Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
South Tampa teens prepared for the release of Harry Potter and the Half –Blood Prince in theaters by watching the first five movies in the Harry Potter series, marathon style, at the Jan Kamanis Platt Regional Library.
The teens were sorted in their respective Hogwarts house and Harry Potter trivia filled the space between the movies, with the houses competing against each other. Ravenclaw was the winner of the trivia contest on both days. Wands were constructed out of paper, as well as edible wands from pretzels and frosting. The teens put their name in the running for a chance to win hardcover Harry Potter books, provided by the Friends of the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library . Seven lucky teens went home with a book. They had another chance to win by seeing who could guess the number of jelly beans in a jar. The lucky teen whose guess came closest got to take the entire jar home. The teens spent their time drooling over Sirius Black, debating whether or not the book or the movie was better and discussing the various characters.
A big thank you goes out to Elizabeth Payment from the Library System's School Age Services Department (SAS) who came to assist with the program, as well as to the Friends of the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, who provided the refreshments, including pizza delivered by Westshore Pizza.
--by Michelle F. , Librarian at Jan Platt
I just saw a great article about a program for high school students who want to learn the skills needed to succeed in a career... especially students who might not be headed to college.
There are apparently 4 Career Centers in Hillsborough County that offer students the opportunity to earn their diploma while training for careers in fields like nursing, auto repair, web design, culinary arts, construction, or law enforcement (plus many others too!).
Check out the programs at these schools!
Bowers-Whitley Career Center
D.W. Waters Career Center
Simmons Career Center
South County Career Center
Pretty cool, huh?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
It's a whole other story in manga...