- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Date Time: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Tully Community Branch Library
The book sale takes place on the first Monday of each month except holidays. We have children and adult books/CDs/DVDs including fiction, non-fiction, & Vietnamese language . All proceeds will benefit the Tully Community Branch Library. If you have any question, please call Chieu Nguyen at 408-808-3030
Date Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Almaden Branch Library
From appetizers to zucchini breads- ideas to get your mouth watering. Hundreds of wonderful cookbooks, with recipes from a variety of countries.
Location: West Valley Branch Library
Date Time: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Gently used books and media will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the West Valley Friends of the Library. Members may enter at 9am; the general public may enter at 10am. Memberships will be available at the door for purchase.
Date Time: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 10 am to 5 pm, $1 hard covers, $.50 of covers
Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 1 pm to 5 pm, $5 a bag day (Friends will provide bags).
Room & Floor: Patio by the Friends Bookstore
All sales are held outside of the Friends Bookstore on the patio. Free parking is available in the 4th Street Garage. The revenues from these sales are donated to the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Library for a variety of different programs that benefit the community. For more information on the sales or to volunteer, please contact our Book Store at 408.808.2681
¡Buen Viaje! We are arriving at our last international destination for our series of “You Are Here” summer reading lists for teens. Before we head home with our cool souvenirs and many more stamps in our passports, we are exploring the rich history, mythology, and culture of Central and South America in this week’s list of titles.
San José Public Library’s Summer Reading Celebration ends tomorrow, but we hope that you’ll continue to explore the world through the many materials the library has to offer. Thanks to all of you that participated this year, and congratulations to all of the winners! Enjoy the rest of your summer…We hope that your next “You Are Here” destination will be at your local library, but not before enjoying a restful night’s sleep in your own bed, which is always the best part of returning from vacation, right? :)
You Are Here: Central & South America
Chasing the Jaguar by Michele Domínguez Greene
After having unsettling dreams about the kidnapped daughter of her mother's employer, fifteen-year-old Martika learns that she is a descendant of a long line of curanderas--Mayan medicine women with special powers.
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster.
Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove
Alicia, a young tribeswoman living in a village in the Amazonian jungle of Peru, tells about the two American women anthropologists who arrive to study her people's way of life.
Keeper by Mal Peet
In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.
The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango
Living in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class "mestizo" family.
Useful Fools by C.A. Schmidt
A fifteen-year-old Peruvian boy, whose mother runs a clinic for poor village children, becomes caught up in the war after Senderistas bomb the clinic, killing his mother and throwing his family into turmoil.
SJPL’s NetLibrary eBook and downloadable audio book collections are now on the EBSCO platform. Please visit http://www.sjpl.org/downloads to access the collections and check out the new interfaces. You will need Adobe Digital Editions installed to access eBooks. You can download eBooks for up to 7 days to read offline. For more information, visit the eBooks and Audio Books support site.
Once again, world news has focused on a terrorist act, this time in Norway. The alleged shooter believes that his country should not tolerate anyone who comes to live there from mid-east countries. How do parents respond to such news?
One way is to be sure to teach young children about friendship and tolerance. Materials that can be checked out from the San José Public Library can aid in illustrating this lesson. I would like to highlight three books that can be used for this important task.
Margaret and Margarita, Margarita y Margaret is a picture book by Lynn Reiser that is in both English and Spanish. It is about two children that meet at a park. Although they do not speak each other's language, they have a great time and look forward to playing together in the park again.
Cat and Mouse, written by Tomek Bogacki, is the first in a series of picture books featuring the title characters. In this book, a kitten and a young mouse become friends, not knowing that they are supposed to be enemies. Their siblings also meet, and all play happily together.
And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends was written by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Starting with the children of one family and ending with the entire world, people discover how quickly they can end an argument and learn to be friends.
Come to your local public library and check out the resources available to parents and caregivers about teaching tolerance and friendship to young children!
Lake Travis in Texas, the Deschutes River in Oregon, and Captiva Island in Florida are are few of the vacation spots visited by Willow Glen area residents this summer. Postcards from these and other travelers are currently on display in the children's area at Willow Glen Library. Other local families have been to Minnesota, California's Avila Beach, Disneyland, and Universal Studios. Take a moment to enjoy the postcards and, better yet, send us one yourself and we'll display it too. You don't even have to worry about an address label or stamp -- both are included in our "Postcards From Novel Destinations" kits available next to the display. The postcard program is part of San Jose Public Library's Summer Reading Celebration.
G’day mates! Pack a Vegemite sandwich, because we’re heading to the land down under in our second to the last “You Are Here” summer reading list. There is no shortage of great books coming out for teens from our neighbors across the Pacific, including these titles below. If you’re looking for some laughs, you can also check out Flight of the Conchords, my favorite comedic musical duo from the island nation of New Zealand.
The clock is ticking…Just a few more days left to finish writing your Summer Reading Celebration reviews in order to claim your free book and get entered into our last raffle drawing for a $50 book store gift card!
You Are Here: Australia & New Zealand
Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John "Beatle" Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Young prodigy Cadel Piggot, an Australian antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman
Undecided about her future after graduating from high school, an Australian girl takes a job caring for a brain-damaged woman.
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must use her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try to stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
High school student Taylor Markham, who was abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
Do you enjoy reading and discussing what you read? If the answer is yes, the Edenvale Book Club is the club for you! Come to the fireplace area of the Edenvale Branch Library on Wednesday August 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm. This month, the Edenvale Book Club will discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, translated from Swedish by Reg Keeland. Everyone is welcome.
This book is available in a variety of formats:
A little girl interacts with three friendly and energetic cats. Repetition and simple vocabulary make Oh, Cats! written by Nola Buck and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, a nice story for beginning readers. Children who don’t read yet may enjoy the repetition, rhyming and cute illustrations.
“Are We There Yet?” is a question that many children ask their parents, grandparents or other people that are driving them somewhere. In the book Are We There Yet? written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Dale Gottleib, a father takes his children on a car trip to the toy store. The eager, yet impatient children frequently ask “Are we there yet?” This can be a fun story for children to read while they are on a road trip.
First, the good news. Storytimes at Almaden Branch and other San José libraries will not occur during August. Why is this good news? The librarians will be taking a break from storytimes in order to re-charge themselves to offer even better storytimes in September and beyond.
