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Teen Afterschool @ Forest Lawn Library

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Forest Lawn Library is the place to be after school this fall!

Every Monday through Thursday, starting September 19th, Forest Lawn Library is having afterschool programming for teens in grades 7 -12. There is something for everyone --here is a brief look at some of the exciting programs that are happening:

On September 21st and 28th the branch is hosting a drawing workshop with a focus on comics (anime and western-style), video games, and animated film. On the first day teens will be introduced to the basics, while day two will build on the techniques and tricks learned and focus on more advanced character design and techniques.

Did you know that you can build a robot that can solve a rubics cube? Play a perfect game of Wii bowling? Well... during the Robotics program on November 9th and 16th you can come try your hand at the LEGO Mindstorm Robot and see what you make a robot do. We also have some battling robots amongst others.

If you want to try your hand at Cake Decorating, there will be Cupcake Decorating on September 28th. Our Fashion Design program might start you on the path to Project Runway Canada. You can bring 3 clothing items and learn how to do everything from hemming, sewing on buttons, mending, and simple alterations. That’s just the first week. In the second week you’ll get the chance to remodel your clothes: make regular jeans "skinny", update last year’s wardrobe to current style, or just create your own unique styles.

If you’re into Anime and Manga, join the Anime Club! Come watch Anime movies, receive prizes and vote on which movies the club watches.

All of these programs are just the tip of the iceberg; in addition, Forest Lawn is also hosting Yoga, the City of Calgary L.E.A.D. program, Scrapbooking, Blogging, Basic Budgeting hosted by Momentum, Filpbook Animation, Gaming and Karaoke, Volunteer Opportunities, Red Cross Certified Babysitting Course, Nutrition and Cooking, Knitting and Crocheting and more.

Check out all the programs this fall at Forest Lawn!

Thanks to our guest blogger, Jan, for updating us on all these sweet programs!

Shiver our Timbers --Int'l Talk like a Pirate Day

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

What started out as a search for one or two books to tweet about on International Talk like a Pirate Day (Sept 19th 2011) has totally renewed my intense love for the whole scallywag genre.

Here are our top picks for Best Teen Pirate Fiction, and a couple of other fun things from Calgary Public Library. Avast-Ye!

Pirates: The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates – If Historical Fiction is your thing, check out this exciting book about two young women from the 18C who are both trying to escape lives of subjugation in the West Indies. They travel the world, they look for treasure, and it’s historically accurate! Look for it in Electronic Resources, too!

Steel – This is a fantasy novel about Jill, a high school student and competitive fencer who finds herself magically transported onto a Pirate Ship when she’s SUPPOSED to be on family vacay in the Bahamas. All I can say is it’s a good thing she’s a fencer and not a Cosmetology major.

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean – Yeah, you read that right. It’s a paranormal fiction cross-over. But it’s got everything you could possibly want from either genre! Orphaned twins separated by miles of tempestuous ocean, swashbuckling swordfights and treasure hunts, and a crew of bloodsucking undead. Like Miley always says, you get the best of both worlds!

The always-hilarious and super-fun “One Piece” is a great example of pirates in Manga. Monkey D. Luffy’s body has the wonderful properties of rubber, which are super handy in some situations, but not so much when it comes to swimming. Still! He’s not gonna let that stand in the way of him becoming a pirate, or finding the greatest treasure in the world, the legendary One Piece.

We also have all the classics, like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (available in hardcover, electronic copy, graphic novel, audiobook, DVD, Muppet-version… you name it!) and the popular standard Pirates of the Carribbean – we have all the DVDs and Blu-Rays (with the new one on order so you can already place holds), Soundtracks, Visual Movie Guides, The Pirate's Code --Guidelines, and the awesome children’s books about Young Captain Jack (on the paperback spinners).

And one last tidbit… if you’re struggling with your Arr’s and Aye’s, your Calgary Public Library card gets you a free subscription to Mango Languages, including their pirate translator!

School Daze

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Back-to-school blues got you down? Check out this list of sweet school-day movies that the Movie Maniacs made --- just for teens!

All of them are available from the Calgary Public Library!

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Potter Passport

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Harry Potters

You guys aren’t going to believe this. It’s seriously the best thing EVER and I’m not even just saying that. This is going to be the highlight of my life. Well… it’ll make Top 5 at LEAST.

