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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 www.sfpl.org, 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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.
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.