Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2007

The staff of San Lorenzo Library thanks all of you for your support of the Library in 2007 and wishes all of you a wonderful New Year!

We’ll look forward to seeing you again in 2008.

A Wonderful Winter Solstice

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Mary Ellen HillThe San Lorenzo area community celebrated the Winter Solstice at the San Lorenzo Library where storyteller, Mary Ellen Hill, entertained with stories about magic and light. Mary Ellen, MA in Spirituality and Geo-Justice, has been a professional storyteller since 1990. She tells stories in many different venues, wherever there are people who appreciate the power and wisdom of stories. The audience was dazzled by the energy of Hill’s storytelling. You can find out more about Mary Ellen Hill at her website — www.mehstories.com.

Find New Books, Movies and Music

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It’s called Wowbrary–a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting library materials. Library users sign up to receive a free newsletter.


Try an Audiobook!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Over the last year I have fallen in love with audiobooks.  It all started when I had to read fifty books for a teen literature class.  I’m not the fastest reader, so I found that I could be more efficient by “reading” audiobooks while commuting.  Immediately I became a sucker for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, narrated by Ilyana Kadushin.  I’ve listened to all three books now, and with a fourth scheduled for late 2008 there’s no question that I’ll be listening to it, rather than reading – I can’t go back!

Sometimes I listen to titles that I wouldn’t normally take the time to actually read.  This is how I found John Grogan’s Marley and Me, narrated by Johnny Heller, which I ended up enjoying very much.  

If the weather is dark and gloomy, I often like to choose an audiobook that fits the mood.  Some great titles for this include Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, narrated by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner, and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, narrated by John McDonough. 

In the world of audiobooks, the narrator can make or break your experience.  Recently I’ve discovered one narrator in particular that I absolutely adore:  Jeff Woodman.  So far I’ve listened to his narration of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon, and An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska, both by John Green.  Jeff Woodman is a master of accents, a talented storyteller, and he captures each character perfectly.  I intend to listen to many more of his narrations.

Audiobooks could never replace “real” books for me – listening to a book is a completely different experience than actually reading one.  But they are certainly an entertaining and convenient alternative.  Try one!

Books to Movies

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Two books that I read are coming out as films. Atonement by Ian McEwan was interesting and held my attention so much that I have continued to read McEwan’s books. Here is a link to the Guardian’s 2002 interview with him concerning research he did for this book. You can also read about the film on the Internet Movie Database.

The Golden Compass by  Philip Pullman is now also out on film. This fantasy adventure, the first book of the trilogy His Dark Materials, may translate very well to film. Look for information on the official film site.

Look for both of these books at the Library.

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