Isaac has his bar mitzvah in two weeks and is wholly unprepared for it. It doesn't help that he saw his buddy Eric puke his guts out at his just a few days ago. When Isaac's parents go out of town unexpectedly, Isaac's brother Josh (or Super Jew as some call him) decides it's time to make Isaac a man. Josh is super athletic and home for awhile after he left Columbia University under mysterious circumstances. He puts Isaac on a vision quest that includes a myriad of tasks both mundane and creative. This quest with Josh has Isaac investigating a number of age old questions, like where to look at a strip club and what do you do in a bar fight, to name a few.
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of a Chris Crutcher's (who I LOVE) work. This title would definitely be a read alike to some of his work or something like Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach.This book had everything: it was hilarious and heartbreaking with some really engaging characters and some true soul searching. Rubens is apparently a former Daily Show writer and it shows.
What happens when you try to wring out a washcloth in space? Personally, I had never thought about it. Luckily for me, someone else did and now we have this cool video of an astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency testing exactly that:
Follow the Canadian Space Agency on YouTube for more awesome space experiments.
Today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day! Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Poem in Your Pocket Day is a day for carrying around a poem you love and sharing it with others. You can also share your poem on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
The W Line, which will run through parts of Jeffco, will begin regular service on April 26. If you haven't used Light Rail before, now's the time to learn about it! Student discounts are available.
The Library's going to help RTD celebrate the new line on Saturday, April 27. There will be events at all of the new stops and you can ride all of Light Rail for free all day! Visit your librarians at the Lakewood-Wadsworth station from 10 to 4.
The final book in the Delirium trilogy is here! Lena and Alex are two teens fighting the government that has outlawed love. If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy check out this series! Suspenseful and hard to put down-the series titles are Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem.
Delirium is going to be a TV movie with Emma Roberts soon.
Tiger Eyes, based on the book by Judy Blume, will be coming to the big screen very soon. When Tiger Eyes begins, Davey's father has recently been killed in a holdup at a 7-Eleven store. Davey's mom drags her and her brother to New Mexico to move in with her aunt and uncle in an attempt to begin healing. Despite her anger and loneliness, Davey meets a boy named Wolf who ends up helping her recover. Willa Holland (from the CW's Arrow) will play Davey and it's supposed to be hitting theaters on June 7. No trailer yet, but according to the Facebook page for the movie, one should be available any day now.
This month's Read It / See It at Arvada Library is based on Victor Hugo's 1865 novel, Les Misérables. Long considered one of the greatest novels ever written, Les Misérables follows the life of ex-convict, Jean Valjean, who becomes a force for social justice and compassion in a France that is rife with extreme poverty and class disparities.
The novel has been adapted to the stage and screen many times throughout the years, with one of the most famous being the 1980 stage adaption by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubel which ran from March 1987 to May 2003 with 6,680 performances!
We shall see the most recent adaption starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway. Please join us!
Saturday, April 13 @ 1:00pm
Tweens, Teens and their Grown-ups Welcome!
April 05, 2013 is the TWENTIETH Anniversary of Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park! Wow! I remember seeing this at the drive-in... back in the olden days when those still existed, too! I guess that makes me practially ancient! What a dinosaur! Ha ha!
Seriously though, this truly is a classic movie and it will be great fun to see it on the big screen -- this time with the velociraptors practically leaping off the screen (like they weren't scary enough the first time around...)! But did you know that this movie is based on a Michael Crichton novel of the same name? A teen from one of my book groups was reading it and said it is really interesting. Quite different than the movie in some key ways, but still scary and tension filled. She really liked the book and made me want to read it too!
Look for SF FICTION CRICHTON
Eleanor and Park are both outcasts - Eleanor for her wild red hair, weird clothes, and painfully difficult home life, Park for being a half-Korean comic book nerd in white, working class Omaha. When they meet on the school bus in 1986 and gradually bond over their shared love of X-Men and music, Eleanor and Park know their relationship will face obstacles. They're "smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."
This is a smart, touching love story told in short alternating chapters. While it's full of '80s musical references, you don't have to be old enough to remember Walkmans and mix tapes to enjoy this story. Eleanor and Park are complex and relatable characters, whose adolescent struggles are universal. If you're a sucker for John Hughes movies or you love John Green's books, you'll like Eleanor and Park!