Joe Barbera, one half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team died on Monday, December 18, 2006. He was 95 years old. Hanna-Barbera was famous for such well-loved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound. Bill Hanna, who died in 2001, once said that Barbera could "capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I've ever known." Their first success was with the battling cat and mouse cartoon Tom and Jerry which won seven Academy Awards.
There is a new way to check out DVDs at the library! The Friends of the Library have donated the funds for our new Intelligent Media Manager (IMM). It's the large black machine located across from the Circulation Desk. The IMM stores, dispenses, and checks out DVDs. If you find a DVD cover on our shelves without a clear plastic security case and with no DVD inside, it's in the IMM. What next? Take the cover and your library card to the IMM.
The 4th Wednesday afternoon book discussion group is changing its December meeting date. We will be meeting on Wednesday December 20th at 2:00pm, instead of December 27th due to the holidays. Our book for discussion will be Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.
"Will the telescopes be set up?" We frequently get that question when we have an astronomy program scheduled at the library. The telescopes that I, along with other astronomy club members, bring to the library are very good but we can't see through clouds. That's one reason the Hubble Space Telescope is so valuable -- it isn't affected by weather. It's also the reason so many astronomers live in Arizona!