Teen Resume Workshop @ Bathurst Clark Resource Library

by Alexandra  | Category: It's here!, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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Photo cover imageHey teens, Bathurst Clark Resource Library is going to hosting a really cool program on Resume Writing on Wednesday April 30th from 6:30 – 7:45 PM

I sat in on the program last year, and it was really really informative – even I who is, well older and have written a million (or so it seems) resumes even pick up some really useful tips

I would highly recommend this program to you – and your friends (yes, your friends can come even if they have never stepped foot into a library).  If you want to sign up please call 905-653-7323, and ask to speak to someone at the Information Desk at Bathurst Clark Resource Library.

New X-Men trailer brings the 70s to life! Plus, see the events that led to the Future Past

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Super Fan
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OH MY GOSH!  NEW TRAILER AND IT LOOKS SO AWESOME!

Wow!  Just…wow!  As per usual, EW has an in-depth look here.  70s fashion?  Check!  70s music in the background courtesy of Led Zeppelin?  Check!  (I’ll be downloading that song tonight; for the record, it’s called “Kashmir”)  Full roster of past and future X-Men?  Check!  Sentinels?  Check!  Another Quicksilver?  Check and check!  Just a little over a month to go before we get our time travel/post-Captain America comic book geekdom/”mutant and proud” on!  Gaaaaaah!

To help whet everyone’s appetite even more (like that’s necessary), Fox and Marvel have created a website called 25 Moments.  This site offers the alternate world history that leads to the devastating future that Wolverine must travel to the past to prevent (it’s complicated).

Check it out and learn about the history that leads to X-Men: Days of Future Past, out May 23rd.  And in the mean time check out the graphic novel storyline that inspired the film and the movies that have preceded it.

And now the question becomes…Who will pull off the better Quicksilver?  Avengers: Age of Ultron or X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Even Peters Aaron Taylor Johnson quicksilver Photo

Oh, it is ON! And history will tell on this one.

Schooled

by Alise T  | Category: Reading Lounge
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Schooled cover imageThis novel, written by Anisha Lakhari, was quite an enjoyable quick-read as it portrayed the typical life of a teacher and what it is really like out there. We don’t usually encounter books like this, but when we do, they are worth the read. 22-year-old Anna Taggert is a dedicated young woman, eager for independence and a teaching career where she can shape the minds of young, hard-working people. However, when she lands a job at an exclusive private middle school in New York, reality checks in. For the first time, Anna is exposed to the hardships of a teacher who must work endlessly to plan lessons and grade papers, only to receive a lousy pay check that can barely afford her some new furniture. In addition, Anna struggles to connect with her 7th grade class that consists of a variety of students between the shy and the popular. Soon enough, Anna realizes how other teachers are able to afford Gucci and Prada, and why her students’ papers are so very intellectually and thoroughly written. Teachers everywhere seem to be making thousands of dollars as “tutors” to very wealthy children, by writing the papers for them and thus pleasing the parents. At first, Anna is appalled and judgemental. But soon, she herself gets sucked into the rich lifestyle, driven by a guilty desire for designer and couture. Sooner or later, it all becomes too much for Anna and she must devise a plan to put a stop to the lie she herself had contributed to and greatly benefited from. This novel is hilarious and very enjoyable, as it shows every girl’s inner desire for fancy fashion, no matter at what cost. It consists of endless references to designer products and famous labels  It also gives us a preview of what a teacher’s life is really like and the experience of being on the other end of the classroom. Many of us have always secretly wanted to be the teacher and not the student. Now that we are slowly beginning to prepare for our future careers and our possibilities, Schooled is a great book to give you an inside on the adult world and a brief preview of reality.

More Dragon anticipation with new trailer!

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Super Fan
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httyd poster 2 Photo

Just adding to what Sarah was talking about in her post yesterday, yes, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a must for your list of summer movie viewing.  And btw, here’s a new, just released trailer!

I didn’t think I could be any more excited, but there’s the proof!  June can’t get here fast enough.

funny gif Train Dragon picture day1 Photo

Animation Station: Flying High With Dragons

by Sarah  | Category: Movie Madness, Randomness, Reading Lounge
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So, Disney took home the Oscar this year for Best Animated Feature with Frozen.

*cricket chirp*

Imagine the “so not surprised/amused in the slightest” look on my face right now. Then draw a suave mustache on it.

You may have already heard that this year there is a Non-Disney-Princess-Heads-Up-Pixar film that’s set to swoop into theatres and knock audience members for a loop come June. This animation lover is keeping fingers and toes crossed that it blasts away any and all competition for 2014. After all, it has dragons in it. So many dragons.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the sequel to DreamWorks ground-breaking animated Oscar nominated epic How To Train Your Dragon and is the second movie of the planned trilogy. Loosely based off the novels by Cressida Cowell Dragon 2 picks up a few years after the first film. The main characters have grown up a bit, it totally shows, and more dragons have joined the party on the Viking island of Berk. A new diabolical plot, a mysterious stranger, and incredible flight segments that will knock the current bar of visuals excellence right out of the park.

Another thing to look forward to is the film’s soundtrack. The How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack created by composer John Powell was a runner for the Soundtrack Oscar in 2011 for best original score. Some of the songs have such a powerful push to them that the only thing to do is to add them to your “Music to Inspire” workout playlist and up the volume for maximum impact. Here is just a taste of how heart-pound the music from the soundtrack is.

The one downside to Dragons 2 is the wait. June feels like an eternity away. But, like all things in life, there are hacks to help deal with the situation at hand. Two of them to be precise. Dragons: Riders of Berk. Part 1 and Part 2, Dragons: Defenders of Berk. Part 1and Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury are fully animated features that contain more action, adventure, and hilarious dragon moments to help tide fans over until the new movie. I had no idea they existed until last month and now I am hooked watching them nonstop. I seem to have grown fond of the slap-stick toilet humour of the dunderheaded twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut and of course there is always Toothless. How can anyone not love that plasma blasting unholy offspring of lightning and death itself?

Without a doubt, dragons are incredible.

How to train your dragon 2