Archive for October, 2008

Zombies @ The Allen County Public Library:

Unfortunately, the Zombies seem to have already stolen our copy of the Zombie Survival Guide. You’ll have to order it through Link +.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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13 Spooky Songs

Thursday Thirteen #43
Friday is Halloween, so what better way to celebrate than a Spooky Thursday Thirteen? (I don’t work on Friday, sadly, but be sure to stop by the blog for an appropriately themed post.)

Below I have listed thirteen songs that are considered spooky. Following the list, as a special surprise, I have included a playlist of the songs. (Click “pop out player” to listen, as I can’t seem to get it to show up the usual way. Sorry.) Do you have a favorite spooky song? Please let me know. If I can, I’ll add it to the playlist.

13 Spooky Songs:
1. Monster Mash – B. Pickett
2. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
3. This is Halloween – Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
4. Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
5. Ghostbusters Theme – Ray Parker, Jr
6. The Addams Family Theme
7. Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
8. Thriller – Michael Jackson
9. Twilight Zone Theme
10. Danse Macabre
11. Night on Bald Mountain
12. Monster Rap – Elvira
13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme – Nerf Herder

(Click “Pop Out Player” to Listen)

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Judy Moody in College?

Yes, it’s true, Judy Moody has saved the planet, declared independence, and gone around the world in 8 1/2 days. What’s next you ask? College, of course. And why is Judy going to college? Because of Mrs. Grossman. Mrs. Grossman is taking over class 3T while Mr. Todd is off in Bologna, Italy learning how to be a better teacher. (Isn’t he as great as possible already?) When Judy comes home with a note from Mrs. Grossman that says she needs extra-special help in math (not her favorite subject by far), her parents decide that Judy needs to see a tutor. A tutor? EESH! Judy definitely doesn’t want to go to a tutor. Tutor’s have flash cards; flash cards are for babies. She, Judy Moody, is not a baby and she definitely isn’t in the mood for flash cards. In fact, Judy is in a no-math-mood. All the way to the tutor she is bound and determined to hate math, but then something incredible happens. What is this place with the duck pond and the fountain and the serious library clock tower? College? And who is this super cool girl with green eyes and a messy ponytail? Judy’s tutor? And the Investigation Station? Could these games actually be math? Something tells me Judy won’t be in a bad mood for long. Who knew college (and even math) could be so much fun? Now if only Mr. Todd would come back in a hurry!

Check holdings or place a hold.

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  Are you  a bibliophile? Have you ever forgotten to make dinner because  you were busy  with a good book?  Stayed up all night  reading just one more chapter?  Then The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett is a must read. In this lovely, very funny novella,  Queen Elizabeth II discovers the bookmobile on palace grounds.  She investigates and feels obligated to check out a book.  Unfortunately, not a very  good book.  She returns it, and with  the help of the librarian and the kitchen  boy, she finds a much better book .  A reader is born.

Now  that the Queen  has a hobby, ribbon-cutting ceremonies are not as much fun as they  used to be .  State dinners would be more interesting if people talked about their  favorite books instead of the weather.  The castle world  turns upside down  with the Queen’s new hobby and…just wait for the end. 

A fun book for everyone that  has ever gotten lost in a book, with enough ‘meat’  for a great discussion at a book club.

Reserve it now!

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An economic forum The Silicon Valley Economy: 2009 and Beyond – Challenges and Opportunities took place on October 24, 2008 at the Fremont Main Library in partnership with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Library Foundation.

Addressing a variety of issues relevant to today’s economy and other timely topics renowned keynote speaker Dr. Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network shared insights and information that will impact your outlook for the economy in 2009. Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network is a group of visionary leaders from business, labor, government, the universities, and the non-profit sector who build creative solutions to solve problems in their community, and to work as teams on current initiatives.

Our panel moderator was Jim Cunneen from California Strategies, LLC. Jim served as a California State Assemblyman from 1994-2000 creating a distinguished record on high technology and quality of life issues. He also served as an executive for two highly respected Fortune 500 Companies in Silicon Valley and was President and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This economic forum consisted of a panel of speakers who are leaders from industry and the business community. Drawing from a wealth of experience the panel shared insights and perspectives about today’s compelling business issues and the shifting economy in the context of our local community. Challenges and concerns specific to the industrial and manufacturing sectors, small business, and real estate, with a perspective on local issues, which will impact the future development of California and the Silicon Valley as a community.

Distinguished panelists included:

Joe Head, President of Summerhill Homes
Dr. Gari Browning, President of Ohlone College
J. Kelly Truman, Ph.D., Vice President of Solyndra
Clark Fuhs, Corporate Marketing Director of Lam Research

Click to play a podcast of the event: Silicon Valley Economy 2009 and Beyond (Duration: 1:25:42)
(Please note: it gets louder after the initial introduction.)

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Hey! There’s a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Apparently this one is the “International Version.” For those of you keeping track of such things, it contains a whole second of Snape. Mind you, it seems to me that this trailer still contains more of him than the last one. Enjoy!

(You can find a higher resolution version here.)

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Last week I attended the Internet Librarian 2008 Conference in Monterey. It was so full of interesting and useful information that I felt like my brain was full at the end of each of the three days. So, I’ve compiled a list of ten links to give you a taste of all of that information.

