| June 2011
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By Susan Higgins, Adult Librarian
Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library
Summer is on its way, and it’s time to start planning for travel, camping, hiking, or tooling around in the back yard. The Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library has lots of books to help you get ready for just about any activity. And the city’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing, with special events scheduled for June and July. Head to your local branch for a variety of special performances for children and workshops for adults.
Books for Adults¥ Check out the travel section (900s) for 2011 editions of Fodor and Frommer travel guides for a variety of destinations.
¥ Campers can research destinations and facilities in the Moon California Camping and Woodall’s Western Campground Directory 2011.
¥ The Galloping Gourmet combines recipes with helpful gardening tips for beginners in Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden, by Graham Kerr.
¥ The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design, by James van Sweden and Thomas Christopher, offers beautiful garden ideas inspired by paintings, music, and dance.
Picture Stories to Read Aloud¥ Mrs. LaRue, Ike the dog, and their neighbor’s cats go on a road trip in LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation, written and illustrated by Mark Teague.
¥ Bob Staake invites very young readers to hunt for items on each page of his colorful book Look! a Book!
¥ In Red Wagon by Renata Liwska, Lucy gets a new red wagon and uses it to bring vegetables home from the market for her mother.
Books for Older Children¥ In June Jam, the sixth book in the Calendar Mysteries series by Ron Roy, the children get ready for Father’s Day and find that something’s been attacking the strawberry patch.
¥ Annie and Henry join their library’s summer reading club in Annie and Snowball and the Book Bugs Club, the ninth book of the pair’s adventures by Cynthia Rylant.
¥ In Forever Lost by Franklin W. Dixon, the Hardy Boys investigate the case of a group of children who disappear while camping.
Resilience for Life:A Breathing Seminar
Local wellness instructor Jaymie Meyer will show you how to experience greater well-being and reduce stress by practicing four Ayurvedic breathing techniques. Saturday, June 11, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Graphic Novels for AdultsJoin San Francisco artist and Yale Teaching Fellow Cara Goldstein for a workshop on storytelling in words and pictures. By the end of the class, you will have launched your own personal comic book. You may attend either Tuesday, June 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; or Saturday, June 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited, so register in advance at the library or by calling 415-355-5707.
Book Club Meets
Looking for a novel idea? Check out the Noe Valley Book Discussion Group, meeting on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m.
Debate on War“Why War?”—a 1930s exchange of letters between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud—will be the topic of discussion at the next Great Books Discussion Group, on Wednesday, June 8, at 6:15 pm. To read the letters, go to http://pagespersoorange.fr/chabrieres/texts/whywar.html. For more information, contact Clifford Louie at email@example.com.
Cowgirl TricksCowgirl Karen Quest puts on a hilarious show complete with trick-roping,magic, music, and audience participation. Saturday, June 4, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Cherry HoopsThe “mesmerizing” Cherry Hoops leads a hoop-dancing class that will make kids laugh,play, and get fit. Thursday, June 16, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Music Time with DonnaJoin Donna Uzoigwe for an interactive music time for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, with songs in English and Spanish. Tuesday, June 21, 11 am to noon.
‘Eco-Tainment’Performer and educator Doug Nolan juggles and jokes while sharing his passion for taking care of the earth. Saturday, June 25, 2 to 3 p.m.
Family FilmsThe library hosts two showings of short films, geared for preschool children. Tuesday, June 14, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Toddler TalesToddlers are invited to come hear stories, rhymes, and music on Tuesday, June 28, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
All events take place at the Noe Valley/ Sally Brunn Library, 451 Jersey St. For information, call 415-355-5707 or go to
Power Your Mind:ReadThis year’s summer reading derby— Summer Read SF 2011—powers up on June 1 and races till July 30. Open to readers of any age, the program helps you track how much you read, and may even win you a prize. Sign up at www.sfpl.org or at any library branch, and then record the amount of time you spend reading. Prizes will be given to children who read for 10 hours or more, teens who read for 30 hours or more, and adults who read for 40 hours or more. Everyone who reads for at least 40 hours will have a chance to enter a citywide Super Raffle.