As I am sure you all have seen lists of travel destinations to which everyone ought to go before death, I felt it would be apropos to compile a list of not any place to go before you die, but a collection of libraries to see.
1.Library of Congress, Washington D.C. - This institution boasts more than 155 million items, print materials in 460 languages, the largest rare book collection in North America, and the largest collection of films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings in the world.
2.New York Public Library, New York City - If you like history, the building was constructed with money from Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic candidate in the election of 1876 that ended Reconstruction. And, President William Howard Taft helped to dedicate it, so it is just BURSTING with historical connections. The library also displays the Gutenberg Bible, the earliest known copy of the “Nican Mopohua” and contains manuscripts from 1,200 languages and dialects.
3.Salt Lake City Public Library - This is among the more modern of the bunch, and actually opened in 2003. It is six stories tall, featuring a 300-seat auditorium and a multi-level reading area full of natural light (as opposed to those sad fluorescent bulbs you all have in your school classrooms).
4.Geisel Library, University of California: San Diego - As if the architecture were not awesome enough, this library is where the university’s art collection is housed.
5.Seattle Central Public Library - This 11-floor building features a “books spiral” that displays the entire nonfiction collection in a continuous run. If has a towering “living room” along Fifth Avenue that reaches 50 feet in height, and let’s be honest, the building just looks cool.
6.Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland - This library dates back to 1592 and houses more than 5 million items.
7.Abbey Library, St. Gallen, Switzerland - The institution is the oldest library in Switzerland and has a collection of manuscripts all the way from the Early Middle ages until 1805.
8.Vatican Library, Vatican City - Saving the best for last, I’d like to think of the Vatican Library (pictured above) as a bit of a challenge to any readers. The admission criteria only allows in researchers, teachers, graduate students and scholars. You are pretty special if you get to check out these collections!
(Thank you to ABC News Explore for a lot of this information. Photo courtesy of Michal Osmenda through fotopedia.com)
Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from a brutal arranged marriage to the convent of St. Mortain, where the nuns still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. Ismae’s latest assignment takes her straight into the high court of 15th century Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of conspiracy and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
This book had everything: a strong heroine, a dashing hero, suspense, romance and intrigue. Ismae is a really engaging character who faces some tough choices. Will she follow her heart or her orders? If you like this one, check out the second in the series Dark Triumph.
Vampire Academy, the story of vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose, is finally going to make it to the big screen. The first book in the series starts two years after a horrible incident made Rose and Lissa run away. Now they have been found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic and the other on physical training, and all students work to retain some part of their humanity despite their bloodsucking nature.
The movie features Zoey Deutch (who was in Beautiful Creatures) as Rose and Lucy Fry as Lissa, and also stars Sarah Hyland from Modern Family as their friend Natalie. It's scheduled to come out on February 14, 2014. Happy Valentine's Day to us all!
Looking for something new to read? Of course you are! Try one of these ghost books:
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: Hannah and her best friend Lillian (recently deceased) team up to investigate a series of gruesome murders.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: It's 1918 and San Fransisco is riddled with death, thanks to deadly influenza and World War I. Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and must consider if ghosts are real when her first love returns.
The Haunting of Apartment 101 by Megan Atwood: This is the first in The Paranormalists series. Jinx and Jackson have worked hard to start their ghost hunting business. The next step is, of course, finding some business. When a popular classmate asks them to investigate a haunting at her father's apartment, Jackson convinces Jinx to investigate, despite her skepticism.
Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer: Tansy just moved for the millionth time, this time into her grandfather's old house. Everything is different here, including her passion for photography. When she looks through her camera lens, she sees people that aren't really there.
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki: Neil and his sister Bree, along with their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Greylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet.
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Standley Lake Library
Saturday, June 15th
Orleans starts with an intriguing question: what if Hurricane Katrina was only the beginning?
In this futuristic sci-fi story, the 2005 storm is followed by a series of increasingly devastating hurricanes. Living conditions become horrific for those who choose to stay on the Gulf Coast, and by 2025 the outbreak of a deadly plague called Delta Fever prompts the U.S. government to quarantine the entire region. Fast forward a few more decades, and the survivors in Orleans live in tribes according to blood type - a characteristic more important than any other, as blood type dictates one's susceptibility to Delta Fever.
When 15 year-old Fen's tribal leader, Lydia, dies just after giving birth, Fen commits herself to honoring Lydia's wish that her child make it to the Outer States - the place beyond the wall that separates Orleans from the U.S. Along the way she meets Daniel, a young scientist who illegally crossed the wall and believes he can find a cure to Delta Fever.
Orleans is told through alternating viewpoints, and though Fen's native dialect is tricky at first, it does not detract from the power of the story. This is a fast-paced adventure with compelling themes - climate change, racism, and human survival.
Looking for a good book recommendation? We have a board at the Lakewood Library where teens wrote their favorite books in chalk.
Madapple, Mistborn Trilogy, Fruits Basket, Pendragon Series, One Piece, The Devil in the White City
Dork Diaries, Vampirates,Newes From the Dead, House of Night, House of Leaves, Card Turner, Holmes
Suck it Up, Fat Vampire, Bloodthirsty, Skullduggery, Great Tree of Avalon, Twilight, Vampires Diaries
Swindle, Between Their Worlds, Bitterblue, Alista Marie, City of a Thousand Dolls, Witness Safekeeping, Rise of Renegade X
Lolita, Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Where the Lillies Bloom, Death Note, Soul Eater, I Spy, Glass Swallow
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.