Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Storytellers will have their tale digitally recorded at the Central Library. Then, we'll can add pictures and music to your words. Before you know it, you've created a masterpiece. Area residents, students, and scholars will be able to view your recorded story in the Sacramento Room's historical archives at the Central Library.
Starting May 1, you can submit a digital story application by calling 264-2920 or online at http://www.saclibrary.org/ and clicking California of the Past.
Take a look at these examples of SPL produced digital stories:
Sacramento Has Gone to the Dogs: http://blip.tv/file/638867
Clark Ashton Smith: Poetry from the Shadows: http://blip.tv/file/638854
Hearts of the Sacramento Valley: Sacramento's Fallen During the First World War: http://blip.tv/file/619329
Tuesday evening in the Central Library's Sacramento Room, CSUS Government Professor Kimberly Nalder, brought some needed focus to the the current runoff for the Democratic nomination for President and what it's told us about the state of women and minorities as political candidates.
How do these candidates portray themselves in accordance with how they think we want them to look? Nalder broached the idea that domestic issues like Healthcare and Education have - traditionally - been perceived to be the province of the female politician, whereas, males have long been viewed as more alligned to issues of foreign policy and the economy. Accordingly, Hillary Clinton's quest for validation as a civilian leader of the American military has prompted her to find advocacy from many of the nation's military leaders, as shown by Nalder in the following advertisement:
Also, how much of an effect has "response bias" had on polling results throughout the nomination process? In other words, are survey takers giving answers to reflect the way they feel society wants them answer? In the New Hampshire primary, Barack Obama's pre-vote polling numbers were quite favorable; however, by election evening, Hillary Clinton had won the state. The same happened to Clinton in the Iowa Caucuses.
These issues were discussed in detail. Keep your eyes peeled for Nalder. She may be moderating an upcoming debate between Sacramento mayoral candidates Heather Fargo and Kevin Johnson.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Many who haven't done an event such as the Festival, think that all we do is pass out bookmarks and bring smiles to kid's faces. Not that that's bad, but there's definitely work that must be done!
The Cuban and Puerto Rican communities were out in full force at the Festival de la Familia. Good to see!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
¿Sabían ustedes que la palabra chocolate es una palabra náhuatl? La palabra se refiere al grano del cacao, el cual se produce el delectoso y famoso chocolate. Hoy día, la palabra trae imágenes deliciosas como las exquisitas golosinas ó un imágen del ubicuo brebaje del mismo nombre. Cuando los conquistadores españoles llegaron a tierras americanas se encontraron con el majestuoso bebida de los dioses aztecas.
En su forma actual, el chocolate se elabora en distintas formas y en entonces el brebaje del chocolate era espumozo y agrio. Y la clase sacerdotal azteca solía gozar de la mágica bebida. Hoy el chocolate se encuentra en todas partes del mundo y es la confección favorita de gran parte de la población mundial.
El video abajo describe la importancia del chocolate para la cultura azteca y después para las clases privilegiadas españolas. ¡Gozánlo como el chocolate!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This comicbook series was popularized on the big screen, starting in 2000, with a wildly successful trilogy; X-men, X2: X-men United, and X3: The Last Stand. The movie franchise features the primary characters of the graphic novels, and attracted some of hollywoods A-List Stars. They are available on the library catalog as well.
Hugh Jackman personified Wolverine with grittiness and humor, Famke Janssen and James Marsden brought good looks, chemistry, and athleticism to the Cyclops and Jean Grey coupling, and Halle Berry broke even more barriers playing the first african american female superhero. Patrick Stewart seemed born to play the enigmatic Professor X.
Though the X-Men look has changed throughout the years, and the movie versions slightly bent the written X-men mythology, both comic and movie versions are considered classics of the genre. Catch up with Five Decades of X-men!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Niños de 2 años
- viernes, 25 de abril @ 10am Programas para los de 2 años.
