Noe Valley Voice June 2012
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You can learn about job-hunting after 50, New York City for kids, restaurants in Napa Valley, and the inner workings of the global economy (oh no!) by checking out the books selected this month by Adult Services Librarian Susan Higgins and Children’s Librarian Catherine Starr, who with Branch Manager Alice McCloud hold down the fort at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library. To see if a particular book is available, drop by the branch at 451 Jersey St., call 415-355-5707, or visit the San Francisco Library website,www.sfpl.org.

 

Adult Fiction

 Private eye V.I. Warshawski returns in Breakdown by 2011 Anthony Award winner Sara Paretsky.

 A man and a woman meet on the Eurostar, then one goes missing, in An Uncertain Age, a mystery by Ulrica Hume.

 N.M. Kelby imagines the life of French chef August Escoffier—and that of his wife and his mistress—in White Truffles in ­Winter.

 

Adult Nonfiction

 Job Hunting After 50 by Carol A. Silvis includes tips for using technology in your job search and advice on avoiding common mistakes.

 The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works, by Timothy Taylor, can help you understand budget deficits, balance of trade, monetary policy, and more.

 Food Lovers’ Guide to Napa Valley: The Best Restaurants, Markets, and Local Culinary Offerings, by Jean Saylor Doppenberg, offers up-to-date listings of old and new favorites for your next day trip or long weekend.

 

Children’s Books

 You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses, by Taeeun Yoo, features simple stretches and poses for ages 3 and up.

 Author-illustrator Rosemary Wells teaches children about respecting personal space inKindergators: Hands Off, Harry! Ages 3 and up.

 Z Is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham, with illustrations by Paul Zelinksy, is a witty alphabet book that features a character who can’t seem to find his page. Ages 4 and up.

 Just a Second by Steve Jenkins uses clever illustrations to convey units of time, including the flitting of bumblebee wings. Ages 5 and up.

 Full of illustrations and fun facts, Not for Parents New York City: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, by Klay Lamprell, is part of Lonely Planet’s new travel series for kids. Ages 7 and up.

 A magical family bakery is the setting for Bliss, by New York writer and actress Kathryn Littlewood. Ages 8 to 12.

 A Young Soviet Pioneer becomes disillusioned with communism in Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. Ages 9 to 13.

 

 

LIBRARY EVENTS

 

For Adults

 

Photography: Art or Craft? 

This art talk, sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, traces photography back to its origins and looks at its many roles in modern art. Highlights include the influence of early photographers, the role of California and the lure of the Western landscape, and the chance meeting in the desert between Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe that led to the formation of SFMOMA’s photography collection. Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.

 

On Location—the Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate BridgeJim Van Buskirk, author ofCelluloid San Francisco, offers a clip-filled program of hilariously horrifying depictions of San Francisco’s beloved bridge. Saturday, June 9, 3 p.m.

 

A History of “America’s Greatest Bridge”

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge by participating in a discussion of the May/June “On the Same Page” selection: Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge, by historian Kevin Starr. Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m.

 

Great Books Discussion Group: The Great Books Council of San Francisco sponsors a discussion of famous short stories, essays, books, and speeches. For more information, contact clifford.louie@sbcglobal.net. Wednesday, June 13, 6:15 p.m.

 

Noe Valley Book Discussion Group: This month’s book is Marilynne Robinson’sGilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Wednesday, June 20, 7 p.m.

 

For Children

 

A Visit from the S.F. ZooMobile

Let the Zoo visit you! The exact species visiting the Noe Valley Library will be a surprise, including some critters that live in our own back yards! For children ages 4 and older. Space is limited. Call 355-5707 for reservations. Thursday, June 7, 4-4:45 p.m.

 

Green Golly’s Sendup of Rapunzel

The New York–based duo Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan, creators of the Green Golly Project, will introduce children to the magic of classical music through a lighthearted, comical embellishment of the traditional Rapunzel. For ages 5 to 12. Thursday, June 14, 4 p.m.

 

Rock Steady Juggling and Eco-Tainment

Performer/educator Doug Nolan will entertain with juggling, magic, music, and unicycling, while teaching tips on caring for our earth. Ages 4 and up. Tuesday, June 19, 4 p.m.

 

Storytelling with Doris Feyling

Local master storyteller Doris Feyling will transport you to places where adventures unfold, fairies reign, and animals talk. Songs, fingerplays, and puppets too. For ages 3 to 6. Tuesday, June 26, 11 a.m.

 

Toddler Tales

Toddler Tales features books, rhymes, music, and movement for toddlers 18 to 36 months and their caregivers. Tuesdays, June 5 and 12, 10:15 and 11 a.m.

 

Preschool Films

The library presents short animation or live action movies, often based on children’s books, for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Tuesday, June 19, 10:15 and 11 a.m.


Summer Reading for All

For everyone, no matter how young or how old, the library’s annual Summer Reading program begins in June. Track your reading and you’ll have a chance to win a prize. Details at the library or at www.sfpl.org.

 

All events take place at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library, 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

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Glen Park Branch Library

2825 Diamond St., 355-2858


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