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    Normal, IL 61761
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Archive for July, 2010

It’s Kind of a Funny Story trailer

Posted by Kristi on July 30, 2010

If you haven’t read Ned Vizzini’s book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, you definitely should.  It’s about a depressed teen who calls a suicide hotline and ends up getting checked into the adult ward of a mental hospital.  And now it’s about to be a movie, starring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Aasif Mandvi, and relative newcomer Keir Gilchrist as the main character, Craig.  Amazingly enough, the trailer looks like the movie could possibly do the book justice.  Check it out below:


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Iron Chef Competition

Posted by Kristi on July 23, 2010

Our last special event for the summer reading program is almost upon us, and I’m really excited about this one.  We’re going to be doing an Iron Chef competition.  Don’t have a clue what Iron Chef is?  Here’s a brief intro:

Originally, Iron Chef was a crazy Japanese cooking show, famous in Japan for its flamboyant host Takeshi Kaga (known as the Chairman) and its timed cooking battles in which challengers faced a team of experts called the “Iron Chefs”, each team using the same secret ingredient to construct their dish.  Eventually, the show was picked up by the Food Network here in the U.S. and dubbed into English.  Now there’s also a U.S. version called Iron Chef America.  If you’re curious to know more, you can find tons of video clips of the show on YouTube, including this one from the original Japanese show, featuring a sushi battle.

And that’s what we’re hoping to recreate here in our own small way at the Normal Public Library!  Come to the library on Thursday, July 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 for a chance to compete for the title of Teen Iron Chef.  Contestants will compete in teams, with the theme for the evening being no-bake snacks.  You’ll have all kinds of materials with which to construct your masterpiece – and don’t forget the secret ingredient!  After the battle, each team’s creation will be judged by our panel, using three criteria: appearance, creativity, and of course, taste.  Only one team will be crowned the ultimate winners, and the competition will be stiff.

If this all sounds good to you, then hurry in to the library to sign up before time runs out!  We’ve got a limited number of spaces left.  Hope to see you all there next Thursday!

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MAC Cosplay Picnic tomorrow!

Posted by Kristi on July 19, 2010

Reminder: tomorrow (July 20) from 4:00 to 6:00 is the Manga Anime Club’s Cosplay Picnic at Anderson Park!  Those who aren’t meeting us there at the park can show up in the library lobby by 4:00 to walk over with us.  We’ll have snacks and drinks as usual, plus a cosplay catwalk fashion show and some games.   In the event of rain, we’ll meet here at the library as usual.  See you all there!

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The Old Spice Guy has a few words to say about libraries…

Posted by Kristi on July 14, 2010

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Awesome YA author contest

Posted by Kristi on July 9, 2010

The YA author Cindy Pon, who wrote the wonderful fantasy Silver Phoenix (pictured above), set in ancient China and featuring the kick-butt heroine Ai Ling, is offering a great contest on her blog.  She’s giving away a collection of YA fiction featuring protagonists of color.   All you have to do for a chance to win is spread the word – post the contest info on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc., and then link back to your post on Cindy’s blog before Wednesday, July 14.  I’m entering for the library.  We have most of the books in our collection already, but we can always use multiple copies, or perhaps I’ll consider doing a giveaway of my own if we win.

Here are the books she’s giving away:

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Eclipse in lolcats

Posted by Kristi on July 8, 2010

The Lolcat Repertory Players over at Pop Suede have offered up their version of the Eclipse movie – go check it out!

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Writer’s Workshop July meeting

Posted by Kristi on July 7, 2010

All writers are invited to come to the second session of our summer Writers’ Workshop: Fiction Fundamentals on Monday, July 12 from 3 to 4:30.  We’ll be meeting in the board room for snacks, discussion, and some writing skills practice.  This meeting we’ll be discussing the art of crafting believable and informative dialogue.  Hope to see you there!

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How to dance like a zombie

Posted by Kristi on July 1, 2010

Coming up in a few weeks, on Saturday, July 17 from 2-4, we’re going to do our best to learn the dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in two hours.  Now, if you’ve ever seen me dance (and you probably haven’t, because it’s just too embarrassing for me to do in public very often), you’re probably rightly worried about how this will turn out.  Luckily, you’re not completely dependent on me for your zombie dance training.  We’ll be using the official Learn the Dance video from Thrill the World, the organizers behind world-record attempting mass Thriller dances held every year. These folks know what they’re doing, and hopefully by the end of the session, we will too!  So come on out to the library for the best in zombie dance moves (zombie clothes and makeup not required, but certainly encouraged).  Meanwhile, enjoy this video of thousands dancing to Thriller in Los Angeles in last fall’s world record attempt.

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