November 30, 2005


Dreamweaver is an awesome program! Of course I don't use it at home on this or my other sites (but probably will one day). I use it a bit in 2 of my jobs and had the opportunity to attend an all-day training course today to get more familiar with the tool. Nothing too new, but it's always good to see new ways for doing things and I definitely think I'll be using it a lot more in the future. Boy does it make a lot of things easier that I do the hard way in building my sites now. Oh well.

Plus I got a nice certificate for completing the course :)

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The Historian

historian.jpgJust finished The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, a hefty 642 page historical vampire adventure best-seller that I've been meaning to get to for a while (but patiently waited until my turn on the hold line since it wasn't like I didn't have enough other stuff on my to-read pile). I admit I was mostly drawn to it by mentions of vampire librarians... and wasn't disappointed. Its like a history version of the DaVinci code, the main characters rushing around Europe (mostly Eastern) chasing historical leads and documents to track down Dracula's tomb, which a great deal of Ottoman Empire history thrown in. Mostly told in letters, the action zips around between past and present and draws you right up to the last page... Excellent book! (though I'm glad I finished it before our trip, since it would be a heavy one to bring along, and I wouldn't have been able to leave it unfinished at home!)

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Off to PA tomorrow

We're heading back East tomorrow night on the red-eye, and made the mistake of checking the weather... brrr


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Gilroy Dispatch WiFi Coverage

WiFi Coming to Gilroy Library
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
By Serdar Tumgoren

Gilroy - In coming months, local residents won't have to buy a latte if they want free Internet access.

Instead, they can bring their laptops, Palm Pilots or other handheld gadgets to the local library.

The Gilroy library and seven other branches of the Santa Clara County Library System will begin offering patrons free wireless Internet service as early as March 2006.

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November 29, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/29

Another quiet Tuesday night on the J desk. Some class seems to be doing disease reports since there were a bunch of those requests coming in tonight. Here are some of the questions/requests:

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (all checked out with a waiting list... I can't wait to see the movie!)
The Pinballs
Marro of the Winter Caves
Naruto (on order)
Rave Master
Ramona and Her Father
Cancer, genetic diseases
Inu Yasha
pro tennis lessons video
Polar Express
Miwok Indians
3rd grade Xmas books
Restless Legs Syndrome (there was one book on it in the system, and it was in right here!)
Sailor Moon
videos to learn to play piano
multiple sclerosis
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle on tape
thyroid disease
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Mulan II

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Berenstain Bears

Stan Berenstain, Co-Creator of Those Fuzzy Bears, Dies at 82

Stan Berenstain, who with his wife, Jan, churned out more than 250 books showing how the warm and fuzzy Berenstain Bears - Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister - confronted and learned from life's little crises, died on Saturday in Doylestown, Pa. He was 82.

Official Berenstain Bears web site
Random House page
books in our library
Activities for kids

[posted to library blog as well!]

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November 27, 2005


We went out for Chinese food and my fortune cookie was empty, no fortune. That seemed like bad luck, so I requested another one. The fortune in the second cookie?

"Practice makes perfect."


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Rent (The Movie)

We went to the morning showing of the new movie version of rentmovie.gifRent. Overall I liked it and was singing along to most of it, but I was disappointed that they turned a lot of the dialog into regular spoken word instead of song (like the answering machine messages, which was always some of my favorite parts of the musical -- and Alexi Darling doesn't even go "ker-ching ker-ching") Roger in New Mexico looked like a bad Van Halen music video, but otherwise the real gritty NY locations worked and it was wonderfully familiar yet adapted into a movie well. Anyone else see it (can't wait to hear what BobbiLynn thought...)

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Happy Anniversary Mom & Bill

Happy 11th Anniversary!

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Listening to...

A lot of driving in the last week, so here are the books on CD I've been listening to:

hoot.jpgHoot by Carl Hiaasen, narrated by Chad Lowe. This would be a great read-alike with Tangerine, both feature middle school boys in Florida. In Hoot, Roy and his friends work to save a colony of burrowing owls from certain disaster in the form of a new pancake restaurant planning to bulldoze their holes. Grade 5-8.

outcasts19The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konignburg, author of one of my favorite books of all time, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Narrated by Molly Ringwald. This book has been sitting on my pile for ages too, so I finally checked out the CD to listen to and of course loved it. It's a good match to Hoot, another kid taking on the system and stopping something (this time art rather than animal) from getting destroyed in the name of redevelopment and property values. Grade 6-9.

lovelybones.jpgand, since we had a 7 hour drive down to Joshua Tree, we listened to
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I was tempted to read the book when everyone was raving about it, but knowing that the story is told from the perpective a 14 year old brutally raped and murdered watching her family coping with the loss, I could never bring myself to pick it up. But I finally did and it was well worth it. I felt it was a bit long, but really liked it and it definitely made the drive go quickly.

On the way back home we listened to Four to Score by Janet Evanovich, a mystery starring New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Mysteries are great for long car rides since you usually want to get to the ending, but I don't think this is a character I'd go back for more of.

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November 26, 2005

Now I'm really done!

And, waiting in our mail box when I got home today was the last bit of library school stress, the final notification that my culminating papers "successfully fulfilled the requirements established by the Faculty."

Plus, "As soon as [I] hear from the Graduate Studies Office that [I] have successfully completed all requirements for the MLIS degree, [I] will be given a complimentary one year membership in the SLIS Alumni Association."


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Joshua Tree

We're back! Camping turned out to be great (hiking less so, confirming once again how out of shape and directionally challenged I am). Here are some of the photos (Shachar's, which usually turn out better, will follow in a couple of days since he used actual film)

Our campground, Blackrock #94


Off for our hike

Joshua Trees

other plants and trees and things

We took the guided tour of the Keys Desert Queen Ranch

and drove up to the Keys View Point

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November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving (a bit early) everyone! I'm signing off for a few days offline -- no work, no email... heck, not even any electricity [my office mate says: "ack, do you think you'll be able to handle that?"]

S and I will be down in Joshua Tree National Park for my first camping experience in probably about 22 years. If I'm not back posting by Sunday, send the park rangers...

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NY Times Notable Books

Yum, another book list.