Now, the better news! Almaden Library will offer these great storytime alternatives in August:
Reading to Children
Let your children listen to stories read by an experienced reader in the beautiful Children's Library at the branch. Your children can pick the books that they want to hear or can leave it up to the reader. This service is aimed at children up to age 12. No appointment is necessary — just drop in!
Our readers and the convenient times they read to children:
Stephanie — Wednesdays at 1:00-2:00 PM
Michele — Thursdays at 1:00-2:00 PM (Michele will be off on July 28)
Laura — Fridays at 1:30-2:15 PM
Christian — Saturdays at 12:00-1:00 PM (Christian will be off on July 30 and August 6)
What: Reading Buddies are trained teen volunteers that can either read to your child or help your child practice reading. Younger children can have 1-on-1 time with a caring, enthusiastic teen mentor who will help them practice their reading in a low-stress environment.
When: Every Wednesday at 5:30-6:30 PM in the Children's Library at the branch
Almaden Library storytimes will be back in September, and so will these great alternatives. Stay tuned to the Events Calendar, call the library for information at (408) 808-3040, or come in and pick up a print calendar.
Learn the top ten myths of credit. Learn how to access and initiate corrections to your credit report. Join Greg Meyer of Meriwest Credit Union for this useful workshop. This free event will take place in the Community Room of the Edenvale Branch Library on Wednesday July 27 from 6:30 until 7:30 PM.
Nolo Press has published a book called Credit Repair, written by Robin Leonard and Margaret Reiter. This book has a lot of useful information, as well as a CD-ROM which contains forms that users may print out.
Many books published by Nolo Press are available in ebook format. To access them, visit our Downloads Page, and click on "Nolo and Other Legal Books." If you are using a non-library computer, you will need to log in by using your library card and pin number.
The Atlantic has just posted its 2011 Fiction issue online. Great reads! Which story was your favorite? Available in installments through tomorrow, so check it out soon!
ACT Test Preparation and Practice -
Students, do you know how you would score on the ACT college entrance exam? Take a free, full length practice ACT test on Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. proctored by the Princeton Review in the Almaden Library’s Program Room. The test will last until around 2:15 p.m. Then come back on Wednesday, August 10, at 6 p.m. to receive your personalized score report. “Act” now by signing up for the practice test at (408) 808-3040 or at the library’s Information Desk.
Finding information on venture capital investments can be difficult until I found the Money Tree Report site recommended from Information Advisor's BestBizWeb Newsletter. The Money Tree Report is a joint project of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and National Venture Capital Association with data coming from Thomson Reuters. This site provides information on VC investment activity by region including, of course, the hub of activity, Silicon Valley. You can find out which VC firms are doling out the most money, which sectors are getting the most money, which companies are receiving VC money, how much, and what stage of development the company is in. There's a lot more information in this site, some information you can view without registering but registration is free and easy to do. The information on this site would be helpful for investors interested in getting a first look into what might be the next big company or for those looking for VC money.
In this next installment of our “You Are Here” summer reading lists for teens, we are heading south to the continent of Africa. This list features teen fiction that explores some serious contemporary topics, but I’ve also included an uplifting non-fiction memoir. Stay tuned…There are just two stops left on our international journey before we finally head home.
This is the last week of the Summer Reading Celebration, which officially ends Saturday, July 30. Read some books, write some reviews, and you might just win some prizes!
You Are Here: Africa
Afrika by Colleen Craig
Thirteen-year-old Kim travels to South Africa with her journalist mother and must come to terms with the country's diverse and often shocking history with the realization that she is not as removed from this powerful story as she thought.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
This engaging memoir relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.
Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
In Uganda in 1972, fifteen-year-old Sabine and her family, wealthy citizens of Indian descent, try to preserve their normal life during the ninety days allowed by President Idi Amin for all foreign Indians to leave the country, while soldiers and others terrorize them and people disappear.
The Door of No Return by Sarah Mussi
Heeding his grandfather's dying words, Zac is off to Ghana to track down his family's history. But what did his grandfather mean when he said that Zac had the map to the family treasure? Following every clue he can find and escaping danger at every turn, Zac begins to suspect that the treasure is real.
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen
The only survivor of her family's massacre, Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. But through courage, wits, and sheer force of will, she survived. Based on a true story, this haunting novel by Jeanne's adoptive mother makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as one family experienced it.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This classic story traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans in an African village.
Come and join us for a FREE talk and slide show on Iran by published author Brian Appleton in the Almaden Branch Library's Program Room on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30-7:30 PM.
Brian is the author of Tales from the Zirzameen, a recent book about his experiences in Iran before, during, and after the revolution of 1979, during which he was also taken hostage. You may also purchase Brian's book at this event, which includes time for book signing.
Brian will accompany his talk with a slide show of pictures from Iran taken during his return trip in 2008.
Please join us for a lively discussion and learn more about Iran.
For more information about Brian, please see his Tales from the Zirzameen website.
Need to get away this Summer but short on cash or don't have much time? You can still go camping in the Redwoods, take an adventurous nature hike, ride bikes along-side your loved ones, marvel at the beautiful views while horseback riding, or enjoy a peaceful picnic. You can do all that and support our beautiful county parks! Don't know where to start or which park best meets your interests? Come by the Willow Glen Library and pick up a brochure to any of the Santa Clara County Parks. You'll find them in our Community Info Section.
When the space shuttle Atlantis completed 13 days travel and landed on Thursday, a 30-year odyssey for NASA's shuttle program ended. Despite two fatal accidents that killed 14 astronauts and destroyed two of NASA's five spaceships, this program made space flights appear routine. Atlantis returned from 135th shuttle mission and will retire at the NASA's museum. The details of a follow-on program are still to be revealed, but it will focus on building new spaceships that can travel beyond the International Space Station's 400-km orbit into deep space. We have several adult and children's books in the library about NASA's shuttle program:
With scientific breakthroughs leading to improvements in health, an increasing demand for human tissue, blood, organs, eggs and embryos has led to a market in body parts and human surrogates. Journalist Scott Carney traveled the world investigating this ‘red market’ trafficking of human parts and bodies, ranging from the selling of anatomical skeletons to the kidnapping of children in third world countries sold to orphanages supplying western adoption agencies. Sadly, even when this exchange is regulated, those who sell their organs and tissues profit least from this lucrative industry. Scott Carney has written a courageous expose of this underground trade, discussing ethical dilemmas that may affect all of us in the future.
