Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 28, 2014

What do you need to know about, and how can you improve your, digital and information literacy?

Cloud-Based Computing by Larry Gerber

“Readers determine what cloud computing looks like and how it is revolutionizing their education today. They evaluate its use in social collaboration, data storage and utility computing, Google Apps, Docs, and Maps, email, banking and shopping, pictures, movies, and music, mobile apps and services, and how the cloud is used in everyday life. The text explains the basics in this rapidly evolving technology along with its use in business applications. Drawbacks of cloud computing are also addressed, including issues of security, privacy, and ethics, and access, control, and stability concerns.”            [J004.6782 GERBER]

Building Apps by Laura La Bella

“With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, apps have taken the world by storm and captured the collective imagination. They range in nature from delightfully frivolous and whimsical to sturdily practical and utilitarian, simple and straightforward to dazzlingly elaborate. In an incredibly brief period of time, they have become fundamental to the smooth and pleasurable functioning of most people’s daily lives. App designers are the new rock stars of the programming world. Any [one] seeking to learn what apps are, how they work, and how they can be designed, programmed, tested, and sold to the highest bidder will find all these questions answered in these pages.”                              [J005.1 LA BELLA]

Publishing Your e-Book by Daniel E. Harmon

“Readers consider e-book technology and services, and how to launch an e-book (choosing a platform, platform-specific formatting, etc.) and marketing their e-book to an audience. This engaging narrative presents e-book success stories of young authors, and investigates the reasons for publishing an e-book. It’s a handy how-to guide that enhances writing and communication skills while helping [readers] in their quest to becoming published authors on the Internet.”                [J070.5797 HARMON]

Understanding Digital Piracy by Susan Meyer

“With the rise of the Internet and the explosion of Web-based entertainment, digital piracy has become a startlingly common crime and a huge problem that robs companies, artists, and other content creators of their creative and financial due. The fundamentally unfair nature of the crime and the harsh consequences of this illegal behavior need to be brought home to [readers] in a very visceral, high-impact way. By framing the discussion as property theft pure and simple and putting a human face on the victims, who are the very people [tweens and] teens respect and idolize–musicians, actors, directors, authors, gamers, programmers–this text does exactly that.”                [J364.1662 MEYER]

Gamification: Using Gaming Technology For Achieving Goals by Therese Shea

“Designed for readers who are interested in the cutting edge of computers and technology, and how it interacts with daily life. The text introduces the new concept of gamification, which turns daily behaviors, such as losing weight, into a game that rewards success. Readers are introduced to examples of gamification programs in areas such as environmentalism, education, and health, among others.”                      [J795 SHEA]

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Write Your Story ….You Can Write a Memoir

We all have memories. They are the well from which we draw stories. And most of us have a desire to tell and hear stories, even short one. as witnessed by the energetic conversation around our dinner tables and by standard questions that open many of our social conversations: “what are you up to?” ” what did you do today” “what ‘s going on?”Some of us have the desire to write those stories , to use them to preserve our personal or family histories, and to write ourselves into the present and even the future.

-from the book You can write a memoir by Susan Carol Hauser 


Join our senior library member Bruce Haase
and write your memoir. Bruce is life ling reader, heeiffel_tower_blue
now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction.
These are informal meetings ,
to support each other and organize your thoughts
for writing. Sharing is optional.
Meetings take place
The Third Tuesday of the month
August 19,
and September 16
1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Please bring pen & paper

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Women , Career, and the Community

Contemporary women have a great challenge to express their creativity through different means than creating  a family . In all different societies they have to work against traditional roles and constrained of the  community to create work/life balance. 

These two DVDs show two extreme cases:

Searching for Debra Winger

“A thought-provoking documentary in which Rosanna Arquette talks to the film industry’s most talented and award-winning actresses about the pressures they face as women working in show business.”

The Beauty Academy of Kabul

“In this arresting and optimistic portrait of post-Taliban Afghanistan, a quirky gaggle of Western hair stylists, armed with blow driers and designer scissors, improbably open a school to teach eager Afghan women the high art of fixing hair. Both humorous and subversive, the film offers poignant moments of culture clash and touching moments of feminine solidarity.”

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 21, 2014

Froggy Gets a Doggy by Jonathan London

“A pet!

“Mom has agreed: Froggy can have a pet. Off to the pet store they go. Mom would prefer a bunny or some mice, but Froggy and his little sister, Pollywogilina, have their hearts set on a doggy. And when Froggy sees the little dog with big brown eyes, he begs to take her home.

