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She Blinded Me with Music Science! / Summer Jobs

Posted by nchcplteens on May 5, 2010

Do you want to know why you sound better in the shower? Or why songs get stuck in your head (earworm…ew)?  Or just what IS music anyways?

Go to the Exploratorium Museum website and found out.

Need some cash for summer?  Looking for a job to keep you busy and give you some experience and money?

Check out information at the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps.

Summer Jobs for Indiana TeensThe Indiana Department of Workforce Development again is sponsoring the “Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps.” Teenagers in 91 counties (all except Marion) are eligible to apply for summer employment with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps: http://www.in.gov/dwd/2731.htm

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Toasted Cheese/Teen Lit Day/Stephenie Meyer’s New Book

Posted by nchcplteens on April 13, 2010

+Join us tomorrow, April 14th, at our next Common Threads program for toasted cheese sandwiches (also known as grilled cheese)!  We’ll be meeting in the story room downstairs at 3:30 pm.

+Support Teen Literature Day is a part of National Library Week.  This Thursday, April 14th, from 3:30-4:30, make a poster of your favorite book and share it in the Teenscape.  Be a fan of the library on Facebook and tell us what you love about the library.

+Stephenie Meyer’s new book The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is being released on June 5th and is on order at your library.  This title is based on the character from Eclipse and is a short book or novella.  Place your hold online or give us a call!

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Library Closed on Wednesday

Posted by nchcplteens on November 10, 2009

sorry_were_closed The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.  We’ll open again on Thursday morning.

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SAT Help at Rose-Hulman Site

Posted by nchcplteens on November 6, 2009

The Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, who provides math and science homework help through their hotline 1-877-ASK-ROSE, have posted some SAT help practice through PDFs and videos. Check it out here.

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And the Winners Are…

Posted by nchcplteens on July 28, 2009

flip_digital_video_recorder…Cassidy Clouse and Hannah Espiritu!  These girls both won a Flip digital video camcorder—the top prizes in our summer reading contest.  Congratulations to our participants and prize winners here.  We gave away hundreds of dollars in gift cards to Wal-Mart and Books-a-Million and Game Stop.

Looking forward to more summer reading next year.  Any thoughts as to what we’d do differently?  What prizes would you like to see awarded?  Leave your comments here and let us know.

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Congratulations!

Posted by nchcplteens on July 10, 2009

photo contest 006The overall winner of the summer reading photo contest is Elizabeth Brummett!  Her picture won Overall Best in Show and beat out the adult competion.  Elizabeth also placed 2nd for other entries.  Next, a big hurrah for Jessica Weisheit, who received 3rd place in the teen division for her picture from Yosemite National Park.    Everyone’s pictures looked fabulous and I appreciate all of your creative energy out there.  I hope to see more pictures in the future.  Check out all the winners’ photos in our display by the library elevator.

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Guitar Hero Winners / Upcoming Events

Posted by nchcplteens on June 12, 2009

guitar_heroCongratulations to our Game-Stop-card-winning Guitar Hero Champions:  Holly Conway-1st place, Josie Lacy-2nd place, and Jacob Hines-3rd place.  Everybody did a fabulous job!   Start practicing for our next one this coming September.

Upcoming Teenscape Events:

  • Dance Dance Revolution:  today (6/12), 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Say Cheese, Please–Teen Photography Class:  Tuesday (6/16) from 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Teens Create! – Coasters and Trivets:  Wednesday (6/17) from 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Karaoke Revolution:  American Idol:  Friday (6/19) from 2:00-5:00 pm

Express Yourself @ Your Library!  Summer Reading continues, so sign up now if you haven’t already.  Also check out our Graffiti walls and add your own expression of poetry, art and quotes.

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Movie Reviews – Part 7

Posted by nchcplteens on May 19, 2009

“Wizard of Oz” by Alice Melton

“There’s no place like home” are five small but famous words that we might see every time we step into somebody’s home. Where did this meaningful quote come from anyway? It came from one of the most famous movies of all times, The Wizard of Oz. This movie was directed by Victor Fleming based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. It starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan. The movie was released on August 25, 1939.