Patrick Taylor's book, An Irish Country Doctor, continues to chronicle Taylor's love of the Northern Irish countryside. An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Girl, and others tell of pastoral life and simple pleasures involving central characters Kinky Kincaid, Barry Laverty, and Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. With a wonderful ability to capture the essence of a small village goings-on and the landscape that surrounds it, Taylor's book makes for a fast and joyous read.
The origins of chess go back 1500 years ago to India where the precursor of the game was called chaturaṅga, which translates as four divisions of the military (infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots). The modern form of chess has its roots in 15th century Europe, though other forms of chess had been around much earlier, and was a favorite pastime of the upper classes of society. The game was even denounced by the church as being a source of revelry and violence!
If you want to know more about the stories behind the game, then join us on Saturday, July 23rd at 2pm at Santa Teresa Branch Library to listen to author Frisco del Rosario talk about his book Capablanca: A Primer of Checkmate. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the program.
And if you still can't get enough chess, we have plenty of books in the library:
written by Robert D.
After reading the Harry Potter series, you might feel depressed because there aren't anymore titles coming out! However, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan will help to fill the void. The first in this series is The Lightning Thief (AR 13.0, Level 4.7).
Like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson faces many disadvantages in modern life. However, he soon finds out that he has some special powers and belongs to the mythological world of Camp Half-Blood.
Told from the first person, this series is especially great for kids who don't like to read all that much. And guess what! There is a sequel to Percy Jackson! The subsequent series, Heroes of Olympus is told from the third person and switches viewpoints. This is great for those of you who like to read or write fan fiction!
The Lightning Thief: the Graphic Novel (AR 1.0, Level 3.1) by Rick Riordan is an excellent companion to the original 2005 version. This book is especially good for visual learners. A word of warning, though. Don't expect a graphic novel of the movie! This graphic novel is a faithful version of the book! Riordan fans rejoice!
With the rise in cost of private media subscriptions remember that you can still check out DVD's at your local library for free. Feature films now have a lending period of 3 weeks at San José Public Library and you can borrow up to 10 titles. We have a wide variety of items. I enjoy the National Geographic documentaries that are available. Here are some titles to keep an eye out for: A Traveler's Guide to the Planets and Monster Black Holes. Come in and browse our collections!
When was the last time you and your family saw a puppet show? Well if it's been awhile and you love puppet shows the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is the place to be on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00PM. The Caterpillar Puppets, a husband and wife team, will be here to present "Aztec Pinocchio," an adaption of the world famous story Pinocchio by Collodi. In their adaption Maldo the Magician, turns his little boy marionette, Pinata, alive by giving him a butterfly as a heart. The first thing Pinata must do as a lively puppet boy is save Maldo from the deadly spell placed on him by an evil magician! Join us as we cheer Pinata on in this exciting adventure! Of course if you would like to enjoy the original Pinocchio the library has items available in many formats: books, ebooks and dvds and in many languages.
This program is part of our Summer Reading Celebration Programs. Remember if you joined Summer Reading and you've read at least 15 books then it's time to pick up your prizes which include a FREE BOOK! Summer Reading Celebration prizes will be available for pick up until August 6th.
10:00 am-12:00 pm Beginning ABC English for Adults
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm ESL Program
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Reading Class For Adults
5:00 pm-5:45 pm ABC English for Adults
10:00 am-12:00 pm Beginning ABC English for Adults
2:00 pm– 5:00 pm Reading Class for Children (Grade 1-6)
5:00 pm-5:45 pm ABC English for Adults
These are drop-in classes. Please bring a pencil and notebook. Call 408-808-3075 for more information.
Let me tell you how exciting it has been for me to introduce the Adult Summer Reading program to adult ESL learners at Tully Community Branch Library. For the first time since we started the Adult Summer Reading program at San José Public Library, I felt the excitement and anticipation of the students in my ESL Conversation Group to join this program. They never thought it was possible for them to join such a program since they are English learners. Somehow, I managed to convince them it is possible and that they can read books in any language and be able to fully participate in the fun drawings for prizes. It took some convincing, but the results were so well worth it. For the past 3 weeks, I have been correcting little book reviews in English from my ESL learners. I am so excited to present these museum tickets to this adult learner. The program will end on July 30. But, you still have time to complete your book and be part of the excitement!
Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss is an upbeat, first-person story written to resemble a real diary. The cover looks like a regular black and white composition book and is decorated with color cartoons by Amelia, the book's nine-year-old "author." Inside, on lined pages, Amelia writes about her recent move to a new town, doodles pictures of people she meets and saves such mementos as postage stamps and a birthday candle. Amelia wants to put her "top secret" thoughts on paper as she's uneasy about attending a different school. Check out the video adaptation of Amelia’s Notebook.
Another favorite is Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide. This one is filled with 51 things to do when you are bored. Making up jump-rope songs, listing good and gross foods, eye tricks, and creating certificates for family and friends are just a few of the activities suggested. But best of all, Amelia encourages others to create their own notebooks filled with suggestions for fighting ‘boredom’.
Designed for slightly older readers, Amelia's Itchy-Twitchy, Lovey-Dovey Summer at Camp Mosquito is a great read. Amelia agrees to go to Camp Runamucka once she discovers that her friend Carly will also be there. She is surprised to find that camp is so much fun - swimming, archery, hiking, and singing around the campfire are all enjoyable. But, she is really excited at being selected as a cartoonist for the camp newspaper. She finds that a second cartoonist, Luke is not only cute, but he also seems to like her. But Carly has a crush on Luke, too, and the tension mounts as the two friends try to work out their problem.
We’re continuing to head east in this week’s installment of our “You Are Here” reading lists. These books span the massive continent of Asia, including India, China, and Japan.
Teens, don’t forget… You still have nearly two weeks to submit your five reviews for the Summer Reading Celebration in order to pick up your free book. We still have drawings left at all SJPL locations for two $50 bookstore giftcards. We also encourage those of you with the time and imagination to submit a video review for a chance to win a NOOK Color! Check these awesome book trailers out for some inspiration if you want to get cinematic, but remember, it can be as simple as you in front of the camera talking about a book you enjoyed.
