Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Guest Blogger| Local Author

It is with great pleasure that SSJCPL announces a fun guest blogger to our page! Please welcome Jennifer Torres as she shares some very exciting news!

Fun fact: In my upcoming middle grade novel (my very first!), Stef Soto, Taco Queen, the Soto family visits a restaurant called Suzy’s every Sunday, their one day off.

I named it after Stockton’s own Suzy Daveluy, City Librarian and one of my favorite people.

Suzy is a reading hero, and we’re lucky to have her and the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library in our community. So I was super excited when the library agreed to help me share the cover of Stef Soto, Taco Queen.

First, a little bit about the book:

A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tía Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tía Perla to be a distant memory. Then maybe everyone at school will stop seeing her as the Taco Queen.

But when her family's livelihood is threatened, and it looks like her wish will finally come true, Stef surprises everyone (including herself) by becoming the truck's unlikely champion.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen will be available in January from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. (But you can pre-order now). In the meantime, here’s Stef:

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We encourage you to check out from SSJCPL Jennifer's first book, which is available now for circulation, Finding the Music: En pos de la música.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Just Life| An Einstein Encyclopedia

We just received "An Einstein Encyclopedia" by Alice Calaprice. Here are a few facts that I have learned so far while browsing through the book:   

Contrary to popular belief, Einstein was in fact a very good student.

He started playing violin at the age of 6. He named his violin Lina.
He was married twice. First to Mileva Maric and then to his cousin Elsa Lowenthal.  
He received the Noble prize in 1921 and use it to support his first wife and their two sons.
His favorite hobbies were hiking, music, reading, sailing, and writing poetry.
He loved sailing but didn't know how to swim. On his fiftieth birthday, his friends bought him a sailboat.
Albert Einstein migrated to United States after the Nazis took over Germany and he became a U.S citizen on October 1, 1940.
Einstein was an avid reader.  

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose." Albert Einstein

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha