Every spring, we at the Evergreen reference desk get scores of questions about daily life in Shakespearean England. What did ordinary people wear? How did life in the country differ from life in the city? What holidays did people celebrate? Nerd Alert: I love these questions. They give me an opportunity to use one of my favorite databases, Daily Life Through History.
Daily Life Through History covers thousands of years of history in virtually every corner of the world, from the Australian Aborigines of 10,000 years ago to 1943’s Zoot Suit Riots. It includes articles on eras and analysis of historical events and culture. Within each era are articles about families, entertainment, literature, and other aspects of domestic life. You can browse topics or search for specific information. Plus, there are photos, maps, and videos, too. Next time you have a daunting project for history or English, ask your friendly librarian about Daily Life Through History.
It is 70 years in the future- chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is rare, water is rationed and New York City is full of crime and poverty. Anya’s life is almost normal (she goes to school, tends to her grandmother and siblings) despite everything until her ex boyfriend is poisoned by the chocolate her family makes. She finds herself in the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family. I loved this suspenseful fantasy very much. Of course, the title also reminded me of one of my favorite Killers’ songs of the same title.
ANOTHER Shakespeare movie?! Yes, indeed! And this one is directed by Joss Whedon, of Marvel Avenger's, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, and Toy Story fame. He is a multi-talented guy who writes scripts and comic books as well as directs. Some of his more notable comic books include Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel: After the Fall.
So why Shakespeare? Why not!? Much Ado About Nothing, written over 400 years ago, is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies -- offering up lively humor, intersperced with thoughtful meditations on politics, honor and the nature of shame. Plus, no one dies! Yay!
Whedon's take on Much Ado is shot in a very arty black and white which renders up each face in loving, graphic detail; perfectly complimenting the slamming wit of our beloved bard.
Join us at 1:00 pm, Saturday June 1st at Standley Lake Library for an all-time favorite movie. Feel free to come in costume! Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. Watch the trailer for a preview! Kick off the summer in style and don't forget to sign up for the summer reading program to receive a free book, prizes and more.
Looking for something to do this week? Check out these upcoming events at the Library:
Teen SRC Kick off Event
Help us celebrate the Teen Summer Reading Club: Beneath the Surface at this library event. The teen librarian will help you register for the Summer Reading Club. We will have crafts, wii game station and snacks.
Lakewood Library - Saturday, June 1st 1-3
Join us for a newly released feature film! Ages 11-18. Popcorn provided by the Landmark Theatre in Olde Town Arvada!
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, June 1st 1-4
Join us for a movie and a craft. Wondering what movie we'll be showing? Check the teen facebook page for clues.
Belmar Library - Monday, June 3rd 1-3
Below the Surface - Body Art
Local tattoo artist, Samuel Clark of Tempest Custom Tattooing, explores the cultural significance, history and science of this ancient art form. Afterwards, design your own temporary tattoo!
Standley Lake Library - Wednesday, June 5th 2-3
Be prepared when you find a dinosaur in your yard. Learn how to preserve bones with Dinosaur Ridge. Come dressed to get messy.
Lakewood Library - Thursday, June 6th 3-4
Arvada Library - Friday, June 7th 2-3
Steampunk Wrist Cuffs
Create a wrist cuff with steam punk gears and other accessories.
Golden Library - Thursday, June 6th 3-4
Ghost Hunting 101
Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society will introduce you to ghost hunting and the science and equipment used to detect ghosts and paranormal activity.
Evergreen Library - Saturday, June 8th 1-2
Butterflies are beautiful, delicate and very, very HUNGRY little beasties! You should do your very best to cater them a lovely meal -- somewhere nice... like the alley behind your house! Or maybe that yucky patch of dirt on the corner of Somewhere and There. Or maybe over yonder in that big empty field behind Great Wall of Ugly -- just toss a SeeD Bomb full of LoVe and watch the MAGIC happen!*
Join us at Arvada Library today to let your Inner Gardening Guerilla out -- Make SEED BOMBS and spread the BEAUTY!
Tuesday, May 28th @ 4:30pm.
*MAGIC not instantaneous. They're seeds. They take time. But you know what I mean... EVENTUALLY it will be MAGICAL. Or at least pretty.
Aaaakkkkk! Ebola has just broken out in Texas! What should we do? You can become part of the Center for Disease Control with a new i-device app. Solve a fictional outbreak just like the CDC. Can you be a CDC detective and figure out how an outbreak began before the whole state of Texas is gone? *There isn't really an Ebola outbreak in Texas*
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey is the new IT title. Get on the hold list now before it explodes and keep your eye out for Lucky Day copies. I started the title last night and could barely put it down to sleep. Cassie is alone, totally alone. In this sci fi alien invasion novel, Cassie must do the unthinkable - trust - in order to save her brother! Goodreads describes the book as "The Passage Meets Ender's Game."
From the book:
"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one."