Chain Mail : Addicted to You by Hiroshi Ishizaki
The boundaries between reality and fantasy become blurred when four disillusioned Tokyo teenagers, who have never met, collaborate to write an online fictional story--a psychological thriller told from four points of view.
Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet by Kashmira Sheth
Growing up with her family in Mumbai, India, sixteen-year-old Jeeta disagrees with much of her mother's traditional advice about how to live her life and tries to be more modern and independent.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
On the first day at a Japanese high school, an irrepressible girl announces her lack of interest in "ordinary humans" and proceeds to form a club dedicated to finding aliens, time travelers, and other forms of supernatural life, with the intention of having fun with them.
Subway Girl by P.J. Converse
In Hong Kong, Chan Tze Man, called Simon Chan, leaves high school because he cannot master English, but when he befriends Amy, a Chinese American who knows little Chinese, their unlikely bond gives hope to both.
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Life for Amrith seems rather uneventful and orderly, but things change in a hurry when his male cousin arrives from Canada.
Wandering Warrior by Da Chen
Eleven-year-old Luka, destined to become the future emperor of China, is trained in the ways of the kung fu wandering warriors by the wise monk Atami.
Harris Interactive is a market research firm that conducts the Harris Poll. The Harris Poll has been around since 1963. Similar to the Pew Research Center polls, the topics range from the economy to entertainment. These polls are a great source of market research information for your business plans or insight to help you guide your business in a new direction. For example, say you were thinking about starting a pet store and wanted to find out Americans general attitude towards pets. Well, there's a Harris Poll for that! In addition, to browsing through different poll topics, you can view poll reports dating back to the 1970's.
Around the World in 80 Tales by Savior Pirotta.
Take a trip around the world with this delightful collection of short fairytales from Austria to Zimbabwe and over 70 countries in between! As you travel through these tales you’ll visit with pirates, dragons, dancing hyenas, mermaids, giants and even a shell with a beautiful singing voice. You will encounter good friends, fierce enemies, tricky animals and all sorts of amazing and strange wonders. This story-feast is beautifully and charmingly illustrated, adding to the fun.
Children at Willow Glen Library recently enjoyed "Aztec Pinocchio," a funny and engaging bilingual puppet show presented by Caterpillar Puppets. Skilled puppeteer Joe Leon had the kids shrieking with laughter throughout the performance, which tells the story of Maldo the Magician and how he brings his marionette boy to life using a butterfly for a heart. The show was presented as part of our Summer Reading Celebration and funded by Friends of Willow Glen Library. If you missed it, you can catch another performance at King Library on Saturday July 23 at 2 p.m. Or, join us here at Willow Glen on July 23 for music and magic with Peter Apel.
With the latest (and last) installment of the Harry Potter series setting records in movie theaters now, I got to thinking about a different Harry altogether. Never before has popular culture starred so many witches, wizards, vampires, werewolves and other shape-shifters, and fairies -- both old-world Grimm fae and pretty Disney-type fairies. Not even her publisher can claim that J.K. Rowling's hugely popular Harry Potter books started this trend, but it certainly brought fantasy to a wider audience and likely encouraged the urban fantasy boom. If you're looking for a good read in this genre, I strongly suggest Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.
Harry Dresden is first introduced in Storm Front. Modern-day Chicago's only professional wizard/detective finds himself struggling to pay the rent, trying to live by his code of ethics, risking his life to save innocents, and being eyed with constant suspicion by police and his fellow wizards. Did I mention Harry's involvement in the vampire war? Oh, or that his faerie godmother is trying to trap him in the Summerlands? Harry makes powerful friends and enemies, and in each book I wondered how on earth he was going to get out of this mess. In each, of course, Jim Butcher works a little magic of his own, and Harry manages to come up with a brilliant plan to win the day. In the twelfth book of the series, Changes, the author ends with the best (most awful?) cliffhanger ever. Now, I can't wait for book number thirteen, due out in late July.
Add your name to the waiting list for the latest in the Dresden Files, Ghost Story, and join the fans eagerly waiting the publisher's release date of July 26, 2011. Then, take your time enjoying the rest of the Harry Dresden series while you wait for your turn. Start with Storm Front and follow it up with Fool Moon and the other ten titles. The Library offers most of them in both "real book" and e-book formats. Some titles are available on CD.
The annual Santa Clara County Fair is coming up soon: August 4-7, 2011. Maybe I'm old fashioned, or maybe it's because I grew up in the country, but I love this yearly event. I can't wait to see the cows and rabbits, the quilts and knits, the jams and pies. And getting into the fair on Thursday and Friday is FREE! Free parking AND free admission! Now, how can you pass that up? I want to see the exhibits, eat some cotton candy, listen to the live music, eat a candy apple, ride the rides, eat a corn dog, see the exhibits, and then eat whatever’s left!
This year all of the county fairs across the country are celebrating 200 Years of Fairs. According to the fair website, the first recorded modern county fair was held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in September, 1811. Panels depicting that first fair, the history and highlights of fairs since, and the future of fairs, will be on display in Gateway Hall as an exhibit titled "Made in America - The Story of the Modern Fair."
And, of course, you can read about fairs at the library, too!
With the purpose of understanding what travel is like for the world’s poorest population, journalist Carl Hoffman spent five months circumnavigating the globe in 2008-2009, using some of the most notorious and dangerous public transportation. A true story of danger, adventure and self-discovery.
Come and join other teens for a monthly meeting at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month to assist with Tully Community Branch Library programs. Bring your creativity to enhance the library's outreach to the community. All teens in middle and high school are invited to attend. Newcomers please fill out the teensReach application available at the information desk. Right after the monthly meeting, new teensReach volunteers will be provided an orientation and training from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
"I laughed so hard I thought my brains fell out," said a 6 year old child after watching a performance by the amazing ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his sidekick Corny Crow. Well we don't want anyone to lose their brains but we do want you to join us at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library for a very funny show. Steve and Corny will be at the library on Saturday, July 16 at 2:00PM as part of our special Saturday Summer Reading Celebration Programs.
Steve and Corny have been performing in libraries, schools and at fairs for over 20 years. His shows include songs, stories, jokes and lots of laughter; so join us for a great time! Steve and Corny might inspire you to learn more about ventriloquism and the library has many books on the subject so check out a few after the show.