- sabado, 26 de abril @ 11am la Hora de Cuentos
- domingo, 27 de abril @ 3pm, ¡en Voz Alta! Hora de Cuentos para Jovenes
- martes a jueves, el 22-24 de abril @ 7pm, Hora de Cuentos Prime Time
- domingo, 27 de abril @ 1:30pm, Taller de Genealogía para Principantes
- miercoles, 23 de abril @ 10:15am, Más allá del básico: Motores de búsqueda y estrategias de buscar (se require registración)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Join us for a wonderful day celebrating California's and Sacramento's wonderful and rich Latino heritage April 27th at Sacramento's Cal Expo.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
April 18, 2008.
Today I had the most remarkable conversation with Mr. Dale Jones, of Citrus Heights. He hesitantly approached the third floor information desk just after I arrived for my shift, and asked if the flowers on the desk were there in your memory. (They are.)
He had seen the announcement of our first Sunday hours in the Sacramento Bee fifteen years ago, on April 18, 2003, and had come to visit the "new" Central Library on that festive day. He remembers the flags, the excitement, the programs and entertainment, the perfect April weather. Noticing that the afternoon was getting late, he pushed the button at the third floor elevator, turned back and looked at the two librarians standing behind the information desk, stepped into the elevator, and began the journey home. On the news, as he walked into his house, was footage of the shooting that occurred moments after he left the building.
Mr. Jones has visited the third floor of Central Library on this date every year but one in your honor. It was hard for him to talk about it, but he thanked me for listening. I thought you might like to know that you are both remembered.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Cathy, a senior in a Bay Area high school, journals about events that happen to her after she starts dating Victor. He suddenly dumps her, and she and her best friend, Emma, do their detective thing to find out why. They become involved in murders, burglary, kidnapping, and laboratory experiments, reminiscent of edgy, alternate reality internet gaming. Cathy's book is illustrated copiously with her sketches and doodles.
The jacket blurb indicates that the authors are, in fact, PC Game creators (MechWarrior, I Love Bees), and invites readers to "Read. Explore. Investigate. Examine the Clues. Call the phone numbers. Access the websites. And when you're done, you'll know that the teen novel will never be the same again."
I didn't explore, investigate, or call the phone numbers, but if anyone does, I invite you to post what you find out in a comment.
(Original post at "Bibliog"; used with permission.)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thirty-three years ago, April was indeed the cruelest of months for Vietnam and an American expedition that was coming to a crashing end. North Vietnamese Army units were cutting through an overmatched and demoralized Army of the Vietnamese Republic (more popularly known as the ARVN), and bearing down on the capital city of Saigon. Panic, terror, a sense of betrayal, heartbreak, fear. All were felt. Plain clothed Marines - playing God - pulled desperate dependents, government officials, American nationals over the high fences of the Embassy. Explosions could be heard near Tan Son Nhat Airport and the enemy had long breached the city's gates. Chaos.
Check out this embed of a BBC report on Saigon's "Eleventh Hour."
For a list of books on this tragic epilogue, click on the following link: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) -- History OR Vietnam War 1961 1975 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City.
The Central Library also holds numerous magazines from that era, along with articles covering the evacuation of Saigon:
Jenkins, L. (May 5, 1975). City at the Edge of Doom. Newsweek, vol. 85.
U.S. News. (May 12, 1975). Communist Takeover: Russian-Made Tanks, Barefoot Guerillas Roll into Saigon. U.S. News, vol. 79.
Benjamin, M., et al. (May 5, 1975). Last Exit from Saigon. Newsweek, vol. 85.
Time. (May 12, 1975). Memories of a Fallen City. Time, vol. 105.
Time. (May 12, 1975). Saigon Under Siege. Time, vol. 105.
Time. (May 12, 1975). Saigon: A Dreamlike, Twilight Mood. Time, vol. 105.
Chrysler, K.M. (April 28, 1975). Saigon's Fate: Quick Kill. Slow Death--Or a Deal. U.S. News, vol. 78.
