October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Ok, it's dark. The pumpkins are glowing and I have my witch hat on. WHERE ARE MY TRICK-OR-TREATERS? Woo hoo! Seconds after I posted this, three kids came and knocked on the door -- and one of them even recognized me from the library (he was wearing a scary mask, so I have no idea who he was)

(I just realized the candy mix we bought includes Runts, one of my favorites... the kids better get here quick!)

Final trick-or-treater count: 81+
(this is a world record for me -- last year the only person who came was the pizza guy)

[9pm: I decided to blow out the pumpkins and turn out the lights and hope no one else comes by... but it was a pretty successful halloween around here!]

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Methyl Bromide Conference

Good luck today to S, who is speaking at the 2005 Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions in San Diego.

Today he is talking about the "Effect of Alternative Tarp and Fumigants Combinations with Metam Sodium on Strawberry Yield"

and Thursday, his talk is on the "Effect of Band or Bed Top Applied Basamid on Strawberry Weed Control and Yield."

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October 30, 2005

October Book Roundup

Some of the books I've been reading:

Blue Girl by Charles De Lint
A great YA novel that mixes YA angst with fairies and ghosts. I haven't read any Charles De Lint since Katy recommended The Little Country back in HS, but I remember really liking that one.

And listening to:

The Tale of Despereaux [CD]
Been meaning to get to this one for ages, but wasn't blown away. I got into it by the end, and I know kids love it. There was a great Unshelved about it recently.

Feed by M.T. Anderson [CD]
Lots of talk about this one in my YA resources class and I finally got around to listening to it.

The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series #1) [CD]
The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon Series #2) [CD]
by D.J. MacHale
I love these -- I don't think I would have picked it up based on the cover of the book, but the CDs have been great fun and I have the third one waiting next.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig [CD]
One of the librarians I work with was talking about this one, so I put it on hold. Its a bit of chick-lit and a great historic novel about spies in France. There are some steamy scenes that were a bit much for morning rush hour [blush] but a great story with great characters.

And to read a few things related to The City of Ember (which I wrote one of my culminating papers on):

Gregor The Overlander and Gregor The Overlander And The Prophecy Of Bane (Underland Chronicles) and by Suzanne Collins

The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

There may have been some others, but I've been terrible about keeping track the last few weeks, and the kids ones go so fast. But now that school's over, I can tackle some of the huge pile of books on the to-read pile!

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Mom sent this photo of the two longest running moderators of the Westport RTM, Gordon, currently running for first selectman, and Grandpa.


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Turned in!

2 papers, 2 hard copies and a CD each. If all goes well, these will be my last grad school papers (at least for this degree). Now all that's left is the waiting...

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Just testing this out, it's suppose to record where in the world people visit my site from, or something.

Locations of visitors to this page

(via Girl Scientist)

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Daylight Savings

Oops, forgot to set my clock back last night. But I didn't set my alarm so it didn't really matter I guess.

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October 29, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/29

A slow Saturday afternoon on the A desk. Plenty of time to weed fiction and try to scrounge up titles for a thanksgiving display. Here are some of the questions/requests:

news coverage of Hurricane Katrina (showed her our cool full text newspaper databases)
books about computers for a woman with a new computer (PCs for dummies, etc.)
new books
paper x3
MLA citation with no author
A Lycanthropy Reader" Werewolves in Western Culture
Magician's Nephew
college directory
Sisterhood of the Traveling Parts
Day of the Dead
easy readers
1970 Mustang parts source locally
how to double space in Word
South Park soundtrack
computer froze up? (the mouse had come unplugged)
Day of the Locust
Edgar Allan Poe short stories
adult music CDs
Brave New World on tape
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on tape
Captain Underpants
Wicked on CD
Vanity Fair
time limit on the word processing computers?

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Pumpkin Carving

S carved his first pumpkin ever today! Hopefully they'll last until Monday, but he's leaving for a conference tomorrow and we didn't want to miss our chance to get them carved.


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October 28, 2005

I want Groovelily at my library!

I was telling Mom about how awesome Groovelily is, and I just realized that they're playing at the Greenwich Library tomorrow. How cool is that!

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More on Red

Jonathan and his orchestra Red are back in the news:

‘Red’ director prepares for heady new season
Cleveland Jewish News

Artistic director Jonathan Sheffer is himself a marketing vehicle for Red. Dressed in crimson tennis shoes, the young, stylish New Yorker in his mid-40s gushes about all things musical, Red or otherwise.

Hmm... I seem to remember hearing about his 50th birthday party...

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Exciting library news in the SF Chronicle today (though we've known about it for a while, it's nice to see publicity about it):

In the money: The Los Altos Library is the recent recipient of a $1.6 million bequest, and a community forum has been set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, to discuss how to use the money.

"It is not often that a library has the opportunity to hold this type of meeting," Santa Clara County Librarian Melinda Cervantes said in a statement. "It will be a pleasure to focus on how we might want to expand services, facilities or the collection with this generous gift of funds."

The bequest came from the estate of Virginia Whipple, who died on March 24. She was a library volunteer and a member of the Friends of the Los Altos Library. Her bequest, which totaled $2.8 million after estate expenses were paid, was divided between the Santa Clara County Joint Powers Authority ($1.2 million) and the Los Altos Library Endowment ($1.6 million). The Santa Clara County Library operates the community library in Los Altos and the Woodland branch, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Saratoga libraries.

info on the meeting

hmmm... what would you dream up for the library to do with the money?

