Current Events & Famous People

July 20, 2016

 

 

My Golf Book Pics: these and more great books on golf can be found at:

http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/Pages/default.aspx

 

The History of the U.S Open: by Dominic Mastroianni –

Teen Leadership Corps Member Northeast Regional Library

The U.S Open has always been the biggest golf tournament of the year for all golfers, it attracts big-name players, such as: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Jordan Spieth, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin etc. The U.S Open is one of all 4 Majors on the PGA Tour. The others are: The PGA Championship, The Masters, and The Players Championship.

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(Jack Nicklaus rolls in an 18-foot birdie putt on the seventy-second hole at Baltusral in 1980 to capture the U.S open title)

Let’s Talk Background!!!

The U.S Open was created in 1900, making a HUGE impact on the Golf world. The part “Open” simply means that it is “Open” to anyone qualified, be it amateur to legend, it doesn’t matter; there will always be a winner.

The Course Itself

The U.S Open is staged at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult with a premium placed on accurate driving. U.S. Open play is characterized by tight scoring at or around par by the leaders, with the winner usually emerging at around even par. A U.S. Open course is seldom beaten severely, and there have been many over-par wins (in part because par is usually set at 70, except for the very longest courses). Normally, an Open course is quite long and will have a high cut of primary rough (termed “Open rough” by the American press and fans); undulating greens; pinched fairways (especially on what are expected to be less difficult holes); and two or three holes that are short par fives under regular play would be used as long par fours during the tournament (often to meet that frequently used par of 70, forcing players to have accurate long drives). Some courses that are attempting to get into the rotation for the U.S. Open will undergo renovations to develop these features. Rees Jones is the most notable of the “Open Doctors” who take on these projects; his father Robert Trent Jones had filled that role earlier. As with any professional golf tournament, the available space surrounding the course (for spectators, among other considerations) and local infrastructure also factor into deciding which courses will host the event. This Year, 2016; The Oakmont Golf Course of Pennsylvania hosted the event.

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Here is a picture of a part of Oakmont:

Me and My Golf

I started golf when I was about 6 or 7 years old, I got my interest in the sport from my Grandpa.  He is a golf fanatic.  So I decided to try it out and i loved it from the first time I picked up a club, and i never lost interest.  Now, roughly 8 years later, I have become an unbelievable player and am now a part of the Junior PGA.  If anyone reading this blog feels an interest in golf… PURSUIT IT!  It is the best sport to pursuit and it will help you learn patience, character, and most of all… how to control your temper, and believe me I have had my share in that category.

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Here is a picture of me on my team, (Orange) on Monday, June 27th:

 


Hamilton Music Madness!

July 7, 2016

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By Marissa Northeast Regional Library TLC Volunteer

Soooo, I am a HUGE Broadway geek (thanks to my Aunt who works in theater) and I am currently OBSESSED with the newest 11 TONY award winner on Broadway…HAMILTON!
I LOVE Hamilton! And as of Sunday the 18th of June, Hamilton left the Tony Awards ceremony with 11 awards! Taking a close second place in most Tony’s won (‘The Producers’ won 12 breaking the record in 2001)
This AMAZING musical started off with the writer, director and the man who plans Alexander Hamilton himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda picking up a biography of Alexander Hamilton and thinking “How has no one made a play of this yet?!”
So he walked into the White House Slam Poetry Event in 2009 saying,
“I’m thrilled the White House called me tonight, because I’m actually working on a hip hop album, a concept album, about the life of someone who I think embodies Hip Hop. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.” (https://youtu.be/t0aX8Jy1tME)
And everyone laughed. But 7 years later and it’s the NUMBER 1 Musical on Broadway currently, that has sold out for the next YEAR, has won 11 Tony Awards, and the cast Album has made into one of the top slots of music charts! WHO’S LAUGHING NOW?!
So let’s go over a brief summary. This musical retells the story of the United States Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, the man on the 10$ bill.
Now I won’t go into TOO MUCH detail, seeing as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But this musical is AMAZING! The characters draw you into the story, and make you feel like you’re watching the history of our nation take place right in front of you. They make you laugh, they WILL make you cry (like a baby). And they leave you saying “I want to pick up a history book now!”. The music is INCREDIBLE! The Hip Hop and rap add a new feeling to history, and its GREAT! The music is paired with brilliantly

Library Confessions

July 7, 2016

by Marissa at Northeast Regional Library TLC Volunteer

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Sara Rose Quote of the Day

July 6, 2016

by Sara Rose Northeast Regional Library Teen Leadership Corps Volunteer

This week its Poem and Quotes week where there’s a week filled with quotes and poems from every author, poet, and actor you can think of. You may even learn a few things.

Quote of the day:

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~Muhammad Ali

Quote of the week:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

Poem of the day:

Dreams by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dream, for if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, Life is a barren field, frozen with snow.

Poet of the day: Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe is great for intermediate and advanced readers. There is a lot of emotion put it into the poems and its wonderfully written. A few of my favorite are Annabel Lee and The Raven.

A few more:

http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/24-must-share-poems-for-middle-school-and-high-school here is a link to more poems.

 

 

 


Marissa’s Art

July 6, 2016

Marissa Northeast Regional Library Teen Leadership Corps Volunteer

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Sara Rose: Quote of the Day

July 6, 2016

Sara Rose: Northeast Regional Library Teen Library Corp Volunteer

Quote of the day:

“But, to me, a real hero is someone who does the right thing, when the right thing isn’t the easy thing to do.” ~Mr. Feeny

Quote of the week:

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has yet not solved one.”

~Maya Angelou

Poem of the day:

Summer Poem

 

Poem of the week:

“The future lies before you, like a field of fallen snow; be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.” ~Unknown

 

Poet of the month: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is a great entry level poet who puts emotion into his poetry but just enough for the reader to understand what the writer is feeling. My favorites are O Captain! My Captain! and Song of the Open Road

 

 


Books to Movies: The Kite Runner

July 6, 2016

Ella- Northeast Regional Library Teen Leadership Corps Volunteer

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is an amazing movie, and probably an amazing book too! I watched the movie at home with my dad over Father’s Day Weekend and it made both of us tear up! This book/movie takes place in Afghanistan, Kabul, which is Amir’s home. His father is the richest man in Kabul, they live in a mansion, he gets to hang out with his best friend Hassan all the time, and Amir and Hassan are the best Kite Flyers and Runners in all of Kabul!

One day, Amir overhears his father talking about him and how he never sticks up for himself and Hassan always does the fighting. Then when Hassan is getting a surprise attack from bullies, Amir doesn’t stick up for him. Hassan and his father are Amir’s servants, so when they decide to quit, Amir’s whole life turns upside down. He lost his best friend, the Russians invade, and Amir and his father barley make it when they escape to America. Years later, when the Taliban forms and takes over Kabul, Amir finds out a devastating truth about Hassan. He goes back to try to find him, but since the Taliban do not like his religion or Americans, he is basically going on a suicide mission. But what will Amir find when he goes back to his old home? Will the Taliban find out who he really is? Read the book or watch the movie to find out!

I would give the movie The Kite Runner maybe 4 stars because it was a very emotional movie that made you sad, happy, or even angry at some characters! I would probably recommend it to 12+ because there were some violent scenes and fighting. Other than that, I thought it was a great movie! Not really one of my favorites, but still great! The picture at the top is the cover of the book and the flag at the top is a famous flag in the movie.  The movie cover is shown below.

Bibliography

Movie cover: http://khaledhosseini.com/books/the-kite-runner/synopsis/

Book cover: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner

Kite picture: http://www.afghanistan-culture.com/types-of-kites.html


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