Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Job Seeking Resources I
January 12, 2011—10:30-12:30
An introduction to internet job searching techniques. Focus will be on:
- Job sites (BPL Job Search Guide)
- Search strategies
- Training resources (Including Learning Express Library)
- Establishing an email account
Job Seeking Resources II
January 14, 2011—10:30-12:30
Build on the skills learned in JSRI. Participants will:
- Find resume templates and advice (Including Homework Help)
- Learn how to post resumes on online job sites
- Learn how to fill out online job applications
- Find interview advice
Resume and Application Clinic
January 19, 2011—10:30-1:30
- Sign up for a 15 minute help session for your resume and / or job application.
- Please note– you must have a resume or application in hand to receive assistance.
Tuition Funding Clinic
January 19, 2011—10:30-1:30
- Sign up for a 15 minute help session with TFS (Tuition Funding Sources) online.
Register by phone (332-6632) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, December 24, 2010
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore and Jan Brett
This book is the ultimate Christmas classic. In this well-known poem, a man tells about a Christmas night where he meets St. Nick himself. The illustrations by Jan Brett do a great job of expressing the whimsy and timelessness of this tale. Every kid needs to be introduced to the poem that has been told and shared since the 19th century.
And here is everyone's favorite for December 25th!
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This magical story about a boy’s adventure to the North Pole has enchanted children for over two decades. Van Allsburg majestic illustrations create a serene world of magic and beauty. The Polar Express reminds all of us that it is okay to believe in what you cannot always see, because it is the believing that makes it magical.
Merry Christmas to All!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This is a very atypical vampire story. In fact, the vampirism seems to be secondary and not very important to the plot. The story really revolves around Ariella's growth and development as a person. I recommend this one to fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Here is Ms. Heather's pick for December 21st.
Christmas is Coming by Claire Masurel
Juliette is all ready for Christmas! She and her stuffed animal friends have trimmed the tree and baked the holiday cookies! Now all that is left is to wait for Santa. Come Christmas morning Juliette has lots of presents under the tree, but did Santa remember her friends?
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear! by Don and Audrey Wood
This book is a great holiday edition from the Mouse and Bear series. Little Mouse has so many presents this Christmas! But Bear never gets a single present, not even from Santa. Mouse learns the true spirit of Christmas as he shares his holiday with a friend in need
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Duck & Goose: It’s Time For Christmas by Tad Hills
If you are fan of the Duck & Goose series by Tad Hill, then you will definitely want to check out this new holiday board book. Goose is too busy catching snowflakes, making a snowgoose, or skating. It is up to Duck to remind him what time it is!
and here is Ms. Heather's pick for December 18th:
Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells
All of Morris’s brothers and sisters think he is too young to play with their Christmas presents on Christmas morning. That is until Morris gets the best gift of all, an invisible, disappearing bag! The whole family has a great time with the new gift until bedtime. Hopefully they can remember where they put it….
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff
“If you take a mouse to the movies, he’ll ask you for some popcorn. When you give him popcorn, he’ll want to string it all together. Then he’ll want to hang it on a Christmas tree.” In this holiday version of the classic If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, the mouse experiences all joys of Christmas and lots of holiday fun.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Congrats to Megan G. who is the current Mayor of the library on Foursquare as of this writing, but you too can try to become the Mayor of Homewood Public Library! C-ya!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Four girls, all with the first name Linda, formed the 'Four Lindas' club when they were in elementary school. Now in their fifties they reconnect at a high school reunion. Only one of them still lives in their hometown of Clifden, the others living in L.A., Seattle and New York City. Even though each has followed a different path in life they realize that original bond is yet strong. They are strong for each other through the trials faced such as helping an aging mother, changing jobs, and relocating. I enjoyed reading about Marley, Abby, Janie and Caroline in this first book of the series and look forward to the next.
We have this book in the Adult Dept. and you can request it in the online catalog. It is also available in large print edition.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
We are very happy to announce that the library catalog has gone MOBILE!
Give it a try! On your mobile phone, go to vulcan.bham.lib.al.us or m.vulcan.bham.lib.al.us to access the full catalog. You can log in to your account, search the catalog, and reserve items.
Use it just like the regular online catalog except it's alot more convenient. You can use it on the go! If you think of a book, audiobook, eBook, or DVD you've just got to have while out shopping, pop out your mobile phone, browse to the catalog and get it. And remember, this stuff is FREE!
Let us know what you think by commenting on this post!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas by Douglas Rees
It is Christmas Eve and Santa Claus has a nasty cold. He has been coughing and sneezing up a storm, but who can deliver the presents if Santa is sick? Jeannette Claus, his daughter, steps in to save the day. But will she be able to deliver all the present to all the little boys and girls all over the world in time?
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Hark! The Aardvark Angels Sing by Teri Sloat
Set to the tune of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, Sloat creates a magical world where aardvarks help with the holiday mail. Aardvarks as mailmen? If you don’t believe it, simply check out Hark! The Aardvark Angels Sing!
You Wouldn't Want To Be An Egyptian Mummy!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rex
Don’t want a doll, no dinky Tinkertoy, I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy. And only a hippopotamus will do! This beloved children’s class is a must for any Christmas. The book even comes with the sheet music in the back! Be warned though, after you and your family have finished the book, the song will be stuck in your head!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Rachel loves her mother’s latkes! So does everyone else apparently, because lots of unexpected guests are coming over tonight! But there isn’t enough potatoes or eggs or chairs! What are they going to do? Rachel suggests they ask their neighbor Mrs. Greenberg, who is always offering to help, but stubbornly refuses to come over and bother them. Luckily, Rachel is also stubborn and is determined that Mrs. Greenberg is not going to spend Hanukkah alone.