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Worth Something

Not sure how this was calculated (somethng to do with the number of links to me as tracked in Technorati, paid for at the rate that AOL paid per blog for Weblogs, Inc), but it was a cheery thought. So thank you to all of you who linked to me (and I bet the BlogHer blogroll helped a lot.)

My blog is worth $6,209.94.
How much is your blog worth?

via Lady Crumpet, who is clearly undervalued -- and has way more links to her site than I do so I don't really understand the calculations at all.

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October 27, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/27

A pretty slow 3 hours on J today. Lots of teenage boys hanging around trying to adjust the computer monitors so I couldn't see what they were looking at... Here are some of the questions/requests:

are the computers filtered (a mom looking for photos of women with her son for a school project who wanted to make sure they weren't going to get scary things in a google image search)
check place on computer waiting list x2
Piggie Pie movie (no)
Midnight for Charlie Bone
Wayside School books (Sacher)
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
A Quiet Place
Cat and the Hat video
Halloweentown High
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
info on town history
Proud family video (no)
You Got Served
Once Upon a Potty:Girl
lined paper
White Chicks
AR list for local school
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on tape
Shredderman (by Wendelin Van Draanen of Sammy Keyes fame)
Makah indians
dog, ghost, and pumpkin coloring sheets
Cinderella with Whitney Houston

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October 26, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/26

5 hours A and one hour J in the middle. Some busy stretches, but they were mostly getting people set up to use the computers so they don't count as questions. Here are some of the questions/requests:

where are the audio books? (back wall)
can I get my library card # if I forgot my card? (front desk)
help putting book on hold
Trifle recipes
request that the library carry more *new* Chinese DVDs (noting that our list on the web site has July-August videos listed)
latest version of the Writer's Market
R is for Ricochet
colored photos of Mexico (sent them to J972, which I knew from weeding yesterday!)
Mexican American culture
adolecent pychology and immigrant children
corn snakes
4 year old with behavior problems, books for mom to figure out what to do
guitar instruction videos
National Electrical Code
info about 1984's Measure B (a hard one! the full text newspaper databases go back to 1985, I found state measures online but not county-wide ones, I called the registrar of voters and they didn't have it on hand... so I set him up with the local paper on microfilm from Nov '84 and after a while he did find it)
Time Out software troubles...
stand-up comedy CDs (we really don't have much)
parent's corner
The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets (called GI to expediate the hold)
meridians of the body
anatomy books
Sandra Day O'Conner biography
a teen classic over 250 pages
look up obituary in SJ Merc
The Warriors (about fighting cats)
2003 MH Times microfilm
learn Spanish
Sudan genocide
look up a phone number
The Dog Who Cared Too Much

and back again tomorrow for more.

I should be at ALASC's Jessamyn West lecture tonight, but I was too tired and we had to take down the Sukkah and I really should work a bit more on these darn papers...

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Fun Book Site

I thought this site was so cool: What do you fancy tonight?, East Midlands Libraries working together to promote books and reading supported by Arts Council East Midlands.

"whatareyouuptotonight.com helps you pick a read depending on whether you want a quiet night in or are feeling more adventurous. You can also choose books according to your star sign or even set up a blind date with a book at your nearest library! "

I LOVE the blind date idea! You pick the kind of "date" you want and then say which library you want to meet up at, and in 5 days your secret book will be waiting there for you. "You could end up being bored or embarrassed but you might discover the love of your life."

Other fun things:

-list of books you don't want to be seen with
-Can't think of anything to say? Want to "wow" people with your knowledge? Help is at hand.
-Get all soapy! Find out what's behind the scenes driving our fave goodies and baddies! [book picks from soap opera stars!]
-Fed up of rows between your mates arguing whether the film was better than the book ? Find out for yourself
-What your read says about you - Find out what message your book is giving to potential partners.
-Can't be ar**d with university? Can't be ar**d with saving money? Can't be ar**d to get out of bed? can't be ar**d to go to the gym? can't be ar**d with Revolution? Can't be a**ed with Football? Can't be ar**d with Harry Potter? can't be ar**d to think about politics? Can't be ar**d with Dr Who?
-Mind your own business - books to judge a job by

(via People's Network's reading links via 24-hour library services at your fingertips)

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October 25, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/25

Pretty quiet on the J desk tonight (except for one crush in the middle). Here are some of the questions/requests:

what are vertices (yay! math questions!)
clerical exam practice test
Fraction Action
The Donner Party
Fourth Grade Rats
drawing x3 (we really really need some good JE drawing books, most of the J ones are pretty advanced)
puzzles (sorry, we don't have toys and puzzles like her last library)
Cheaper by the Dozen (poor girl ended up in the text version of the catalog, which is pretty hard to deal with, and then kept ending up with the large type entry for the book, which I think is only available on the bookmobile, but the book was easy to find once we sorted all that out)
Haloween (book on tape)
help opening one of the plastic shopping bags
JE fiction
Jigsaw Jones (Preller)
JP Carle

and I weeded the books on Mexico

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Vote for Darren!

Yay! My friend Darren is running for congress in NY! Here's part of his announcement email:

As you know I have spent the past fifteen years working in government and politics and passionately trying to promote Democratic change in America. At this critical juncture in the state of our nation, I cannot help but feel compelled to do more. 

I am proud to announce that I have decided to run for the United States Congress. 

