Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How could this come from an eraser?

Thanks to the artistic abilities of Rebecah S. this dragon came to life from 80 small erasers.  Thanks for allowing this special dragon to hang out in the library.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

National Mathematics Competition

Today the library is hosting the National Mathematics Competition.  For more information, visit their website or talk to Mr. Olivier. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The countdown has begun!!!!

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

To watch movie clips, see character posters and more, click here. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Celebrating Black History Month & President's Day

Thomas Jefferson helped to create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government. His words in the Declaration of Independence expressed the aspirations of the new nation. But the Declaration did not extend “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” to African Americans, indentured servants, or women. Twelve of the first eighteen American presidents owned slaves. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration and called slavery an “abominable crime,” yet he was a lifelong slaveholder. Fearful of dividing the fragile new nation, Jefferson and other founders who opposed slavery did not insist on abolishing it. It took 87 more years―and the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment―to end slavery.  Click here to visit a National Museum of African American History and Culture exhibit exploring how these two world's intertwined with one another for Jefferson and helped to shape a nation.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Celebrating Black History Month

“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible; understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” (From The Invisible Man, by Ralph Elison)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Today the pre-schoolers visited the library for Valentine's Day and we read Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie Friedman.  It was so much fun to have our little friends visit us in the library!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Celebrating Black History Month

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou