On Thursday March 1, children and their families came to the Edenvale Branch Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. One of the Edenvale Branch Library TeensReach members read Ten Apples up on Top, then Councilmember Ash Kalra read Cat in the Hat. After a fun reading of those two books, teens showed children how to make “Thing One” and “Thing Two” hats. Children, teens and families enjoyed delicious cake, apple juice and other delicious refreshments, provided by the Friends of the Edenvale Branch Library.
When I first heard about Nick Bantock's books I was intrigued. Not only does the story capture you within the first few pages, but the way in which it is written and illustrated takes you to an entirely different world.
In the first book, "Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" you explore Griffin and Sabine. Who are they? How do they know each other? Do they really know each other? Do they exist? It leaves you wanting more, and more.
Mr. Bantock obliges with the next installment titled "Sabine's Notebook". This gives you much more insight as to who Sabine is, but still leaves you wondering "is she real?" (Unfortunately, this title is not in our collection, but you can get it through Link+ here.)
To end the trilogy "The Golden Mean" deepens the quest into who these two individuals are, where their journey will take them, and if the answer to "how do I know you?" is answered.
There are three other books that follow up on the correspondence between the two artist destine to find the answers to the mystery before them. "The Gryphon", "Alexandria" and "The Morning Star" each take a turn telling a little bit more of this curious tale.
Even after I read all 6 of these titles, I found myself wanting more. Written in personal note and postcard format, these stories are fascinating! Every turn of the page and opening of the envelope grants you access to this bizarre, yet tantalizing story. Here's hoping the wonderful imagination of Nick Bantock isn't finished in the world of Griffin and Sabine!
Divergent is set in Chicago in the future. Society has split into five different factions that all have different beliefs as to what caused the downfall of the world as we know it today. The Candor believes the fault lies with deceitfulness, and believes in always telling the truth, no matter the consequences. The Erudite believes the faults lies with ignorance, and are always striving to be educated. The Amity blames conflict, and always strives to keep the peace. The Dauntless blames cowardice, and always try to be brave. And the Abnegation believes it was selfishness that was to blame, and so they put the needs of other before their own.
Beatrice Pryor has to make a decision that will forever change her life. Should she stay with her family in her faction and remain a member of the selfless Abnegation, or should she leave behind the lifestyle that she struggles to achieve for something different. She has always been fascinated with the displays of courage by the Dauntless, but is that the right place for her?
Are you ready for a movie that is so ridiculous it will make you laugh until you cry? Youth in Revolt, an adaptation of the novel by C.D. Payne, is a film following a smart yet impulsive 14 year-old boy as he tries to win the heart of Sheeni, an eccentric girl he meets on a family vacation. The movie unfolds into a series of unfortunate events as Nick (played by Michael Cera) goes to outrageous lengths to get the attention of this seemingly unattainable love interest, played by Portia Doubleday. As Nick finds trouble with every turn, we are introduced to his quirky best friend Lefty and his dysfunctional divorced parents. The colorful characters and gut-busting story make this a great movie to help you relive your past!
Award winning Canadian author Miriam Toews (pronounces Taves) has won awards for her complicated and slow-moving novels featuring young adults who, marked by traumatic events, are forced to leave their home communities and seek new beginnings.
19 year old Canadian born Irma Voth lives on the fringe of a Mennonite farming community in northern Mexico. Estranged from her Mexican husband and isolated from her Mennonite relatives and neighbors, she leads a lonely existence until hired as a translator for film crew. Threatened by her father, and haunted by past memories, she flees, not to Canada, as expected, but to Mexico City.
Here, in an interview with a Canadian broadcaster, Toews discusses her life and the writing of Irma Voth.
The other day I was at my local library, browsing through the DVDs. I came across one entitled “Temple Grandin”, starring one of my favorite actresses, Claire Danes. I checked it out, took it home, and was introduced to the world of Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the best known people in the world with autism. I marveled at the acting, and at the story. Dr. Grandin’s accomplishments in the field of animal husbandry are astounding. Her accomplishments as a person with autism are awe-inspiring. The portrayal of her life made me want to learn more.
Happily, I was able to go back to my library and check out a book on the shelves, “The Way I See It: a Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s”, written my Temple Grandin herself. It is one of many books she has authored.
Find out more about Temple Grandin at the San Jose Public Library!