Let's start with the sad news. We have cancelled Cathy's Creativity Club due to lack of registrations. Sorry guys. :(
For our Family Movie on Tuesday, April 16 at 10am, we will be showing Wreck It Ralph Breaks the Internet.
For our teens (ages 13-18) we will be showing The Princess Bride on April 16 at 3pm.
For our younger friends we will be dancing and having a blast on April 18 (MY BIRTHDAY!) at 10am. Its called Fitness Fun, but consider it a little more dancing and playing with scarves and eggs fun.
Finally, on April 19 at 10am we will be welcoming Jimmy C again for a morning of magic and laughter. For this program we require registration, which you can do on our calendar here.
I know. Believe you me. It can be hard sometimes to make a new friend. It can be scary to walk up to someone and say "You're really nice. Can we be friends?" Sometimes though, it's really important. Sometimes, just by saying those words, you can make an important connection with people!
I love when I'm in storytime and one child is trying to hold another child's hand. They're desperately trying to say "You are super cool. I want you to be in my life!"
Oh, if only we could all be five years old and comfortable another to walk up to one of the other people in our Zumba class and try to make friends. Not walk up to hold hands or give them a hug ... that's just doomed from the beginning. However saying "Hey! I like when you make jokes when things get too hard. Can we go out for coffee sometime?" That gives me anxiety just thinking about it, but I know its possible.
Go out an make new friend today! Too hard? Let your friends know that you love them!
Two of our staff, Hannah and Laura, have created a new blog! Unlike mine, which is a bunch of randomness, they have created a very specific one for teens. Its all based on book lists, but not just any book lists, but book lists about the zodiac. They'll be displaying the books in the teen area, so be on the lookout!
Please check out their blog. They're just beginning, but I feel like their enthusiasm is sure to pour out into the blog, and we love sharing our enthusiasm. :)
Just watched this video by two graphic novel writer/illustrators and it made me rethink how I read graphic novels vs novels. They spoke about how illustrators block panels to make you see things a certain way. Things that are called gutters, which are the things that break panels up, can make things more intense if they are dark rather than white. They can also cause fear if they are not in a straight line, but rather a squiggly line.
While novels can take a long time describing things, graphic novels can do the same thing in a few panels.
By creating it that way, it encourages the reader to have certain feelings depending on how he has laid it out. We own this new book, so check it out!
I will not even start to talk about manga. That makes you think in completely different ways: the culture, the language (even though its in English, it is sometimes worded differently) and since the Japanese write from right to left, the books are "backwards". This makes kids think in a totally different way which, in my opinion, is amazing.
Please check out our graphic novels. I may be a little biased since I buy them, but I think we have a pretty sweet collection!
We have big plans for October this year! So much so that I think we will be looking forward to November. :) There are programs here for kids, teens, adults and the whole family. Check them out!
There is no registration for these programs unless indicated.
EXPLORE: MAD SCIENCE!
Thursday, October 11 at 6 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a special session of our “Explore Your Imagination” program! We’re going to be trying out a variety of scientific experiments and learning about how it all works!
TEEN PIZZA FRIDAY with BORIS KARLOFF
Friday, October 12 at 5 pm. For ages 13-18.
Our regular Teen Pizza Friday gets an upgrade with an interactive movie night! We will be showing a Frankenstein film (with Boris Karloff), doing related activities, and of course, eating pizza! Registration is required and begins September 28.
A BIOGRAPHY OF MARY SHELLEY
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm. For older teens and adults (16+).
Join us for a biographical perspective of the life of Mary Shelley. Hear about how she got her start as an author and how she attained literary success.
EXPLORE: ART—MONSTER MASKS!
Thursday, October 18 at 6 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a special session of our “Explore Your Imagination: Art” program! We will be using our creativity to create Monster Masks.
FRANKENTOBER: ADULT NIGHT
Friday, October 19 from 6-9 pm. For adults (18+).
Frankentober celebrates in an after-hours night of adults-only Frankenstein fun! We will have monster mocktails, carnival-style games with prizes, face painting, contests, green screen photos, raffles, and a variety of other activities! You don’t want to miss it!
FRANKENTOBER: FAMILY DAY
Saturday, October 20 from 11 am-4 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a Frankenstein-themed day of games, snacks, contests, activities, and tons of family fun! There will be something for everyone! Take a creepy photo in front of our green screen wall, make slime, play carnival games, and MORE!
