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Pam, Standley Lake Library

Friday Night Movie

Standley Lake Library

May 3rd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for an after-hours movie for teens and tweens - 6th - 12th grades only!  There will be popcorn and soda.  Feel free to bring something to share.  Licensing prevents me from naming the movie, but I'll give you three hints and you can call us at 303-235-5275 to verify the movie name and receive more information. Teens and tweens must be picked up by 8:00 pm.

Hint one: Animated adventure

Hint two: Stars Hugh Jackman

Hint three: Heroes must protect the hopes and dreams of children all over the world!

I hope to see you there!

 

 (Photo credit: kimberlykoppen on Flickr)

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Ah, prom. Regardless of how one feels about it, it's hard to deny prom's significance as a cultural touchstone. This teen rite of passage has inspired drama in countless books, tv shows, and films. In honor of prom season, here are my three favorite movie prom scenes.

1.  Pretty in Pink (1986)
I know I'm displaying my ancientness by listing this one, but it's hard to beat. Heroine Andie shows up at the prom alone (in a daring homemade dress), after being humiliated by the rich snobs at school. I won't spoil the ending, but it's a happy one.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
The romance between bad boy Patrick Verona and shrew Kat Stratford hits a high point when he hires her favorite band to perform at their prom. Meanwhile, Kat's younger sister, Bianca, gets memorable revenge on the movie's villain.

3. Carrie (1976)
Telekinesis comes in handy for high school outcast Carrie White, who gets even more memorable revenge on her classmates after she's the victim of a cruel prom prank. Be warned: this horror classic definitely earned its "R" rating.

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Arra, Lakewood Library

This weekend is the grand opening of the light rail West Rail Line.  There are lots of festivities going on to celebrate.  Here is some of the science behind the commuter train.  The train is a "bi-directional, six-axle, high-floor single articulated light rail vehicle constructed of low alloy high tensile (LAHT) steel," according to the RDT website.  What does this really mean?  The trains are made out of a type of steel that is strongerand more resistant to corrosion.  The carbon content is required to be between .05% and .25% and the steel may contain other elements such as: manganese, copper, niobium, nitrogen, nickel, vanadium, chromium, titanium, calcium and titanium.  The trains run off an AC-IGBT system.  This is a motor with a controlled amount of voltage from the DC electricity of the tracks to the AC current needed for running the four motors in each car of the train.  

Maybe RTD can model the next phase of train development off the Eco-Ride train in Japan.  Like a rollercoaster this train runs by turning potential energy into kinetic energy.  Hang onto your lunch!  Read more about the Eco-Train in the online database Science Reference Center.

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Here are some books with dresses on the cover that I would love to wear.  Of course I wouldn't look nearly as good (imagine nerdy librarian in fancy dress.)

       

What book cover dresses would you love to wear? 

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Boarding schools have always been good settings for coming-of-age stories (A Separate Peace, anyone?) but I've seen a lot more of them lately. Here are four great realistic YA novels set in boarding schools.

Looking for Alaska by John Green: Miles Halter makes new friends and pulls pranks during his first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama, but his experience is dominated by Alaska Young, the beautiful, self-destructive girl who lives down the hall.

The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell: When he's accepted at an academy for gifted and talented students, 15-year-old James decides to leave his boring past behind and creates a new persona, but his lies lead to increasingly reckless behavior.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard: Alex, a junior at a boys boarding school in 1982, feels devastated and guilty when he fails to save a friend from accidental drowning. The truth about what happened at the river is revealed through Alex's journal and poems

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan: Tim, a young albino, transfers to an elite prep school and falls for the most popular girl. She's into Tim, too, but her social status would be threatened if anyone knew about their secret relationship.

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Erin, Golden Library

Isaac has his bar mitzvah in two weeks and is wholly unprepared for it.  It doesn't help that he saw his buddy Eric puke his guts out at his just a few days ago.  When Isaac's parents go out of town unexpectedly, Isaac's brother Josh (or Super Jew as some call him) decides it's time to make Isaac a man.  Josh is super athletic and home for awhile after he left Columbia University under mysterious circumstances. He puts Isaac on a vision quest that includes a myriad of tasks both mundane and creative.  This quest with Josh has Isaac investigating a number of age old questions, like where to look at a strip club and what do you do in a bar fight, to name a few.

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of a Chris Crutcher's (who I LOVE) work. This title would definitely be a read alike to some of his work or something like Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach.This book had everything: it was hilarious and heartbreaking with some really engaging characters and some true soul searching. Rubens is apparently a former Daily Show writer and it shows. 

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

An exclusive movie teaser was just released!  I liked it and I'm hoping for more trailers over the summer. The movie doesn't premiere until November 22nd. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer. 

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

Date: April 27th

Time: 11 - 12:30 am

This monthly creative writing group gives teens the opportunity to think outside the box and have work critiqued in a friendly, open-minded atmosphere. The class will be led by author and blogger Shelby Yaffe, whose flash fiction piece "Three Things I Never Did After That Summer" was featured in Flash 101: Surviving the Fiction Apocalypse. The group will meet monthly on the fourth Saturday! Come whenever you can!

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Jessie, Columbine Library

What happens when you try to wring out a washcloth in space? Personally, I had never thought about it. Luckily for me, someone else did and now we have this cool video of an astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency testing exactly that:

Follow the Canadian Space Agency on YouTube for more awesome space experiments.

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day! Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Poem in Your Pocket Day is a day for carrying around a poem you love and sharing it with others. You can also share your poem on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

If you need inspiration, you can download pocket-sized poems or browse for poems by title, author, or topic on the Academy of American Poets website.

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