Book Buzz: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian

Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry Is The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry THE next big hit novel? Coming in as the #1 pick for April on both LibraryReads and IndieNext, and featured on NPR's All Things Considered, it may well be. It's on order at the library, so put a hold on it now before the list gets too long! "We are not quite novels. We are not quite . . . more »

Staff Pick: Woodland Knits

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian

Woodland Knits When I first saw the adorable deer hat on the cover of Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen, I knew I had to check this book out. Dosen's collection of beautiful, inventive, and stylish woodland-themed projects include faerie wings, a fox stole (and mini-collar, modeled by yours truly below), and an assortment of whimsical scarves, cowls, hoods, mittens, and more. So far I've only made the . . . more »

Libraries and the Internet: a Love Story

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian

When remembering the libraries of my youth, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling of happy nostalgia thinking about the card catalog, the satisfying clunk of the date stamp, the shelves of slightly dusty reference books on sometimes bizarre and esoteric subjects. I still geek out when I see an old card catalog, or find a yellowed checkout card still inside of an older library book. . . . more »

Staff Pick: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Series 1 Always a sucker for a good period piece, recently I've been binge-watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) Fisher is a well-to-do lady detective living in Melbourne, Australia, in the 1920s. Somewhat improbably, she manages to be connected to, or in the vicinity of, what seems like every murder in Melbourne. I for one am willing to suspend my disbelief, because Phryne is such . . . more »

Cyber Monday Security

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

Cyber Monday, the online retail world's version of Black Friday, started in 2005. Taking place the Monday after Thanksgiving, it is the busiest online shopping day of the year. Consequently, it also has the greatest instances of fradulent transactions and identity theft. How can you take advantage of the awesome sales while keeping your information and bank account safe? Make sure you studiously apply the . . . more »

Staff Pick: Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe Not being a football fan, I actually had no idea who Chris Kluwe was when I first read one of his essays online. It was a critical examination of Atlas Shrugged and everything that was wrong with the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. Is it wrong for me to have been completely shocked that a) a jock managed to . . . more »

Desire Lines and The Terror

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

Desire Lines This year, two of my favorite bands released new albums, and I have just now gotten around to listening to them. Camera Obscura first came to my attention about 10 years ago with their 2nd album, Underachievers Please Try Harder. Their catchy tunes and soft delivery reminded me of a female version of fellow Scots Belle & Sebastian. With each subsequent release, Camera Obscura becomes . . . more »

DIY Halloween: Get Started!

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

girl waiting at window for her halloween guests to arrive For those of us who like to create our own Halloween costumes and decor, it's time to get started! It may seem far away, but Halloween will be here before you know it. Pick your costume now, and you'll have a head start on picking up everything you need, not to mention plenty of time to make it. And don't forget the decorations! Whether you're . . . more »

Staff Pick: The Inventor & the Tycoon

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

The Inventor and the Tycoon book cover The Inventor and the Tycoon, by the National Book Award winning author Edward Ball, is a fascinating history of California, cinematography, a sensational murder, and two very different men. Edward (later Eadweard) Muybridge was making a name for himself with his landscape photography (particularly of Yosemite) when he met former governor and absurdly rich railroad tycoon Leland Stanford. Stanford was obsessed with horses, and particularly . . . more »

From Major Tom to Yoshimi: Sci-Fi as Music

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie Great science fiction isn't necessarily contained in a book. Many musicians over the years have written science fiction stories, sometimes in one song, sometimes over the course of an entire album. I couldn't possibly include all of them in one post, so I've limited myself to my favorites: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Space Oddity by David . . . more »

Shoshana's Top 5 of 2012

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 by shoshanalibrarian

Boardwalk Empire And now, in no particular order, I present to you my favorite books and movies of 2012: Boardwalk Empire I knew I'd love this show right from the opening credits - not only are they set to a great song by one of my favorite bands (Brian Jonestown Massacre), but they informed me that this show stars some of my favorite actors, like Steve Buscemi, . . . more »

The Joy of Cooking Baby Food

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by shoshanalibrarian

baby eating I have never been a very enthusiastic cook, but I find that I absolutely love making food for my baby, Gus (that's him on the right, enjoying some butternut squash). We start off every week at the Campbell Farmer's Market, picking out some delicious organic produce from local farms (find a farmer's market near you). With a few basic tools including a steamer basket and . . . more »

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