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Exciting News About Our Catalog

Exciting News About Our Catalog

You may have noticed that our catalog got a fresh new look!

screenshot of the new catalog home page

While the color scheme is different, every search function and button is in the same place as it was. There will be one huge exciting change coming at the beginning of the school year, however…(drumroll please)…

You’ll get your own accounts!

No more wondering if you turned that one book in, and no longer will you need to ask a librarian to put a book on hold for you and then wonder if she actually remembered to. Check back right before school starts for a tutorial on how to access and use your new catalog account!

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Pride Month Reads

Pride Month Reads

June is LGBTQIA+ pride month! While you may not be able to check out books from the library, we have a great collection of queer focused books on OverDrive. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet fluffy romance, family drama, or short stories that span the spectrum, you’re sure to find something you love.

a screenshot of the Pride Month collection on OverDrive

Head on over to our ebooks to check it out!

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Summer Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Summer Bay Area Literary and Author Events

June

 

Wonder Woman Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 3:00pm
Books Inc.
301 Castro St
Mountain View
More information here.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Shvarts, Royal Bastards
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here.

 

 

 

 

NYMBC Pride Panel featuring Tim Floreen, author of Tattoo Atlas; Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity; and Brie Spangler, author of Beast.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara
More information here.

 

 

 

Sarah Dessen, Once and For All
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here.

 

 

 

 

Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 7:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
Tickets and more information here.

 

 

 

 

 

July

 

cover of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueMackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, in conversation with Anne-Marie McLemore, author of The Weight of Feathers and When the Moon Was Ours.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here.

 

 

 

NYMBC Contemporary YA Panel featuring Kim Culbertson, author of The Wonder of Us; Misa Sugiura, author of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret; and Katie A. Nelson, author of The Duke of Bannerman Prep
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
More information here.

 

 

 

Cindy Pon, Wantcover of Want by Cindy Pon
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 4:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
More information here.

 

 

 

 

Sherman Alexie, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
Thursday July 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
Tickets and more information here.

 

 

 

Penguin publishers authors

Penguin Teen Summer Tour, featuring Romina Russell, Danielle Vega, Aditi Khorana, and Morgan Rhodes
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 2:00PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here.

 

 

 

 

NYMBC Road Trip YA Panel, featuring Maurene Goo, author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love; Kayla Kagan, author of Piper Perish; Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez; and Zan Romanoff, author of Grace and the Fever.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
More information here

 

 

 

August

Cover of Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Jason Reynolds, Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Friday, August 4, 2017 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
More information here.

 

 

 

 

cover of From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Meg Cabot, Royal Crush: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
Saturday, August 5, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

 

 

 

Cover of A Map for Wrecked Girls

Jessica Taylor, A Map for Wrecked Girls
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

 

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A Man’s Woman: The Portrayal of Women in Television

A Man’s Woman: The Portrayal of Women in Television

A Man’s Woman

Nancy L. ’17 & Alexa M. ’18

The average American adult watches over five hours of television everyday. (Kobley, 2016) hours of tv. We are constantly exposed to the entertainment industry’s interpretation of modern society. Media’s portrayal of women, particularly women of color, is often skewed and even discriminatory. Audiences are brainwashed by these unrealistic depictions, and form biases that impact day to day life. Female characters are rarely interesting. Their personas tend to lack complex qualities and emotional or intellectual depth. Traditionally feminine appearances, personalities, and circumstances are encouraged.

Actresses who fit the industry’s criteria for beauty tend to fill the roles that make it onto our screens. The video “Women in Television” clearly portrays the stereotypical image of the attractive woman, according to society’s standards. Out of the twenty one women who are being aggressively objectified in these clips, nine are blonde, and seventeen are white. Not one is overweight and the majority appear to be comfortable being scrutinized in this manner. A select body type and overall look has been normalized, and as a result, women who differ from media’s expectations often feel self conscious and ashamed of themselves. The immense pressure to adhere to these standards can even cause some to practice unhealthy or deadly behaviors such as extreme dieting or exercise. This body policing is an overarching theme in American television, but when one further examines media’s portrayal of women, trends in the depiction of women of color become apparent.

Additional tropes and standards regarding class and race are also prevalent in media. Black women in pop culture are characterized by a stereotypical sense of strength and assertiveness. Motherly Mammy-type figures are one common depiction of Black women. Black women also tend to be represented is in an oversexualized manner, particulary in music videos.  Although we see more and more black female entertainers with each year, most of the women are light skinned. The lack of dark skinned actresses contributes to colorism, a prevalent cultural issue. Hispanic women are typically depicted as fiery and hypersexualized. Most of these characters are maids, criminals, or immigrants. In real life, hispanic women exist in all aspects of society. Then there’s always the the tiger-moms, the nerds, and other over achieving Asian characters. These offensive images fail to show the wonderful range of women that make up our society. As audiences watch these types of female characters resurface again and again, a dangerous prejudice forms.

One way in which the negative effects of this bias can be seen is in the professional world. We have all heard the statistic that women make 72 cents to a man’s dollar. However, women of color make even less. Black women earn 64% of the white male salary, and Hispanic women make 54% (Leber, 2015). Some of this disparity is due to biases in hiring employees. Discrimination against women of color is fueled by the deep rooted prejudice perpetuated by pop culture.

Although some progress is being made in Hollywood, there is still much work to be done. Part of the reason that female characters are so widely oversimplified is because most of the characters were written by men. According to the Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, 45% of TV pilots in 2015 had no female creators or producers associated with them, and 78% had no minority creators or producers associated with them (Bunche Center for African-American Studies at UCLA, 2016). It is no wonder that the portrayal of women in the many popular television shows is lackluster and biased.

Combatting these stereotypes may be difficult, but through continued effort, we can continue to improve women’s standing. By becoming a critical viewer, one who questions the content they are subject to, we can increase awareness about poor representation and form a better perspective on other women and ourselves.

 

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The library is open all summer…on OverDrive!

The library is open all summer…on OverDrive!

Our collection of more than 1700 ebooks is open all summer long. And now we offer audiobooks, for all your “stuck in a car with my obnoxious siblings on a road trip” needs! You can log in whenever you like. Click here to visit our digital library!

 

Ebooks and audiobooks work on many different devices and apps. Learn more on our FAQ for ebooks here, and audiobooks here, or stop by the library to talk to one of your librarians before you head out on summer vacation.

From childhood classics to YA to adult; from science fiction to contemporary realism; from popular bestsellers to great under-the-radar releases; the collection has a lot to choose from. If you want book recommendations, we would love to meet with you to put together a personalized reading list for your summer. Happy reading!

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Calling Student Writers–Publishing Workshop!

Calling Student Writers–Publishing Workshop!

This summer, Books Inc. is hosting a four part series on navigating the publishing world. From their website:

“The goal of this series is to convey realistic expectations while still encouraging young writers and providing them the opportunity to gain  knowledge and tools from industry professionals needed to continue in their process and be a step ahead of peers. ”

Click here to find out more and sign up!

 

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