I am seeking to represent the hardworking people of Congressional District 19 in New York State which includes parts of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. My family, friends and community deserve a representative who will fight to ensure security both at home and abroad and who will work to protect social security, provide greater access to healthcare and promote equal access to quality education. Please visit my campaign website at: www.riggerforcongress.com to learn more about this exciting campaign, my stance on the issues and to lend your support.


And of course soon he'll have a blog... ;)

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Arnold's Neighborhood

More political fun, if you haven't already seen it:

Schwarzenegger Street, with very very strong apologies to our beloved Sesame Street characters.

Update: Here's another fun flash one with the original singer of the Monster Mash, Climate Mash. People are really doing such creative things in this medium!

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Happy Birthday Susan

Woohoo! It's Susan's birthday (hi Susan)

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Another Voting Guide

Looking for more guidance on some of the local elections? Here's another voting guide for Santa Clara County from Voting Pro Choice (includes council and school board races for Cupertino, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, etc.)

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Jello SF

via MoCoLoCo an artist made the city of San Francisco out of jello! You have to take a look (and watch the video, which lets the city wobble.

(and speaking of cool web site, have you seen the cool Absolutmetropolis ad?)

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Brian Recorded

Beth Kantor blogged a clip (and a photo) of Brian speaking at NTC Boston, the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network's 2005 Boston Regional Conference (agenda) Not only did he present, but it looks like Brian organized most of the conference sessions. Way to go!

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October 24, 2005

Painting 'Possum

Opossum makes an artistic imprint
By Leigh Weimers
Mercury News

Koko the gorilla paints. So do elephants in Thailand. And to the list of famous animal artists, now add Morgan Hill's Blossom the opossum.

Blossom lives at the Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center (she can't be released back to the wild because of an injury) and serves as an education animal there. But dip her feet in non-toxic finger paints, put her on a flat piece of canvas and she walks about doing her artistic thing (if properly tempted by bits of cheese or turkey).

Blossom will have an exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express in Morgan Hill, if you want to see what she produces first-hand. It also will feature framed 5-by-7-inch prints by Pogo, a smaller, younger opossum passing through the center. And there'll more Blossom on eBay.

More info and a photo of the painting sold on ebay can be found here:

Now, in addition to her work as an animal ambassador, Blossom has embarked on a second career as an artist, which due to her age, makes her the Grandma Moses of marsupials. At one-and-a half years old, Blossom is a veritable senior citizen in the animal kingdom, since the average lifespan of an opossum is only two years. Though technically she would be able to hold a brush with her prehensile tail or with her opposable thumbs, Blossom’s preferred method of painting is to apply brilliant rainbow-colored paints to her hands and feet and walk around on paper, sometimes just for the joy of it and sometimes requiring the enticement of a slice of cheese.
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Take Back Your Time Day

peasant.gifToday is Take Back Your Time Day (one of the speaker's at last night's event is on the national board of the group celebrating TBYTD and mentioned it). This year it celebrates the 65th anniversary of the day in 1940 when the 40-hour workweek became law. Time Day takes place 9 weeks before the end of the year, to emphasize the fact that Americans work an average of 9 weeks more per year than do European workers.

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Getting Ready for Nov 8

Here are the ballot intiatives we'll be voting on here in California very soon (if you don't know where you're supposed to vote or what will appear on your ballot, try putting your address and zip into the Easy Voter Guide.) [I'm still working on this posting as I read more about the different propositions -- comments on ones you care strongly about are welcome]

Proposition 73. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy -- State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment)
Should the California Constitution be amended to require notification of the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated, pregnant minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on the minor?
Vote No Campaign for Teen Safety
NARAL Fact Sheets

Proposition 74. Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Dismissal -- State of California (Initiative Statute)
Should the probationary period for public school teachers be increased from two to five years, and should the process by which school boards can dismiss a permanent certificated employee be modified?
referred to by some as the Governor's "Punish New Teachers" Act
No on 74

Proposition 75. Public Employee Union Dues. Restrictions on Political Contributions. Employee Consent Requirement -- State of California (Initiative Statute)
Should public employee unions be required to obtain annual written consent from each member in order to use a portion of that member's dues for political activity?
referred to by my union as "Stop the Right's Hidden Agenda"
No on 75

Proposition 76. State Spending and School Funding Limits -- State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment)
Should Californians make major Constitutional changes to create an additional state spending limit, grant the governor substantial new power to unilaterally reduce state spending, and revise key provisions relating to Proposition 98, school and community college funding, and transportation funding authorized by Proposition 42?
Cuts Schools by $4 Billion - Better CA

Proposition 77. Redistricting. Initiative Constitutional Amendment -- State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment)
Should the California Constitution be amended to change the process of redistricting California's State Senate, State Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts, transferring the implementation of redistricting from the Legislature to a panel of three retired judges, selected by legislative leaders?
Weakens Our Voting Rights, Opposed by the League of Women Voters
No on 77

Proposition 78. Discounts on Prescription Drugs -- State of California (Initiative Statute)
Should the state adopt a new state drug discount program to reduce the costs of prescription drugs for Californians at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level?
referred to by some as the "Drug Industry’s Sham Initiative"
No on 78

Proposition 79. Prescription Drug Discounts. State-Negotiated Rebates -- State of California (Initiative Statute)
Should the state of California create a new prescription drug discount program for residents at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty level, and change state law to make it illegal to engage in profiteering from the sale of prescription drugs?
Affordable Prescription Drugs
Yes on 79

Proposition 80. Electric Service Providers. Regulation -- State of California (Initiative Statute)
Should the state expand its regulation of the electric industry?
Reliable, Affordable, Green Energy
The Utility Reform Network
N on Prop 80
Will have to look for some comments from environmental groups on this one I think...

