library will re-open Mondays to a seven-day-a-week schedule beginning Aug. 29.

Last year, Monday hours at all nine Santa Clara County libraries were eliminated due to the county system's reported $1.1-million deficit.

Since then, Milpitas is the only city in the county to restore lost library hours. Milpitas did so through a specified infusion of city tax dollars.

Milpitas Community Library's new hours will be:
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Posted by Emily at 09:15 PM | Comments (0)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

As I was waiting for Julia to walk over from The Tech for lunch, I realized that today was really my last day of summer vacation from school since we get those research paper topics tomorrow and I'll have to use any free time from work writing those. So, to take advantage of this relatively carefree state (and instead of driving home and back for the meetup tonight), I ducked out of work for a bit this afternoon and walked over to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the imax screen.


I liked it -- but boy is he weird.

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Meetup Tonight

The Santa Clara County Librarians August Meetup

Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 7:00 PM
This is United Librarians Meetup Day

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
5353 Almaden Expy #B100 (Cafe)
San Jose, CA 95118

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New Library Design Mentioned

Looking for beauty in the South Valley? It’s not hard to find
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Gilroy Dispatch
By Lisa Pampuch

The design for the new Morgan Hill Public Library. The plan architects Noll & Tam recently presented to City Council is modern, yet appropriate to its site and neighborhood. It takes advantage of the views of El Toro, complements the neighboring civic center buildings, and the well-thought-out interior will encourage visitors to sit down a spell and enjoy a good book - and there’s an unlimited amount of beauty to be found in that activity.
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August 17, 2005

Welcome Fiona!

Seth's now a big brother! Congrats to Paul & Aimee!

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August 16, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/16

A pretty quiet Tuesday night on the J desk. Paul S. came by and visited though, which was great fun and a nice distraction. Here are some of the questions/responses:

Barney CDs
poetry books
Vietnamese video "Nang"
The Count of Monte Christo
Alici: My Story
Fairy Realm series
Rainbow Magic series
National Geographic videos
Blues Clues, Teletubbies, Barney and Dora the Explorer videos
toddler books
Henry and the Paper Route on tape
The Tattletale Mysteries
Arthur books
childrens' books in other languages
all sorts of statistics about the city

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Teen Read Article

This article on teen reading has gotten a lot of buzz on the YA mailing lists. It's so sad that they don't mention all the amazing, life-changing really excellent YA books out there!

Posted by Emily at 08:44 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2005

Done with cataloging

Yay! I'm all done with cataloging (turned in my exam Friday night) and it turned out I didn't do nearly as badly as I had feared, so my last class is now behind me. We get our culminating questions on Friday (8/19), have the orientation meeting on Saturday, and then the whole thing is over and done with on November 1. Eek.

(and in other exciting news, I found a dress!!!)

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Book of New York

I was playing around with the new genealogy databases at the library (available remotely with your SCCL card) and found my great grandfather in The book of New York: forty years' recollections of the American metropolis by Julius Chambers (Book of New York Co: New York, c1912) From page 430:


"Every owner of rentable property understands the desirability of having a competent and watchful agent to collect his rents and see that the character of his houses in maintained. Many excellent buildings, with advantageous sites, have been allowed to deteriorate owing to inattentive owners or negligent agenets. Aaron Rabinowitz belongs to the ever-watchful class of agent who makes his principal's interests his own. He was born in this city and derived his education from the public schools and the University of the City of New York. Through the advice of Henry Morganthau, one of the leading realty owners and operators of this city, he entered the real estate business in 1903. Through only twenty-seven years of age he became president of the long-established Spear & Co., real estate agents, in 1905..."

I wonder if that was the Henry Morganthau, Sr., who was a banker and American ambassador to Turkey during President Wilson's administration.

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August 14, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/14

Quiet Sunday for the most part, 4 hours J, 2 hours A. Here are some of the questions/requests:

adult new books
how to pronounce Flaubert
Letters from Ripka
Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier
The Junkyard Dog
disk or disc?
Fodor French guide book on Charming Inns
John Connolly books
articles about the EU
The Fig Eater
Becoming Justice Blackmun
SF phone books
Optimist's Daughter
North America
Yu-Gi-Oh! cards
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The Known World
My Jim
Under the Blood-Red Sun
Jackie & Me
Half Magic
The Lima Bean Monster
science books on rocks
New York
London/Paris travel for kids
benefits of hiking
series like Dragons of Blueland

Posted by Emily at 09:42 PM | Comments (0)

Spoon sundae

Mom's here visiting (yay!) and we went downtown in MH to a restaurant for dinner and they had these adorable desserts that was one spoonful of sundae (afterall, we only wanted one bite...)


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Librarian Awards

Nominate your favorite librarian, entries due by 9/2.

