Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon Free Public Library
235 - 32nd Street
Avalon, NJ 08202

Helping to Preserve Avalon History Avalon History Center
The Dillar Family, represented by Bill and son Jamie, recently donated $5,000 to the Historical Society for future exhibits and preservation efforts at the History Center. The History Center, a branch of the Library, is at 215 - 35th Street and is open 11 - 3, Monday through Saturday.
Big Brother is Watching Film Movement: Gigante
This month's Film Movement offering  is Gigante, a drama from Paraguay. Jara, a security guard at a supermarket, discovers Julia, a 25-year-old cleaning woman, through a security camera and is immediately attracted to her. Eventually Jara finds himself at a crossroad and must decide whether to give up his obsession or confront it.  Showtime: 6:00pm, Thursday, Feb 18. Berlin Film Festival Review
Juicy Art Juice Art
Jacki Farina will teach you how to paint with coffee, tea, wine, cranberry juice and other beverages.  Leave a little paint in the glass for when you get thirsty... Course description.
Wherever you are, we're there to help Q and Anj
If you can access the internet, there will be a New Jersey librarian available to answer your reference questions. Out-of-state Avalon library patrons may need to have their library card availble to participate in the service. To find out more about the service or seek assistance with that perplexing mystery, head to http://www.qandanj.org.
Excelling Excellently with Excel Excel Course
Allison will start with the basics of this widely used spread sheet application. Learn formatting, page layouts, charting, sorting and formulas. Thursdays, 6-8pm, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18
Lights! Camera! Action! Academy Award? iMovie Workshop
So you just filmed the sequel to Gone with the Wind and it is time to do the editting. Let Harry show you how to do it on your Mac with iMovie.  5:30 - 7:30pm. February 9 & 23.
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Reel Time
The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife 

A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage.
Feb 9, 7:00pm

Music Lecture With Paul Somers

"Music as architecture."
How to listen to music, any music.
7-8:30pm, Feb 23 
Staff Favorite Links 

2010 Earthquake in Haiti - Includes frequently released Fact Sheets on the situation in Haiti and the government's response. There's also a Person Finder to request or share information on the status of Americans in Haiti. See also the background info and daily situation reports at the World Health Organization's site.

Wrapping 2009 Up

9th Annual Year in Ideas (New York Times Magazine) -"from A to Z, the most clever, important, weird, and just silly innovations from all corners of the thinking world," including the "myth of the deficient older employee," cul-de-sac bans, treating PTSD with Tetris, the Obama effect, and more.

50 0f the Best Websites in 2009 -- These should keep you busy discovering bike routes, already-taken user names, sheet music, tributes to the dear departed, awkward family photos, iPhone apps, and more.
 - From Rolling Stone Maqazine
Lists Galore: Best Books of 2009 -There's something for everyone here - best cookbooks, young adult fiction, biographies, business books, crime books, airplane reads, best debut fiction, and more.
Whooppers of 2009 - FactCheck.org - FactCheck.org had a busy year of it in 2009, between widely circulated political misinformation and lies. Here's FactCheck's selection of the most heavily repeated during the year.
Consumer Reports Health Blog - Answers questions and offers news and analysis on health concerns, products, and public policy.
Statistically Yours
Worldometer: Real Time World Statistics - Watch the numerical increases speed by for populations, deaths, government expenditures, money spent on video games, Google searches, carbon dioxide emissions, etc.  
The Glory Days: New York Baseball: 1947-1957 - Today, New York's professional baseball teams consist of the New York Yankees and the Mets, but in the middle of the last century there was one more (the Brooklyn Dodgers), and the rivalries were the stuff of sports legend. This online exhibit from the Museum of the City of New York explores these relationships through ten short "chapters" that chronicle the evolution of the game in Gotham from 1947 to 1957. Each chapter has a topical theme ("The Fans", for example), complemented by a series of digitized items, including programs, scorecards, stadium photographs, World Series rings, and so on. Visitors can even look through the "Exhibition Photos" area to see how the exhibition looked during its run at the Museum.
50 Banned Books that Everyone Should Read - The following books are excellent examples of great literature that has become banned or challenged in an attempt to shield the public from what some see as inappropriate.
Weird Bookroom at Abe Books - Abe offers up "101 crazy and strange titles about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine and a few things you couldn't possibly imagine," including Atlas of the Fleas, The Who's Who of British Beheadings, How To Teach Physics to Your Dog, and my favorite, A Cow Is Too Much Trouble in Los Angeles.
Choralwiki - Home of the Choral Public Domain Library - "one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers." It also allows you to browse by church calendar. Available in 7 languages.
Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries - The beautiful libraries here are monuments on the grand scale, built to reflect the understanding that libraries represent the highest achievements of humanity.
From the Kitchen with Love
Valentine's Day Recipes - From allrecipes.com.