This movie is available for purchase almost anywhere on VHS and DVD.
Not only was The Wizard of Oz a famous movie and musical, but it was also one of the first movies to be made in technicolor. We all know how it feels to want adventure, and that’s how 14-year-old Dorothy feels on her small farm in Kansas. After getting into trouble, she wishes to be somewhere that’s not so dull, like black and white. She wishes she were “somewhere over the rainbow” where life would be more exciting and colorful. Like most dramatic teenagers, Dorothy decides to pack her bags and leave her problems behind. When an unfriendly twister hits, she rushes back home to an empty house. Yelling helplessly, Dorothy feels a sharp pain on the back of her head and falls to her bed. She wakes to find herself in a mysterious place filled with everything she had wished for just hours earlier. However, she realizes that she needs to be careful of what she wishes for. Dorothy has received more adventure than she wanted. With an evil witch, flying monkeys, and a long maze of yellow brick roads, Dorothy pushes on to get to the city of Oz so she can return home to her family. With a little help of new friends and ruby slippers, can Dorothy make it?

In my opinion The Wizard of Oz is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. I watched it when I was little and at age 17, I still watch it today. The actors knew exactly how to play their parts. Dorothy was sweet, the tin man loving, the scarecrow was friendly, and the Wicked Witch of the West was scary. The actors didn’t only do a wonderful job of acting, they did an excellent job singing as well.
I strongly suggest that everyone see this movie if they already haven’t. I’ve watched this movie for as long as I can remember. I even had my own pair of ruby slippers. This movie is made for all ages and everyone can enjoy it. If children are scared easily, parents might want to be around during any scenes the wicked witch is in. Whether you’re seeing it on Broadway, or whether you’re cuddled up on the couch watching it, The Wizard of Oz has been around for many generations and is believed to be the most watched film in history. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect, I give The Wizard of Oz a 9 because it’s funny, sad, and intriguing all at once. So the next time you want to spend time with the family, make some popcorn, gather everyone around, and pop in the movie The Wizard of Oz. While your family laughs together, you may realize that Dorothy is right: there is no place like home.

“The Wild Bunch” by Alyssa Lee

The land had changed. They hadn’t. The earth had cooled. They couldn’t. This is the theme of the 1969 film The Wild Bunch. Sam Peckinpah directed the favorable western with nine key actors: William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgine, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones and Edmond O’Brien. The film is available at the public library in VHS.

The story tells about an aging outlaw gang at the Texas-Mexico border trying to exist in the modern world of 1913. Pike Bishop, the leader of the gang says, “We’ve got to start thinking beyond our guns. Those days are closing fast.” The Bunch live by an old-fashioned code of honor without a place in twentieth century modern society. When they inspect General Mapache’s new automobile, they notice it marks the end of horse travel.

The best thing about the film was that it was filled with action and made more modern than I had expected. The plot was good. It made you want to keep watching because the aging men in the gang were unpredictable because all they wanted to do was go out with a bang and one final score. The acting was great in the film, not overacting like you see in some other films made in the ’60s era. The actors portrayed the characters very well, and they made it a more realistic Western, not the classic Cowboy and Indian Western.

I personally thought the film was okay. I would rate it a 6 of 10. Audience of 16 and older is best for the film. Anyone younger than that should not watch for the use of language and brief occurrences of nudity. The best scene is the final shootout. It is nearly four and half minutes and a very loud and eventful scene. I advise that if you like action, you will love this film. It started with unchanging men in a changing land.

“The Seven-Year Itch” by Crystal Steelman

Have you ever seen the cover of a movie and thought to yourself, “That movie looks boring; I don’t want to watch that.” You finally decide to take a break and sit to watch that movie. When it’s over you start to think that the movie was the best you have ever seen. Well, I have and the name of the movie is The Seven Year Itch. I don’t think anyone else besides director Billy Wilder could have made a better movie. The two top actors were Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. This movie was released in 1955 but was released again in 1983. The movie is available at the New Castle Public library, and is only available in VHS.

The Seven Year Itch is about when summer comes around all of the husbands in a small town in New York like to send their wives of all around the world, so they can go mess around with all of the other girls in town. Just too bad for Tom Ewell; he now knows about the little blond girl that live upstairs. He tries to hold back the urge but sometimes the urge is too strong . They start to spend time together and soon get attached to each other,  and one day a neighbor comes to visit and sees the young girl. Tom Ewell starts to go crazy and now thinks his wife knows about her and is out to kill him.

I think the movie was a wonderful film, but I do think they could have made Marilyn Monroe seem a little smarter.  The plot was also a little dull and did not have a lot of color. It was a real get away catcher because of the music. It was also funny and unpredictable.

I recommend this movie for viewers over the age of sixteen and with parents consent. The Seven Year Itch is a humor type of movie and keeps you hanging on to see what happens next. I do not think this is a movie you should avoid. I am just saying that it is a movie that should be shared with family. The movie is worth seeing if you love to laugh. So if you like funny movies and like to get hooked, I suggest you watch Seven Year Itch.

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Student Movie Reviews Part 5

Posted by nchcplteens on May 15, 2009

“Nosferatu” by Alaina Hoppes

“Blood! Your precious blood!” These are things you might hear, well, read in the black and white, silent film Nosferatu. This film was directed by F.W. Murnau and released in 1922. The cast includes Max Schreck as the vampire, Gustav Von Wangenheim as Jonathan Harker, Greta Schroeder as Jonathan’s wife Nina, and Alexander Granach as Renfield. You can find this movie at the New Castle Public Library on VHS tape or you can watch it on http://www.youtube.com.
Nosferatu deals with ancient themes, such as fear of the dark and the undead, but also with other historical themes. At the time the film was set, people were still afraid of the plague being brought to where they live, much like Nosferatu was brought to the city of Bremen in the film. It also deals with a fear of immigrants, which is still somewhat going on today. Basically, the movie starts out with Jonathan being told that a rich man from Transylvania wants to move into town and buy one of his houses, but he has to go escort him back to town. He kisses his wife, Nina, goodbye and is off over seas to Transylvania. When he gets there, strange things start happening, especially when he gets to Count Dracula’s castle. Frightened, he flees the castle, but the vampire finds other ways of making it across the sea to his town. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens.
I personally thought the film was great for its time and still holds up today as a truly chilling movie. It was the first ever adaptation from the Dracula book and probably one of the best. The characters were played well and the costuming for Nosferatu with his long fingers and sunken huge eyes never ceases to give me the heebie-jeebies. Even though there is no gore in this horror movie, it is still has some very memorable scenes. The acting might seem a little overdoing it at times, but you have to remember this was made in 1922 and as a silent film they had to make up for lack of spoken words with body language. The effects for the film were also amazing for their time.
I think anyone who likes horror movies or is interested in the evolution of film in general should see Nosferatu. It revolutionized the horror movie genre. But, if you are into action pact films with explosions and car chase scenes, this might not be for you. If you do watch the film though, do remember that this is a silent film from 1922 and should be viewed as such. You might say that the acting is crap or that they dress silly, but that’s how they had to act back then, and the movie is set in the late 1800s so old-fashioned garb is to be expected. I really like this movie and would give it 5 out of five stars or two thumbs up or however else you rate movies in a positive way. I mean, honestly, with lines like “Is this your wife? What a lovely throat!” how can you not want to see it?

“Patton” by Bethany Coffey

Patton follows the life of George S. Patton, famous Allied tank commander from World War II. Beginning with his exploits in North Africa, the film follows the career of this bombastic general through the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and the liberation of Germany. Patton was released in 1970. It is available at your local library or at Blockbuster as a VHS or DVD.