Good sources of information:
Smart Voter
CA Secretary of State
Health Vote (nonpartisan information about the three November 2005 California ballot propositions dealing with health care: parental notification for the termination of a minor's pregnancy; pharmacy assistance program; and cheaper prescription drugs)
Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley
California Voter Foundation

Here's a good summary of how a bunch of different groups recommend voting (from Speak Out California -- basically most people say VOTE NO ON: 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78 and VOTE YES ON: 79, 80

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October 23, 2005

The Piece Process

After the play, S and I attended "The Piece Process: Closing Reception and Plans for Future Collaboration" at the invitation of one of S's colleagues. In conjunction with an art exhibit, Piece Process 3, this was a seven-week dialogue series that explored shared and divergent perspectives and hopes among Muslims, Jews, and othes in our community. We didn't know about the series or probably would have tried to go (though I do tend to work most Sunday afternoons) The event today included a Ramadan Iftar, the breaking of the fast and prayers. There was a good crowd (probably about 75 people stayed for dinner) and lots of really interesting people, most of whom had stuck through the whole series of events and clearly were really moved by their experience. We had a nice chat with the Rabbi of the local congregation and met some colleagues of S's boss.

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Little Women

poster0506_littlewomen3.jpgS and I saw Little Women the Broadway Musical today. Jo was played by an understudy, but it was a good production and fun to see the book come to life in this way.

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Sci Fi Character

via Lady Crumpet,

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

and S got:

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

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October 22, 2005

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Since everyone has been talking about it, after a day of working on my paper and S's upcoming presentation, we treated ourself to a night out seeing Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I think it was a bit silly for S's taste, but I laughed through the whole thing. Love those bunnies!

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MI Library Building Plans

Council advances demolition plan
By Ian Bauer
in the Milpitas Post

City of Milpitas plans call for a new community library and adjacent parking garage. The surrounding area would see construction of a low-price housing complex for senior citizens, and possibly a health clinic run by Santa Clara County.

Prior to breaking ground for those projects, the city must vacate existing buildings to prepare for demolition.

"We're preparing the site for the library and garage," Project Manager Mark Rogge said this week.

Part of the project will include preservation of the old Milpitas Grammar School building that faces North Main Street.

The 1912 school will be surrounded by the estimated $39-million library and adjacent $12.5-million multi-level parking garage.

The library and garage are scheduled for completion by 2008.

In another article, The 15th Annual Best of Milpitas

125. Best Historic Building The old Milpitas Grammar School on North Main Street, soon to be designed into a large new Milpitas library, was mentioned most often. The Alviso Adobe was runner-up.

131. Neatest Thing That Happened In 2005 (So Far)
Votes were spread across many categories here, but the Milpitas Fourth of July parade was mentioned most. Readers also enjoyed the July 4 fireworks, the city-funded additional operating hours at the library, Milpitas Rotary Club’s carnival, and Rancho Milpitas Middle School being voted a “School to Watch.”

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Happy Birthday BobbiLynn and Alan!

Some more October birthdays! Happy birthday to the lovely BobbiLynn and my most excellent cousin Alan of Hay in Art fame.

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October 21, 2005

Happy 96th Birthday

Happy 96th birthday today to my grandmother!!

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October 20, 2005

Time's List

Another list of top books, Time's All-Time 100 Novels. I was excited to see a good mix of one's we covered in high school English classes and other favs (Snow Crash!!!)

I've only read 23 of the 100 so far, but will definitely keep this list around for ideas!

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October 19, 2005

Baby Taj

babytaj.jpgEmy and I saw another wonderful production at Theatre Works, Baby Taj. Here's the blurb:

The romantic Taj Mahal is the next assignment for Rachel, an American travel writer whose failed romances have led her to ask: Why not have the baby she craves - on her own? She finds an unexpected answer among the glittering legacies of India's past, discovering new truths about love, family, and commitment. Alive with the vivid sounds and vibrant colors of a remarkable country, this comic tale of mischievous matchmaking is by the author of the Bay Area hit Let My Enemy Live Long.

Leslie Fera (who I thought I had recognized -- and it must be from CSI) was great as the American travel writer visiting India. The scenes swept from the present into tales of the past with great sets and style. I loved it!

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Julie on Martha

Julie Powell (see my note about Julie/Julia, which got picked up by Parker and the fine folks at Am'erst) was on Martha today (they made Beef Bourguinon)

(yes, I'm supposed to be working on my paper, sheesh.. I only watched a couple of minutes...)

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2 Anniversaries and a Birthday

Happy anniversaries to Brian & Karen and Jen & Matt today, and happy birthday today to my uncle Jonathan!

