Favorite Sports to Watch Ice skating and gymnastics plus the winter events at the Olympics
Favorite Sports to Do Hiking and swimming
Favorite Food Mexican stuff
Places Outside the U.S. I'd Like to Go Just about anywhere!
Places I Have Lived Born in Denver! Around the metro area I've lived in Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Golden, Glendale, and Westminster. I've also lived in Topeka, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Detroit, Mich.; Urbana, Hoffman Estates, and Schaumberg, Ill.; and Heilbronn, Germany.
Do I Have a Pet I have three cats at the moment - Cocoa, Thomas, and Mina. They are all rescued kitties.
If you have other questions for me, you know where to find me!
You can get more information about the test, as well as tons of other information about planning for college here. And we have tons of study guides for the ACT and SAT. But the ACT website has a handy little tool for those of you getting ready to take this multi-subject test. It’s a Question of the Day feature. Every day you’ll get a new question, straight from the ACT exam. Get today’s question here!
Instead of just lounging around during that lazy week between Christmas and the New Year, why not take in a movie? This Winter Break, teens can come to Standley Lake Library to lean back, have some popcorn and enjoy an afternoon at the movies. We'll be showing The Princess Bride! Reservations are not required. Space is limited, so be sure to show up early!
Jazz is the one true American art form. Jazz music has significantly evolved over the years, fully encompassing creativity and spontaneity. The trademark of jazz is improvisation: no performance is the same. Its roots can be traced back to the southern U.S., where African Americans are credited for its beginnings. Since then jazz has evolved into bebop, Latin jazz, free jazz, jazz fusion, acid jazz, and finally new jazz. Musicians are constantly experimenting between big-band styles and smaller “combo” setup. Jazz is flexible: the only musical genre without a clear-cut definition or rules. “Jazzers” have true freedom to push the envelope of established music and create something completely new. In this way, jazz is a living art form, and to hear it is to experience history in the making. Denver is a hotspot for new jazz and famous jazz musicians. There are many jazz clubs around town, cool low-cost places where you are guaranteed to hear new, exciting styles of jazz music. Some well-known jazz venues include Dazzle, the D Note, and the Mercury Cafe.
1. As a kinesthetic learner (meaning I have to move to retain new information), I like the motion of kinetic typography. I pay attention because I wonder what the shapes are going to look like in the end.
2. I am always interested in how language is changing and how it’s the teenage generation that pushes new words into acceptance. This essay on language by Stephen Fry discusses why it's not a bad thing.
For more about this kind of animation, search "kinetic typography" in YouTube. There are videos on all sorts of topics using it.
Celebrate the end of the semester by dancing your feet off in a game of Dance Dance Revolution! We'll have multiple games going with multiple pads! Standley Lake Library Drop by between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16th.
If you haven't read Shiver yet, I recommend you get it on your list!
Either way, be sure and check out the paper doll characters that Ms. Stiefvater created to go along with the novel. Awesome!
After you've printed and cut out the dolls & clothes, you can design some new clothes and play a little game called WWGW? (what would Grace Wear?) and WWSW? (what would Sam wear?) Hmmmm, what would Sam wear in the winter? Fur? Oh no, is that a spoiler?
I better end this before I give away anything else!
Check out these frightening reads available at your library!
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan Mary has grown up in a small village surrounded by a chain link fence. Why the fence? To keep out the hordes of “unconsecrated,” aka zombies, surrounding the village. When the village is breached Mary must decide to follow the path leading to an unknown destination or to flee to safety of the trees.
Fallen by Lauren Kate Luce is sent to the Sword & Cross boarding school as the alternative to prison after the mysterious death of her last boyfriend. On her first day she meets Daniel Grigori. Will he be the key to the dark malevolent shadows that have haunted Luce throughout her life?
Sleepless by Thomas Fahy After students from St. Opportuna High return from a school trip to repair damaged homes in New Orleans they begin to have nightmares and start sleepwalking. Emma and Jake must unravel the mystery of the nightmares before more students end up dead. What really happened in New Orleans?
Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman Jacob discovers he is invincible when he survives a car accident that kills his foster father. Jacob also finds out he can pass his powers on to other people in death’s path but for every life saved, someone else must die.
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck At first Kerry is thrilled when she is asked to join the popular clique at school. After the top three members of the clique are killed in a car accident Kerry starts receiving eerie text messages from the dead girls on her phone.
Favorite Teen Book I just finished After by Amy Efaw because I’d wanted to read it after I saw this totally awesome and disturbing diorama at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference. And since Amy will be here next month for the Teen Writing Workshop, I figured there’s no time like the present.
As a relatively new mom, it was a really intense read. A week later I still find myself thinking about Devon and her choices and fears. Mostly I hope the girls I know will give me and others the opportunity to help them if they ever find themselves in trouble.
Favorite Sport to Watch Irish rugby. What in intense sport!
Favorite Sport to Do Meh. I’m learning to knit. Can I count knitting as a sport? I like swimming but I don’t get to do it often. I’ve actually taken up knitting so I don’t feel so bad about all the tv I watch (see above).
Favorite Food to Make New England boiled dinner. Easy, salty and delicious.
Favorite Food to Eat Shepherd’s pie. With beef, not lamb. I don’t eat baby sheep.
Places Outside the U.S. I Would Like to Go Europe, generally. I’ve been to Ireland, France, and the Netherlands, and I’d go back in an instant. But I’d also like to see England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Spain, Vienna, etc., etc. And St. Petersburg. And British Columbia. I’d like to go to Australia, but I have a rule about travel: I have to spend one day at the destination for every hour of flight time it takes to get there. So I would need a bit more vacation for Australia.
Places I Have Lived New York, Florida, Colorado, California, Colorado (again), Illinois and Colorado (again).
Do I Have a Pet? A dog, a cat, a baby/toddler and a husband
Internet celebrity Stephen does American Sign Language to songs, in this case Jonathan Coulton's Re: Your Brains. If you're interested in what the signs mean, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQYjZc7gKXc click through and check out the more info under the video.
I’m not necessarily a big Taylor Swift fan, but I do know that she writes songs about people in her life and experiences she’d had. And I like to know the true story behind those songs. If you’ve heard Swift’s new album, Speak Now, perhaps you’d like to know who each of the songs are about too!