Recommended by You!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recently we asked “What book did you have to read for school that you ended up liking (or loving)?”  Several of you responded with great recommendations.  Check them out below, and then tell us which book from school you ended up liking!

For Teens and Adults:

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fizgerald is available in print, eBook, and audio book.  This is a classic that has also been adapted to film.

“Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.”


Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan is available in print, eBook, and audio book. This classic has been adapted to film, as well.

“Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who is telling the story.”



Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston is also available in print, eBook, and audio book.

“Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930’s, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance.”




To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee can be found at the Library in print, eBook, and audio book.  It has been adapted to film.

“Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school; but her carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman, and her father is the only man willing to defend him.”


51dvlcrs0gl-_sy344_bo1204203200_I Am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick is available at the Library in print, eBook, and audio book.

“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.”




Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is available in print, eBook, and audio book. It has been adapted to film too!

“The adventures of an orphan boy who lives in the squalid surroundings of a nineteenth century English workhouse until he becomes involved with a gang of thieves.”




A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens is available in print, eBook and audio book.

“In the early days of the French Revolution, a young Englishman determines to do the utmost to save the husband of the woman he loves from the guillotine.”




Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller is available in print, eBook, audio book, and has been adapted to film.

A searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream.”





For Kids:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl is available in print, eBook, audio book, and film!

“Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.”




Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls is also available in print, eBook, audio book and film.

“A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.”




The Giver
by Lois Lowry is available in print, eBook, and audio book. It was recently adapted to film!

“In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.”

Cartoonist Joe Wos

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cartoonist Joe Wos presented an outstanding program at the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday the 5th of April.  Patrons were heard commenting afterward “I didn’t think I knew how to draw but this looks pretty good”.  They especially enjoyed how the presentation appealed to all ages, “He was funny and lively.” “He was one of the best programs you’ve ever had.”  There was also the question, “When is the next program?”

The answer is; April is National Poetry Month so San Lorenzo Library is celebrating with a Teen Poetry Slam. Come join the fun!


Check out some of the great drawing books at the San Lorenzo Library and discover your hidden talents.


How to Draw Comic Book Heroes and VilliansHow to Draw Comic Book Heroes and Villains / Christopher Hart

How to create your own original comic book characters, draw fight scenes, design special powers, and invent imaginary creatures, with a section on how the comic business works.



Comic Book MagicCartoon magic / American Editor, Diane Ridley Schmitz

Includes instructions on cartooning people, animals, and objects as well as information about creating a comic strip and posters.





Anime ManiaAnime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation / Christopher Hart








Draw InsectsDraw insects / by Doug DuBosque                                 

Try this book out during the summer for the Alameda County Library Summer Reading Game: Catch the Reading Bug starting on June 16th.


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!

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Memory Keeper's DaughterAfter flirting with The Memory Keeper’s Daughter for some time, I decided to read it. It was the first book I have read in some time that caused me to stay up past midnight to find out what was going to happen.

Kim Edwards has written a fine first novel. The characters are carefully delineated and the plot is driven by a buried secret and the parallel lives of a set of fraternal twins.

I am giving this page turner 3 stars * * *.

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