| July 2011
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By Susan Higgins, Adult Librarian
Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library
Summer is here, and it’s time for a few suggestions for good beach reading. Also, July is National Ice Cream Month, so you may want to find some recipes and learn how ice-cream-making has evolved over the years. For more suggestions for good vacation reading, go towww.sfpl.org, Books & Materials, and click on Reader’s Corner. You’ll find lots of links to great resources for finding books that you’ll enjoy.
New Books for Adults
- The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise, by Julia Stuart, is a witty novel about a Beefeater, his wife, and their tortoise, who live in the Tower of London.
- A drug- and alcohol-addicted pop star and her “undercover stunt double” lead the cast of hilarious characters in Carl Hiaassen’s Star Island.
- An ex-con police informant goes undercover at a maximum security prison in the suspenseful Swedish crime story Three Seconds, by Anders Roslund and Bšrge Hellstršm.
- John Brandon’s latest novel, Citrus County, is a teenage love story set in swampy, rural Florida.
For Ice Cream Fans
- Ices Italia by Linda Tubby includes recipes for authentic gelati, sorbette, and granite.
- Jeri Quinzio’s Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making, part of the series California Studies in Food and Culture, starts in 16th-century Italy and continues through today’s global ice cream industry.
Picture Stories for Children
- The three pesky bunnies that kids loved in Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! return in Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming with illustrations by G. Brian Karas.
- In Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich, Mr. Bud, a happy dog who loves his daily routine, has to adjust to a new dog joining the household.
- Mr. Minky buys a special ice cream cone and takes a shortcut through the jungle to get it home before it melts, in Simply Delicious! by Margaret Mahy with drawings by Jonathan Allen.
For Older Kids
- Kids will enjoy an informative, fun exploration of ice cream history and trivia in Ice Creamby Jules Older.
- Nancy Drew and her friends enter an ice cream recipe contest in Scream for Ice Cream by Carolyn Keene.
- Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman by Francesca Simon includes a story in which Harry enters a contest with the hope that he’ll win a year’s supply of ice cream.
New Books for Teens
- In The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes, a high school senior moves to a tropical island after the death of her father, a famous Shakespearean actor.
- Lena is a girl who’s obsessed with the sea in The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan
Havoc by Chris Wooding takes place in a frightening comic-book world.
- In Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan, a hoax designed to help Chloe and Finn stand out when they apply to college goes terribly wrong.
Steig Larsson’s Story
Millennium: The Story, a documentary film about Steig Larsson, author of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, will be screened on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m.
Noe Valley Tour
San Francisco City Guides will offer its two-hour Walking Tour, “Noe Valley: A Village Within a City,” on Saturday, July 16. (The tour is also held on first and third Sundays.) Find out answers to the questions: Who was Noe? What is Horner’s Addition? What is a Jonathan Anderson? Meet on the library steps at 10:30 a.m.
Thinking About Thucydides
The Great Books Discussion Group meets on Wednesdays, July 13 and Aug. 10, at 6:15 p.m. The July topic will be “The Melian Dialogue” from Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Club Get-Togethers
The Noe Valley Book Group will meet on Wednesdays, July 20 and Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.
Read Like the Wind
The Summer Reading Program ends Saturday, July 30. Sign up and track how much time you read at www.sfpl.org. Children who read at least 10 hours, teens who read for 30 hours, and adults who read for 40 hours will win a prize. All readers who reach 40 hours or more will automatically be entered in a citywide Super Raffle.
Children sing and dance to Celtic and American jigs and reels when teenage sisters Lucia and Flavia play their fiddle and cello. Come see on Saturday, July 16, from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
The Good Seed
Learn from a gardening expert how to plant and cultivate seeds that will bear fruits, vegetables, or flowers. For ages 3 and up. Saturday, July 23, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Dan the Magician
Magic Dan promises to amaze you with his tricks and charm you with his personality on Thursday, July 28, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddlers are invited to come hear stories, rhymes, and music on Tuesdays, July 5, 12, and 26. The first shift is 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., and the second 11 to 11:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, July 19, the library hosts two half-hour showings of short films for preschool children, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
All events take place at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library, 451 Jersey St. For information, call 415-355-5707 or go to www.sfpl.org.