Build a Rocket, Explore the Brain: Ten Free Science Apps

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Particle Zoo image via ohgizmo.com Want to know what stars lie beyond our solar system? Experience mitosis, or play with subatomic particles? Experience the latest in science on your smart phone or mobile device with these ten free apps. All apps are rated age 4+. ROCKET SCIENCE 101 Select a mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. This app is developed by NASA. . . . more »

Wes Anderson Watch-Alikes

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel, the seventh movie by one of my favorite film directors, has arrived! To celebrate, here's a list of his movies, plus his inspirations, all available through Santa Clara County Library District (except not the Grand Budapest Hotel-- you'll have to go to the theater for that one!) Anderson's first movie, co-written by Owen Wilson. Anderson was called the "new Scorsese" after . . . more »

Campbell Civic Center Master Plan Survey

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

As part of a master planning process for a new Campbell Civic Center, the City of Campbell is asking for input from residents, the business community, and our customers. The future Campbell Civic Center will include the City Hall, Library, Ainsley House, and History Museum. In order to develop a Civic Center which best serves the current and future needs of the entire community, this . . . more »

Know Your Seuss

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Dr. seuss Monday was Read Across America Day. Schools around the country hold special reading days to share a love of reading. The day has a Seuss theme in honor of the anniversary of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss', birthday on March 2. Several people who participated in Read Across America in my city this year told me they remembered Dr. Seuss' stories differently than when they . . . more »

Liked the Movie? Read This!

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Academy Award courtesy of Imagequest If you liked some of the Academy Award winners this year, you may want to check out some of these books*. (Many are also available as eBooks, Audiobooks, etc!) Twelve Years A Slave This year's Best Picture winner is based on the true story of Solomon Northup. Packing for Mars Like Gravity? This less-serious yet equally entertaining look at the life of . . . more »

Oldies but Goodies: Great Teen Reads

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Teens Read Before MySpace was a twinkle in the internet's eye, I was a teen librarian. Of the many things that were fun about being a teen librarian, part of the joy was reading teen literature. Teen literature has continued to blossom over the years. It seems more teens and adults are reading books written for teens because of the compelling characters and stories. This is an . . . more »

Campbell Civic Center Master Plan community discussion

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Campbell Library Please come be a part of defining the Vision for Campbell's future Civic Center Master Plan. Wednesday, March 12: 6:30-9:30 pm Orchard City Banquet Hall 1 W. Campbell Avenue The Civic Center is defined as the block bounded by Civic Center Drive, Harrison Street, Grant Street, and North First Street. It includes City Hall, the Library, the Ainsley House, and the Orchard City Green. The . . . more »

The Best Book Covers of 2013

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by JANE CRONKHITE

Night Terrors My favorite book covers of 2013 Night Terrors The Dinner Doctor Sleep The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P The Goldfinch The Interestings Tampa The Circle Below Winger Paper Valentine Fangirl . . . more »

My Favorite Things, 2013

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 by JANE CRONKHITE

Breaking Bad A few of my favorite things this year: Breaking Bad New Girl Modern Vampires of the City Days Are Gone Blackfish Short Term 12 The Goldfinch Saga Volume 2 Building Stories The Anatomy of Type Letterpress Now Lost at Sea Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Mr. Wuffles! . . . more »

Back to School: Recommended Apps

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by JANE CRONKHITE

Girl doing math Image via Encyclopedia Brittanica It's almost here: time to go back to school! In addition to the great collections at our libraries, databases, and online homework help, here are five free apps to get your student on the way to success this school year. PBSKids: This app for children ages 2-7 and up features games children can play with a parent or caregiver. The games . . . more »

These go to Eleven: Must-See Rockumentaries

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by JANE CRONKHITE

Coachella In honor of Coachella this weekend (no, I'm not going- while I've been before and it's awesome, the desert is so hot!), here are my partial list of rockumentaries and mock-rockumentaries to get the party started in your living room! Coachella: featuring some great performances of years pa