Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley!

Writers Almanac offers some interesting tidbits about Aldous Huxley, who was born July 26, 1894, and died in 1963:
* Huxley's grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley, is believed to have coined the word "agnostic."
* When Huxley was 17, he came down with a disease that rendered him almost blind. He taught himself Braille, and liked it because he could read in bed without getting his hands cold.
* Huxley wrote Brave New World because he wanted to write something light--in the model of H.G. Wells.
Does this intrigue you to take another look at Huxley? As Russell Baker said when he introduced Silas Marner on Masterpiece Theatre, don't let your high-school lit class prejudice you against classic literature.

Animanga Club: Cosplay Prep!

Come to the Downtown library Multipurpose room this Saturday, July 29th, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, for last minute touches on your cosplay costume. Cosplay expert Darcy from Wizzywig will be available to help with your costume and show us how to make cat collars and cat ears. DDR will be set up and of course, Pocky will be provided. See you there!

A Mother and Daughter's Secret

Secret Daughter by June Cross tells the emotional story of the bi-racial daughter of Norma, a white woman, and James "Stump" Cross, a well-known African-American comedian. Since the kinky hair and dark skin did not allow daughter June to "pass" as white, the mother made the choice to send June to live with an African-American family in Atlantic City. Thus began the secret as June shuttled between the two worlds of her "adoptive parents" and her show-biz mom, who later married actor Larry Storch. June was reunited with her dad sho

Boomers! Pay attention!

Baby Boomers

Boomers!

Do you pride yourselves on looking outwardly fabulous through good diet, lots of exercise, and a great attitude, but you're quietly noticing that your eyesight is no longer 30 years old?

Great News!

The Large Print collection has received a big infusion of hot new titles and the tell-tale boring generic covers are a thing of the past. Check out cool titles such as Intuition by Allegra Goodman; Got the Look, by James Grippando; A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby; and The Wave, by Walter Mosley, that have the same covers as the regular size print and STOP STRAINING.

Before The Road Trip . . . Visit Your Library!

Before you start out on that long car trip with your kids, be sure to make a trip to your local library. We have many things that will keep all of you entertained as the miles roll by.

There are many classic books on compact discs that are as interesting for adults as they are for kids. For example, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The movie is opening in December. You'll all want to have read it by the time you go see it. Be sure to take a look at the BOCD collections in our youth departments. You're sure to find some great titles for family listening.

We also have some great puzzle books for kids that might keep then occupied for hours.
The subject that all of these are listed under is Games for Travelers.
Way Cool License Plate Book
Smileage: Fun Travel Games & Activities for All Ages
Ha! Ha! Ha!: 1000 + Jokes, Riddles, Facts and More

And don't forget to check out the music section. There's nothing like a good sing-along. Let's hear it . . . "99 bottles of pop on the wall . . . "

Film Revolutionary

kubrick

July 26 is the birthday of film director, Stanley Kubrick. Born in 1928 in New York City, Kubrick began his film career shooting a documentary of a boxer, "The Day of the Fight" for which he made $100. Kubrick's films are known for their brilliant cinematography. More than any other director, most of his films were based on books. Some of his most famous were Dr. Strangelove and 2001: Space Odyssey. His last film before his death in 1999 was Eyes Wide Shut.

WebSpace: The Movies?

An article from Sunday's NY Times, "Hollywood Clicks on the Work of Web Auteurs," discusses the 11-minute online hit, MySpace: The Movie and the type of filmmaking fare the web is likely to spawn in the future. Times contributor Walter Kirn, author of the novel Thumbsucker, which was recently made into a feature film, makes the following comments: "The Net is a self-consciously anti-authoritarian audience. They are spit-ballers, defacers, vandals, skeptics. It's a class without a teacher. The movies that succeed on it will have those properties....The Net is going to unleash a hybrid talent and a hybrid sensibility. What it needs is an Orson Welles, an unclassifiable polymath...."

Kid Bits - Under Construction

If Trucks and Construction are very interesting to you, try the following picture books ... Hart Hat Area by Susan L. Roth; One Hole In The Road by W. Nikola-Lisa; Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman; and The House In The Meadow by Shutta Crum.

Kid Bits - Kindergarten Starts Soon

School starts in a month and Kindergarten will be a new world. Get ready by reading about it. Try Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson; and the bilingual Spanish-English version in the Foreign Language Collection Prepárate, kindergarten! Allá voy!. Try 10 Days To Kindergarten by Alison McGhee; Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate; My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells; The Peanut-Free Cafe by Gloria Koster; or The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing.

Kid Bits - Babies

Is there a new big brother or sister in your home because a new baby arrived? These are stories especially for the bigger sibling. Dear Baby by Sarah Sullivan; Best Kind Of Baby by Kate Laing; Julius, The Baby Of The World by Kevin Henkes; Just Add One Chinese Sister by Patricia McMahon; and Walk On: A Guide For Babies Of All Ages by Marla Frazee.

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