EVPL Communities: TeenLibrarian@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of TeenLibrarian@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Express Yourself Party & Auction]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/07/17/express-yourself-party-amp-auction.aspx Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:52:00 G7T 1688 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/07/17/express-yourself-party-amp-auction.aspx to post your comments!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

West Branch Library

2000 W. Franklin Street

11:00am - 7:00pm

The beat of Boom Squad, Inc. will be the start of an amazing finale to the 2009 Teen Summer Reading Program. Join us for a free concert in the park at West Branch Library. Rain or shine, the show will go on. We have a great musical line up you don't want to miss. Special guests include Wise Logic, a special dance routine by The Glitteretts of Boom Squad, Inc, Daq - The Human Beat Box, DJ StompySan, DJ Trevor, Hues and Harmonies, S.O.L., Scandal Mongers, Peggy Roedel, Chiffrvon Sivils, Night is Falling, and Upside Out.

The auction, led by D.J. Nevil of Ralph Smith Auction Service, will begin promptly at 2:00pm in the West Branch Library Auditorium. We encourage you to come early to redeem your $Artbucks. $Artbuck exchange will begin at 12pm.

If you have any additional questions please call Charles Sutton @ 812-428-8217. For more information about many of our special guests please go to http://www.evpl.org/teens/srp/auction.aspx.

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<![CDATA[Record an audio book for LibriVox]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/06/23/record-an-audio-book-for-librivox.aspx Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:11:00 G6T 1626 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/06/23/record-an-audio-book-for-librivox.aspx to post your comments!

June is National Audiobook Month and teens at Central Library Teen Zone celebrated by learning how to read and record audiobooks for LibriVox.

Cover: The Book Thief audiobookThe program opened with the sound of an accordion and the voice of Death, the narrator of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. A fine introduction and an example of a well read, expertly produced audiobook.

"Does this worry you?

I urge you -- don't be afraid. I'm nothing if not fair.

-- Of course an introduction. A beginning. Where are my manners?"

The sound fades and I bound onto the scene.

"You just heard a portion of the The Book Thief by Markus Zusak read by Allan Cordune, I say."

In The Book Thief, Liesel steals her first book, The Gravedigger's Handbook, which her foster father uses to lull her to sleep and teach her how to read. When Liesel learns how to read she steals books for fun. Liesel is a book thief. She liberates books from Nazi book burnings and shares them with others enthralling even a Nazi woman with her captivating reading.

We didn't learn how to steal books, but liberate and record books in the public domain. We learned how to read, record, and share our voices with others. It's all very easy, sometimes challenging, but rewarding and fun. You too can volunteer. It's not too late. The volunteers over at the LibriVox forum are anxiously waiting to see what the first book "Evansvillains Twisted Evil" (particularly teens) will liberate from the public domain.

The program was eye opening. Teens had an opportunity to practice reading and recording their voice, experiencing the thrill, frustration, and fun. John Martin of the Courier & Press wrote an excellent article - Library session gives teens lessons in creating audiobooks for web.

LibriVox is looking for volunteers to record chapters of books in the public domain and release those audio files back onto the net making them available for free. Yes, free audiobooks. For more information visit LibriVox - http://librivox.org/. Browse the catalog and learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Also, check out YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association) Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults for some good books to listen too while travelling, lounging, or simply making moves this summer.

The Book Thief surely won't disappoint. I've also enjoyed on Playaway, Paper Towns by John Green read by Dan John Miller and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin Narrated by Jesse L. Martin. On CD Hero-Type by Barry Lyga read by Jonathan Todd Ross. What's in your CD player or blaring through your earbuds?

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<![CDATA[Finding Your First Job or Your Next Job]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/04/10/finding-your-first-job-or-your-next-job.aspx Fri, 10 Apr 2009 11:23:00 G4T 1419 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/04/10/finding-your-first-job-or-your-next-job.aspx to post your comments!

Finding your first job or your next job this summer may be a challenge, especially in this economy. To be successful, you must skillfully represent yourself. 

On Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00pm, Central Library Browning Events Room there will be a program called Finding Your First Job. Two human resources professionals - Michelle Land Harris and Gene Wisheit will share over 40 years of combined knowledge about finding, getting, and being successful on the job. They will also share some good information about applications, resumes, interviews, how to dress. Want to learn and polish those soft or transferable skills needed to be successful in life? Don't miss this program. 

Take this opportunity to learn what it takes to be successful in today's job market and how to use your first job as a stepping stone toward your dream job.


Finding Your First Job for teens ages 12-18

Tuesday, April 14

Central Library Browning Events Room


For more information please contact Charles Sutton 428-8217


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<![CDATA[Culture Night - Cameroon]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/02/23/culture-night-cameroon.aspx Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:12:00 G2T 1295 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/02/23/culture-night-cameroon.aspx to post your comments!

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Cameroon CurrencyCulture Night will feature Cameroon

Tuesday, February 24 at Central Library

Browning Events Room


We will bring the experience of growing up in Cameroon to you.

Immerse yourself in the culture with music, food, and a conversation with native resident and UE student Eddy.

Don't miss this extravagant event.

For more information contact Charles Sutton at 812-428-8217

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<![CDATA[Super Saturday December 6]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/12/01/super-saturday-december-6.aspx Mon, 01 Dec 2008 13:28:00 G12T 948 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/12/01/super-saturday-december-6.aspx to post your comments!

This Saturday, December 6 - Otaku Anonymous at 1:30pm and Gaming Unplugged (x2)  at 3:30pm.

This is our last meeting for the semester. I hope all of you have a happy holiday season and an excellent break.

National Gaming Day @ your Library


Saturday, November 15 was the first annual National Gaming Day @ your Library. Thanks to all who celebrated with us.

Give it up to for EVPL for being crowned the National Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament Champions in a 32-library contest. After a long day of battling riddled with communication and connection problems, EVPL emerged victorious. I want to thank all of you who competed in the preliminary Brawl tournament and to those who went on to represent EVPL in the national event. A special thanks goes out to Shonic and Brett for their endurance and competitive play. Ann Arbor District Library organized and managed the tournament. You can read a wrap up of the events here http://gtsystem.org/partnerland.

"THUS, the stage was set for the first-ever (albeit compromised) gtsystem National Brawl Championship Match, featuring the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library of Indiana, the Ann Arbor District Library of Michigan, Jerome Public Library of Idaho, and the East Flagstaff Community Library of Arizona. It was an intense set of matches, but when the dust cleared, the combined skill of the EVPL crew had emerged victorious, defeating AADL and becoming the first-ever gtsystem Brawl Champion, while FPL finished third, and JPL took fourth." - The Saga of the First Annual National Gaming Day.

Overall, we had a good time. We saw many new faces and played several games (even Uno). See you Saturday for another guest Otaku Council member presentation and more gaming.


Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture will be cancelled due to Meet Your Legislators program.

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<![CDATA[Job Corps in the Teen Zone]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/12/01/job-corps-in-the-teen-zone.aspx Mon, 01 Dec 2008 12:09:00 G12T 947 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/12/01/job-corps-in-the-teen-zone.aspx to post your comments!

Nyra Sayers from Earl C. Clements Job Corps Academy will be in the Teen Zone at Central Library Wednesday, December 3 from 2:30 - 3:30.

Interested in exploring opportunites with Job Corps?  Want to take a tour of the facility? Want to get your High School Diploma or GED and job training?

Outreach and Admissions Liason, Nyra Sayers will be available to provide information, answer questions, and start the application process on the first Wednesday of every month in the Teen Zone.

For more information, please contact Charles Sutton at 428-8271 or by email.



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<![CDATA[Acrylic Painting with Connie Rae Bell]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/23/acrylic-painting-with-connie-rae-bell.aspx Thu, 23 Oct 2008 16:59:00 G10T 768 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/23/acrylic-painting-with-connie-rae-bell.aspx to post your comments!

Art for art's sake continues its art experience with will local painter Connie Rae Bell. Teens ages 12-18

Thursday, November 13 at 3:45

Central Library - Browning Events Room

Connie Rae Bell enjoys painting with bold strong colors in a variety of styles. She enjoyes realism, impressionistic and abstract. She teaches oil and acrylic painting to all ages.