The New York Times has long been committed to fostering literacy and building awareness of issues
important to our local and national communities. We are proud to support and honor public librarians, who
do so much to nurture a better-informed society.
The purpose of The Times Librarian Award is to recognize those librarians whose exemplary performance and
outstanding community service have made their libraries friendlier and more accessible institutions.
Eligible nominees include any librarian with a master’s degree in library science currently working in a
public library in the United States. School and university librarians are not eligible.
Nominators are encouraged to nominate librarians who consistently demonstrate the highest level of
professionalism, knowledge and public service in the execution of their duties.
Winners will be announced in The Times in November and each will receive $2,500.

The questions on the nomination form include:

Please list a few ways in which the nominee has helped you and/or others and made your experience of the library a more positive one. For instance, did the nominee inspire in you a love for literature or assist you in a research project?

How does the nominee make the library a better place? Please be specific.

How has the library, and the nominee, improved the quality of your life?

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Peter to Hawaii

I'm behind in my gossip, clearly, but just saw this: From the Tech to job in Hawaii: EX-CHIEF GILES WILL TAKE REINS OF ASTRONOMY EDUCATION CENTER

Giles, 61, who retired in March as the president and CEO of the Tech, will become the director of the Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center in Hilo, Hawaii, on Sept. 1.
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Happy Chairs

I've been dying to paint for ages, and S let me loose on his second-hand dining room chairs (since they were pretty scratched up anyway and way too dark for our bright and sunny kitchen. Here's a before and after photo of the set -- we had a great time sanding and painting them. They're pretty silly, but they make me smile.


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August 12, 2005

Workshop on Weblogs for Librarians

I had the opportunity to attend CARL North's Information Technology Interest Group workshop today: Is There a Blog in Your Future: Workshop on Weblogs for Librarians - Part 1.

I always love hearing from Karen Schnieder, Director of LII (who had spoken to our reference class last year and who finally got me hooked completely and utterly on rss feeds). My favorite bit was when she showed the feed from the US Consumer Product Safety folks, which she checks to reassure herself that, "I'm always having a better day than someone out there." [grin]

But I ducked out early (before the session on setting up a blog) to go back to work and index more documents for the big project. Its always so hard to know if workshops like this are going to be a good use of time or not. On a recent job application that I submitted, I was supposed to describe a recent professional development activity and how it helped me be more effective at my job -- but usually I just find that I don't have the patience to sit still for these things and the ones that sound really interesting are often things I've gone out and found information about already on my own. I guess I need to cast a wider net. Or only go to conferences that Lisa organizes, since those are always WAY better. I wish I could sneak away for the Plexus one coming up.

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August 11, 2005

First House Guest

We have our first house guest at the new place -- all the way from Australia! Greg's on an amazing around-the-world trip checking out different zoos and popped up to see Shachar since he had been down in San Diego visiting the researchers at the wild animal park. Here he is showing us some of the amazing photos he's taken along the way (we're both very jealous of his very very snazzy digital camera) I'm letting them catch up while I'm plugging away at my cataloging final (ugh)


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August 09, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/9

Some of the questions/requests from 4 hours on the J desk. The highlight was a kid who needed the lyrics to Putting on the Ritz. After I handed them to him, he sang the entire song for me right at the reference desk (including a bit of tap dancing).

Star Wars comics
Baby Einstein videos
alphabet DVDs
JE's (x 4)
Number the Stars
Super Fudge
My Side of the Mountain
Microsoft Word instruction
Blue's Clues video games
Power Ranger videos and video games
A Boat to Nowhere
Sweet Valley Twins
original Freaky Friday movie
Marvin Redpost series
Junie B Jones
Feng Shui
Tarzan DVD
books that "teach me how to fold" (aka origami)
plus a handful of summer reading club prize pickups

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Brian Spotting

Looks like Brian's one of the speakers at this upcoming conference:

The Media Center, the nonprofit media-
technology-society think tank (, will present "We
Media: Behold the Power of Us" on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, in New York
City. The conference will take place at the state-of-the-art world
headquarters of the Associated Press. (press release)

Hmm, they seem to have a slightly outdated bio of him though.

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August 08, 2005

2nd base

Turns out that i like playing second base in softball. Go figure. I managed two decent plays, 2 hits, one rbi. Of course we still lost by about 14 runs, but we were really starting to gel out there by the end.