Niños 5-12 años
- viernes, 18 de abril @ 7:30pm a sabado, 19 de abril, 7:30am, para niños 8-10 años. Dormir en el Sucursal Central. Se requiere registración
Jovenes 13-18 años
- martes, 15 de abril @ 5:30pm, Noche de Películas ""
en Celebración del fin de Semana Nacional de la Biblioteca
- para Jovenes 13-18 años
domingo, 20 de abril @ 3pm, Crear un diario (journal)
en Celebración de Semana Nacional de Apagar la Tele
- para la Familia
domingo, 20 de abril @ 12:30pm, Leer a Tu Familia
Programas para Adultos
- domingo, 20 de abril @ 1:30pm, ¡Suena de Diversión! Serie de Conciertos Jazz: Jazz Swing con Brady McKay y Parlor Jam
Clases de la Computadora
- miercoles, 16 de abril @ 10:15am, el Correo Electrónico Básico (se require registración)
Friday, April 11, 2008
Este filme toma lugar en una preciosa pero enfantasmada mansión
visitada por espíritus infantiles apareciendo detrás cortinas y en espejos, azotando puertas y sobretodo enloqueciendo la previamente tranquila vida de una familia bien parecida. ¡¡Yo nunca tuve la oportunidad de ver ésta película cuando estrenó, pero estará en nuestras estanterías muy pronto!! ¡Veán el recorte abajo y tomen en cuenta que la traducción no es mía!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Jovenes 13-18 años
- martes, 8 de abril @ 5:30pm, Noche de Películas "I am Legend"
- jueves, 10 de abril @ 6:30pm, taller de poesia "Slam"
- domingo, 13 de abril @ 1pm, taller "hacer un diario (journal)"
- martes, 8 de abril @ 6pm, Secretos del Examen SAT
- sábado, 12 de abril @ 11am, Primeros Auxilios y RCP para bebés y niños
- sábado, 12 de abril @ 2:30pm, Sábado Segundo en "Kid's Place": arte de estudiantes, música en viva
- 12:30pm, el Arte en su Biblioteca
- 12:30pm, Aprende Leer en Voz Alta a su Familia
- 1:30pm, obra del teatro Live Oaks, "la Historia Completa y Resumida de California
- 8 de abril @ 10am, Cita con la Genealogista (se require registración)
- 12 de abril @ 6pm, Visiones en Arcilla, Recepción de Sábado Segundo
- miercoles, 9 de abril @ 10:15am, Introducción al Internet (se require registración)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Rather than running from commercial site to commercial site throughout the Net, isn't it nice to know that you can come to the library or access the database from home (with your library card number and PIN), and not even have to pay for it???
Friday, April 4, 2008
Nuestras verdaderas identidades suben a la superficie y muestra su verdadero rostro : el terror .
Un Día Sin Inmigrantes por la reconocida periodista Gina Montaner "ha coordinado y prologado los textos que forman este libro. Son quince voces que destallan en todos los ámbitos: desde el mundo académico y artístico (Edward James Olmos, Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Paquito D'Rivera, Yareli Arizmendi, Sergio Arau), pasando por el político (Arturo S. Rodríguez, Nora Sándigo, Ana Navarro, Roberto Suro) y el mediático (María Antonieta Collins, Marián de la Fuente, Jorge Ramos, Sanjuana Martínez, Gustavo Godoy, Karla Martínez)."
Thursday, April 3, 2008
As much as his words could move, they were prescient. "I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the 'oughtness' that forever confronts him" were the words spoken from the podium as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1964. Action now. Tip the paradigm. Who knows, 44 years from now an African-American could be in prime position to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
To say that Dr. King impacted the course of a nation is trite. We all know it. We all see it,and feel it; we know there's work still to be done.
The Sacramento Public Library offers a number of different resources covering the life of the Dr. King and his accomplishments. The quote from above was located in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, a fantastic source of the best said things. It has a keyword index in the back and an alphabetical speaker index in the front.
The April 5, 1968, Sacramento Bee, the issue covering the day after Dr. King's death, is accessible on the 3rd floor at Central Library. Accordingly, consider what the mood of our city was upon hearing that dreaded news from Memphis? There was a candlelight vigil held at the 'City Plaza' on 9th and "I" Streets to mourn. Present was the park's future namesake and labor leader Cesar Chavez who had been slated to speak at Our Lady of Guadlupe Church on 7th and "T" Streets. According to the Bee,
"The crowd began assembling around 8 o'clock, in small knots at first. Soon someone appeared with boxes of candles and they were lighted. As others arrived, they lit candles too, until perhaps 200 of them winked like fireflies along the walks of the park...many wore tears openly, unabashed, like sparkling jewels of sorrow."
"They began a solemn march around the park, softly singing 'We Shall Overcome' in a biting wind that kept snuffing out the candles."
"A woman lamented: 'It keeps going out.' And George Choung, Negro Leader of the Sacramento Youth Congress said: 'Don't worry about that, lady. A brighter light than that went out today.' Later Choung mounted one of the park tables and said: 'A man of peace was killed today, but when you kill a man of peace 10,000 warriors spring up to take his place for every finger on his hands."
In the immediate wake of Dr. King's death - in this case the next day - the City decided to name one of its proposed branches (to be built at 24th Street and the 24th Street Bypass), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. According to the article, "Construction [was] expected to begin late this year or early next year."
On the 6th of April, an astonishing 4,000 persons marched from Del Paso Heights to the state Capitol, while from Sacramento City College (the future CSUS), 1,700 students marched to the same destination to eulogize the memory of the fallen leader.
In the Bee on the 6th, a small blurb on page C1, headlined "Heartsick Woman," proved that - for many - the death of Dr. King, was a life-changing event: "A woman who identified herself as white phoned the Bee with a break in her voice and asked: 'Can you please give me the name of a Negro organization in town-any organization. I've been so prejudiced and now I'm heartsick. I want them to know.'"
We've all heard of the Gallup Poll. For years, it's made tracking the behavior of the nation its business. Who did Americans - in 1964 - admire the most? Dr. King made the top ten list, coming in at #4. What did Americans think of protest efforts of African-Americans in the 1960s insofar as whether they helped or hurt the cause of equality? As of 1964, 74 percent thought it hurt. Also, White Americans were asked whether or not they would move if a black family moved next door. In 1967, 65 percent said 'no.' Are you interested in what Americans - in 1967 - thought of Dr. King as a potential candidate for President of the U.S.? You'll have to visit the Central Library to see the results. The Central Library has these polling results in its multi-volume set of the Poll.
Behold the power of your library as way to better understand the evolution of American tolerance. Also, visit us to learn more about a man that gave everything to advance that evolution.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
El gran promedio de los respondientes clasificaron su expectativa en un acto ideal de 3 y 13 minutos de duración , y un acto no ideal de entre 10 y 30 minutos de duración.
Desafortunadamente, creencias mal fundadas y la cultura popular suelen reforzar ideas no favorables a nuestra salubridad. Lean la nota relacionada de la BBC Mundo para enterarse más de esta importante tema y gozen de nuestra creciente colección. ¡Salúd!
Here's the scoop from the American Library Association:
"New Woman’s Day initiative: From now until May 11, Woman’s Day magazine, in conjunction with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, is collecting stories on how its readers have used the library to improve a family member’s or their own health. The magazine announced the initiative in its March issue, where it asks its readers aged 18 and over to submit their stories in 700 words or less. Up to four of the submissions will be featured in the March 2009 issue... "
The announcement is in the sidebar of this article in the March 4, 2008 Woman's Day magazine.
So ... what kind of health information can one find at the library? The librarians at Central Library have created a Research Guide for Consumer Health that highlights materials in the library's collection. In addition, the library provides access to Health Articles in online journals. You will need to enter your library card number and PIN to look for articles. And, as always, you may ask a librarian at any branch or call Telephone Reference for help. Library staff is not permitted to give health advice - only your medical professionals may do that - but the library can be a good source of background and/or additional information to complement what you learn from your doctor.