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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