The 2014 Grammy Award Winners

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by fillups

Daft Punk at the 2014 Grammy Awards In one of the signs of the ultimate demise of humankind, robots ended up dominating the 2014 Grammy Awards. Actually, it just looks that way--the "robots" are the veteran electronica group from France known as Daft Punk. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis all managed to win four Grammys each. However, the biggest news for me was the win for Lalah Hathaway . . . more »

Pharrell Williams and the Happy Terrific Very Good Award Nominations

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by fillups

Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams is having one heck of an awards season this year. Not only is he nominated for seven 2014 Grammy Awards, he just received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for his work on Despicable Me 2 in the feel good anthem "Happy." All the current acclaim is for work that shows off Pharrell's skills at creating fun upbeat soulful tunes with absolutely . . . more »

Teen Pick of the Month: The Living

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by fillups

The Living The Living By Matt de la Peña Grades 9-12 311 Pages Shy Espinoza needs to make some good money during the summer for himself and, more importantly, to help his mom and sister who are sick with a strange disease. Shy lands a dream summer job that has him super excited. He is going to be working on a cruise ship going out on a . . . more »

A Glorious Fusion: The Music of Snarky Puppy and the R&B Grammy Nominees

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 by fillups

The bandmember of Snarky Puppy Like most music fans, including the SCCLD Music and Movie Team's Gina, I LOVE being blown away by a new sound or an incredible band. For me, Snarky Puppy is THAT band. They have an astounding range of beautiful sounds to offer. Snarky Puppy was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance for their track, "Something" featuring Lalah Hathaway from their album . . . more »

Explore a 2014 Oscar Nominee @ SCCLD

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 by fillups

Oscar Nominations Announcement The Oscar nominations were announced on January 16th by actor, Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. As always, there is some fascinating reading that inspired many of the year's best movies. Here are some of the books that inspired the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. American Hustle Inspired by the events covered in The Sting Man Captain Phillips . . . more »

January Poem of the Month

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by fillups

Milpitas Library Poem of the Month This month we are very happy to have Siddharth Kulkarni sharing his poem "Unmeasurable" as the January Poem of the Month. Siddharth is a two time winner of the SCCLD Teen Poetry contest and a National Spelling Bee competitor. Check out the other great Poems of the Month. ~Don . . . more »

A Perfect Cover-Great Reinterpretations of Songs

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film High Fidelity When I love a song, it can be a disorienting experience to hear a different version of it. However, when a song is covered or reinterpreted well, it can make me hear and think about it in a whole different way. That happened to me recently when I bumped into Mayer Hawthorne's cover of Lorde's "Royals." The rough edges of the song are smoothed and . . . more »