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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Dog days of summer are still here! Since dog tales were in the spotlight last month, we would be remiss in waiting too long to mention fabulous furry felines in stories for the young and old.  
Cats have been revered and honored as wise companions throughout the ages and have also acquired scary images as witchy partners and omens of evil. Independent, all- knowing, self-contained and self satisfied, mischievous and a bit devious, cats have inspired wacky stories, tall tales and teaching tales. These picture books for children have something for everyone!

Pete the Cat- Who can resist the foot stomping feline unbothered as his white shoes take on fruit  colors. He’s too cool to worry –kids and grownups can sing along! When a young girl searches for the cat with just the right personality for her it isn't necessarily the one you might think! I Don't Want a Cool Cat!  In What will Fat Cat sit on?  no one wants to be squashed by fat cat so he finds an obvious solution with a surprise ending. The Cat and the Hat– A cat book list would not be complete without the master of mischief! The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos – Attempts at rehabilitation are futile in The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph, except for brief displays of sweetness toward Sarah, the long- suffering owner of Ralph.This particular title chronicles his past misadventures. Cat tales in folklore and mythology take surprising twists that often reflect the mysterious nature of the animal that seems to be both part of the domestic world and of the wild. Their curious,cunning and sometimes even helpful nature are depicted in these tales. Puss and Boots by Chales Perrault. In this translation of a French fairy tale, a clever cat gains a fortune for his owner with only a sack and a pair of boots. The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka. Have you seen a waving cat figure at Japanese and Chinese restaurants? This Japanese folklore version of the beckoning cat tells the story behind the maneki-neko, a symbol of good fortune.Fat Cat: This Danish folktale adaptation brings us the story of the cat too greedy for his own good and others but is forgiven anyway. Have fun finding your favorite feline in these tales in the library! Explore!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I’ve had a really great summer, but as it turns into fall (well, according to the calendar), I can’t help but get the football bug again! College football is my passion, and the Longhorns are my team. Just in the last few years, though, I’ve really gotten excited about watching ANY team play (this helps especially on bye weeks…). With Texas’ shaky performance in that same timeframe, who could say “no” to watching a reliably strong team, like Alabama? Florida State fans will be watching with bated breath as last season’s national champion defend their title. The Baylor Bears will start the season in brand-new digs up in Waco. And then there’s Nebraska, Ohio State, Mizzou, Georgia, Oregon—I can smell the tailgaters’ barbecue grills already!

Whoever you root for, the Austin Public Library has some great materials to make your football season even better. My personal recommendations include Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, a fantastic documentary about a legendary game between the two Ivy League teams (watch  for Tommy Lee Jones, who played for Harvard that year). If you’d prefer something more recent, The System is an up-to-last-season rundown of how the college football system works, from boosters to coaches and university staffers, to high school players, superfans, and victims of violence by players, and the media that influences how stories get told. Of course, you can’t go wrong with football legend Rudy Ruettiger’s story of hard work and passion for his team; check out his recent biography to relive those classic moments.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In this star-studded chronicle of Manhattan’s fabled Chelsea Hotel, Inside the Dream Palace, The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel, you learn that idealistic French architect Philip Hubert established the city’s first cooperatives, and designed the Chelsea Association Building on Twenty-Third Street specifically to attract artists, musicians, and writers. The “mammoth red-brick edifice” did just that from its 1884 opening to its 2005 closing for renovations. The author tells riveting stories about such Chelsea residents as writers Edgar Lee Masters, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Sam Shepard, and Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey there and Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin met in an elevator. Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe flowered during their stay which you can also read about in Just Kids. Another way to experience the hotel is by reading Netherland by Joseph O’Neill, where Hans — a banker originally from the Netherlands — finds himself marooned among the strange occupants of the Chelsea Hotel after his English wife and son return to London. Hans reports that the long-term residents remind him of the population of an aquarium he had kept as a child.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ahorrar, ¡¡Qué difícil verdad!!  Pero no se desespere, aquí hicimos una lista con algunos de los mejores consejos que los expertos en finanzas nos dan para gastar menos y ahorrar más y así alcanzar la tan anhelada libertad financiera:

