Little Red…

October 4, 2012

I love how many new interpretations of the fairy tales are around right now-from Grimm on television to Snow White and the Huntsman movie to BOOKS (!). These reinventions brings us back to childhood, but in a whole new gory/mind-bending way. I recently started reading Maria Tatar‘s history of the Grimm Brothers and found it fascinating. Here are some other books to explore (with links to the author’s websites): Read the rest of this entry »

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A Frightful Servitude

April 9, 2012
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Young Frightful on my Father's Shoulder

Have you ever heard the rule “If you find a baby bird on the ground, don’t pick it up”? I always thought that it was to protect the bird. When you live out where I do, wild critters… well, we name them and talk to them, but rarely do we feed them. Read the rest of this entry »


Team West Regional!

February 15, 2012

West Regional teens recently made a video for the CSLP 2012 Teen Video Challenge. They can win $275 and $150 for West Regional Library! Please support by watching and liking their video :] It’s a black and white silent film, and the theme was “Own the Night”.

Watch it here on Youtube. Good luck!

Some background information on why they made the video the way it was (to read after you’ve watched the video):
-The black and white silent film was inspired by Charlie Chaplin.
-The hardest scene to do was the setting up of the tea party. The Mad Hatter and the March Hare were both very tired by the end of filming the scene.
-The Mad Hatter accidently threw the dormouse (which is what she tosses) straight at the camera, which is actually her camera.
-The clipboard were all puns off of the characters that the actors/actresses played. The main character’s (the girl in the rocking chair) email was ownthenight@westregionallibrary which I thought was very clever.
-This took about 2.5 hours to film.
-While filming one of the scenes, Dracula (not pictured in the camera) flips his cape and the whole thing flies away, causing the Mad Hatter to burst into laughter and for the whole scene to be refilmed again.
-In a blooper, the main character is watching the March Hare spazz out and is laughing, but doesn’t realize that she is actually in the film.
-In a blooper, the March Hare hops to Dracula, who is sitting in the corner, but his ears come off.
-The actual planning of the video also took about 2.5 hours to plan.

-hils


How to Get Organized for School

September 14, 2011

Welcome back to school! While I’m definitely going to miss the summer, it’s time to get back to the (less relaxing) schedule of more work than play. To help keep track of your seemingly never-ending list of tasks, I’ve come up with a few tips that have worked really well for me.

1)   Use a planner! 

A planner can be your best friend during the year if you really stick with it. I recommend finding one that shows you a full monthly calendar so you can schedule long-term projects and that has daily planning pages. My personal favorite is the Franklin Covey planner,

which lets you change the pages each month (to keep the planner really light) and each year (so you don’t have to keep repurchasing entirely new planners). I think it is absolutely amazing since you can personalize the pages, choose whether you want weekly planning pages, monthly planning pages, and/or daily planning pages, and use the same planner every year. The planners also have places for any stray papers, your credit cards, and pens! Read the rest of this entry »


Spring Makeup!

March 17, 2011

Since it is the start of a new season, it’s a great time to discuss makeup trends that are going to be really prominent this spring! Here are a few trends that you can either tone down or play up for the spring –

Bright Pink Lips

This is a popular new trend that can brighten up your whole face in the spring. The floral color can be worn softly if it is sheer, but can be bold and bright when an opaque color is used. This lipstick, by Revlon, is a great option because of the low price and very high quality. Apply lip balm under it to help moisturize your lips and prime them for the color. If you really want your lip color to last, apply one coat of the lipstick, press a clean tissue to your lips, take a loaded powder brush, and blot the powder onto the part of the tissue that will be covering your lips. Then apply another layer of the lipstick. This is a great method if you want to keep your lipstick lasting through a long day. Read the rest of this entry »


Teen Newsletter needs you!

March 15, 2011

Did you know that West Regional Library has a teen newsletter called The Splash and they’re looking for contributors?  All content is authored by teens, and the library’s teen advisory board puts it together.  All teen, all the time.  Check out the latest issue here.  The Splash features artistic and written work by local teens. They accept:

  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Digital or Traditional Artwork
  • Photography
  • Book Reviews
  • Riddles/Jokes
  • Comics
  • Questions for Ask Elizabeth, an Advice Column

There are two easy ways to submit your work. Email thesplashsubmit@gmail.com
OR
Drop off your work in person in the Teen Section of West Regional Library in Cary.  Please include your Name, Title of Work, Age and/or Grade.


Contest: Short Essay

December 18, 2010

Winning $100 for a hundred word essay sounds pretty awesome to me!   Respond to the question: “How does technology make the world a better place?” Check out the contest and rules on www.tweentribune.com


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