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Mark Zuckerberg Book Club - A Year of Books

Are you looking for a new book club?  

A book club you can join without ever leaving home or changing out of your pajamas. Mark Zuckerberg started one. Participants will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it on Faceboook. The chosen books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.  

We have purchased the first of the titles in ebook format. They are available through OverDrive in our eLibrary.

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  Mark Zuckerberg

It's a Small World After All

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"Have Space Suit—Will Travel," by Robert A. Heinlein

Having originally published this work in 1958 before the first manned mission to the moon, renowned and award winning science fiction author Heinlein dreamed of space flight and life in lunar colonies. The title of Have Space Suit—Will Travel comes from an old TV show of the time, Have Gun—Will Travel, about a brave and honorable mercenary character in the frontiers of California and an old saying then that went “have tux, will travel.”

Funny name aside, the book is about a young man’s high-adventures in space, eventually saving earth and a young girl in the process. This is one of Heinlein’s best novels written for young readers and will appeal to anyone of any age.

A clever and resourceful young man named Kip is obsessed with space flight and determined to go to the moon, but despairs at the difficulty. Only the best of the best are stationed there, and it requires a huge sum of money to visit as a tourist.

When his eccentric father shows him an ad in the paper for an advertising jingle contest, Kip goes all in and submits thousands of entries in hopes of winning. What follows is exciting, fast-paced, and humorous. Heinlein, in his characteristic style and voice, carries the reader through to the end and leaves you wanting more.

I enjoyed our audio version of Have Space Suit—Will Travel, available free through Hoopla Digital in our eLibrary.

 

Alan Martin, Your Friendly Reader

Read Me a Story & More: Coming Soon to E.P. Foster Library

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, E.P. Foster Library will host the early literacy workshop Read Me a Story & More.

In this workshop, parents and caregivers will learn the five early literacy practices that children need to be reading ready. They will learn how to extend stories into activities, including using a flannel board that the whole family can enjoy.

Class size is limited, and advanced registration is required. This workshop is for adults ONLY. Sign up at the children’s desk or call 648-2716 and ask for the children’s department.

Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library®

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Since 1958 Libraries across the country have been celebrating National Library Week.  All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

What have you created with the help of your local library?  Did you research or write your book, learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? Have you used the library’s 3D printer? Did the library help you find a new job or get your small business off the ground? Or perhaps the library’s homework center made a difference in your child's last report card.

Take a moment this week to stop by your library and say thank you to the people there who make it all possible.

Beauty

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “be careful what you wish for.” Whether it is fame, riches, or beauty, getting what you want is not always the answer to your problems. Sometimes, it actually makes things a lot worse. You may get what you want, but it’s what you do with it that matters most. Such is the case for a young girl named Coddie in Kerascoët & Hubert’s graphic novel, Beauty.

In Beauty, Coddie is a young girl living with her abusive godmother. Her life is spent slaving away in her godmother’s inn, scaling and salting fish. She is a bit of an ugly duckling and, thanks to the fish, she doesn’t smell particularly pleasant. She is often ridiculed by the people in her town, who make fun of her big ears, plain face, and fishy smell. Only her mother and Peter, her godmother’s son, show her any kindness.

One day, while gathering firewood in the forest, she unknowingly comes upon the fairy, Mab, disguised as a frog. When her tears free Mab of her spell, she grants Coddie the appearance of beauty. As Mab says, “If Mab cannot change your nature, she can change the perception of it.” While her fishy smell remains, Coddie is suddenly seen by everyone as the most beautiful of women. Only Coddie can see her true appearance.

It might at first seem a true gift, but Coddie’s beauty soon becomes troublesome—and even dangerous—for her. The men in her village become violently obsessed with her, to the point that she is forced to flee into the forest. The women in her village are more than happy to see her go, as her beauty has caused such a distraction that the men begin to fight over her. A young nobleman comes to her rescue, but her adventures are far from over. She will eventually find herself a queen, the focus of a war, and even a prisoner, all because of her beauty.

Readers familiar with Kerascoët & Hubert’s other work, Beautiful Darkness, are already well aware that fairytales don’t always have the happy ending we’re used to expecting. It is much the same with Beauty. Coddie, who changes her name to Beauty, becomes a bit taken with her own appearance as she manipulates the men around her. When she is later made queen, she uses the opportunity to enjoy the life that was previously denied to her because of her looks. She is, to put it plainly, a self-absorbed, spoiled brat. It is only after she loses her king and her kingdom that she truly sees what her beauty has cost her. She must learn to be beautiful on the inside as well as the outside if she is ever to be the beloved queen she wants to be.

As self-absorbed as she was, I must admit I couldn’t help but have a little sympathy for Coddie, for I’m a bit of an ugly duckling myself. I certainly know how it feels to be teased and tormented for not being pretty, so it wasn’t hard to understand how that beauty could go to her head. I don’t think Coddie behaved all that badly, and she does redeem herself in the end.

While it may not be the fairytale you’re expecting, Beauty is definitely worth reading. Also, be sure to read the epilogue for a bit of a twist. It will make you rethink everything you read before it.

 

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

BRATS RAW @ Foster

On Wednesday, April 15, E.P. Foster Library will host a special screening of BRATS RAW.

This documentary features additional footage from the original BRATS documentary by Donna Musil. It includes a series of uncut interviews narrated by General Schwarzkopf and Kris Kristofferson.

The doors open at 6 p.m. for this free event, which will take place in the Topping Room. Stop by to learn more about the experience of growing up in a military family!

STEM Expo Giveaways and Gold Coins

We were fortunate enough to have our Library LAB take part in CSU Channel Islands' 5th annual STEM Expo earlier this month. This amazing event was held at the fairgrounds in conjunction with the Ventura County Science Fair.

We used two of CI's Afinia 3D printers and Tinkercad to demonstrate 3D modeling and printing. Several students designed models that were printed out right there for them to take home! We also had small public library-themed giveaways for all of our visitors.

Also this month, one of our frequent LAB users was kind enough to share with us some work he has done applying gold, silver, and copper leaf to one of our designs. Want to share what you've been working on? Drop by the Library LAB on Wednesday evenings!

Sketching with John Iwerks @ Foster

Interested in developing your artistic side? Join us on Saturday, April 11, for a special sketching event at E.P. Foster Library!

Sketching with John Iwerks is a workshop that will feature tips and techniques for artists of all skill levels. Bring your sketchbook to this free event, or consider borrowing one from the library.

This event begins at 10 a.m. in the Topping Room. If you're curious about John Iwerks' amazing artwork, you won't want to miss this opportunity to see him in action!

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