If you have missed our local artists Sean Davis and Billy Hedel, you have certainly missed a fun, playful time.Don't miss Connie Rae Bell.

Please pre-tegister by calling Charles Sutton at 428-8217 or by email Teen Librarian. Art supplies are limited.

Painting, refreshments, and fun in a low key playful atmosphere.

Connie Rae Bell and her daughters were recently featured in the September/October 2008 issue of Evansville Living. Please check our catalog for available copies.

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<![CDATA[Thanks Harwood Middle School]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/22/thanks-harwood-middle-school.aspx Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:40:00 G10T 763 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/22/thanks-harwood-middle-school.aspx to post your comments!

Central Library

Tuesday, October 21, Harwood Middle School included Central Library as one of its field trip stops. Seventy-five students toured the library and were amazed and bedazzled by what they could do and discover at the library. The artwork throughout building; the Indiana Room; getting a free library card; old maps, magazines, city directories; and the infamous Teen Zone are just a few amazing things they discovered. But don't take my word for it. Just ask! Visit the library or schedule a library tour for your class or group. There is a lot you can discover at your local library.

Are you doing a project on a particular subject? Are you learning about Indiana history? Don't know what your local library has to offer? Schedule a library tour and let our friendly staff walk you through a collection of programs and services we have to offer.

To schedule a library tour please call Charles Sutton at 812-428-8217 or email Teen Librarian.

What have you discovered at your local library lately?(Janet)

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<![CDATA[Culture Night - Greece]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/15/culture-night-greece.aspx Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:57:00 G10T 732 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/15/culture-night-greece.aspx to post your comments!

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Culture Night will visit modern Greece Tuesday, October 21 at 6:00pm.

Central Library - Browning Events Room

Presenter: Nico Vasiloff

Curious about what teens are doing in Greece? Don't miss this facinating presentation by Greek UE student Nico. 

Enjoy authentic food, culture, music, and more.

Online and electronic networks are bringing our worlds closer together. Online gaming and computing experiences are connecting individuals from diverse backgrounds around the world. Culture Night exposes you to other countries, cultures and lifestyles. Travel with us to Greece on Tuesday, October 21 6pm without leaving Evansville.

Sample Baklava (In Greek: μπακλαβάς, pronounced bahk-lah- VAHS) and enjoy an excellent presentation.

Brief facts about Greece:

Population: 10,722,816 (July 2008 est.)

Area is slightly smaller than Alabama.

Time Difference: Add 8 hours to current Evansville time.

Country information taken from CIA World Factbook

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<![CDATA[Drawing with Billy Hedel]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/08/drawing-with-billy-hedel.aspx Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:26:00 G10T 712 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/10/08/drawing-with-billy-hedel.aspx to post your comments!

Billy Hedel

Art 4 art's sake presents - Drawing with Billy Hedel

Thursday, October 9 at 3:45

Local artist Billy Hedel will present a drawing workshop for teens (ages 12-18) at Central Library in the Browning Events Room. Create a work of art and pick up a few drawing techniques.

If you missed Origami with Sean Davis, you missed taking home your very own paper crane. Seriously, Sean did his thing! He demonstrated two basic folds (squash fold and bi-section), sprinkled us with a brief history of the development and spread of origami and no one "killed any cat's". Don't ask. You had to be there! Let me just say everyone was successful and left with some pretty impressive origami. 

Billy is sure to be just as successful and you are too. Don't miss Drawing with Billy Hedel.

To read Billy's Artist Profile visit http://www.patchwork.org/billy_hedel.php.


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<![CDATA[Can you imagine?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/16/can-you-imagine.aspx Tue, 16 Sep 2008 12:19:00 G9T 568 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/16/can-you-imagine.aspx to post your comments!

Cover: Hurricane song

Life as you know it totally and forever changed due to natural disaster. Rebuilding infrastructure, restoring power and being reduced to basic survival.

Cover: Dark water rising

As Evansville rebuilds, cleans up, and moves on after remnants of Hurricane Ike hit, consider the courage of Miles and Seth, two teens who survive deadly hurricanes - their uncertainty, their loss, their choices, their future.

In Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi (Black and White, Rooftop, Rucker Park Setup) Miles moves from Chicago to New Orleans to live with his father two months before Hurricane Katrina struck. Father and son must put aside their differences in order to survive Katrina and life inside the Superdome.

In Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale, Seth and his family are also newly arrived residents of Galveston, TX. On September 8, 1900 a deadly hurricane hits. "This coming-of-age story describes how Seth struggles to reach safety, works for his own survival and that of others, and comes to terms with change and loss."

Check our catalog for availability.

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<![CDATA[A Blast from the Past]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/15/a-blast-from-the-past.aspx Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:10:00 G9T 551 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/15/a-blast-from-the-past.aspx to post your comments!

The Retro Gaming event on Friday, September 12 was a blast! Arcade and console games from Atari, Namco, Capcom, and others were on hand. We played Asteroids, Pong, 1942, Sonic, Galaxian, Galaga, Pacman, and more. It was an informative and fun experience. With the lights dim and the sounds emanating from the consoles, it was reminiscent of an arcade. The only things missing were joystick controllers and feeding quarters.

One teen said, "I only know Pacman and Sonic." It would be interesting to know how the classic games he played rates with his current game play.

The teens showed and appreciation for nostalgia, but I think the program could easily work for adults. What are your vintage video game favorites?

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<![CDATA[Xbox 360 or PS3?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/08/xbox-360-or-ps3.aspx Mon, 08 Sep 2008 10:03:00 G9T 429 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/08/xbox-360-or-ps3.aspx to post your comments!

Xbox 360 and PS3The library Teen Zone needs your help. It has been suggested by many our teens who frequent Gaming Power Hour (x2) that we purchase a new console. Xbox 360 was suggested for its price and available games i.e. more T-rated games.

While speaking with one of Mr. Hendrix's freshman classes at Harrison High, I got a different opinion. An overwhelming majority suggested we purchase a PS3. The Xbox 360 supporters were outnumbered almost 3:1, but they persevered under the assault of accusations of poor quality and inferior graphics. "You're wasting the library's money if you buy a 360," one student shouted, "It's going to break and be unavailable most of the time." And, this comment almost ended the argument. We settled everyone down and a student eloquently started, "The best game system for the library is the PS3 because it has better quality and can stand up to the rigorous play of teens. The PS3 also has better games." The room exploded! 

I realized I wasn't going to solve the console war there, so I told them let's settle it here on our new blog page. They asked one final question, "What console was I going to get?" I told them, I came into the class (not expecting this at all) pretty much sold on getting the Xbox 360, but their arguments persuaded me to consider the PS3.

Despite the suggestive image of the PS3 hovering over the 360 almost victorious, my position is neutral. So, what console do you think the Teen Zone should add, Xbox 360 or PS3?


Image is under a Creative Commons license courtesy of DASLIVE2.0.

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<![CDATA[Teens and the Library Video Contest]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/03/teens-and-the-library-video-contest.aspx Wed, 03 Sep 2008 15:23:00 G9T 373 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/03/teens-and-the-library-video-contest.aspx to post your comments!

Library Ninjas is a script written, directed and filmed by Brett, starring John and Derrek. The work isn't complete, simply an example video in the group you will submit your videos for the video contest - Teens and the Library. Create your video of 30 seconds up to a maximum of three minutes in length with the subject of teens and the library. Entrants must be age 12-18. You have from Friday, September 5, 2008 until midnight on Friday, October 10, 2008 to submit your video to http://www.youtube.com/group/centralteenzone. Grand prize is a Flip Ultra Video.

Library Ninjas was filmed during the Saturday program Society for the Study for Modern Visual Culture. It meets at 11:30 in Browning Events Room at Central Library.



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<![CDATA[Read it...before you see it!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/08/22/read-it-before-you-see-it.aspx Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:30:00 G8T 257 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/08/22/read-it-before-you-see-it.aspx to post your comments!

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (#1107/1008 August 22/29, 2008) is on the shelf; it's a special double issue previewing the fall movie releases. Inside are some excellent books that have been adapted to film.

Looking for something to read? Read or re-read the book (short story) before the movie is released. There are some interesting titles, some you've surely read, others you've wanted to, and a few surprises. So read the book, read the articles, view the trailer, and give us your grades. 

