Sunday, 16 June 2013 00:00
What if Voldemort from Harry Potter, Sauron from Lord of the Rings or some villainous
character showed up one day- except they had been stripped of their powers and
put into the body of a teenage boy? Well then you would have a situation like
the one the Dark Lord, the Master of the Legions of Dread and Sorcerer Supreme found
himself in one day.
Dark Lord, who started to be called Dirk Lloyd once the police
found him in a parking lot(because who’s name is Dark Lord he must have said
Dirk Lloyd) stuck in “puny” human body.
Dirk ended up living with the Purejoie’s and their son Christopher. Dirk was determined to get back to Dark Lands
to wreak havoc once again, but it would be a difficult task since his ring of
power and magical cape were worthless on Earth. Luckily, for Dirk, Chris found his ranting about his reign of terror,
menacing armies and magic powers highly amusing (like Dirk could actually have
magical powers- could he?) and was happy
to tag along and help. Dirk enlisted Chris’s friend Sooz to help them figure
out a way to the Dark Lands and Sooz was glad to assist because she loved all
things dark and creepy. As Sooz and
Chris started hanging out with Dirk more they began to question if Dirk is
really crazy or if this other land might exist. (Dirk did claim he detached his hand in order to grab something from the
principal’s office in school- and boy his arm looks nasty and scarred the next
The Early Years is a mix of regular chapters, Dirk’s journal
entries and pictures of the hilarious escapades he ends up causing. If you like a bit of fantasy or are looking
for something really funny then Dark Lord
is a great pick because it has a little bit of everything mixed in which will
keep you laughing and turning the pages.
(Renee, the Loft)
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
" A classic Cinderella, where Jane has to rise above the menace of her aunt to get to the man she loves. A romance, coming of age and a comment on society. Fabulous!"
A novel of high romance and serious literature, Jane Eyre has enjoyed
popular success and critical acclaim ever since its publication in 1847.
The story of Jane's development from neglected orphan to an equal
partnership with the enigmatic Mr Rochester, via the cruel regime at
Lowood school and a difficult independence as a governess, electrified a
Victorian readership not just for its narrative power but for the bold
critique it offered of English society. With characters that are as
unforgettable as the story they enact, and with a passionate language
that amazed the readers of the day, Jane Eyre ranks among the most
pre-eminent English novels ever written.
Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00
While everything else in his life may not be
going perfectly Marley has always kept his eye on the prize of someday being a world
famous DJ, playing at the biggest clubs. He loves creating new beats and getting lost in the music, spinning
record after record. Between school and working to pay the rent and bills for
the apartment he and his strung out mom share Marley doesn’t get to spend as
much time as he’d like mixing music and practicing DJing. DJing at at the hottest club in his neighborhood
had always seemed like a far off dream, but one night filling in for a sick DJ
lands Marley a job at a local club DJing once a week things begin to
change. He’s being asked to DJ rich kids’
from school’s parties, the girl he’s been swooning over starts to take notice
and to top it all off he’s allowed to enter the biggest DJ contest in the
city. Everything seems to going almost
perfectly, but when things take a tragic turn Marley has to decide whether to
give up on his dreams or fight for them in DJ Rising.
(Renee, the Loft)
Saturday, 08 June 2013 00:00
"Evyn is going through a really rough time when her dad marries a woman that isn't even bad in the end. Evyn move from Maine to live with Elenis' family. Read it!"
Thirteen-year-old Evyn's world is turned upside-down when her father,
widowed since she was a toddler, suddenly decides to remarry a woman
with six children, move with Ev and her brother from Maine to Boston,
and enroll her in private school.
Find Bounce in the Loft.
Friday, 07 June 2013 10:11
When people ask me what I'm
doing for the summer, the answer always seems to come as a shock.
"Oh, you know, making
crafts with children. The usual."
It's always a lot of fun to
watch my friends reel with jealously, but I think the real reason I continue to
describe Maker Corps in this way is because I still cannot believe how lucky I
am to be doing something so innovative and exciting. As a teaching major at
Northwestern, I am constantly learning about the value of experiential learning
and the ways in which it helps students to retain information. As someone who
is perhaps too in touch with my inner child, I am constantly looking for
reasons to play with glue and lights and play dough. Maker Corps combines all
of these things into a fun summer learning experience, both for me as a budding
teacher and for Evanston teens.
I have long been a fan of arts and crafts. During the Maker
Corps training camp, I had a lot of fun experimenting with paper and glue and
other standard art supplies to make a (much-needed) basket for all of my text
books. I think what I'm most looking forward to, though, is experimenting with
all the great STEM programs we have planned. I struggled a lot with electricity
and circuitry in high school, but programs like Scratch and Squishy Circuits
are just so approachable, and I can't wait to jump in with the students and
spend my summer learning right alongside them.
Friday, 07 June 2013 10:05
Looking across the circular yellow table, LED’s,
dried purple Play Dough, a large pile of every-color-of-the-rainbow felt, and a
scattering of miscellaneous wires, motors, and mechanics fill the eye. What,
you may ask, do these materials all have in common? They are all materials that will be somehow
incorporated into our Maker programs at the Evanston Public Library this
summer. As a graduate of ETHS, and a long-time patron of EPL, I’m extremely
excited to be involved with some hands-on making programs here at the library.
Growing up, I was always an avid artist. I’m extremely excited to be involved
with some creative programming for Evanston youth that pushes their boundaries,
and my own. There is a lot in store this
summer, from crafting to circuits, and I’m sure we will all learn a lot,
explore, and develop along the way. Hope to see you at some of our programs
Monday, 03 June 2013 00:00
“Enter Here to be and Find a Friend.”
Neither Irving School seniors, Tim or Duncan, were the
most popular students. Tim and Duncan
had never really spoken to each other either, but one tragic event brought them together and left Duncan with haunting
The Tragedy Paper, begins with Duncan arriving at Irving
for his Senior year. He’s tried to put
the event involving Tim from the end of his junior year out of his mind, but
it’s still their lurking. Each year the
graduated seniors select who they want to leave their dorm room to and they
leave the new occupant a gift. Duncan,
finds his name on the door of the room he absolutely didn’t want, Tim’s . Tim does leave Duncan an intriguing gift, a
set of CDs. As Duncan pops the first CD
in he hears Tim’s voice, “First, let me say thank for you deciding to listen.
I’ve thought many times about our last encounter, and how I wish I’d made a
different choice.” Alternating between
Duncan perspective and Tim’s CDs The Tragedy Paper brings you from Tim innocently
meeting, Vanessa, another Irving student to the event that’s seared in Duncan’s mind.
(Renee, the Loft)
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