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October 18, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/18

4 Hours J, here are some of the questions/requests from tonight:

Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank) x2
2nd grade books
The Cay
Tom Clancy books
A Chirstmas Carol
Princess and the Valley (? couldn't find anything that seemed to be what she was talking about)
bunch of books from a book list, with score of 3 or 4 including Amber Brown, Bunnicula, Aldo Applesauce, Adaline Falling Star, 26 Fairmont Ave, etc.
Anasazi (Pueblos)
ABC videos
Penobscot (Maine tribe)
June B. Jones x2
biographies of courageous people
videos and DVDs
Monsters Don't Scuba Dive (Bailey's School Kids)
word formatting help
"I need a computer"
The Dark is Rising
Alice in Wonderland
Summer of the Monkeys
Frog and Toad (Lobel)
Wind and the Willows
Snow White DVD
Sleeping Beauty
Cats, 636.8
Artemis Fowl 3 & 4
Carry On, mr. Bowditch
Roald Dahl
Grammar CDRoms
Lemony Snicket

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New Branches

I decided that what I really needed for this paper was some inspiration, so I took a little tour of two of the newest branches of the San Jose Public Library System. The Branch Library Bond Measure, approved in November 2000, provides $212 million over ten years dedicated to the construction of six new and fourteen expanded branch libraries.

The Tully Community Branch Library opened on January 22, 2005 and serves a large and culturally diverse community in south San José. Its 24,300 square feet include a large community room, study rooms, a technology center, family place and Internet Café. (project details, floor plan) It is really one of the coolest libraries I have ever been in. Here are a few photos to give you a taste. They definitely take the idea of merchandising very seriously -- the displays are wonderful. There's a fireplace, lots of places to sit and read or work, group meeting areas, bright colors, great signage, lots of light and great art. The architects came and spoke to our class last week and talked about some of the decisions -- like having two entrances (so it connects to the ball fields) and the barn (to fit in with the historic use of the property).


The Vineland Branch Library (Blossom Hill) opened January 17, 2004 and serves a large and culturally diverse community in South San Jose. Its 24,000 square feet include a large community room, study rooms, technology center and café. (project details, floorplan) It's not quite as vivid as the Tully one, but still a very nice space and the cafe was great (plus, they are having their Spring book sale today) The reference desk was a bit hard to find though... luckily the staff wear name badges.


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Happy Birthday Carrie H!

Happy birthday today to Carrie!

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October 17, 2005

Not The Tech

I was all excited by the headline on this Forbes article: 'Breathtaking': Gates Gives $15M To Tech Museum, until I read the article which is about a donation to the Computer History Museum, which is cool too of course.

I just thought it was a bit ironic because the article was all like NY has a ton of museums, "But the U.S.' Pacific coast is not without its cultural monuments, too." and then they use the name of another, also very notable museum and landmark, in the headline and don't seem to notice. The AP version had it closer, "Gates to Donate $15M to Computer Museum"

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Happy Sukkot

Tonight (at sundown) is the start of Sukkot, a fun festive holiday involving huts (sukkah) and harvests. Apparently one is supposed to build and live in a sukkah for seven days, but I think we'll just have dinner in ours. Ideally, we're supposed to invite other people to celebrate under our Sukkot too, so consider yourselves all invited (though I'll understand if you don't want to join in). I'll post pictures later...

Update: here are some photos of our Sukkah. Turns out its really hard to take pictures from inside of it. And I think I may have the world's only winnie-the-pooh sukkah ;)

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Happy Teen Read Week

Teen Reed Week, October 16-22, 2005

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October 16, 2005

I'm definitely ordering this one

We came across this one on the search for mysteries today. Our library didn't have it so I'm definitely ordering a copy for myself via amazon. Seems like a good one for Halloween :)

Witch Way to Murder : An Ophelia and Abby Mystery
by Shirley Damsgaard

Ophelia Jensen wishes she was just your typical, thirty-something librarian. Unfortunately, she's been burdened with psychic powers -- an unwanted "gift" she considers inconvenient at best and at worst downright dangerous....

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Refgrunt, 10/16

Ugh. That was a long day. 4 hours A and 2 hours J, but for most of it the time-out software was down and the catalog was doing crazy things like not giving any results for keyword searches. My favorite error message on the timeout software was "It is illegal to call out from inside the message filter." Somehow that seemed just right at the time. We were all totally ready to go home by the end. Here are some of the questions/requests that didn't have to do with the system not working at all...

Katherine Blackwell (? - couldn't figure out who it was -- thought she might have meant Elizabeth Blackwell but she was going to check with her teacher and come back another day)
special election advertising analysis (found some good stuff at the Sac Bee and Jean reminded me that bugmenot.com is a quick way to get passwords for sites like that)
MacBeth cliff notes
US Government textbook
American History quiz questions
consumer reports x2
hold status check x2
Christopher Columbus
Flush (no copies! crazy, that should be a popular one since it's by the author of Hoot)
Frigg (Norse goddess)
Shoshone Indians
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Left Behind Kids series
Rich Dad Poor Dad
copy machine stuff x2
Cradle of Filth
email problems due to pop-up blocker
Japanese DVD .HACK//
Yo Yo Ma 50th birthday performance CD (?)
Everyday Italian
To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking
Under the Banner of Heaven
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
South Beach Diet
long phone question about hold expiration dates and portable audio players
The Barbary Plague
Chinese cooking videos
readers advisory on mysteries like Laurie King and Dorothy Gilman (my favorite question of the day since I LOVE Emily Polifax)
find the source of a quote about exposing and opposing arbitrary power by speaking and writing truth for a history quiz -- turns out to be from John Peter Zenger's 1st amendment trial (actually by his lawyer Andrew Hamilton, but that wasn't one of the multiple choice answers, so we're feeling pretty confident that the answer was Zenger even though the quote wasn't absolutely exact) - and for that the other librarians gave me a gold star -- or actually a yellow dot sticker, but the point was the same :)
Oliver Twist
prehistoric animals
picture books on pirates
1 teen survey got turned in (teens who complete it get a $10 certificate toward paying off fines and card replacement fees, a very cool promotion for Teen Read week)

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October 15, 2005

Book Signing

Mom sent these photos tonight with this note: "Aunt Susan had a book signing party for her book about her parents today at the Historical Society -- with a great exhibit of old toys in the background -- and even Grandpa came! There she is signing a book..."