Holiday Books: 100 Notable Books of the Year. This list will run in the Dec. 4 print edition of the Book Review. On Dec. 11, a selection of the 10 Best Books of 2005 will be printed.

Ok, so the only one I've read of the 100 seems to be Harry Potter #6.

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Baby Names

To my friends having babies, I wanted to share this cool link to the Baby Name Wizard that I saw posted on a Jupiter Blog. You put in a name and it charts the popularity of the name over time.


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Another Darren Clip Rigger announces campaign for House

Update: here are a few more:

Poughkeepsie Journal:Democrat seeks to oppose Kelly

DC Political Report: It's Rigged

Political fund raiser Darren Rigger (D-NY) has launched his campaign to unseat U.S. Representative Sue W. Kelly (R-NY). Rigger said, "I was born and raised in this district, and I have spent a lot of time talking to people about the 2006 election. What has become clear is that the people of the 19th District are ready for a change in Washington, D.C. They want someone to bring energy and enthusiasm to the job."

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November 22, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/22

A slow night on the J side. I showed Diana all my old refgrunts and poked around for information on camping in preparation of our trip tomorrow. Here are some of the questions/requests:

music for a kid's birthday party
how to draw scenery
local maps
rubber band
Ella Enchanted
The Storyteller's Daughter
Midnight Pearls
Gossip Girl
Beauty Sleep
1st grade books
Artemis Fowl in paperback
children's DVD section x2
The Great ___ Search (a series of puzzle books)
Dora the Explorer DVD
Two of a Kind and Two of a Kind Diaries series
Harry Potter permission slip
Secret Seven books
"Count the Stars" (Number the Stars)

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The 100 Best Communities for Young People

via Neat New Stuff, the The 100 Best Communities for Young People based on:

Community support of children and youth
Resources Children and youth receive (the Five Promises)
Children and youth outcomes

None of the towns I grew up in made it, but San Jose is on the list. I do love random lists of top places to live...

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Happy Birthday Amytha

Happy birthday today to Amytha!

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November 21, 2005

New Baby cousin!

Congratulations to my cousin Aaron and his wife Cyndi on their new baby girl, Sarah Michelle (I wonder if they'll let us call her Buffy?)


And we'll be there to visit in just two weeks!

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November 20, 2005

Thanksgiving Week Weather

No, it doesn't really feel like late November here. But since we're usually traveling somewhere else, I thought I'd do a quick weather check (not to rub it in...)

Here's the upcoming week here:
(it wasn't quite this nice last year, we really are having exceptionally nice weather right now)

And where we'll be for thanksgiving:

And at home in CT (sorry Mom):
Yes, that does appear to be 50% chance of Thanksgiving snow...

And checking in on Dad & Jane...

and the future in-laws:

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Elusive Cows

At the end of our street is a big field, and once in a while there are a whole bunch of cows standing around, but never when I have my camera with me. The other day I managed to at least get one of them from afar (if you get too close, the hill obscures them).


We really do sort of live out in the middle of nowhere, don't we?

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San Jose Cooks

We went to the San Jose Cooks show today at Parkside Hall. The radio ads promised that it would unleash the culinary master in us, but that may have overstated it a bit. It was fun to try different food and watch the demos though. Mostly we watched the Kitchen Craft demo with some extremely snazzy pots and an amazing talk by Richard Alexander (who apparently was a rock star in a former life?) that convinced us to get rid of any pans with teflon and pretty much everything else we've been cooking with or eating.

Now S is attempting to fix our fireplace (which the chimney sweep yesterday said desperately needed the loose bricks to be reattached) and setting a (humane sounding) trap for the mouse we discovered attempting to break into our supply of rice in the cupboard (I thought I had seen something scurry past a few weeks ago!).

p1187400reg.jpgPledge tonight on KTEH, so if you're watching As Time Goes By: You Must Remember This and you see a pledge break, I'll be working one of the cameras...

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November 19, 2005

Dinner Club

S has a group of friends that have a dinner party group where they pick a theme and everyone cooks something. Last night was pizza night and we were treated to 8 very different and delicious pizza varieties. We made dessert pizza, which was basically a giant sugar cookie with a cream cheese/whipped cream frosting, a lot of fruit, and an orange glaze.


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Darren in the Gadflyer

Got an alert today that Darren's mentioned in The Gadflyer, a progressive Internet magazine.

House Race Spotlight

Darren Rigger is running for Congress in the 19th District of New York, in the lower Hudson Valley. Should he be elected, he'll be far and away the coolest dude in the House of Representatives.

hehe. couldn't agree more ;)

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November 18, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

59m.jpgIn one word, awesome.

S stopped by our local theater after work and picked up 2 tix to the 8pm show. I got home from the library around 7, gobbled up dinner, and off we went!

It was SOOOOO good. Go out and see it. Right now.

Now I just need to find a time to go see it again on the imax at The Tech...

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Refgrunt, 11/18

Mostly quiet today on the J side (5 hours) with a few bursts of busyness and a lot of weeding of Western States and California Misssions. Here are some of the questions/requests:

books for parents of kids with heaving or vision loss
pokemon chapter books
Harry Potter slumber party signups x4
The Complete Peanuts: 1957-1958
Google's E. Encyclopedia Science
math books
something like The Railway Children (Masterpiece Theater DVD) -- found Pollyanna
Star Wars Episode II DVD
Ohlone Indians
mysteries of space
green turtles
CA endangered species
Indian in the Cupboard
Deadly Decepton
Oregon Trail (video game -- we used to play that in school!)
holiday stories
2nd grade books
Nancy Drew
Roald Dahl books
George Washington
Mother Teresa
Cirque Du Freak
Artemis Fowl
Friends on DVD
chess pieces x2
St. Michael the Archangel

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How to draw...

I'm weeding 970s today and kept coming across this great series of books that I thought I'd share:

A Kid's Guide to Drawing America
(You can see a few pages -- but none of the drawings at google books)

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Downtown Ice

The downtown San Jose ice rink opens today (just a couple of blocks from my office) ... I wonder where I put my skates...

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Mid-November Book Update

Eek, more than mid-way through the month already and no reading update posts. Here's an attempt to remember what I've been reading and listening to lately...

