Saturday, January 18, 2014

Books On Film | Teen In '14 (The Fault in Our Stars/The Giver){CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVERThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a book about two teenager, both with a different form of cancer, who meet and fall in love while attending a weekly support group.
The movie adaption is schedule to be released in June. It stars Shailene Woodley, who will play Triss in Divergent.

The movie poster (right) was recently released to the public.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVERThe Giver by Lois Lowry is about a twelve year old boy named Jonas who is chosen to be trained as the next "Receiver of Memory" of his perfect utopia society. The Reciever of Memory is responsible for holding all knowledge of the society before their conversion to "Sameness." 

The knowledge Jonas receives from "The Giver" (his predecessor) causes him to question whether the rules of "the Community" are the best way for people to live.

The movie adaptation is scheduled to be released in August. It stars Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift.

Covers courtesy of LibraryThing.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Bucket List | Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A while ago, I was asking for books to feature in a post for Valentine's Day.  A friend recommended Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and I added it to my "romantic books" list.  It's been awhile since I wrote the post, but I never forgot that book was one I wanted to read.  So this weekend, I finally picked it up and gave it a go, and I LOVED IT.  It had history, featured my favorite city (Seattle), and had a wonderful, and at times heart wrenching, story about two people living in a tumultuous time.

The story is told from the perspective of Henry, a young Chinese-American boy attending an all-white prep school in Seattle in 1942.  He hates his school, but attends because of all the trouble his parents went through to get him into the school on scholarship.  However, things are looking up for Henry when Keiko, a Japanese-American girl starts at the school and begins working with him in the cafeteria.  They start spending time together, which Henry's father absolutely does not approve of, and you can imagine what happens next.  However, with the war developing in the East, American hackles are up and before they know it, Keiko and her family are facing deportation to Japanese Internment camps.  The story focuses on how far one is willing to go for the one they love and how much people can change and adapt to their circumstances.

Jamie Ford released Songs of Willow Frost this last year and am reading it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

So as a thank you to my friend who recommended this wonderful book to me, here is a picture of some turtles, because she does indeed love turtles.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Learning | Bibliographies at the Lieberry

Ouch! The title of this post really bothers me.  I hope it bothers you, too.  I hope you say the word library correctly.  

Library comes from the French word, librarie (bookshop or bookstore,) which in turn came from the Latin librarium (chest for books.)  Would you care to guess what the Latin root libr- means? It means book. 

Library Defined, By the American Heritage First Dictionary,
 Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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Libr- originally meant the inner bark of trees (paper or parchment.) It's also related to the English word leaf. Sometimes, the pages in a book are referred to as leaves.

Since the word comes from libr-, it is very important to keep that r sound when pronouncing library. Checking out books has nothing to do with lies or berries!

In English, we use the word library to mean a place for books--usually the kind of place that lends books, rather than selling them.  Other countries have a word for the same thing, but since they still use words like librarie or libraria for establishments that sell books, they call lending libraries by a word like bibliothèque, Bibliothek, or biblioteca.

Bibliothèque de l'université de Caen.
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Bibliothèque comes from another word that means book. That Greek word, biblion, is also the source of the words Bible and bibliography.  Bibliographies! Ah, yes, the other part of the post title that bothers me:  The misuse of the word bibliography. Bibliography comes from biblio- (book) and -graphy (writing.)  It usually is used to refer to the list of books cited in a scholarly work.

Bible, Solomon Teaches Youth, Walters Manuscript W.51, fol. 54r from the Walters Art Museum's photostream on Some rights reserved. Bibliography, from Zoonoses: The Lethal Gifts of Livestock: bibliography slide, by Delia Grace, ILRI 'livestock live talk' seminar, 31 Oct 2012, from ILRI's photostream on Some rights reserved.

I hear customers asking for a bibliography when they really mean a biography. These words sound similar, so it's easy to make that mistake. But if you remember that the root biblio- means book, maybe you can remember that a story of a person's life is not a bibliography, but a biography.  

Especially since the Latin root, bio- means life. Think of other words that contain the root bio-, like biology (study of life) or antibiotic (a medicine that destroys or inhibits the growth of microorganisms.)

