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Yes, schools have already started and homework is getting on us.  Do you know there is free online homework help right at your fingertips?  If you have an Alameda County Library card, you can get connected with a live tutor anyday between 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm, or you can submit your questions 24/7 and get your answers back within 24 hours.  The live tutors can also help you build Academic skills.  They provide assistance for most of the major subjects you may have in school–Math, English, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Algebra, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, foreign languages, etc. 

In addition to these services, you may also submit your writing to get advices from an expert.  There is also a Test Center where you can take practice tests and receive live test tutoring.  If you are taking a foreign language, you can get homework help from the Foreign Language Lab.  Right now only Spanish is offered but more will be added in the future. 

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How do I access Alameda County Library’s Homework Help Now?

  • Go to the library’s website at http://www.aclibrary.org
  • Look at the left side of the screen and click on the blue “Homework Help Now!” box.  (If the box is not there, go to the “Articles and Databases” under “Research Guide” in the main area of the webpage.  Click on either “For Students & Teachers” or “Test Preparation” and find “Brainfuse”.)
  • Enter your library card number to access the service.  It’s recommanded to create an account with the service to maintain your records and track your progress.

Wish you a very successful school year!

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Did you know:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level.

Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee (1983) called for the rejection of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl because it is a “real downer.”

Gulliver’s Travels was denounced as wicked and obscene in Ireland (1726).

James and the Giant Peach has been challenged at the Pederson Elementary School in Altoona, Wis. (1991) and at the Morton Elementary School library in Brooksville, Fla. (1992) because the book contains the word “ass” and “promotes” the use of drugs (tobacco, snuff) and whiskey.

Le Morte D’Arthur was challenged as required reading at the Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Ky. (1997) because it is “junk.”

The Lorax was challenged in the Laytonville, Calif. Unified School District (1989) because it “criminalizes the foresting industry.”

Where the Sidewalk Ends was challenged at the West Allis-West Milwaukee, Wis. school libraries (1986) because the book “suggests drug use, the occult, suicide, death, violence, disrespect for truth, disrespect for legitimate authority, rebellion against parents.”

Where’s Waldo? was removed from the Springs Public School library in East Hampton, N.Y. (1993) because there is a tiny drawing of a woman lying on the beach wearing a bikini bottom but no top.

Celebrate your freedom. Read a banned book.

Information sources: The Forbidden Library (now defunct, sadly) & ALA

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Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. That much we know. But just how did Humpty fall off that wall in the first place? Humpty’s brother, Joe Dumpty, has his suspicions, and none of them good. He’s sure Humpty was pushed off that wall. But who could have done such a thing? It’s up to Joe to solve the crime. Decked out in his detective’s trench coat and armed with a serious hunch, the intrepid Joe Dumpty is on the case. His story, as told to Jeanie Franz Ransom, is a hilarious homage to all those Mother Goose nursery rhymes you loved as a kid. This is one of those children’s books that fits adults as well.

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13 Music Videos from the 1980s

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Thursday Thirteen #84

Okay. The secret is out. I love music from the 1980s. So, this week I thought that it might be fun to delve into the realm of 80s music videos. With the help of my husband, I managed to cover a piece of paper from an old daily calendar with tiny red writing. I had so many video suggestions that I could have made about three of these lists (availability permitting.) Here is what I ended up with. What is your favorite music video from the 1980s?

13 80s Music Videos:
1. A-ha – Hunting High and Low

2. Peter Gabriel – Big Time

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Here is the September update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

As always, if you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Airborn: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Airman: In development with a release date in 2011.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010.

The Amulet of Samarkand: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Angels & Demons: Not yet on DVD.

Anita Blake: No IMDB information as yet, nor do we know what they will be calling the project. Personally, I want to know who will be playing Edward. (more info here)

Atlas Shrugged: This project is now listed as “Announced” again. Release date is still listed as 2011.

Beastly: Currently filming, with a US release date of 30 July 2010.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

The Box of Delights: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Chariots of the Gods?: In development with a tentative 2012 release date.