Listened to:

neverwar.jpgThe third in the Pendragon Series, The Never War, where he goes to "First Earth" and tries to figure out if he should save the Hindenburg or if that will cause worse things to happen. I'll have to read The Reality Bug and Black Water now (though the library doesn't have the talking book versions, and the library I'm working at tonight doesn't have either of the books in). There's a sixth, The Rivers of Zadaa, which we don't seem to have at all yet.

seaoftrolls.jpgNancy Farmer's fantastic Sea of Trolls

now listening to Hoot, which I had been meaning to read for ages


Witch Way to Murder : An Ophelia and Abby Mystery, since it was about a psychic librarian.

ordinaryheroes.jpgScott Turow's new book, Ordinary Heroes, which Mom had sent me. I have to say that I never would have picked it up if it wasn't by Scott, but that I definitely got into it and enjoyed it. WWII battle epics aren't my thing, but I did want to find out what had happened to the character (though I had assumed the "twist" from the start so wasn't all that surprised)

Interestly, one of the main plot points at the end was the same as at the end of the Pendragon book, keeping the nuclear bomb out of Nazi hands.

Now finally reading The Historian.

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Housing Prices

Business Week had an interesting piece on Where the Affordable Homes Are, reminding us that you can get a lot more house anywhere but here.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bargain anywhere in California, which is probably the most overvalued state in the Union. In the San Francisco metro area, the median price is $722,000. (enough for an entire neighborhood in Danville, Ill.)

Update: speaking of housing, check out this awesome combination of craigslist listings and google maps -- (via what I learned today) Though many of the posts have expired, it's fun to see them all mapped out! [and Emy & Ray might like this weather station mapping one, though they've probably already located themselves on it.

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November 17, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/17

A pretty slow evening on the J desk (4 hours) but interesting conversations with Paul in between. Here are some of the questions/results:

science fair projects
Star Wars books
optical illusions
fruit concept books
glue stick
Native Americans
how to draw a turkey, how to draw a "herd of corn"
Rainbow Valley
The Littles series
scissors x2
self-check machine problems

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Wireless in the Library

The library is getting around to becoming a wireless hotspot and even though it seems a couple of months away still, it's starting to get some attention in the news. Here's some of the coverage, bit by bit:

Milpitas Post

As if rising visitor counts more than 3.3 million this year didn't already make the Santa Clara County Libraries the "hot spot" of their communities, that moniker will be confirmed when free high-speed wireless Internet access is introduced at each library over the next few months.

it was in the MH Times the other day, but I need to get a subscription first

I still think unshelved said it best (even though I'm very excited we'll be getting it)

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November 15, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/15

A quiet afternoon at the library (3 hours A, 1 hour J), got to see Paul in his new haunts and cut out more turkey feathers for the preschool craft time. Here are some of the questions/requests:

diabetes and carbhydrates
The Shadow of the Wind
The Five Stages of the Soul
New David Hawkins?
stickers on DVDs unbalance the disks and may hurt her DVD player...
SJSu college catalog
Cathering the Great: A Lust for Art
Miwok Indians
paper x4
non-responding mouse
request for a 2 minute lesson on Dewey, though I couldn't figure out exactly what he wanted to do with it
Their Eyes Were Watching God
frigates and battleships
text book?
history of Rock & Roll
mathematica olympiad practice questions
Marie Antoinette (the same kid from last time who wanted royal diaries)

And since both Paul and I are working Thursday night, we went ahead and cancelled the librarian meetup that was scheduled, but if any of you want to visit us, we'll be on the desk...

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Another paper not written (yet)

Back when I had planned to do a thesis for library school instead of the culminating papers (even suffering through the required research methods class as the prereq), I was planning to write about library/museum collaborations and do a nifty case study of all the amazing libraries and museums here in the San Jose area (having volunteered for four years at The Tech Museum). Saw this blog today: museums and libraries:

This blog will discuss the many relationships that have existed between museums and libraries and new ones that are now emerging. Its main focus will be on why these dynamic associations were created, the tremendous positive impact that they have had on society, the significant need for them to continue to work together, and the challenges that they face.

... which made me a bit wistful for my old paper topic (I wrote the formal proposal and literature review, and in another class a grant proposal for a collaboration which might actual resurface one of these days anyway...) There's a box sitting on the top shelf of the closet marked "thesis" filled with all my old research on the topic... it'd be nice one day to have time to dust that off and write something... sigh.

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Happy Children's Book Week

It's Children's Book Week again!

A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. Children's Book Week will be observed November 14-20, 2005.

Click the cool book:

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November 14, 2005


We got bikes! Hopefully we'll have time to ride them soon...

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November 13, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/13

A pretty uneventful Sunday (4 hours J, 2 hours A) except for the last ten minutes when some poor kid threw up all over the children's area of the library. Joy. Here are some of the questions/requests:

books on fire science/conflaguration
Come Back to Afghanistan x2 (apparently it was on the front of the Chronicle's book reviews today)
music in the catalog? yes
expired hold
book sale? just yesterday
printing problems
Spanish language learning tapes
1906 SF Earthquake
easy easy readers (yellow dots)
picture books with Native American life (not legends)
science experiments on yawning -- cross-species contageon?
tapes to learn French
net access on the laptop (not yet, but coming soon!)
digital art
why is there a finish button when you log in but not a start (have a mentioned that I hate our user interface?)
John Le Carre movies (same guy as before)
Clint Eastwood movies
Dave Pilkey books
Ovre the River and Through the Woods
Pokemon Advanced DVDs
Lemony Snicket #12
biographies of Clinton over 350 pages
Waters of Sorrow
new books
biography of Rue McClanahan?
Rendex-Vous (1985 Juliet Binoche movie)?
Black Sunday
check on holds
A Great $ Terrible Beauty on tape (just had CD)
new Nicolas Sparks, At First Site (which turns out to be a hard title for me to say for some reason)
copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (all out!)
That is Mine, PB Keller

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November 12, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/12

