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Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is in development once again on its way to the big screen. It is currently listed as having a release date in 2010, though from the sound of things it may be a bit later than that. Producer Frank Darabont says to expect a retro-sci fi look to the film.

The Tom Trueheart trilogy of books by Ian Beck is also on its way to the big screen starting with The Secret History of Tom Trueheart which is currently in development. The current theoretical release date is sometime in 2010.

And finally, Ben Bova himself is seeking to adapt his book The Immortality Factor for the big screen. The project is currently in development with a release date in 2011.

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Thursday Thirteen #73

I love the Images from the Hubble Space Telescope, don’t you? So, here are 13 of them for you to enjoy. They are all found on HubbleSite.org. Why not stop by and get yourself a new desktop background?

13 Images from the Hubble:
1. Quadruple Saturn Moon Transit
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2. Dust Band Around the Nucleus of “Black Eye Galaxy” M64
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3. Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
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4. Dark Matter Ring in Galaxy Cluster
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5. Light Echoes From Red Supergiant Star V838 Monocerotis
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6. Star-Birth Clouds in M16
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7. NGC 3324
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8. Star-Forming Region in the Carina Nebula
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9. The Cat’s Eye Nebula’s Intricate Layers
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10. Pinwheel-Shaped Galaxy
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11. Mars: Closest Approach 2007
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12. Ring of Hot Blue Stars Pinwheels Around Yellow Nucleus of Hoag’s Object Galaxy
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13. Spiral Galaxy M74
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The Time Traveler’s Wife will appear in U. S. theaters on 14 August 2009. If you loved the book, let me know what you think of the film’s trailer.

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At the last Centerville kids book club meeting , we spent our time discussing and recommending our favourite books. In no particular order here is the list

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Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey. Dragons and global warming. Read the entire series.

Among the Barrons by Margaret Peterson Haddix. In a future world of false identities, government lies, and death threats, Luke feels drawn to the younger brother of the boy whose name Luke has taken. Fourth book in the Shadow Children series.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Everyone at book club loves this book and is thrilled that there are more in the series.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. We read this one for our book club, long before the movie came out. We love the adventure of Lina and her friend in a city that is slowly going dark. Read the rest of the series, too.

Amazing days of Abby Hayesby Anne Mazer. Stories about Abby , her friends and her family. fun series.

Simon Bloom, the gravity keeper by Michael Reisman. Nerdy sixth-grader Simon Bloom finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics, but when two thugs come after him, he needs the formulas in the book to save himself. Sitting on my bedside table right now! <br.

Magic Kitten by Sue Bentley. Spending a boring summer in the country with her aunt turns exciting for ten-year-old Lisa when she discovers a magic kitten. fun series.

Quake By Joe Cottonwood. With their parents away at the 1989 World Series, fourteen-year-old Franny, her younger brother, and their cousin try to cope with the frightening events following an earthquake that destroys their home on Loma Prieta mountain

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Secret Garden and The Little Princess by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Classics we love.

Ella Enchanted By Gail Levine. Gail levine is a master of the retelling of fairy tales and this retelling of Cinderella is very popular.

The Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s New World by Nathaniel Philbrick. Adaptation of an adult book , but the same author.

Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley’s journal by Jeff Kinney. Funny book , read the whole series.

Molly Moon’s incredible book of hypnotism by Georgia Byng. Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet wants to be a writer, so she writes everything down. Some of what she writes is not so nice, and when her classmates find her notebook…

Things hoped for By Andrew Clements. Seventeen-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing. Companion book to Things not Seen. Actually, we just love books by Andrew Clements.

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Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney. While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Another classic.

Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu. Book 1 of the Cronus Chronicles . After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.

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The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… Wait , there are no bad books by Roald Dahl.

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Glori. When their father is kidnapped and danger looms, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their Scottish castle.

The lightning thief by Rick Riordan. After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. First book in the series: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Also try a book on Greek Mythology .