On every First Tuesday of the month, Tully Community Branch is offering an open interview and orientation for new volunteers from 6-7 PM. Have a talent to share or time to donate? Come and join us for this orientation. If your skills and availability meet the need of our library you can start almost right away. For more information, please don't hesitate to email Chieu Nguyen at email@example.com
To check out other volunteering opportunities available please check Volunteer at the San José Public Library webpage. Let's use your talents, provide valuable service to the community, learn new skills and meet great people.
For teens in middle or high school who are interested to volunteer, please check out teensReach volunteering opportunities.
Once again we are offering a FREE Singing Class for 50 plus Vietnamese Seniors 50 or older. Learn how to read music and practice singing Vietnamese songs. Sheet music will be provided by the instructor, Thanh Tran, a volunteer and social worker from County of Santa Clara. No prior experience in singing is required. Class takes place every Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 PM at Tully Branch Library.
Lớp học hát miễn phí cho người Việt cao niên mỗi chiều Thứ Tư 5:30-8:30 PM tại thư viện Tully. Mỗi học viên sẽ được chọn hai bản nhạc và giáo viên sẽ cung cấp bản nhạc miễn phí. Ghi tên tại lớp vào ngày khai giảng. Không cần phải có kinh nghiệm.
This one-of-a-kind educational experience will introduce you and your family to the fascinating world of reptiles. You’ll also have the opportunity to hold and interact with these docile animals! This fun program is made possible through the generous contributions of the Friends of the Edenvale Branch Library.
Would you like to learn more about reptiles? Here are two suggestions:
Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky is a nice introduction to a variety of reptiles, including snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles and alligators. Fold-out pages show beautiful illustrations of life-size reptiles.
Do You Know About Reptiles? by Buffy Silverman contains colorful photographs of a variety of reptiles. There is a glossary in the back as well as suggestions for further reading.
小品文章彙編成冊, 說歷史, 論經濟, 看人生.
沒有累贅的形容詞, 沒有華麗的辭藻, 就聽她娓娓說故事.
但掩卷之後, 增加了知識, 更增添了感動.
We all know that there are many baby name books available. But did you know that the library has pet name books as well? If you are bored of "Spike" and "Princess", check out these books to get some more creative ideas for what to name your dog, cat, rat or iguana. The Best Pet Name Book Ever! offers names by category (literature, mythology, screen and television, etc.) with definitions or derivation. The Complete Book of Pet Names offers photos of people with their companions and gives anecdotes of how some owners chose the names for their beloved pets. It focuses on naming different species of pets and also provides surveys of popular names and some basics of pet care.
Mankell's Wallander mysteries have a world-wide reputation. As someone who has come late to the party -- this is my first Wallander and it is late in the series -- I have a hard time understanding why. Perhaps the translation is part of the problem; the language often seems as flat as the country around Skane, where the story is set; but I doubt it. I think it's in the original, along with what seems to me an overabundance of ambagious maundering about family (Linda is the daughter of Kurt Wallander, the main character in the series) and some unforgiveably vague reasoning, e.g. "She knew he was her father, though she did not know how." Not on in a mystery, one would think. Possibly _Before the Frost_ is simply not Mankell at his best.
Use your imagination to visit a small town called Roundbrook where you will find talking rabbits and even a talking dragon. Kenny & the Dragon written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi is a delightful fantasy story for elementary school students. Kenny, a curious young rabbit, and his parents make friends with Grahame, a gentle dragon who loves poetry and fine desserts. Unfortunately, the other residents of the small town Roundbrook are suspicious and even frightened of Grahame. What can Kenny do to make sure that his new friend doesn’t get hurt? This book is also available in audio cd format.
Have you ever thought about running a marathon? Does it seem like something you have always wanted to do, but never got around to? Well, the San Jose Rock 'n' Roll marathon is on October 2, 2011 and there is still plenty of time to register!
What now, you don't feel ready? Need answers to all of the questions running through your mind? Well, pull out your library card and check outa book or movie here at the library that will help you train.
Also, if you register today, July 13,2011 (PST), with online code LUCKY 13, you get $13.00 off!
Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel
The story begins in a new dark age, where the pious monks of the Order of Leibowitz have collected and protected the few remaining pieces of writing left since the “Simplification” nearly wiped out all recorded knowledge several hundred years before. Though much of these scavenged writings are incomplete, partially burned, or indecipherable (what are “electronics,” anyway?), these monks dutifully carry out the task of preservation handed down to them by their founder, the blessed Saint Leibowitz, as these manuscripts are the last vestiges of a once-great civilization that has been reduced to ash and ruins by some great hellfire. As the centuries pass and light returns to the world, can these humble monks piece together enough of the world’s history to avoid repeating it? Or will the light of knowledge become brighter and brighter until the mankind is once again burned and blinded?
A must-read classic for fans of science fiction and good literature alike, A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of the first great works of fiction to deal in the post-apocalyptic theme. There is no easy way to characterize this novel; funny and thought-provoking, ironic and chilling, the reader remains haunted by the hopeless, unanswerable contradictions inherent in human existence. Many novels boil down to a battle of light versus darkness, but this story begs the question: does a brighter light only serve to cast deeper shadows?
Warning: Contains Latin
Unfortunately, we only have one copy of this novel available in our library system, but several editions of this book can easily be obtained through Link+.
Do you like camping? If so, you and your family may enjoy Dear Dragon Goes Camping written by Margaret Hillert, and illustrated by David Schimmell. In this easy reader, a boy, his parents and his dragon prepare for and go on a camping trip. Simple sentences and repetition make this a good book for beginning readers. This is also a great story for parents to share with their children before going on a camping trip.
There are many great places to go camping in California, including the San Jose Family Camp which is operated by San Jose Parks, Neighborhood & Recreation Services.
Here are some other blog posts written by San José Public Library staff that have useful information:
If you’re looking for a light and lively read this summer, one that will take you away from the every day for awhile, try The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure, by Rachel Friedman. In it the author recounts her impulsive decision to live and work in Ireland on a four month visa, and how that led her to friendship and further voyages she would never otherwise have had, and finding inner strength she never suspected. The author’s writing style is very engaging, and carries you along.
After reading this book you might like to do some research of you own about what places you might like to visit. If you’re not quite sure where to start you might try some general travel guidebooks, such as The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World, Frommer's 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up, The 100 Best Affordable Vacations, or The Curmudgeon's Guide to--Child-free Travel: Exactly How and Precisely Where to Enjoy Idyllic Grownup Getaways.