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Pumpkin Time!

We went down to the overpriced but very festive pumpkin patch down the road and picked out our pumpkins for the season. It was a pretty crazy place with a 4000 pumpkin pyramid and a Field of Screams Corn Maze (open at 7:30pm Thurs-Sunday, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try it)


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October 14, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/14

4 Hours A this afternoon. Pretty quiet, but here are some of the questions/requests:

growing mandarin oranges
check hold status
help using copy machine
Monster Inc.
Debate over daycare
videotapes of city council dropped off
Napoleon Dynamite
Bad Boys II
Shiloh II
For Whom the Bell Tolls (we have no copies!)
a short-ish classic from the reading list (ended up with Jane Eyre)
learning Italian
freshwater biome
phone number for a local business
scary DVDs
help finding a hold
Donde las Aguilas ce Atrevan (or something, which we didn't have)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants DVD
growing strawberries

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Comments Disaster

I just accidentally erased the last 250 comments, instead of just the last 250 spam comments, so all of my wonderful comments from all of you (and, even worse, all the comments on the other sites I host for friends and family) are gone. I managed to salvage a few (like the nice engagement wishes) that I'll paste into the entries themselves, but I could just cry. Serves me right for not backing things up, etc. [sniff]

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October 13, 2005

Easy Fast

The secret to an easy fast, IMHO, is a good afternoon nap...

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October 12, 2005


I'm way behind in my Entertainment Weekly reading, but stumbled across the full page profile of Julie Powell and thought she looked kinda familiar. Reading on, I saw that she went to Amherst a year ahead of me.

I found a mention of her on an old alumni newsgram here:

Julie Rosenstein ’95 (neé Powell) in August made national news with a rare culinary accomplishment: In 365 days, she cooked all 536 recipes in Julia Child’s 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. (The final menu, completed August 25: Rognons de Veau a la Bordelaise; green beans; and sauteed potatoes on a plate decorated with mayonnaise collee. Dessert was Reine de Saba.) Rosen-stein’s immensely popular diary of “The Julie/Julia Project” can be found online at blogs.salon.com/0001399.

and of course now there's tons of coverage in places like USA Today and Newsweek.

Jacket.jpgThere's quite a long waiting list for it at the library. (which I'll go add myself to)

Julie and Julia : 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen : how one girl risked her marriage, her job and her sanity to master the art of living / Julie Powell

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Tech Quiz

I just missed way too many of these: Washington Post Technology Trivia Quiz.

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October 11, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/11

4 Hours J, here are some of the questions/requests:

Lemony Snicket
Bill Clinton
Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House)
Pride & Prejudice
Diega Rivera
I Can Hear the Sun
Charlotte's Web
Polar Express (x2)
James & the Giant Peach
Molly's Pilgrim
Velveteen Rabbit
Train to Somewhere
Princess and the Baker
John Henry
Spider Brings the Sun
Birdie's Lighthouse
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair
Oprah Winfrey
dragons, 4th grade, stories
Around the World in 80 Days
The Great City Search
other puzzle books
Castle in the Sky
five different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Christmas Carol
Music Man
Magic School Bus Videos
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Amazing Grace for Couples (no)
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
A Mother's Rule of Life (no)
E. Nesbit books on tape and the book together
June B. Jones
Benjamin Franklin
Homer Price

and I helped collect books about fall for a "Fall into Great Books" display.

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Tax Issues

The tax we passed is still up in the air according to an editorial in today's paper:

Attorney's claims tie up a host of vital valley projects
SJ Mercury News, Oct. 10, 2005

Parcel taxes collected by the Santa Clara County library district and schools in Campbell and Mountain View are under a cloud.

All this uncertainty is the work of attorney Aaron Katz, who owns properties in these districts. In pursuit of a dubious theory of tax fairness, he has filed five lawsuits to invalidate bond and parcel-tax elections in which voters approved millions of dollars in public projects.

These are not frivolous lawsuits. Katz has plausible, though radical, arguments, and is spending a lot of time and money making them. Although the cases may eventually be thrown out on a technicality, so far the courts have not dismissed them based on merits.

Katz claims the method of raising property taxes violates the equal-protection clause of the Constitution. Property owners -- the ones directly affected by the tax -- can't vote on the tax if if they don't live in the district. If property owners do live in the district, their votes are diluted by the votes of other residents who don't own properties and don't pay the tax.

While not frivolous, Katz's legal case does appear weak. The outcome, if he wins, would be bad law and bad policy. It would not only invalidate these local elections, but also turn voting in California on its head. Only property owners, regardless of where they live, would get to vote in parcel-tax and property-assessment elections.

