Friday, October 29, 2010
Just right. .....
Just like Goldilocks, this student couldn't resist falling asleep in one of our comfy, cozy chairs.
As the end of the quarter approaches, more studying can be seen in every nook of the library. Some students study between catnaps.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Squires studied classical guitar at Lowell University. He has recorded with Essex County Symphony, North Shore Philharmonic, and the Slovak Radio Symphony, for example. He's also known as the former lead guitarist for the rock band Beatlejuice, the popular Boston-based Beatles tribute band. He has performed as a solo artist around the world.
Bob Squires frequently gives performances for the Boston Classical Guitar Society and other local venues in the Boston area, including the Hammond Castle Museum, the Beauport Museum, and the Cape Ann Historical Museum.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mrs. Toumayan looked up from her computer. "Are they messing with us?" she asked, referring to the Evening Staff. She thought that the bat on the shade was one of our paper decorations. I assured her it was 3-D. Mr. Pirie in the Science Department came to the rescue. He brought a fish net and trapped him (her?). Once outside, the little creature just lay there panting. Mrs. Toumayan made a little bat house from an amazon.com box with a note requesting all to let the bat nap. When we checked a little later, he had cuddled up to the side away from the opening. When Miss. Driskill went to dinner, she discovered he had moved on. This morning when I walked in, I looked up but he had found a better place to be.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Our latest batch of new books is out! They include these graphic novels. They deal with relationships, bogeymen, homelessness, and the Easter Bunny. Quite a selection, don't you think?
Look for them - and other recent arrivals - in the new books shelves (the window nook near the front desk).
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full of....
(Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree)
This and many other stories can be found on our colorful Halloween display, right at the front desk.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Mrs. Toumayan, our technical services librarian, is showing off the most recent issue of School Library Journal. She is one of their newest book reviewers. Her review of Deborah Ellis’ No Safe Place appeared in the September 1st issue. No Safe Place is the story of teen orphans, human trafficking, and injustice in the world. To learn why Mrs. Toumayan calls this an “exciting and moving story” read her review online at School Library Journal.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
P.S. Did you know that Governor's had been haunted from the 1960s...?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Often when we think of the word Goth or Gothic we think of teenagers in all black clothing, lots of eyeliner reading The Bell Jar and writing poetry such as, “my shoes are red/ my soul is black/ I hope you have/ A heart attack.” However, the term Gothic has a rich cultural history with almost nothing to do with the band Bright Eyes.
Ms. Struck is teaching an IDS (Interdisciplinary Studies) class in which she explores the many meanings and creative outlets of the Gothic ideal. Her class is covering a wide variety of Gothic topics; from Dracula to Big Fish. Through this diverse curriculum we can see that Gothic is a rather hard term to define. It can be a scary story, a long hallway, a romantic interlude with a boy in a leather jacket or a photo of a pale girl with bright red lip stick. It can also just be a feeling, fleeting and dark.
I’m sure that everyone has had one or two Gothic moments in their life. So re-watch The Crow and turn off the lights and indulge in your own Gothic Nightmare.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2010 was awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat".
He was born on March 28, 1936, in Arequipa, Peru. As an author, he had an international breakthrough with the novel La ciudad y los perros (1963; The Time of the Hero, 1966). This novel was considered controversial in his home land. A thousand copies were publicly burnt by officers. His well known works include Conversacion en la catedral (1969; Conversation in the Cathedral, 1975), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981; The War of the End of the World, 1984), and La fiesta del chivo (2000; The Feast of the Goat, 2001). Mario Vargas Llosa is also a noted journalist and essayist.
Read more at the official home page of the Nobel Prize.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The latest batch of reviews linked to our "virtual collection" include Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf, The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, and Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield, for example.
You can always find even more reviews through our LibraryThing profile.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
There is a strange dichotomy in this country. We are torn between what we want to be able to say and what we want others to be able to say. The first amendment clearly states ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’ These lovely lines written by the founders of this country seem quite clear. So, how is it possible that books can be banned?
You can trace the origins of this kind of censorship all the way back to 399 BCE. Socrates, the father of philosophy and one the greatest thinkers of all time, was put to death for corrupting the minds of the youth in Athens.
Just as Socrates was accused of corrupting young minds so are some works of literature. The precedent for banning books was not set until 1982 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that books could be banned from public libraries and in particular from school libraries for being ‘pervasively vulgar.’ This begs the question, what does ‘pervasively vulgar’ mean?
It is here in the vagueness of language that censorship becomes a terrifying tool. ‘Pervasively vulgar’ means something different to everyone. Some people find violence vulgar, others sex, still others find the idea of a woman being allowed to drive a car vulgar. Whose definition of vulgar is correct? The answer is everyone’s. Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe; again the first amendment clearly denotes this. There is nothing wrong with finding something offensive, there is something wrong with trying to force your beliefs on others. That is what book banning is trying to do.
Rather than simply putting the book down, many people take up arms to try and get the offensive book banned. The trouble is people seem to want both freedom of speech and restriction at the same time. They want the right to speak out against a book but they don’t want the book to speak for its self. It is the ultimate double standard, similar to when you are driving a car.
When you are driving, pedestrians are the most irritating and inconsiderate people on the planet. However, when you are a pedestrian, drivers are all going too fast and should let you stroll leisurely through the streets. It is the same thing with censorship; you don’t want anyone telling you what you can and cannot say, but you want to be about to forbid others from saying certain things.
Luckily, books have a means of fighting back. Books inspire curiosity and a desire for understanding and education. It is with these tools that books provide a means to overcome censorship. Great works of literature always speak of the human condition and part of being human is, in a way, vulgar. We do not want to read stories without turmoil and often this turmoil stems from humanity's many flaws, such as violence. Without our flaws we would not be human, just as without conflict books would merely be 3 page descriptions of butterflies or teddy bears (not that there is anything wrong with butterflies or teddy bears). Imagine how dull literature classes and libraries would be if every book was devoid of conflict. Imagine how dull life would be if all the banned books were no longer read.
And remember, this Thursday David Wroblewski, the author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - a retelling of Hamlet - is coming to campus! If you're interested in dogs and/or Shakespeare, be there at 7:30 p.m. @ PAC!