Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:47
In the book, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, there are about 13 small cases that Miss Marple, an old lady, solves. She is part of a club, that every Tuesday, discusses a murder mystery. A member of the club tells the rest about the mystery, and they must try to solve it. Miss Marple is always the one who solves them. This book is very good. I really like the old fashioned style of writing Agatha Cristie uses. It is also interesting to see how Miss Marple is going to solve it.
One story that illustrates how smart Miss Marple is is called 'Ingots of Gold.' No one was actually killed in this story. It was a holiday, and the person telling the story found another man tied up. Near the man was a gardener, who swore he was working. Miss Marple knows that gardeners didn't work on holidays, so she knew that the gardener had tied the man up.
I have also read, 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Cristi and I enjoyed it as well. I really like her books.
(Rachel L., Evanston Teen)
Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:12
Howdy filmmakers! Last week was the first filmmaking workshop and it was a huge success! The
week's topic was screenwriting and we talked about a number of things including
what screenplays actually are, how to start writing a screenplay and how to use
Screenwriting is a fun endeavor and it's not as tricky as people make-out.
At this workshop, we talked about the definition of a screenplay: a story told
with pictures, in dialogue and descriptions, and placed within the context of
dramatic structure. That's a bit complex, so I always boil it down to a story
told visually with descriptions and dialogue. A fun tid-bit about the
translation from script to screen is: one page of script equals one minutes of
screen time. So, a ninety minute movie would translate to a ninety page
A screenplay always has a beginning, middle and end but not always in that
order. There are rules to follow, just like with writing an essay or short
story--and it's important to learn the rules before you break them. One such rule--and a great formula to use for any new screenwriter--is using
the three-act structure when writing a screenplay. The basics of the three act
structure are this:
-ACT ONE: main character and conflict is introduced, world of movie is built
-ACT TWO: main character leaves their comfort zone and is challenged in some
way, the main character must make a major decision that will decide which
direction he/she will take
-ACT THREE: final confrontation between the main character and his/her obstacle
takes place, all loose ends are tied up
When writing a screenplay, or any story for that matter, it's best to write
what you know and what's important to you. The best stories are those that come
from experience and those that come from the heart.
The end of our workshop culminated in everyone breaking out the laptops and
giving Celtx a try. For anyone new to film, Celtx is a free scriptwriting
software that allows you to write scripts in the proper screenplay format (like
the Hollywood big-wigs like it). Everyone was able to get started on the
beginnings of ideas. At our next session on July 3, we'll be learning about shot design and storyboarding. For a handout with more specific information about the three-act structure, stop by the Loft or bug Ashley anytime--she'll be more than happy to talk to you about all things film!
Adios for now.
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00
Boy 21 / Matthew Quick
I really, really liked this book. It was really good; it was sad but very well written and it is pretty realistic. I thought it was really good and would recommend it.
(Louisa E., Evanston teen)
Pulse by Patrick Carman
This was an okay book, but I had some issues with it. 1) It was in third person, which I don't prefer. 2) The POV changed with no announcement, from one sentence to the next. 3.) There are so many characters that you get confused as to who is the bad guy and who is the good guy. But I like the ending, so overall some parts of the book were good but some parts were not.
(Rosalie S., Evanston teen)
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:56
…AND WE’RE BACK! Another fantastic summer of hands-on making
began at the library this week with two of our DIY programs at the Chicago
Avenue Main Street Branch. On Monday, we began the first of our DIY Jewelry
series of programs (one of three to happen this summer). One of the great things
we are doing this year is multiple dates for programs! If you missed this
one….never fear! DIY Jewelry will be brought to the Main library and North
Branch – check it out, and register. At DIY Jewelry, we all made different
projects. We had a wire-wrapped eye necklace, wire names and bird’s nest
necklaces. At the other DIY Jewelry programs, we’re also going to be making
bracelets upcycled from old soda and water bottles!
Not even 24 hours later we began our next program…I can
already tell it’s going to a busy summer of making! This time, we were not
tinkering with wire and pliers, but paper and tape. The program was paper
airplanes and origami, and it was incredibly exciting. Instead of having makers
register, we had everyone drop on in and join us, and they all had a blast. It
was great to see everyone push themselves and experiment with what they were
making. A few makers joined us just doing paper airplanes, once they mastered
those they launched into origami even making up their own folds and shapes. We
ended up with airplanes everywhere, a garden of folded-flowers, and lots of
One of the most exciting parts of the program was seeing
everyone grow. We had a few students join us who were very intimidated by some
of the origami projects, and thought they were too complicated or advanced.
