The Mermaid’s Mirror was just begging for a sequel, wasn’t it? It’s because there was a sequel planned until the author was recently diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. So instead of starting her sequel, she wrote this eloquent “goodbye” to her friends and fans. She died on Wednesday, February 23rd.
For those if you that aren’t familiar, Lisa Kay Wolfson is (was?) the author of the 2010 William C. Morris Award for Flash Burnout and had most recently published The Mermaid’s Mirror. She survived breast cancer at age 27 and lived to realize her dreams of becoming a mother and a published author. She is survived by her husband, Neil, and teenaged son, Nathan.
She had many more stories to tell. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to help her live forever - by rereading her books.
Build Festive Bird Nest Bowls out of shredded paper and glue. Use these decorative bowls to store change, keys or other small treasures. We will also be discussing what your favorite book of all time is. All supplies will be provided. (It's never too early to start coming up with free home-made Mother's Day gifts!!)
The Standley Lake Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) discussed their favorite movies plus what’s coming out that we’re excited to see.
The Social Network – It was an eye opening experience of what we use every day. It was also very entertaining and the actors were believable.
Megamind – It just looks so funny! It must be - it has Will Ferrell in it. It has an interesting plot line because evil becomes the hero and that’s very rare in entertainment.
Shutter Island – It was really creepy and mind twisting! It is suspense, not horror, but still very scary. It keeps you guessing until the very end. Some of the scenes were very creative and arty, so it was a piece of art too.
Inception – Mind boggling. Don’t get up to go to the bathroom in the middle or you will be entirely lost. It puts a new idea on dreams.
A Nightmare on Elm Street– It ruined Freddy Kruger! The graphics were really good and there was an adequate amount of blood. TAB member Jack was scared even though he armed himself to watch it!
Easy A– Loosely based on The Scarlet Letter and is similar to some high schools. It’s funny but poignant.
Red– It’s the one with middle-aged people who were ex-secret agents. How could that not be good?
The A-Team – So funny and a good connection with the old A-Team. It’s worth seeing more than once!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1! – Our generation is epicly excited for it! We don’t care if the rest of the movies have failed, we’re excited about seeing it on the big screen! It reminds us of the fabulous A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel as the only good spoof off Harry Potter.
Sherlock Holmes – Very good score, very good cinematography, but weak plot! It was stereotypical but good acting and amazing magical scenes.
Robin Hood – The recent one with Russell Crowe was either terrible or awesome! Vicki liked it because she likes the Robin Hood story and it brought him to life, plus she liked the history of how he became Robin Hood. Peter felt the plot was weak and typical.
Alice in Wonderland– The most recent Tim Burton and we loooooove Tim Burton! (At least, Ava does.) This reminds Alyssa of a Syfy movie called Alice with Andrew Lee Potts (swoon!). He is the best hatter in the world! It is a must see movie.
Bonus entry: Wicked (the musical) – Amazing! It’s about Elphaba as an anti-hero, showing the bad side of Oz. And the wizard – ohh, the wizard.
Are you working on a short video to enter in our Teen Tech Week contest? Remember, it's a video advertising our summer reading club and winners will be used all summer long! The deadline is February 28th.
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
The self-assured Jane Eyre becomes governess at Edward Rochester's mansion, where she and the master fall in love.
The one I’m most excited about: Beasty by Alex Flinn, is due out March 18th. In the book, Aiden is covered in fur and claws, so there is some discussion of whether the movie version of the “beast” is appropriate. But I like the look! What do you think?
Here’s the summary: A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. He introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus's animal trainer); and to Rosie, the seemingly untrainable elephant Jacob cares for.
What movie are you anxiously awaiting this spring?
You’ve seen a trailer for a movie. You get excited and watch it over and over, jonsing for the day the movie is released. You know to be annoyed when they show all the best scenes in the trailer and then the movie is a disappointment. But what if telling the best parts was a good thing? That’s how a book trailer works – it’s about a book instead of a movie and it tells you the best part in hopes that you will be interested in reading the book.
We librariansadore a goodbooktrailer and watch them all the time! Here are some resources to help you get started in making trailers about your favorite books.
Watch book trailers to get ideas for how they work. Search YouTube for the name of a book you enjoyed to find samples. Or just search for “book trailers” to see what’s out there.
Read the book! You can’t make a good trailer from a book you haven’t read. Find that pivotal scene that makes the book fabulous for you and figure out a simple way to express it, using motion video or still photos. Write a script to go over the visuals and choose some appropriate (and copyright free) music.
There are free movie programs available. If you have Microsoft Windows on your computer, you probably have Windows Movie Maker; Mac users likely have iMovie. If you need an online movie maker, try Animoto, Digital Storyteller, or Prezi.
Keep your trailer short! Most commercials are only 30 seconds. Good videos can go up to about 4 minutes but they better be interesting to be longer than a minute or two!
Once it’s done, post your trailer on YouTube and send us the address! You can leave it in the comments section below. We would love to see it and may even feature it on our blog.
Looking to get a job in 2011? Teens interested in learning the ins and outs of the job market are invited to a special program hosted by Jefferson County Public Library. Presenters from the Jefferson County Workforce Center will guide teens through the process of finding their first job, filling out applications and interviewing.
Belmar Library 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15
Evergreen Library 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16
Golden Library 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17
Arvada Library 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Wheat Ridge Library 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
Reservations are not required. Participants are encouraged to arrive early.
Did you love the Redwall series? It was the one about the animals who live in an abbey and fight evil in epic battles. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you, even if you didn’t read all 21 volumes.
Redwall’s author, Brian Jacques, died this weekend. He was 71.
Thank you, Mr. Jacques, for your amazing stories! You will be missed.
JCPL is having a video contest for Teen Tech Week (March 6-12)! Show us your acting, editing, directing, and production skills with a short video advertising the Library's Summer Reading Club! Our theme this year focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. We're calling it: Summer! Enjoy Living Free! and we’re looking for videos that convey the idea of the summer as free, promote the free programs offered by JCPL, and any ideas that show a way to release one's self from stress, etc. Be creative! What does 'Summer! Enjoy Living Free!" paired with the library mean to you?
Videos will be judged on the following criteria; creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. Be sure to review the criteria, terms and conditions for more detail or ask your local teen services librarians. Entries will be accepted through Feb. 28.
Get your camera fired up, your friends cast, and show us your filmmaking talent!
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