“Mom cautions Froggy about all the new responsibilities he will have taking care of Doggy, but Froggy’s sure there will be no problem. He doesn’t count on Doggy being more difficult to train than he expected.

“Froggy always lands himself in a pickle, but he always bounces back. That’s why everyone loves him!”       [JPB LONDON]

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

“Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World – a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

“Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.”         [J GROVE]

I Can Make That! Fantastic Crafts for Kids by Mary Wallace

“The book one librarian called ‘the best craft book she’d ever seen’ has been updated to introduce a new generation of children to the fun of crafts. Children as young as four years old can take common household items and easy-to-obtain natural materials like twigs and turn them into costumes, puppets, toys, games, and more. Step-by-step instructions and photographs keep things simple and easy to understand, making this book perfect for home, school, library, camp, or even daycare. Accessible and fun, the very doable crafts of I Can Make That! provide young crafters the opportunity to develop new skills and leave them with a sense of accomplishment.”                                 [J745.5 WALLACE]

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San Francisco: A Food Biography

sanfranciscoSan Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco’s famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city’s culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms to markets, from markets to kitchens, and from kitchens to tables, focusing on how people experienced the bounty of the City by the Bay.”

Erica J. Peters is the author of Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam. Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century (2011).she lives in the Bay Area and is director and cofounder of the Culinary Historians of Northern California.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 14, 2014

Digger Dog by William Bee

Digger Dog loves to dig up bones – the bigger the better. But for the biggest bone in the world, what will Digger Dog need? The biggest digger in the world, of course! All through the story, the diggers get bigger, the hole gets deeper and there is the most fantastic fold-out surprise at the end!”               [JPB BEE]

Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish by Margarita Engle

“Tiny rabbit dreams of growing as big as the forest and as tall as the trees, yet no matter how hard he wishes, he stays the same small size. But in a jungle filled with beasts both big and small, perhaps being tiny is just right! Inspired by the rhythms and humor of Afro-Cuban folktales, award-winning author Margarita Engle wrote this charming picture book in honor of every child’s favorite springtime animal.”    [JPB ENGLE]

Three Bird Summer by Sara St. Antoine

An introspective boy and an adventurous girl uncover a poignant family mystery during a summer on the shores of Three Bird Lake.

“For as long as he can remember, Adam and his parents have spent their summers at his grandmother’s rustic cabin on Three Bird Lake. But this year will be different. There will be no rowdy cousins running around tormenting Adam. There will be no Uncle John or Aunt Jean. And there’ll be no Dad to fight with Mom. This year, the lake will belong just to Adam.

“But then Adam meets Alice, the girl next door, who seems to want to become friends. Alice looks just like the aloof, popular girls back home—what could he and she possibly have in common?
Turns out, Alice isn’t like the girls back home. She’s frank, funny, and eager for adventure. And when Adam’s grandma starts to leave strange notes in his room—notes that hint at a hidden treasure somewhere at the lake and a love from long ago—Alice is the one person he can rely on to help solve the mysteries of Three Bird Lake.”                          [J ST. ANTOINE]

Fantastic Finger Puppets to Make Yourself by Thomasina Smith

“Have toys at your fingertips – and on your toes – including angels, aliens, a peacock, an octopus, a mermaid, a waltzing couple and a goofy horse. How to make perfect puppets from old socks, rubber gloves, cardboard, kitchen foil and ping-pong balls, as well as puppet stages on which to perform! Easy instructions and over 270 fantastic photographs show you what to do every step of the way. It is ideal for 7- to 12-year-olds, with simple projects for beginners, and more sophisticated projects for older kids. Watch your hands transform into birds, animals, flowers, forests and all sorts of other amazing characters. The 25 projects in this book include not only finger puppets, but also glove puppets, body-pained puppets, and even foot puppets. All the projects are simple and fun to do, and you can make them using everyday items found around the home, such as gloves, socks, ribbons, wool, buttons, beads and drinking straws. Then, why not use your puppets to make up stories with your friends?”                                  [J745.59224 SMITH]

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Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase

and write your memoir. Bruce is life long reader, he noeiffel_tower_bluew writes memoir-based, creative non-fiction.

These are  informal meetings ,

to support each other and organize your thoughts

for writing. Sharing is optional.

 Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

July 15, August 19,

and September 16

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please  bring pen & paper

For more information contact Bruce Hasse


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