If you already have some idea of where you want to go, look at guidebooks for specific locations, such as Ireland, Australia or South America, or guidebooks by such publishers as Frommers, Fodors, DK Eyewitness, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, etc.
If you just want to be an armchair traveler the library carries a multitude of travel DVDs for your viewing pleasure.
These are just a few options that you may not have heard of:
The day their life fell apart. Caitlin and her father have been trying to recover from that day, but it is SO hard. How do you put your life back together after your beloved older brother is killed in a school shooting? Caitlin, a 10-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome has been told that “closure” will help her to feel better, but she’s not sure where to find it. Her counselor at school believes she will find it when it’s time. In the meantime, Caitlin is learning how to feel empathy and how to be a good friend. Sometimes she feels like she’ll never “get it,” never understand how the confusing world around her works. In her unique and sometimes funny voice, Caitlin tells about her first friend, her love of drawing, and about trying to find closure. In this heartbreaking, yet hopeful book, the author touches on so many important lessons all of us would do well to learn. And as we see the world through the eyes of someone who might have a different view than we do, we have the opportunity to “get it” and to learn.
There are so many travel guides published these days. How do you know which one is the right one for you? Do you want more photos or more text? More maps or more history? Here is an alphabetical list of travel guides with their various attributes so you can easily decide which ones have the features you want most when planning your holiday.
AAA Essential: This guide focuses on geography, not history. It has beautiful color photographs. There are fold out color maps at the front and back. It uses symbols for cost level and quality of each establishment. It uses a confusing color coding system, some by topic and some by location. There is not a lot to choose from in each category. There is no glossary and not much practical information.
Explorer's Guides: This guide has color photos scattered throughout. Maps are black and white. The pricing levels are in the text, not indicated with symbols. There is a very brief glossary of phrases. This guide is a lot like the Globetrotter guide so if you like this one, that one may work for you as well.
Eyewitness Top 10: This guide is published by Dorling Kindersley, renowned for their beautiful photographs. It mimics the Insight Guides travel guides, laid out very much the same with lots of lovely color photographs. It has a fold out map like the Time Out travel guides. There is a glossary of phrases. This series gives you the top 10 of everything, but it sometimes feels forced trying to find ten good listings for each category.
Fodor’s: These guides give you both history and geography. There are no photos. Text and maps are in two colors, making them easier to read. They use symbols to indicate various facilities and the pricing levels. It is very well organized and easy to read with lots of information, as it should be since it is one of the oldest travel guide publishers in the world.
Footprint: This guide supplies mainly geographical information, with little history. There are no color photos (well, maybe one). Maps and text are in two colors making them easier to read. They use an odd letter code for pricing levels of hotels which is hard to understand. There is a glossary.
Frommer’s Day by Day: This guide has lots of color photos. Maps are in color as well. There is a separate folded map in a pocket and a fold out map in the cover. It uses the same pricing symbols in every section, making it easy to follow. It is well organized.
Globetrotter: This guide does not supply historical information. There are small color photos and color maps throughout. The layout is cluttered and the maps are small. There is a separate folded map in a back pocket. It uses broad price groupings instead of symbols, but there are no dollar amounts noted for them. There is no glossary, but there are a few phrases provided. It is color coded by location.
Great Destinations: There is not much history in this series. There are a few photos, but none in color. There are clear black and white maps throughout the guide. They list features for each area (lodging, restaurants, museums, etc.) with a separate index by price in the back.
Insiders’ Guide: This series is different than most. It seems better for people relocating to an area than visiting it. They give information on shopping, arts, parks, education, media, etc. but very few hotels. You will also find "Close Up" boxes, sometimes giving background but also featuring some odd things like 'fro yo'. Text and maps are in two colors, making them easier to read.
Insight Guides: These guides were the first to feature extensive beautiful color photographs. It is now owned by Discovery Channel. It provides a good amount of history. In addition to the gorgeous photos, there are small color maps inside the front and back covers, plus a separate big color map. Places are listed with numbers, referring to maps so you can easily locate them. There is a section of travel tips in the back by topic and list of places, and also a glossary of common words and phrases.
Let’s Go: Denoted as a “student travel guide”, this series gives some history and lots of practical information. There are no photos, but there are some small maps throughout. There is a number guide (1-5) for cost with the $ amounts spelled out. The contents are all in black and white. There is nothing for kids included, but there is an extensive glossary of phrases.
Lonely Planet: This gives lots of history and lots of detail on places. There are very few color photos and a few black and white maps. The maps are easier to read than those in the Rick Steves’ guides, but they are quite small. There is a very short glossary.
Moon Handbooks: The focus here is on geography and parks, not much on lodging or food. There are very few color photos at the front of the guide. There are black and white photos and maps throughout. The maps are well-detailed and easy to read.
National Geographic Traveler: Lots of text on history and geography. Lots of color photos – a lot like the Insight and Eyewitness guides. There are a few maps, some cluttered and some without much information, so it’s not so easy to read. There are symbols for price and facilities, but the hotels and restaurant section is in the back, making it hard to plan your stop in a particular location.
Rick Steves’: These guides include more background information, but they have very few recommendations. You won’t find any large or color photos. There are a few black and white maps throughout, but they are not so easy to read. The best feature is the walks and tours. There is a good glossary with helpful pronunciations provided.
Rough Guide: These give more cultural description than other guides. The contexts section at the back gives more history and a bibliography. There are a few black and white photos throughout and two color maps with good detail. There is also a small collection of color photos and maps in the front. This guide used to be more budget focused. It still gives hostel information but it lists pricier options as well.
Time Out: These guides are made up of short lists, but they also include side bars with history. There is also a “Don’t Miss” section. The map is folded into the back cover, but it folds out to a good size – very handy.
Travellers (Thomas Cook): Thomas Cook is a widely known travel company in the UK. Their guides include lots of background. There are many color photos, but fewer lists of things to do and places to go. There are a few small color maps. There are no price guides or evaluation of the restaurants and hotels in the text - they are listed in the back.
Are you learning English? If you wish to practice your conversational skills, you can come to the Edenvale Branch Library's ESL Conversation Club. For more information, including new times and dates, you can consult our calendar. You can also view this week’s featured ESL site.