At their peril, the library district is collecting and spending the tax increase voted last summer, and the Mountain View-Whisman School District is proceeding with its parcel tax, confident it won't be overturned. The Campbell Union High School District is collecting, but not spending, the $4.9 million parcel tax approved in November 2004.
But schools, libraries and hospitals benefit everyone, property owners as well as their tenants. Voting to support these institutions should, like other elections, be for all registered voters, without interference from non-resident property owners who have little stake in the community's quality of life. And tenants do pay property taxes indirectly, through their rents, even though owners can't always immediately pass on every increase.

The burden of taxes and user fees is not always equally shared. The decision to raise them generally should be in the hands of all voters, not a few.

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October 09, 2005

Friends Over

Had a few friends over to ring in the new year with apples and honey and honey cake and all sorts of other yummy things!


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October 08, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/8

7 hours A (with a break for lunch). I'm so used to working 12-6 on Sundays that I almost slept through the beginning of today's 10-6 shift -- luckily I was working at the library 5 minutes from here instead of one of the ones 40 minutes away so I got there with time to spare. Here are some of the questions/requests:

help putting something on hold
how to change your password in hotmail
reverse directory (the Haines directory was sitting out, but I completely missed it)
car information
write out credit card number for someone who didn't bring her glasses and was trying to buy something online
GRE prep
checking out magazines
directions to Easy Street (really a real street)
current newspapers
info on computer processors
geography of SF
tax info
long telephone call (50 minutes! good thing it was slow) on findhing information on a college paper about seniors and AIDS
Men in Black 2
The Negotiator
lyrics to Eternal father, Strong to Save
USB drive?
Best of Mike Myers
use the magnifier
history of TV news
consumer reports year report
help printing in frames

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October 06, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/6

No refgrunt tonight because I'm completely traumatized by one of the questions I got and how hard it was to answer. A patron needed emergency shelter tonight to escape a really terrible home situation. I called every number in our community resources book and on the county's web sites and every shelter I tried was completely filled. I spent time on the domestic violence hotline and the shelter-bed hotline, got numbers from shelters of other shelters to try, and still had no luck. We're talking shelters that house women who are victims of domestic violence in the San Jose area, home to almost a million people, and every bed was full. So either our area is woefully unprepared to help people in these situations or the numbers of people who need this type of help right now has outpaced all the available resources. Either way, it is really a bad situation. First, I can't believe how hard it was to get through to people and try to find a place -- I can't imagine being scared and alone and trying to deal with the runaround. I was completely traumatized by it and I was just trying to help a patron.

When I get home, I'm making a donation to the Support Network for Battered Women. They weren't able to help her, but they were nice about it and gave it a good try.

There was a relatively happy ending. The other librarian who came in when my shift changed called the non-emergency number for the local police who apparently, at their discretion, sometimes give people vouchers for a local motel. No guarantees that it will work out, but at least it was a place for her to go next when all the tries we made had failed. I hope that she finds the help she needs and can safely get out of danger.

This shouldn't have been so hard -- there are so many local resources who are there to help... I was completely confident that I would be able to find something and get her help. I never expected to have to try so many places and end up not being able to connect her with someone who could swoop in and handle the crisis. I'm proud that the library is the place someone can turn to when they need to be referred to the right community resources to help, but wish the result had been more encouraging.

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October 05, 2005

Brian's Chapter

crossingtheriver.gifBrian wrote to point out that one of his essays got picked up by an editor for a real live book! He's chapter 15: What Happened

Crossing the River: The Coming of Age of the Internet in Politics and Advocacy by Karen A.B. Jagoda (Xlibris 2005)

Way to go B!

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Cool Conference and an old friend

This looks like it will be a cool conference (unfortunately I'm already booked up tomorrow and Friday with other meetings).

CREATIVITY MATTERS is a leadership conference that embraces creativity as integral to the success of our economy and community and calls the community’s leadership into action.

The first day of the conference builds context by looking outward to ideas and models for creative communities from around the nation and the world. The second day sets the stage for local action by looking inwardly and critically assessing Silicon Valley’s challenges, assets and opportunities for enhancing creativity.

One of the speakers is the father of one of my best friends from elementary school, Anne (who, it seems, went on to become an awesome celloist in a cool band which unfortunately disbanded recently. You can listen to a bit here and here.)

Anyway, I think I'll add the books written by some of the conference speakers to my get-around-to-one-day list:

Charles Landry, The Creative City—A Toolkit for Innovators
Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind: : Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age

Update: In one of those great small world moments, it turns out that a) my friend Bryan is reading my blog from London (hello!!) and b) he knows Anne who 1) turned out to be roommates at Yale with one of our fellow Staples classmates and 2) that one of his college friends played violin with Anne in middle school. Go figure. This is what makes blogging so much fun!

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Happy Birthday Eduard and Peter.

Happy birthday (a big one!!) to Eduard (another voter!) And happy birthday to Peter.

Update: turns out it's Steve C's birthday today too! (interesting that in two of my work teams there are a bunch of women and one guy, and both of those guys have birthdays today!)

