Archive for December, 2009

Have a Happy Hogmanay!

What’s Hogmanay? Well…watch this video and see. And have a happy one!

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13 Popular Posts


Thursday Thirteen #97

I admit it. I’m addicted to blog statistics. So, as it’s nearing the end of the year, I offer you our 13 most popular posts (to date.) Happy Holidays!

13 Popular Posts:
1. 13 Versions of Cinderella
2. Preschool crafts fun!
3. 13 Children’s Books Made into Academy Award Winning or Nominated Films
4. 13 Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
5. Thirteen Famous Librarians (Real and Fictional)
6. 13 Books with Dogs on the Cover
7. 13 Facts About Sacramento, CA
8. 2009 Summer Programs at Centerville Library
9. 13 Old West Outlaws
10. 13 More Books Becoming Films
11. Reading Adventures
12. 13 Facts About J. R. R. Tolkien
13. Five Famous Twitterers

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Join NORAD in tracking Santa on his yearly flight…

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Thursday Thirteen #96

The new year is just around the corner. Isn’t that crazy? Let’s see what Chase’s Calendar of Events 2010 says that January has in store for us.

13 Events:
1. January 2010 is Celebration of Life Month. This is a month for celebrating new beginnings.

2. January 1-7 2010 is Diet Resolution week. Think about what you’re putting on your plate.

3. January 2010 is International Creativity Month. Get out there and flex your creative muscles.

4. Edward Morgan (E. M.) Forster, author of A Room With a View among others, was born on 1 January 1879.

5. January 2010 is Book Blitz Month. Apparently, this is when authors concentrate on improving their relationships with the media.

6. Happy Birthday to James McAvoy! He was born on 1 January 1979.

7. January 2010 is National Hot Tea Month. Take a break and have a cup of tea.

8. Happy Anniversary, Ellis Island! Ellis Island was in operation starting on 1 January 1892.

9. Don’t forget to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade on 1 January 2010 at 8am PST.

10. 1 January 2010 is Z Day, to give recognition to people and places that start with the letter Z.

11. January 2010 is Oatmeal Month. Do you add brown sugar to yours?

12. Happy Birthday to J. D. Salinger, who is 91 years old on 1 January 2010.

13. January 2010 is National Get Organized Month. Maybe I’ll finally get organized this year…

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The Next Sherlock Holmes

The next film version of Sherlock Holmes is due in U.S. theaters on 25 December 2009. Judging from the trailer, it seems like things have been updated a bit, but it also looks like a rollicking good time. It should be interesting to see what kind of modern spin that the filmmakers put on the source material.

While we’re waiting, here the trailer to entertain you.

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There are so very many languages in this world. Over six thousand reportedly. But word is that many of them are threatened with extinction. Yikes! Some languages are only spoken in an academic context, and some just aren’t being taught to the next generation. Just think of all of that history and culture dissapearing. I know that these days money can me a bit scarce, so I began wondering how it would be possible for us to expand our horizons through language study and not break the bank. The following list is the result of that pondering. Some of the links listed take you to entire language courses, while others only list useful phrases, but all of them should be free to use. So, choose a language and give it a try.

If you know of any other good, free internet resources for a particular language, especially one not listed here, please comment and tell me about it. I will continue to add to the list.

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It took Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne’s fictional hero, 80 days to get around the world. In 1889, Nellie Bly went around the world in just 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, beating Fogg by more than 7 days. Nellie Bly was a daredevil reporter, often working undercover for her assignments, at a time when women were not expected to make themselves heard. For most of Nellie’s life, women were not even allowed to vote.
Other people’s ideas of a woman’s proper role never stopped Nellie, however; whatever she could dream, she did. Hers was an exciting and very public life, one that Sue Macy captures with spirit and compassion in Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly.

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