ages 11-18

The Poet's Voice

andrew motion

A spanking new website will now allow you to listen to your favorite English-language poets read their own works.
The Poetry Archive, under the auspices of Andrew Motion, the poet laureate of Britain, is nothing if not impressive.
You can browse by poets, titles, theme and poetic forms. Try out ones by Margaret Atwood; Seamus Heaney and Allen Ginsberg.
There is even an entire archive for children.

Furuba Discussion thread--books 7-9

Fruits Basket: Tohru Freaks
Tohru Freaking Out. Nuff said.

*****************Thank your for coming to MC Otakon!!************************
********************I feel rather deaf after that wonderful, but very loud program***************

Now that all the books have (hopefully) found their new owners, let's start the conversation. For everyone reading at the moment, please tell me ONE Incident/Situation/Chapter in the new books that made you:
a) Laugh
b)Get emotional
c) Want to throw the book across the room

My thoughts, plus a surprise after the break.

The Future Animanga Clubs: More of what you want

If anyone has specific manga you want to talk about, or anime you want to see, write your ideas down here. I will be taking them into consideration for upcoming Animanga club programs.

Just to let you know, we will be having a Naruto-themed program, with dibs on new library copies of the manga (sorry, giving away a lot of free manga, which I would prefer, is expensive!). I don't have the exact Animanga Club date for that set yet, but keep your eyes open for the new Axis (coming soon!) and mark your calendars accordingly.

Basketball is not just about the NCAA

Streetball:All the Ballers, Moves, Slams and Shine by Chris Palmer is a flashy spread on the urban streetball phenomenon, also featured on ESPN's program http://espn.go.com/eoe/streetball. Palmer has collaborated with And 1, a highly successful basketball apparel company, to produce this overview and to promote their Mix Tape Tours dvd's. You can read about the rise of streetball players like Rafer Alston to the NBA and other players who started out at the now famous New York's Rucker Park. In years past, many of these players succumbed to drugs but with the support of sports organizations, this is not a current trend. Many pictures of guys like Sik Wit It, Prime and Escalade fill these pages along with a fascinating history of the sport.

AADL-GT Round 4 Results

AADL-GT Pad Logo
AADL-GT: Ann Arbor District Library Game Tournaments

Round 4, Thanksgiving weekend, marked the end of the AADL-GT Regular season, and heading into the Grand Championships, the competition is intense and the stakes are high. Round 4 saw many new faces, several powerful rookies, and a skill vacuum as [gtplayer:143] and his brother, [gtplayer:146] were unable to attend. Perhaps the most important moment of Round 4 was the definitive discovery of the fact that Eli apparently made up the phrase 'Master Shell', despite the fact that I'm certain it was called that in some manual somewhere.

Read on for full Round 4 details.

The Harry Potter Movie: reviews requested

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

Its been two(?) weeks since the movie came out, so I think we don't have to worry too much about spoiling it for anyone. What did people think? Did it do justice to Book 4?

The Economist for kids

The Economist may be a respected international newsmagazine, but it’s also great for students. Every issue has useful sections on each continent or geographic region of the world. In the table of contents you can see which particular countries are covered in that issue. There are short summaries of recent newsworthy events, longer articles, and plenty of maps, graphs, statistics, and pictures. While the focus is on economics, they cover the full range of news events in every corner of the globe. It’s perfect for country reports, current events assignments, or just to impress your social studies teacher! (Read More)

The Vanishing Point by Louise Hawes

The Vanishing Point by Louise Hawes is the story of Lavinia Fontana, daughter of painter Prospero Fontana. In sixteenth century Bologna, it was difficult for a woman painter to be trained and receive recognition. Lavinia finds a way with the help of Paolo, an apprentice of her father's, who passes off her paintings as his own. When her father learns what's happened, he allows her to train with him. Mixed in with this story is a budding romance with Paolo and Lavinia's intervention in a family conflict. A great read for historical fiction fans.

Hip-Hop Says READ!

JayZ

Eve thinks you should read Toni Morrison's Bluest Eye while Jay-Z recommends "Keep Ya Head Up" by Tupac. You can find these recommendations and more on The Hip Hop Reader, an "interactive website created to increase and enhance the reading habits, Internet usage, and civic engagement of urban high school students." Funded by Verizon, the first Hip Hop reader program is being tested in NYC right now, and features a point system (for students in public NYC high schools), where they can purchase prizes after reading from the Leadership Council's selections. The council includes Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Eve and others. Check out the reading lists, too.

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

Librarian Rex Libris
He's Rex Libris, the new superhero librarian!

This a public service announcement for anyone worried about Black Helicopters and Roswell, among other things: throw out your tinfoil helmets.

It has long been suspected that the government has been using satellites to read and control the minds of certain citizens. The use of aluminum helmets has been a common guerrilla tactic against the government's invasive tactics [1]. Surprisingly, these helmets can in fact help the government spy on citizens by amplifying certain key frequency ranges reserved for government use. In addition, none of the three helmets we analyzed provided significant attenuation to most frequency bands.

Study in full.

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