Harry Potter & Roller Derby? A magical combo!

Hitditch CupRat City Rollergirls are presenting the Hitditch Cup this Saturday, April 26th…and you should be there!

Hitditch Cup will include skaters from Rat City being sorted into four different teams! The skaters have no idea what team they will be sorted to!!

Teams:
Gryffindor – coached by GRYFFINDORABLE
Ravenclaw – coached by Lexi Lovegood
Hufflepuff – coached by Sunny Badger
Slytherin – coached by Sheeza Death Eater

 

  • Game 1: Hufflepuff vs. Gryffindor
  • Game 2: Slytherin vs. Ravenclaw
  • Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner vs. Game 2

Teams compete for the Hitdich Cup and the House Cup!  Who will win the House Cup?  That’s up to you!

But the final bout will not be any ordinary bout – the audience can cast spells on the skaters and officials!  Some will help the team, some will hinder them, but all will be entertaining!!

5:30 p.m. – Sorting Hat Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – First Whistle!

Don’t know much about Roller Derby?  Check out this vid to learn the basics.

Visit BrownPapertickets.com to buy your tickets.  Or, reread/watch Harry Potter, lol.  :D

Teen Review: Code Geass

Code GeassTitle:  Code Geass

Original Story by:  Okochi, Ichiro

Summary:  In 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month due to Britannia’s deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles. The once proud nation of Japan was now referred to as Area 11. Pockets of resistance appear throughtout Area 11. Posing as a student, exiled Imperial Prince Lelouch finds himself in the heart of an ongoing conflict for the island nation. Lelouch gains his Geass (the power of the king), thanks to a mysterious girl named C.C. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within.

I started watching it because…I enjoy watching anime that involves strategy and Code Geass was all about that.

In a yearbook, the main characters would be voted Most Likely To:

  • Lelouch as the Man with the Brains, Suzaku as Athlete of the Month (Season 1).
  • Lelouch as “Messiah” and Savior of the Weak, Suzaku as Betrayer of Japan (Season 2).

This anime reminded me of Death Note.

~Endrias, Grade 10, Lake City Teen Blogger

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Book Shorts: Nameless

Title: Nameless (A Tale of Beauty and Madness)

NamelessAuthor: Lili St. Crow

3-Sentence Summary: Camille was found alone and freezing on a dark, snowy road by one of the most powerful and magical families in New Haven. She has no memory of her previous life and no reminders but the webbed scars across her snow white skin. Ten years later, now sixteen, Cami struggles to piece together her fragmented dreams for an explanation, and choose her place in the dark world unfolding.

Six word review: Snow White gets a wicked upgrade.

Star Rating: 8.5 out of 10

I started reading because… I love fairytales and their adaptations. I kept reading because… the setting of the book is incredibly imaginative and the premise is a wholly different take on the traditional Snow White story, though it still returns to its Grimm origins.

I loved the unique retelling, and the backhanded references to other fairytales. I was grossed out by the Catherine-Heathcliff dynamic between Cami and her adopted brother. Maybe it’s because I too have an adopted brother and know that there’s more to the taboo in intrafamilial romances than common genes. I couldn’t get enough of the creepy, magical universe that is New Haven, and the nonchalant way St. Crow just throws you into the mayhem.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, they would be voted: Fairest of Them All.

Online Resources of Interest:  The author has a website, and by all accounts she is quite prolific.

Anything else we should know:

Mystery. Romance. Intrigue. A good, fast-paced read for an otherwise boring day.

Allegedly, there’s a sequel from the fresh perspective of Cinderella on the way, and I’m so gonna read it.

–Maddie, 17, Teen Center Advisers

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Happy Earth Day!

Do something good for the planet today (or this month!), it’s Earth Day!

NASA is calling for a pic of you on Planet Earth. Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Google+ using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie, or post it to the groups at #GlobalSelfie on FB or the #GlobalSelfie on Flickr. You can also join the #GlobalSelfie at Google+. NASA will patch them all together and make a vid…check out last year’s highlights of Earth!

 

Here’s some fun Earth Facts from Trish, a mom-blogger. :)

Are you doing anything locally? Planted a tree? Encouraged recycling? Reduced your carbon footprint? Read a book (hey, it counts, and we’ve got lots)? Conserved water by fewer showers (my personal fave, lol)? Give us a shout-out and pic…we’ll give you full props and share your idea! :)

 

Go Team Earth!