This sweet story also includes a recipe for potato latkes. They sound yummy!!
(For 5 or 6 people)
6 healthy-sized potatoes
1 small onion
3 tablesppon matzo meal, or bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
Oil – enough to almost cover latkes in frying pan
Scrub potatoes. Grate the potatoes and onion. Pour off extra liquid. Add egg, matzo meal and salt. Mix.
Drop potato mixture into hot oil with a tablespoon. Fry both sides until golden brown. Drain on a clean towel.
Serve hot with sour cream or applesauce.
Eat them in good health!
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Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
The day before Christmas, snuggled on the floor, Bear sleeps soundly with a great big snore. But his friends are determined and they won't let Bear sleep through Christmas this year! Will Bear be able to stay up till Christmas? This is a delightful story about friendship and the joy of the Christmas season.
Monday, December 6, 2010
On the first night of Hanukkah, Hershel enters a small village, expecting to see the village lit up with the lights of Hanukkah. Instead, he finds the village dark and cold. He discovers that the villagers live in fear of the nasty goblins who haunt the synagogue. Hershel promises to rid the village of these goblins, but will he be able to? And what happens when Hershel has to face the King of the Goblins? Written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a classic among Hanukkak picture books.
Emma’s Christmas by Irene Trivas
Emma is a sweet simple girl, who loved living on a farm. She loved her farm so much, she even turned down the Prince when he asked her to marry him. Too bad the Prince doesn’t give up that easily! This is an endearing rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas that will put a smile on your face!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Here is Ms. Candice's pick for December 4th
The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket
This is a quirky Christmas tale about a lonely lump of coal, who dreams of being an artist. He tries to make it big in an art gallery and in a Korean restaurant, but it seems there are no Christmas miracles for this unlucky lump of coal. That is until he meets Santa Claus. Will Santa be able to give this lump of coal his true wish? Miracles can happen even to those who are small, flammable, and dressed all in black.
And here is Ms. Robin's pick for December 5th
Bear Noel by Olivier Dunrea
The animals in the forest are patiently waiting. They hear him jingling the bells and tramping through the snow! Bear Noel is coming and he is bringing Christmas with him! Dunrea’s beautiful snow covered illustrations create a magical setting for this warm story about Christmas in the forest.
In this mystery, Molly Pink is accused of murdering Ellen Sheridan. The two have a history that could be a motive and Detective Heather is all too ready to arrest Molly - since that would leave Molly's beau, Detective Barry, free for the taking. Molly, aware of Heather's scheme, is determined to find the real killer before Heather finds a way to pin it on her. Meanwhile, Ellen's crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, are falling behind in the creation of their charity blanket. Molly and her friend Dinah grab some hooks and step up to help, hoping to unravel the murder as they learn to crochet.
This was a fun book with good characters and an interesting plot. I read it as I paused between working the rows on a crocheted scarf, which made it all the more entertaining.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Read the interview with Cynthia Keller from JenniferVideo.com.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Michael J. Rosen
This is a great picture book that teaches kids about the history and importance of Hanukkah. A young child tells readers how he and his family celebrate each night of this special holiday. The illustration by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan is warm and inviting to the eye, it does a great job of conveying the joy and fun of the season. It is sure to be a book that illuminates and delights both Jewish and non-Jewish children.
Here's Ms. Laurie's pick for December 2nd -
Bruce Whatley, the same illustrator for I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas, brings to life St. Nick, with a special helper, in this beautiful rendition of this holiday classic. Set to the lyrics of Gene Autry’s timeless Here Comes Santa Claus, you child will fall in love with this holiday classic.
The author of this book is a Jewish American who managed to get a job as a journalist at Japan's top newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun. Adelstein writes bluntly about the various cases he covered as a young foreign reporter working on the vice and homicide beat, and delivers an eye witness view of Japan's seamier side, as well as his own journey of self discovery. Over the years, Adelstein collected sources, building ties with prostitutes, the police and the yakuza. Those relationships drew him into two dangerous stories: one on human trafficking and one on yakuza bosses buying liver transplants in America. He survives both, but not without cost to himself, his family, and friends. Publishers Weekly called Tokyo Vice "equal parts cultural exposé, true crime, and hard-boiled noir," and it is all that, plus a riveting read.
Reserve your copy of Tokyo Vice.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Night #1: Beni's First Chanukah by Jane Breskin Zalben
It’s Beni’s first memorable Chanukah and his entire bear family is busy preparing Latkes and pancakes while snow falls outside their warm and festive home. Once the baking is done the family decorates a tree with berries and twigs and later the lighting of candles is done amongst a prayer. The story closes with gifts of chocolate gold coins and gift giving while Grandpa tells the story of the magical eight nights of Chanukah. To Beni “This was my best Chanukah ever.” This a great Chanukah book for early readers because of its simplicity and its depiction of a very enchanting first evening of Chanukah.
Download an eBook:
1. On your computer, open a browser, go to the JCLC downloadable website and log in.
2. Check out an eBook. Click Download. A dialog box will open, select “Open with Adobe Digital Editions”. This will download the .epub (the actual book) file to your computer. The eBook will appear in ADE.
Here is Miss Judith's Pick for December 1st -