After we worked through them together, they became confident and actually
started to teach each other and then some were inspired to create new steps to
add and create their own designs. It was really great to see makers who at some
points were saying “this is too hard” come around and teach someone else.
An exciting challenge we faced was working with all different
ages going through the projects. Previously, we usually have programs for
specific age groups which we think are appropriate to do the projects. At Paper
Planes and Origami, the program was completely open to everyone, and we pretty
much got everyone. Right from the start we had some two-year olds making
airplanes, seven year olds taping flowers, and twenty-five year olds folding
owls. Throughout the day makers of all ages came together to figure out the
creases, folds, and tape of the various designs.
Overall, we’ve had a great start to our summer of making, I
can’t wait to see what else is in store!
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:52
week Maker Corps finally got off the ground! Ruth and I spent all of last week
planning out programs and getting more acquainted with the FUSE challenges, and
on Monday we were ready to pack up and set up shop in the Chicago Avenue-Main
Street branch for our first Teen DIY of the summer: jewelry
jewelry making, we always try to encourage kids to make whatever they want, but
we did have a few projects prepared. The first was a cuff bracelet made out of
recycled plastic bottles and modge podge. Ruth and I struggled a lot with this
project, so it was exciting to be able to show off the cuffs we made after all
the troubleshooting was over. We also had instructions for bird nest pendants
made out of wire and beads and wire words that you could use to spell out your
name or a word that has some sort of meaning for you.
wire words were by far the most popular option. Of the teens who came, two
of them spent almost the entire hour spelling out their names and the names of
their friends to give as gifts. They also really liked the bird nests and
enjoyed just experimenting with everything in our jewelry box to make everything
from earrings to pendulums to key chains. No one made cuffs, which was a little
disappointing, because they were my favorite project, but hopefully someone will
give them a try when we do this program again in the Loft next week on Wednesday
Tuesday, we came back to the Chicago Ave-Main Street Branch to do another
program with paper airplanes and origami. This was a much busier program,
because there was no sign up required and no age limit. Anyone was welcome to
come, so we had everybody from toddlers to adult babysitters making paper star,
boxes, owls and airplanes! One of the things I really appreciated about this
program was that several boys who were apprehensive about origami at first
really got into the paper airplanes, and after they made all the planes, they
were much more open to trying new things. It was awesome seeing them expand
their skills! Because there were so many different ages, the kids also had a lot
of fun helping each other. One girl became our flower expert and spent over an
hour teaching others how to make them so Ruth and I could focus our energy on
helping newcomers. There was so much excitement and teamwork in this program.
All of the kids were sad to leave, and many parents asked Ruth and I when it
would be happening again, so in honor of the National Day of Making on June
18th, we decided to hold a quick pop up repeat of the program in the lobby of
the Main Branch. Having such a successful couple of programs was a great start
to the summer, and I can’t wait to kick off next week with felties in the Loft
(Grace, Maker Corps Intern)
Monday, 16 June 2014 20:21
This travel journal-as-graphic-novel chronicles a two month trip made by Craig Thompson, author of the heart-obliterating illustrated novel masterwork, Blankets, to Paris, Switzerland, and Morocco to attend book signings, give interviews, and promote his work. On his trip he is seized with illnesses, fatigue, severe hand pain, and loneliness and he captures all of these conditions with the most stunning, detailed, exquisitely rendered drawings. The section in which he visits Morocco is particularly impressive - his drawings give you a real sense of the crowded, intense melee occurring on every street. There's a good story with some humor here, as well as drama, heartbreak and longing, and Thompson's voice is compelling as it gives you some insight into his life and work. And what work it is - you'll find yourself staring for a long time at a lot of these drawings. (Jarrett, The Loft)
Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00
The Flame of Olympus by Kate O'Hearn
A story about a girl named Emily with a fire core. Emily does not know that Olympus is at war but she gets a weird feeling when Pegasus lands on her roof.
Olympus at War by Kate O'Hearn
A funny/sad story about Olympus being attacked again by the same
creatures. But this time the monsters are NOT acting on their own, they
are doing someone else's bidding.
(Phoebe C., Evanston teen)
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