Loren’s Top Five Teen Books

These are my personal top five favorite books about/for teens, in no particular order.

1. Perks of Being a Wallflower

I love Perks on a deep, emotional level. I read Perks when I get really sad, and nothing else will make me feel better. Charlie is the most likeable and relatable character I have ever known, and that’s how you feel after reading this amazing book, like you know him. Freshman year is tough (especially in the ’90s) and so far I haven’t had as much trouble as Charlie, but this book has helped me through some tough times.

2. The Hunger Games

I read this book for the first time in fifth grade, and feel like I may have outgrown it by now.  However, I still enjoy the story that everyone (and their grandmothers!) knows by now. I guess I just love the idea of fighting to the death with other teens, which is why I highly recommend Battle Royale, which is just a really violent Japanese Hunger Games with tolerable love stories that actually make sense.

3. Why We Broke Up

The beautiful watercolor illustrations from Maira Kalman wonderfully accompany Daniel Handler’s (who uses the pen name Lemony Snicket for his children books) writing of this tragic letter from a “different” (some call would call her “arty”) girl to the jock she has broken up with. She delivers this letter with a big box of memorabilia from their relationship (these are this items that Kalman illustrates). A word to the wise: Don’t read this book if you have recently broken up with someone. It will just make you sad.

4. The Giver

You were probably forced to read this at some point in your school career; if you have, go back and re-read it. You probably missed a lot. (If you weren’t forced to read it, you should!) I have read this book several times now and I am always noticing new and interesting things. Lois Lowry created a dystopian community that has always fascinated me.

5. The Fault in our Stars

I’m not a huge fan of John Green; I think his books are a little too similar concerning characters. But TFioS is undeniably the saddest book I have ever read. I really admire any book that can make me cry (I forgot to mention I always cry when you-know-who dies in The Hunger Games). TFioS isn’t even that sad all the time, you spend your time laughing and “aww-ing” along through most of the book. The characters are part of a beautiful story that makes me believe in love. But you are also telling yourself, “One of them is going to die! Or both! I know I’m going to cry!” Let’s just say that the ending left me devastated.

–Loren, 15, Teen Center Adviser

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STA Files: Devon (The Old-Timer)

D2 Once again, our intrepid interviewer Derrick has squeezed words of wisdom (er, well, at least experience?) from Devon, a three-year STA.  Interested in working at the library?  Read on for words straight from an “old timer.”  :)

Derrick: How did you hear about the program?

Devon: My brother worked as a Student Assistant during high school. He told me about the program and encouraged me to apply because of the flexible hours and attractive pay. Interested in the position, I volunteered just down the street from my high school at Lake City once a week to get a feel for the work environment. After getting my feet wet for about a year and half, I was finally hired as a Student Assistant at Northgate. The position is for three years and my term is finally coming up.

Derrick: How has this job helped you grow professionally?

Devon: I have learned how to treat everyone in a calm and respectful manner. In this way, I have been able to improve my customer service skills. The library has also provided free training sessions on safety and intellectual freedom that I have taken. In addition to this, I have learned how to use e-mail, computer software, using the cash register, printers, and copiers. I believe most jobs will require these skill sets so I believe that the library has effectively prepared me.

Derrick: What is it like working with and helping people from different backgrounds?IMAG1651

Devon: It can be challenging at times, but also really rewarding and fun. I get to experience other people’s cultures. It shapes my perspective and I feel because of it, I have become well-rounded. In addition to this, being biracial, I recognize and accept that there are different point-of-views.

Derrick: What will you miss most about being a Student Assistant?

Devon: I think I’ll miss the relaxed environment and the benefit of a flexible schedule while in school. Most of all, I will definitely miss the wonderful staff here. Everyone is so helpful and professional here at the library.

Derrick: So what are your plans for the future?

Devon: I am hoping to apply for a permanent position as a Library Associate through the Continuous Recruitment Program offered by the library. It is a way for the library to keep current employees’ applications for up to a year in hopes that they find a position they like.

Check out Nasiroh’s profile, our “newbie” STA.

And, remember, you have until April 30th to return your application materials.  So get’er done!