Monday, November 24, 2008

My picks for November

Fiction book: Stranger with my face by Lois Duncan

Laurie's friends have been telling her that she was at certain places on given dates- but she certainly was not there! Who could it be? Turns out Laurie has a twin sister she did not know until now! And what is this secret that her twin has- what could astral projection be all about?

Nonfiction book: Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors

Do you want to save our planet? There are many ways to make your love and concern for the environment into a career. From watershed ecologist to geologist to hydrological engineer to environmental health specialist and more! This book gives you all the resources you need in order to find out what is the best college major and career field to apply your ecological interest in.

Manga: La Corda D'Oro by Yuki Kure

Kahoko was a regular student in her academy- until she is granted a magical violin! Now she has qualified for her school's annual musical competition. What will she play now? How will she make it?

Anime: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

Nadia and Jean are orphans in Paris- Nadia is a circus performer from Africa and Jean a budding scientist. After Jean rescues Nadia from the Grandis Gang- who were pursuing the blue jewel that hangs on her neck- they end up with Captain Nemo and the crew of the Nautilus. Now Nadia and her new friends search for her family and her mysterious origins, and who knows what else awaits them! Based on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

Website: Anime Music Videos

Want to find that cool anime music video that you saw at an anime convention? Or perhaps you want to learn how to make one of your own. This website not only contains many AMVs from nearly every anime series out there- but also many tips, tutorials, and forums to assist you in creating a masterpiece

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Geek Update!

The Quest for the Holy Grail has now hit the 21st Century! Monty Python has added their entire show library, coupled with several movie clips to YouTube. Yay wackiness!

Check out their YouTube channel at (or watch them old skool dvd style with these discs).

Monday, November 17, 2008

Choose Your Own Adventure

Guess what I found an awesome article about the other day while I was surfing the internet:

Yeppers, Choose Your Own Adventure!

You probably have read many books written in first person viewpoint from the protagonist. Or third person by a narrator. But how about second person, where YOU make the choices. Where you can pick from two or more options and the ending will depend strictly on what you decide to do!

Back when I was a teen, these were my favorite books. I must have had over 20 of them. I would even make checkmarks on the choices I made and endings I reached so that I would know what to do next in order to read all the possible finales! They are so famous that I bought 3 of them translated into Spanish during my trip to Europe in 1990.

You can check out many of Choose Your Own Adventure books right here at our library system.

And here is the official Choose Your Own Adventure site.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Life Size Origami!

Wednesday, November 19, is an early release day for Hillsborough County Schools! If you are looking for something fun to do when school lets out, come to the Jan Platt Library for some exciting programs. Starting at 2pm, we will be showing a movie and playing Guitar Hero. Then we will be having an exciting Origami Alive program with Leonor Rosser. Learn how to make all kinds of fun origami shapes, including life-size origami!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Leah's Cartooning: How to Draw Manga

Do you want to learn how to draw your favorite manga and anime characters?

Then come to the Jan Platt Library on Wednesday, November 12, at 4:30pm!

Leah's Cartooning will be here giving free manga drawing lessons. All supplies provided. Check it out!