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Sherlock Holmes and The Mystery of the Locked Rooms (Escape The Library)

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Come John! They have issued us a challenge. We accept!

John Watson: We do?

Sherlock: Yes, yes. Come on! Time waits for no man so devil take the hindmost and let us be off!

John Watson: But where are we going? Sherlock, details! I can’t read your mind remember. And will you slow down!

Sherlock: Slow down? The countdown is on! We are running out of time! We need to get to the library! There are mysteries to be solved John. Mysteries!

John Watson: Well, yes of course, but what mysteries? Which library? What time? And why are we running? For heaven’s sake Sherlock for the last time I am a doctor not a psychic!

Sherlock: John, do you not know? How can you not know? Faster man!Sherlock John

John Watson: To be quite honest I don’t. Would you mind explaining? What are you? Part gazelle? Will you please slow down!

Sherlock: The library John! The Vaughan Public Libraries have issued a challenge to solve the mysteries of the Locked Rooms! They expect people to solve whatever maniacally clever contraptions they have devised in hopes of preventing us from escaping. They want us to Escape the Library John. Do you know what that means!

John Watson: For once spending Saturday evening locked up with nice regular people instead of ones trying to kill us?

Sherlock: YES! You always go on about how we should get out more often so now we can. It’ll be fun John. Just think of the possibilities! Think of the riddles. The codes. The cypher keys. The encrypted messages. The ticking time bomb!

John Watson: Wait…what?!

Sherlock: I meant that metaphorically. It adds to the suspense.Johnlock

John Watson: I’m sure it does. But what time does it start? Or rather when?

Sherlock: Saturday. The 28th. Of November. After hours only. At the Bathurst Clark and the Pierre Berton libraries. The message said they lock the doors at 7:00pm and it is supposed to end at the final stroke of midnight. Five hours locked in with strangers, books…and librarians.

John Watson: Really?

Sherlock: Yes. Really. Also, there will be food. And some sort of prize. And a movie, for those that prefer that sort of thing.

John Watson: So a regular Saturday night out then?

Sherlock: Indeed.

John Watson: Well. That doesn’t sound so bad. But, do they know we’re coming?

Sherlock: Of course they do. I have signed us up months ago. I do not leave situations like this to mere chance.

John Watson: And you’re only telling me about this now?

Sherlock: You have always said you wanted a surprise that would not be the death of you. So…surprise.

John Watson: How considerate of you Sherlock. I do believe you’re starting to grow as a person. But before we go promise me that you’ll give others the chance to solve some of the problems.

Sherlock: What? Why? No!

John Watson: Sherlock. We talked about this.

Sherlock: sigh Fine.  

Can you Escape From The Library?

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Mission impossible

This message will self-destruct in 30…29…28…27…

Your Mission: Escape from the Library

Details: You find yourself locked in a room with a handful of others. You may know them, you may not. But you all have one thing in common. The door is locked and the clock is ticking. Use your individual strengths and skills to team up and figure out how to solve puzzles, decode encryptions, and get the key before the clock runs down.

Outcome: Impossible? Only one way to find out.

Reward: Food, prizes, movies, and more. Come for the rooms, stay for the fun. That is if you make it out of course.

Date: Saturday November 28th, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 12:00 am (After hours until midnight)

Location: Bathurst Clark Resource Library and the Pierre Berton Resource Library

Where to Sign-up: Pre-register at the Service Desk and do it soon because spots are filling up fast.

Price: Free

5…4…3…2…1…Tom Cruise

Teen Book Club Picks

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cover imageThe Pleasant Ridge Library Teen Book Club has been meeting for almost a year. Over the year we have discussed a lot of books. This month we are reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

One of the things we do at the end of each session is tell everyone about a book that we recommend for the others to read. Here is our October list:

Shruthi’s Pick: Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
Shelly’s Pick: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Maya’s Pick: My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult
Katia’s Pick: Graceling Kristin Cashore
Jennifer’s Pick: Perks of Being a Wallflower  Stephen Chbosky
Kaitlyn’s Pick: I’ll Give you the Sun Jandy Nelson
Theepa’s Pick: Raven Boys Maggie Stiefvater
Juliana’s Pick: Slated Teri Terry
Christine’s Pick: Accident Season, The Moira Fowley-Doyle

Happy Reading! Christine the Librarian

Murder Mystery After Dark is this week!

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Hello again.  One more reminder that this Friday we have the Murder Mystery After Dark at the Pierre Berton Resource Library.  Costumes!  Decorations!  Food!  Fairy tales!  Someone’s going to die! (Well, not really, but we’re going to pretend!)  And all in a closed library you have practically free-reign of.  S’awesome!

Over the last few weeks I’ve brought you some heavy hitters in the Fairy Tale world.  Let’s do a two-for today.  We’ll start with the tale as old as time itself, that of Beauty and the Beast.  Of course, there’s the Disney animated classic, but if you’re looking for something a little more PG, there’s the book/movie Beastly, by Alex Flinn, about a popular gorgeous high school student who is made hideous by a teen witch and must find true love to break his curse.

There’s also Crazy Beautiful, a contemporary retelling; Of Beast and Beauty, set in a desert with warring factions; and Belle, which has wood carving, because of course it does.

And let’s shine a spotlight on Rapunzel and her extra-long hair.  Definitely gotta check out Tangled.

We’ll go back to Alex Flinn again with the book Towering, which is also set in modern times.  There’s Golden, which recasts Rapunzel as bald.  And lastly, The Beautiful Between, where a girl stuck studying sees herself as Rapunzel locked away in a tower.

Please call or visit us if you have any questions about Friday.  And don’t forget that Kelly Armstrong is coming to the Maple Library next week.  Exciting!

Hope to see ya!

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Murder Mystery After Dark coming next week!

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Hi again everyone

A week from Friday is our Murder Mystery After Dark program for teens at the Pierre Berton Resource Library.  Come on by the branch and sign up for some mysterious, murderous fun.

Keeping in line with the Fairy Tale theme, let’s take a look at the fairest of them all, Snow White.  This timeless tale has a step-mother so jealous of her step-daughter’s beauty that she tries to have the girl killed, a team of dwarves to become her new family, a poisoned apple and a happily ever after (natch).  You can always stick with the classic Disney animated film, but we’ve got some fresh takes on the character as well.  There’s the TV series Once Upon a Time that heavily features the characters.  Going back to the Lunar Chronicles there’s Fairest: Levana’s Story.  There’s also Alex Flinn’s Mirrored and Tracy Lynn’s Snow: A Retelling of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.

And if you’re looking for more movies I’ve got one cutesy option for you and one more gothic.  If you’re into cutesy go with Mirror Mirror, staring Julia Roberts.  If you’re looking for a much darker take try Snow White and the Huntsman, with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

Give us a call or a visit if you’d like to learn more about the Murder Mystery.  Hope to see you there.

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