Archive for March, 2008


Thursday 13 #11
Things have been a bit busy this week, so I’ve chosen to do a Thursday Thirteen that didn’t require quite so much research this time around. Instead, I bring you thirteen books that are on their way to the big screen. Have you heard about any books that are being filmed? Well, here’s a selection.

Book to be Adapted…
1. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – This one is due on the big screen on 11 July 2008. Walden Media is bringing us this fantastical story…in 3D this time.
2. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis – This film is due in US theaters on 16 May 2008. My mother can relax now. Apparently she loved the first film, and has been waiting impatiently for the next one to appear.
3. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – If you like vampires, this will be one for you. I’ve heard mixed reviews on casting from fans, but you can decide for yourself on 12 December 2008.
4. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling – The next installment in the Harry Potter saga will appear in US theaters on 21 November 2008. I, for one, can’t wait. Did you hear that they’re splitting the last book in half? That means that there will be two films after this one.
5. City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau – The filmed version of this popular fantasy novel is due in US theaters on 10 October 2008.
6. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown – That’s right. The prequel to the immensely popular Da Vinci Code is also headed for the big screen. It is currently due in theaters on 15 May 2009.
7. Dune by Frank Herbert – Yes. You read that right. I looks like they’re making another film version of Dune. This project has just been announced, so we only know that it is expected to appear in theaters in 2010 sometime.
8. Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key – I would like to take this opportunity to vent a bit. You see, Escape to Witch Mountain is my favorite book. I really enjoyed the movie that they made back in the 70s. It was well done and true to the spirit of the book. They remade it a while ago, and I don’t think that they bothered to read the book. Now they are making a new version that they are calling Race to Witch Mountain. It looks like they are straying far away from the original again. I will just have to tell myself that it can’t possibly be worse than the remake, and wait and see on 13 March 2009. (end rant)
9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – This Peter Jackson film is due in US theaters on 13 March 2009. It should be interesting to see what he does with it.
10. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – This popular children’s fantasy book is due in US theaters on 30 January 2009. I’ve been meaning to read it first. Obviously, I had better get on that.
11. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – So…who will play John Galt? This film project has been listed as announced for a while. The WGA strike threw a bit of a wrench in the works for a bit, but now it seems to be back on track. No release date is listed at this point.
12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Is Peter Jackson involved? Yes. Is he directing? No. All that we really know right now is that it’s due in theaters in 2010, and it will be filmed in New Zealand.
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – This animated fantasy with quite the star-studded cast list will appear in US theaters on 19 December 2008. So, be ready.

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We Need Your Help

Have you been attending our Page Turners book discussion group here at the Fremont Main Library? If not, would you like to attend? Either way, we’ve got a question for you.

A little background info: As you may already know, the current Page Turners club is for students in the 4th to 6th grades and meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 4-5 p.m.

What’s new: Soon, we will have two book discussion groups: one for 4th to 6th grades and one for 6th to 8th grades.

So here’s the question(s):

  • If you were going to attend one of the two book clubs, what would be the best time for you to come?
  • Would after school be better than evening or vice versa?
  • Is 4 p.m. a good time? Would 7 p.m. be better?
  • Is there one day that absolutely works or doesn’t work for you?

Let us know by replying below.
We appreciate your input because it will help us decide when to schedule the book clubs.

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Chester Book JacketChester is the naughty, but terribly funny cat of the title in this new book by Melanie Watt. (Watt also wrote the Scaredy Squirrel books.) If you’ve read any of her books, then you already know about her charmingly crazy sense of humor. This latest book is no exception. It starts with Melanie trying to write a story about a mouse, but Chester isn’t having any of that. He’s dying to express his heretofore suppressed literary talent and it’s no surprise who he wants his story to be about– the most wonderful, talented, handsome cat in the world–none other than himself, of course. Armed with a red marking pen, Chester is set and ready to improve Melanie’s sorry story about the mouse who lived in the country. He even makes his mark on the illustrations. But Melanie isn’t going to give up without a fight. Finally, just when Chester thinks he has everything worked out to his advantage, Melanie’s story takes a hilarious turn. Find out why Chester the cat is so upset when you read Chester by Melanie Watt.

Check out our catalog to put a hold on Chester.

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My favorite thing to do is to talk about books. I do lots of other things at the library, but talking about books is something I do all the time. Everywhere. So you can imagine my disappointment when a majority of the kids from the Irvington book club had the flu last week . The good news: We were able to reschedule our book club meeting. So on April 9th at 3:30 we will be discussing Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami.


