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Fillmore Library Presents: The Wild and Wonderful World of Herbs

 

The Wild and Wonderful World of Herbs

Fillmore Library Wednesday May 7, 4pm

Join Janine Reese, owner of the Scented Path and The Fillmore Wellness Center, for a reading of Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith.

There will be herbs to touch and smell and a raffle for two books.

Ventura County Weavers & Spinners Guild @ Foster

The Ventura County Weavers & Spinners Guild will be giving a presentation at E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, May 10.

Attendees will learn about the history of the art of spinning and weaving. The talk will be followed by a demonstration of techniques.

It all starts at 2 p.m. in the Topping Room. If you’re looking for a fun weekend event, come on by!

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"Fit to a T" @ Foster

This coming Monday, May 5, Dr. Cheryl Lambing will be giving a free talk at E.P. Foster Library.

“Fit to a T” is a bone health and osteoporosis education program for men and women of all ages. Learn about your “T-score” and what it means for your overall health and wellness.

The event is open to the public, and begins at 5 p.m. in the Topping Room. We hope to see you there!

Kids InfoBits Better Than Ever

Kids InfoBits

Content-rich, authoratative, easy to use, age appropriate

Updated graphics, expanded content and a built in dictionary.

Search by broad category or key word.

Search results can be translated into 11 languages.

Download, print or email your article. Read or listen to articles.

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational tool for today's young learners.

 

   

Novelties: “The Martian,” by Andy Weir

While it may be tempting to dismiss science fiction writing as somehow less relevant than other fiction due to its often speculative nature—dealing as it does with undiscovered worlds, unknown cultures, or fantastical technologies—the fact of the matter is that some of the best social commentary can be found in your library’s sci-fi section. Going beyond the reality that we know gives us a chance to imagine how we would think and act in scenarios that would test us in ways we are unlikely to encounter normally, and the results of those tests tell us a lot about who we really are, both individually and as a society.

In The Martian (2014), Andy Weir tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut who is part of a manned mission to Mars that is forced to terminate its stay early due to hazardous conditions on the red planet. In the course of their evacuation during a severe dust storm, Watney’s suit is compromised, causing him to be left behind when all available information points to his already being dead. He recovers from his ordeal to find that the rest of the crew has left the planet and that he has no way of contacting them or Earth to request a rescue—perhaps a moot point since any rescue attempt would arrive too late to save him from starvation in any case. What unfolds is a story of survival, of Watney versus the Martian elements armed with only those supplies left behind by the crew and a wry sense of humor that keeps him going in the face of certain death. Written as a series of journal entries, this fast-paced novel manages to communicate the urgency driving Watney’s predicament in a way that demonstrates his intellect and competence while maintaining a high level of suspense.
Our next novel is also set on Mars, but not the desolate, unexplored Mars of the near future. Instead, Moving Mars (1993) shows us a planet long ago colonized by Earth and currently struggling to determine its destiny. Casseia Majumdar is a young Martian woman whose development is central to the story, as is the larger evolution of the Martian colony as a political entity. In the years since the planet was first colonized, Mars has become home to second- and third-generation Martians who wish to advocate for autonomy from an Earth that is increasingly hostile to Martian interests. This political drama is exacerbated by certain technological breakthroughs that threaten to fundamentally change the relationship between the two planets. Author Greg Bear creates a world rich with backstory and character development, and slowly—perhaps too slowly for some readers—brings the narrative to a boil. Winner of the 1994 Nebula Award, Moving Mars is epic in scale and a good selection for fans of hard science fiction.
The second read-alike for this month is The Dog Stars (2012), by Peter Heller. Like The Martian, The Dog Stars is a story about isolation and survival; however, Heller’s novel takes place not on Mars but on a plague-ravaged Earth. Set after not one but two superbugs wipe out the bulk of the population, the story is told by Hig, a former contractor and pilot living in an abandoned airport with his dog and a fellow survivor named Bangley. With Hig providing airborne surveillance and Bangley bringing tactical knowledge and firepower, the two have carved out a reasonably secure niche while remaining emotionally distanced from each other. When a traumatic event causes Hig to question his commitment to their day-by-day existence, he heads off in search of something he cannot name—meaning, redemption, or perhaps just something new. Heller uses his apocalypse to empty out the world so that he can examine the ways in which we might fill it again, and the result is an uplifting, if bittersweet, tale.

The Martian, Moving Mars, and The Dog Stars are all available to borrow at E.P. Foster Library. In addition, The Martian and The Dog Stars can be borrowed as eBooks through OverDrive. You can also access NoveList Plus from our eLibrary’s Reading Suggestions section. If the book you are interested in is not currently on the shelf at your branch, you can always request that a copy be sent to the branch of your choice in person, over the phone, or online through our catalog.


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Bilingual Storytime at Prueter Library

Abuela Bilingual Story Time

  For children 0-5 years of age

Stories, songs, finger plays and fun in Spanish and English

Mondays May 12th and 19th, June 2nd and 9th at 10:30am

Ray D. Prueter Library

Phone 486-5460 for more information

Para Español haga clic aquí

   

Vader’s Little Princess

I’m sure many readers can relate to the joys and struggles of raising a teenage daughter, but imagine how challenging that would be if you were Darth Vader and your daughter was Princess Leia. Yes, Jeffrey Brown is back, with his take on life as a dad in the Star Wars universe in Vader’s Little Princess. Readers will recognize familiar scenes, characters, and even dialogue as Vader struggles to raise his daughter from her precocious youth to her rebellious teen years.

Throughout the book, readers will sympathize with Vader (yes, you read that right) as he makes sure his little princess brushes her teeth, does her chores, and dresses properly (no slave-girl outfits allowed). He may be one of the most powerful Sith lords in the universe, but he’s also just a dad. Granted, most dads don’t have to deal with their daughters crashing their Imperial shuttle or blowing up the Death Star, but they can relate to a dad whose daughter is dating, talking on the phone (or in this case, a hologram) with her friends, and rebelling against her elders.

These one-page vignettes are funny, endearing, and very familiar to anyone who is raising, or has raised, a teenage girl, and you don’t need to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate that.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

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!

Take part in NASA's worldwide celebration of Earth Day: the #GlobalSelfie event!

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

¹"Earth Day." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.

Fiber Festival at Ojai Library!

Fiber Festival 

and More

Sunday April 27 

11am - 3pm

Ojai Library

  • Sign up for a free spindle class
  • Learn how to dye with Kool-Aid         
  • Learn to knit or crochet
  • Shop with local artisans

 

 

    Materials provided while supplies last

    For more information call 646-1639

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