Monday, September 29, 2008
When Bernie Mac died I remembered an early episode of his show. His wife enrolled their niece in a preschool that emphasized strong feminist values, but the little girl refused to go to school in anything other than her ballerina costume while insisting, “I’m a princess!” That same weekend Isaac Hayes passed. I don’t remember Shaft, but recall watching a South Park episode in which his character (Chef) is dressed like Mel Gibson in Braveheart while facing off a turkey, also in blue face paint. And right before these two deaths, George Carlin passed away. But I’m not supposed to speak about him---according to Carlin, after six weeks you can officially remove the deceased from your phone book. (That or puts their info in a file with another deceased person they didn’t get along with in life---you know, to see if maybe they can work things out, LOL.) So when Paul Newman died I realized that I remember him for a movie in which he played a lawyer (The Young Philadelphians and not the better known The Verdict).
I also recalled his visit to the Tonight Show on March 13, 2006. Jay Leno bet him $10 to eat his brand of dog food.
Newman took the bet.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Central Express has lots of wonderful collections, for example, general fiction The lost duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn; science fiction Saint City sinners by Lilith Saintcrow; mysteries Blood dreams by Kay Hooper; westerns Thunder of eagles by William W. Johnstone; non-fiction The big sort: why the clustering of like-minded America is tearing us apart by Bill Bishop; and, last but not least, travel guides Backpacking California. So what are you waiting for? We're open six days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 8 p.m., with free parking on Saturdays. After your visit to Express, you may want to stop by one of the two new restaurants that have opened up across the street from the Library, Fuzio and Table 260.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It appears Ed McMahon is turning to rap in order to pay his debts. After seeing him in that suit (though he admittedly looks better in his than the plastic surgeon from Dr. 90210) my first thought was, “Isn’t this one of the signs of the Apocalypse?”
No. It’s a sign of brokenness.
Many of us have been down-on-our-luck-pass-the-ramen-noodles broke at one point in our lives---I believe it’s called the college years. But this is getting ridiculous. First I watch the couple on Oprah trying to wrench sympathy from Suze Orman for getting behind in payments on their 29 (yes, 29) credit cards, and now I have to watch this? But at least Ed McMahon is famous enough to get offered commercials. What will happen to the rest of us non-celebrities? In this economy you’re lucky if you can get a job waiving a sign on a corner while dressed up as a taco. So for those who are in a little hot water yet haven’t come up with a more creative manner in which to sing/rap/chant/yodel F-R-E-E-C-R-E-D-I-T-R-E-P-O-R-T.com, check out our personal finance section.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Is your home so cluttered you can't use your web cam because your family makes fun of you?
Are you still smoking despite the fact that our laws barely let you smoke in your own house?
Is exercise something you get only when you’re late for work?
Then maybe it’s time for you to grab a few books, too. With 104 days left to this year, there’s still plenty of time to follow through with your 2008 resolutions.
So what are you waiting for?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"El aura narra en primera persona el alucinado viaje de un personaje sin nombre, un taxidermista parco en palabras e introvertido, con una extraña obsesión para un hombre honesto: durante los últimos años, una y otra vez ha planeado e imaginado los asaltos más perfectos y exitosos, siempre a fuerza de una inteligencia que, según él, lo diferencia de lo que pasa allí afuera, la lucha de "tontos contra tontos": policías y ladrones. Él podría hacerlo mejor que nadie. Alejado de su hábitat urbano y llevado a los lejanos bosques del sur a compartir una jornada de caza, un trágico accidente lo conecta inesperadamente con la posibilidad de ejecutar un verdadero delito: el asalto a un camión blindado que lleva las ganancias de un casino de la zona. Movido primero por una morbosa curiosidad, y más tarde por una inexorable corriente de acontecimientos, el taxidermista se verá proyectado hacia sus fantasías, armando pieza a pieza un rompecabezas que lo irá encerrando sin remedio." Esta fascinante y espeluznante film luce con las actuaciones de Ricardo Darín y Dolores Fonzi y fué filmado en las espléndidas paisajes del sur de la Argentina patagónica.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Yup. "The Internet is Down." Oh, man!
That happened at Central Library today. When we opened the building at 10 a.m., we discovered that a crucial connection was broken, and it affected all the computers on the third floor except one. No Internet! Not even at the reference desk. Lines for the one functioning Express computer were long all day. And will be long tomorrow, as well, because we hear the connection may not be restored until after the weekend.
It was interesting to see how many people, when they heard the news, turned right around and left the building. A little sad, too - the librarian in me really wanted folks to grab some newspapers, magazines or - yes - even a couple of books.
It did, however, give us a chance to show people some of the licensed information we provide as part of library service: for the person who wanted the Declaration of Independence, we found it in the World Book Online. For the person who wanted a list of churches in California, we created a list using Reference USA. For the person who wanted a study guide for a test, we showed her Learning Express Library. The best part: printing is free!