The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith by Stepanie Saldana
Stephanie Saldana spent a year in Syria, living in a Christian community in Damascus, learning colloquial Arabic and studying the Koran. Her memoir is a personal exploration of faith and love.
Facebook? Twitter? Yahoo? MSN? How do you get your news? For many generations, many of us have depended on print newspapers. Whether we& were looking for sports scores, advertisements, world news, or the local police blotter, the newspaper was there for us. But with Craigslist, text alerts for our favorite teams, and smart phones, is the good 'ol newspaper relevant anymore? With huge news publishers filing for bankruptcy in the last couple years, the ones still left around are looking at ways to re-brand themselves as not just paper products, but a source for information. Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, is an excellent documentary about the Media Desk at one of the most important newsrooms in the world. It goes beyond the business side of a declining journalism industry and looks at the significance of objective, reliable news in a time when people are inundated with information every minute of their lives.
If you don’t get a chance to catch this film in the theaters, there are many materials in the library about the NYT you may find interesting:
The Times also features many great columnists who have books out:
We’re boarding our first international flight in this week’s installment of our "You Are Here" summer reading lists. Pack your beret, lederhosen, or wacky royal wedding hat…Next stop: Europe! We’re exploring England, France, Italy, Germany, and more in this week’s list of recommended reads, which contain a mix of sci-fi, romance, mystery, and historical fiction.
Teens, don’t forget to keep writing those book reviews! Last week we gave out the AMC Gold Experience movie packs to lucky winners at all SJPL locations in our first bi-weekly Summer Reading Celebration raffle. Don’t worry though, there’s still time to read and write reviews before July 31 in order to win upcoming prizes, or you can finish up that video review for a chance to score the Nook Color!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector. The new sequel is out now: Uncommon Criminals.
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale
In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.
Num8ers by Rachel Ward
Fifteen-year-old British teen Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life. Check out the new sequel: The Last Little Blue Envelope.
If you want to learn about snakes you can always borrow a book from any San Jose Public Library. But if you want to get up close and personal with the real things then the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is the place to be on Saturday, July 9 at 2:00PM in Room 225/229 on the second floor. Mr Brian Bunday and his For Goodness Snakes will be here with his friendly docile animals. You can look at them, touch them and even pick one up! The goal of For Goodness Snakes is "to not only educate children and adults about the fascinating world of reptiles, but to help diminish any fear and misconceptions about our cold blooded friends, while having fun at the same time." So come join us and learn about these fascinating animals. You will have a great time!
When the government wields its power against its own people, every citizen becomes an enemy of the state. Will you fight the system, or be ground to dust beneath the boot of tyranny? Brave New Worlds is one of several short story anthologies (other titles: Mirrorshades, Federations, and Wastelands) that take a particular subgenre of science fiction explore it through works submitted by talented authors. Brave New Worlds is a collection of dystopian fiction, which portrays social and political structures gone wrong. While other anthologies only release stories written during a particular year, this collection features some of the best dystopian fiction stories printed. Notable authors include: Neil Gaiman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Orson Scott Card. one particular story of note was "Ones who walk away from Omelas" by Ursula Le Guin. Guin, who is famous for writing the Wizard of Earthsea series, takes a fantasy setting and applies a terrible cost for the prosperity of the village. The stories themselves are well written pieces of dystopian fiction exploring life under totalitarian governments and cultures.
Other classic titles you may enjoy include:
Written by volunteer Robert D.
Starting Tuesday, July 19, volunteer attorneys from the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) and the Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center (Santa Clara Law School) will be at Tully Community Branch Library to give free legal information from 6-8 PM. This service will be offered once a month on every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the same time.
Vietnamese speaking attorneys, law students, and translators will be available to give free general legal information in the following areas:
• Divorce/Family Law • Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders
• Bankruptcy • Business Disputes • Consumer issues
• Employment Problems • Workers' Compensation
• Immigration • Public Benefits (SSI, SSDI, etc) • Criminal Law • Tenant/Landlord
You can drop in or make an appointment at (408) 512-3818.
Chắc có lẻ đây là lần đầu tiên chúng ta có một Chương Trình Tham Vấn Luật Pháp Miễn Phí như thế này cho cọng đồng Việt Nam tại San Jose. Khi cộng tác với những đoàn thể nói trên, chúng tôi mong rằng chương trình này sẽ giúp cho quý vị tìm hiểu thêm về luật pháp.
Quý vị có thể đến khi chúng tôi có chương trình hay gọi để lấy hẹn ở số (408) 512-3818.
Gregor, the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, the author of the ever popular adult title Hunger Games, is the first of a series about a heroic 11 year old who travels into the magical world of the underworld. It all starts on a hot summer afternoon in New York City when Gregor is stuck at home babysitting his baby sister, Boots, because his mother had to go to work. Boots, Gregor, and his grandma, faintly senile, are stuck in the small apartment. He told his mom that he doesn't mind, but, in truth, life has been hard since his father disappeared two and a half years ago. He really misses his dad and dares not think too far into the future. While he is contemplating his life, he suddenly notices that his sister had disappeared. She had discovered an open air vent in their apartment's laundry room. Before he can say, "No," she had fallen in and disappeared. He soon follows her. The adventure that ensues is the story of the book, not to be missed, especially by avid readers in the fourth through the fifth grades. This book will appeal to both boys and girls. The world created by Suzanne Collins is both compelling and real, a definite recommend.
Books for the series is as follows:
#4 Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and
The San Jose Public Library carries the titles in various formats including ebook and audio book. Check it out!
What was the prime cause of the Great Recession that we are still suffering from on Main Street:
A. High taxes?
B. Frivolous lawsuits?
D. Public employee pensions?
E. Big government deficits?
F. A corporate financial system where the inmates run the asylum thanks to “self-regulation” introduced in 1981 and expanded since then by massive lobbying and cronyism involving both major political parties?
G. Social Security?
If you answered anything but F, it might be helpful if you turn off Fox News, CNBC, or (while you're at it) Real Housewives, and instead check out these titles from the Library:
Narrated by actor Matt Damon, the 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job makes a solid and entertaining case that the answer above is indeed item F, which coincidentally is also the grade earned by Washington politicians for promoting economic fairness since 1980.
Interesting tidbits from the movie:
• In the mid-1980’s, Alan Greenspan gave convicted Lincoln Savings and Loan cheat Charles Keating a green light to bilk investors after Keating paid him $40,000, shortly before Greenspan became Fed Chairman under Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush.
