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Peeps and Libraries

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Well, I have another book-related silly link for you today. It’s called Peep Research A Study of Small Fluffy Creatures and Library Usage. So, imagine that a bunch of marshmallow Peeps go to the library for the first time and need to try out their research skills. They get a few things wrong as you might imagine. I mean, what do they know about proper library behaviour? If you like libraries and Peeps, you should check this out.

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What is it like to work in the library? Do you know that there is a library that never closes? Want to learn how to make a movie and upload it to YouTube? These are only a few of the many things you will learn at this 2-day camp designed for cool kids entering 4th – 8th grade.

Camp takes place on June 23rd and 25th. It is free but registration is required. Seats are limited so sign up as early as possible. Click on one of the links below for the registration form.

Kids Library Camp Registration Form (Word format)
Kids Library Camp Registration Form (PDF format)

Contact: Chien-Chun Chang (510)795-2629 or email cchang@aclibrary.org

Location: CENTERVILLE LIBRARY (SEE MAP)

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Have you seen the new Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince trailer? Well, if you liked the last one, this one is liable to give you goosebumps. I would also like to note here that last I heard, the film will be opening two days early.

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Take a little break and watch these trailers for some classic movies that opened on this day in movie history: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in 1936, Titanic in 1953, and Tarzan and His Mate in 1934.

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Thursday Thirteen #64

I love Fairy Tales, and I am especially fond of Cinderella. So, what better Thursday Thirteen to offer during a week that is just crazy busy? Why, thirteen different versions of the Cinderella story, of course!

13 Cinderellas:

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1. Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell

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2. Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci

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3. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey

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4. Cendrillon by Robert D. San Souci

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5. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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7. The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

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8. Ella’s Big Chance by Shirley Hughes

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9. Chickerella by Mary Jane and Herm Auch

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10. Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. De La Paz

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11. Fair, Brown, and Trembling: An Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly

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12. Little Gold Star: A Spanish-American Cinderella Tale by Robert D. San Souci

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13. Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition by Jewell Coburn

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Here is the April 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.

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 2009.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010. (Johnny Depp is apparently playing the Mad Hatter.)

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

Angels & Demons: Due in US theaters on 15 May 2009.

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.

Atlas Shrugged: Status currently unknown, as the project has lost its director. Release date is now listed as 2011.

Beastly: In pre-production with a 2010 release date.

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.

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.)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: In post-production with a U.S. release date on 18 September 2009.

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

Cirque du Freak: This movie is reported to include the first three books of the series. It has been completed, and The U.S. release date is 15 January 2010.

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

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

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 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.

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

Fahrenheit 451: Announced with a release date in 2010 sometime.

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

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. Due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Due in U.S. theaters on 15 July 2009.

The Hobbit: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2012.

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 Lovely Bones: In post-production. Due in U.S. theaters 11 December 2009.

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

Mars Needs Moms!: In pre-production 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.

My Sister’s Keeper: Due in U.S. theaters on 26 June 2009.

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

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

New Moon: Currently filming with a U.S. release date on 20 November 2009.

On the Road: Status currently listed a “Unknown” on the IMDB with a theoretical release date still listed as 2009.

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: In pre-production. U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Race to Witch Mountain: Not yet on DVD.

Ramona and Beezus: In pre-production and due in U.S. theaters on 19 March 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date 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 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: Due in U.S. theaters on on 14 August 2009.

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

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: In post-production with a U.S. release date on 16 October 2009.

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websterIt wasn’t the first dictionary, but on April 14th , 1828, Noah Webster published An American Dictionary of the English Language .It became very popular here and Britian and it became the source for spelling and pronunciation. 

How did I learn this ?  It turns out that the Grolier Multimedia encylopedia on this page of the library website, has a link to this day in history. You’ll never know what fun stuff there is if you don’t explore the library Research guide .

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