  • No compre cosas que puede obtener gratis: Libros, llamadas de larga distancia, cuotas de manejo de las tarjeta de crédito, son algunos ejemplos. Use la biblioteca, aquí todo es gratis. Para comunicarse con sus seres queridos que se encuentran lejos, puede utilizar aplicaciones como Skype que sale más barato. Busque un banco que no cobre cuotas de manejo por la tarjetas de crédito.
  • Compre los regalos navideños en el transcurso del año: Busque los descuentos durante el año. En la época navideña no hay muchos descuentos y todo es más caro.
  • No se deje llevar por la publicidad: Evalúe la calidad y precio de los artículos que quiere comprar y no se deje llevar por la publicidad.
  • Evite comprar artículos de temporada: Algunas cosas como los adornos de navidad,  ropa y accesorios, se pueden comprar fuera de temporada y nos ahorran mucho dinero.
  • Cuídese de las compras compulsivas: No compre cuando está enojado o deprimido.
  • Revise su presupuesto: Siempre revise su presupuesto y aumente su porcentaje de ahorro.
  • Al comprar vivienda busque la mejor opción: Busque tasas de interés que se acomoden a su  presupuesto. La idea no es sacrificar su tranquilidad al adquirir una deuda.
  • Minimice sus costos de transporte: Busque mejores rutas para movilizarse y citas médicas y de negocios cerca su trabajo o casa.
  • Cuide sus pertenencias: Hacer las revisiones a su carro y su casa le evitarán mayores gastos en el futuro.
  • Cocine sus alimentos: Siempre es más económico y saludable que comer en restaurantes.
  • Cuide el medio ambiente: Ahorre energía y agua en su hogar y trabajo.
  • Mantenga su nivel de deuda en lo más bajo que pueda: El dinero prestado tiene un costo muy alto. Trate siempre de obtener la mejor tasa de interés y pedir prestado lo menos que pueda.

Y por último utilice cupones de descuento cada vez que pueda y ¡ah! ¡no salga de compras sin haber hecho una lista de lo que necesita!

Aquí algunos libros disponibles en la biblioteca que nos pueden ilustrar más sobre el tema:

Related Books:
Cover of the book CoÌmo ahorrar sin perder la cabeza : maÌs de 100 ideas para economizar en todas las aÌreas de tu vida
By Ana Galán ; [ilustraciones, Gloria García Jiménez].
One hundred ideas on how to economize in all areas of your life.
Cover of the book Ahorra algo hoy : sentando las bases de un mundo eficiente y sustentable
By Rodrigo Valadés.
La complejidad y la velocidad con la que se entreteje y cambia el mundo actual, nos condiciona a tal grado que, de pronto, sin darnos cuenta estamos limitados a pensar que sólo hay una manera de hacer las cosas y se pone en evidencia el absurdo desbalance de la cultura del desperdicio en que vivimos. Ahorra algo hoy es una tecnología que le permitira descubrir las infinitas posibilidades de las que disponemos para llevar el uso de recursos y actividades a sus niveles de suficiencia, y por consecuencia de eficiencia explorando las posibilidades de ahorrar algo más que dinero. Pretende la creación de hábitos que permitan mantener en un óptimo balance las actividades que realizamos, los recursos que utilizamos y las conductas que empleamos. Es una propuesta pragmática y contundente que puede iniciar hoy mismo, atrayendo beneficios significativos en su vida personal y laboral.
Cover of the book Como manejar su propio dinero
By Laura Castañeda, Laura Castellanos.
Tells how to build a good credit rating, increase savings, make investments, obtain a mortgage, reduce taxes, and plan for college and retirement.
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Cover of the book Finanzas personales para dummies
By por Eric Tyson.
Esta guía práctica ha sido actualizada con información sobre sus opciones de ahorro para la universidad, problemas de crédito y nuevas leyes de impuestos y bancarrota. También encontrará formas para solicitar y revisar su reporte crediticio.
Monday, August 18, 2014

The dog days of summer have arrived and there isn’t much to do except grin and bear it. Or, you can find a nice place with A/C and gather resources to start planning for your fall garden. Of course the Library has many great resources to aid you as you plan and learn about aspects of gardening in Central Texas, including programs with real, knowledgeable people! More on that in a minute.

There are some folks in the Milwood Library neighborhood who have been making plans for their fall garden for some time. The Adelphi Acre Community Garden, cater-cornered from the Milwood Branch, is in planning phases now and hopes to be up and running this fall. How cool is it that a community garden will be walking distance from one of our libraries?

Check out this early rendering of the garden and find out how to get involved on their website.

Back to the programs—the ones with the real, live people: The Milwood Branch in conjunction with the Adelphi Acre Community Garden will present two free classes in the coming weeks. On Thursday, August 21, learn about tree selection and care from Greg Mast, a Community Forester with Tree Folks. Then, on Thursday, September 11, learn how to compost with S.K. Rosina Newton from Austin Resource Recovery as part of Austin’s Home Composting Rebate Challenge.

If you can’t make it to these upcoming programs, don’t despair. Explore the Native Texas Plants and Urban Wildlife Library Guide, search the catalog (a search for Central Texas Gardening yields 11 books, for example), or Ask a Librarian for more specific help. Whether getting started growing your own fruits and vegetables, planting native plants and flowers to attract pollinators or decreasing the amount of trash you produce by getting started in composting, there are many ways you can get your hands dirty while learning about your environment… just don’t get any soil in your library books!


Main photo via Adelphi Acre Community Garden Facebook page.



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