Monday, October 12, 2015

Just Life| Your Favorite Television Series At The Library

One of the benefits of having a library card is that you can check out your favorite television series from the library for free.

Why pay $50 for a DVD set, when you can borrow it from the library for free and you can keep it for three weeks.

Here are a few television series that you can borrow from your local library:

Just search the library catalog for the listing of your favorite television series.

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, October 5, 2015

Just Life| Dragons Love Tacos

Mom, have you read " Dragons love tacos"?


Mom, have you read " The day the crayons quit"?


I felt so uncool. 

So I borrowed these two picture books from the library and my daughter read them to me with enthusiasm.

Then a few weeks later, it was my turn to surprise her.

Oh, Ari, Ari, have you read " The day the crayons came home"?


Me neither. But I placed it on hold so we can both enjoy this brand new book.

Signing off until next Monday- A semi-cool mom

Monday, September 28, 2015

Just Life| Madam Tussauds' Wax Museum

Back in May, we were walking around San Francisco and we came across the Madame Tussauds' wax museum. A handsome Leonardo Dicaprio greeted us at the door.

Ari and Leonardo Dicaprio

We took pictures with Dalai Lama, President Obama, Salma Hayak, and the most infamous of all, Al Capone. 

Then I read a grizzly account about Madame Tussauds. She was the art tutor of Louis XVI's sister and she lived in Versaille. After the revolution she was imprisoned and later was forced to show her allegiance to the French revolution by making death masks of executed nobles including the king and queen of France. 

Ari and E.T

Anyway, if you go to San Francisco, check out Madame Tussauds' wax museum. It is very interesting.

Here is the address. The museum is near pier 39.

145 Jefferson St
Ste 600
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (866) 223-4240
Here are some travel books from your local library:

Top 10 San Francisco  

Walking San Francisco : 30 savvy tours exploring steep streets, grand hotels, dive bars, and waterfront parks 

Exploring the back roads : 28 day trips in the Greater Bay Area 

Signing off from Alcatraz- Panteha

Monday, September 21, 2015

Just Life| Chocolate Bible

For all the chocolate lovers out there, I have got a few recipe books for you.

The first book is " Chocolate Bible" by Christine McFadden.

So, I am browsing through this book. The Hazelnut chocolate cake looks so tasty. Since I am a terrible baker, I am looking to see if this recipe is meant for me or for Chef Gordon Ramsay. Thank goodness, the recipe seems easy enough even for me. 

Hazelnut and Chocolate cake

Then a co-worker mentioned that there is a book called " Death by chocolate". 

No way!

But he wasn't kidding. We even have this book in our catalog.

And guess what, we have another book with similar title. 

It is called:

    When it is my time to go, death by chocolate or chocolate cake wouldn't be all that bad.

    Now the question is who is going to bake that Hazelnut chocolate cake for me to taste.:)

    Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Just Life| Wonders of Storytime

    There is this cute little boy who has been coming to my story time for the past few months.

    When I first met him, he was too shy to even look at me.

    Every story time, he would sit in front of me like a perfect little gentleman and he would listen attentively when I was reading.

    However, anytime we sang songs, he was either too shy to participate or he didn't know any of the songs that we were were singing. He would simply observe us.

    Nowadays, he is a totally different kid. Thanks to his awesome mom who has been bringing him to the story time every week. 

    Now he feels at home during the story time and I am happy to report that recently, he has been singing up a storm.

    These days, he proudly sings the ABC song, counts to 10, and knows many of the other songs.

    And best of all, he looks so proud. That little boy knows that he has accomplished so much in the past few months.

    I can't tell you how happy I am.

    Story time is wonderful. It helps kids blossom and flourish. 

    Please click on " LIBRARY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS"  for the list of free library programs near you.

    Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    Just Life| Packing School Lunches

    Packing my daughter's school lunches are a bit of a challenge. Since my daughter hates school lunches, I have to pack her lunch five days a week.

    Whenever I ask her what she wants for her school lunch, she tells me Nutella sandwich. I need some new ideas for her school lunches.

    So, I searched the library catalog and I was pleasantly surprised to find some good books on this topic.

    So this book " THE BEST HOMEMADE KID'S LUNCHES ON THE PLANET" by Laura Fuentes sounded promising. 

    I checked it out and showed it to my daughter. she said that she would gladly try "the Red Beans and Rice" and "the Hawaiian Sliders". They look simple enough to make in a short amount of time.

    Red Rice and Beans 

    So this week, I am packing two new lunches for my kid. 

    Hawaiian Sliders

    Here are a few more books:

    Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Just Life| Making Your Child Smarter

    I was taking my kid to school the other day and on the radio, there was an announcement by the First 5 San Joaquin. 

    I think it went something like this: 

    Talk, read, and sing to your children to make them smarter.

    It is simple isn't it? 

    Talk to your child. If you are folding the laundry, fold the laundry in front of your child and talk to her about it. Tell her the name of the items you are folding, tell her the colors of the items you are folding. By just talking to her about your laundry, you are teaching her new vocabularies and you are making her smarter.

    One of our little readers at the Troke Library

    Don't place your child in front of the television, while you are cooking in the kitchen.

    The American Pediatric Society recommends no television for kids younger than two.

    So if you are making a salad, put your child in front of you and tell them how you are making the salad. While you are at it, let her touch the tomato and the lettuce and the cucumber that you are going to use in the salad. 

    Then sing to your child. She wouldn't mind if you don't have a singing voice. Sing to her to make her smarter and give her a better chance of succeeding in life.

    Of course, read to your child as often as possible. Read the same book over and over for her. Then after a while, she would be able to decode the words on the pages you are reading.

    Please Talk, Read, and Sing to your child and visit the First 5 of San Joaquin to learn more about the early literacy by clicking on the link below:

    First 5 San Joaquin

    Signing off until next Monday- Panteha