Noe Valley Voice October 2009

More Books to Read

Noe Valley Voice

October 2009

Tales with Taste

You can learn how to make gingerbread men, women, or babies by picking up a book from this month's list, provided by retiring Noe Valley Librarian Carol Small and Voice speed-reader Karol Barske. Their selections are but a fraction of the books available at the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library at 451 Jersey Street near Castro. The branch is open six days a week (see hours below). When the doors are closed, you can log on to and sign up for your favorites. For information, call Branch Manager Alice McCloud at 415-355-5707.

Children's Fiction

- The 26 letters each have one thing to do before they say goodnight in Judy Sierra's read-aloud book Sleepy Little Alphabet. Ages 2 to 4.

- Gingerbread Baby goes to the village to look for a friend, but finds them back at home, in Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett; recipes included. Ages 3 to 5.

- Mr. Bungles races to be on time to teach school, but everything goes wrong, in Late for School! by Stephanie Calmenson. Ages 4 to 6.

- Judy Goldman's Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead tells the story of the Mexican holiday celebrated Nov. 1 and 2. Ages 6 to 8.

- Abigail ("the Great One"), Jacob ("the Pain"), and Fluzzy the Cat reappear in Judy Blume's latest chapter book, Friend or Fiend? Ages 6 to 8.

- The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, edited by Bill Martin Jr., includes almost 200 poems, by authors from Robert Louis Stevenson to John Ciardi. All ages.

Children's Nonfiction

- Andrew Chaikin's Mission Control, This Is Apollo tells the story of the first voyages to the moon. Ages 8 and up.

Books selected by Children's Librarian Carol Small

Adult Nonfiction

- Terry Gould tells the stories of seven journalists who were murdered during their attempts to do investigative reporting, in Marked for Death: Dying for the Story in the World's Most Dangerous Places.

- Zeitoun is Dave Eggers' account of a Syrian-American man who mysteriously disappeared following Hurricane Katrina.

- In Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Chris Hedges claims America is being destroyed from within by its powerful elite.

- The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters, by Richard Bernstein, examines Western males' obsession with the "exotic" East.

- In Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia, Sheila and Lisa Himmel discuss their separate and combined problems, and their work toward a solution.

- Ian Halperin considers the last five years of the pop star's life in Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson.

- Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963 concludes Kevin Starr's seven-volume history of the state.

- Josh Neufeld, author of the graphic-novel American Splendor, depicts the lives of seven New Orleans residents who survived Hurricane Katrina, in A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

Annotations by Karol Barske, of the Voice staff

How to Photograph Your Children

- Noe Valley professional photographer Fima Gelman will teach parents how to capture special moments with their cameras, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 to 8 p.m. Gelman, an award-winning photographer, will also present a slide show featuring photos of orphans taken during a trip to Siberia.

Book Discussion Group

- Attend the Noe Valley Book Discussion Group on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Stories and Rhymes for Little Ones

- Babies and toddlers to age 3 will love the songs and rhymes at Toddler Tales, held Tuesdays Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Family Story Time, for children to age 5, follows a half an hour later, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Call 355-5707 to confirm.