Archive for June, 2009

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

2. Dust Band Around the Nucleus of “Black Eye Galaxy” M64

3. Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526

4. Dark Matter Ring in Galaxy Cluster

5. Light Echoes From Red Supergiant Star V838 Monocerotis

6. Star-Birth Clouds in M16

7. NGC 3324

8. Star-Forming Region in the Carina Nebula

9. The Cat’s Eye Nebula’s Intricate Layers

10. Pinwheel-Shaped Galaxy

11. Mars: Closest Approach 2007

12. Ring of Hot Blue Stars Pinwheels Around Yellow Nucleus of Hoag’s Object Galaxy

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.”

Guiness World Records 2009

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