Category Archive – What’s Going On

Farewell Alan Rickman

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IMG_2301As most of you may know, Alan Rickman passed away today at the early age of 69 due to cancer (Avada Kedavra to you cancer!).  Many fans around the world, including Potterheads, are mourning such a terrible loss.  I can truly say that we lost an incredible gifted man, who brought Severus Snape (and many other characters/roles) more to life.

Unlike most of my friends, coworkers, etc., I did not grow up reading Harry Potter, nor did I watch the films when they were released. I just didn’t get the whole obsession so I ignored every bit of it as much as I could.  It wasn’t till a year ago, when my best friend convinced me to read the series.  It took me a while before I could start and get a hang of it.  It was something entirely different from anything I read before.  I was in my last year of university, hustling to get work done and reading a page or two every chance I could get.  So yes, it took me a lot longer to read than most.

With every book, chapter, spell and character that came along, I fell more in love with the series.  But, it wasn’t till the third book, Prisoner of Azkaban when I realized I was deeply drawn in.  It was that moment when I was introduced to Sirius that I knew I had to keep reading.  Of course, there were several characters I wanted to just strangle – Dolores Umbridge, Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Snape, etc.  However, they each played a significant role that I would never, ever dare suggest to change.

The series was a deep emotional rollercoaster for me.  When I really think about it, I think if I were to have read the series at an early age in my life, I wouldn’t have had such a deep connection or appreciation as I do now.  I’ll be honest with you – I turned 28 when I read the first novel.  So you can just imagine, a girl at 28 with so much personal history, emotional drama, relationships etc.  I understood exactly how Hermione, Ron, Harry and Snape felt.  I felt excited when feelings started to flourish, I cried the moment we said goodbye Sirius, I cried the moment we said goodbye to Dumbledore and I cried when we said goodbye to Snape.

My feelings for Snape changed dramatically once I figured out the truth – I felt sorry for him as I would for any friend of mine.  I understood his love and his reasons for being so angry.  So today, when I discovered that Alan Rickman passed on, I couldn’t help but remember those feelings I had when I fell in love with Snape.

So thank you Alan for making Snape, and the Harry Potter world that much more real for me.



More picks from the Pleasant Ridge Teen Book Club

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This month the Pleasant Ridge Teen book Club recommends:

Elizabeth – Shades of Grey Jasper Fforde

Shelly – Written in the Stars Aisha Saeed

Paula – Shadowfell Juliet Marillier

Juliana Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall Katie Allender

Kaitlyn Scorpio Races Maggie Stiefvater

Shruthi We Were Liars E Lockhart

Talia Lying Game Sara Shepard

Jennifer Sword Art Online Aincrad (Volume 1) Reki Kawahara

Theepa Unquiet Past Kelley Armstrong

Maya Dead Girls Don’t Lie Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dina Going Bovine Libba Bray

Katia Winter Marissa Meyer

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