So ... the next time the Internet is down, and it will happen - just hopefully not too soon, talk to your information professional - your Information Banker, if you will - and see what other ways we can find to put you in touch with the information you need.
A previous Artworks @ Your Library program at Central Library featured the art of Eric Carle (of "Very Hungry Caterpillar" fame), and children and parents happily cut and glued for an hour to make collages like the ones he used to illustrate his book.
With the holidays coming up, this could be the beginning of a handmade gift for yourself, your family, or your friends. See you in the Kids' Place at 11:30!
(Travis S.'s photo used with permission.)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"Es algo de poco valor o de poca importancia. Proviene del italiano bagattelle, lengua en la cual también tiene el significado de ‘cosa sin importancia’. La palabra se formó en italiano a partir del bajo latín baga (pequeña prenda de ropa) cuyo diminutivo era bagatta. El vocablo original ya aludía a algo pequeño y el diminutivo a algo menor aun, pero el italiano se caracteriza por tener en ciertos casos un diminutivo del diminutivo (Ver fettucine), de modo que bagatta tiene el diminutivo bagattella, algo realmente insignificante. La palabra llegó también al francés bagatelle, con el mismo significado.El etimólogo alemán del siglo XIX Hugo Schuchardt, por su parte, sugiere que el origen no sería baga sino baca, que en latín significaba ‘pequeño objeto redondo’ pero, en todo caso, la evolución posterior de la palabra sería la misma. En la primera edición del Diccionario de la Academia, bagatela aparecía así definida:
Cosa menuda, de poca substancia, sin valor.
La palabra aparece en castellano en el siglo XVII, y la encontramos por esa época en textos de Calderón de la Barca y de Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza, entre otros."
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Williams stepped on stage after a brief, instrumental opening by her band, Buick6, and immediately took her trademark buffalo stance. Her Grammy-winning "Come On," "If Wishes Were Horses," "Honey Bee," and "Unsuffer Me" accented a set that lasted nearly three hours.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Este Labor Day pasado celebré el día libre de la biblioteca encuciando mis manos para recaudar fondos para las actividades y educación de arte para los niños. Participé en el festival anual Chalk It Up en el parque Fremont. Kinetic Illusions patrocinó mi cuadra personal y escogí Sacramento Reads o Sacramento Lea para mi tema.
Han celebrado el festival hace 18 años y me enorgulleció participar en una tradición de Sacramento. Había muchos niños y familias, música en vivo, kioskos de manualidades, comida y un sorteo. Tambien había la tiza.
Por una donación de $10, le da una cuadra pequeña para su pintura y una caja de doce tizas pequeñas o de cuatro grandes. Me gustó mucho los grandes porque era más facil pintar con ellos. Simplemente moja el concreto, aplica la tiza directamente al concreto y usa un pincel de artesanía para extender el color. Cuando se seque el agua, estará una capa grueso de color sobre el concreto. Artistas invitados pintaron obras maestras grandes en las cuadras patrocinadas por negocios de Sacramento.
I celebrated Labor Day off from the library dirtying my hands to raise funds for children's arts activities and education. I participated in the annual Chalk It Up Festival in Fremont Park. Kinetic Illusions sponsored my personal square and I chose Sacramento Reads as my theme.
Chalk It Up has raised funds via this festival for 18 years and I was very proud to join in a Sacramento tradition. There were many children with families, live music and booths displaying crafts, food and a raffle. And there was the chalk.
For a donation of $10, you received a box of colored chalks, either 12 small or 4 large and a square to paint in. I preferred the larger chalk because it was easier to paint with. All you had to do was wet the concrete, apply the chalk directly to the sidewalk and then use a craft brush to spread the color. Once the water evaporates, a thick layer of color is left behind. Local artists were invited to paint large masterpieces on squares sponsored by Sacramento businesses. I had a great time and next year I'm gonna see if I can't convince a library volunteer to join me with library outreach information. See you next year!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/). Founded in 1994, the Annenburg Foundation is a non-partisan think-tank based at the University of Pennsylvania that seeks to vet (there's that word again) proclamations and statements made by politicians.
The Washington Post launched a new site in early September called The Fact Checker (www.washingtonpost.com/factchecker) that aims to be "the place to go for impartial refereeing of campaign rhetoric."
Politifact.org (http://www.politifact.org/) is a new site, launched by both the Congressional Quarterly and the St. Petersburg Times (Fla.). Its a bit spashier than Factcheck.org and The Fact Checker with its 'truth-o-meters.' But, like the others, non-partisan.
For my time, Factcheck.org and Politifact are the more user friendly of the two. My fellow Americans, no matter which side of the aisle you stand, prepare to be appalled.
She's new - new as the day - and I can assure you that for a while the library will have no books on Mrs. Palin. We do, however, offer alternatives until the biographies (and there will be many) start to roll in.
