Can You Read Half A Million….Pages?

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GooniesHEY YOU GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYS! (If you’ve never seen the Goonies before check it out and watch it like now. Trust me. Best. Summer. Movie. EVER!!!!)

Anyways, guess what? No seriously. Guess.

THE TEEN SUMMER READING CHALLENGE IS BACK!!!!!

You read that right. The annual “read ‘em till you can’t read no more” bonanza is back and this time it’s better than ever. This year we at VPL (Vaughan Public Libraries) are challenging YOU (the collective you as in all of you) to come together and read 500,000 pages. That’s half a million if my mathematic skills are correct.

But why half a million?

Well, it’s a pretty big number see? It’s got a lot of zeros see? And saying that the Teens of Vaughan read half a million pages in two months is bragging rights for all see? There’s this thing called an iPad Mini that’s up for grabs to one lucky reader see? All worthwhile endeavors.

Interested?

I thought you’d be.

Alright, hold those horses until I give you all of the particulars about this epic community read-a-thon. Here are some things you need to know:

1. You do not have to read 500,000 pages on your own. The goal is for ALL teens across Vaughan to read a TOTAL of 500,000 pages by the end of the summer (August 30th)

2. For every 100 pages that you read you earn 1 ballot that will go into our iPad draw. Meaning: The more you read the better your chances are of winning!

3. The contest is open for teens 13-18 years old (12 if you’re turning 13 in 2015).

4. Every week you can try your hand at the Guessing the Cover contest for a chance to win a prize pack.

5. In order to win you need to create an account on the contest page and submit your pages throughout the summer. ESP does not count people! We’re librarians, not psychics! Well….we could be psychic librarians…..

And that’s it! Pretty easy peasy super simple no? Excellent. After all these five hundred thousand pages are not going to read themselves you know.

Well then what are you all waiting for? GET READING PEOPLE!
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Week of Geek: Back to the Future turns 30 today

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On July 3, 1985, a movie was released that, unknowingly at the time, would be followed by two sequels, an animated series, legions of fans over generations, cosplayers and the undying reverence of the DeLorean car.

Yep.  Back to the Future was released 30 years ago today.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, let me give you the rundown.  Teen Marty McFly (our own Michael J. Fox) is sent back in time 30 years to 1955 when his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) invents a time machine in a DeLorean.  Marty then must team up with the younger Doc Brown to not only get back to his own time but to ensure that his parents, who are teens themselves in this era, end up together or else Marty might be wiped from existence.

Not only was the movie a hit when it was released, but since then it’s become a universally beloved Sci Fi film and constantly makes Best Of lists.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen DeLoreans at Sci Fi conventions.  It’s a movie that holds up, and that’s why we celebrate it 30 years later.

So place a hold on the first movie here, and if you’d like to see more the sequels are here and here.

And crank it!

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Musical Tribute for James Horner

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James Horner MoviesSo much has happened this week in world-wide news! But I want to tell you about something you may have missed in your news feed this week. This week we have lost another great one. We have lost many great ones recently; Robbin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, Sir Christopher Lee and unfortunately the great men and women of this age will continue to pass on as the years go by.

This week we have lost  James Horner.James Horner James Horner may not be a name that you recognize because he’s not an actor, like those previously mentioned. But you will know his work. He is a composer, meaning that he wrote the music that you hear in the background of many favourites and movies dear to our hearts.

He is most well known for his Titanic Score. He won an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score for the music and won Best Original Song for the famous “My Heart Will Go On” Titanic song. Those are just a few things he won an Oscar for. He has been nominated for other scores such as James Cameron’s Aliens, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind and Avatar. He has scored over 100 films and many of them we grew up with.

For those of us that grew up in the 80′s and 90′s, you will remember the classic kids movies that you sat watching for hours such as Balto, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Honey I Shrunk the Kids and The Mask of Zorro. Well James Horner composed the music to ALL those movies. Can you believe it? He has touched all our lives, both as children and as adults, through his music. Horner once said, “I’m different from some other composers because I don’t look at this as just a job. I see music as art.” And that is definitely what his music is- art. We have definitely lost a master of his craft. We are fortunate that he lives on through his music.

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If you want to take a look at his work we have a large selection of his musical scores here.  If you want to delve into the magical world of movie music, take a look at our collection of Soundtracks that Inspire. You will find James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, John Williams and many more composers that make our movie going experience something that touches our souls.

I went to Hogwarts! You went to Hogwarts! We all went to Hogwarts!

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hogwarts1 300x300 Photo J.K Rowling, author of the very famous Harry Potter books has recently tweeted All these people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together” continuing on to say “Of course it happened inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it wasn’t real?“. That’s a pretty awesome thing to say to fans. It means a lot to me because I was the same age as Harry when I started reading the books and grew up with him as the rest of the series was still being written . You may not have been exposed to the books in that time  (ah, was I ever so young?). But if you’ve fallen in love with more recent book series, then you know what fun it is to anticipate the release of the next book. Spending your class breaks discussing theories for what might happen next, discussing favourite characters and loathsome characters, making fan art and even your own fan fiction comic book that incorporates you and your friends in that fantasy world! (maybe you didn’t do the last one, but my friends and I were/are incredibly hard-core fans … and nerds). If you didn’t get the chance to do that or are simply nostalgic for it, then I would like to introduce you to … POTTERMORE!

Pottermore is J.K Rowling’s official Harry Potter website that lets you in on the wizarding world, get sorted in a Hogwarts house, choose a wand (or rather have a wand choose you), cast spells, brew potions and discover more to the wizarding world. There are backstories and new works that Rowling wrote to fulfill every fan’s unquenchable thirst for all things Potter! It’s been around since 2012, but if you never knew about it – now you do!
If you’re sorted into Gryffindor, I look forward to meeting you in the Common Room. Cheers!

Music for your weekend; A Cappella style with Pentatonix

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Since the weekend’s coming, and it’s time to crank some tunes, here’s a mostly a cappella group you may have heard of before and might want to give more of a listen to.  Here’s Pentatonix.

If you’d like to hear more, put a hold on their albums here.  And for a great movie featuring a cappella groups you can’t go wrong with Pitch Perfect (and then listen to the soundtrack by placing a hold here and here).

Acca-believe it!

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