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Are you ready for Daylight Saving Time (DST)?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Online Info Finder, the chief purpose of daylight saving time is to save energy by reducing evening use of lighting.¹

Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as favoring daylight saving time in summer. 'It struck him as silly and wasteful that people should 'live much by candle-light and sleep by sunshine.'"²

However, Wikipedia and National Geographic call DST "controversial". They too cite its origins in ancient civilizations' adjustment of schedules to sunlight.

What do you think about daylight savings?  Does it still make sense today?

¹Petrie, J. (2014). Daylight saving time. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from World Book Online Info Finder 3-2014
² Waldstreicher, D. (2014). Franklin, Benjamin. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from World Book Online Info Finder 3-2014

David's Dish: Date Shake

The New Persian Kitchen, by Louisa Shafia, made my foodie imagination run wild, filled with exotic recipes and interesting insights on ingredients used in Persian cooking. I was excited about delving into uncharted territory, the culinary delights of Persia, only to discover my once dodgy oven is now a completely non-functioning oven. The top burners don’t work either.

Big dilemma: do I make a Persian salad or sour plum pickles? I think not. But I did see a recipe for a date shake. I haven't had a date shake in quite a while, since my brief summer stay in Indio, California. The memory of the delicious date shake on that hot summer day came flooding back to me; the kebabs and other delicacies will have to wait till the oven is replaced.

The date shake recipe is your average milkshake recipe, except with yogurt. One powerful lesson learned was “don’t freeze bananas with the peel on,” unless you have a hammer handy. The “Dish” is in need of a tall, cool beverage, not a construction tool! I stuffed the ingredients into the blender and let it do its thing. Result: sweet, heavenly date shake!


*****David's Dish


Check-out the book at Foster Library, or put it on hold—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 Faceboook page and I’ll get cooking!

Ukulele Jam Sessions at Foster!

Come join us at
E.P. Foster Library every second and fourth Monday
for our new
Ukulele Jam Sessions!

All skill levels are welcome to come by the Topping Room and strum, sing, and learn more about this amazing instrument. Don’t own a ukulele? Ask about borrowing one from the library!

The first session will be on Monday, March 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. Stay for as little or as much time as you’d like.
We hope to see you there!

make! Media Night

  • Media Night
  • Tuesday March 11 at 7:30pm in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
  • Presented by Ventura County Library, CAPS TV, Ventura Area Makers/Builders/Hackers
 

Come tonight and learn about 3-D printing!

  • Open Tech Night at make!
  • 3D Printing, 3D Modeling, Microcontrollers and whatever you are working on.
  • Tonight, Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
  • Presented by Ventura County Library, CAPS TV, Ventura Area Makers/Builders/Hackers

March is Women's History Month

This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries.

Explore the history of generations of women whose commitment to nature and humanity have proved invaluable to society.

Gale PowerSearch on our eLibrary page is a great place to start along with Biography In Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library and World Book.

 


Our photo is of athlete Wilma Rudolph (LOC).

The Bionic Woman, Volume 1: Mission Control

I know I’m dating myself, but when I was a young girl I used to watch The Bionic Woman with Lindsay Wagner. I’m not talking reruns, either, I mean when it originally aired. As a kid growing up in the seventies, Jamie Summers was a role model for me and other young girls. She showed us that we could be strong, independent, and more than just a pretty face.

Now, Jamie Summers is back and re-imagined for a new generation of young women, with the new release of The Bionic Woman, Volume 1: Mission Control. Jamie Summers seems tailor-made for this modern era of computers and cell phones. Along with her bionic arm, legs, and hearing, she also has the ability to change her appearance and access the internet without ever using an actual computer. The first half of the story deals with bionic parts being stolen from their living recipients and the black market that sells them to the wealthy. The second half involves female robot clones being used as soldiers and slaves, their blossoming sentience, and their fight for independence.

While there is some similarity to the Jamie Summers I grew up with, this current incarnation is definitely different. Her relationship with Steve Austin (the Six Million Dollar Man, for those who remember) is over; she has no memory of her previous life, and there are so many people trying to steal her technology that she neither has a real home nor a social life. In spite of that, Jamie is tough and determined. She does get roughed up a lot, but she proves to be a tough contender, and kicks some major butt. She still shows that a woman can be just as strong and capable as a man, and is as much of a role model today as she was when I was a little girl.

 

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

New Veterans Resource Center Opening at Foster Library

Next Friday, E.P. Foster Library will be revealing its new Veterans Resource Center! Join us at 4 p.m. on March 7, 2014, for the grand opening ceremony and light refreshments.

Following the ceremony, the Big Read kickoff event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Bell Arts Factory.

Stop by Foster to check out this exciting new community resource!

Oak View Library Art Exhibit

Sunset Middle School Plein Air Art Exhibit at Oak View Library

 

Painted in the spirit of the French Impressionists,

plein air paintings are done en plein air or

"in the open air".  Stop by the library to

see these beautiful paintings painted 

by the Sunset Middle School

art elective class.

 

Student art work will be on display at the Oak View Library until March 27.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video, and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz awards.

2014 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo

 

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: 

Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black  

The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes 

One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake 

Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter 

2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca 

 

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: 

Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker 

Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle 

Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner 

2014 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick

 

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell 

“Kingdom of Little Wounds,” written by Susann Cokal 

Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch 

Navigating Early,” written by Clare Vanderpool 

This is just a partial list of award winners, for the complete list go to the American Library Association at www.ala.org.

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