It's time for spring planting! Check out our collection of gardening books to help plan your garden.
It's nearly spring and if you're a gardener that means time for spring planting. Although we haven't had much rain this year, that doesn't mean you have to forgo your garden. Oakland Public Library has many books featuring drought tolerant plants as well as books written specifically for Bay Area gardening by local gardeners and urban homesteaders.
If you're new to gardening or have questions about planting, The Alameda County Master Gardener's website is a great place to find information, including a monthly planting guide. The USDA PLANTS Database is also a useful resource and includes information about plant classification, as well as plant sheets and fact guides.
And don't forget that the Chavez and Dimond branches both have seed libraries where you can check out
I know that we're only in February, but these are the best books I've read all year. Yang's Boxers & Saints are both epic and dramatic and cinematic. I skipped House of Cards to finish these books and that's saying a lot.
Notes from the Lakeview Book Club Meeting about Edith Wharton's, The House of Mirth
Eight of us discussed House of Mirth and all seemed to really like it a great deal. We agreed that the writing was wonderful and many quotes were shared that pointed out Edith Wharton's fabulous writing style.
Our discussion leader came with a noted biography of Edith Wharton written by Louis Auchincloss, which she passed around so we could see photos of Edith, her home, her husband, her friends and her style of living. Edith Wharton was born a few blocks from Teddy Roosevelt and was of the same incredibly wealthy class of Americans as Teddy Roosevelt. She lived most of her life abroad, (One aside comment was that she may have had to, because her books put her class in a bad light.) During World War I she was involved with raising money from her wealthy friends to aid Belgian refugees and other needed charities. She received the French Legion of Honor for her good works during that war.
She started writing as a child. Her education was
Looking for a new hobby in the new year? Check out OPL's offerings.
Although I don't make new year's resolutions, like many people I usually spend the month of January planning and thinking about new hobbies or interests I'd like to pursue throughout the year. With that in mind, I've highlighted some books covering a range of topics to help you follow your passion and develop a new hobby.
So, if you've been thinking about starting a blog or making your own spirits or if you're curious about that strange looking bird in your back yard that wakes you up every morning or even if you've ever wondered how a magician makes a 10,000 pound elephant disappear, there's a book for you.
To my dearest, favorite narrator Jim Dale, Your voice is like buttered velvet, but not in a gross way. Will you please read the phone book to me?
The plan for this blog post was to reflect on the impressive audiobooks that have come out over the past year, as nominations for the 2014 Audie awards have just closed. Then I realized that there's really only one voice actor that I hold dear (besides Neil Gaiman, of course, I can listen to him read source code), and that's Jim Dale, ahem, MBE.
Dearest Jim Dale,
Your voice is like buttered velvet, but not in a gross way. Actually, that's a terrible description, what I mean is that your voice is complex and sophisticated and terribly pleasing. Will you please read the phone book to me?
For me, what makes a great book even better is superior narration, and I'm a big fan of Jim Dale. With every word, I'm more convinced that our world is filled with magic and wonder. He seems to almost
Review of the Lakeview Book Club Discussion of Ernest Hemingway's A Farwell to Arms.
Wow, what a Meeting! I think I counted nine of us there to discuss A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
Where to begin? Our discussion leader sent out an email asking us to think before the meeting about:
- The body of literary ciriticism characteriizes this book as an enduring American classic. Why?
- Prose style. Can you describe, find examples, and compare to other genres or writers?
- Are there character traits of this author that are brought to the fore in the writing?
As usual there were reports on the life of our author. Several members took extensive notes of passages that were memorable in their ideas or in the writing style...either in a positive or negative way.
Most of the group read the entire book. A few didn't finish it and one did not read it and did not plan to read it after we had discussed it.
Regarding liking it or not, a few didn't
Check out the many books that have recently been made into movies.
You may have seen any number of recent movie releases such as The Book Thief, How I Live Now, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave, and Catching Fire, which are all based on books. In 2014 many more popular books for
As I reflect on the great books I've read this year, one really stands out: Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.
As I reflect on the great books I've read this year, one really stands out: Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Bee is an over-schedule teen in a Seattle private school filled with parents who seem to have too, much time, show too much interest or otherwise are over-involved in school politics. Bee's dad is an up-and-comer at Microsoft, and her mom, Bernadette, is a former prodigy-turned mom-on-the-verge (of a breakdown). This book is sassy, charming, and Bernadette is totally relate-able.
At a recent holiday party, a friend told me that here favorite part of the book was actually in the reader's guide at the back (trade paperback version). It's a short piece called "Dear Mountain Room Parents" and it's hilarious! A mostly