May 2017


Teen Book Talk features reviews by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of another movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The DVD is now available to place on hold at the library (there is currently quite a long hold list!)

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Neha H., Teen Reviewer

Name of Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release Date: November 18, 2016

MPAA Rating : PG-13

My rating : 4 stars

Genre : Fantasy, action, thriller

Set roughly seventy years before the timeline of the Ha rry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first entry in a five-part series of prequels that will focus on the events leading up to the climactic duel between Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore. With a screenplay penned by J.K. Rowling, F anta stic Beasts is directed by David Yates, and produced by David Heyman and Steve Kloves — all of whom worked on the original Harry Potter film ser ies. The film follows the adventures of British magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), after he arrives in 1920s New York City with a briefcase filled with magical creatures.

Newt finds himself directly in the midst of the sudden chaos and turmoil that wreak havoc on New York streets; the mayhem gradually reveals the longstanding tension and deep distrust between the American magical community and the “No-Majs” (non-magical people, the equivalent of Muggles). Although Newt evidently prefers the company of the beloved creatures he carries with him, he encounters demoted Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), her Legilimens sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj (Dan Fogler), all of whom help him in his quest to save the American Wizarding World from total anarchy.

Each of the actors deliver superb performances; Oscar-winner Redmayne, in particular, perfectly captures the charisma and charm of Newt. While not quite as emotionally powerful and gripping as on the page, Rowling’s talent still shines through her screenwriting; she expertly conveys the developing relationships between the characters through memorable lines of dialogue.

The thrilling, fast-paced action sequences are supplemented by a lilting score courtesy of James Newton Howard ( The Hunger Games, T he Dark Knight, Maleficent), who incorporates snippets of John Williams’ classic “Hedwig’s Theme” along with refreshingly original elements. However, a few scenes in the middle of the film seem a bit too drawn out, and the magical creatures — which were promoted as the core of Fantastic Beasts — are quickly forgotten in the midst of the action. Nevertheless, Fantastic Beasts makes for an entertaining fantasy adventure sure to enchant audiences; moreover, its underlying commentary about the dangers of intolerance and paranoia is just as riveting as it is deeply unsettling.

Looking for a fun art activity to entertain your kids? This project is easy, requires only a few supplies, and will entertain kids for quite a while.

You will need:

paper (we used construction paper, but cardstock would work as well)

an aluminum tray (like a disposable roasting pan) that is slightly larger than your paper

craft sand in various colors (you can buy online or at some craft stores; call first to ensure they have it in stock)

white glue

newspaper (or something to cover your work surface)

optional: glitter, a pencil, paper plates or empty salt shakers

Project Notes: this project is a lot of fun, but it can get very messy! You may want to try this outside, if there’s a sheltered spot that’s not too windy. If you choose to try it inside, you might want to cover your work surface with newspaper or place mats of some kind.

Directions:

Step 1: Start with one piece of paper. You can draw out a pattern, picture or just random lines using your pencil. (Or you can skip this step altogether and just use the glue to draw patterns.)

Step 2: Place the paper into the tray. Take out your sand and either pour a little bit of each color onto a paper plate (I’ve found that it is easier for little hands to have one plate for each color of sand, instead of sharing plates with multiple colors of sand), or adding colored sand to salt shakers (I would use cheap and small salt shakers from a dollar store, if you choose to go this route).

Step 3: Trace over the pencil lines with the glue. If you skipped drawing on the paper, use the glue to create patterns or random lines directly onto the paper.

Step 3: While the glue is still wet, sprinkle craft sand over the glue. You can mix the colors together, or you can cover different areas of the glue with one particular color (for example, if you drew a flower, you might add pink sand to the petals, and green sand to the stem/leaves). If your kids are using the sand off of the plates, this is a good exercise for practicing fine motor skills (pinching the sand between fingers is great practice!) Salt shakers work will for little hands too, and can help with hand/eye coordination in using the salt shakers to add sand to the paper.

Step 4: Once you’ve covered all of your glue with sand, shake the excess sand off of the paper and into the tray. You’ll end up with all the sand colors mixed together, but you can always use the rainbow sand to decorate a new glue picture (this looks really pretty on random abstract glue lines!) If you really want the colors of sand to stay separated, you can dump the excess sand off of the paper before adding a new color. Store sand in ziplock bags for limited mess. Optional: Use glitter in place of one color of sand to add a sparkly pop to your artwork!

Step 5: Set aside to dry. This type of art project will not last for a long time, unless you want to seal it. You’d need to buy Modge Podge or another type of sealant in order to keep the sand from drying out and falling off of the page. They do look pretty while they last, and kids have a blast working on their art. This project kept my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for more than 30 minutes at a time. A great way to “save” these types of projects is to take a photograph.

 

 

Boys Jumping (2)

Natalie with Cat

 

Explore the principals of photographing people in a free two-hour workshop in the Dublin Library Program Room, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Learn how to create pictures that capture the essence of your subject.  Learn how to use natural light, creative backgrounds, and interesting locations.  Family, children, group and candid photos will be discussed.  This program is for adult students.

