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June 2010 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Sea Stories for Summer Reading
With school nearly out, what should kids do? Pick up a book! Many American public libraries are promoting summer reading with a "water" theme for children: Make a Splash - Read!

The theme is provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (www.cslpreads.org). Founded in 1987, CSLP is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at their public libraries.

Studies show that summer library programs help kids avoid "summer learning loss." Students who do not engage in educational activities during the summer typically score lower on tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning. Two to three months of learning can be lost! So take advantage of enrichment activities at your local library or bookstore.

Immedium encourages children to take the summer reading plunge. Staring in June, we read our "water" adventures Baltazar and the Flying Pirates and The Octonauts at libraries throughout California, including
- Half Moon Bay (www.smcl.org)
- Alameda County (www.aclibrary.org)
- San Diego County (www.sdcl.org).

Families can enjoy fun stories, coloring pages, and arts activities. We look forward to reading with you!

B. Fall Previews #2
We have two new tales coming in September, so here's another sneak peek at some of their colorful characters.

Space Cadet Topo: The Day the Sun Turned Off
By DGPH (www.dgph.com.ar).
Character: Tinny Bot
A sister [Tinny Bot] and brother (Tin Bot] are little robots who are our space cadet's best friends. They want to assist Topo, but often they get into trouble. Tinny Bot accompanies Topo on his mission to find the legendary Galactic Torch, but can she help him relight the sun? Find out!

Sid the Squid: and the Search for the Perfect Job
By David Derrick
Character: Alice
Sid was a squid out of water and didn't know the first thing about finding a job in the big city. Luckily he met a girl named Alice. Alice lived in the city and volunteered to help him, "I know lots of people with different jobs that could use someone handy like you." Everyone needs an energetic friend like Alice in their job search!

C. Artists out and about
Immedium is glad to collaborate with talented artists who continue to make waves in the wide world. Here's an update on some of them.

Charlene Chua (artist of Julie Black Belt, www.julieblackbelt.com):
- Indeziner, which showcases useful online resources for web designers and developers, listed Charlene one of the "Best female web designers".

- The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) spotlighted "Great illustrated covers from the Santa Fe Reporter" (New Mexico alternative newsweekly), and featured Charlene's art for 9/2/2009 issue.

Greg Pak (author of Robot Stories and More Screenplays):
- Newsarama interviewed Greg about Fall of the Hulks, Planet Hulk, The Incredible Hercules and more at C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 2010).

- Greg's 2005 short film Super Power Blues is now viewable on YouTube

- Marvel.com celebrated "Asian-Pacific American Week" in May and Greg shared his thoughts.


Welcome to Monster Isle
(1-59702-0-16-9, $15.95, www.monsterisle.net)

"Introducing toddlers to giant monsters is a mission that I fully endorse."
- Michael May's AdventureBlog

The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
(1-59702-0-20-6, $15.95)

"Excellently written and containing charming and playful illustrations, the book is an excellent introduction to the ancient tradition of Chinese New Year in a contemporary fashion."
- Nancy Keane's Booktalks



- 6/19: Baltazar and the Flying Pirates: Newark Public Library, 6300 Civic Terrace Ave., CA 94560, 510-795-2627, 1 pm
- 6/22: Baltazar and the Flying Pirates: Half Moon Bay Public Library, 620 Correas Street, CA 94019, (650) 726-2316, 7 pm
- 6/26: Octonauts: Castro Valley Public Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, CA 94546, 510-667-7900, 2 pm


- 7/6: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #3, 300 Estudillo Avenue, CA, (510) 577-3970, 3 pm
- 7/7: Octonauts: Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568, 925-828-1315, 1 & 2 pm
- 7/9: Oliver Chin: Book Passage, Children's Literature Conference, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, (415) 927-0960, 9 am
- 7/11: Oliver Chin: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92101, (619) 338-9888, 2 pm
- 7/14: Octonauts: San Diego County Library - 4S Ranch branch, 10433 Reserve Drive, San Diego, CA 92127, (858) 673-4697, 10:30 am
- 7/14: Summer story time: San Diego County Library - Spring Valley branch, 836 Kempton St., CA, 91977, (619) 463-3006, 1 pm
- 7/20: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #5, 3 pm
- 7/21: Octonauts: Fremont Public Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538, 510-745-1421, 11:30 am
- 7/24-25: Timmy & Tammy's Train of Thought: EuroWest 2010, Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA
- 7/27: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #6, 3 pm
- 7/29: Octonauts: Centerville Public Library, 3801 Nicolet Ave., CA 94536, 510-795-2629, 2 pm
- 7/31: Baltazar and the Flying Pirates: Union City Public Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd., CA 94587, 510-745-1464, 2 pm


Summer (noun, definition): the period of finest development, perfection, or beauty.
May you have a great and long one!

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