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

Peter Pan, Vladimir Putin, and Bad Kitty are among the fascinating characters that appear in books on this month’s list, picked for your enjoyment by Adult Services Librarian Susan Higgins and Children’s Librarian Catherine Starr of the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library. The good-reads may be sitting on the shelf at the branch on Jersey Street or traveling to and from other branches in the public library system. To borrow a book (or a CD or movie), drop by the library, call 415-355-5707, or visit the San Francisco Public Library online at www.sfpl.org.

 

Adult Fiction

Set in Africa during the years 1899 and 2000, Three Weeks in December, by Audrey Schulman, contrasts the times of two American expatriates, one an engineer and the other an ethnobotanist.

Four retirees win a small lottery prize, then one of them is murdered in Mnster’s Case, an Inspector Van Veeteren mystery by Hkan Nesser.

Chick-lit fans should check out the stories in The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents.

 

Adult Nonfiction

Moscow journalist Masha Gessen details how a KGB agent rose to the Russian presidency in The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.

 Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Aloneby sociologist Eric Klinenberg, explores the lives of single people from young professionals to the elderly.

Popular New York Times columnist Gail Collins examines the impact of Texas politicians in As Texas Goes—How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda.

 

Teen Books

An outsider falls in love with Peter Pan in Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

 When the Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen is a fantasy tale of love, magic, and class conflict.

A pregnant teenager and some extraterrestrials are the stars of Mothership, a comedy set in the year 2074 by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal.

 

Children’s Books

Each animal sings a lullaby to its baby in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera. Ages 2-5.

A classroom of misbehaving kids tries everything from A to Z, in An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley. Ages 2-6.

It’s a dark and stormy night, a perfect time to ride The Rain Train, by Elena de Roo with illustrations by Brian Lovelock. Ages 3-5.

In Charise Mericle Harper’s eighth Just Grace book, Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power, third-grader Grace, though not chosen to be flower girl, finds a way to make a big splash at the wedding. Ages 7-10.

The election is so close it may be decided by a whisker, in Bad Kitty for President, written and illustrated by Nick Bruel. Ages 7 and up.

Lonely Planet’s “Not for Parents” Travel Book: Cool Stuff to Know About Every Country in the World, by Michael du Bois, is a guide to 200 countries. Ages 7 and up.

At the center of One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, by Joanne Rocklin, is an orange tree and the children who congregate beneath it. Ages 8-12.

 Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street is the first in a new suspense series for middle-graders by Peter Abrahams, winner of the Edgar Award. Ages 10 and up.

 

LIBRARY EVENTS

 

Events for Adults

Computer Lab for Beginners

A Computer Lab for Beginning Users can help you find and save information, navigate the Internet, and set up and access an email account. Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesdays, Oct. 10, 17, and 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Great Books Discussion Group

Each month, this group reads and discusses a famous short story, essay, or speech. Wednesday, Oct. 10 , 6:15 p.m.

 

One City One Book Discussion

Join other readers for a lively discussion of this year’s One City One Book selection,A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit. Blending reportage and analysis, the book takes a positive view of humans’ responses to natural and man-made disasters, including the 1906 earthquake, the Sept. 11 attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m.

 

Events for Children

 

Toddler Tales

Toddler Tales, for children 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers, is a story time featuring books, rhymes, movement, and song. Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, and 30, 10: 15 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

 

Films for Kids

Children ages 3 to 5 years and parents and caregivers are invited to Preschool Films. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Charity and the JAMband

You can sing, imagine, move, laugh, and create with the Bay Area’s award-winning Charity and the JAMband. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10:15 to 11 a.m. For 2- to 5-year-olds with parents or caregivers.

 

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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