April 5, 2016

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April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

--T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land ( 1922)

Don't forget, ye dried tubers--Read for a Lifetime comment cards are due on the main desk in the LRC by this Friday. Cards can be found here or in the LRC.
YouTube Pick of the Week

Is it called "soda" or "pop?" WRONG! It's "soda."


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012) by Jesse Andrews

Location: FIC Andrews
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Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia--cue extreme adolescent awkwardness--but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight. --

Watch the trailer for the 2015 feature film:

11/22/63 (2011) by Stephen King

Call Number: FIC King
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Life can turn on a dime-or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father's sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake's friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession-to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner's storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... 

Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.  -- Goodreads

more details on 11/22/63...

Challenger Deep  (2015) by  Neal Shusterman
Call Number:  GRA Satrapi
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Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today's most admired writers for teens.
-- Goodreads

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Tech Corner

The New York Times American Dialect Quiz

How do you address a group of two or more people? Y'all, youse, or you guys? Do you pronounce the word "aunt" like ant or awnt? You know the small, gray bug that curls up when you touch it--do you call it a pill bug or a roly poly? Are they lightning bugs or fireflies? These are some of the 25 questions this dialect quiz asks in order to determine which part of the country you borrow your language from. It guessed accurate for me, give it a whirl and see why you talk all funny like you talk.

Take the quiz here...
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