Archive for July, 2009

americas_champion_swimmerAmerica’s Champion Swimmer written by David Adler and illustrated by Terry Widener is an inspiring story about Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel. Ederle swam since she wasa small child, and was part of the 1924 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Paris. She one three medals at the Olympics and by 1925 had set twenty-nine U.S. and world records for swimming. But there was still one more challenge she had not yet faced: the English Channel. More than twenty miles wide, often rough and choppy, and bitterly cold, the Channel had never before been conquered by a woman. Of the many men and women who had made the attempt, only five men had successfully completed the swim, which because of rough waters, usually turns out to be much longer than 20 miles. Gertrude’s first attempt to swim the Channel in 1925 was unsuccessful, but that didn’t stop her from trying again the next year. As it turned out, that day in August, 1926 was her moment.

Mermaid Queen written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham tells the story of Annette Kellerman, a swimmer from Australia who made waves all over the world. Born twenty years before Gertrude Ederle, Annette Kellerman not only swam, but did amazing dives and something new that people hadn’t seen before–water ballet. In 1905, Annette made an unsuccessful attempt to swim across the English Channel. She was the first woman to make such an attempt, and at that time only one man had successfully swam the Channel. While Annette never managed to swim the Channel, she did inspire numerous women with her courage and perseverence. Not only did Annette swim, she also designed swimsuits for women which were sleeker, freer and much easier to wear.

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13 Days of August 2009


Thursday Thirteen #77

This week I’m looking ahead to next month (mostly because I’m taking my vacation then.) So, here are 13 events, one each for the first thirteen days of the month.

August 1-13:
1. It’s National Mustard Day, so get out there and add mustard to things.

2. Celebrate Sisters’ Day by showing appreciation for your sisters, biological or otherwise.

3. Happy Birthday to Martin Sheen. He is 69 today. *yay*

4. Happy Birthday to Barack Obama. He is 48 today. *confetti* *cheers*

5. If you missed the solar eclipse, here’s your chance to catch today’s Lunar eclipse.

6. It’s National Fresh Breath Day! So…maybe avoid garlic?

7. It’s Professional Speakers Day. Not a job that I want, really.

8. Today is Happiness Happens Day, which is ironic as today is also the day I return from vacation.

9. Happy Birthday to Gillian Anderson. She is all of 41 today.

10. Happy Birthday to Antonio Banderas. He celebrates the big 49 today.

11. This is the 25th anniversary of Presidential Joke Day. Remember that “off-the-record” microphone test comment from Ronald Reagan?

12. Today we celebrate Vinyl Record Day. Did you know that I have Jethro Tull’s Songs from the Wood on vinyl? What cool albums do you still have?

13. Alfred Hitchcock was born on this day in 1899. Why not watch one of his films today to celebrate?

Chase’s Calendar of Events 2009

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Not one, but two versions of John Milton’s Paradise Lost are in the works, according to SciFi Wire. One is in pre-production with an expected 2011 release date. The other is currently in development with a release date currently listed in 2012. I wonder which one will come out on top.

Philip K. Dick’s book, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is headed for the big screen. It’s currently in development with a 2011 release date. So many of his books make really popular films. It will be interesting to see how this one comes out.

And finally, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel is headed for the big screen and I can’t wait. I loved the book, so here’s hoping that they don’t screw it up. Done well it could be a steampunk tour de force for teens. It’s currently in pre-production with a 2011 release date.

…And that’s it for this book adaptation update.

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Centerville held a 2-day Kids Library Camp on June 23rd and 25th. The registration was full in three days but the inquiries never stopped, even when the camp was already in session. Thirty-six kids in grades 4 to 7 attended and all left with happy comments like “It was awesome!”, This was a really fun camp. I want to do it next year!!!”, “This was so rad!” Wow!

Take a look of this video to see what kids were learning and the fun we all had. I tried to cover all the sessions in the order they were presented but had to leave out the exciting Contest. The pictures of the contest were deleted by mistake. 😥

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Recently, at San Diego Comic-Con 2009, there was a panel discussion of the upcoming Twilight Saga film known as New Moon. Since I know that there are at least a dozen of us in this world who couldn’t make it to that sold-out event, I am posting the panel here for you to watch courtesy of Youtube. Be warned. There is much in the way of screaming.

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2if-gpLsuM
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llkL78izRCg
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MISB-sjDkSQ
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyE0wad71RE
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeQyWL4RDZA
Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4qoNnTctiE

(Pssst! You didn’t hear this from me, but if you want to see the new clips shown during the panel, go here and here. Also? There’s a lot of screaming. Mind your ears.)

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Thursday Thirteen #76

Once again, I had a little too much fun this week and I bring you thirteen books with Library in the title. Do you have any books that you would like to add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

13 Books with Library in the Title:

1. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
2. The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
3. Library : an unquiet history by Matthew Battles
4. The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
5. Library Lil by by Suzanne Williams
6. Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
7. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
8. Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library by Eth Clifford
9. L is for Library by Sonya Terry
10. Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
11. Free for all: oddballs, geeks, and gangstas in the public library by Don Borchert
12. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
13. The Library by Sarah Stewart

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The seemingly never ending stream of books headed for the big screen continues. Mind you, I prefer that to the endless remakes the folks in Hollywood seem to be intent upon of late, but I digress.

Winning the “Seriously? They’re going to film that?” award this time around is Chariots of the Gods? by Erich Von Daniken. According to SciFi Wire, this non-fiction book is being made into a Science Fiction film. It’s currently in development with a tentative 2012 release date.

Sarah Mylnowski’s teen fantasy book Gimme a Call is also beginning the journey to the big screen. It’s in development right now, and they’re giving it a release date sometime in 2011.

The rights for The Stoneheart Trilogy by Charlie Fletcher have been picked up. One assumes that they will start with Stoneheart, but the imdb is listing the trilogy as one entity. Mind you, there is a listing for “Stoneheart,” but no way to tell if it’s the correct one. The trilogy is in development with a 2012 release date.

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scollins-210-Hg--jacketThe  Hunger Games by  Suzanne Collins  is  a non – stop action filled books that leaves  you breathless and with a lot  to think  about.

The  Story:  Years ago,  there was a war.  A very bad  war.  The North American Continent is  now divided  into districts.   12  living and a 13th that was bombed into oblivion.  The closer  you  are to the capitol district , the better  you life  is.   As part of their control,  the Capitol  has invented  the Hunger Games.  Every year, each district must send one boy and one  girl (  age 12- 18) to the games.  The game is survival and  the last child alive  is  the winner. 

The Hunger  Games are  broadcast on TV, every  minute.  Viewing is required by  law.  The games  are like our current reality  TV — Strategies, alliances, even costuming.  But the stakes are  much  higher.

Fast reading and  some what disturbing reading for  teens and up.  The first  in a series.

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Earlier today a friend pointed me to the FBI Freedom of Information Act website’s linked FBI file on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. This lead me to a most interesting hunting trip through the website. You see, they have some of their most requested documents made into .pdfs for all to access. A few of the more interesting items you will find linked below. Why not pop by and see what you can find?

What did I find?
* The file on Desi Arnez

* Lucille Ball’s testimony at the 1953 House Select Committee on Un-American Activities hearings.

* Files pertaining to the Beatles.

* Research on the topic of ESP

* Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In

* The original Roswell 1 page teletype

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Tut Returns

King Tut is back at the De Young after 30 years and still fascinating people of all ages if the crowds at the museum are any sign. Haven’t been able to make it yet? Take a look at the King Tut exhibition page to get an idea of what there is to see and when to plan your trip. For a little background information on the discovery of Tut’s tomb and the mysterious fate of the man who found it, take a look at the this video from National Geographic.

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