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Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham


Do you ever feel like no one is paying attention to you?  That's the way Moose feels in Kelly Bingham's Z is for Moose.  A truly hilarious tale that will keep classes in stitches!

 

Moose will start to infiltrate the story at around the letter, "D."  He can't wait around until "M" comes around!  That's much too long to wait!  By the time "M" comes around, Moose will be in for a surprise.  You will be sure to smile at the surprise ending.

 

This book may seem like a concept book for toddlers.  However, the humor seems to be just right for lower elementary readers!  This is not your typical alphabet book!



Sail the Seven Seas – and more!


Book cover: Berlitz Complete Cruising and Cruise Ships It’s time to start booking your summer holiday plans. Have you considered cruising? The thing I love most about cruising is the ability to visit multiple sites (even multiple countries!) in a short period of time without ever having to change your hotel room. You’re on a floating hotel! Just unpack once and your room floats from one fabulous city to the next as you relax on deck, play games, watch shows, and eat and drink to your heart’s content. Oh, yes, you can exercise, too.

 

San José Public Library offers books, travel guides, and DVDs on cruising for you to take advantage of. You can even use our databases to research the different cruise lines and ports of call so you can be sure to make the right decision for you and your family. You can cruise the ominous oceans, the stupendous seas, the rambling rivers or the cozy canals. So come on! Start researching your dream vacation today and you can be on your way to paradise this summer!

Book cover: Alaska by Cruise Ship                             Book cover: Fodor's European Ports of Call                             Book cover: The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises



Check out the Winners of the Music Video Contest


Did you follow Battle of the Bands this year? Did you vote for your favorite bands?

All the bands had an additional chance at winning a prize this year:

our teensReach members voted for the best videos and here are the winners:

 

First place:

 

 

Second place:

 

 

Third place:

 

 

Honorable Mention:

 

 

 

Let us know what you think of the videos in the comments!



The Beauty of a Horse


From the poem The Beauty of a Horse (found on www.horseforum.com):

The thunder clap of hooves
The wind in their mane
The thrill of flight
And the birth of a spring ride


In some parts of San Jose you will still find homes with enough land to accommodate raising horses. They are rare now - most of us live in suburban areas and some in the urban downtown – but a few aficionados still make it work, keeping stables and corrals and raising these beautiful animals. If you love horses, whether it’s riding or betting on a race or just admiring their beauty, San Jose Public Library has loads of beautiful pictorial books on horses for you to enjoy.

 

Book cover: Face to face with wild horses    Book cover: The kingdom of the horse   Book cover: 96 horse breeds of North America    Book cover: Horse breeds of the world



Posted by Tina Drew on Mar 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 |
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Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm


 

Turtle in Paradise cover

Jennifer L. Holm is well-known for her Babymouse books, starting with Babymouse:  Queen of the World (AR 0.5, Level 2.2).  Ms. Holm takes a more serious tone in the Newbery Honor Book, Turtle in Paradise (AR 4.0, Level 3.7).  Babymouse readers who are moving up to upper-elementary school reading will be pleasantly surprised by the likeable Turtle character.

 

Like the protagonist in The Absolute Value of Mike (AR 8.0, Level 3.9) by Kathryn Erskine, Turtle has a parent who is in an arrested stage of development.  Like Mike, Turtle is sent off to a far away place while the parent is busy with work.  In 1935 Florida, Turtle finds a different culture and bonds with her cousins, who run the Diaper Gang.  Turtle finds a treasure map and seeks a way to get her family out of financial trouble.  Does she succeed?  Why has her mom's boyfriends shown up in Florida?  Read it and find out!



Pugs in a Bug by Carolyn Crimi


Pugs in a Bug cover

Pugs in a Bug by Carolyn Crimi first caught my eye because of the beautiful purples on the cover and the humorous-looking dogs sitting in the Volkswagon.  Sure enough, the wonderful illustrations are a delight to behold.  When reading the jacket, I was surprised that the artist, Stephanie Buscema,  has worked for Marvel and DC comics!  As I mentioned before, I really like to see artists stretch beyond their comfortable niches!

 

As a big proponent of developing reading readiness skills, I was pleasantly surprised to see the phonetic structure and narrative of the book.  Young children will enjoy the rhymes along with the funny dogs.  I especially enjoyed the way the pastel colors blend from page to page.  Add the concept of counting, and you have a great book for toddlers! 

 

Young children will throughly enjoy the story of six dogs as they are each picked up for a pleasant drive.  Unexpectedly, they come upon a dog parade and join in for fun and games.  Pick this title up for your fun-loving toddler!



Walking Across America


Think about what it would be like to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City.   This 3,500 mile, seven month long trek was made in 1896 by a 36 year old Norwegian American woman named Helga Estby and her eighteen-year-old daughter Clara.    Helga Estby was a Norwegian immigrant living on a farm in the state of Washington with her husband and eight children.   When the farm was threatened with foreclosure because of unpaid taxes, Helga decided to accept a $10,000 wager from an anonymous sponsor of the fashion industry.   If Helga could walk across the country wearing the new “reform dress”( shorter skirt ) , following the strict rules set out by the sponsor, she would win $10,000.  Helga and her daughter left the family in Washington State and set out on a perilous journey that was fraught with danger, exhaustion and propelled by courage, strength, determination and love for family.   This true story is told in the book Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America , by Linda Lawrence Hunt.    Using newspaper clippings, research and memories of Helga’s descendants, Lawrence gives a captivating account of these incredible women defied the accepted norm for women’s behavior and aspirations in 1896.  Author Jane Kirkpatrick has written a compelling and moving historical fiction novel  based on Helga Estby’s walk across the United States.   This novel, The  Daughter’s Walk : A Novel  tells the story of the walk and then moves forward to  daughter Clara Estby’s  continued journey through life.   These two outstanding books are fine tributes to the strength, determination and the struggles for rights and independence that women faced in the late 19thCentury.