Speaking of biographies, I hear another mistake frequently. Many people ask for the autobiography section of the library, when they really mean the biography section. An autobiography is an account of a person's life, written by that person.  So, if the author of a biography is the same person the book is about, it is an autobiography. 

These are a few of my favorite picture books in the children's biography section:

Stone Girl, Bone Girl: the Story of Mary Anning

Bon Appétit!: the Delicious Life of Julia Child

The following autobiography by George Carlin is most decidedly not for children, but he sure knew his way around words:

Last Words

Do you have a favorite biography, or autobiography--or even a favorite bibliography? Tell me about it in a comment below.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

She's Crafty | Book Bound

Over the Christmas season I made a few gifts. Handmade books to be exact. I've dabbled in bookbinding before but I kinda went overboard and made my projects more difficult than they really needed to be. Too many pages, too many little holes...if you have to grab a drill to bind a book and it's still too hard, your project may be a bit more ambitious than a newbie can handle. I abandoned my projects and set bookbinding aside, thinking it wasn't my thing.

Recently, I got the itch to try again while looking for a drawing book that would lay flat when opened and stumbled upon THE BEST bookbinding video tutorials EVER by YouTuber, Sea Lemon! Go on, check them out for yourself:
  • Click here to make a sketch book that will lay flat when opened.
  • Click here to make a book from a Junior Mints box!
  • Click here to make a sushi book...or two...or six.
For Christmas gifts, I ended up making three different book projects. The first, a coptic stitch bound sketch book for a friend. I bought a large mixed media drawing pad, detached all the pages and folded them in half, cut the cardboard backing in half, poked a bunch of holes in everything, waxed some thread, followed the video instructions on how to coptic stitch and within an hour the book was finished!

I heart binder clips!
The second project was a few sushi books with a perfect binding. Perfect binding involves gluing the spine instead of stitching the pages together. A few layers of glue and it's surprising how well the pages stick together! It's also fun deciding how to press the books while gluing. I decided to make six, three a piece to two little girls who love to go to sushi with the adults in their lives. It seemed like an easy-peasy project, and it really is, but six is a LOT more work than I thought! They are incredibly cute little books and decorating the covers made the tedious bits completely worth the effort.

The third project was going to be a set of small, bright blue notebooks with a perfect binding and gold leafing on the cover. Late, the night before I would be handing over this project as a gift I: got the pages bound together; cut the cover to size and scored it in all the right places following the Junior Mint recycled book tutorial; got what I thought was the gold leaf out annnd failure commenced. Now that I think about it, I believe the gold stuff I used wasn't exactly gold leaf. In the end, I had to purchase a gift, BUT I'm determined to revisit the gold leaf book project and find success.
Gold leaf imposter AKA gold stuff

I'm glad I found the Sea Lemon videos. They helped me bring bookbinding down from some lofty perch I stuck it on long ago with the title of Maybe This Isn't For Me. Dwindling are the days that I can't move forward in my pursuit of learning a new craft because I can't find resources to help me puzzle the problems out. At this moment in time, I may not know how to use a decades old kit of gold stuff with successful results, but I did learn how to make a few books!

And, not surprisingly, the library has many books on handmade books:
Whip up a book in no time!

There is even a picturebook about bookmaking for the little ones!
Until next time, enjoy your crafting endevours and keep at it. You never know, you might find a book or video that gets you going in the direction towards great success!

Kaye & Malia

Monday, January 13, 2014

Still Life| Here Comes The Soccer Mom !

Are you a soccer fan? I am originally from Iran, and lots of Iranians are very passionate about their soccer teams. I was never a fan of any sports until a few weeks ago. 

My daughter is taking soccer and she has turned me into a soccer fan.

I tell you, watching a bunch of rookie third and fourth graders playing soccer is highly entertaining. Her team is called Fire and they are anything but fire. I love watching her play. She has fun playing soccer. She also ducks every time the opposite team kicks the ball very high.

I constantly yell instructions to my daughter from the sideline.

The crazy thing is that, I don't have a clue about how to play this game but that doesn't prevent me from yelling instructions to my daughter. My poor daughter constantly shushes me to no avail. 

 I tell you, I have turned unintentionally into a soccer fan.

I just need to learn a bit about this game and I will be all set.   

I got to read this book I think:

How soccer works

signing off until next Monday- Panteha