Along the way, Patton must learn to deal with his contemporaries, men such as General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden), and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (Michael Bates). Despite his display of military genius in the field of battle, Patton is relieved from his post as Occupation Commander of Germany because of the many faults he exhibits.

George C. Scott turns in a memorable performance as the larger-than-life Patton. With an overpowering personality and a domineering will, George Patton led his men to victory in one of the most pivotal wars for freedom the world has ever witnessed. Nevertheless, Patton’s legacy endures through our memories and through this film, and the lessons of his life continue to inspire people to this day.

Overall, Patton is a blockbuster film even by today’s standards. Despite vast improvements in the realm of filmmaking, Patton remains unrivaled in its portrayal of one of America’s greatest heroes. The battle scenes are especially realistic, and they vividly illustrate the horrors of war. Patton is a definite must-see film for any serious aficionado of movies.

“Pearl Harbor” by April Carnes

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by Naval and Air Forces of the Empire of Japan. It is obvious that planning the attack began many weeks ago, during the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the speech he gave after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The director of Pearl Harbor was the talented Michael Bay, who is also famous for directing the movie Transformers which was out in 2007. Pearl Harbor had a star-studded cast with Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight, Alec Baldwin, and Jennifer Garner. The movie Pearl Harbor was released May 25th, 2001. This movie is available at the New Castle Henry County Public Library free of charge. This movie is in the format of either DVD or VHS.

The historical theme of Pearl Harbor was the history of the attack on the naval air base Pearl Harbor and the lives it affected. The movie Pearl Harbor is about the Japanese attack on the naval air base Pearl Harbor which is told through the eyes of two childhood friends. The two young men are now serving in the Army Air Corps. Capt. Rafe McCawley is the eldest of the boys and is the energetic pilot who is selected to fly for the British in Europe, while his friend and his lover is stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After Rafe is presumed dead, his best friend Capt. Danny Walker comforts Rafe’s lover Lt. Evelyn Johnson. The two draw closer as the months pass. But when Rafe turns up alive, the two former friends become enemies. Through the turmoil of the attack on Pearl Harbor the two friends have to face their differences and bond together to help fight for the United States of America.

This movie is a real and a dramatic film based on the historical event. The plot of this film is, I believe, great. The actors capture the feelings and the emotions of losing everything from this tragic attack. This film gives you characters you can relate to. The treatment of the theme was correct and on the nose of the actual event.

This film is worth watching because it shares the history with modern day actors. From a rating of 5 stars being the best, I give it 5 stars. The age group that is appropriate to watch this movie is 13 years of age and up. This movie gives you a chance to see this historical event with your own eyes. It might not be exact but it certainly captures the dramatic effect it had on our country.

“The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American military forces; I regret to tell you that over three thousand American lives have been lost. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this pre-meditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. Because of this unprovoked, dastardly attack by Japan, I ask that the congress declare a state of War,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the end his speech on the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Student Movie Reviews Continues

Posted by nchcplteens on May 14, 2009

Our coverage of Ms. Hittson’s class movie reviews continues:

“Gone with the Wind” by Caylor Escalante

“There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South… Look for it only in books for it is no more than a dreamed remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind…” The words of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winner Gone with the Wind were brought to life as director David O. Selznick created a Civil War romance that would eventually win 10 Academy Awards after its release in 1939. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable will forever be remembered for the roles they played as Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in this classic, fiery love tale. The immortal story of Gone with the Wind is available at the New Castle Henry County Public Library.

Gone with the Wind begins in the state of Georgia just before and lasts throughout the Civil War. The movie follows Scarlett O’Hara, a spoiled daughter of a wealthy plantation owner whose only interest is men. Throughout the story, she not only fights to be loved by the men in her life but also fights for her state of Georgia as it falls to the Union army during the war.

