Noe Valley Voice September 2008

More Books to Read

You can find a book about "odd fellows" in San Francisco politics, and a children's story on desegregation, in this month's book list, brought to you by veteran reader Karol Barske and Carol Small, children's librarian at the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library. To see if books are available, search for titles at, call Small or Branch Manager Alice McCloud at 355-5707, or drop by the library at 451 Jersey Street at Castro. While you're there, check out the CD and DVD collections. Hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adult Fiction

* When their guardian suddenly dies at a South Dakota Wal-Mart, two young teens set out to find their long-gone father, whose last known residence was a fleabag hotel in Las Vegas, in Made in the U.S.A., by Billie Letts.

* Joyce Carol Oates spins a novel off the JonBenet Ramsay murder, My Sister, My Love, told by the older brother of the girl.

* Sanyika Shakur, a former member of the 83 Gangster Crips, tells the story of a high-ranking Crip forced to live as a fugitive in South Central L.A., in T.h.u.g. L.i.f.e.

Adult Nonfiction

* When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris' sixth collection of essays, includes the tale of his three-month stay in Tokyo, where he quits smoking but doesn't quite learn Japanese.

* Psychology professor Sam Gosling explains how the things we choose to accumulate project--and protect--our identities, in Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You.

* Peter V. Sellars describes the origins and beliefs of an enduring fraternal organization, in The History of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in the City of San Francisco.

* From firsthand experience, Jill Bolte Taylor tells about the brain's capacity for recovery, in My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey.

* Learn to "sing like a pro, make a killer set list, and rule the scene" in Raina Lee's Hit Me With Your Best Shot! The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke Domination.

Children's Fiction

* Two best-friend earthworms learn about teamwork and looking at the bright side while they dig tunnels, move a rock, and have a picnic, in Caroline Amoki's Wiggle and Waggle. This easy reader also includes facts about worms and their contributions to a healthy garden. Ages 3 to 5.

* Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown, a story told in rhyme by Roseanne Thong, takes a little boy on a seasonal walk through a gai see (street market), where he finds dragon fruit in summer and lion dances at New Year's. Ages 4 to 6.

* When Herbie Jones Sails Into Second Grade, he makes a new friend, finds he has a teacher with a sense of humor, and gets away with eating ice cream for breakfast, in this latest adventure by Suzy Kline. Ages 5 to 7.

* Three friends need to find homes for 101 squealing, whistling, and wiggling guinea pigs, in Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express by Megan McDonald. Ages 6 to 8.

Children's Nonfiction

* In Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, Carole Boston Weatherford tells the story of desegregation from the viewpoint of a little girl in North Carolina in 1960. Ages 5 to 8.

* Lucy Micklethwait's I Spy Colors in Art makes a visual game out of looking at 14 paintings, ancient to modern, for shapes, hues, and details. Ages 5 to 8.


Tell Me a Story

n Children 3 to 5 are invited to attend preschool story time, a read-aloud program from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Sept. 2 and Sept. 9.

Infant/Toddler Lapsits

n Enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays with your baby or toddler at the library lapsits, held on Tuesdays, Sept. 2 and 9, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Films

n Films for kids, including "Monty," "Tangram," and "Where the Wild Things Are," will be shown on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 10:15 and 11 a.m.

All events are held at the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library at 451 Jersey Street. For information, call 355-5707.