Check out the photos from our latest Lego Lab at the Manchaca Road Library! Our next Lego Lab will be Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to check out our Summer Reading Program for free fun in the meantime!
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Don't wait until June 14 to have all the fun at YomiCon! Come check our dress rehearsal of the YomiCon Photo Booth! It's Thursday, May 23 from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Please bring a media release form signed by your parent/guardian. We will use the pictures to advertise the con on this blog so dress yourself up and get down to the Carver Branch Library and look your YomiBest!
Are you getting loads of homework piled on at the end of year? Wondering how to prep for the ACT or SAT? Need help with your geometry homework? Have an embarrassing question about your health? We've got answers for you!! Check out our databases, which is just a fancy library term for electronic resource. These databases contain text from books, magazines and newspapers. You can access these resources for free! If you have Internet access at home you will need a Library card to use these, but if you are in the Library then you won't need a library card.
Here are some that might help you get through the end of the school year:
- If you need homework help after school, Brainfuse provides online tutoring for students in grades K-12. Live tutors are available Monday - Sunday, 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Brainfuse ofrece maestros en español y servicios de tutoría en línea para los grados K-12: disponibles lunes a viernes, 2 PM -11 PM. Brainfuse also offers study prep for the ACT and SAT tests.
- Teen Health and Wellness is a great resource if you are studying health or medicine, but is also super helpful for finding answers to things that are going on with you. Is your acne out of control? Find some information about how to control breakouts in this resource.
- Wondering what to do with your life? How to get a job or what career to choose? Career Cruising has interactive tests to help you figure out what career might be right for you as well as so great job hunting tips and how to write a resume.
Good luck wrapping up the school year!! We've got some fun stuff for you to do at the library so stay tuned.
I was reading movie critic David Thomson’s latest, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies (2012), and enjoying it so much that I checked out a bunch more of his books including The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, but after a few pages of that one, I decided I'd had enough of Thomson's style for now. Maybe another time.
But I did get past the dedication page, and near it are some quotations from people involved in making movies, one of them Gore Vidal, who said “Find out the movies a man saw between ten and fifteen, which ones he liked, disliked, and you would have a pretty good idea of what sort of mind and temperament he has.” I’m sure Vidal meant women, too, so I checked Wikipedia (sorry library gods) for lists of movies made from 1966 through 1971, the years I turned 10 and 15.
My first revelation was that I don’t remember seeing many first-run movies before 1968. I must have, but the earliest, and one of the few that sticks, is Goldfinger, 1964, and I remember it not for gold lamé nudity, but for my sister and me in our jammies in the back of the car trying to sneak a peek at the drive-in screen through the bucket seats of my dad’s Grand Prix. I better remember watching old movies on our tiny Zenith portable TV with a wire hangar antenna, pliers for changing the channel, and a green-tinted screen, and I remember the jingle from KNXT in Los Angeles:
The Late Show / Relax enjoy a snack and watch / The Late Show / Channel 2 is proud to bring the greatest of stars / Here on the great Late Show
(I wish I could link to the tune for you, but it’s nowhere. If you come to the library and ask for me, I'll sing it to you, if you have a library card.)
Late-night movies in those days were beat-up prints from the 30s and 40s—the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Basil Rathbone as Sherlock, Fred and Ginger, Errol Flynn buckling swash, Hope and Crosby, Dean and Jerry, and Bogie. Those movies affected my development; I freely admit I am a Marxist. But doing this exercise made me realize that until 1968 I was either too young, too broke, or too dumb to pay attention to new releases. After 1968 is a different story.
NEXT: Lists of movies. And don’t we all love those?
Faltan menos de tres semanas de clases en las escuelas públicas de Austin, y los jóvenes están esperando el inicio del verano con alegría y quizás un poco de impaciencia. Para los niños, los días del verano son días de sol y juego, de piscinas y paletas. Pero para muchos, el verano también presenta un reto académico, especialmente para los jóvenes quienes han estado batallando con mantenerse en sus clases. Sin el trabajo diario de lectura, escritura, y ejercicios matemáticos, estos estudiantes corren el riesgo de quedarse atrás. Muchos investigadores han documentado las pérdidas cognitivas experimentadas por los niños al no estudiar diariamente, refiriéndose a este fenómeno como la “caída veraniega” o el “summer slide.”
Afortunadamente, los jóvenes de Austin pueden seguir leyendo y aprendiendo este verano con los programas y servicios que ofrece la Biblioteca Pública de Austin. Primero, niños de todas edades pueden inscribirse para participar en nuestro Programa de Lectura del Verano. Todo lo que tienen que hacer es leer, leer, leer, e ir anotando los títulos que han leído en un registro. Al traer su lista de libros a cualquier biblioteca, cada niño recibirá un libro gratis. También, ofrecemos ayuda académica gratis a través de la computadora para niños en los grados K-12 por medio de Brainfuse. Este es un servicio de tutoría en línea; provee tutores en vivo y una pizarra interactiva. Este servicio está disponible en las materias de matemáticas, ciencias, estudios sociales, y lenguaje. Con Brainfuse y con nuestro Programa de Lectura del Verano, sus niños pueden disfrutar un verano de aprendizaje y entretenimiento.