Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Teen Tech Week is a new initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association to connect teens with library technology.
Teen Tech Week is the first week in March and this year the Farmington Library will be celebrating by asking teens to use the software and equipment in the teen area to create the 'Ultimate Library Soundtrack'. What songs do you think represent the Farmington Library? What singers and musician? Does the Farmington Library 'Party Like It's 1999' ?????
You may use your own software or equipment at home, but you can also use the iMac Computers, Garage Band & iTunes software here at the library. Turn in your 'Ultimate Library Soundtrack' to the me by Thursday March 6th. The winner will be announced and a fabulous prize will be awarded at the Teen Advisory Board meeting on Friday March 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Good Luck and I can't wait to listen to some fabulous tunes!
Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen
"Soldier's Heart is a book about the civil war. It is about a First Minnesota Volunteer named Charley and his experience in the Civil War. The book showed that people would see their brothers die in front of their eyes but they couldn't do anything about it. This book was a great book and I would rate it an 8 1/2 out of 10 stars. It shows that Charley has a soldier's heart. The book Soldier's Heart is an amazing book.Gary Paulsen has written tons of great books especially for boys:
This book teaches a great many things about the civil war. One thing it shows is that the Confederate army was so poorly dressed. They wore rags and had fabric wrapped around their feet. This is because most of the textile mills were in the North. Also both sides had strong armies in each battle hundreds of people died. In the Battle of Gettysburg both sides lost thousands of men. Even though the confederate army was poorly dressed they still fought with bravery. Even so many of both armies fell they still fought on. Each side of the army had people cheering for them. When Charley was on a train to Fort Shelling he said people were along the tracks cheering. Even in the south the slaves were routing for the Union. One slave even came up to Charley and gave him a sweet roll and said,
"Thank you for what you are doing. I hope God keeps you safe from harm and brings you back to your family."
I would give this book 81/2 out of 10 stars. This is because the book wasn't as descriptive as a book with 10 stars is. It doesn't bring you to the battle scene as if you were in it. It would appeal to people who like war books. It would also appeal to people who like books about survivors. People who live through challenges, even when they are against all odds. This is what happens to Charley at the Battle of Gettysburg when the whole Union is commanded to retreat when the Confederates breech the wall, except for the First Minnesota Volunteers. This is why I would give it 81/2 out of 10. Go to your library and check out Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen. "
reviewed by Ismaeel
His books are full of action, excitement and humor. Check out Soldier's Heart or one of his other books today!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The party was totally awesome and I'm pretty sure that everyone had a great time. Several teams competed in the "Finish the Romance Novel" writing competition:
and everyone seemed to love the "Chocolate Clay Sculpture" competition as well:
Great job to all of the fabulous competitors and I can't wait to have this party again next year!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is director Tim Burton's most recent creation staring none other than Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. In the film, based on a musical of the same name, Depp plays a vengeful murderous barber with Carter playing a pie shop owner who works below his barbershop. After 5 years of being banished by a corrupt judge envious of Todd's wife, Todd comes back to have revenge on him in addition to most of English society.
Depp does remarkably well as the role of one of the more challenging baritone parts in musical theater. Helena Bohnam Carter plays a convincing role as the pie maker using Depp's victems corpses as meat for the meat pies.
Over all the movie was done masterfully with a good script and fantastic character developement. The only drawback would be the fact that this film needs a warning for the squeemish. At some points during the movie one starts to question if the immense gore is really able to be properly vindicated or whether it is simply overkill.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Check out this awesome book trailer I found on YouTube! We should totally try to make a few of these for books that we have read and loved. Let me know if you are interested, and we'll get some ideas going about a possible book to make a movie for.