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You can explore the history of the FBI and the CIA, or escape to a world populated by half-human dragons, by checking out the books suggested this month by Noe Valley librarians Susan Higgins and ­Catherine Starr. The books—and CDs and movies—may be sitting on the shelves at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library (451 Jersey St.) or traveling between other branches in the San Francisco Library system. To find out their exact location, go to www.sfpl.org or call the local branch, 415-355-5707.

 

Adult Fiction

 A Kansas woman chaperones future silent-film star Louise Brooks in New York during the summer of 1922, in The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

 The Sigh is an illustrated fairy tale by Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi.

 An ex-spy living on the French Riviera is forced to return to his former life, in the pre–World War II novel House of the Hunted by Mark Mills.

 The Queen’s Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray tells the story of an affair between Marie Antoinette and a Swedish nobleman.


Adult Nonfiction

 British biographer Gordon Bowker’s James Joyce: A New Biography presents new details about the writer’s life and works.

 Science reporter William J. Broad examines the history of yoga, its health claims, and its benefits, in The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.

 

 Enemies: The History of the FBI, by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tim Weiner,provides new insight into the agency’s secret intelligence operations.

 Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History,by Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio, describes the 1979 rescue of six American hostages in Iran.


Books for Teens

 An Amish girl helps an injured man from outside her community in The Hallowed Ones, a thriller by Laura Bickle.

 Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay is a novel about relationships, told in verse.

 After a terrible accident, a teenager learns that her boyfriend has been keeping some secrets, in One Moment by Kristina McBride.

 

Books for Children

 As Elephant counts from 1 to 10, everyone runs and hides in Hide and Seek, by Il Sung Na. Ages 2 and up.

 Mama Llama fixes a tattered stuffed animal and teaches Llama a lesson in Llama Llama Time to Share, by Anna Dewdney. Ages 3 and up.

 A boy hikes to the top of a snowy hill and treats his dog to a picnic and a story in The Reader, written by Amy Hest, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Ages 4 and up.

 Lemonade in Winter is about a brother and sister who start a business at possibly the worst time of year. It’s by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ages 4 to 7.

 A huge fish takes a young boy on a ride to the bottom of a lake in Jangles: A Big Fish Story by Caldecott honoree David Shannon. Ages 6 to 8.

 With their pet at the vet, Oona comforts her younger brother Fred by describing the cat’s former brushes with fate, in The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin. Ages 8 and up.

 A runaway boy finds himself stranded in a village that has no moon, in Starry River of the Sky by Newbery Honor winner Grace Lin. Ages 8 and up.

 Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage is about a spunky 11-year-old girl who as a baby was washed ashore in a hurricane. Ages 10 and up.

 Though dragons and humans have been at peace for 40 years, a young musician at the royal court worries that rising tensions between the two species may force her to expose her family secret, in Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Ages 12 and up.


LIBRARY EVENTS

Events for Adults

Finding Quality Health Information Online: Learn how to find authoritative medical information on the Internet and to access the health databases available through the San Francisco Public Library’s website. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m.

Computer Lab for Beginning Users: Are you a new Internet user? Learn how to navigate the Web, use search engines, and set up an email account at this library-sponsored computer lab for beginners. Note that computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Great Books Discussion Group: Sponsored by the Great Books Council of San Francisco, the Great Books Discussion Group explores famous short stories, essays, and speeches. Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Events for Children

Holiday Magic Show: Join Al Fodor for amazing magic tricks, juggling feats, and comedy. Children of all ages welcome! Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Button-Making: Kids ages 8 to 18 can learn how to use a button machine to create festive button decorations for backpacks, bags, or hats. Buttons are less than 2 inches in diameter, so think small! Friday, Jan. 11, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Chinese Lion Dancers: Meet on the library steps at 451 Jersey St. and welcome in the new year with the colorful and exciting ­Chinese Lion Dancers. For all ages. Saturday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m.

Art on the Go: Families, preschools, and daycares: Come listen to some of the best-loved books of Ezra Jack Keats during a story time presented by an educator from the Contempory Jewish Museum. Ages 3 to 6 and parents/caregivers. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 11 to 11:40 a.m.

Books, Songs, and Rhymes: Join our children’s librarian for Tuesday Toddler Tales, a story time with songs, rhymes, and movement for kids 18 months to 3 years old, with parents or caregivers. Tuesdays, Dec. 4 and 11 and Jan. 15 and 29, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Flicks for Kids: Children 3 to 5 years old and their parents and caregivers are invited to Preschool Films on Tuesdays, Dec. 18 and Jan. 8, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:30 a.m.


All events take place at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library at 451 Jersey St. near Castro Street. For information, call 415-355-5707 or visit www.sfpl.org.


BRANCH HOURS

Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library

451 Jersey St., 355-5707

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Eureka Valley–Harvey Milk Branch Library

1 José Sarria Ct. (3555 16th St.), 355-5616

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Glen Park Branch Library

2825 Diamond St., 355-2858


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Mission Branch Library

300 Bartlett St., 355-2800

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