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October 04, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/4

Another Tuesday night on the J desk (4 hours). Here are some of the questions/requests tonight:

5 books from a lexile print out
Harry Potter #4
The Twits
short stories
The Black Stallion's Courage
House on Mango Street x4
book on hold
illustrated classics series
800+ page book
Zebulon Pike (American South West explorer)
Captain Underpants
books from a responsibility book list
CD with songs about teeth brushing
where is storytime?
The Borrowers Afield, Afloat, Avenged, etc.
Incredible Crosssections
Bums in the Attic (a chapter from House on Mango Street)
printing problems
Mia Hamm
Henry Hudson
Pirates Don't Wear Sunglasses
nutrition for kids (wanted USDA's Go, Glow, Grow Food for You)
info on encouraging her kid to keep a journal (there was a book for girls, but this was for a boy)
Sailor Moon videos
A Stolen Life
how do you spell picture, color, explore, wild, mother, father, alone, crying, dead (kids were writing their own books)
Junie B Jones

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Teen Top Ten

Teen Read Week is coming up (Oct 16-22) and so I was checking out the nominations for the 2005 Teens’ Top Ten Books. Sadly, I've only read 4 of the 78 nominated so far:

Necklace of Kisses
The Year of Secret Assignments
Trickster's Queen
how i live now

I do have two of the others waiting in my to-do pile already:

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Sea of Trolls

looks like I'll have lots of reading to catch up on once school's done!

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I think I'm officially spending more time cleaning the spam comments off my blogs than posting to them. Ugh. Don't they get that no one reads those messages? My comments don't even _work_ and they're flooded with spam (about 250 comments and 100 pings this morning) Upgrading my blogging software is definitely on the post-culminating todo list...

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October 03, 2005

End of the season

Our softball team lost 12-7 in tonight's playoff game, so that's the end of the season for us. I was feeling a bit guiltly from going right from the game to services (stopping to change and buy a chocolate chip cookie on the way) but then the rabbi's sermon was all about the baseball playoffs so it seemed quite fitting that I had just come from the game ;)

I was up 4 times, hit two pop-ups to the pitcher (ugh), got one good hit but got stranded on third at the end of the inning, and hit into the last play of the game (fielder's choice, they got the guy going to third out so if it hadn't been two outs when I got up, I would have at least made it on base one last time) Oh well. It was great fun though and really wonderful teammates.

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Civil Unions in CT

Westport Now reports on two civil union licenses that were issued in town on Saturday, the first day a new Connecticut law authorizing them went into effect. Connecticut is now the second state in the country, after Vermont, to allow same-sex civil unions. Way to go CT. And way to go Mom, in her role as Justice of the Peace, who officiated at the first civil union in town!

Update: Mom sent some photos of the 2nd Civil Union she performed.

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Shana Tova

Happy New Year! It's now 5766 (or will be after sunset tonight)


Listen to the shofar (via TorahTots) : Tekiah, a 3 second sustained note; Shevarim, three 1-second notes rising in tone; and Teruah, a series of short, staccato notes extending over a period of about 3 seconds.

S made yummy honey cakes yesterday while I was at work, and we stocked up on apples and honey (for a sweet New Year). We had beet soup for dinner last night (apparently, "Beets are called "Salka" in Aramaic, and in Hebrew, that word is related to removal. We recite, "May our enemies be removed." Notice we don't say destroy - we just want them to go away, elsewhere, bye-bye.") and pomegranates for brunch on Saturday (something about there being 613 commandments and each individual pomegranate supposedly has 613 seeds) I'd still like to find a round challah. We even had fish for dinner (though S kindly cut the head off of mine -- you're supposed to each from the head to the tail or something). Rosh Hashana means, literally, "head of the year" (We covered the word "rosh" in my beginner Hebrew class yesterday)

Shana Tova!

(a great collection of Rosh HaShana web sites)

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October 02, 2005

Refgrunt, 10/2

Busy day, 4 hours A, 2 J. Fun catching up with Jean and Lisa who I had missed after being away the last 2 Sundays. Here are some of the questions/requests:

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier (which I need to call on Tuesday and have GI expedite the fulfilling of the hold for the patron)
other information on William Dampier
Woodside phone book (I love Which Phone Book, listed on our telephone books and directories page) which makes the process of figuring out which book that would have been in a snap
banned book list
The Gates of Heaven
are we wireless (sadly, no)
new book section
Start Late, Finish Rich
Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life
new travel books
Chernyi Voron, Vol 3-4
seasonal poetry x5 (school assignment -- love the full text searching in Granger's online)
Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer's Day sonnet
Animorphs #3
Jounral: Nature Biotechnology
5 ILL requests
help using craigslist
Investors Business Daily
Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know
Real Moments
Your Sacred Self
If Life is a game, these are the rules
Are You the One for Me
Wayne Dyer
web site construction
cost of living in CA
magazine backissues
The Choice
All Quiet on the Western Front cliff notes
Charlie Chaplin movies
USB drive pricing comparison
how to use electronic resources (a bad name for our downloadable audio books since the patron thought he'd get an e-book)
home theaters
Harry Potter DVDs
USB drive issues
lost checkbook
Tale of Despereaux Read Alike (found three recommended by the author on bookbrowse.com)
Calvin and Hobbes
Get Fuzzy
Narnia Books

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October 01, 2005

Happy New Year from S's Family

Watch a lovely new year's greeting from S's mom and sister! They're so cute!


Shana Tova to you too!

Saved Comments:

Because of the QuickTime 7.0 plugin required to see
the film, OS under Win2000 cannot watch this.

I'd suggest you put the file for download or use another streaming mechanism.

P.S I'm suggesting it only because on this one I was on the right side of the camera...
Posted by: Ran at October 1, 2005 02:03 PM

Thanks Ran (nice video, btw)

Here's the link in case anyone else can't see it with the plugin

Posted by: Emily at October 1, 2005 05:00 PM

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