Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Michael Lewis’ Blind Side: Evolution of a game
Mark Wangrin’s Horns!: A history: the story of Longhorns football
Richard Pennington’s Home field: An illustrated history of 120 college football stadiums
Monday, August 27, 2007
Our Homework Helpers databases have access to newspaper and magazine articles as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books. Most Austin Public Library databases can be accessed from home with a library card or at any library location without a card.
The Wired for Youth web site contains a list of homework and research links, book information, and technology links. You can also Ask a Librarian for help getting started.
We also have several new educations titles for parents and teachers:
- Building on Strength: Language and Literacy in Latino Families and Communities
- The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life
- Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities
- Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers, and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment, and Humiliation
- Not for ESOL Teachers: What Every Classroom Teacher Needs to Know about the Linguistically, Culturally, and Ethnically Diverse Student
- Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind
- The Game of School: Why We All Play It, How it Hurts Kids, and What It Will Take to Change It
- First Time in the High School Classroom: Essential Guide for the New Teacher
- Tongue-Tied: The Lives of Multilingual Children in Public Education
Friday, August 24, 2007
Several anecdotes also reveal important characteristics of his personality. When Borges was 80 years old he visited Mexico. His schedule was very busy but he managed to have an afternoon free so he asked his editor to take him to pyramids of the Yucatán. His editor told him that it was too far away to go for the afternoon but Borges was not dissuaded. After a long and extenuating trip by plane, jeep and taxi, they finally got to Uxmal. Borges sat down in front of one of the pyramids, stayed there in silence, and after a half an hour stood up and said: "thank you for this afternoon and this unforgettable landscape." Something important to know is that by this time, he was completely blind.
- The book of imaginary beings
- This craft of verse
- Selected nonfictions
- Labyrinths : selected stories & other writings
- The book of sand
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Craft series: Knitting
It seems like everywhere you look, everyone is knitting, or talking about crocheting, or buying something embroidered…what’s the deal? What’s all the hubbub? It seems like everyone is crazy about knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or any of those wonderful DIY crafty type things.
This week, I’ll chat about knitting. I want to start with knitting because we (the downtown central Library) have just started a knitting circle. You can bring your new or continuing projects every Friday to the 2nd floor from 11-12 and sit around and knit.
Beginnings: Wikipedia states that “[o]ne of the earliest known examples of knitting was finely decorated cotton socks found in Egypt in the beginning of the first millennium AD”.
Books: Do a simple subject keyword search for knitting in our Library catalog. You will find hundreds of books on patterns, how-to, and history, including 2007’s Men who knit & the dogs who love them : 30 great-looking designs for man & his best friend. You can also scan the bookshelves in any of our Libraries in the call number area 746s.
Who’s doing it: If you’re in Austin, you’re in good company when it comes to knitting! The Internet has had a hand in bringing crafts such as knitting, crocheting and embroidery back in a big way. There are tons of blogs, websites, guilds, and other fun stuff online. Here are a couple for the locals:
Austin Knitter’s and Crocheter’s Guild
Austin Knitting and Crocheting Meetup Group
Monday, August 20, 2007
Login in the upper right hand corner of FindIt and place holds on some new DVDs.
Children of Men
Night at the Museum
The Pursuit of Happyness
Friday, August 17, 2007
This is the case of the Bibliometro, a project that the Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums of Chile put in practice more than 10 years ago. It consists of small libraries located in eight different metro stations around the city of Santiago, where people can check out books to read while they commute every day. Bibliotrenes (Book Trains) is another program implemented by this department. For this project they remodeled two old train wagons and transformed them into two libraries located in two of the busiest parks in the city.
The local government in Barcelona has also been trying to implement something new like libraries at the beach, pools, rivers, public parks and plazas. The idea is to bring libraries to places where people usually read and make the books more accessible to patrons. In Alicante, Spain, one can also find a library located in the city market.
Do you know of any library located in an unusual place? Share it with us!!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Part One - The Seat of Future Empire
Part Two - City of the Violent Crown 1900s - 1940s
Part Three - This True Paradise on Earth: 1950s
Part Four - An Oasis for Mind and Body: 1960s
Part Five - Austin is the Heart of Texas:1970s
Part Six: Austin is a Happy Place, Sort of: 1980s
Part Seven: Our Scruffy Eden: 1990s - 2006
For more Austin memories, please see the Recommended Reading list for the 2005 Mayor's Book club choice Writing Austin Lives.
Monday, August 13, 2007
The World Without Us, a new book by Alan Weisman, offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.(book description)
Another way to try to understand our impact on the planet, is to read fiction about global warming or biotechnological catastrophe. Please check out these eco-thrillers listed below:
Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
Fifty Degrees Below Kim Stanley Robinson
Sixty Days and Counting Kim Stanley Robinson
Black Leopard by Steven Voien
Bones of Coral by James Hall
Dead Game by Kirk Russell
Desert Burial by Brian Littlefair
The Green Trap by Ben Bova
Greenhouse Summer by Norman Spinrad
The Ice by Louis Charbonneau
Ill Wind by Kevin Anderson
Minutes to Burn by Gregg Hurwitz
Shell Games by Kirk Russell
The Swarm by Frank Schatzing
Zodiac: the Eco-thriller by Neal Stephenson
Friday, August 10, 2007
Classic novels are deemed so for their timelessness, impressive writing style, and memorable characters, plots, and themes. In the following pairings, authors have taken a character or plot from a classic title to create their own original works:
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Decameron by Giovania Boccaccio
Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley
The Iliad by Homer
Ilium by Dan Simmons
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Finn by John Clinch
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Short stories in general are refreshing and entertaining. Sometimes, short stories have the capacity to impact you so quickly that you will feel your head spinning, but believe me, it is worth it! So, if you are looking for something stimulating and new to read this summer, how about some short stories?
If you would like to read something by Guy the Maupassant, here we have some recommendations for you:
Friday, August 03, 2007
There are also other wiki’s online, try Wikitravel, a “project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide.” A favorite of mine is LyricWiki, a free site to get reliable song lyrics. Then, of course, there’s Wiktionary, a collaborative, multilingual dictionary. Oh! Check out TV IV! It’s a “compendium of television knowledge”! You can see a list of some of the largest wikis out there by going here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_wikis.
How about creating your OWN wiki? You can do that too. There are several places you can do that, PeanutButterWiki, Socialtext, Wetpaint, and Wikia. Try one out!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
- Donorboy: A Novel
- Other People's Mail
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable
- Zenzele: A Letter for my Daughter
- Where the Road Goes: A Novel
- A History of the African-American People Proposed by Strom Thurmond: A Novel
- Letters from Carthage
- The Eagle's Throne: A Novel
- So Long a Letter
- The Pull of the Moon