Category Archive – What’s Going On

A light in the darkness

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A rather melodramatic sounding title, huh??  Well, never mind that.  The point that I as wanting to make was that I all of a very sudden, just 5 minutes ago, had a thought that made me feel much better.  Now, to preface that with a back story so those of you who are all ‘what are you talking about??!?’ can follow along…

For the past couple weeks I’ve been rather down in the dumps, as it were….sad, angry, frustrated….in some ways it looked like I was jumping around through all the different stages of grief (without ever really getting to ‘acceptance’) and I think I may have just reached that last stage today!  That, or I’ve just reached another level of bargaining.  I suppose I won’t know for sure just yet – time will tell!

Anywho, I figured that it might be worthwhile to talk about this here….

I read in the paper today an article about this student helpline that is run in downtown Toronto for university and college students that feel like they’ve reached the end of their rope and are seriously thinking of self-harm or even suicide, or maybe for those who just need someone to talk to because they don’t know what else to do.  The hotline is called Good2Talk, and they have a partnership with the Kids Help Phone.

So why mention this here.  Well, because I want you guys to realize that this site, and the library in general, are a place where you can find information on pretty much anything.  We do keep a good list of links to various organizations that you might find useful on everything from how to understand student funding (like OSAP) to how to find a job, to how to get help in a difficult situation.  Take a look at all the links on the left-hand side of the screen…take a gander at what is under the Life and School headings.  These are sites that we – the staff here at VPL – have searched for and decided were worthwhile and trustworthy.

And, on a different note – a lot of people don’t know or realize this, but ANYONE is allowed to actually write and post stuff here on the blog. It doesn’t have to be just the Teen Book Reviews, and it doesn’t have to just be the librarians and other VPL staff who post things.  If you’ve found something really cool that you want to share, or if you think/feel that there’s a topic or something that should be brought up and talked about, by all means, go for it!

stuff sucksWhen you register for the Vortex, you create a username – it’s your choice what you want to call yourself (alas, we do require that it stays clean =P), but you can have as much or as little anonymity as you’d like.  The posts do have to get approved by myself or another VPL staff, but basically that’s just saying that we have to keep the language clean, and just send me an email (or any other staff member you know) to let us know that there’s a post waiting to be approved and we’ll get that posted.

So, yeah.  Sometimes things really suck…like really, really suck.  I guess, the thing is that we just have to keep trying to find that thing – whatever it is – that helps us get through it.

Month of the Macabre Last Week: The Conjuring

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For one last time before Halloween, cue music…

That’s right, BOILS and GHOULS, as our friend the Crypt Keeper would say.  Halloween is nearly upon us.  And that means a wrap-up to our Month of the Macabre for the Pierre Berton Resource Library’s Movie Break program.

To cap everything off on a fine Halloween afternoon, we’ll be screening The Conjuring tomorrow at 2:45pm.  Based on ‘real events’, it’s a true haunted house/ghost hunter type of story.

So spend an afternoon before your ghoulish activities getting in the mood with a creepy chiller.  Hope to see you there.


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Month of the Macabre Week 4: Warm Bodies

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And again, cue music…

Noticing a theme with my posts?  Something along the lines of spooky anthology shows?  You can’t get much scarier than The Twilight Zone.  Though more Sci Fi based than horror, and with lots of commentary lurking behind each story, a trip to the Zone can still scare the heck out of you on the right night.  Much like what we’re trying to accomplish with our continuing saga of the Month of the Macabre Movie Break programs here at the Pierre Berton Resource Library.

*clears throat and puts on best Rod Serling voice*

Submitted for your approval; a world ravaged by a zombie outbreak, with humans forced into isolated strongholds while the infected undead roam the larger cityscapes.  One of those undead, a young man known only as R, is about to cross baths with the woman of his dreams…though she is very much alive and he is, for all intents and purposes, dead.  Can their comedic and horrifying bond be sustained amongst a world divided?  Perhaps it can…in the Twilight Zone.

That’s this Friday at 2:45pm.  Just a little over a week before Halloween.  Try to hold in the creepiness until then smile face icon

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Murder Mystery After Dark is Almost Here!

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Hi Everyone

Are you eager to finally wear a costume but don’t want to wait another week until Halloween?  Do you want to try out your detective skills before inevitably joining the police force or CSI or starting your own PI operation?  Do you want to hang out with cool people, eat delicious snacks and have a great time?

Well, if you’re between the ages of 13 and 18 then come out to the Pierre Berton Resource Library this Friday at 6pm for our annual Murder Mystery After Dark party.  You can sign up at the information desk on the first floor of the branch this week and choose a character to play during the evening’s murderous festivities.  Our theme this year is Super Heroes! (Cue John Williams!)  Costumes are not mandatory but they are very much encouraged, and there will be food, music and tons of fun!

Please call the Pierre Berton branch if you have any questions.  Hope to see you amateur sleuths there!

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Month of the Macabre Week 2: The Woman in Black

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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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