Noe Valley Voice October 2005

Books in our Branch

This month's book list, chosen by Noe Valley librarian Carol Small and Voice bookworm Karol Barske, features a "billy sook" for children by Shel Silverstein, as well as John Dean's comparison of George W. Bush and Richard Nixon. To find out which books are available, go to www.sfpl .org, call 355-5707, or visit the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library at 451 Jersey Street. Note: The Jersey Street library is scheduled to close for renovation in early November. After that time, the library lapsits and story time will be held Wednesday mornings at Upper Noe Recreation Center and a bookmobile will make regular visits to the curb in front of St. Philip's School, at Diamond and Elizabeth streets. Bill Yenne's office at Diamond and 24th (AGS Book Works, 818 Diamond Street) will house the Noe Valley historical archives, as well as the library's collection of Noe Valley Voice newspapers. Until the building is closed, the library at 451 Jersey Street will remain open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adult Fiction

- Environmental issues tear a Michigan family apart in True North by Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall.

- Black sheep Sophie Applebaum goes on a quest for her identity in Melissa Bank's humorous novel The Wonder Spot.

- Originally published in 1961, Children of the Streets by science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison describes New York City gang life.

- The White Night of St. Petersburg, by Prince Michael of Greece, imagines what happened to the descendants of the Romanovs after the brutal murder in 1917 of Tsar Nicholas II and 20 members of his family.

Adult Nonfiction

- In Worse than Watergate, John Dean, former counsel to Richard Nixon, draws parallels between the current presidency and the past scandal.

- My Boyfriend's Back by Donna Hanover tells "the true story of rediscovering love with a long-lost sweetheart."

- Poet Nick Flynn's memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, describes his Massachusetts boyhood and life on the streets.

- Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner make a case against celebrity and "insanity chic in Babylon," in Hollywood, Interrupted.

Children's Fiction

- When you read Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems, you will see what could happen when a beloved stuffed animal goes into the washing machine by mistake. Ages 2 to 4.

- Rosemary Wells illustrates a song from the musical Guys and Dolls with two flirty ducklings playing together on a farm in I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck. Ages 2 to 5.

- In Dinos on the Go! author Karma Wilson and illustrator Laura Rader show that Triceratops, Stegasaurus, and many of their associates use different transportation to get to their 40,000,000-year reunion. Ages 3 to 5.

- When Grace was 8, she and her family spent several months visiting Eucla, Perth, Windjana Gorge, Tanami Track, and many other interesting places in their home country of Australia, in Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester. Ages 6 to 9.

- When Dorso "time-travels" to Wounded Knee and is hurt by a bow and arrow, he realizes that the person who tampered with his laptop is up to no good, in The Time Hackers by Gary Paulsen. Ages 8 and up.

- In a book by Marie Testa, a girl thinks her father will be in Vietnam Almost Forever, but she has a happy reunion with him when he finally returns home. Ages 8 and up.

- If Shel Silverstein's many fans read his latest book, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, they will meet Toe Jurtle, Goctor Doose, Millie Woose, and many other characters. Ages 8 and up.

Children's Nonfiction

- In The Shot Heard 'Round the World, author Phil Bildner and illustrator C.F. Payne give modern baseball fans a glimpse of what it was like to huddle around a radio in suspense about whether "Dem Bums" would go to the World Series. Ages 5 and up.


Saturday Lapsits

- The library's lapsits for infants, toddlers, and their parents feature stories, songs, and finger plays on Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Story Time and Films

- Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to attend a preschool story time at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25. Films, including Corduroy, Madeline, and One Was Johnny, will be shown at 10 and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

All events take place at the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library at 451 Jersey Street near Castro.