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"Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero–he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?" from Random House, Inc.
More annotation... "Small-town wizard Lucy would love to join Fairy Tail, a guild for powerful wizards, but instead finds herself teaming up with Natsu, a crazy fire wizard whose best friend is a talking, flying cat named Happy" from Baker and Taylor
Check out this newly ordered Graphic Novel series Fairy Tail. This series is on order but currently available to request to pick up at your local San José Public Library. You do need to have a current library card with valid pin number. If you haven't got one, make sure to apply for one.
Read review online from School Journal, Lucy is a wizard who's looking to join the Fairy Tail Guild, which is famous for its members' out-of-control antics. When she meets Natsu, she never imagines that he's really Salamander of Fairy Tail. He spends much of his time as an ordinary guy who suffers from severe motion sickness in trains, boats, and even horse-drawn carriages. But when he taps into his magical abilities, he turns into an awesome fighter who uses fire to vanquish his enemies. By the end of the first volume, Lucy has joined the guild as well as Natsu and his flying cat as a team member. In the second volume, the team steals a magical book from the evil Duke Everlue and joins forces with Erza Scarlet to fight a guild that plans to use death-curse magic. Lucy and Natsu are the central figures in a large cast of characters, many of whom have unique abilities. Readers never see Erza's special skills in action, but it's clear that they involve lots of blood. The beings summoned by Lucy from the celestial spirit world are often temperamental and sometimes politically incorrect. The humor is often jaw-droppingly funny, meaning that the characters' jaws drop so low and so often that they look like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The illustrations are lively and keep the stories moving briskly. Each volume is filled with magic and humor and ends with a suspenseful cliff-hanger that will draw readers into the rest of the series.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library.
Publisher Weekly states Mashima (Rave Master ) is back with a brand new series about the juvenile delinquents of wizardry and magic, set in a mythical world of small towns, steam engines and horse-drawn carts, where magic is mainstream, young wizards follow glossy magazines that profile popular wizard guilds and everyone has hidden magical abilities. Fire-eating wizard Natsu initiates young and sexy Lucy, a celestial wizard, into his oddball guild, Fairy Tail. Soon we meet the womanizing Loke; the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster, who is often found wandering around in just his boxers; and the heavy-drinking Cana, who is never far from a barrel of wine. It's goofy fun and playful troublemakingminus any sort of criminal element. Mashima sets a careful balance between showing the Fairy Tail wizards' troublemaking mentality while still establishing that the heart of each wizard is the heart of a hero. With a violence that harks back to the Looney Tunes where all combatants suffer heavy blows but always come out alive, albeit with some scratches, the story is more akin to Bugs Bunny than Harry Potter. But fans of both will be pleasantly entertained. The first two volumes of this series are being released simultaneously.
If you have a talent for creating illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2011. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All winners will get a gift card.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience.
The one week out of the year that college students love and hate is finally here, finals week. This is the time of the year where many students load up on caffeine, and begin to hit the books. For the students who kept up all semester and understood class, this week will be a walk in the park. As for those students who went to that party one weekend or missed class that one day, this week will be no piece of cake.
No matter which situation pertains to the student, some sort of studying will need to be done. Students will open up their books this week, and in some cases, it may be the first time that they do that this entire semester. If this is the case, a lot more study hours are going to be required of them in order to receive the passing grade they will be striving for.
Can't find a good place to study? In many cases, students have a difficult time finding a place to study without any distractions. A roommate may play loud music all day in the dorm, a younger sibling may play video games at home, these and many other situations can lead to a lack of concentration on studying. Don't worry we have the perfect solution for a student's struggle of finding the right place to study.
What better place to get studying done that at a local San Jose Public Library Branch. All of the branches in the San Jose Public Library system offer study rooms that students, as well as the general public, can reserve in advance to get their studying or any other work done. The branches also include a "Quiet Room" in case of an event where a person is not able to book a study room because of full bookings. So students come into your local branch in order to study and be free of distractions. Remember the quietness is on us!
Summer Reading Celebration is an enjoyable activity that everyone can participate in.
The six-week-long program encourages recreational reading as a family activity.
Part of the Summer Reading Celebration.
Co-Sponsors: Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Friends of the Branch Libraries
with additional support from other community organizations, with additional support from Hotel Valencia Santana Row.
Historically, the most frequently told story of a slave revolt in America’s history has been that of John Brown’s ill-fated attack at Harper’s Ferry. This is, as Daniel Rasmussen points out in American Uprising, was not the biggest revolt of slaves. It is simply the one that is the best known. In January, 1811, a group of about 500 slaves living in appalling conditions gathered behind two of their own, Kook and Quamara, and set out to attack the city of New Orleans. They had many things in their favor: the element of surprise; two leaders who were well versed in warfare; a rigid order of command; and well laid-out plans. In pouring-down rain between the dates of January 8 and January 11, 1811, they attacked their owners and went on to attack the city. Their plan might well have worked if not for several factors: a few slave owners surviving the attack and warning others, a lack of weapons and the reluctance of many fellow slaves to join the plan. By January 18, many of those who participated in the rebellion were dead. Had it been up to the slave owners, the account of the rebellion would also have been equally laid to rest. It is fortunate that a few remembered, and kept the memory alive, for us to be aware of it two centuries later.
