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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hace algunos meses que me reincorporé a la unidad de servicios para jóvenes y niños de la biblioteca. Es lindísimo trabajar con jovencitos y verlos crecer y entusiasmarse con los cuentos que les leemos y que compartimos con ellos. En uno de estos programas recientes compartí cuentos de ratones y me divertí muchísimo. ¿Quién se hubiera imaginado que unos ratoncitos harían tanta gracia?

Uno de grande ve a estos animalitos generalmente como al “enemigo.” Pero ¿se acuerdan que para muchos de nosotros era él (bueno uno en particular) quien nos recogía los dientes caídos y que a cambio nos dejaba un par de monedas debajo de nuestras almohadas?

El ratoncito Perez no es tan bien conocido en los EE UU, pero si hay muchos otros cuentos bastante divertidos para compartir con nuestros chiquitos. Abajo podrán ver algunos de ellos y aquí tambien les dejo una listica para que los gocen.

Monday, July 21, 2014

For some inexplicable reason, it seems like TV networks don’t believe in science fiction sitcoms or TV series. We often see how they get cancelled too early. There is, however, something special about them because they have the capacity to create, very quickly, big fandom groups.  A well-known example is Star Trek which was cancelled after season two, but due to a very successful campaign lead by its fans, was renewed for one more season. NBC decided to change the time in which the show aired to later at night, competing with Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, another popular show back then. This affected the number of people that could watch Star Trek, and so it was cancelled after Season Three.

A more contemporary example is the show Firefly, which was cancelled after the first season. The episodes were aired out of order which didn’t help much. But even in that short period of time, the series developed a large group of followers and years later the movie, Serenity was produced as a way to give some closure to fans, crew, and director.

The main reason given for the cancellations of these series was that the creation of the sets was too expensive. Even when the shows were doing well in terms of ranking, the production efforts were bigger than what the studios got back from these shows. Other titles in the list of “sci-fi shows that were cancelled too soon” are:  Dollhouse, Terminator the Sarah connor Chronicles,Caprica, V, and Stargate Universe.

Some science fiction series though, survived more than three seasons against all odds Here is a small sample of those sci-fi series that we carry at the Austin Public Library for your enjoyment:


Friday, July 18, 2014

    Guest Blogger:  Stephanie L.

Anxiety! Worry! Stress!  We worry over our marriages, our children, caring for aging parents…It’s time we took control over our happiness, and learn to manage our difficulties in a productive way. For some, gardening may minimize stress and anxiety. For others, a jog through one of Austin’s many parks or running trails does the trick. Others turn to books, and get lost in another world as their stress melts away.  Take a look at the resources we have available to support self-improvement and self-discovery:

10 Steps to Mastering Stress by David Barlow
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
The Mindful Caregiver by Nancy Kriseman

To learn how to better manage those issues, Master Life Coach Dene’ Ballatine will be leading a series of workshops, “Building Blocks to a Great Life.” This series, offered at the Yarborough Branch Library from 10:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month from July to October, 2014, will offer techniques for taking better care of ourselves and improving relationships with others. Join us for workshops on the following topics:

  • July 19:  Four Steps to Minimizing Arguments
  • August 16:  Caregivers: Taking Care of Yourselves
  • September 20:  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for Managing Anxiety and Stress
  • October 18:  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): Helping Children Manage Anxiety and Stress (presentation geared towards adults)
Friday, July 18, 2014

“¡Cantar es una aventura!”

Mañana sábado y el próximo miércoles La Biblioteca Pública de Austin ofrecerá a todos un par de conciertos musicales en español del grupo musical Cántaro, proveniente de la Ciudad de México.

Cántaro devota su labor artística a los niños, creando canciones y mezclándolas con teatro y títeres. Durante el año escolar mexicano, ellos viajan por todo el país compartiendo cuentos, canciones y actuaciones con los niños de México. Su estilo artístico es basto, sus canciones llevan ritmos y melodías tan variadas desde merengue y salsa hasta como música del medio evo pero con un sonido bastante verídico.

Escuchar a Cántaro cantar y actuar sus canciones ofrece a nuestros pequeños una inmensa oportunidad de ver un espectáculo en su propia lengua de muy alto calibre artístico y lleno de diversión; algo que escasea mucho en Austin para niños de habla hispana. Pero ¡Cántaro no es solo para hispano hablantes! Su espectáculo rompe la barrera del lenguaje. Sus funciones en español son ideales tanto para hispano hablantes como para aquellos que están aprendiendo el idioma.

Aunque están diseñadas para niños menores de diez años, los adultos también gozarán de sus presentaciones.

Si ustedes tienen la oportunidad de acudir a uno de sus conciertos podrán ver en persona la capacidad artística de este grupo. ¡Luego podrán gozar de su discografía con su tarjeta de la biblioteca con la colección de CD que tenemos de ellos listados aquí!

Sábado, 19 de julio 10:15 am -- Sucursal Terrazas, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., 78702

Miércoles, 23 de julio, 10:15 am -- Sucursal Ruiz, 1600 Grove Blvd., 78741



Tomorrow Saturday and next Wednesday, Austin Public Library will offer a couple of family concerts in Spanish by Cántaro who is visiting from Mexico City. Cántaro is a musical group that devotes its artistic endeavors to children, creating songs and mixing them together with acting and puppetry. During the Mexican school year they travel throughout Mexico sharing songs, stories and musical skits with their young audience. Their vast musical style includes rhythms from Cumbia, Cha-Cha-Cha to medieval songs.

For Spanish speaking audiences Cántaro brings a very high caliber children’s show packed with fun in their native tongue, something that we don’t often see in Austin. However Cántaro is not only for Spanish speakers! Their performance breaks the language barrier. Presented in Spanish, they appeal to Spanish speaking audiences, and also become ideal for Spanish-learning audiences.

Though specially designed for children under 10 years old, adults will also enjoy them.

After the concert, you may extend the fun by checking out some of their music CDs in this list.


Saturday, July 19, 10:15 am -- Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., 78702

Wednesday, July 23, 10:15 am -- Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd., 78741


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When the thermometer hits 103 degrees and you’re wrinkled as a prune from hanging out in the pool—you’re going need something new to do, right? It’s too hot go outside. You’re “vehically-challenged” and can’t really go anywhere. The buttons on your game console have lost their spring from countless rounds of Donkey Kong. Now is a great time to flex your drawing skills! Brush off those dusty pencils, erasers, and markers—there’s a whole new world of art waiting for you! It’s no big deal if you’re bad at drawing; just remember that Michelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel in one day.  (It took him four years!)  You can experiment with many different styles and mediums--comic strips, fine art, still life, watercolors, oil pastels or just even a pencil and eraser. The Austin Public Library has a huge collection of art and drawing instruction books that you can work with to improve your inner Salvador Dali persona!    


Also--If you are up for some fun at the library, come over to the Ruiz Branch’s Drawing Club. It is a popular program for youth at Ruiz Library. We explore various themes and incorporate free drawing. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in the most positive and artistic way. Cool prizes and certificates are given for outstanding composition, originality and creativity! Kids, ages 7 to 17, are welcome to the monthly program, (always on the second Tuesday of the month) at 5:30 PM.


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