Saturday, February 7, 2015

Books On Film | The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

The Seventh Son, which was released in theaters yesterday, is an adaptation of Revenge of the Witch, the first book in the sixteen book children's fantasy series The Last Apprentice. In Revenge of the Witch, Thomas Ward, twelve years old and newly minted as an apprentice, is tricked into releasing an evil witch and has to help fight to protect the people of his land.
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

She's Crafty | BiblioCraft

Ahem, you just have to listen to the full title of this book I will be talking about in today's post:

BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? And it is.

BiblioCraft by Jessica Pigza is about finding inspiration for a craft project from library resources. This is not a book that will direct you to craft books about a specific craft with information that guides you through a craft, step-by-step. BiblioCraft shows you how to comb special collections found at the library for inspiration with multiple projects to illustrate just how to do this.

How a type specimen book can help you find that perfect background shape for a greeting card.

How marbled endpapers from a collection found at the New York Public Library is the inspiration for a fabric pencil pouch.

How a book that collects animal watermarks inspired Pigza to create Watermark Pillows, which are cool in more ways than one because there is a story behind each image. It's not just any old rooster, it's a rooster that was used by a papermaker in the Spanish city of Orihuela in the fifteenth-century!

BiblioCraft features over twenty projects to guide you through the possibilities--the endless, wondrous possibilities. Pigza gives you the information needed to plot a course through the collections at a library, what to keep in mind when it comes to copyright laws, digital library offerings, and a handy list of recommended library collections from around the world. If you think what your next project needs is a little bit of library style, click here to find a copy at one of our branches. I highly recommend a peek!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Just Life| Exam Preparation Books

Do you know that you can find many exam preparation books in your local library? 

For example, you can find SAT preparation books, GED materials, CBEST test guides, nursing exam preparation books, and this list goes on and on.

Many government jobs require you to take some sort of civil service exam and the library carries some of these civil service exam books to get you ready.

Why pay $25 for an exam book that you are going to use only for a week or so? Just head to your local library and the chances are, we carry that exam preparation book or we can request it from the Link+ (which is a free inter-library loan system).

Here are a few examples of civil service exam books that we carry in our public libraries.

Master the civil service exams 

Arco master the clerical exams

Master the corrections officer exam  

Police officer exam  

Accounting & auditing clerk

Taking the SAT Exam is a right of passage for every high school student. Don't worry, we have plenty of SAT preparation guides to get your child ready.

Cracking the SAT 

Peterson's Master the SAT, 2015 

If someone needs to get their high school equivalency test, we have GED preparation guides in the library. At the Literacy Office in Cesar Chavez Library, you can also find free GED help at your finger tip.

How to prepare for the GED test 

New GED : strategies, practice & review 

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha