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The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners @ SCCLD

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by fillups

The Goldfinch Check out the 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners at SCCLD Fiction Winner The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he . . . more »

The April Poem of the Month

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 by fillups

Milptias Library Poem of the Month This month Milpitas Library's very own Children's Services Librarian Lauren Teixeira shares her poem "Birthday Compost" as the April Poem of the Month. Besides being an acclaimed poet, Lauren is a major poetic force at the library. She regularly organizes poetry events such as Open Mic, Poetry Recitation contests and the ever popular Milpitas Library Poetry Slam. She also recently collaborated with Poet Laureate David . . . more »

Let's Play--Console Games @ SCCLD

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 by fillups

Screenshot from Bravely Default In the spirit of SCCLD's April Newsletter, check out some new console game titles for the PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS and Wii U that have been added to the library's collection. Here are just some of the new titles you may request now! Fifa Soccer 14 The game plays the way great soccer matches are contested, with innovations to the gameplay that inspire fans to . . . more »

Only Lovers Left Alive and the World of Jim Jarmusch

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 by fillups

Scene from Only Lovers Left Alive Only Lovers Left Alive is the new Jim Jarmusch movie that is about to go into national release. It stars the fantastic Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as Eve and Adam, two lovers living through the centuries as vampires. It is Jarmusch's first movie about vampires however it is not his first movie about semi detached outsiders existing in a separate existence from the mainstream. . . . more »

Remembering Mickey Rooney

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 by fillups

Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy Actor, Mickey Rooney (above surrounded by Ann Rutherford, Judy Garland and Lana Turner) died on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was 93. Mickey Rooney's career spanned almost the entire history of movies. His first film was a silent film in 1926 before the first Academy Awards ceremony. He would go on to be the top box office draw in the country and receive four Academy . . . more »

Spring Break Library Style

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by fillups

Coyote Ridge at Spring In addition to being National Poetry month, April is the month that many high schools have spring break. During spring break a young person's fancy turns to... the library for some relaxing fun. REALLY! Take a break and explore the fun side of the library. For example, have you ever listened to an audiobook?. It's possibly stress reducing and can fit into any schedule because . . . more »

A Year of Local Poetry

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by fillups

Images from Poem of the Month Videos Since March 2013, the Milpitas Library has been posting a video every month of a local poet performing in one of our library rooms. Some of the highlights have been: Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez in May Acclaimed Poetry Slam Champion Jennifer Gigantino also in May Teen Poetry Contest and Poetry Slam winner Ahsan Zahid in July Teen Poetry Contest winner Siddharth Kulkarni . . . more »

Is There Anything The Roots Can't Do?

Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by fillups

The Roots In a previous blog, I mentioned the endless versatility of The Roots. I knew about their role in popularizing the neo soul movement, their deep sense of musical history and their multi genre approach to music which meant that they were capable of creating all sorts of music. Still, I was surprised to see this: You can actually see Idina Menzel's face light up as . . . more »

Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by fillups

CD Cover of Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well Throw A Penny in the Wishing Well by Jennifer Gasoi is the 2014 Grammy Award winner for Best Children's Album . If you are looking for fun music for children (and their adults), you will want to check out Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well. Gasoi takes a solid pop approach to kid's music incorporating diverse styles such as klezmer, doo wop, bluegrass and . . . more »

What Does It Mean to Be Green?

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by fillups

Whenever I hear about going green in March, the first thing I think of is Leprechauns. However, there are a lot of ways to be green. To be green, a person could: be transformed by gamma radiation, be transformed into an ogre or achieve complete synchonization with the natural world. Those are not easy ways to be green. There are much easier ways to be . . . more »

The 2014 Academy Award Winners at SCCLD

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by fillups

2014 Oscar Winners The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the best movies of 2013 at the March 2nd Academy Awards ceremony. Check out these Oscar winning movies! 12 Years A Slave Best Picture Winner Best Supporting Actress Winner-Lupita Nyong'o Best Adapted Screenplay Blu-ray Read the book Gravity Best Director Winner Best Cinematography Winner Best Film Editing Winner Best Original Score Winner Best Sound Effects Editing . . . more »

Countdown to the 2014 Academy Awards: Roger Deakins

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film Prisoners Cinematographer Roger Deakins received his eleventh Oscar nomination for his work on the film, Prisoners. While he has yet to win the award, this consistent level of excellence is what makes Deakins one of the all time great cinematographers and one of the greatest currently making movies. His work with the Coen brothers in particular is legendary. Initially, Deakins was reluctant to use digital photography . . . more »