A Night to Dismember A.K.A Zombie Prom

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A night to dismember

On Saturday October 15th at 7pm the Pleasant Ridge Library will be hosting A Night to Dismember. Get your “prom-posals” ready because this is like a real prom. With suits, prom dresses, corsages, dancing, but all with a bit of a zombie flare! There will be a DJ and dancing, Zombie themed activities including trivia and the Thriller dance, and at the end we will crown the zombie king and queen. Food! Did I mention food? No not just brains, we’ll have pizza, drinks and snacks. Sound awesome? Either contact the library at 905-653-7323 or email me Christine.Oosterhof@Vaughan.ca to reserve your spot. It’s FREE!

 

 

Week of Geek: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

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Wassup Geeklings!  How you settling back into school?  It’s super fun I hope.

So this Thursday, Sept 22, is the Autumnal Equinox.  What does that mean?  Well, there’s 2 equinoxes every year, one in spring and one in fall, when the earth rotates around the sun in just such a way that all over the planet the day and night are split up pretty much equally, at 12 hours each.  Like the Solstices, which are also twice a year, once in summer and once in winter, and mark the longest day of the year (summer) and the shortest (winter), these four days mark the passage of time, the different seasons and how the earth is moving in space.  Our ancestors celebrated them way back in the day, and we still use them to break up the year.

But the big point I’m trying to make is that the Autumnal Equinox is also the first official day of Fall.  Which happens to be my VERY FAVORITE SEASON!

So much to love!  Let me count the ways…

And as if all that wasn’t enough, October has my 3rd favorite holiday (Thanksgiving) and my 2nd favorite holiday (Halloween).  November has my birthday!  And then it all leads into December, which has my favorite holiday (Christmas).  It’s a good stretch of awesomeness.

But what I wanted to talk about today is something that’s become such a part of fall, that it’s now a meme, a pop culture staple, and something everyone is talking about, selling or eating come Labor Day: Pumpkin Spice!

If you’ve been in a Tim Hortons, a Starbucks, a McDonalds, a grocery store or really anywhere lately, you’ll find big signs advertising Pumpkin Spice donuts, Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Frappes and, of course, the flag bearer in all of this, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, or PSLs.  (And in the interest of full disclosure, I’m drinking one now as I type this).

PSLs were first developed by Starbucks around 2003, and in the years since has become THE fall drink of choice.  The consumers have spoken; PSLs are a multi-million dollar industry for Starbucks, so everyone is getting in on it, sometimes with wacky results.

I, for one, am totally on board with this.  There is just something absolutely magical about that combination of (depending on how you make it) cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin.  It’s a full-body flavor; a little spicy, a little sweet, warm and wholesome.  It instantly takes you back to those bright fall colors and warm sweaters.  It’s delightful, and even wizards love it.  I’ll try it in pretty much anything.  I once made candied bacon with pumpkin spice seasoning.  Oh my gosh, it knocks your socks off.

Now, as with everything that’s popular, there are some detractors out there…

John Oliver, I absolutely love you to death, but come on!  PSLs do NOT taste like candles!  They wouldn’t be so popular if they did.

And, natch, pop culture is in on it too.  That whole thing about “The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow” is a play on the quote “The Spice must flow” from the movie Dune (based on the Frank Herbert Sci Fi novel series).  In Dune families quarrel over control of their desert planet and it’s main export, a mind altering drug called ‘spice’, which is produced by giant sand worms.  Yeah.

In last fall’s TV series Scream Queens, one character needs to have her PSL made a very certain way…

And if you don’t get it right, or if you argue with her, watch out!

So clearly, the PSL and Pumpkin Spice in general is not going away anytime soon.

What do you think Geeklings?  Are you on board with all this spicy goodness?  Are you all “ENOUGH ALREADY!”?  Do you keep your spice strictly to pies or maybe a latte or would you try it in other things?  Have you seen any other spice sightings in pop culture?  Post away.

So enjoy the season.  If you want to try some pumpkin recipes yourself, we’ve got some cookbooks on that very subject.  Stay tuned for more Halloween related posts as we get closer to the event, and be sure to sign up for the Pleasant Ridge Library’s Zombie Prom A Night to Dismember.  And until next time, End of Line.

CCRL Teen Book Club

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This month Teen Book Club will take place September 27th at 7:00 pm and the book to be discussed is:

Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison.

If you haven’t read this book, grab a copy and get reading! This book is light-hearted, witty and hilarious.

I’ll provide some games, some goodies and some laughs, all you have to do is bring an opinion!

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A Music Moment: A Cappella and Country (and it’s awesome)

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Get your ears ready to have their minds blown.

So that was a cappella superstars Pentatonix and country superstar Dolly Parton joining forces on one of Dolly’s biggest hits “Jolene”.  And just… yowza!  Love it!

I’m a fan of a cappella.  I’ve mentioned Pentatonix before and I love the Pitch Perfect movies.  Why am I a fan?  ‘Cause who needs instruments?  If you’re in an a cappella group you ARE the instrument!  All you need is some know-how, some resources, some hard work, the right people to get in on it and the will to make it happen.

BTW, did you know that at the Civic Centre Resource Library we have a recording studio?  *GASP!*  It’s true!  Check out our site here for more info on how to book and what’s involved.

Sing on!

New Program – Teen Issues Council

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Teen Issues Council is a new program being piloted at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library and Civic Centre Resource Library locations. Teen Issues Council is for teens 13+. We will discuss issues that matter to teens in an open and safe environment. Teens will gain public speaking skills, presentation skills and even debating skills. A librarian will be present at the meetings to guide teens to authoritative sources and also to help teens set up community speakers to present at their sessions. We are hoping that you will be able to promote this program to clubs in your school as well as in the guidance office. It will be held every Thursday night 7:00 – 8:30pm at Bathurst Clark and 3:30-5:00pm at Civic Centre. They can register either by emailing me @ Christine.oosterhof@vaughan.ca (please let me know which one you want to join) or calling 905-653-7323 and asking to speak to the information desk.