 

book coverThink about what it would be like to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City.   This 3,500 mile, seven month long trek was made in 1896 by a 36 year old Norwegian American woman named Helga Estby and her eighteen-year-old daughter Clara.    Helga Estby was a Norwegian immigrant living on a farm in Washington State with her husband and eight children.   When the farm was threatened with foreclosure because of unpaid taxes, Helga decided to accept a $10,000 wager from an anonymous sponsor of the fashion industry.   If Helga could walk across the country wearing the new “reform dress”( shorter skirt ) , following the strict rules set out by the sponsor, she would win $10,000.  Helga and her daughter left the family in Washington State and set out on a perilous journey that was fraught with danger, exhaustion and propelled by courage, strength, determination and love for family.   This true story is told in the book Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, by Linda Lawrence Hunt.    Using newspaper clippings, research and memories of Helga’s descendants, Hunt has pieced together a captivating account of a long forgotten trek made by two  incredible women who defied society's restrictions on women’s behavior and aspirations in 1896.  

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Author Jane Kirkpatrick has written a compelling and moving historical fiction novel  based on Helga Estby’s walk across the United States.   The  Daughter’s Walk : A Novel tells the story of the walk and then moves forward to  daughter Clara Estby’s  continued journey through life.   These two outstanding books are fine tributes to the strength, determination and struggle for rights and independence that  American women faced during the late 19thCentury. 



Angels in Berlin


Wings of Desire (DVD)

Cover Image of "Wings of Desire" DVD - Shows an Angel This highly-acclaimed and beautifully atmospheric film by German director, Wim Wenders, reveals  a world of trench-coated angels inhabiting the skies above a war-wounded Berlin who descend  to earth to listen to the conflicted thoughts of mortals, extending comfort and love.  One angel’s emotional investment deepens to the point where he yearns to become mortal himself, having fallen in love with a graceful trapeze performer.

 

Being a librarian, one of the things that I liked the most about this visually stunning and psychologically-nuanced movie was that one physical space in which these angels silently spoke to the melancholy humans in need of their comfort and care were the communal yet contemplative spaces of libraries.

 

Oddly enough, Peter Falk, plays himself in this absorbing and original film. 



Meet Local Artist Allen Figone


   Painting of mountains, trees and river in foregroundAttention art lovers, lovers of beautiful scenery  and  lovers  of national parks—we have a program for you!  Local artist Allen Figone will be at Santa Teresa Library on Saturday March 16 at 1:00 pm displaying his art and speaking about his experiences in various national parks.  Take this opportunity to meet the artist and hear him speak about his creative efforts representing some of America’s most famous national parks.

 

Painting of red rock cliffs in Zion Park

 

A San Jose native, Mr. Figone received his training at San Jose City College and San Jose State University.  He has won awards in local shows throughout the Bay Area and his paintings have been  featured in galleries from Oregon to New Jersey.

From his website:  “Most recently Allen has achieved National level recognition as a finalist in “ The Art of Seeing Nature” Oakland Museum of Art,  “Arts for the Parks 2005 and 2006”(triple finalist), Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and “Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  He also was a finalist in the 2008 and 2009 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibitions.  The Grand Canyon Association purchased Allen’s painting “Drama Along Bright Angel Trail” which was one of two paintings that were finalists in the 2008 Paint the Parks National Exhibition Top 100.   In 2009 Paint the Parks he was again a multiple finalist with paintings in the Top 100 and Mini 50 as well.  Allen was also one of 66 contemporary artists selected internationally to represent Zion National Park in “A Century of Sanctuary” The Art of Zion National Park, National Exhibition (in commemoration of its 100 year Anniversary), held at the St. George Museum, St. George, Utah.  Allen’s painting “Afternoon Shadows” has now been added to the permanent collection of the St. George Museum. 

 

Painting of Merced River in YosemiteAs an artist Allen has taken the skills he learned doing technical Illustration and combined that with what he has learned from studying the Early California Impressionists, which he has admired and studied for years, to create a unique style of painting to shape his aesthetic vision. 

 

‘My painting philosophy is simple: to capture nature as I see her and to depict the colors and values I see as exactingly as possible. Art is about seeing, interpreting and painting the performance.’



Landry News by Andrew Clements


The Landry News coverThe Landry News (AR 4.0, Level 6.0) is an older title by the school-related author, Andrew Clements.  However, it's theme is so timely because of the unobjective news reporting practiced by many cable "news" networks.  Please also note the wonderful illustrations by the Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck author, Brian Selznick!

 

Cara, whose parents have divorced, first used her newspaper, The Landry News as a way to inappropriately express the truth, no matter who was hurt.  Now she is at a new school.  She disapproves of the lacksadaical way that her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Larson, runs his classroom.   She prints her dissatisfaction in her newspaper.  How will Mr. Larson react when he sees it?

 

The Constitution's First Amendment is explored in this novel.  Should truth be tempered by mercy?  How does truth and mercy fit in The Landry News?  Will Mr. Larson ever change?  Find out and check out this wonderful book!