Saturday, July 19, 2014

Two YA authors of diversity we will miss

Author and LGBT activist Nancy Garden, most widely known for her groundbreaking YA novel Annie on My Mind died on June 23 of a heart attack. She was 76.
 
The ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work "for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Garden won the annual award in 2003, when the panel cited Annie on My Mind alone and called her "the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending ... Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves."
"2003 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner", American Library Association, March 15, 2007.
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/bookawards/margaretaedwards/maeprevious/2003nancygarden (Accessed July 19, 2014)
 


Author Walter Dean Myers, lauded for his vivid portrayals of the lives of African American children, died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old. 

His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Poem of the Month

Notes on the Art of Poetry
by Dylan Thomas


I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,,,
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,, ,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Always wished you could go to Hogwarts?


Thanks to the Wizengamot, the British and American Ministry of Magics and a handful of tech-friendly professors from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry , a Hogwarts education has now become available online to all aspiring witches and wizards.

You are now able to enroll at Hogwarts, collect your textbooks and begin taking our 9-week courses online. You can now progress through all seven years of schooling and be assigned a professor, homework assignments, quizzes and more.

Meet other students online by joining a House dormitory, chat with others in the Common Room, browse and contribute to the Hogwarts Library, collect chocolate frog cards, earn galleons & house points and so much more.

Thanks to the efforts and resources (plus a little magic) from the Wizard-Muggle Integration Movement, this online Hogwarts experience and education is entirely free (supported with Google ads). With a lot of passion from fans and with extraordinary creativity, anything is possible.

 
Enroll at your own risk. Read the FAQs first!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vintage Teen Extravaganza

Spark a reaction with childhood memories!

Dress up in your favorite childhood-inspired outfits and join us for Harry Potter and Disney trivia, fort-building, red light/green light, legos, friendship bracelets, and more!

Ages 12-17. No registration.
Tuesday, July 15th from 3-4:30 pm
College Hill

Friday, July 11, 2014

Top Ten Best Bands That Are Not In The Pop Genre

10: Evanescence
9: The Fray
8: R.E.M.
7: Green Day
6: Panic! At The Disco
5: Fall Out Boy
4: My Chemical Romance
3: Pierce The Veil
2: Coldplay
1: Nirvana

Please keep in mind that this is my opinion.