Thursday, September 24, 2009

Where the Wild Critters Are

As previously discussed, there are only three animals I truly like: bunnies, doggies and kitties. Bunnies are fluffy, kittens are cute, and doggies are cute, sweet, plus they’re actually happy to see you, unlike cats, who think humans were put on this earth to be their servants. But, as someone pointed out to me, no one wants to see a library program on bunnies, doggies and kitties. Correction: no one but I would want to see such a program. Thus on Sunday, September 20th, we hosted Nature's Critters, a local group which presented Where the Wild Critters Are. Julie Allen brought in animals from different habitats: salamanders, hedgehogs, chinchillas and more. The children especially liked the snake, which was extremely lucky to have been born in captivity---she was missing a pigment which would have made her easy to spot in the wild. Adults cringed as the snake came near, but the children were more than happy to wear the snake around their necks.

As for me, I’m okay with animal…in print form. I don’t know about you, but mock croc and faux snakeskin are as close as I need to be to the real things.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


,,Desierto Adentro" de Rodrigo Plá

,,La culpa de los padres caerá sobre los hijo." sirve como epitafio a la humanidad en esta película del director mexicano Rodrigo Plá. Durante la turbulenta década de los años 20, la gran mayoría de las iglesias católicas fueron cerradas abruptamente debido a la separación del estado mexicano y las iglesia, y también a la ola de anticlericismo tan fuerte en ése país. Esa historia sirve como el trasfondo histórico de esta película que se trata del comienzo d ela guerra cristera. Aunque esta película se estrenó hace varios años aún sigue causando largas charlas conmovedoras sobre los crímines realizados no solamente por parte del gobierno sino también de parte de los mismos Cristeros. ¡Las heridas aún estan abiertas! ¡Muy buena película!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sacramento history photo of the week number 24!

In January of 1918, as America's involvement in the First World War was ratcheting up, bond drives were a common sight around the nation. In the case of Sacramento, millions of dollars were accrued. Motivational tools would abound as bond-buyers had their names printed in city papers while it was the community's responsibility to build this "Soldier of Freedom," as he stood against the wall of Sacramento's first and only (at the time) Federal building, the U.S. Post Office. Each section of the body represents a county within the Sacramento Valley. Sacramento County was represented by the soldier's rifle. The trick was simple - the more bond monies won by the county, the faster the respresentative body-part or accessory were placed on the soldier.

Mark your calendar as, on November 5 at 6:30, the Central Library will be presenting The Great War in the Great Valley: Sacramento During the First World War. The program will include discussion on the city and War and a presentation of photos of Sacramento during World War I.

This photo and many more like it can be found on the Central Library's Third Floor, which is where one can view both the Sacramento Bee and Union back into the mid-nineteenth century.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

First Floor Display: Staff Picks

"You must really love your job! You get to sit there and read all day long!" We hear this every so often, and we sure wish it were true! The truth is library staff works at work, and reads at home or on the bus.

This month's book display on the first floor is "staff picks". These are titles we've read and enjoyed, and thought you might, too.

My personal "picks" this week are:

John Hamamura's "The color of the sea", a semi-autobiogaphical novel about the Japanese-American experience in Lodi during the Second World War.

Andrea Levy's "Small Island", which chronicles the experiences of two Jamaican families when they move to London, post World War II

Meve Binchy's "Whitethorn Woods", where the stories of several people tell the story of St. Anne's Well and Whitethorn Woods. The stories are like threads in a tapestry. Only when they are all woven together does the full picture appear.

Sarah Smith's "Chasing Shakespeares", a lightweight mystery involving a bequest of Shakespeare collectibles to a minor American university. One of the manuscripts seems like it might actually be valuable, and it is taken to London for examination by experts.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


,,Lake Tahoe" de Fernando Eimbcke

En medio del desierto en el norte de México Juan decide chocar el coche de su familia contra un poste telefónico. ¿Porqué? Bueno...Juan acaba de vivir un episodio trágico cuando un familiar de repente muere. ¿Cómo vivirá las siguientes 8-9 horas de su vida? El interesante y espeluznante elenco de personalidades que habitan éste pequeño pueblo como por ejemplo Don Heber, un viejo mecánico paranóico quien ambula sus proximidades con Sica su mascota boxer con habilidades casi humanas. Lucía, una joven madre con aspiraciones de ser un cantante punk ,y "él que sabe", un joven mecánico obsesionado con las artes marciales. ¿Qué tiene que ver el título con el pintoresco lago californiano? ¡NADA!

¡Escuchen la entrevista con Fernando Eimbcke!

LAKE TAHOE Podcast by Film Movement

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Number Three - Mary Travers

Folk tales, folk songs, fables and jokes all use the number three: three pigs, three bears, three sons, three attempts, three choices, three chances. This week, yet another loss rocks America with the death of Mary Travers, the "Mary" in Peter, Paul and Mary. Affecting statements from Peter and Paul appear on their web site.

