Noe Valley Voice July-August 2012
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A book on Italian vegetarian cooking and a story about a rabbit who befriends a dragon are among the enticing books selected this month by Adult Services Librarian Susan Higgins and Children’s Librarian Catherine Starr of the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library.

To see if they are available, drop by the branch at 451 Jersey St., call 415-355-5707, or visit the San Francisco Public Library website, www.sfpl.org.

Other books on this month’s list could be fun to read too, especially if you are participating in the Library’s “Summer Read SF” reading program. Everyone in the family can track their reading and win a prize: children win a prize after 10 hours of reading, teens get a prize after reading 30 hours, and adults after 40 hours. Read reviews of books submitted by other readers and join the program at www.sfpl.org/summerreadThere is still lots of summer left.

 

Books for Children

 During a fun play date, someone forgets to go to the bathroom in Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle, by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Ages 2 and up.

 A boy tells his family about an amazing dream inArthur’s Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar. Ages 3 to 5.

 Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin, is a new counting book featuring families of deer, skunks, squirrels, and more. Ages 3 to 8.

 The Boy from the Dragon Palace is a retelling of a Japanese folk tale by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Ages 4 to 9.

 Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark have created a new version of the classic The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Ages 6 and up.

 A rabbit befriends and defends a dragon in Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi. Ages 7 to 10.

 A family leaves an Indian village for Mumbai in Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth. Ages 8 to 12.

 The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric is an adventure story set in 1899 Venice. Ages 9 to 13.

 

Books for Adults

Fiction

 The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtele is a love story set during the 1944 Nazi occupation of Tuscany.

 A Greenwich Village jazz club in 1938 sets the stage forRules of Civility by Amor Towles.

 An author kills off the heroines of his novels in Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi.

 

Nonfiction

 Historical writer David Gilmour explores life in past and present-day Italy in The Pursuit of Italy.

 Thinking the Twentieth Century is the final book by historian Tony Judt, with Timothy Snyder.

 Vegeterranean: Italian Vegetarian Cooking Inside the Kitchen of the Country House Montali, by Malu Simoes da Cunha and Alberto Musacchio, includes color photographs for each recipe.

 Gerontologist Karl Pillemer shares wisdom from people over age 65 in 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. 

 

LIBRARY EVENTS

For Children and Friends

Crafts with Sophie: Join arts and crafts expert Sophie Maletsy in making San Francisco–themed crafts. For ages 4 to 10 and parents/caregivers. Tuesday, July 3, 11 a.m. to noon.

Triskela: Using harps, drums, flutes, and voice, Bay Area musicians Diane Stork and Shawna Spiteri present a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood. For all ages. Saturday, July 14, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Music, Stories, and Movement with Yolanda Rhodes:Alongside this gentle and engaging performer, children will explore the botanical gardens of Golden Gate Park, skip up and down the local hills, dip their toes in the Pacific, and bark with the sea lions. For children to 6 years. Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Down by the Bay with Bonnie Lockhart:Singer/songwriter Bonnie will inspire young ones of all backgrounds to sing, move, and play along during a musical celebration of San Francisco Bay wildlife. For ages 5 to 11. Friday, July 27, 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Join Children’s Librarian Catherine for Toddler Tales story time—on Tuesdays, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7, 21, and                  28—featuring books, rhymes, music, and movement. For children 18 to 36 months and their parents/caregivers. 10: 15 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Short Animation or Live-Action Movies are screened at the monthly Preschool Films, for ages 3 to 5 with parents/caregivers. Tuesdays, July 31 and Aug. 14, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Shadow Puppet Theater presents “The Magic Measuring Cup,” a mesmerizing puppetry performance by Sean Powers, on the final day of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Ages 4 and up. Saturday, Aug. 4, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

For Adults

Film Fest at SF Public Library: Come see the dark, cynical world painted by director John Huston in The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, Mary Astor as the femme fatale Brigid O’Shaughnessy, Peter Lorre as the cowardly Joel Cairo, and Sydney Greenstreet as the pompously inflated Kasper Gutman. Saturday, July 21, 3 to 5 p.m.

Researching Your House: Learn how to research the history of a San Francisco house or commercial building. San Francisco Public Library History Center staff will introduce you to the print and online resources that can help answer questions such as the age of the building, who owned or lived in it, and how to find a historic photograph of it. Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m.

Introduction to Safe Cycling: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will offer a one-hour course for adults and teens covering the basics of city bike-riding, including the rules of the road, route planning tips, and how to pick a bike. Saturday, Aug. 18, 3 to 4 p.m.

Great Books Discussion Group: Sponsored by the Great Books Council of San Francisco, this group meets once a month to discuss a famous short story, essay, or speech. Go to www.greatbooks-sf.com or call Jim Hall at 415-387-2125 for information. Wednesdays, July 11 and Aug. 8, 6:15 p.m.

 

All events take place at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library at 451 Jersey St. 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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