The instructor, Gerry Mooney, is a professional photographer who taught photography at Ohlone College for over 25 years.

Attendance is limited to 36 students.  Please sign up for this class at the Adult Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 or contact Eugene at EMarangoni@ACLibrary.org .

 

 

Join us for a fun-filled flashback for adults! In 1967, thousands converged on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Whether you want to recapture your counterculture past or find out what it was really like, the library has something for everyone!

Come watch a legendary rock concert film, learn about psychedelic art and hippie fashion, make your own tie-dye T-shirt and more! Our free adult programs kick off on Thursday, June 1 and continue through July 2017. (Print a copy of the event flier.)

Adult Program Descriptions
All programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 1 – Screening of Monterey Pop
The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival featured performances by Janis Joplin, the Who, Ravi Shankar, Simon & Garfunkel, and more. This incredible concert film captures it all, including Jimi Hendrix infamously lighting his guitar on fire!

Sunday, June 25 – When Art Rocked: Posters from the ‘60s
Come see a far out collection of rock posters, handbills and other 1960s memorabilia! Members of the Rock Poster Society will display items from their collections and describe some of the more memorable shows and dances they attended.

Thursday, July 6 – Summer of Love Art Talk
Join us for a lecture highlighting the de Young museum’s exhibit “The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.” See exhilarating examples of costumes and textiles, photography, rock posters, and more. This presentation will be by Jim Kohn, Docent for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
(Image on left: minidress by Candace King; Image on above right: Fillmore poster, 1967, by Bonnie MacLean)

Thursday, July 13 –  Make a Tie Dye T-shirt
Bring a 100% cotton t-shirt and we’ll provide everything else you’ll need to make your own tie-dye creation. Be prepared to get a little messy and have a lot of fun! For adults only. Space is limited. Sign-ups start June 13. Visit the library’s Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.

Thursday, July 27 – Poster Lettering Workshop
Learn how to make artistic lettering by hand that will add a groovy touch to whatever you are making!  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided. This class is being led by artist and teacher, Karen Wardell. Space is limited. Sign-ups for this class start June 27. Visit the library’s Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 to register.

 

 

Boys Jumping (2)

Natalie with Cat

 

Explore the principals of photographing people in a free two-hour workshop in the Dublin Library Program Room, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Learn how to create pictures that capture the essence of your subject.  Learn how to use natural light, creative backgrounds, and interesting locations.  Family, children, group and candid photos will be discussed.  This program is for adult students.

The instructor, Gerry Mooney, is a professional photographer who taught photography at Ohlone College for over 25 years.

Attendance is limited to 36 students.  Please sign up for this class at the Adult Information Desk or call 925-803-7252 or contact Eugene at EMarangoni@ACLibrary.org .

 

 

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Are you looking for a new job?  Do you want to make sure your resume is getting you the most interviews possible?  Are you considering switching careers?  If so, you’ll want to take advantage of two free programs presented by the Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center in partnership with Dublin Library.

In the One-on-One Resume Critique, offered on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Dublin Library Program Room, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume and give you sound advice on how to make it more attractive to prospective employers.

In the One-on-One Job Counseling session, offered on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job career options for you.

You must call the Dublin Library at 9250-803-7252 or come to the Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20-minute session.

Teen Book Talk features reviews by local teen writers. This week, we’re sharing a review of a movie, Beauty and the Beast. This is a review of the newly-released live action film, not the animated version.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Siri P., Teen Reviewer

Name of Movie: Beauty and the Beast 2017

Release Date: March 17, 2017

MPAA Rating: PG

My Rating: 5 Stars

Beauty and the Beast 2017, starring Emma Watson, is the latest version of the previous Disney movie. It was released on March 17 and I watched it the day it was released. It is rated is PG, recommending parental guidance. The movie setting takes place in a small village and a large castle. In short words, Beauty and the Beast is about a young and alluring women who has a heart that is made of kindness and how she gets in the hands of a beast. I would like to recognize Dan Stevens (the beast) for his acting skills. This movie is full of humor, suspense, romance, and galore! I give it 5 stars!

The plot has a shocking twist to it so if you are a Disney fan, you should still see this version, even after viewing the animated versions. Unlike some other movies, it is not predictable at all!

If you are completely new to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I very much suggest you watch it. This movie is well-written and you do not need to watch the previous version to understand it.

This movie is interesting for adults, teens, and younger children, so feel free to bring your family! I want to let you know that it has some violence, but overall, it contributes to the suspense and intensity of the plot. The beast may look frightening at first to your younger siblings. However, I took my younger sister and her friends (aged 5-8) to watch the movie at the theater and they simply loved it.

Is this a typical “Happily Ever After” movie? Many people in the audience were in tears – and no, I will not tell you if it was tears in sadness or happiness…

If you are the type of person who stays up all night watching Disney movies, Moana is another PG movie that is also highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

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