Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Discover Your Inner Poet at the Poetry Writing Workshop

A member of the Buena Park Library's Poetry Writing Workshop describes her experience and explains why you should join...
In five minutes you could do many things: brush and floss your teeth, read a page of a book, or prepare a sandwich, just to name a few.  However, for the Poetry Writing Workshop at the Buena Park Library, five minutes means writing an entire poem.  Sometimes it's about love, hate, and friendship, and other times, it’s about time.  Sometimes it’s about none of those things and about the inspirations of life.  It is a challenge to write a poem in such a short amount of time but with the guidance of Juan de Farias (published poet), it becomes an intriguing routine.
In the workshop you can meet interesting people.  You may or may not expect to pursue poetry as a life-long passion, but you will come out of every workshop refreshed and revitalized.  You see, you don’t have to be a “poet” to write poetry.  You can be a person who finds writing poetry a challenge and perhaps, the form of expression which you have been looking for.  Or, you can just be a person who needs to get out of the house!
Regardless of why you attend, the Poetry Writing Workshop is more than happy to accommodate you.  If you are interested, we encourage you to join us on the first Tuesdays of every month in the Guild Bookstore from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  

 The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 6.  See you there!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck!

Here’s a birthday shout out to John Steinbeck, who was born on February 27, 1902.  Steinbeck was a famous American writer widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Grapes of Wrath (1939) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937).  Both were transformed into critically acclaimed feature films later on.  The Buena Park Library District’s catalog has a wide variety of Steinbeck material here. 

And though Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968, his legacy lives on at the National Steinbeck Center and the John Steinbeck exhibit at The California Museum. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

More Oscar Buzz and Past Tidbits

Which film do you think will win?  Will Meryl Streep take home yet another Oscar?  Who will be the new rising stars of Hollywood?  I’m no fortune teller so I can’t answer these pressing questions until the Oscars air on Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. on ABC.    

However, the Buena Park Library District can give you a little history on the past Oscar winners of Best Picture to prepare you for the current one.  You can even have a fun little game and debate among friends and family and see some of the ridiculous winners in the past such as 1990’s Dances with Wolves (this three-and-a-half hour saga won the Oscar Best Picture over Goodfellas?!) and The English Patient (I agree with ElaineBenes from Seinfeld on this one no matter what everyone says). 

And for those who want a scoop on the current Oscar buzz and nominees, you can visit http://oscar.go.com/  and http://www.imdb.com/oscars/.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pre-Oscars Round-up

Beloved author Judy Blume gives her Oscar picks!

Flavorwire highlights some great films by women that are not getting the Oscar attention they deserve.

NPR's Tessa Harris discusses 3 books that haven't been adapted into films but totally should be.
And speaking of things that aren't happening, why isn't Downton Abbey up for an Oscar?   I know they've got Baftas, Emmies and a Golden Globe, I still think someone needs to hand them an Oscar.  What's that?  Soap Operas can't get Oscars?  Nope, I'm not listening!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pride & Prejudice + Murder = The Ultimate Jane Austen Sequel?

Crime thriller readers and Jane Austen fanatics don't usually seem like they have much in common, but one famous writer may be bringing them together. P.D. James, who the NY Times calls "the greatest living writer of British crime fiction," has written a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice called Death Comes to Pemberley.
Many beloved characters return to the page, but this time, instead of navigating the pitfalls of romance and marriage (or fighting zombies for that matter), our heroine and hero are faced with a murder mystery that hits dangerously close to home.

Intrigued? Check out this NY Times Review and this Telegraph interview with P.D. James.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Celebrate President's Day

Support your patriotism and take advantage of this President’s Day on Monday, February 20 by visiting the Richard Nixon Library for free!  Admission will be free all day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a special presentation of America’s Presidents at 1:30 p.m. and even a free cherry pie to the first 100 guests.  For a savings of over $30 you can visit all the presidents under the red, white, and blue. 

There are also many upcoming special events at the Richard Nixon Library.  Check them out here!

Just one thing though: don’t forget to bring your camera!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Melville Returns!

Melville, are you reading this blog??
Last week I was lamenting the total lack of paranormal activity at work and then, lo and behold, one of our librarians discovered something very unusual.   Cat hair?  On the Information Desk?

The evidence was immediately documented...

We are 90% sure that it was not deposited there by some cat owner's sweater and, unless one of our gentleman employees snuck in during the night to comb his hair while leaning over the counter, we are at a bit of a loss to come up with a rational explanation.

Can a ghost cat shed on your furniture?
If not, does this mean that Melville is having local cat buddies over for late night parties?

Melville: Party Animal