If you haven’t read Bindi Babes , it is a funny and touching story of three Indian sisters that live in England with their father. From the outside , their lives look perfect. They are good students; they are liked by their classmates ; and they have all the stuff a girl could ever want. But, about a year ago, their mother died. Since their mother’s death, their father has spent most of his waking hours working and the girls have been on their own. Their father feels that his girls need a woman in their lives. The fun begins when Auntie arrives. Suddenly the girls have to go to bed at a reasonable hour and they no longer get everything they desire. The girls decide Auntie must go! They decide to try and marry her off. But Auntie is always one step ahead of the girls…

winndixie1.jpgNeed more opportunities to talk books? Join the Centerville kids book club at 4:00 this Thursday and discuss about Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo .

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Take a trip with a small squishy cow in The Adventures of Cow by Cow (as told to Lori Korchek and photographed by Marshall Taylor.)

Yes, I said “small squishy cow.” The main character of this book is one of those squeezable cow toys. As such, the cow on the cover of the book is itself sort of squishy. Photographs of Cow in different and unexpected situations are the illustrations and the larger portion of the humor in this book. The captions are all “wrong” in some fashion. Horses are labeled as “big dogs” and the “pigs” are really goats. Children will enjoy pointing out the errors in Cow’s narration. Speaking of the narration, I warn you now to watch out for puns. There are a couple of groaners towards the end that I loved. The Adventures of Cow is a short, quick read of a picture book. And now there is a sequel called: The Adventures of Cow, Too. I enjoyed this book very much. I hope that you do, too. Just watch out for herds of scary frogs.

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The Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Main Library are co-sponsoring a monthly series of business programs entitled Small Business Solutions at the Fremont Main Library. These programs are made possible through a grant from the Alameda County Library Foundation.

The first seminar in the series, Doing Business in the United States, was presented on February 26 by Alan Olsen, CPA and partner of Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. Mr. Olsen (pictured at left) discussed tax treaties between countries, legislation and compliances, proper business structure, transfer of assets, and more, to help attendees learn how to achieve future financial success in the United States. The seminar was aimed at offshore investors, non-resident businesses, and new American entrepreneurs and business owners, all of whom need to be familiar with the implications of doing business in the United States.

Alan generously distributed copies of his book Doing Business in the United States. (This book will also soon be available at the Fremont Main Library.)

A podcast of the seminar has been added to the Alameda County Library website under Business and Investments.

Upcoming programs will be announced in the Calendar of Events, the Library Rotator, library fliers, and press releases sent to the media.

– Gertrude

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Thursday 13 #10

This week’s Thursday Thirteen was once again inspired by some search terms that someone used to find this blog. They were looking for Pulitzer prize-winning books that had been made into films. So, I did a bit of research, and here is what I found.

Some Pulitzer Prize Facts:
* “Pulitzer” is pronounced “Pull-it-sir.”
* The category for a Fiction novel was called Novel from 1917-1947 and Fiction 1948-present.
* The prize “for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life” is Ten thousand dollars.
* The Pulitzer Prizes are named after the man who established the award, Joseph Pulitzer. He was a “passionate crusader against dishonest government” and consumate newspaper man.

13 books that won the Pulitzer Prize for Novels between 1917-1947, and have since been filmed: (long enough title for you?)

1. The Magnificent Ambersons (1919) by Booth Tarkington – (Pampered Youth 1925) (1942) (Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1950) (2002)
2. The Age of Innocence (1921) by Edith Wharton – (1924) (1934) (1993)
3. Alice Adams (1922) by Booth Tarkington – (1923) (1935)
4. So Big (1925) by Edna Ferber – (1924) (1932) (1953)
5. Arrowsmith (1926) by Sinclair Lewis – (1931) (Robert Montgomery Presents 1950) (The Decision at Arrowsmith 1953) (Kraft Television Theatre 1954) (Matinee Theatre 1955) (The DuPont Show of the Month 1960) (1999)
6. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928) by Thornton Wilder – (1929) (1944) (The DuPont Show of the Month 1958) (2004)
7. Laughing Boy (1930) by Oliver Lafarge – (1934)
8. The Good Earth (1932) by Pearl S. Buck – (1937)
9. Gone with the Wind (1937) by Margaret Mitchell – (1939) (1956)
10. The Yearling (1939) by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – (1946) (1983) (1994)
11. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) by John Steinbeck – (1940) (1991)
12. A Bell for Adano (1945) by John Hersey – (1945) (Lux Video Theatre 1955)
13. All the King’s Men (1947) by Robert Penn Warren – (1949) (1958) (2006)

* The Internet Movie Database
* The Official Pulitzer Prize Website

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