Do Over by Christine Hurley Deriso.Seventh-grader Elsa moves to a new town and starts a new school where, with the help of her recently deceased mother and a magic locket that allows her to redo the last ten seconds in any situation, she attempts to become popular.

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Fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley. First book in the Sisters Grimm series. Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead and that is not the only thing they find out…

13th Reality by James Dashner. New Series. Thirteen-year-old Atticus “Tick” Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only “M.G.,” and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane.

As you might have guessed , the kids in the Centerville book club like to read. And all of us are looking for suggestions — so give us some in the comment section. And if you are looking for more books and ideas for summer fun , look at the Summer Reading blog.

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Connect @ the Library – FREE Summer Tech Talks

The Van Doorn Room
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd
Information Desk: 510-745-1401

Registration required (sign up at the Information Desk).
Seating limits will be observed

Building Websites with Google Sites
Saturday July 18, 2009
2:00-3:30 p.m. van Doorn Rm.
Want to create a website? Think it’s too hard? Watch a demonstration and see how easy it is to create information sharing sites such as: team projects, company intranets, classrooms, club sites and personal web pages using Google Sites.

Social Networking with Orkut
Saturday July 25, 2009
2:00-3:30 pm van Doorn Rm.
Ready to join the social networking world? Come see how Google’s Orkut can get you started networking with new friends with similar interests, help make new business contacts or keep contact with old friends. This demonstration will show the capabilities of this online community.

Say it on Skype
Saturday August 1, 2009
2:00-3:30 pm van Doorn room
Do you know you can call and see family and friends around the world for FREE? Yes, you can say it on Skype FREE! We will do a live demo and show you how to get started on Skype.

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emma_jean_lazarusEmma Jean Lazarus is not your typical seventh-grader. Up until a few months ago, she would sit by herself at lunch and sip from her thermos of tomato soup. Sometimes her English teacher Ms. Wright would stop and chat about a poem they had read in class that day. Emma Jean loves poetry. Lately though, Emma Jean has found a group of friends; they sit together at lunch now next to a table full of boys. One of these boys makes Emma Jean’s heart go all fluttery whenever she looks his way. His name is Will Keeler. Will is the most popular boy in school; all the girls like him, so Emma Jean is sure he would never want to go with her to the Spring Fling, the dance where the girls ask the boys. Gladstone Middle School is in a veritable uproar over the dance; all the girls have someone they want to ask. All but Colleen. Colleen doesn’t understand what’s wrong with her; why don’t the boys like her? Then she gets a note in her locker from a secret admirer. The trouble is, what if he stays a secret? That’s where Emma Jean might be able to help, if only she would. Emma Jean is good at solving problems, she’s like Nancy Drew, but better. The only trouble is, the solution to Colleen’s dilemma might not be exactly the one she’s expecting.
If you haven’t read the first book about Emma Jean and Colleen, be sure to check out Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree as well.

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Thursday Thirteen #72

I had so much fun choosing random slang for you all last week, so this week I have some random world records on offer. I once played cat’s cradle for well over on hour…

13 World Records:
1. Most comics published by one Author – “Shotaro Ishinomori (Japan) created 770 published comic titles and is today known as “The King of Manga.”

2. First In-Flight Movie – First National’s The Lost World was shown in 1925 during an Imperial Airways flight from London to paris.

3. Most successful Chimpanzee on Wall Street – Showing a 213% gain in her choices (made by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies) in 1999, Raven, a six year old Chimpanzee, became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA.

4. Largest species of falcon – The gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) can reach the length of 25 inches and weights of up to 74 oz.

5. Largest Spiral Galaxy (so far) – Malin 1 measures aproximately 650,000 light years across. (It’s 1.1 billion light years away from us.)

6. Most participants in a Role-Playing Game – “A total of 483 people from the Irmandiños a Revolta group took part in a massive role-playing game in Monterrei, from October 5 to 7, 2007.” I’m guessing that they mean live action role play specifically, here.