A lively day on the A desk working with the brand new teen librarian there who is great fun (and one lucky duck to have landed a nifty job). Here are some of the questions/requests:

topographical map of California
picking up an ILL hold
putting books on hold at another library
stuff on hanging clothes without getting hanger marks, etc.
crashed computer
printing problem x2
Angels and Demons in pb
login problems
printer jam x2
Horizon Storms on CD
construction of doors
found keys
awesome mystery reader's advisory where she wanted ones without too much violence, sex or gore -- turns out that's pretty much the criteria for winning an Agatha Award ("The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another.") so I got to talk about Carolyn Hart , Donna Andrews, Diane Mott Davidson, etc. (plus Dorothy Gilman and Alexander McCall Smith thrown in) It was tons of fun and makes me want to go read more mysteries!
The Wizard (1989 movie with Fred Savage that we don't seem to have)
did someone call his cell phone? guess not
I am not sick...
When someone you love has a mental illness
journal article and ILL book for a fellow library student
court forms
videos for adults (he corrected himself after asking for adult videos...)
help formatting a craigslist posting
Reader's advisory for an 8th grader who liked Treasure Island and wanted something "grateful dead weird" -- the new teen librarian gave him Feed
Breakfast at Tiffany's DVD
Metallica, Slayer
lost mom

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Happy Birthday Brooke

Happy Birthday to my cousin Brooke (I think it's today). Hope the college application process is going well...

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November 11, 2005

End of Class

Sunday was our last Adult Beginners Hebrew class so tonight our group has to get up in front of everyone and read part of the service. We're doing the veahavta part.

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Yay Salinas!

Among the happy election news Tuesday, I forgot to blog that the library measure in Salinas passed!

Measure V for Victory: Salinas Libraries Saved!
Library Journal

Salinas Votes to Restore Library Services

Sales tax to keep libraries running
SJ Merc
Their opening: "John Steinbeck is probably smiling today."

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YALSA Question

How cool is it that someone just posted this question to the YALSA list:

I have a student who would like more books like "People of Sparks" and "City of Ember." What can you suggest?

I'll need to pull the page from the appendix of my culminating paper that is a list of related titles (since I wrote one of my papers on Jeanne DuPrau, author of those books. I've read about 6 dystopia books in the last few weeks for the list and have three or four more still waiting in a pile in the front hall.

Update: Here's the compiled list the YALSA folks made:


"The Giver" By Lois Lowry

"City of Light, City of Dark" by Avi (a graphic novel).

"Wind Singer" trilogy written by Will iam Nicholson (he wrote the screenplay
for The Gladiator).

Memory Boy by Will Weaver

The Giver, Gathering Blue and The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Gregor the Overlander and it's 2 sequels

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Shade's Children by Nix

Dirt Eaters by Foon

The Fire-Us Trilogy by Armstrong

I Am the Cheese (Cormier).

Holes (Sachar) also has that otherworldly feel to it that makes Sparks/Ember
so appealing.

Another good future-society books is Nancy Farmers The Ear, The Eye, and the
Arm, which takes place in Zimbabwee in the future.

The following comes from Cathy:

After this came out and we received numerous requests for similar titles, I
put together these two lists of books entitled "Other Worlds".

Cathy Pridham


Stories About Life in
Imaginary Communities


Anderson, M. T. Feed.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to
control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious

Barker, Clive. Abarat.

Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the
edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life
is forever changed.

Calhoun, Dia. Firegold.
Thirteen-year-old Jonathon, feared and hated by the brown-eyed Valley people
because of his blue eyes, tries to find answers to his true identity in the
Red Mountains, home of the Dalriada, a mountain people with mystical powers
and blue eyes like his.

Carmody, Isobelle. Night Gate. [J FIC]
Seeking a cure for her sick mother, Courage "Rage" Winnoway and her dogs
pass through a magical gateway to a strange land known as Valley where they
must find, before the sand in an enchanted hourglass runs out, the powerful
wizard. The Gateway Trilogy ; bk. 1.

Clement-Davies, David. The Fire Bringer.
In a Scotland beset by Norse invaders, a tyrannical lord of the deer herd
has ended old ways. Sequel: The Sight.

Dickinson, Peter. The Ropemaker.
When the magic that protects their Valley starts to fail, Tilja and her
companions journey into the evil Empire to find the ancient magician Faheel,
who originally cast those spells.

Dickinson, Peter. The Tears of the Salamander.

When Alfredo, a twelve-year-old choir boy in eighteenth-century Italy, loses
his family in a fire, he goes to live with Uncle Giorgio, who he discovers
is a sorcerer in control of the fires of Mt. Etna with sinister plans for
his nephew.

Downer, Ann. Hatching Magic. [J FIC]

When a thirteenth-century wizard confronts twenty-first century Boston while
seeking his pet dragon, he is followed by a rival wizard and a very unhappy
demon, but eleven-year-old Theodora Oglethorpe may hold the secret to
setting everything right.

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. [J FIC]

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a
Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps
even to glimpse Unknown Regions. Sequel: The people of Sparks.

Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story [YA PBK FIC]

Bastian Balthazar Bux isn't very good at defending himself against bullies.
In fact, he isn't very good at much of anything. So, when the bullies from
school come after him one morning all he can do is run. Maybe it's luck
that he chooses to hide in the bookstore on the corner or maybe it's
something more. Whatever it might have been, his unplanned detour starts
him on adventure unlike any he could have ever imagined.

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion.

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the
young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire
nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Hautman, Pete. Hole in the Sky.

In a future world ravaged by a mutant virus, sixteen-year-old Ceej and three
other teenagers seek to save the Grand Canyon from being flooded, while
trying to avoid capture by a band of renegade Survivors.

Jones, Diana Wynne. A Tale of Time City. [J PBK FIC]

In 1939 an eleven-year-old London girl is kidnapped to Time City, a place
existing outside the stream of time and manipulating the history of
humanity, where she finds the inhabitants facing their worst hour of crisis.

Kay, Elizabeth. The Divide. [J FIC]

While hiking on the Continental Divide of Costa Rica, a young boy with a
heart condition falls into a magical otherworld full of fantastical

Lamensdorf, Leonard. The Crouching Dragon.

In 1959, French teens create a half-fantasy kingdom in an abandoned castle,
uncovering modern and medieval arms and armor and withstanding siege from
their parents and a criminal cartel, with an assist from President de

L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.

"A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time...The
story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and
Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high
school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared
while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem."

Lowry, Lois. The Giver.

