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Month of the Macabre Week 2: The Woman in Black

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, What's Going On
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“…We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.”

Sorry, had to set the mood again.  If not now, then when?

Yep, it’s week two of Month of the Macabre at the Pierre Berton Library.  This week we’re screening a MOTM favorite, one that’s become a bit of a tradition as I believe we’ve shown it every year since we began the theme of October scary movies.  That would be Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter follow-up The Woman in Black.  Set in the early 20th century in a creepy isolated village Radcliffe plays a young lawyer who arrives to go over the final possessions and home of a deceased woman.  It goes about as well as you would expect.

That’s Friday at 2:45pm in the teen area.

“We now return control of your television set to you. Until next week at the same time, when the control voice will take you to – The Outer Limits.”

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Month of the Macabre begins again with Carrie

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, What's Going On
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It is officially October, which means colder days, brightly colored leaves and the sense of dread that hangs in the air as the last night of the month approaches.  So how do we mark the occasion?  Well, here at Pierre Berton, we do many things, but one of the best is the Month of the Macabre, where our weekly Movie Break program is taken over by movies to frighten, chill and thrill the average teen viewer.  Bwa ha ha ha ha!

This week we kick things off with Carrie.  Based on Steven King’s debut novel and a remake of the 1976 horror classic, Carrie stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a bullied teen who discovers she may have the power to fight back.  Here’s the trailer.

That’s this Friday, 2:45pm at the Pierre Berton Library.  If you end up watching through your hands, nobody would blame you.

Stay tuned for more spine-tingling movies every Friday this October.  And watch out for Hitchcock cameos.

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Finito!! The Teen Summer Reading Challenge

by Vee  | Category: It's here!, Randomness, What's Going On
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Hey guys,  so summer is officially over (that went by waaaaaaaaay to quickly for me, I don’t know about you, jeez!)  Anywho, you are all now back in school, some of you have maybe started high school for the first time, some of you are now in university..Boy O Boy!  What changes!

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve now emailed our winners for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, as well as our winners of the draws from the different contests we ran this summer.  So, check your email!!!  Fingers crossed that I emailed YOU!!!

For those crazy curious folk, our top reader managed to squeeze a grand total of 63, 152 pages this summer.  Yeah, that’s right.  WowEE!

Kudos to you all. I hope you had fun, and are kicking things off to a good start this fall at school.
Stay classy, Vaughan

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

by rosebud13  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Must-Read Fiction, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why cover imageThirteen Reasons Why takes us through a journey that explains a dreadful tragedy. One day, Clay Jensen received a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep from an anonymous source. His enthusiastic anticipation quickly turned to horrific shock as he heard the voice recorded: Hannah Baker, the girl who commit suicide only two weeks before. Throughout the novel, Hannah Baker leads us through her eerie and frightening story about how she brought herself to make such a decision to end her life. She did not start out depressed although the series of events that took place in her life lead to her depressed state. She began as the new girl in town whom was friendly and fearless. At the new school she was attending, Crestmont High School, she met a boy named Justin Foley. They grew to be attracted to one another and decided to go out. The date was simple and innocent, although Justin did not tell it that way. The over exaggeration gave Hannah a reputation she did not want. This created the snowball effect, as Hannah refers to it as. The snowball effect is a numerous amount of experiences (in this case negative) that keep adding on to each other and creating a bigger problem as the amount of experiences grow. In the end, Hannah could not take anymore of those negative experiences as they were too much for her to handle. I liked this book because, for me, the main point was that people have the immense power to change the lives of others and it can be in either a good or bad way; sometimes one will not even know it. After reading this piece of literature, any reader will involuntarily reflect and think about how quickly someone’s words or actions can impact another person for better or for worse and create great issues that, sometimes, cannot be fixed. I think it is important that each and every individual understands how much power they have over another human being.

 “You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

- Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

by marialovesanimals  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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3244 cover imageThe 438 page novel Fangirl is by Rainbow Rowell , the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, and is a beautiful story of moving on which also introduces readers to a heart warming plot enhanced by the themes of friendship, family, and first love. This story follows in the narrative of a fan-fiction loving girl who learns that life off the computer and outside the writing forums isn’t that scary after all but really enjoyable and worthwhile to experience.

Cather Avery, or most preferably known as Cath, has been a huge fan of the Simon Snow series since she was a young girl. But unlike all of Gemma T. Leslies adoring fans Cath and her twin sister Wren take their fandom to an entirely different level. They use their extraordinary writing skills to write the most popular Simon fan-fiction, stories based on Simon Snow characters, to help them get through the pain and grief of their mother leaving them. Although, throughout the years Wren has been gradually drifting away from her obsession and her sister Cath has become even more ensconced in it.Now the time has come for these girls to head of to college and begin a new era in their lives and let go of the past.

After living together in the same room for many years the sisters decide not to be roommates, well it’s truly Wren who decides and Cath who follows behind like usual. This year will be a very hard one for Cath and she knows it. Without Wren by her side she is unsure if she’ll be able to tackle all the things thrown her way. For instance, at school Cath battles her piles of homework, her fiction writing teachers beliefs and her odd roommates opinions. In addition, she also worries over her father who isn’t strong enough to withstand his breakdowns alone, because both his children live to far away to travel home as frequently as he wishes. Thirdly, Cath hasn’t been talking or hanging out with Wren since their roommate fight and can’t let go of the fact her sister is changing. Lastly, Cath has been writing Simon Snow fan-fiction for as long as she can remember and this year she is finally going to finish her longest story ever, Carry On Simon. But there’s one problem, how will she finish in time before the debut of the last Simon Snow book with so many other hectic things going on in her life? And as the year transgresses so expands Cath’s ideas about life and school. While also learning many new things in class, with the help of her friends and family Cath also finally learns how to breaks out of her shell so that she can see the beauty around her , even past her laptop screen.

In conclusion, Fangirl is a lovely book that really puts the reader in the shoes of the characters. I loved learning more about fanfiction and reading some of Caths throughout the book. It is also a really fun story that has a perfectly written plot with no boring parts either. I would  recommend Fangirl to anyone that enjoys the author Rainbow Rowells writing, who loves writing themselves ,and for students in high school or college. In short, this is a quick passed book with many unforgettable characters and I’m sure anyone who loves reading realistic fiction will love this book too!