Saturday, March 28, 2009

Women are Heroines

We are coming to a close of our appreciation for all women in the U.S. as Women's History Month is almost over here at Long Beach Public Library. I want to remind everyone of the importance of women in our society. How wonderful is it to know that women ranging from Hillory Clinton to Janis Joplin, Maya Lin to Rachel Carson, Beyonce to Ellen Ochoa who have all made our country a great, honorable and noteworthy place to be. I am proud to know that these among many other women - our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, children, and wives - have all influenced our lives for the better. Women in society help us every day: when we go to the grocery store, when we go to the bank, when we look up something on the internet, when we look at art, when we go to the doctor, when we use important and everyday inventions, when we need legal help, when we go to school, when we read a book, when we watch TV, when we listen to the radio or the news, and when we go to bed at night, it is often our mothers who tuck us in. How amazing is that?!

If you are a woman, be proud of the girls and women you are. And we should all be grateful for the women in our lives who help us every day!

Here are some good books written about and by female authors at our public library for you to enjoy at the close of this important month:

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Do you have an interest in Coraline the movie or in reading the book? Here are some ideas for more fun things to do if you like Coraline:

The Coraline web site has a gorgeous downloadable vintage button poster:

The Coraline web site also has a pattern available for download so knitters can create their own star sweater at

There is also an Evil Buttons Craft Blog

And see the cool SWAG handmade boxes the PR folks sent out to craft blogs… ; young folks can make their own with cigar or shoe boxes.

Information provided by:

Stephanie Stokes

Also, follow this link to the book Coraline in our Long Beach Public Library catalog.

For local Long Beach showtimes of Coraline the movie, click on the following google movie link here.

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


And the title is Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson. The same version for middle school kids is called, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World, One Child at a Time. And the children's book is called Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. These books can be found at our Long Beach Public Library; just click on the link under each book.

A link to the website for Three Cups of Tea is as follows:

And a link to the full schedule of events from March 6 through March 14 is at the following:

In addition, El Dorado Branch Library is offering the following programs for kids in tune with Three Cups of Tea:

Kites for Kids, March 10, 4:00 pm. Listen to kite stories and make your own kite. Sign up with the librarian. El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach. 562 570-3136

Tea for Twenty (or more), March 11, 4:00 pm. Dress up or wear a fancy hat and listen to stories about tea parties. Iced tea will be served. Sign up with the librarian. El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach. 562 570-3136.