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the
receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers
the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

MacHale, D.J. The Merchant of Death. [YA PBK] [Pendragon Bk 1]

Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon, having learned he is a Traveler--someone
who can ride "flumes" through time and space, is soon off to the alternative
dimension of Denduron where he teams up with Loor, a girl his age from the
warrior-territory of Zadaa, in an attempt to save the gentle Milago people
from slavery.

Marsden, John. Tomorrow, When the War Began.

Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to
discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong.

Forbidden by her father to indulge in music, a girl on the planet Pern runs
away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her
music, open a new life for her.

Nix, Garth. Lirael, Daughter of the Clayr.

When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael
and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal
their true destinies.

Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. [First in the trilogy]

In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds
a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of
destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

Pattou, Edith. Hero's Song.

On a quest to rescue his kidnapped sister, Collun discovers that he is a key
figure in the struggle to save the kingdom of Eirren from conquest by Medb,
the Queen of Ghosts.

Pierce, Tamora. Sandry's Book. [First of four]

Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple
community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to
use their powers, especially magic.

Rapp, Adam. The Copper Elephant.

In a world where children under twelve are used as slave labor in
subterranean lime mines, eleven-year-old Whensday Bluehouse struggles to
survive the continuous poison rains and evade the ruthless Syndicate

Russell, Barbara T. The Taker's Stone.

When fourteen-year-old Fischer accidentally uses a magic stone to summon
Thistle, one of its Keepers and an agent of the Light, he must help her
fight the evil Belial, who seeks to rule the world with cruel Darkness.

Shusterman, Neal. Full Tilt : A Novel.

When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only
carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon
learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge
presented there by the beautiful Cassandra.

Stevenson, Laura Caroline. The Island and the Ring.

After treachery destroys her kingdom, Princess Tania discovers that it is
her destiny to confront Ascanet, the ruthless lord enslaving the island of

Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. #1 in the Trilogy

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and
instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician
Simon Lovelace.

Weaver, Will. Memory Boy.

Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and
begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic
explosions creates dangerous conditions in their city.


Stories About Life in
Imaginary Communities

GRADES 3 - 6

Avi. Perloo the Bold.

Perloo, a peaceful scholar who has been chosen to succeed Jolaine as leader
of the furry underground people called the Montmers, finds himself in danger
when Jolaine dies and her evil son seizes control of the burrow.

Babbitt, Natalie. The Devil's Other Storybook : Stories and Pictures.

The further exploits of the Devil in his own realm and in the world above
are recounted in ten more tales.

Billingsley, Franny. The Folk Keeper.

Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who
keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when
she is taken to live with a

wealthy family in their manor by the sea.

Chabon, Michael. Summerland.

Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds
himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph
over an ancient enemy.

Christopher, John. The Prince in Waiting.

Thirteen-year-old Luke has no reason to suspect that anything will ever
change in the primitive society of the future in which he lives.

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander.

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a
strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats,
rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient

Coville, Bruce. The Song of the Wanderer.

[Sequel to Into the Land of Unicorns]

Having jumped into Luster, the land of unicorns, Cara makes a perilous
journey to bring back her grandmother, The Wanderer, in order to release the
Queen of the unicorns and allow her to die.

Dixon, Rachel Taft. The Witch's Ring.

A curious boy named Bottle uses his computer to help Amy Settle find her way
home after a magical ring transports her to the home of an evil witch.

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember.

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a
Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps
even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story

Bastian Balthazar Bux isn't very good at defending himself against bullies.
In fact, he isn't very good at much of anything. So, when the bullies from
school come after him one morning all he can do is run. Maybe it's luck
that he chooses to hide in the bookstore on the corner or maybe it's
something more. Whatever it might have been, his unplanned detour starts
him on adventure unlike any he could have ever imagined.

Funke, Cornelia Caroline. Inkheart.

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books
for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those
characters abducts them and tries to

force him into service.

Gaiman, Neil. Coraline.

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a
world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she
must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and
the souls of three others.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden. [First in the series]

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to
only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear
on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the
government is wrong.

Haptie, Charlotte. Otto and the Flying Twins.

Young Otto comes to the rescue when he discovers that his family and city
are the last remnants of an ancient magical world now under threat from the
Normal Police.

Ibbotson, Eva. The Secret of Platform 13.

Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a
giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to
London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an

Jarvis, Robin. The Dark Portal. [First in the Deptford Mice Trilogy]

While on a rescue mission, a few daring mice journey below to the sewers to
an evil world populated by rats who peel mice before eating them and worship
the Dark Lord.

Langrish, Katherine. Troll Fell.

Forced to live with his evil identical-twin uncles after his father's death,
twelve-year-old Peer tries to find a way to stop their plan to sell the
neighbor's children to the trolls.

Lisle, Janet Taylor. Forest.

Twelve-year-old Amber's invasion of an organized forest community of
squirrels starts a war between humans and beasts, despite the protests of an
unconventional and imaginative squirrel named Woodbine.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver.

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the
receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers
the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Lowry, Lois. Messenger. Lois Lowry ushers readers into a hypnotic,
disconcerting fantasy world introducing us to young Matty, a boy whose role
for Village is more profound than he thinks. This episode follows Matty --
who lives with Seer and doesn't yet have his true name -- as he keeps busy
running errands through Forest and otherwise lives a youthful, carefree

McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. The Moorchild.

Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her
true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been

Molloy, Michael. The Witch Trade.

A boy and girl encounter hidden caves, fabulous boats, and captive children
as they join forces with powerful new friends on a quest for Ice Dust, the
source of magical power for good witches.

Napoli, Donna Jo. The Prince of the Pond : Otherwise Known as De Fawg

Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his
new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking
into his frog family.

Nicholson, William. The Wind Singer : An Adventure.

After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and
is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tagalong
classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of
the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people.

[First in a series of three]

Oppel, Kenneth. Firewing. [Sequel to Sunwing.]

Griffin, a young bat, is sucked into the "Underworld," and his father
follows to rescue him.

Prue, Sally. Cold Tom : A Novel.

Struggling to find a place for himself, Tom flees the elven parents who hunt
to kill him and becomes involved with human "demons" in the nearby city.