Next week we get our team hats and it'll all be different. Of course Mom will be here visiting so I may not get to play (and wouldn't it be depressing if they won the one game I didn't show up for? hmmm)

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August 07, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/7

Another Sunday afternoon at the library, 4 hours A, 2 hours J. Lots of time-out software signups and summer reading club prize pickups. Here's some of the other questions/requests:

Lord of the Flies
learning English from Farsi (ESL videos)
print off a USB drive
Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays
Fodors France and Switzerland
collection of biographies of famous people
Zoombini's Mountain Rescue
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Pippi Longstocking video (not the animated version)
Myth-to-Mania series, #4 (which we don't seem to own)
The Million Dollar Strike (which we also don't seem to own)
Into the Forest
musical performances on DVD
Mona Lisa Smile
law school rankings
zip disk? (no)
help with holds
where locally is there free wireless
Elvis Story
Glenn Miller Story
Makeovers by Marcia
trash can?
teen book recommendations
poems for weddings
Prophecy of the Stones
Unauthorized Autobiography of Lemony Snicket
Paris travel videos

and I managed to get my cataloging assignment done (though I did manage to misclassify the 1939 New England travel guide... grrr)

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August 06, 2005

Strawberry Festival

strawberryfest.jpgWe headed down to Watsonville today for their Strawberry Festival. We pulled up seconds too late for the shuttle bus so had to wait around quite a while at the start, but got there and immediately had some strawberry shortcake (the sign said "Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake" but really you just went along with your bowl and they put in pound cake, strawberries and whip cream so you didn't really do any building) The only other highlight was winning a t-shirt in Spanish from 5-a-day.

On the way down we stopped at the paint store and bought supplies to repaint our dining room chairs. I'm so excited to get to paint something!

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August 05, 2005


I think I'm going to have to print these out and put them on the refrigerator... ;)

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I could use one of these

Wouldn't it be cool to have the knitting needles count stitches for you? Not that I've done a single knit or purl for months, but I think if these were actually sold somewhere they'd be very hard to resist.

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August 04, 2005

Magic and Nancy Drews

Some recent books I've been reading post-HP6:

puredead.jpgPure Dead Magic and Pure Dead Wicked
by Debi Gliori
Ages 10 to 14, Grade 5-8
A fun series that I kept seeing kids check out so I finally took one home -- and then immediately had to read the next one as well. A fun mix of magic and high-tech in the vein of Artemis, but quicker, simpler and funnier I guess. My favorite was when the pet rats end up being sent through the modem. Looks like I'll have to go find Pure Dead Brilliant and Pure Dead Trouble!

Not a Girl Detective : A Cece Caruso Mystery
by Susan Kandel
Mom sent this one and I am definitely going to have to pass it along to BobbiLynn next (aka the biggest Nancy Drew fan I know). I think I'll have to track down the first one, I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason.

And I finally finished my Pimsleur Hebrew lessons in the car, so I'm back to listening to stories there now for a while on the commute.

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August 03, 2005

Harold and Maude

Tina and I popped up to Palo Alto to see TheatreWorks' excellent production of Harold and Maude. I have to admit that I've never seen the 1971 movie that it was based on, but the musical was wonderful and fun and funny and the audience just loved it.

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Joseph Thalken
Based on the screenplay by Colin Higgins
July 20 - August 21, 2005
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

"From the author of The Fantasticks comes another offbeat and altogether charming musical full of life, death, love, and laughter. Based on the 1971 cult film shot here on the Peninsula, this wacky black comedy captures the sweet but unconventional relationship between a sedate and self-destructive teen named Harold and a vivaciously original octogenarian named Maude as they set about to defy a world gone mad. A quirky love story for anyone even remotely eccentric, this is one life-affirming musical gem."

There are some great photos of the production here. The scene when they're driving around in the stolen truck with the tree in the back was just fabulous and Sunshine had us all rolling in the aisles.

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Happy Anniversary Heather & Jared

Happy Anniversary to Heather & Jared!

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Stitch 'N Pitch

This looks like it was a lot of fun: More than 1,600 baseball fans blissfully knitting at the Seattle Mariners game

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August 02, 2005

Refgrunt, 8/2

4 hour J shift -- not too crazy except right after storytime (and the regular storytime librarian was home with a migraine so my regular desk partner filled in there so I was on my own). I seem to have lost the second page of my refgrunt notes, but here's the first set of questions/requests from tonight:

Michael Jordan biographies
Earthsea series #3&4 (and since I've been meaning to read these for a million years, I took home #1)
My Best Friend's Wedding
Can You Keep a Secret
books by Gail Carson Levine
readalikes for Babysitter's Club
Harry the Dirty Dog
6th grade books
basket for the books?
Bill Nye videos
Warriors series
handed out a ton of book club prizes (paperback books) and certificates
CDs with 'Oh Susannah', 'Down by the Bay' and 'God Bless the USA'
JE on American history
rubber band art?
Joy Luck Club
calendar x2
questiosn about the library being open on Mondays starting 8/29
Guiness Book of World Records

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Happy Birthday Jake and Tess!

Happy first birthday today to Jake and Tess! Wow! I can't believe they're a year old already!

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August 01, 2005


yay! DSL is working again! Thank you Verizon!!!! phew

(just home from softball, where we lost 17-5 again, sigh)

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