Saturday, March 22, 2008

Were you born between 1946 & 1964?

Are you a Baby Boomer? Were you born between 1946 and 1964? If so, tell us what you want at the library!

What do you want to read?
What do you want to learn?
What do you want to achieve?

Your participation in a Library Focus Group will help us get a state grant that will fund library programs for your generation--the Baby Boom generation!

Join us at one of these two focus groups.*

Focus Group 1: Dinner & Jazz Concert
Enjoy a complimentary light dinner, have a conversation with us, and experience an exciting concert featuring the Midnight Sessions.

Friday, April 4, 6 to 9 PM
San Leandro Main Library

Focus Group 2: Lunch
Enjoy a complimentary lunch and have a conversation with us. (Note too that this focus group occurs just before our next book discussion.)

Saturday, April 5, 12:30 to 2 PM
San Leandro Main Library

Get your free focus group tickets by calling or stopping by the Main Library’s Information Desk, 577-3971. You can bring one adult guest (who may or may not be a Boomer).

*Sponsored by San Leandro Public Library and funded by the Library Services Technology Act

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Edgar Awards: 2008 Nominees

Since I'm a big fan of the mystery genre, the annual list of Edgar nominees is one of my favorite sources to consult when I'm looking for a good book to read. (The Edgars recognize the best mysteries of the year in various categories.) The 2008 nominees were announced a few weeks back to very little fanfare. In case you missed it (like I did), click here for the nominee list. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in New York City on May 8. Local mystery writer Bill Pronzini will be honored as Grand Master.

Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures

The library just received a lovely, oversized book, featuring very small books that are fascinating works of art. I'd love to share some of the photos with you here, but I don't have a scanner. However, if you're interested, has some nice page shots.

Click here if you interested in finding the book at the library or putting it on hold.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Website: Garfield minus Garfield

"Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb."