Noe Valley Voice November 2012
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What’s New at the Library

This month’s selection of new books at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library, offered by librarians Susan Higgins and Catherine Starr, covers a lot of territory, from the Trojan War to World War II and the “Lunch Lady” to Steve Jobs. You can find books—and CDs and movies—on the shelves at 451 Jersey St., or search the catalog at www.sfpl.org. To learn about library programs, call 415-355-5707.

 

 

Adult Fiction

 The story of the Trojan War is retold in The Song of Achilles, a gripping historical novel by Madeline Miller.

 Two women are murdered on a train in Marek Krajewski’s Death in Breslau, a mystery set in 1933 Poland.

 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-ninth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois, is a new anthology of short stories from award-winning authors, including Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, and Elizabeth Bear.

 

 

Adult Nonfiction

 Peter Jenny helps readers discover the joys of drawing and find new ways of viewing the world, in The Artist’s Eye.

 Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations, by Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard, harvests the best tips in the field of gardening.

Map lovers will enjoy the unusual illustrations presented in Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities, by Frank Jacobs.

 

 

Books for Teens

 An unattractive girl discovers she has magical powers in The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan.

 A 17-year-old girl is attacked by a vampire, but is saved by her epilepsy, in Throatby R.A. Nelson.

 Set during the Salem witch trials, Father of Lies by Ann Turner tells the story of a young girl who has visions and hears voices.

 

 

Books for Children

 Written and illustrated by Guido Van Genechten, Guess What? is a lift-the-flap book with fun visual tricks revealing hidden animals. Ages 2 and up.

 Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, as told by Mo Willems, adds prehistoric flavor to a fairy-tale classic. Ages 4 and up.

 My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fivesthe 10th children’s book by actress Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell, makes trying new things an adventure. Ages 4 and up.

 The indomitable Lunch Lady foils the plans of an unscrupulous fashion photographer in Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril, a graphic novel by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Ages 7 and up.

 Daphne’s strategy to make friends with the “cool girl” in fourth grade backfires inThe Fake Friend! (Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters), by Marissa Moss. Ages 7 and up.

 Steve Jobs Thinking Differently is Patricia Lakin’s biography of the man who went from college dropout to cofounder of Apple computer company. Ages 8 to 12.

 Apprentice wizard Sam searches for the secret to his magical powers inDragonborn by Toby Forward. Ages 8 and up.

 A 10-year-old girl is spirited away from Germany to England during wartime in My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve. Ages 12 and up.

 

 

 

 

LIBRARY EVENTS

 

 

For Adults and Teens

Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents an art talk about Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams, two American artists who shared a lifelong friendship and a strong appreciation for the Western landscape. The talk will explore each artist’s works and include video clips of O’Keeffe and Adams describing their approach to making art. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

 

 

Computer Lab for Beginners

Are you a new Internet user? Learn how to navigate the Web, use search engines, and set up an email account, at this computer lab for beginning users. Note that computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Great Books Discussion Group

Sponsored by the Great Books Council of San Francisco, this group reads and discusses famous short stories, essays, and speeches. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Henna Body Art: A Workshop for Tweens and Teens

Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios shows tweens and teens (ages 10 to 17) how to apply a free, safe, and temporary henna tattoo. Choose your own design and learn how to apply it on yourself or a friend. To reserve a spot, call 415-355-5707; space is limited. Friday, Nov. 9, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

 

 

Events for Children

 

 

Books, Songs, and Rhymes

Toddler Tales, for little ones 18 to 36 months, with parents or caregivers, features books, rhymes, songs, and movement. It happens on Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13, and 27, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

 

 

Flicks for Kids

Children 3 to 5 years old and parents and caregivers are invited to watch Preschool Films on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 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 go to 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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