EXPLORE: TECHNOLOGY—MONSTER MASH-UP!
Thursday, October 25 at 6 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a special session of our “Explore Your Imagination” program! We will be using our technology in our Makerspace to make our own “Frankenstein” monsters!
SPOOKY CAMPFIRE STORYTIME
Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm. For ages 2-7.
Come in your pajamas for a spooky storytime around our pretend campfire!
Saturday, October 27 at 1 pm. For ages 2-7.
Come in costume and join us as we eat yummy snacks, read some spooky stories, and trick-or-treat around the library! Registration is required and begins October 13.
MAD SCIENTIST ESCAPE ROOM
Saturday, October 27 at 3 pm. For ages 8-12.
Grab a costume and join us for a chance to try to escape from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab! There will be lots of spooky treats and surprises around every corner! Registration is required and begins October 13.
So I started rereading the first book and I realized that I hate all the adults in the book.
First the Dursley's since they are so obvious.
1. Harry sleeps under the stairs.
2. He is forced to use the stove at 9 and it sounds like this is just typical, so I'm assuming that he's been doing it for a couple of years.
3. He is locked in his place under the stairs and not given food for a while.
4. They let their son visibly beat up Harry and they say nothing about it.
I'm sure there are more things that I'm leaving out, but these were a few obvious ones. Umm... child abuse anyone? I know, I know. Its only a book and a fantasy one at that.
I have the same trouble with movies. We were watching one yesterday and the guy had his scarf trapped in the elevator. Why not just unwrap it? You didn't need those scissors that you just happened to have in your pocket. My husband tells me constantly, it's a movie. Not everything is completely reality. I can't take it seriously.
Putting that aside. Where he is sleeping is not proper, using the stove at 8-9 isn't all that safe and allowing your child to beat the snot out of your nephew isn't within your rights as a parent. Haven't any of the school teachers noticed anything? Even the clothes and broken glasses. Aren't any of the teachers concerned for his well-being? I know. I'm pushing things a little far.
Onto Dumbledore and McGonagall. They left Harry at a doorstep. Granted it was his Aunt and Uncle's, but they knew nothing about them. Were they safe? Would they take care of this infant that every single wizard loved (except of Voldomort's cronies of course) ... They knew NOTHING about these people. Except that they were muggles. Not much to go by in my book. I would almost have put him in an orphanage instead. In fact, why didn't the Dursley's? They wanted nothing to do with him. Why did they bother?
As you can imagine, things like this pop in my head waaaaay too much and I am consumed with it until some other thing pops into my head. You do not want to be in there. It's pretty crazy. :)
She is still in my thoughts, but this beautiful event makes it real again. The event is not at Chili Library, but at Irondequoit Library, but still I thought I should make people aware since without her there would be no Teen Book Festival. The Teen Book Festival changed many peoples' lives, including people in Chili, so I thought I should let you know.
I love learning about new things. I feel it makes me stronger as a librarian. So today I learned about teen engagement and leadership. This is something I am super excited about. I would love if our teens came up with ideas, planned their ideas and executed their ideas. All we would need to do is provide money for supplies and some tips if there were things that they could accomplish faster and easier.
Something I would like to make use of is our green screen. Plus I would like to have a reason to purchase some cameras and microphones. It would be awesome if the teens would come up with podcasts and videos. All of their creation, as long as its not naughty. Some teens have come up with some incredible ideas and I know that our teens could come up with even more incredible ones. :)
Now to find a time that they can do it. More difficult than them actually creating the actual video.
Thanks to those of you who voted, we will have a new home! I am so excited because there will be so much more space to hang out, play and for us to have events. Not only that, there will be more space for books! We have to get rid of books so much that it hurts, but because we don't have the space that's what we have to do.
I have already been thinking of all the things we need to do:
I'm posting today for my missed post last Thursday since I was home recovering from TBF madness. :)
BTW ... That cup was one of the fabulous things that you could purchase, and if you had, you would have been able to catch up with me, since I was at the merchandise table all day.
One of the few downfalls to being on the committee is that you don't really get to "hang out" and check out the authors' presentations. I would have liked to, but seeing everyone's enthusiastic faces was worth it in the end.
Well, see you in a few days when I post on my official Thursday time. :)
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