Rodda, Emily. The Timekeeper.

Patrick and his sister and brother are drawn into the desperate efforts to
repair the Barrier between two parallel worlds before it is destroyed.

Said, S. F. Varjak Paw.

Guided by the spirit of his legendary Mesopotamian ancestor, Jalal, Varjak
Paw, a pure-bred cat, leaves his home and pampered existence and sets out to
save his family from the evil Gentleman who took their owner, the Contessa,

Scott, Deborah. The Kid Who Got Zapped Through Time.

When Flattop Kincaid buys a used video game at a flea market, he finds
himself in the Middle Ages among peasants who think he is a deranged member
of the nobility.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Unseen.

Feeling angry and out-of-place in her large family, twelve-year-old Xandra
finds a magical key to a world of ghostly, sometimes frightening, phantoms
that help her see herself and her

siblings more clearly.

Stewart, Paul. Beyond the Deepwoods.

Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his
woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods
home to find the place where he


Tate, Eleanora E. The Monsters of Morley Manor. [J FIC HISTORY]

Anthony and his younger sister discover that the monster figures he got in
an unusual box at an estate sale are alive, but they have no way of knowing
that the "monsters" will lead them on fantastical adventures to other worlds
in an effort to try to save Earth.

Townley, Rod. The Great Good Thing : A Novel. [First in the series]

Nothing ever changes inside the storybook kingdom inhabited by
twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie, her parents, and many other characters
until Sylvie discovers that by allying herself with the Reader she can
experience new adventures beyond the confines of the book.

Yolen, Jane. Boots and the Seven Leaguers : A Rock-and-Troll Novel.

Teen troll Gog and his best friend Pook work as roadies for a troll rock and
roll band until Gog's younger brother gets kidnapped.

Yolen, Jane. Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons.

Thirteen-year-old Hippolyta, a princess of the Amazons, fights to save her
people from destruction when her mother the Queen refuses to sacrifice her
second-born male child.

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November 10, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/10

A long day, 5 hours A, 1 hour J, not helped by the fact that I was definitely under the weather (and it was pouring rain, so the actual weather wasn't helping any). Here are some of the questions/requests:

address in Berlin for Konigliche Porzellan Manufacktur
how to log out
9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions
where to pay a SJ parking ticket if you've lost the ticket
Shogun in a version bigger than a paperback
whiteout (for the typewriter guy)
filmn by Victo Villa Senior?
Illicit: How smugglers, traffickers and copycats are hijacking the global economy
Hoop Dreams
Who's Pushing Your Buttons
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
baby names
help using Internet
Fried Green Tomatoes
rabbits (as pets)
Blue Highway (Diane Tullson)
printing problem
copy machine
Ferrari: The Man and his Machines
And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (found in the complete works of Tomas Rivera)
mouse stopped responding
obesity and children guidelines
help with email address error
Magic School Bus
Scary Stories
citizenship interview videos
Always Runing: la vida loca, gang days in LA
magazine and news articles on jevenile delinguency

and we had a long discussion with a guy about filters in the library. It's interesting, the question of filters or porn or whatever often comes up in interview questions and things, so I was all ready to talk about respecting people's right to access materials as long as they're not showing them to other people (and this library has very effective privacy screens which help), etc. I was not prepared to answer questions about what exactly is filtered (I didn't even know the name of the vendor we get our filtering software from -- I learned later it is Sonicwall) and to deal with the questions from the perspective of someone who wanted more filtering and basically was bemoaning the decline of civilization in general. He wanted to know what we were filtering and why we weren't going around telling people they shouldn't be looking at those bad things (or something like that, it was hard to figure out his point at times, there was a whole thread about letting underage kids into R rated movies...)

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November 09, 2005

Auction Again

Live TV can be quite stressful.

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November 08, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/8

Pretty quiet night on the J side. Storytime was cancelled because the room was being used as a polling place, so there were fewer people around than usual. Here are some of the questions/requests:

books for a fourth grade boy, ended up with How to Eat Fried Worms, The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Charlotte's Web off our 4th grade list
a book where people fool monsters for a 3rd grader... tried Monster of the Month Club by Dian Curtis Regan
Tom Sawyer
lost cell phone
Rumblefish (Hinton)
Martin the Warrior, Mossflower (Jacques)
Alien vs. Predator DVD (seems to be missing)
Friday (DVD with Ice Cube)
cricket video games, cricket books
chess pieces
sign up for the Harry Potter Sleepover (how cool is that?!?!)
Lemony Snicket 4&5
Harry Potter ##4
books from the stepfamilies list
harvest books x2
nonfiction readlike for Rascal
Dragonsong (McCaffrey)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Archie Comics? (no)
Corrector Yui #1 & #3
how to spell Runescape
J parent section
books in Spanish about friendship

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Azar Nafisi Event

I have to work Wednesday night, but thought I'd post this in case anyone was interested, it went out on our school mailing list:

SJSU campus: Azar Nafisi reading and book signing (November 9)

Azar Nafisi, author of the acclaimed book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A
Memoir in Books, will offer a reading and book signing on the San Jose
campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (11/9), in Morris Dailey Hall. The lecture
is free, and may be of particular interest to SLIS students interested in
intellectual freedom, human rights, and the power of books. Nafisi will
also be available for a Q&A session on Thursday (11/10) at noon in the Old
Cafeteria. For more information see

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Teen Top Ten

Teens vote for favorite young adult book

here's what they picked:

1. Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2005).
2. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen (Viking, 2004).
3. Looking For Alaska by John Green (Dutton, 2005).
4. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Atria Books, 2004). [also available as a book club kit]
5. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (Scholastic Press, 2004).
6. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2005).
7. The Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury, 2004) -- the library doesn't seem to have this one... 2 others by the author though.
8. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins, 2004).
9. The Garden by Elise Aidinoff (Harper Tempest, 2004). [sounds intriguing -- "Retells the tale of the Garden of Eden from Eve's point of view"]
10. How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater byMarc Acito (Broadway Books, 2004).

Eek, I've only read one so far (#3). Looks like some good ones to add to my to-do pile [a few clicks later and they're all on their way to being on hold for me... so nice]. (#1 is already waiting in my pile at home somewhere)

(via Pop Goes the Library)

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More blogs to read

A cool list of Librarian blogs from Pub Sub to look through when I get a chance... conveniently there seems to be a feed of the whole list.