I've listed the book titles below. Either check out the print version of EW or their website for information about the movies. In some cases full articles have been written, in others short movie descriptions with "our two cents" (what the author thinks about the upcoming release). But, what do you think?


Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride

Cover: Miracle at St. Anna


Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Cover: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Cover: Secret Life of Bees Cover: City of Ember


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Cover: Twilight

Cover: The Road


Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

Curious Case of Benjamin Button short story in Six Tales of the Jazz Age, and other stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Cover: Marley & Me Cover: Six Tales of the Jazz Age, and other stories Cover: The Tale of Despereaux


I didn't include Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince because it has been moved to next summer (2009).

Many of these titles are popular choices for teens and/or adults, probably why they were adapted into films - ya think! Also listed are some titles that you may have overlooked. Update your fall reading lists to read/re-read these titles before the movies are released. In the meantime, check out the trailers and give us your grades. For those film critics and movie buffs among us who sometimes say, "I could've written a better movie than that!" read the books, try your own adaptations, and compare your vision to the films direction.

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<![CDATA[Things Fall Apart]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/08/12/things-fall-apart.aspx Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:43:00 G8T 212 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/08/12/things-fall-apart.aspx to post your comments!

Cover: Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThis year marks the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart -  an account of European colonialism in Nigeria written from an African perspective. Orignally published in 1958, it was Chinua's first novel, an all-time African fiction bestseller and the most translated literary work by any African witer. I highly recommend this book.

I listened to Things Fall Apart several years ago. I literally felt like a kid at storytime. Not only was the story captivating, the reader did an excellent job accentuating and articulating the emotion, mood, and feeling of the story. I hated arriving at my destination and would often steal a few extra minutes, car door open, with one foot dangling in the street trying to find a good place to stop the story. One good thing was, it didn't take me long to finish the six hour and thirty minute recording commuting in San Fransico Bay Area traffic.

When I heard of the anniversary, I immediately wanted to read the book this time for a different experience with the text. Reflecting on my experience with the audiobook has also made me want to listen to other books read by Peter Francis James. Can he deliver another dynamic performance? I shall set out on my quest to accomplish these two tasks in celebration of the 50th anniversary.

Have you read Things Fall Apart? If not celebrate by doing so. Unfortunately, EVPL doesn't own an audio version (yet?).

Have you listened to anything by Peter Francis James


Check out:

Things Fall Apart in our catalog.


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<![CDATA[The death of the Cassette]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/08/06/the-death-of-the-cassette.aspx Wed, 06 Aug 2008 15:00:00 G8T 164 TeenLibrarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/08/06/the-death-of-the-cassette.aspx to post your comments!

I am old enough to remember riding in my family's Electra 225 ("duece and a quarter") with a small cropped afro, sliding across the vinyl on every turn, listening to the Commodores, on our in-dash 8 track player. You think CDs are difficult to manage, imagine putting a good portion of your music collection of 8-tracks above the sun visor.

I can remember begging my mother for my very own Dynamite 8 portable 8-track player. 45s and albums weren't the best medium for playing on the go. So try to imagine the excitement of an 8-track boom box. Multiply that by 100 to the level of ecstatic when Sony released the Walkman. Whoa, that was a must have gadget!! A portable cassette player. Small for the day. Yes a very long time ago. And, yes I was very, very, (very) young. As a teen dj, I bitterly stood on the sidelines and watched the CD replace vinyl LPs. Now we witness the death of the cassette. What am I going to do with all of my cassettes? Wait, do I even have a working cassette player? Where are those cassettes?

New York Times recently publsihed an an article, Say So Long to an Old Companion: Cassette Tapes celebrating the life of cassettes. The article mentioned the decline of the CD as well. History is our best teacher, so for some of you, your memories the of the cassette will be as quaint as mine with the 8 track, enjoying an afternoon drive with your parents listening to the best music on cassette. You too will be hanging on to all of those CDs recollecting the fond memories of, "I remember playing this when..". Some of you maybe will even affect the next change in audio technology.

Let us pause for a moment of silence while we remember our fondest memories with the cassette and say goodbye. Pretty soon they will but a memory in the library and just as nostalgic as the 8-track.

Have you have ever purchased a casette tape? How many of you still purchase CDs? 

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