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Ojai Library Presents Author John Mulhall

Author John Mulhall will read

from his debut novel

Geddy's Moon

Ojai Library

Saturday April 26, 2pm. 

Geddy's Moon was named one of the best horror

novels of 2013 in Suspense Magazine!

 

"The World's End" Gang

Of the two “end of the world” comedies released last year, This Is the End is set in L.A. and features the current Hollywood comedy brat pack, while The World’s End is set in a small British garden town and features a slightly more mature—but no less manic—guy group.

The World’s End is the latest film from director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nicholas Frost, who produced such bizarre classics as Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). These films often also feature a kind of stock company of fellow actors, and as a staunch Anglophile I thought it would be interesting to see what other films from the group’s members are in the Ventura County Library collections (as are both The World’s End and This Is the End).

One of the most amusing Pegg/Frost comedies is Paul (2011), which is about two aging British fanboys who attend a science fiction convention in L.A. and end up having a bizarre close encounter of their own on a road trip to find Area 51.

Pegg, also a screenwriter, is a regular in the recent Star Trek and Mission Impossible films, and does a lot of animation voice work, as does Frost.

Probably the most well-known other guy is the Hobbit himself, Martin Freeman. He has the lead in The Good Night (2007), a film about a relationship-impaired musician who can only be with his dream love in dreams. The ironic conclusion gives new meaning to all those song lyrics about dreaming forever.

Freeman is also Watson in the recent Sherlock TV series, and stars in the new FX series Fargo, which premieres April 15.

One of the more prolific members of this group is Irish actor/writer/director Paddy Considine, best known for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

Surprisingly, considering his comic turns in the Pegg/Frost films, Considine has been involved with some of the most serious (and seriously depressing) recent films. Pu-239 (2006) is an HBO drama about a worker caught in a deadly accident in a Russian nuclear plant who steals a stash of weapons-grade plutonium in a botched attempt to sell it to provide for his wife and child when he is written off by the plant managers.

In director Jim Sherman’s In America (2002), Considine is the father of a poor Irish family who emigrates to America, ending up in an impoverished apartment in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. The film won three Academy Awards and features amazing performances by the two young actresses who portray the family’s daughters.

Considine is also in a remake of French director Claude Chabrol’s Hitchcockian thriller, The Cry of the Owl (2009), based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Considine also wrote and directed Tyrannosaur (2011), which unfortunately is not in the Ventura collections. Perhaps that’s just as well, as reviews have cited it as—though excellently done—one of the most disturbing films about male rage ever made.

It’s interesting how a mainstream feature such as the well-publicized The World’s End can lead you to explore your friendly local library’s film vaults to discover a variety of lesser-known but interesting, off-beat (and free!) film discoveries.

Happy hunting.


Ross Care

David's Dish: Blueberry Surprise

European Cookies for Every Occasion, by Krisztina Maksai, is a wonderful and challenging cookie cookbook. The photography is outstanding and the recipes are precise with limited ingredients. With patience and determination this book will bring you to another level of cookie baking. With some practice your cookies will be miniature masterpieces, reeking of elegance and panache!

I took on the Blueberry Surprise recipe. I love blueberries, as noted in an earlier entry, and chocolate is another favorite of mine, so Blueberry Surprise it was! The recipe was relatively easy, rolling the blueberries up into cookie dough was quite fun. I learned a great way to melt chocolate in a microwave oven from this recipe: just do it in ten-second increments, ten seconds then stir. In about 20 seconds I had creamy, melted chocolate to top the cookies off with.

The results of my effort were quite tasty, I must admit. My Blueberry Surprise cookies were a bit rough-hewn and a little bit of the surprise was exposed; however, they were yummy! So, check this book out and astound your family and friends with your cookie-baking skills.

 

*****David's Dish

 

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put it on hold—we will send it to you.

If there are any cookbooks in Foster Library’s collection that you would like me to try out, please leave the title on our Facebook page and I’ll get cooking!

Free music! We now offer 3 hours of streaming music per day!

GREAT NEW CHANGES TO      FREEGAL!! 

5 not 3 Downloads each week.

3 hours DAILY of streaming music.

Create a playlist or choose from one of 

the" Freegal Playlists".

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Read Me A Story & More @ Foster Library

Susan Mikula, Children’s Services Manager, will be presenting Read Me A Story & More, an early literacy educational workshop for parents and/or caregivers of children ages 0-5 on April 30 at 6 p.m. in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room.

Modeling reading to parents and caregivers during a weekly storytime is just the beginning to help children develop early literacy skills. This early literacy education workshop will give parents and caregivers more tools to become totally engaged with their children.

Susan will share research, developed methods, and the basic supplies needed to take this information home and actually be able to share it with your child. In this workshop, you will learn the value of reading to your child, including the six early literacy skills and five practices. Not only will you learn why it is important to read to your child but how to select materials that include dialogic reading.

This workshop will take parents and caregivers beyond books with activities incorporating art and creativity, discovering the world, language development, exploring concepts, playtime, and oral storytelling. Susan will demonstrate how to transform your child’s favorite book into a flannel board story. Each participant will receive a free bag filled with information, activities, flannel figures, a flannel board, and a free book.

The Read Me A Story & More workshop is limited to ten participants per session. Sign up for this session by calling Star Soto at (805) 648-2716.

Toddler and Parent Classes at Ojai Library

Thursdays at the Ojai Library Theodora Reyes of Dora's Daycare

will instruct parents in valuable child development skills.

No registration is required.

Classes are drop-in and will be conducted in English and Spanish.

For times and more information click on the class name above.

 

Pinata Making - A Parent & Child Together Workshop

Celebrate Ojai Valley Family Week and Cinco de Mayo

by crafting a pinata with your child.

Parents are invited to bring their children to a fun bi-lingual workshop conducted by Theodora Reyes of Dora's Daycare.

Class is free to Ojai residents

Ojai Library  Monday May 5, 3pm to 5pm

   

Local Author Galit Jaffe at Ojai Library

          Nakoma

   A spirit's Destiny by Gala. J

A journey to the center of the soul

 

This novel takes elements from fairy tales, classical heroic epics, magical realism and modern young adult fiction to weave a coming of age tale that entwines the classic conflict of good and evil with romance and the supernatural.

Join the author at the Ojai Library Saturday May 3, 2-3pm

   

Read Me a Story and More @ Foster Library

 

Foster Library will be sponsoring an

Early Literacy Workshop

for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 

Wednesday, April 30 from 6 to 8pm in the Topping Room.

This ADULTS ONLY event requires advanced registration.

Class size is limited. Sign up at the children's desk or

phone 648-2716 and ask for the children's department.

   
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