Cineplex Sunridge and Chinook are offering HARRY POTTER PASSPORTS for $24.99 that will allow you to see the first SEVEN MOVIES again on the BIG SCREEN, as well as buy advance passes for the last movie on July 15th. It also gives you a chance to win a trip to London for the premiere, and you can download a copy of any of the first movies at a discounted price.

Yeah, I know, right?

The only catch is that they’re only offering two showings per movie, so if you can’t make them, you’re going to miss it.

Still, that’s better than trying to cram all seven of them in on July 14th (I realized the hard way that movie marathons stopped working after OOTP came out…)

If you’re fan-girling/boying as hard over this as I am, comment on this blog about the geekiest thing you've ever done in the name of Harry Potter. I’ll go first (in the comments section).

Gringott’s account is a little low on sickles at the moment? You can always check out all 7 of the released films on DVD or Blu-Ray from the Calgary Public Library!!!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1

And just in case you guys need a little something extra to tide you over, you HAVE to check out Team Starkid. Their phenomenal shows “A Very Potter Musical” and “A Very Potter Sequel” are TOTALLY AWESOME. If you haven’t seen them yet, I won’t spoil the fun, but you’re going to LOVE gLee’s Darren Criss as Harry, and he’s not even the best part!

I love Kung FUUUUUUU!

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Skadooosh!Hey all!

CPL’s Movie Maniacs Blog is holding a contest giving away free tickets to KUNG FU PANDA 2!! All you have to do is follow this link to the Movie Maniacs page, where they ask you to leave a comment naming any ONE person who voice-acted in the first movie (it’s almost TOO easy). Don’t forget to leave a name and number they can reach you at!

The Hunger Games Dream Cast

by Alexandra May - 2 Comment(s)

IMDB Hunger GamesSo the casting of “The Hunger Games” was pretty high on my radar for a while there, but I just couldn’t keep up with the constant drama that Hollywood was putting us through – Who’s going to be the perfect Katniss? How do we please Team Gale and Team Peeta at the same time? What ethnicity is Rue supposed to be anyways? At any rate, I checked a couple of days ago, and most of the cast now looks set in stone. Here’s the problem… aside from Josh Hutcherson being cast as Peeta (…WHAT?!?! Adorable little Josh from Bridge to Terabithia is now old enough to play hunky Peeta!??!?!), and Elizabeth Banks being cast as Effie… I realized I have NO IDEA WHO ANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE! A preliminary search of IMDB told me that the guy playing Gale used to date Miley Cyrus, and the girl playing Katniss was in this movie that surprised everyone at the Oscars last year. But I have seriously never heard of any of them before! So here’s my question: Is a cast of relative Unknowns better than an All-Star cast? Will this help separate Suzanne Collin’s characters from other characters that better-known actors have played before? (I once watched a movie that had Rupert Grint in it, and I was like “Ron Weasley? What are you doing here?) And finally… if you could have your ultimate Dream Cast, who would star in The Hunger Games?

A "Beast" of a Contest!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

"Beastly", the new movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer was released Friday, ranking 3rd in Box Office Hits for the weekend. If you haven't heard already, it's the modern re-telling of 'Beauty and the Beast', and it's getting some really great reviews. What's more, all our copies (and E-Copies) of the original book keep whizzing off the shelves, so put yours on hold now!

CPL's TeenZone Blog, Movie Maniacs Blog and Interact PR are teaming up to bring you one 'beast' of a contest to celebrate the release of the movie!

To win one of our book prizes, just comment on this blog post with the title of one OTHER novel by 'Beastly' author Alex Flinn, which you can find through the library catalogue. Make sure to leave your full name (the one you use for your Library Card) so we can contact you and get you your prize!

You can also come to Crowfoot Library, Shawnessy Library, or the 2nd Floors at Central and Fish Creek Libraries this weekend (March 11-13), to pick up some cool 'Beastly' swag, including posters, notebooks, and some phenomenal bag charms! Come to the desk and say "BEASTLY" -- prizes will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Who Chooses What You Read?

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Freedom to Read Week happens every year and is a chance for us all to think about our right to choose what we read. Every year our right to read what we want to is challenged in many ways. Books are often banned, reporters lose their jobs because of opinions they are expressing, and often material is not even published or purchased because of its content. So, we are holding a contest to celebrate the freedom to read!

