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Libraries inside out!

“Ventura Libraries Inside Out” happening at Ventura Community Park May 4, 11am-2 pm

Community members are invited to attend the first-ever fresh-air library outdoor event – Ventura Libraries Inside Out -- Saturday, May 4, from 11 am to 2 pm, at the Ventura Community Park, 901 South Kimball Road. Ventura’s libraries and their friends go “inside out” to share all things new and exciting happening inside and outside our city’s libraries.

Enjoy live music by the Jill Martini Soiree, storytelling and face painting for kids, a food truck and used book sale, and many other fun recreational family activities at this free event.

And the winner is....

Haiku winners have been announced!! Thank you to everyone that participated. You blew us away with your beautiful poetry.

1st place

The dry leaves whisper
Telling stories to themselves
In a gust of wind

-John Gentry

2nd place

the puddle’s surface
each raindrop falls from one sky
into another
 
-Stephen Colgan 

3rd place

In the morning light
Sits a damp, lonely flower,
Thankful for the dawn.
 
-Hunter Coch 

Molten chocolate babycake

How to be a domestic goddess: baking and the art of comfort cooking, by Nigella Lawson, is an authentic comfort food cookbook, and what I mean by that is the recipes call for lots of butter and high calorie  stuff, the “Dish” loves that. Nigella from her writing comes off as a strong and brassy women, ah the quintessential domestic goddess! With this cookbook you are in for a treat, in fact, as many treats as time permits.  The book oozes with deliciousness; chocolate, butter and sugar, all the things we are to stay away from to have a long non-yummy life. The challenge with this cookbook is which taste of comfort food heaven  I want to experience.  Before the preparation of the recipe began, I heard someone mutter from the back part of the “Dish” residence,  “no street food, just chocolate”, immediately I understood, and the recipe I prepared would be molten chocolate babycakes with vanilla ice cream, tranquility reined again in the ”Dish” residence. The recipe called for the use of six custard cups which I procured at a local thrift shop, frugality is part of the “Dish’s” DNA. At the local thrift shop I had a chance meeting with LM, she caught me looking at the gorgeous collection of teapots for sale, but alas, all of this is for later folly, back to the recipe.

The molten chocolate babycake recipe is simple, the ingredients are readily available and only basic kitchen utensils are required.  One thing the “Dish” must implore you to do is buy the best chocolate possible for this recipe, you’ll thank me latter.  Another small issue is putting the parchment paper in the custard cups, it’s a bit fiddly, but vital for removal of the molten chocolate babycakes from the custard cups. Prep and cook time is about 45 minutes, not much time for the best chocolate dessert  I have ever  created in my life. I know this sounds like boasting, but it is 100%  true. For chocolate lovers and dessert lovers, this cookbook is a must!! The Goddess rocks!

*****David’s dish

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put a hold on it - 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.

L. A. CONFIDENTIAL

CLASSIC GUMSHOE DETECTIVE NOVELS continued (part 1):

L. A. CONFIDENTIAL : James Ellroy

   Confidential Magazine was a 1950s rag that snooped on celebrities. It was based on the belief that there were a million stories in L.A., all of them enough to raise eyebrows and curl hair. And so this story revolves around that idea with a plot that intertwines itself around the Mob, police brutality, corruption and vigilantism, sex and drugs. Yet the narrative never veers far from its core theme of cops competing with crooks to see who can be more corrupt and violent. Ellroy weaves a labyrinthine plot, but the twists are always clear because the characters are so sharply drawn; we don't know who's guilty or innocent, but we know who should be.

    A magazine called “Hush Hush” is run by a sleazy editor who pays one cop to make celebrity arrests catching them while involved in embarrassing situations. Vincennse is the cop who can be bribed. He is an advisor on the hit TV program “Badge of Honor”. His ability to move between two worlds and betray both is almost exemplary. But he winds up knowing too much about the local police corruption, accidentally, and pays for it with his life.

   There’s the millionaire pornographer named Pierce Padgett who runs a high class call girl service, dressing up aspiring young actresses (even under the knife) to look like famous movie stars. One who gets tangled in this web of corruption is Lynn Bracken, cut to look like Veronica Lake. Padgett winds up dead as well as the plot thickens.

  Then there is the ambitious but straight laced cop, Ed Exley, trying to run up the ladder and best his dead father’s reputation as a good cop, while another detective, Bud White, is aggressive and willing to accommodate the department’s relaxed ethics. They wind up as unlikely allies as things progress.

   The plot involves a series of crimes that take place in the early days of the New Year, 1953. Associates of Mickey Cohen, the L.A. mob boss, become victims of gangland-style executions. There's a massacre at an all-night coffee shop victimizing one of Padgett’s hookers while one of the victims is a crooked cop, and three black youths are immediately collared as suspects, although there's suspicion that someone else is behind the crime.

   Bud White thinks that the Veronica Lake look-alike may know something about the coffee shop massacre as clues slowly begin to make sense about these gangland murders; clues that could implicate the L.A. Police Captain and the local drug turf wars. He winds up falling for Bracken as does Exley which complicates the plot later when these two men (who have come to hate each other for other reasons as well) must unite to survive and bring justice to a corrupt vigilante style police force bent on taking over the underworld drug and porno business.

    There are more twists and turns here than a contortionist with a pipe cleaner, and Ellroy knows just how far to bend his story in order to break the plot wide open. This is gumshoe entertainment at its classic best. James Chandler would be proud !

