Posted on April 14, 2015
I cannot wait for May 1st, when the new Avengers film comes out. I’ve been into comic books since I was about seven years old. To celebrate the upcoming film (with more cape wearers to follow throughout the summer,) here’s a few of my favorite superhero things you can find at the library:
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
The coolest Magic Girl who’s still punishing people in the name of the moon today.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon
Before the Avengers, Joss Whedon brought us Buffy. Her adventures continue in comic books.
Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk by Stan Lee
The first issues of the original Hulk, a very different (and much greyer!) Hulk than we know today.
Ms. Marvel: No Normal by Willow Wilson
Kamala Khan might be the new kid on the superhero block, but she’s shaping up to be an awesome one.
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
The Batman Begins movie was strongly based on this work, about Batman’s first year in the cape.
Hear me out: this animated series was really well done, and because it came out before some of the Avenger’s related movies, it has some surprising twists on the characters.
Poor Batman, can’t catch a break against the Joker.
Of course, this is going on the list!
Posted on April 11, 2015
Blue skies, green grass, the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat ... You're on the field, you're in the stands, you're rooting from home, you're streaming wherever ... You're happy it's spring and Baseball is back!! Whether your favorite player sports a t-ball, Little League, high school, or MLB uniform in black and orange or green and gold, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the National Pastime ... including at your Library! Check out 796.357, the Dewey Decimal number for baseball history, biographies, inspiration and how-to's. Get into the swing of things with baseball movies and books. And always bring a book to the ballpark!!
Posted on April 02, 2015
This week Doctor Who, the long running British science fiction show, is celebrating its 10th season in its new flashier format.
While the show, about a human looking alien known only as "The Doctor", who travels anywhere in time and space, and who can regenerate into a new body when facing imminent death, was first produced over 50 years ago, it was taken off the air in England in 1989. There was a brief attempt to revive the show on the American Fox network but that only resulted in one TV movie. Then, in 2005, Russel T. Davies, producer of the BBC show Queer as Folk, got permission from the BBC to bring the show back in a new, more contemporary format. It's been running strong ever since. Since its revival the Doctor has been portrayed by four actors: Christopher Eccelston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Here are links to both the BBC and BBC America webpages for Doctor Who
Below you will find several titles offering a history and behind the scenes look at the show, as well as further adventures of the Doctor in his recent incarnations in prose and graphic novel form.
Posted on March 26, 2015
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. ~~ Cesar Chavez
March 31st is a day of remembrance and celebration of the life of a man who was called "one of the heroic figures of our time" by Robert Kennedy in 1968. César Chávez was a grass-roots labor organizer who rose from the ranks of California migrant workers to form and lead the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and who gave so much of himself for the benefit of his community and the world. Check out these movies and books about his life:
To learn about others who are making a difference in their communities:
To follow in his footsteps by getting involved in your community:
You can find more information and books about Cesar Chavez to check out in our Find catalog.
Posted on March 16, 2015
Cinderella Sweeps into Women’s History Month
This past week the film "Cinderella" swept into theaters with a rustle of bright blue skirts. Meanwhile, events all over the country are honoring women’s history. What’s the connection?
First, March is women’s history month because a few Sonoma County women in the 1980’s campaigned to establish first a week and then a month to recognize and celebrate the role of women in history.
That’s right, National Women’s History month was a project started by women right here in Sonoma County! You can find out more at the National Women’s History Project website.
Ask your mother, aunts, grandmothers or older friends how things have changed in the past 35 years. You might be surprised!
What were things like for women back in the 1980’s? For a hilarious and not altogether unrealistic look at the workplace for women check out the movie “9 to 5” (1980), or see “Private Benjamin” (1980) for a view of women in the military.
“Alien” (1979) and “Aliens” (1986) feature the first female action heroine in a blockbuster movie, while “Sixteen Candles” (1984) show a teen perspective of the decade. “Heathers” (1988) spoofs the teen movie genre altogether, while “Working Girl” (1988) shows another avenue out of the secretarial pool and some seriously deranged hairstyles. You can find them all at the Library.
As for Cinderella, have you ever noticed how the Cinderella characters in book retellings of the folktale tend to take matters into their own hands? These Cinderellas are rarely passive beauties waiting for their prince, but more often bold take-charge types who undertake martial arts training or secret away weapons in their robotic legs.
Here are just a few of the many Cinderellas masquerading as Ella, Ellie, Cinder, or other young women in recent books. Check them out at the Library.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer tops my list of favorite Cinderella stories.