7. WNBA: Most Games Played – Career – (As of the printing ot the book) Vickie Johnson (USA) with 346 games played. 1997-2005 with the New York Liberty, and 2006-2007 with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

8. Oldest dated canon – The Dardanelles Gun was cast in 1464 for Sultan Mehmet II in Turkey.

9. Largest Photo Shoot of People Wearing Bikinis – 1010 participants took part in a photo shoot on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on 26 September 2007.

10. Largest Ginseng Root – Weighing in at 2 lbs 0.5 oz on 1 July 1999. Wow.

11. Most Layers in a Layer Cake – “Jayn Parenti (USA) baked a layer cake containing 230 layers on July 4, 2006.” Yes, it was red, white, and blue.

12. Fewest wins on Wacky Races – Dick Dastardly and Mutley in the Mean Machine had a whole zero wins to their credit.

13. Most Concurrent Musical Productions – “As of February 2005, 12 productions of Mamma Mia!…were playing at one time.”

Source:
Guiness World Records 2009

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This summer treat yourself…relax, refresh, and maybe even win a prize! Play a summer reading game for adults…Read locally with Books Around the Bay.

June 15- August 15

It’s Simple.

Read or listen to a book that is either written by a San Francisco Bay Area author or set in the Bay Area. Sample fiction, nonfiction, mystery, memoirs, travel, poetry, or any other favorite genre.

  • Check out reading suggestions and share your favorites at summerreading4adults.wordpress.com.
  • Fill out an entry form for each book you read (or listen to) and drop it in the entry box at your library.
  • One completed entry form will be drawn each week for a prize.
  • Weekly prize winners are eligible for a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.

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Click HERE to download a complete summer programs flyer.

Tuesday, June 23, 1:30-5:30 P.M.
Thursday, June 25, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

A 2-day camp for cool kids entering 4th-8th grade. Classes include the library and library jobs, resources for homework help, Internet surfing and safety, movie-making, YouTube, carfts and more. Registration required and is already full.
Update: We had so much fun! Check out the camp video posted on July 28, 2009.

Tuesday, June 30, 2 P.M.
Movie-making for Beginners

For ages 9 and up with some computer knowledge. Learn basics of Windows Movie Maker and how to upload videos to YouTube.
Seats are limited. A ticket is required to attend this class. Free tickets are available at the Information Desk 1 hour prior to the event.

Thursday, July 2, 2-4 P.M.
Family Movie Time–Bolt

Rated PG. Seats are limited. A ticket is required to watch this movie. Free tickets are available at the Information Desk 1 hour prior to show time.

Thursday, July 9, 2-3 P.M.
Puppet Show–Just So Stories

Come watch three fun stories: “How the whale go his throat”, “The elephant child”, and “How the Rhinoceros got his skin”, presented by P&T Puppets.
This puppet show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some seating areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.

Thursday, July 16, 2-3 P.M.
Origami Fun for Kids

Join us for creative origami making. Presented by Christie’s Creative Cupboard. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
Seats are limited. A ticket is required to attend this event. Free tickets are available at the Information Desk 1 hour prior to the event.

Thursday, July 23, 4-5 P.M.
Line Dance!

Presented by Amy and Friends Line Dance.
For ages 3-103. Everybody can dance!
Please wear sneakers or comfortable shoes. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, July 30, 2-3 P.M.
YouTube Video Showcase

Come watch videos made by you and your friends.
Upload your home-made videos on YouTube to share with us. Find out details at the Information Desk.

Tuesday, August 4, 2 P.M.
Dan Chan Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat

Magic+acrobatics+juggling+more. Dan and Kat are back with new tricks! Don’t miss it!
This show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some seating areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.

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Here is the June 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 2011.

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. (Johnny Depp is apparently playing the Mad Hatter.)

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

Angels & Demons: Currently in theaters.

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: 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.

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: In pre-production 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: In development 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.

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

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

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: Currently filming with a U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

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.

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 on 23 December 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.

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

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