Biography is the art of collecting the essence of a person and delivering that essence in readable prose, whether long or short. The Sacramento Public Library's compliment of Biographical resources are strong. If you have access to the Internet, you can read many of them that way.
The Biography Resource Center Online and Who's Who in American Politics are subscription databases possessing information on Governor Palin. What else? America's News Magazines is a recent addition to our compliment of electronic periodicals. Search Slate, Time, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, U.S. News and World Report.
You can also take a look at partisan political items like the Nation and the New Republic by going into SPL's EBSCOHost database. And a foray into political reading wouldn't be complete without a look at Newsbank, which enables one to view the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angles Times.
To access these options, go to http://www.saclibrary.org/, and choose your "Database/Article Searching." Once locating, then clicking on the desired database/index, enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.
JUST IN: For the next few months, SPL patrons will have access to a trial database called ABC-Clio's Election Resources: http://www.abc-clio.com/page/election/index.html. The database is less geared to names and faces and aligned more to electoral and campaigning processes. After choosing a topic from the tabbed index at the top of the homepage, you'll be prompted to end a username and password. They are:
Stay with the Sacramento Public Library over the next few months for updates to our collection regarding this historic Prsidential election.
For a portion of Governor Palin's acceptance speech, click on the image below:
La palabra se empezó a usar en español en el siglo XVI, como vemos en este trecho de La araucana (1569), de Alonso de Ercilla:
Suenan cañones, sacres, falconetes,
y al doblar de la Isleta embarazadas,
del Austro cargan a babor la escota,
tomando al Su-sudueste la derrota."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sure, the teens who witnessed it were staring at me as if to ask, “What’s wrong with her?” and “Why does she keep feeding us Pop Tarts at Movie Madness Game Nights?” But I ignored them. Why was I so happy? During my break I checked out a copy of The Host by Stephenie Meyer. On the surface this is no big deal, since people started requesting the book before it was even published.
Yet I didn’t have to put my name on a request list.
Here is how it works: Central Express is a browsing collect that holds the newest and latest titles. These are titles you normally might forget to read because, due to their popularity, you won’t see them on the shelves when they are first published. Then you’ll spot them, say, three years from now, when you need another book located next to it. But instead of spotting the item in 2011 and thinking, “Didn’t I mean to read that book?” before shrugging it off, you can read the book now. As in right now. The books cannot be requested, nor can their checkout time be renewed, meaning we have TONS of great titles to choose from. However, for the next three weeks you won’t see The Host on the shelf because it’s mine, mine mine!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Infantes hasta 18 meses
- viernes, 5 de septiembre @ 10am, Hora de cuentos para bebes
Participa en una experiencia interactiva para los bebes hasta 18 meses y sus padres. Esta actividad está deseñado para desarrollar la alfabetización por el leer compartido, canciones, juegos y el movimiento. Se toma lugar en el Kid's Place (piso inferior).
- jueves, 4 de septiembre @ 10:05am, la Hora de los Toddlers
Venga a escuchar cuentos, cantar con nosostros y más en este programa gratis de 20 minutos.
- martes, 2 de septiembre @ 5:30pm, Noche de película y juegos
- sabado, 6 de septiembre @ 8:30am Práctica del Examen SAT
Prepárese para el ingreso del colegio por una examen real SAT hecho bajo condiciones autenticos del examen. Representantes del Kaplan Test Prep administrarán el examen el sabado, empezando puntualmente a las 8:30am. Favor de dejarse 4 horas para hacer el examen. Abierto a todo estudiante del escuela superior. Se llevará en el cuarto de reuniones oeste de la galeria. Presentado por Kaplan Test Prep. llame para registrarse
- domingo, 7 de septiembre @ 2pm, Matiné de Película
Disfrute de una tarde relajado con comida y una película
- sabado, 6 de septiembre @ 10:15am, Recursos del Internet de la Genealogía
este clase está llena
"Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow. Tor Teen, 2008.
I don't remember how I heard about this title, but I'm sure glad I found it! My husband read it first, and called it a "page turner" and "required reading for every teen." My teen daughter also read it and called it "good." I read it and have decided to become a LOT more proactive and thoughtful about how I spread traces of my life and activities online.
Marcus (aka W1n5t0n) and friends have skipped school to play an online scavenger hunt-type computer game near San Francisco. Just about that time, terrorists blow up the Bay Bridge. Marcus and friends are "detained" for questioning for several days, and then released. However, in those few days, California has been transformed into a police state by the Department of Homeland Security as they search for the terrorists. Marcus uses his knowledge of computer networking and security systems to take on the DHS single-handedly and attempts to end their lock on people's civil rights.
Doctorow is a digital rights activist and works with the Electronic Freedom Foundation. He also blogs and has a respectable list of published books, some of which are available at Sacramento Public Library.