Who is your favorite Cinderella? Does she have more in common with the alien-fighting Lt. Ridley than she does with a Disney Cinderella? Is she worthy of a place in women's history?
Posted on March 05, 2015
What kind of tech and make resources does your library have for you?
Teen Tech week is when libraries highlight what technology they have available for teens to use. Do you know what technology is available at Sonoma County Library? Much of our tech is available with the use of your library card, and some even without. Look below, click on the links to explore and see if there is something there to inspire you.
Dowloadable audio books
Online test prep for the PSAT, SAT, AP Tests, GED and more
Online book reviews
Databases to find great books
Free Wifi Internet Access
Online librarian services
Free and discounted museum tickets available online
3-D Printing is on its way!
Does this list look good to you or meh? Are we missing big things or even the small ones that are important in your life? Respond to this post and let us know, we are always interested.
Your card, THE Card, is what gets you connected. So, how connected are you?
Posted on March 03, 2015
It's March 2015 - what are the the most exciting books for middle school RIGHT NOW?
This crop of our top 6 books for middle school has something for everyone. Scandanavian fairytales, basketball, social networking, ghosts, and mystery. Award winning books and lost in the stacks favorites- read them all!
Posted on February 24, 2015
"Nothing amazing ever happens here", so starts Fooly Cooly or FLCL, written by Gainax with art by Hajime Ueda. Of course nothing does, the end. Well, actually quite a bit happens from a girl using a guitar as a weapon to odd objects coming out of the main character's head to the just plain strange. I first saw the animation on Adult Swim back in 2003. Funny quirky characters, simple block art that allows for the lacy aspect of the characters to clearly convey their emotions. I don't know if you'd call it a plot so much as a stream of consciousness. In library land we'd call it a bildungsroman (a coming of age story) but you'll have to check it ourself, its short just two volumes or complete in the omnibus volume. Enjoy!
Posted on February 13, 2015
What’s that smell?
One of my current hobbies is learning about essential oils and how to use them in my everyday life. In the last few months, I have made my own perfumes, lip balms, facial moisturizer, sugar scrubs, bath salts, room air fresheners, aromatic hydrosols, and first aid sprays to relieve scrapes and burns. All of them are non-toxic and they all smell delightful. Essential oils and aromatherapy are gaining popularity as many of us try to avoid chemicals and synthetics in our personal care products and lean towards holistic and natural health care.
Essential oils can be traced back to all of the major ancient civilizations as they were used for perfumes, medicinal healing, and mood enhancement. The modern practice of aromatherapy has been around for the last hundred years. The term aromathérapie was used for the first time in a scientific paper in 1928. A French chemist, René Gattéfoss, had been experimenting with essential oils and studying their healing potential. While in his laboratory, he burned his arm and hand badly by accident. He plunged his hand into a container that he assumed was water but it was actually pure lavender essential oils. It began to provide him relief so he continued to apply the oil. His burn healed incredibly quickly with no scarring and he had first hand (no pun intended) experience with the effectiveness of oils. Essential oils have since been studied for use in healing in all areas of the mind, body, and spirit.
Without going into scientific explanations of how aromatherapy works and how essential oils are made, I can tell you that the olfactory system (big word alert) or better known as our sense of smell is amazing. Certain smells can you take back in a time, conjure a memory, lift your mood, and calm your mind. Not all oils are created equally. Look for 100% pure or therapeutic grade oils. Organic is even better. Do some research and check out one of the great books in our library system on the topic of essential oils and aromatherapy and creating your own products.
Here are two more books that I found while working on this post. While they are not specifically about aromatherapy and essential oils, some information on the topic is included. Plus, they are two really cool books with a lot of great information on yoga, relaxation, dream interpretations, creating good karma, and other interesting topics.
Posted on February 10, 2015
Learn. Cook. Serve. Heal. Repeat.
Do you enjoy volunteering in your community? Need service hours for graduation? There is a very exciting way to do both.
Are you interested in learning more about cooking? Do you enjoy preparing food for friends and family? Or maybe you have no idea how to boil water. No matter your skill level, the Ceres Community Project is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to create nourishing, healing meals for people in our community.
Teens who volunteer with the Ceres Project will learn not only how to cook, but how to create food that will actually help to heal sick people.
Read about the Ceres Community Project and check out their cookbook from your library to learn about the power of healing nutrition.