Doug Taylor

Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  In the spirit of Earth Day, let us celebrate the wonder of small things - things that we may overlook in our daily life but which contribute to the abundance of nature all around us.  Butterflies, bees and other insects are responsible for the profusion of flowers, plants & trees that are part of what makes our world beautiful.  They also contribute to the cycle of life that makes our planet inhabitable.  The loss of even the smallest of insects can have a tremendous impact on our environment.  If you are interested in finding out more about the fascinating world of insects and their contribution to our planet, check out these items available at Foster Library.

 

The Resident Photographer - Aleta Rodriguez

Guest Post by Miss Celeste

Storytime with Miss Celeste

Fe fi fo fum
It's time for us to have some fun!

Hello Everybody!

It was so wonderful to see everyone yesterday, I have missed you!

Our letter this week was 'Y'. Did your little come up with some Y words? It is an easy sign for us grups, but the littles may need a little help from you - thumb and pinky out with the index, middle and ring finger closed. Here is a beautiful picture for you to see of the Y.

Our theme yesterday was 'Noisy'. And what fun we had making all those noises! The books that we read were;
Gerald McBoing  Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss (You can watch this on youtube!) Moo in the Morning by Barbara Maitland, illustrated by Andrew Kulman and The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie, illustrated by Steven Kellogg.

Our library has a LOT of noise-themed books, here are just a few of them:
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis, illustrated by Paul Rogers
The Mouse That Snored Written & illustrated by Bernard Waber
Quiet, Wyatt! by Bill Maynard illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Ahwoooooooo!  by Yannick Murphy, illustrated by Claudio Munoz

Author Website of the Week: Bernard Waber
There are a lot of fun things on his site, not only does he have the list of all his books, but there are a bunch of fun things to print out and do/use. You might remember Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile from when YOU were a kid, it was published a long long time ago!

Next Week is Pocket full of Stories.  We will have fun stories and silly puppets/hats/stuffed animals! Our Letter of the Week will be 'Z' - last one!  Can you and your littles come up with some fun Z words? Be ready! 

Miss Celeste's Favorite of the Week:
I'd like to introduce you to Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies. Not only does she have some wonderful teeshirts, but her (Melissa Wardy) blogs are fantastic -
"Our blog educates parents on media literacy, marketing, sexualization, gender stereotypes, and body image."
You can find her blog and shop here;
http://blog.pigtailpals.com/
There is also a Facebook page.

Speaking of Facebook, don't forget to go to E.P. Foster's page and like or comment so that you can be entered into the Winchesters contest. Yum!
 
Until next week,
Miss Celeste

 

 

YAC (Youth Activity Council) Henna Program

YAC (Youth Activity Council) Henna Program

E.P. Foster Library

 April 23rd at 4:00pm

presented by

Robin Britt

Permission slips need to be  turned in by 4/19/2013

What is Henna? 

  • Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves and twigs of henna plant. When this paste is applied to the skin and left for few hours, it leaves orange to dark maroon stain in the skin which fades away in 7 to 14 days.

 Mehndi or Mehandi. What is it?

  • For centuries, mehndi — the art of henna painting on the body — has been practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East, where the henna plant is believed to bring love and good fortune, and to protect against evil. Mehndi is traditionally practiced for wedding ceremonies, during important rites of passage, and in times of joyous celebration.

 Black Henna warning.

  • Traditional henna is a reddish-brown coloring made from a flowering plant.

Beware of ‘black henna’ which can cause an ugly range of skin reactions. Skin redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and even permanent scarring.  

Taken from: http://www.hennaarts.com/henna-faq.htm

 

 

Special Reading at Foster Library

Please join us at 5:00 on April 16th for a reading, Letter from a Birmingham Jail: 50 Years Later. We will take time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for equality. Call 648-2716 for more information.

Traveling from your very own kitchen

   

It’s been a busy fortnight for the “Dish” with the haiku contest and preparations for a splendid tea event at the library, it’s a wonder that I can get any cooking done!  The book I chose to review is "Street food : Exploring the world's most authentic tastes" by Tom Kime, it’s a world tour of grab-and-go food. I love the photography in the book and the overall feel is like traveling the world and noshing at every street corner. Tons of tasty flavorful recipes are presented in this book; it was difficult to choose just the right one. I decided on an unusual dish called Shourba corbasi, chard soup with rice and turmeric.  It was a quick meal to put together and very aromatic when it simmered on the stove. I served the soup with pita bread and some store bought hummus, someday I'll make my own hummus. The soup has very tangy and strong flavors, my palate is not accustomed to these flavors, but I believe if I expand my range of cooking I will adapt to these stronger flavors. This cookbook is for the adventurous, prepare a few of these recipes and you will travel the culinary world and not have to worry about losing your luggage.****David’s Dish

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put a hold on it - 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.

@ Foster - Haiku Contest

Haiku Contest

April 9th -16th

Submit online!

While visiting E.P Foster Library indulge yourself in the tranquility of writing original haiku for our “Haiku wall”.

Share your creative talent and enjoy the talent of others. Haiku poetry is a great way to slow down and savor the moment, so please join us for E.P. Foster library’s haiku contest to celebrate National Haiku Day April 17th.

A prize will be awarded to the best haiku! See the rules for more information.

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