I was introduced to their music at age 15 by a cousin from Canada, and immediately began collecting their albums. Having grown up with recordings by Pete Seeger and Burl Ives, the familiar folk format in a new setting thrilled us and provided material for many sing-alongs.

The Biography Resource Center
and Marquis Who's Who On the Web contain additional information about the life and career of Mary Travers.

May her music and her message be forever blowin' in the wind.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze, 1952-2009

Who could ever forget the movie Dirty Dancing? Certainly not the men who were forced by their fiancees to learn the famous dance sequence and perform it at their wedding receptions. Yet even if you never had to take your two left feet and perform a graceful pirouette, you probably still remember the movie, or at least the line, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Patrick Swayze was not the actor originally picked to play Johnny Castle. Billy Zane was slated for the role, until it became apparent that Zane could not dance. Swayze had trained at Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet schools. Dirty Dancing, a movie which was supposed to go to theaters for one weekend before heading to video, catapulted Swayze into the spotlight.

However, maybe dancing wasn’t your thing. There was Point Break, which had Swayze play a surfer/felon who robbed banks while wearing a Richard Nixon mask. There were other movies, shows, and animated features, but it was likely Ghost which the public will best remember Swayze. Ghost had it all---action, comedy, and an early scene which made throwing a ceramic pot downright romantic. It was a sad story, but one about second chances, and why you should tell people you love them instead of just “Ditto.” And it makes you ask yourself, what would you do if you had another chance to do something good?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sacramento history photo of the week number 23!

In the Fall of 1918, Sacramento and the country were at War with Germany and Austro-Hungary. Area farms were mobilized to double their crop production, high school boys were pulled from Valley cities to pick crops, Sacramento women were immersed in one of the largest Red Cross chapters in the State, and the county's Southern Pacific routes and tressels were being guarded against "Teuton" espionage.

The following advertisement for Weinstock, Lubin and Co. Department Store was taken from a late October Sacramento Bee. With the capital city in a warmaking mood, even a jolly Saint Nick's depiction with a doughboy helmet seemed okay.

Mark your calendar as, on November 5 at 6:30, the Central Library will be presenting The Great War in the Great Valley: Sacramento During the First World War. The program will include discussion on the city and War and a presentation of photos of Sacramento during World War I.

This photo and many more like it can be found on the Central Library's Third Floor, which is where one can view both the Sacramento Bee and Union back into the mid-nineteenth century.

Dear customer, pardon the delay in posting this serial.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Central's National Day of Service

Tomorrow, September 11, is the first National Day of Service and Remembrance. Legislation introduced last March has inspired groups to organize volunteer service opportunities on that day across the nation. In Sacramento, Mayor Johnson is hoping to have over 500,000 hours of volunteer service logged by the end of 2009.

We're hoping you will take part in this national service activity. Central Library is hosting activities for volunteers tomorrow. Drop in anytime from 10 am to 1 pm to help us check our collection for books that need to be mended and cleaned, tour the secret spots of Central Library and reflect on what service means to you. No advance registration is needed, just come on down and serve! Stop at the volunteer table on the first floor to sign in.

If you can't make it tomorrow, there are lots of other opportunities for volunteer service in Sacramento. At, and at Volunteer Match, you just type in your zip code for a list of organizations that need volunteers. The Corporation for National and Community Service and Service Nation have additional information for volunteers on their web sites.

Friday, September 4, 2009


,,Cronocrímenes" de Nacho Vigalondo

Cronocrímenes se trata de un simple y sencillo hombre llamado Héctor quien vive (ó revive) parte de vida pero en el futuro. ¿Confundidos? Bueno ... sí alguna vez hayan escuchado o leído sobre los bucles espaciotemporales, nuestro protagonista Héctor navega entre el presunto presente y el futuro para descubrir quién lo está persiguiendo. ¿Es el ó alguien verdaderamente desconocido?

Esta producción española fué hecha con muy poca plata y sin utilizar efectos especiales de alto rango pero sin embargo muy convencibles. Obviamente la producción está en español pero mis jefes piensan que porque el título está en inglés entonces eso merita una signatura en inglés ... yo estoy de desacuerdo pero a mi no me pagan por llegar a esas conclusiones ignorantes pero en fin...ahí tienen. Como siempre les deseo mucha suerte y por el momento ,,¡¡CHAUSITO!!"

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Central Has New Copiers!

We've all been frustrated over the years by the old, clunky, temperamental copiers in the building. Over the last week, Central Library has installed several new copiers with an up-to-date set of tricks! On the second and fourth floors, in addition to traditional copying where you place the original on the glass, deposit your coins and press "print", the new copiers can also read your flash drive and print directly from it - no hard copy needed. Similarly, they can scan a print original in gray-scale or color and save it to your flash drive, where you can take it away at no charge (no toner+ no paper= no charge!) The digital image can then be attached to e-mail, edited, or printed later.

The color copier resides on the third floor in the periodicals section, near the microfilm readers. (It also copies in gray-scale.) It doesn't do flash drives, but we feel the ability to print in color will make up the difference. Ask us to show you how it works!