As we currently read about atrocities happening overseas, one is reminded that such appalling oppression also happened on our own shores. The average life expectancy of a slave on a sugar plantation was just four years. Punishment and torture were common-place. One wonders how the owners could be blind to such suffering, and yet they were. Furthermore, the establishment did their best to wipe this matter from the record, to have it be forgotten lest others try to do the same—attempting to claim their freedom, their humanity, and their dignity. As I read this, I wanted the revolt to succeed, and knew it could not. I was more curious as to how far the revolt went before it was suppressed, and found myself quite disappointed that it did not get very far indeed.
If there is one thing that disappointed me about the book in particular, it is that it did not spend very long on the rebellion itself. The author lost himself in other matters—how the white ruling class ignored the signs of rebellion and discontent (while at the same time being terrified of the monster they themselves had created); the aftermath of the rebellion, and how the revolt resurfaced as a historical fact. Certainly the author is not to blame too much for this; the attempt to suppress the record was very thorough. Yet the rebellion itself was far too brief for me to really appreciate what they must have gone through to nearly reach the point of victory--it's climax is far too brief. Nevertheless, I am indebted to the author for bringing attention to this event for us to appreciate several centuries after the fact. This is just the type of thing that books are meant for: to shine light where there once was darkness, and to be aware that unwritten events can be written once again. The efforts of Kook and Quamara were not in vain.
I love my portable, electronic, navigation device. It got a work-out recently while visiting family back east. Besides local attractions and friend's addresses it also listed local libraries for me to visit. If you are wondering how to locate a San Jose library near you and do not have such a device we got you covered. Just go to our homepage > http://www.sjpl.org/ and select Locations. Once you're there you can input your address and find a branch closest to your location. Clicking on the branch, then on the more info link will take you to the branch page where you will find a Google map, driving directions, and bus routes. We hope to see you soon.
Fans of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live will appreciate Bossypants, a witty and insightful new memoir by comedian and writer Tina Fey.
From her childhood in Chicago to her rise in fame, Tina Fey takes us through the backroads of her life in and out of the spotlight. Delightfully awkward, and sarcastic, Fey turns the routine memoir on its head with her rendition. Written as a series of essays detailing various aspects of her life, Fey lets down her guard. Her breezy writing style and one-liner jokes has the feel of an intimate side-by-side chat with the actress. For an added kick of humor, make sure to request Bossypants in the audio version, read by Tina Fey herself.
If this book isn't enough, make sure to check out these additional Tina Fey comedies:
Are you looking for a job, or are you planning to begin a job search soon? If so, how strong are your telephone interviewing skills? Telephone screening is becoming an ever more important component in hiring decisions so the better you are at putting yourself across in a phone interview, the higher your chances of landing a new job.
Santa Teresa Library is pleased to offer a 2-hour workshop on telephone interview skills with B.J. King on Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. (Please note: the program will begin before the library opens. Plan to enter the library through the Community Room door adjacent to the parking lot.)
B.J. King, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, and life/career coach, has been influencing job seekers, corporate employees and friends to explore ideal careers and create plans to achieve their dreams for over sixteen years. Her workshop will focus on the following questions:
Please join us for this informative session and also mark your calendar for June 20, when one of our San Jose librarians will be demonstrating the job seeking resources available through the library’s website. This program will begin at 11:00 am in the library’s Tech Room.
For additional job seeking support, consider joining the Santa Teresa Library’s Job Seekers Support Group which meets the third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am. Please contact the library at (408) 808-3068, for more information.
David Foster Wallace completed one novel, Infinite Jest, and several short story collections in his brief life. The content is a stream of consciousness, complex look at individual's desire to cut through media and bureaucracy to connect. His work is the rare fiction that includes footnotes. And within the footnotes are important background information about his characters. The Infinite Jest title refers to a film that viewers find impossible to stop watching. The writing flowed from a place that only the really gifted find. His agent has posthumously released his new novel, The Pale King, to big advance reviews in Time Magazine and other sources.
It is hard to believe that Mother's Day is this Sunday. I will be sure to call my mother and wish her well. When I was in elementary school, we always did some kind of craft that we could give to our mothers on Mother's Day. We have some books with craft ideas for young minds who want to make a special gift for their mothers. Don't have time to make something? How about reading a story to your mom? "Max and the Dumb Flower Picture" is a book about a boy who wants to make his Mother's Day gift unique and special from the one that his teacher suggests he make. Or, check out some of these titles dealing with Mother's Day.