Every spring, we at the Evergreen reference desk get scores of questions about daily life in Shakespearean England. What did ordinary people wear? How did life in the country differ from life in the city? What holidays did people celebrate? Nerd Alert: I love these questions. They give me an opportunity to use one of my favorite databases, Daily Life Through History.
Daily Life Through History covers thousands of years of history in virtually every corner of the world, from the Australian Aborigines of 10,000 years ago to 1943’s Zoot Suit Riots. It includes articles on eras and analysis of historical events and culture. Within each era are articles about families, entertainment, literature, and other aspects of domestic life. You can browse topics or search for specific information. Plus, there are photos, maps, and videos, too. Next time you have a daunting project for history or English, ask your friendly librarian about Daily Life Through History.
ANOTHER Shakespeare movie?! Yes, indeed! And this one is directed by Joss Whedon, of Marvel Avenger's, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, and Toy Story fame. He is a multi-talented guy who writes scripts and comic books as well as directs. Some of his more notable comic books include Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel: After the Fall.
So why Shakespeare? Why not!? Much Ado About Nothing, written over 400 years ago, is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies -- offering up lively humor, intersperced with thoughtful meditations on politics, honor and the nature of shame. Plus, no one dies! Yay!
Whedon's take on Much Ado is shot in a very arty black and white which renders up each face in loving, graphic detail; perfectly complimenting the slamming wit of our beloved bard.
Butterflies are beautiful, delicate and very, very HUNGRY little beasties! You should do your very best to cater them a lovely meal -- somewhere nice... like the alley behind your house! Or maybe that yucky patch of dirt on the corner of Somewhere and There. Or maybe over yonder in that big empty field behind Great Wall of Ugly -- just toss a SeeD Bomb full of LoVe and watch the MAGIC happen!*
Join us at Arvada Library today to let your Inner Gardening Guerilla out -- Make SEED BOMBS and spread the BEAUTY!
Tuesday, May 28th @ 4:30pm.
*MAGIC not instantaneous. They're seeds. They take time. But you know what I mean... EVENTUALLY it will be MAGICAL. Or at least pretty.
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey is the new IT title. Get on the hold list now before it explodes and keep your eye out for Lucky Day copies. I started the title last night and could barely put it down to sleep. Cassie is alone, totally alone. In this sci fi alien invasion novel, Cassie must do the unthinkable - trust - in order to save her brother! Goodreads describes the book as "The Passage Meets Ender's Game."
From the book:
"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one."
It is a sad fact that illegal drugs are readily available in our society. Here are some books that look at this controversial issue:
Tweak by Nic Sheff: Nic details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White: After putting her fist through the glass, Stacy checks into a mental hospital. She hates it there but she slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author's experiences, How I Made it to Eighteen is a frank portrait of what it's like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos: Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.
Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos: Gantos relates how, as a young adult, he experimented with drugs and smuggling. He was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Me: Evelyn, a high school junior, first in her class, just visited Planned Parenthood to get birth control so her boobs will get bigger.
Him: Todd, Evelyn's not-exactly-boyfriend.
Them: The Stranger and The Lawyer, otherwise known as Evelyn's father and mother. Neither talks to her.
It: The fetus. Specifically, the fetus inside Evelyn.
Evelyn only found out she was pregnant because Planned Parenthood required her to take a pregnancy test before they'd give her birth control pills. Now she has 39 days to decide whether to get an abortion or keep the baby. Todd's no help, and she can't talk to her distant and fighting parents.
I read a lot of great books last year, and now all the sequels are coming out! Here are some of the sequels I'm excited to read.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: This is the sequel to last year's Cinder, which was a cyborg cinderella story. This one continues Cinder's story, but also introduces Scarlet who is searching for her missing grandmother, and the handsome bad-boy Wolf, who just might be able to help.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers: This is the sequel to last year's Grave Mercy, in which Ismae escapeed to a convent that trained her to be an assassin for the god of Death. This new story follows one of the other girls, Sybella, who returns to her childhood home to stop an attempted kidnapping.
The Elite by Kiera Cass: The sequel to The Selection, which involved a reality TV competition to find the new queen. In The Elite, America is one of the top 6 girls but she is still undecided about her conflicting feelings for the prince and for her first love, Aspen.
Game by Barry Lyga: The sequel to I Hunt Killers, where Jazz was trying to make ammends for his serial killer father. In the new one, Jazz travels to New York to help the police track down another killer.
And one more that's not out quite yet:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (out 6/4) is the sequel to Shadow and Bone in which the Darkling trained Alina to destroy the monsters of the Fold. In the sequel, Alina and Mal are hunted as they begin to build an army.
Whoo Hoo! I'm excited about this! Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy has finished filming a pilot for Fox TV. The cast includes Emma Roberts and Daren Kagasoff. Delirium is a popular YA Dystopian novel packed with action, adventure and romance. The trilogy includes Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem. It is also the first trilogy since the Hunger Games where I enjoyed each and every book! In Lena's world, love is the enemy - literally. Lena looks forward to the government mandated cure to prevent the delirium of love when, 90 days before her scheduled surgery, she does the unthinkable. She meets a boy and falls in love. Check out the fan made TV trailer above and the book.