• In the late 1990’s, regulation of the $50 trillion derivatives market was stopped by Clinton and the Senate at the behest of investment banks and Alan Greenspan.
• Use of subprime mortgages skyrocketed not to help the poor afford their own homes but because investment banks liked these mortgages’ high returns on investment.
• Henry Paulson paid zero tax on profits from $485 million in Goldman Sachs stock that he had to sell when he left Goldman to become Treasury Secretary in 2006.
• Average annual compensation of a Goldman Sachs employee after the 2008 meltdown and taxpayer bailout: $600,000.
ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism (2010) by Yves Smith explains the current situation and its causes better and more entertainingly than any book that I have read, adding mostly right-wing economists to the usual perps (bankers and politicians) responsible for the financial crisis.
The economists are called out here because they gave a necessary, scholarly patina to the otherwise ignorant but heeded calls for dismantling the important New Deal-era restraints (read: regulations) that protected the U.S. economy from 1933 through the 1980's.
Smith also runs the Naked Capitalism blog on economic and financial news.
The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America — and Spawned a Global Crisis (2010) by Michael Hudson focuses blame for the collapse on the predatory lenders that Wall Street relied upon for a steady supply of loans that it could bundle into its toxic assets.
This is an easy-to-read, non-technical book that illustrates the predatory business model, free to operate without regulatory oversight, that helped cause the worldwide financial crisis that we are still suffering from.
This book puts the lie to the claim that these mortgage lenders were somehow unwillingly victimized by government programs aimed at helping poor people buy larger houses than they could afford.
PostSecret is a community based art project in which people write a secret on a hand made post card and mail it to the artist, Frank Warren. The secrets are then posted on his website and he has published several books of secrets.
It is a guilty pleasure to read other people's secrets. Some are shocking, some are sad, a few are uplifting and overall they make you feel like your own secrets aren't so bad after all.
A while back, I pulled a copy of The Secret Lives of Men and Women: a PostSecret Book off the shelves. Immediately I was drawn in to the cleverly decorated cards with their shameful confessions.; And then I turned the page and found a post it note stuck inside. And on it...a secret! One of the previous readers of the book in my hand had added their own secret. But that was just the first post-it secret I found inside. There was more than one!
I must confess that I did not add a secret of my own. But if you choose to check out one of the Library's PostSecret books, I encourage you to add your own post-it secret inside. I promise to leave it in the book...
Have you ever thrown away a magazine and later realized you wanted to re-read an article from it? Well, good news! We have an online resource called Academic Search Complete that you can search for publications by title and date or article keywords. For example, maybe you wanted to read an article that was in the June issue of Fortune magazine. You could search by the magazine name and then you will be able to select which year and month you would like to view. This is a good way to browse the month's articles and especially helpful when you can't remember the article title. Other publications in Academic Search Complete that may be of interest: Money, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Economist, Inc., and Consumer Reports.
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper. Summer sucks for Seth Baumgartner. In one horrible afternoon he is dumped by his girlfriend who gives the lame explanation that she is “too comfortable” with him; he sees his father having a way too friendly lunch with a sexy woman who is NOT his mother and he gets fired from his job at the French fry stand in the mall. Understandably, Seth is feeling pretty confused and angry about love and relationships. To try to sort some of this stuff out and to blow off some steam, Seth starts recording an anonymous podcast called the Love Manifesto. In it he wonders about the absurdities and mysteries of love such as why normally sane people are "stupid enough to go back for more." He plays appropriately emo music. And he gives a blow by blow account of his “secret” mission to find out who his father’s mystery woman is. As you might have guessed, as the Love Manifesto gains in popularity, its creator’s identity is no longer a secret. That’s when stuff REALLY hits the fan for Seth. This book is a lot of fun; complete with loyal, wise-cracking friends, golf, lots of laughs and maybe even another shot for Seth at figuring out this thing called love.
Available in EPUB format, check out Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto from our OverDrive downloads page, download it, and start laughing.
A Reliable Wife: A Novel by Robert Goolrick.
On a cold snowy winter’s day in 1907, a middle aged man waits at a remote Wisconsin railroad station for the train bringing the woman who answered his advertisement for a mail-order bride. Neither Ralph, nor Catherine has been honest and open in correspondence, and one of them intends murder after marriage. Before the murder can take place, an errand to Saint Louis must be undertaken, an errand which exposes both of their pasts and threatens the future. Part mystery, part psychological thriller, part love story – a gothic novel without vampires, spirits and ghosts, yet full of past hauntings.
Goolrick credits Wisconsin Death Trip, a book of haunting photographs and newspaper accounts as his inspiration.
Don’t have the time, money, or grades to go to Harvard? Well, there is now a myriad of free learning opportunities available online from top instructors and institutions across the world for just about every subject imaginable.
In the old days, the only free way to learn a new subject without was to check out a book at your local library. But if you’re anything like me, you probably can’t sit down and read a textbook cover-to-cover without experiencing a total brain shutdown. These online video courses offer a new, more engaging medium to help DIY learners master their desired subjects at their own pace and free of charge.
Here are a few free learning websites that are worth checking out:
Do you know what your toothbrush really does when you’re at school?
This summer, challenge your imaginative skills with the Society of Young Inklings
Transform an everyday object into a character. Anything is possible: Bananas
in Peril, Flashlights in Love, or a Hose on the Fritz.
Take your character on four outings. On each outing, snap your character‘s
photo and write an account of their extraordinary tale.
Submit your episodes to the Society of Young Inklings between June 1 and
August 15, 2011—We’ll post them on the Caught on Camera blog.
Participants who complete the challenge are invited to an exclusive celebration
games and, of course, delicious treats!
For more information, please visit caught-on-camera.younginklings.com
Come and join us for a FREE talk and slide show on Iran by published author Brian Appleton in the Almaden Branch Library's Program Room on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30-7:30 PM.
Brian is the author of Tales from the Zirzameen, a recent book about his experiences in Iran before, during, and after the revolution of 1979, during which he was also taken hostage.
He will accompany his talk with a slide show of pictures from Iran taken during his return trip in 2008.
Please join us for a lively discussion and learn more about Iran.
For more information about Brian, please see his Tales from the Zirzameen website.