Chocky: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010. (I’ll be very interested to see this one as I saw the old TV miniseries of this title.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Currently filming with a U.S. release date of 10 December 2010.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: This movie is reported to include the first three books of the series. It has been completed, and The U.S. release date is now 23 October 2009.

City of the Beasts: In development with a 2011 release date.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Due in U.S. theaters on 18 September 2009.

The Cry of the Icemark: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

Daughter of Fortune: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2011.

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 release date.

Discipline: In development with a 2010 release date.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. U.S. theatrical release expected sometime in 2010.

Dragonriders of Pern: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

Dune: (Yes, another version of Dune.) Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Eastwick: The new TV show version of The Witches of Eastwick will arrive on ABC in September 2009.

Eclipse: Currently filming with a release date of 30 June 2010.

The Eye of the World: In development with a release date in 2011.

Fahrenheit 451: In development with a release date in 2012 sometime.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Due in U.S. theaters on 25 November 2009.

Far from the Madding Crowd: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said: In development with a 2011 release date.

Game of Thrones: This TV series looks to be appearing on HBO in 2010.

Gimme a Call: In development with a 2011 release date.

The Giver: In development with a 2011 release date.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: Currently filming and due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Currently filming and due in theaters on 15 July 2011.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Not yet on DVD.

The Hobbit: Announced with a release date currently set for December 2011.

House of Night: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

The Illustrated Man: In development with a theoretical 2010 release date.

The Immortality Factor: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

It: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Life of Pi: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lorax: In development with a release date in 2012. Word is that this will be in 3D.

The Lovely Bones: In post-production. Due in U.S. theaters 15 January 2010.

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010 sometime.

Mars Needs Moms!: Currently filming with a release date in 2010.

Maximum Ride: In pre-production with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: In development with a 2013 release date.

My Sister’s Keeper: On DVD Nov 17, 2009.

Neuromancer: In pre-production with a release date in 2011 sometime.

The NeverEnding Story: In development with a 2012 release date.

New Moon: In post-production with a U.S. release date on 20 November 2009.

On the Road: In development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

Paradise Lost: This version is in pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Paradise Lost: And this version is in development with a 2012 release date.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief : In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Queen of Babble: In development with a 2011 release date.

Ramona and Beezus: Currently filming and due in U.S. theaters on 19 March 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart: In development with a release date sometime in 2010.

Shantaram: In development and due in U.S. theaters sometime in 2011.

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Stargirl: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Stoneheart Trilogy: In development with a 2012 release date. Mind you, I’m not sure which one of the trilogy they mean to start with.

The Subtle Knife: Now listed as “Unknown” with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

The Sword of Shannara: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Thirteenth Hour: In development with a release date in 2011.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Not yet on DVD.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release on 23 December 2011.

Tomorrow, When the War Began: In pre-production with a 2010 release date.

The Tripods: In development with a 2012 release date.

Uglies: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag: In development with a 2011 release date.

Where the Wild Things Are: Due in U.S. theaters on 16 October 2009.

Where’s Waldo?: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

World War Z: In development with a 2010 release date.

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Tour de Niles

You live in Fremont, maybe you work in Fremont.  You might go to school in Fremont.  But what do  you  know  about  Fremont? Recently,  some local Girl Scouts (  Coyote  hills and Chabot Service Units) put together an historic walking/biking tour of one small part of fremont — the Niles District . Learn about the historic nursery, the old film studio, or other tidbits of Niles hitory . Go here to read about the project, download the podcast or print out a brochure. The grab your bike or put on your sneakers and learn a little bit about the town where you live.

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All I can say is: Wow. I was looking forward to this film already. Now, I’m dying for it to be November. And yes, I’ve given in and am re-reading the book. This is not something that I generally advise before seeing a book to film translation (I tend to re-read after seeing the film so I wont be too distracted by inconsistencies), but I couldn’t resist. If you haven’t seen this trailer yet, give it a try.

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