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I was the first person to vote at my polling place this morning (there was one guy before me but he realized after a while that he was in the wrong place, so I became the first person). So now I have my big "I voted touchscreen" sticker to wear!

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Storytime at the Mall

Did you know that they [not the library] have storytime at the mall (Great Mall, Milpitas, 11/17/05 from 3:30-4:30pm)? Very interesting. And the PBS Share A Story site is cool with videos, activities to print (including a whole Al Roker activity set with a story and games).

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November 07, 2005

Easy way to remember

I like the slogan from Speak Out CA: Nix the First Six.

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Libraries 2.0

Everyone's been talking about Web 2.0 lately, and it's interesting to see folks talking about Library 2.0 as well. Jean had some great thoughts yesterday on synnergy in libraries, and I think that would be a great watch-word for Libraries 2.0. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to attend Internet Librarian last week, but it's been fun reading everyone's blog reports from the conference (and I'm just too overbooked currently to go to any of the fun conferences, even when they're local :( ) It would be nice to have the mental bandwidth to be able to give all this some real thought and to really play in this space. One day...

(adding Library Crunch to the list of library feeds I'll be reading. Note to self, time to organize the feeds better...)

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November 06, 2005

Congrats to Dan

0-9648759-3-4.jpgCongrats to Dan Woog on the publication and success of his new book, Staples High School: 120 Years of A+ Education, a history of the hs I went to. Mom mailed me a copy, which should arrive tomorrow (apparently they sold out of the 300 they ordered for the reception today!) Here's Dan's remarks from that reception, including a thank you to Mom.

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No spin

westwing_120x90_anim.gifI thought tonight's live (for those of you on the East Coast anyway) debate was great fun, but missed getting the spin afterwards. Is that sad? But I went to the web site and saw that currently 70% of the voting viewers thought Santos won ;) The site could use some help -- I like that they have blogs for the candidates, but they're lame. And usually I love Ellen, but was not impressed with her extended Amex ads.

I was just telling Jean how much I wish r.l. politics were more like WW (especially when our Supreme Court picks are so depressing, and the ones from last year's episode were so inspiring...) Even though the show isn't as sparky as it used to be, it still sure beats r.l. politics these days. Sigh.

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Refgrunt, 11/6

A busy Sunday, 3 hours A, 3 hours J. Here are some of the questions/requests:

picture books on trucks (JA remembered there was a list!)
How to Train Your Dragon
order of the Wizard of Oz book (Reading in Series reference book)
CDs of Diane Ferlatte and Jim Weiss, storytellers
model rocket science experiments
doll and plate collecting
Chester Cricker's New Home
computer crash
local transportation schedules
gift crafts to make
where are today's Sunday's circulars? (in a box on the table)
My FBI by Louis Freeh
Regg's Recommendations on the Colleges
ILL for The Spirit of the Mountains
Can I check out here? x3 (no, front desk)
JE nonfiction
KQED film on Chinatown
John Le Carre movies
Len Dayton movies?
printer paper x3
The Journey (Michener)
The Deep (Benchley, no copies anywhere in system)
potty training (another good booklist)
how to subscribe to National Geographic kids
industrial revolution
Dino Defender video game
Mexican cooking
picture books about getting rid of pacifiers (Little Bunny's Pacifier Plan by Maribeth Boelts)
can her dauther read to little kids? (try Mt. View's big reading day coming up)
In the Ice Caves of Krog
Roald Dalh books
printing problems
sample ballot
do kids need their mother in order to get a library card?
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
scooby doo
Dora the Explorer
JE beginners (have yellow dots)
Maya Indians
copy machine issues
Island of the Aunts
book by guest on today's Bob Brinker show?
Captivating @ other local libraries
royal diaries: Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor; Clopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile; Mary, Queen of Scots; Isabel: Jewel of Castilla; Marie Antoinette; Anacaona: Golden Shower

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Cleveland Plain Dealer

picked up a mention of Jonathan in the Plain Dealer:

Be There Do That
Saturday, November 05, 2005

Red (an orchestra). Jonathan Sheffer conducts a program, "In Mahler's Shadow," of music by Alma Mahler, Debussy and Gustav Mahler, with mezzo-soprano Linda Pavelka and baritone David Adam Moore. $15-$110. 440-519-1733. 8 p.m. Masonic Auditorium, East 36th Street and Chester Avenue, Cleveland.

Update: and a longer piece reviewing the performance (thanks to Mom for forwarding it along):

Alma Mahler sets inspiring stage for meaty, compelling season debut
Monday, November 07, 2005
Donald Rosenberg
Plain Dealer Music Critic

Lightening up Saturday at Masonic Auditorium after a meaty program with Red (an orchestra) revolving around Gustav, artistic director and conductor Jonathan Sheffer sat at the piano to sing and play Lehrer's witty ditty.

We can feel empathy for "Gustav and Walter and Franz," as the lyric goes, while thanking the gods that Alma lived such a colorful and interesting life.

And we can be grateful to Sheffer and Red for opening their fourth season with such a compelling program, "In Mahler's Shadow." Along with music, the concert featured now-familiar Red commodities as actors and theatrical effects. Not everything worked, but Sheffer's ability to tie so many elements into a coherent package made the evening a real event.

Sheffer's premise focused on Gustav Mahler's widespread influence. Most of the night's pieces were chamber versions of famous works orchestrated for a private Viennese performance society by Arnold Schoenberg, a Mahler acolyte who would become a musical revolutionary in his own right.

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November 05, 2005


art_wine2005.gifIt's auction time again at KTEH! This weekend is the Art & Wine Auction. I'll be on Camera 2 this afternoon from 3pm-midnight (well, every other hour of that). And then back Wednesday night for some of the holiday auction.

