Noe Valley Voice April 2006

More Books to Read

Plan B, Anne Lamott's latest pick-me-up, and Who's Afraid of Granny Wolf? a spinoff of The Three Little Pigs, are among the new books at the San Francisco Public Library described below by librarians Pam Ow and Karen Sundheim of the Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Branch, and speed reader Karol Barske, of the Voice staff. To put a hold on a book, call the Mission (355-2800) or Eureka Branch (355-5616), or visit the Library's web site, You can also look for the bookmobile, which will be parked in front of St. Philip's School at Elizabeth and Diamond streets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on that and other services, call 557-4353. Note: The Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library, 451 Jersey Street, is closed for seismic repairs until late 2007.


Adult Fiction

* Nicolle Rosen's novel Mrs. Freud describes an educated, humorous woman who raised six children in the shadow of her famous husband.

* In Albert Sánchez Piñol's Cold Skin, set in the early 20th century, a young man hired to be a weather official in Antarctica enters a lonely and dark mystery when he finds the post deserted.

Adult Nonfiction

* Carole Radziwill describes the loss of close friend Carolyn Bessette and cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. in an airplane accident, and the loss of her husband, Prince Anthony Radziwill, to cancer three weeks later in What Remains.

* In Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table, Linda Ellerbee recounts "personal (mis)adventures" in food and travel.

* Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies, gains insights from everyday events in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith.

* Dear People: Remembering Jonestown includes journal entries, letters, and photographs compiled by the California Historical Society, edited by Denice Stephenson.

--Karol Barske

Noe Valley Voice

Children's Fiction

* Chris Raschka's colorful, exuberant artwork celebrates a little girl's day spent visiting her grandparents in the 2006 Caldecott Award­winner The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norton Juster. Ages 3 to 7.

* In Kate McMullan's Pearl and Wagner: Three Secrets, illustrated by R. W. Alley, buddies Pearl (a rabbit) and Wagner (a mouse) deal with keeping secrets and facing roller-coaster fears. Ages 5 to 7.

* Chip the pig is a bit worried when he visits the house of his friend Fitch the wolf, in Lisa Wheeler's Who's Afraid of Granny Wolf? illustrated by Frank Ansley. Ages 6 to 7.

* Eight generations of women in author Jacqueline Woodson's family pass on the tradition of sewing quilts and telling stories in the powerful and poignant Show Way, a Newbery Honor Book, with mixed-media illustrations by Hudson Talbott. Ages 8 to 10.

* Read M. T. Anderson's weird comic novel to find out if shy Lily and her superhero friends Kate and Jasper are able to stop the invasion of the laser beam-eyed Whales on Stilts! Ages 10 and up.

Children's Nonfiction

* From couplet to pantoum, enjoy the examples of 29 poetic forms in A Kick in the Head, selected by Paul Janeczko and playfully illustrated by Chris Raschka. Ages 9 to 14.

Children's Librarian Pam Ow
Branch Manager Karen Sundheim
Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Branch Library


Stories and Lapsits

* Bethany United Methodist Church is the new site for the Noe Valley Library's regular programs for kids. Lapsits for newborns to 3-year-olds will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, April 11, 18, and 25. Preschool story time for ages 3 to 5 will be offered a half-hour later, at 11 a.m. The church is located at 1268 Sanchez Street, on the corner of Clipper Street.

* Other local branches offer lapsits, videos, lectures, and special events, for both children and adults. Go to for complete listings.

Local Branch Hours

Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Branch Library

3555 16th St., 355-5616

Sunon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

12-6 10-9 12-9 10-6 1-6 10-6

Glen Park Branch Library

653 Chenery St., 337-4740

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

10-6 12-8 1-7 1-6 1-6

Mission Branch Library

300 Bartlett St., 355-2800

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

1-5 1-9 10-9 10-9 10-6 1-6 10-6