Stacy Tomaszewski

Reading Interests: 
Mysteries, YA literature, Poetry
What I'm Reading Now: 
I'm re-reading the Nero Wolfe Mysteries!

Blogs by this Author

Batman: The Killing Joke
Banned Books Week, September 25 - October 1, 2016 Think outside the and check out one of these electronic books in honor of Banned Books Week!! Want even more? Browse these collections—created just for you! ...and don't forget—you can find many more eBooks and other eResources at our eBook & eMedia page and at our eLearning page.Read more...
Hoopla Kids
The online world can be a scary place for kids AND their grown-ups. We would like to help make it a little bit more navigable. Hoopla, our popular eResource that offers eBooks, streaming music and movies, eComics, and more, now offers a Kids Mode that lets parents set the Hoopla website/app to show only materials suitable for kids ages 12 and under. Sounds great, right? So, how does it work? Log into your Hoopla Account. If you don't have one yet, click on our eBooks & eMedia page and click on the Hoopla Link. Create an account using your library...Read more...
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Remembering Our Beloved Comedic Icon Actor, writer, director Gene Wilder passed away this week at the age of 83, leaving behind a legacy of film and print that spans more than 50 years. There's so much from which to choose—here are a few of my favorites. Take a look at our catalog for much more. Actor When I think of Gene Wilder, these are the four films that come to my mind. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Little Prince are childhood favorites for many, and Wilder's work with Mel Brooks never fails to make me laugh. Willy...Read more...
ABC mouse
Resources for Every Age Level August is well underway, and the time has come to think about getting into the back-to-school groove. At the San José Public Library, we have resources for every age level—from pre-school to college! Research, Test Prep, & New Skills First, check out these lists of carefully chosen resources: Homework Help & Reading - Kids Homework Help Middle/High School The eResources here are geared towards helping with homework research, preparing for tests, and learning new skills. They are appropriate for kids and teens! Learning with Games, Free Tutoring, & More Here are three eResources that you...Read more...
Peter Rabbit
On this day in 1866, Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London, England. Young Beatrix was encouraged to draw and paint, and used her many pets as models. As she grew and her art matured, she became a respected scientific artist. During a family vacation in the Lake District of England, the teenage Miss Potter fell in love with the area and, when she was a published author with her own income, she bought Hill Top Farm, the first of many pieces of farmland she would own. The Lake District and the area around Hill Top Farm would figure heavily...Read more...
Austenland
Although it's been almost 199 years since Jane Austen's death, she's still a hot commodity in Hollywood (and beyond) -- just take a look at her IMDb page! Check out these seven movies that are based on her work! Bride & Prejudice Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice , with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita (Aishwarya Rai), meets American Will Darcy (Martin Henderson) - is it love? Clueless Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is the most popular girl at Beverly Hills High, and...Read more...
Having Tea
The first day of Spring is just around the corner, and as the days get longer and the weather more temperate, my mind always wanders toward afternoon tea. There's something about a table laden with sandwiches and cakes and a nice pot of steaming tea, surrounded by well-liked companions, that brings out the best in just about everyone. How Do I Make the Tea? The first question that many people have when they are embarking on the journey to "true" English tea is "how do I brew my tea?" This a controversial subject and has no easy answer, but my...Read more...
Jane Austen Mysteries
Nine Series: The Louisa May Alcott Mysteries by Anna Maclean Start with: Louisa and the Missing Heiress American novelist Alcott finds herself thrust into various mysteries in this cozy series. The Jane Austen Series by Stephanie Barron Start with: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen is a sharp-witted, keen observer of human nature -- a perfect detective. Sometimes on her own, and sometimes in the company of the dashing and mysterious Lord Harold Trowbridge, Jane solves mysteries while keeping up her duties as a spinster sister and aunt. The Nellie Bly Series by Carol McCleary...Read more...
The portrait in question-Somewhere in Time
Richard Matheson , who was born on February 20, 1926, was a prolific writer who is best remembered for his horror fiction. His oeuvre encompasses so much more, however. He wrote episodes of television shows like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, romance, sci-fi, metaphysical speculation and, yes, horror. Below is a little sampling of Mathesons's work. Does any of it appeal to you? The book Bid Time Return was later re-titled Somewhere In Time to associate it with the film adaptation. A playwright staying in an old hotel falls in love with the portrait of an actress who starred...Read more...
How to Cook a Wolf
Reading about food is, judging from the number of "gastronomical memoirs" and fully-illustrated cookbooks on the market, a pleasurable pastime shared by a great many people. I love reading about other people's experiences with food and eating, and have read prolifically on the subject. No matter how much I read, though, I always come back to M(ary) F(rances) K(ennedy) Fisher. I first discovered Fisher (like many other 70's foodie kids) as a child reading through my mom's cookbook shelf. She had the entire Time-Life Books' Foods of the World series (and the companion recipes). [I was particularly drawn to the...Read more...