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1. National Seed Swap Day is January 31. Have you found a local seed swap to join?
2. Also on January 31, Carol Channing will be 87. Many happy returns!
3. It’s Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week!
4. Zsa Zsa Gabor is suppoesd to turn 91 on February 6. I’m thinking that she will turn 29 instead, just to confound everyone. Happy Birthday, Zsa Zsa.
5. Oh, and by the way, February is Library Lovers’ Month. So, love your library!

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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Unlikely Allies by Joel Richard Paul is everything they didn’t teach you in school about the days leading up to the American Revolution. The year is 1776. Silas Deane, a Connecticut merchant who can’t speak a word of French, is in Versailles trying to convince Louis XVI to sell arms and ammunition to the Americans. Chosen by Benjamin Franklin to be the representative of the Continental Congress, Deane arrives in France months before Franklin and must survive by his wits alone, as the place is crawling with spies and incognito French police officers– and they’ve all got a stake in the political shenanigans that are about to take place. What help can the insolvent but determined Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beumarchais, a French playwright and one-time aristocrat offer Deane? And in any case, can Deane trust him?

These are just two of the colorful characters in Paul’s account of the long struggle to persuade Louis XVI to back the new country with much-needed supplies and then to actually get them delivered to Washington’s desperate army. It is a tale of espionage and counter-espionage, of cat-and-mouse diplomacy among men of all ranks who double-crossed each other as frequently as the wind changed. It is also the story of one of history’s most enigmatic characters, the notorious Chevalier d’Eon, a cross-dressing French soldier turned diplomat turned blackmailer, without whom the outcome of the Revolution might have been very different.

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Thursday Thirteen #101

As you may imagine, I’ve been hanging out in the reference section again. That’s where I found the source listed below. Today I’m bringing you all a list of 13 books which contain librarian characters. This is a library blog, after all, so it makes sense to me. My favorite of the books below is Rest You Merry. Do you have a favorite book with a librarian character in it?

13 Novels with Librarian Characters:
1. Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd
2. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian J. Braun
3. Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod
4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
5. Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris
6. Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin
7. Die for Love by Elizabeth Peters
8. Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley
9. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
10. Dewey Death by Ursula Torday
11. Leave it to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse
12. The Eternal Conflict by David H. Keller
13. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Source:
Librarians in Fiction: A Critical Biography by Grant Burns

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Here is the January 2010 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.

As always, 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.

The Adjustment Bureau: In post production with a 2010 release date.

Airborn: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Airman: In development with a release date in 2011.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is due in U.S. theaters on 5 March 2010.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: In development with a 2012 release date.

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. (more info here)

Atlas Shrugged: This project is now listed as “Announced” again. Release date is still listed as 2011.

Beastly: In post-production, with a U.S. 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 2011.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

The Box of Delights: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Breaking Dawn: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

The Camel Bookmobile: In development with a 2012 release date.

Chariots of the Gods?: In development with a tentative 2012 release date.

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.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: In post-production with a U.S. release date of 10 December 2010.

City of the Beasts: In development with a 2011 release date.

Curveball: In development with a 2013 release date.

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

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In post-production with a U. S. Release date of 2 April 2010.

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 release date.

Discipline: In development with a 2010 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.

Eat, Pray, Love: In post-production with a U.S. release date of 13 August 2010.

Eclipse: In post-production with a release date of 30 June 2010.

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

Fahrenheit 451: In development with a release date in 2012 sometime.

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

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said: In development with a 2011 release date.

Flowers for Algernon: In development with a 2013 release date.

Game of Thrones: This TV series looks to be appearing on HBO in 2010.

Gimme a Call: In development with a 2011 release date.

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.

Gulliver’s Travels: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 22 December 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Currently filming and due in theaters on 15 July 2011.

The Hobbit: Announced with a release date currently set for December 2011.

The Host: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

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

The Illustrated Man: In development with a theoretical 2010 release date.

The Immortality Factor: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

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 pre-production with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lorax: In development with a release date in 2012. Word is that this will be in 3D.

The Lost Symbol: In development with a 2012 release date.

The Lovely Bones: Currently in U.S. theaters.

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

Mars Needs Moms!: Currently filming with a release date in 2010.

Maximum Ride: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: In development with a 2010 release date.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

The Motel Life: In development with a 2012 release date.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: In development with a 2013 release date.

My Name is Memory: In development with a 2012 release date.

Netherland: In development with a 2013 release date.

Neuromancer: In pre-production with a release date in 2011 sometime.

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

On the Road: In development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

Paradise Lost: This version is in pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Paradise Lost: And this version is in development with a 2012 release date.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief : U.S. theatrical release is scheduled for 12 February 2010.

The Piano Tuner: In development with a 2013 release date.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: In pre-production with a release date sometime in 2011.

Queen of Babble: In development with a 2011 release date.

Ramona and Beezus: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 13 August 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart: In development with a release date sometime in 2010.

Septimus Heap: Magyk: In development with a 2012 release date.

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.

Startide Rising: In development with a 2012 release date.

The Stoneheart Trilogy: In development with a 2012 release date. Mind you, I’m not sure which one of the trilogy they mean to start with.

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 2011.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: In development with a 2012 release date.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release on 23 December 2011.

Tomorrow, When the War Began:In post-production with a 2010 release date.

The Tripods: In development with a 2012 release date.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: 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.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: In development with a 2011 release date.

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

Wicked: Witch Not sure how they are going to divide up the five book series and make it into films, but it looks like the first film may be called Curse. It’s in development with a 2012 release date.

World War Z: In development with a 2010 release date.

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1. It’s Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on January 25.
2. It’s National Take Back Your Time Week! So…try saying “no” to committments at least once.
3. On January 28, Sarah McLachlan will be 42 and Elijah Wood will be 29. Happy Birthday to both.
4. January 29 is Fun at Work Day. What silliness do you have planned?
5. Inane Answering Message Day (January 30) is the day you are supposed to re-evaluate your answering message and perhaps shorten or update it.

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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13 Things to Try in the New Year

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Thursday Thirteen #100

I can’t believe it! I’ve reached my 100th Thursday Thirteen. So, I’m celebrating with some ideas on things to try in this New Year. What are you trying this year?

13 Things to Try in the New Year:
1. Learn a new Language.
2. Exercise more.
3. Take up a new sport.
4. Organize your house.
5. Say “no” more often to new commitments.
6. Try reading in a different genre than your usual.
7. Try a new craft.
8. Start a new correspondence.
9. Join a club.
10. Start scheduling some time for yourself.
11. Try some new music.
12. Take a class.
13. Make friends with your camera.

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The IRS on YouTube…

Apparently, the IRS has its own YouTube channel full of tips and useful information. Check it out here. In teh meantime, here is one of their “useful tip” videos to give you an idea of what the channel is like.

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