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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual observance, held on April 22, to increase public awareness of our planet and environmental issues.

Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.¹

Reduce waste! * Earth friendly crafts! * See the Earth in the Universe!

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

¹Hayes, Denis. "Earth Day." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2012.

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

 

 

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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.

This is National Library Week! April 14 - 20

April 14 – 20 is National Library Week. In addition to celebrating our physical library locations, this year, Ventura County Library features online resources found in the Ventura County eLibrary.

Ventura County eLibrary offers library card holders over 18,000 free downloadable books, 105 free online magazine subscriptions, almost 3 million free downloadable music tracks, and over 12,000 streaming videos. Additionally, newspapers, encyclopedias, and phone books are all available free, online. Language instruction, career and resume help, practice tests, legal forms, and auto repair are just a few more of the resources available online at no charge.

Our eLibrary is an online branch that’s open 24/7.

Try some free databases, available this week only!

Celebrate National Library Week, and you’ll discover the best story in the library is the library.

A Perspective on FDR at Simi Valley Library

The Simi Valley Friends of the Library are hosting Eleanor, Lucy, and the Man in the Middle: A Perspective on FDR at the Simi Valley Library on Saturday, April 27th at 2pm.

Hundreds of books have been written about the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the influence of First Lady Eleanor, and the impact she had on the country, on her own. Most books touch on FDR’s close relationship with Lucy Mercer and other women throughout his life.

Join dramatist Martha Abbey Miller and learn more about these complex relationships in a interesting and insightful romp through an important part of history.

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.

CLASSIC GUMSHOE DETECTIVE NOVELS

 

    Livre Noir, Pulp Fiction, Gumshoe Journals; these are the classic mystery novels that still fill the bookstores and libraries around the world. From Popular Fiction, like James Chandler’s THE BIG SLEEP and THE MALTESE FALCON to Robert Tine’s MULLHOLLAND FALLS, come the stories of mystery, intrigue, murder, police corruption, sex and drugs. Often, the lines are blurred between good guy-bad guy in these stories and more often than not, there is a strong presence of dark vigilantism among the hero characters who go off script to catch a bad guy.

     Some of the best stories around take place during a time frame between the 1940s and 50s, when Hollywood and Broadway were at their zeniths and when high fashion and high society were things to be envied by those whose work a day habits brought in small paychecks and little esteem. Cops, Private Eyes and Newspaper Reporters were the privileged proletariat, who got to mingle with these elite types, and with an added rush of getting in their face, when the Law was broken. Los Angeles and New York were often the playgrounds and backdrops for these crime thrillers, for those very reasons.

     L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, by James Ellroy is one example of this, even though it was published in the 1990s. It has that feel of 1950s writing with its short sentences and terse language. Another is Mickey Spillane’s anti hero, Mike Hammer, Private Eye. In THE BIG KILL, He doesn’t mind mixing it up with crooks, even enjoying a good smack down and pounding of a dame or dude, no matter what their station in life. He has his own brand of justice and a few bones to pick! This is hard boiled melodrama wrapped up in one liners and craftily woven plots. It’s the kind of writing that is edgy, profane and hard hitting. I will begin with a review of THE BIG KILL, and then later in the month, review L.A. CONFIDENTIAL one of my all time favorites.

 

THE BIG KILL, by Mickey Spillane.

 

      Drinking at a seedy bar in the crime ridden East Village on a rainy night, Hammer notices a man come in with an infant. The man, named Decker, cries as he kisses the infant goodbye, then walks out in the rain to be shot to death. Hammer shoots the assailant as he searches Decker's body. The driver of the getaway car runs over the man Hammer shot to ensure that he won't talk. Hammer takes care of the infant and vows revenge on the person behind such a deed.

     Hammer's trail of vengeance leads him to hostile encounters with his police friend Pat Chambers, the DA and his stooges as well as beatings, assassination attempts and torture from gangsters that Hammer reciprocates in an eye for an eye fashion.

      Hammer also has loving encounters with two women he meets on his quest. Marsha is a former Hollywood Actress who was beaten by Decker when he robbed her flat. Ellen is the rich daughter of a horse breeder who works for the D.A.

     The plot is convoluted and littered with odd characters , “Dames with curves they know how to use and lips that work on a man like a drug”, so says Hammer. He gives and receives many severe beatings, and when he's on the receiving end his brutal and ghastly injuries respond remarkably well to the medicinal properties of good scotch, hot black coffee, a plate of steak and eggs, and a few smokes.

     He learns that the dead man was an ex-con trying to go straight when he was tricked into consorting with racketeers. Mike battles with low lifes and high-living hoodlums in the course of seeking his own kind of justice…vengeance for the man and his child. But he gets caught up in the intrigue that becomes almost too much for him. As the investigation heats up, Hammer is almost killed for knowing too much and arrested by the D.A. for butting into police business. But the Private Eye avenges himself and the police by bringing all of the bookies and racketeers down and then finding out the real reason Decker was murdered. It just doesn’t get any better than this for Pulp Fiction.

Resident Philosopher Doug Taylor

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