Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Super Bowl 50

When do football and fresh produce fans intersect? This Sunday, February 7, is Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, which means that the Farmer’s Market will relocate to the parking lot across from the Library. Farmer’s Market hours will be 9 am-12 pm this Sunday because of the expected crowds at the Super Bowl; the Library will be open its normal Sunday hours, 1-5 pm but parking may be at a premium.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Coloring for Grown-Ups at MVPL

Have you tried introducing some color into your life to relieve the winter blahs? You don’t need to buy a new wardrobe - just sign up for a session of Coloring for Grown-Ups at the MVPL. The Library provides the materials and the rest is up to you - just color.   Your focus is on filling in the spaces of the pattern as you please; your brain can relax with a simple task that takes you away from worries about tomorrow or next week. You can view it as meditation of a different sort. Try it –you may find a new way to relieve stress.

Coloring for Grown-Ups takes place this Thursday, January 28, from 6:30-8:00pm in the Community Room.  The Library will provide coloring sheets, colored pencils, crayons, markers, and a relaxing environment for adults to color in while their stress melts away.

Get in the habit of regular relaxation: Coloring for Grown-Ups at MVPL happens on a monthly basis!  Join us to color in February on Thursday, February 25, from 6:30-8:00pm, and find out about more fun-filled events by subscribing to our new Library Newsletter here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What We’re Reading Now: Magazine Anthology

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The 1940s were a pivotal decade in American history: at its start, America’s isolationists were wary of further involvement in Europe’s war even as Hitler overran Europe. By decade’s end, America was on its way to becoming the “World’s policeman” abroad and searching out Communists on the home front.  Reporters from The New Yorker covered the war abroad and its aftermath (D Day, Hiroshima, the Nuremberg trials, the Monuments Men, the Berlin Airlift) and life at home (Miss America pageant, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Disney) and its darker side (a lynching trial in South Carolina).

The collection highlights critics’ views of Hemingway, Orwell, Orson Wells and Charlie Chaplin. Movies, theatre, architecture, music and even fashion-all get their due. 

My favorite piece was about the Berlin Airlift.  The mechanics of keeping West Berlin going during the Russian blockade was astounding.  American and British planes averaged a delivery of 8,000 tons of cargo every 24 hours, 7 days a week from June 1948 to May 1949. Coal for heating and industry accounted for almost two-thirds of the freight, food almost one-third. Dried food weighed less but was equally nutritious so that was delivered. 

A selection of New Yorker poetry and fiction are included in the anthology as well.

This isn’t a book to read at all at once, but to enjoy over time. I read a few of the short stories, but I didn’t want to hurry over the poetry so I’ll check it out again at a later date. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What We're Watching Now: A Certain Lady Detective


Meet DCI Vera Stanhope of the Northumberland and City Police. As portrayed by Brenda Blethyn in the DVD series Vera, she can be irascible and confounding to her underlings - her job as a supervising homicide detective leaves no time for a life outside the job, but she doesn’t mind. She doggedly pursues villains with the aid of Detective Joe Ashworth, who does have a personal life, complete with wife and children. Vera reassures the victims’ families with the familiar phrase, “Now, don’t worry, pet,” while she homes in on the solution to the crime.  The Library has all five seasons of Vera (DVD Vera Set).

Blethyn’s portrayal of Vera reminds me of a female Inspector Morse. The series is a perfect choice for a winter’s night of viewing-not too violent, just good stories and good acting.

*Should you prefer to get acquainted with Vera via the written word, the Library has the latest in author Ann Cleeves series featuring Vera, Harbour Street (M CLEEVES), in hardback as well.