Here are the rules:

Express your thoughts on the freedom to read with words, film or graphic arts.

Choose one of the following methods:

Make a poster: draw, paint, or use photography and other graphic arts (8 ½ x 14” or 11 x 17”)

Write: a poem, short story, or essay (max. 300 words)

Create a film: (3 min. or less)

All content must be original, except for short, cited quotations.

Criteria:
1. Persuade an audience and support your point of view.
2. Use techniques of form effectively to engage an audience.

Contest is open to Calgary students in Grades 7 – 9. Include your name, school, grade, and telephone number with your entry. Enter by email: freedomtoread@calgarypubliclibrary.com AND upload to Teens Create (http://www.calgarypubliclibrary.com/teenscreate); OR submit your hardcopy to any Calgary Public Library location. One entry per person. Entries must be received no later than Wednesday February 9th 2011.

And of course...there will be prizes!

One Book One Calgary One Contest!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

The Calgary Public Library challenges teens to a book trailer competition! Enter to win!

Step 1: Be part of a conversation - One Book One Calgary

What is One Book One Calgary? Well, it's big. Very big. Evenyone in Calgary - your mom, your sister, your grandfather - is going to be reading the same book, at the same time. To participate...

Step 2: Grab the book at your local library!

Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta is this year’s One Book One Calgary pick and it is full of quirky facts about Alberta’s mavericks – like did you know that Ralph Klein’s dad was a Stampede wrestler called ‘The Phantom’? To find out more, read the book and….

Step 3: Make a book trailer!

Just like a movie trailer, a book trailer is a short video that promotes a book. Try to keep your trailer no longer than 2 minutes, but otherwise be creative! Search online for book trailers to find examples and resources (click here and here for two awesome examples of Mavericks book trailers). In the book trailer show us your favourite Mavericks - and what you think is important, funny, or notable about Calgary as a city - and what makes us Mavericks. Then...

Step 4: Submit online and enter to win!

Upload your video to YouTube, or Google Video. Then, go to the library's Teens Create website, create an account and link your video to it for a chance to WIN! We're giving away iPod shuffles, iTunes gift cards - and much more. Contest ends November 30th at 11:59pm.

Choose your own adventure...

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Have you ever read a book and been totally disappointed by the ending?

Here are some books with famously disappointing endings:

And I'm sure you can name a few more...

I just barely finished I am the Messenger. I loved it but found that the character introduced in the last chapter to resolve the mystery was contrived and unbelievable. My disappointment caught me off guard because the other Markus Zusak books I've read were totally amazing. I tried to think of an improved conclusion for I am the Messenger, but decided that it is easier to criticize than it is to come up with a better idea.

I suppose it is not that uncommon to want a different outcome for a story. I guess this is partly why the idea of Choose Your Own Adventure is so appealing...

Choose Your Own Adventure came into being during the 1980s and was hugely popular throughout the 80s-90s. In 2005 the series was relaunched and remains quite popular today.

I enjoy Choose Your Own Adventure for many reasons. A world where you can select a variety of outcomes for your character is empowering and more complex than our generally linear approach to time and place. It embraces the idea of alternate realities existing concurrently and gives the reader the ability to see the outcomes of different decisions (the future) and explore these possibilities. The reader is more fully engaged in the creation of the story.

Some really cool movies have played with this idea too. The Butterfly Effect, Hot Tub Time Machine and of course, the classic Groundhog Day. In each of these movies, the results of decisions the character makes are played out in alternate lives. Much like a choose your own adventure, these films give us the satisfaction of seeing the many possible futures that can result from a character's choice.

More recently, the publishing company Simon and Schuster is taking choose your own adventure to a new level. They have launched an eBook for teens that invites the readers to vote on the outcome of the story. While an individual user will not have total power to choose their own adventure, their vote will count. Ultimately, the author (Jodi Lynn Anderson) is surrendering control of the storyline. The book, Loser/Queen is a serial and accepts votes from users on a weekly basis. It represents a new publishing format - the reader-composed novel. I'm interested to see how this catches on. It strikes me as a very successful venture from a marketing standpoint, what I'm curious about is how having reader guided text will affect the story in terms of quality and plotline. It'll be neat to see what readers choose--will it be a "happy" ending?

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