I believe that Gone with the Wind portrays the Civil War time period very accurately. It depicts the hatred of the South towards the North during the war with great precision and shows the enthusiasm of the Confederate soldiers in their quest to keep slavery and live as a separate nation. The movie also shows the vast destruction of Atlanta as Sherman marched his Yankee soldiers and destroyed every inch of Georgia they passed throughout his infamous March to the Sea. The acting throughout the film makes the viewer feel every emotion of each character and captures the attention of the audience instantly. Gone with the Wind is a movie that everyone should watch at some point in his/her lifetime.

Because of its length of just under four hours, young children probably shouldn’t watch it. I believe that any student studying the Civil War should watch this classic movie and anyone over elementary school age would not only appreciate the historical aspects of this movie but also the quest for true love seen throughout it. Because of this great movie, Gone with the Wind will never be gone at all.

“Flags of Our Fathers” by Taylar Johnson

A single shot can end a war. This is proven true in the war movie Flags of Our Fathers. Flags of Our Fathers is a movie based on the lives of the soldiers who raised the American Flag at Iwo Jima, and gave the hope to win World War Two. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starred in by actors such as Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, and Jesse Bradford, the movie has been nominated for two Oscars. The movie was released on Oct 20th in 2006. It runs around 2 hours, and is rated R by the normal movie standards. You can find Flags of Our Fathers at the New Castle Henry County Public Library in DVD form or at almost any local video store.

Flags of Our Fathers is based on the history of the battle at Iwo Jima in WWII. Five days into that battle a picture was taken of five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising a United States flag on Mount Suribachi. This picture stood as a symbol of hope in one of the bloodiest battles of the war and gave the American people the hope to go on. The movie follows the lives of the three of six flag raisers who left Iwo Jima alive, and their lives afterwards. These three men are held up for the whole nation to see and deemed heroes: the best the U.S. has to offer. Flags of Our Fathers is the story of how the three men who became heroes dealt with the things they had seen on Iwo Jima and dealt with the pressure of becoming a hero.

This movie was a fresh perspective of World War Two. The characters were well portrayed by the actors and deeply thought out. It was made even more interesting by the flashbacks of the war and various times. It brought the viewer into the thoughts and memories of the characters. Flags of Our Fathers raises questions in the viewer as to what happens after the war. What happens after you have fought for your country and the ones you love? Maybe this movie is only one side of it, or maybe it’s the only side, and those who can cope with what they had seen and done seem okay.

Flags of Our Fathers was a great movie. The only drawback is that younger children should not watch it. The graphics and language may be disturbing and should be reserved for around age 15 or 16. People who have trouble dealing with profanity and violence should not watch this movie. However, if the above requirements are met, go rent it as soon as possible. It is a wonderful movie, and it put war as well as heroism into perspective. As said by James Bradly, “I have finally come to understand why they where so uncomfortable being called heroes.”

“Letters from Iwo Jima” by David Hudson

“For our homeland, until the very last man, our duty is to stop the enemy right here. Do not expect to return home alive.” -General Kuribayashi. This was what the Japanese were told when fighting for the island of Iwo Jima. They knew they were fighting a hopeless battle but did not surrender for one more day they held the island was one more day their family was safe.

The movie Letters from Iwo Jima, released in 2006, was a successful attempt by director Clint Eastwood to create a nonbiased film based on the battle for the island Iwo Jima. Eastwood used a fairly unknown cast except for Ken Watanabe (General Kuribayashi) for this groundbreaking film.

The movie is based on the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, but from the Japanese point of view. The battle took place because the Allies wanted control of all the islands surrounding Japan. The island Iwo Jima is located right beside the country of Japan and was a key strategic point for both sides. If the Americans could capture the island, they would have a location to launch an invasion of Japan; and if the Japanese could hold the island, it would hold off the allies from invading their country. The movie shows the strategy and battles the Japanese used to attempt to hold the island of Iwo Jima.

In my opinion this was a great movie. Its definitely not one for the kids hence the R rating, but it is good to see a movie not completely based on the United States being the good guys. The movie shows that we are all the same and many of the soldiers did not even know why the war was taking place. They just wanted to be home with their families the same as the American soldiers. I believe you should give this movie a chance. It will be worth your time

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