Monday, December 29, 2008
Ayelet Waldman, a Harvard-trained lawyer and mother of four, sees the traps and pitfalls with a clear eye. She challenges the politically correct, perfectionist model of parenting. Children in her novels eat junk food, watch videos, sometimes skip the booster seat in taxis before 6 years of age, and don't get into the best schools. The mothers are grumpy, overweight and make mistakes but still love their children and find a way to happiness in family life.
Read her Mommy-track Mysteries for quick, funny, clever stories, featuring a stay-at-home mom turned part-time investigator in Southern California. Start with Nursery Crimes.
Her novel, Daughter's Keeper tells the tale of a young Northern California woman caught as an accessory to a drug deal set up by an informer. Readers learn about mothers of young children with peripheral roles in crimes being locked up for years because of Federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. The daughter and her mother struggle to understand each other and keep their relationship going.
In Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, a grieving mother struggles with her own infant's death, her marriage and her new role as stepmother to a five year old. Waldman's website says that Natalie Portman will be starring in the movie based on the book which began filming in November. Read the Variety article about it.
posted by mb
Friday, December 26, 2008
You'll also be able to find lists of Newberry and Caldecott award-winning books on our "Children's Books and Reading" link, along with recommended books from other libraries and websites.
posted by jtb
Monday, December 22, 2008
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Santa Clara City Library has a machine for enlarging text on the second floor between the Quiet Study Pavilion and the Languages Pavilion. At the Mission Library on Lexington St., the Reading Edge will read out any text that is placed on it.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ibbotson's Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation Classic Yearbook has also been added to Morningstar Investment Research Center. The Yearbook compares the returns of stocks, bonds, treasury bills, and inflation from 1997 through 2007. Ibbotson's is located in the Industries section of the Morningstar Investment Research Center website. You can also read the print version of the Yearbook within the library. It is available in our business reference collection.
Friday, December 19, 2008
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Countless artists have illustrated the classic poem, including Tomie De Paola, children's artist and author, who modeled his folksy illustrations after New England quilt patterns and his impressions of a no-nonsense New Hamshire family.
Jan Brett's version depicts a lavish Victorian home. Santa's elaborate sleigh is pulled by playful reindeer, while a pair of stowaway elves are busy creating mischief.The Cajun Night Before Christmas, by Trosclair, is set in a Louisiana bayou, and the poem is re-told in a Cajun dialect.
There's even a Librarian's Night Before Christmas, by David R. Davis, that shows Santa arriving in a flying bookmobile!
And don't forget the closing lines of the poem:
posted by jtb
Happy Christmas to all. And to all a good night.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
THANK YOU for your support throughout the year!
Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Reading The Anatomist: The True Story of Gray’s Anatomy by Bill Hayes
Seeing a Charlie Chaplin film in an old-timey theater accompanied by someone playing an old-timey piano
Going to a Porchlight Series event hosted by Beth Lisick
An excellent show of unmemorized and unrehearsed storytelling. All of the evening's stories revolved around the 7 deadly sins. Take that A.J. Jacobs!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Find great deals on books at the library 7 days a week at the Friends of the Library bookstore. You can also come in for a monthly book sale or shop 24/7 at the Foundation and Friends Amazon page.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The Youth Services Department is sponsoring this program as our holiday gift to you. Puppeteer Peter Brizzi has been performing for Bay Area audiences since 1979. His hand-made puppets and special effects are sure to be a highlight of your family's holiday season.
Here's what Peter has to say about puppetry and children:
"It is a great privilege for me to be able to acquaint young people with the classics and the arts through the medium of puppetry. Puppetry is a great way to introduce children to the arts, as it encompasses them all: music, sculpture, painting, dance, theater, poetry, and literature. For many children a live puppet show is their first introduction to theater. I want to inspire children to read and to discover the wealth of literature that has stood the test of time. I also hope to promote values that build character, to provide entertainment that has depth and meaning, that plants seeds of thought for the child's future development. I hope to instill an appreciation of beauty through my performances."posted by jtb
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Your child can take practice exams via the web with our LearningExpress Library electronic resource. Your son or daughter can use LearningExpress Library from your home computer or from a computer within the library with a valid current Santa Clara City Library card.
To take practice exams click on the Research Databases link on our home page. Then click on the LearningExpress Library link. After you login you will find the Catholic high school entrance practice tests under the Middle School Skills Improvement section.
In addition to practice tests the LearningExpress Library website also offers test preparation books in electronic format. You can view the Catholic High Entrance Exam: COOP/HSPT test preparation book from the E-books section of their website. It is in PDF format.
If you would prefer a printed test preparation book, call a reference librarian to have one held. To view a list of our Catholic high school entrance examination test preparation books click here. If no copies are available, we can place a hold or try to borrow a copy from another library via Link+. Reference staff can be reached at 408-615-2900.
Posted by mlg
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
To other people, people of less (or arguably more) refined taste, they will instantly think about terrible movies with even worse special effects, and a smile will creep across their face. You see, Ed Wood made movies that fit perfectly into the category of “so bad they’re good.” A couple years after he died (which was 30 years ago today actually), he was voted to be the worst director of all times. Which when you think about it, is really quite a feat.
Oddly enough, a movie about Ed Wood making movies got quite some popularity a number of years ago. Marin Landau even got an Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi in it.
Wood may not have been very popular during his lifetime, but isn’t that usually the case? He did however leave some sage advice for those looking for ways to get popular in Hollywood: stay home, it’s not going to happen.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Insomnia Solution: The natural, drug-free way to a good night's sleep by Michael Krugman
Good Nights: how to stop sleep deprivation, overcome insomnia, and get the sleep you need by Gary Zammit with Jane A. Zanca
Insomnia: 50 Essential Things to Do by Theresa Foy DeGeronimo, with Frank DiMaria
Counting Sheep: the science and pleasures of sleep and dreams by Paul Martin, or try listening to a New Age music CD, Delta Sleep System by Jeffrey Thompson.
Friday, December 5, 2008
East Side Dreams, by Art Rodriguez, was named one of the "200 Best Teenage Books in the United States" by the New York Public Library System. This book describes the happy times he spent as a child in East San Jose, as well as his later life in street gangs and prison. His dreams of a better life gave him comfort during the nights he spent locked in a dormitory with other young inmates:
"Some nights were crazy. When the lights went off and everything was quiet, some guys fixed up their beds as if they were sleeping in them. They would get on the floor and crawl all the way to the back corner. Once there, they would play cards or just whisper. When the guard made his rounds every hour or two, the inmates hid under the beds until the guard passed. They were never caught, but they had some close calls. I never played this game. I always thought there was enough time during the day to play cards and talk. Nights were for sleeping. I would close my eyes and dream, drifting to summers back home."Come and listen to Art Jimenez. He'll discuss his eventful life with honesty and candor. Reservations are recommended. Please call 615-2916 or visit the Youth Services Desk.
posted by jtb
Monday, December 1, 2008
Persepolis, Lost Horizon,
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,
Once Upon a Time in Mexico,
More films from 2nd floor collections will be available soon in a display found at the top of the stairs. Come up and find a video to watch on volcanoes, music performances, travel destinations, or other documentaries.