Friday, March 30, 2012

Spirit Week in the Library

Thursday: Twister & Friday: Jeopardy

Wednesday: March Madness

Tuesday: Family Feud


Monday: Scrabble

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Favorite Character is...
  • Katniss because of her willingness to make difficult choices for her family. ~ A
  • Peeta because of his undying love for Katniss and his determination to remain himself in the games. ~ R
  • Gale because he's hardworking, likable, trustworthy, supportive. ~ J
  • Rue because she is smart, survives for a short period of time) against all odds, saves Katniss' life, and know what plants to eat. I would really like to see the movie. ~ D
  • Haymitch because he is the kind of person who acts like he doesn't care, but he does. Every good book/movie needs a loving drunk. ~ C
  • Cinna because he is supportive of Katniss. He is from the Capitol, but he still is against it, and does not believe in the Games. This shows that there is more than black & white to each cause. ~ R

Monday, March 19, 2012

FREE TICKETS ~ May the odds be ever in your favor

Countdown to The Games! This Friday, March 23rd brings the release of The Hunger Games – the movie. I know when I first read the book, I couldn’t put it down. It was tense, compelling, and thought-provoking. I don’t think I need to entice any of you to read this fabulous series; so many of you already have. But if you are among the few that haven’t, what are you waiting for?

And now, the SC library is offering you a chance to see the movie. Stop by Ms. Jordan’s desk to enter our drawing for 2 free tickets to the movie or a great poster of the movie’s stars. The drawing will be held this Friday, March 23rd. Your entry includes a short, written response that asks you identify your favorite character in the story and explain why you chose that someone. Entries will be posted in the library.

It isn’t often a book and its movie generate this much interest and discussion. I love that all of you readers have had such influence!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Neuroscience suggests that reading fiction improves your social skills.
...individuals who frequently read fiction seem to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and see the world from their perspective.
...as we identify with characters’ longings and frustrations, guess at their hidden motives and track their encounters with friends and enemies, neighbors and lovers. It is an exercise that hones our real-life social skills...
Read more
Your Brain on Fiction
by Annie Murphy Paul

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not Your Average Bookstores

Wow! Click to see more photos.
With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not.  (from Flavorwire)
The Honesty Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, UK [via]
Assouline Books, Paris, France [via]
Livraria Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil [via]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

And the Oscar goes to...

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore for Best Animated Short. Not a single spoken word is uttered, but thousands of hand-painted books were created for William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s film. Play the trailer above or better yet -- view the complete 15 minute movie on YouTube. Then decide if it depicts "the curative powers of story" (according to the filmmakers) or "a dire warning against the fetishization of books" (see New Yorker article). Photo & Film: Moonbot Studios