Ten Interesting Links from Internet Librarian 2008:
1. Twitter Search – Search the micro-blogging site for keywords. Did you know that Darth Vader is on Twitter? So is NASA.

2. Invisible Auctions – You may not know this, but sometimes people on Ebay misspell things. It’s true! With this site, you can search for those misspelled (and therefore cheaper) items.

3. Page2RSS – Have you ever wanted an RSS feed for a site that doesn’t offer one? That’s what this site does. It creates RSS feeds for anything with a static URL.

4. Open Congress – If you want to keep an eye on what Congress is up to, or track a particular bill, this is the site for you.

5. Urbanspoon.com – Find new restaurants in your area and review the ones you already know about. If you have an iPhone, there are some other nifty ways you can use the site.

6. Gas Buddy – Looking for the cheap gasoline in your area? If you live in the USA or Canada, this site can point you in the right direction.

7. Tiny URL – Are you tired of those huge URLs that wrap around in e-mails, thus making them difficult to click on? Yes? Then this is the site you need. It takes large URLs and makes them…tiny.

8. eventful – Want to know what is going on in your town? Eventful will tell you about events going on in venues you weren’t even aware of. Well…at least it did for me.

9. Watchthatpage.com – This site will watch a page for you, and let you know what has been changed.

10. Seesmic – A way to join the video conversation.

Image Source: flickr (image copyright – me)

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Thursday 13: Musing on Muses

Thursday Thirteen #42

Sorry that this is late this week. I was at the Internet Librarian 2008 conference. I’ll just get on with it, shall I?

13 Muse-Related Facts:
1. The Muses are Greek Goddesses who preside over arts and sciences, and are believed to give inspiration.

2. Originally there was one muse, but the number then grew to three, and finally, nine. The Nine muses are: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.

3. My nickname is actually Calliope, so don’t say “If I were struck by the muse…” near me…I’m likely to strike you. 🙂

4. Muse is actually one of my favorite bands. My current favorite songs are Map of the Problematique and Sing for Absolution.

5. Olivia Newton-John plays one of the muses (Terpsichore the muse of dance from the look of things) in the film Xanadu.

6. Calliope is the muse of epic (some say “heroic”) poetry. Her name means “beautiful voice.” She is often referred to as the chief of the muses.

7. Clio is the muse of history or historic poetry. She is sometimes listed as the muse of heroic poetry as well.

8. Erato is the muse of lyric, love, and erotic poetry.

9. Euterpe is the muse of music and lyric poetry. She is known for the playing of the double flute.

10. Melpomene is the muse of tragedy. I’m thinking that she is responsible for several of Shakespeare’s plays.

11. Polyhymnia is the muse of sacred songs/hymns.

12. Thalia is the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry.

13. Urania is the muse of astronomy.

The Encyclopedia Mythica
The Wikipedia Article on Muses
The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton

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Toys Go Out

It wasn’t Lumphy’s fault that he got peanut butter on him. He was on a picnic with the Little Girl and her father when it started to rain. Because of the rain, Lumphy had to ride home in the picnic basket with the peanut butter. Unfortunately, the lid on the peanut butter jar was loose and Lumphy’s face and front legs got the goopy brown stuff all over them. Lumphy didn’t mind being dirty or having a slight peanut smell about him though, especially once the Girl had wiped him off with a napkin. The Little Girl does mind, however. In fact, she minds very much that Lumphy is dirty, and she wants him clean. Into the washing machine Lumphy must go, “Shuffle-o, Shuffle-o, Greasy Little Buffalo, Tough-y little buffle-y, Dance that buffalo shuffle with me!”. Is Lumphy brave enough to face the “terrifying bigness of the washing machine” all by himself? Will it be too terrifying for words or might swishing and sloshing and sudsing turn out to be more fun than it looks?

Emily Jenkins collection of six stories in Toys Go Out is full of all the fun, wonder and adventure of childhood told from the uniquely informed perspective of the Little Girl’s three favorite friends: Stingray, Lumphy and Plastic. It is imaginative and humorous, with delightfully detailed drawings by Paul O. Zelinksy. You really don’t want to miss this one; it’s much too much fun.

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This is a typical request we receive from kids almost everyday at the library. I used to direct them to pbs.com or disney.go.com until I learned this one from my son’s teacher a few years ago. This website is actually two sister sites linked to each other and the activities on both websites are very fun and most importantly, educational at the same time!

FunBrain (http://www.funbrain.com) and Fact Monster (http://www.factmonster.com) are the two websites I want to share here. If kids come to the library asking to play games on the computer, I usually tell them to go on FunBrain. If they need information for homework or projects, I say Fact Monster.

All the games and activities at FunBrain are categorized by different age/grade levels. They are very fun and the possible “side effects” may include being glued on to the computer screen and nonstop talk about the games. Even though it may require the player to solve a problem for each move, they enjoy doing it so much that you shouldn’t expect them to quit soon.  There is also a Books and Comics section where kids can read the online version of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”.  Besides kids’ stuff, there are also sections for parents and teachers.


Fact Monster from Information Please provides information for kids who need help for homework and projects. There are reference tools including an almanac, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, a theasaurus, and an atlas and map collection. Besides information on single subjects, there is also a Homework Center where additional homework help is available. The Cool Stuff section has random and interesting facts to feed your curiosity, and the Games and Quizzes section is just as fun as FunBrain’s.

Check them out today and have fun!

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