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November 04, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/4

5 hours A, nothing too crazy. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Jennifer Crusie books, Tell Me Lies, Charlie All Night
Whaere are there plugs in the library? (something we'll get more of when we go wireless!)
info on Prince Charles visiting the Bay Area
check on the status of a hold
ambulance came (I seem to attract disasters to this particular library, last time I was there, someone set fire to the garbage can outside)
how long until a hotmail account expires (I think its 30 days according to old articles online, but couldn't find anything new about it)
WWII/US home front
Spanish Bible, movies about Jesus in Spanish (had some cartoons)
Is Ed working today?
SAT Prep book by Nova (but she's taking the test tomorrow, so we couldn't put it on hold for her)
Geronimo video
USB drive questions
Playstation Games: Tekken 3, Street Fighter, Driver:Reflection, Dragon Ball Z, Digimon
Pokemon 4Ever
MLS formatting questions
how to blockquote in word
post office jobs
plant cells
waiting list questions
CDs by Shelly Fairchild in Spanish
collecting glass baskets
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkal

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Raffle Prize

Woohoo! Just found out that I won a raffle at work. My prize is a $20 gift certificate to Tomato Thyme Restaurant.

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School Feed

I just noticed that SJSU SLIS has an rss feed. Snazzy. I guess they've had it for a while (since the news isn't really new) but I never noticed.

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November 03, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/3

First time back at the first library I ever worked at after almost a year and a half. It was fun to be back, though things didn't seem at all familiar. It was a pretty quiet afternoon/evening (5 hours A, 1 hour J) and except for some really annoying firewall problems, things went pretty well. Here are some of the questions/requests.

help with microfilm (turned out the whole tray thing had been removed for repair, which seemed like what was wrong but I wasn't sure)
violence in the workplace
call from an organization publishing a document wondering if we'd take it
paper jam
help logging into hotmail
the work of Julia Mogan, architect
learning disorders
death penalty
auto repair
horse farrier (we had a ton! videos even!)
English-Spanish dictionary
stumper: information about a WWII memorial in Palermo, Sicily with two tall columns. Couldn't find anything about it anywhere :(
how high can a jumping spider jump (40x its length)
Goosebumps movies
how to breakdance DVD
phone number for Arnold Schwartzenegger's office
auto repair books in Spanish
Inu Yasha #28 replacement cost
firewall problems
copy machine alignment
playstation games?
Playtime Maisy DVD
Count with Maisy DVD
draw on the computer
Miss America by day
Napoleon Dynomite
online games to play
Leaving My Father's House

+ weeded a lot of diet books

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LJ Article on Experience

The Practice Prerequisite by John N. Berry III, Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal, September 15, 2005

It has come to the point where it is almost false advertising for an LIS program to suggest to students that graduating with an MLS is a guarantee of employment. That simply is not so, and the same students report that the average time it takes for a new graduate to find gainful employment is now more than a year.

I am very very thankful for the internships I've had during library school, and mentally getting used to the idea of starting a long job search experience.

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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

friendsloverschocolate.jpgMom sent me Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, the second in Alexander Mccall Smith 's Sunday Philosophy Club series about Isabel Dalhousie (it arrived the same day that I got to the top of the library's waiting list for the book so I let it go to the next person in line). I polished it off before work last night (sneaking in the last chapter during my break) Its a heavier read than his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series -- more literary allusions and philosophical ponderings -- but very good. The title is fantastic as well ;)

The author is touring and speaking in our area on Sun, Nov 6 (Fox Theatre, Redwood City, 7:00 PM) but I'm already booked up.

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November 02, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/2

A slow Wednesday evening on the A desk. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Smart Women Finish Rich
books by Victoria Holt
IRS Form 706 and instructions for it
printer/computer problems
teen classic area
sticky keys (everytime the patron tried to write an @ sign, all sorts of windows popped up. turned out he had turned on the sticky keys feature accidentally (that happens if you click shift 5 times))
Singapore (for an amazing woman -- and former library school prof -- writing her memoires)
Growing A Girl
The Thorn Birds
Reading Lolita in Tehran
The Rules of Engagement (Anita Brookner)
ancient Egypt
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Bird Flu

birdflu.jpgAnother of my resource lists made the lib's web page! This one's on bird flu.

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Shaved Head?

Eduard sent this photo of himself to the family last night without a note. Perhaps he's trying out for the water polo team? Looks pretty studly!


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November 01, 2005

Refgrunt, 11/1

A slow night on the J desk, here are some of the questions/requests:

Good Luck and Other Poems (had to call two other libraries to track it down)
A Wind in the Door
Teach Me -- Spanish
4th of July books
A Wrinkle in Time video
pop-up books
Looney Tunes
halloween books
Lizzie McGuire
Junie B. Jones x2
2nd grade chapter books
kindergarden books
stumper: Mesopotamia "Iron Girl", some sort of defense to keep invaders out? I'm hoping her teacher clarifies it a bit more
huge 1st grade list
Thomas the Tank Engine
nonfiction Thanksgiving books
fall books x2
magic schoolbus videos
Corrector Yui (anime)
Brian Jacque's Salamandastron

... and lots of good wishes for Kelly, who is getting married Saturday! Yay!

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100 Years of E=mc2

einstein.jpgKelly and I completed our first web project and the page is up! Check out Einstein and His Big Idea, a quick list of resources to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of E=mc2.

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Caucus 5

Congrats to Charles! More at CaucusCare.


We're pleased to announce that version 5 of the Caucus forum,
collaboration, and and eLearning platform was released last night.
(Just in time for Halloween!)

Version 5 has been extensively rewritten to make use of the MySQL
relational database. It has been released as "Open Source" -- which is
to say, free, to everyone -- but with our same high level of
commercial-grade support.

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Another Voter Guide

Our local TV station has put up another voter guide, Voice of the Voter. The cool thing is that it is a blog, so at the bottom of any of the proposition pages you can add comments. (via The Bay Area is Talking)

and a nice summary page from the Sec. of State page

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Diane on Emily's List

Diane Farrell's in today's Emily's List email announcing some of the new candidates they're backing.

Diane Farrell, the top official in Westport, Conn., nearly beat Rep. Christopher Shays, who outspent her by nearly 50 percent in 2004. Shays calls himself a moderate, but he's moved rightward over the years and is now out of step with his increasingly Democratic district. Democrats and Republicans alike praise Farrell for balancing city budgets and leading her community on transportation, economic opportunity, and smart growth. Click here to help send Diane Farrell to the U.S. House in 2006.
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