Archive for March, 2011
We are down to our Final Four for YA March Madness! And the books are Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins vs. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer and Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey vs. The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
Have you voted this week? If not make sure to stop by the YA Book Display at GPL or visit the media center at GHS to fill out your bracket! Remember that you can win a free book just for voting!
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan is a book about the medieval ages mixed with some fantasy. The main character is Will, a small, quick and surprisingly strong boy who lives in the castle ward. When the wards are of age there is a choosing day, where the wards choose to be of a certain craft. The craftmasters can accept or refuse the request. If they are refused by everyone, then they are to become a farmer, something that Will dreads with all of his heart.
Will is very small, but he wants to be a knight and to go to battleschool. He is rejected for his size by the Battlemaster, Sir Rodney. All of the craftmasters refuse him, and, in the end, he becomes a Ranger. Rangers are mysterious folk that most people tend to avoid, especially Halt, the Ranger of Redmont. Will never pictured this life, but he doesn’t know anything about ‘this life’ until he is taught.
Will and Halt have a very strong sort of ‘father-son’ relationship. Halt trains Will for a long time, and Will becomes an exceptional archer and silent-mover. When they go to the Ranger gathering—a time when all the fifty Rangers come together and the apprentices get chosen to advance into the next year of training, or to repeat the first one more thoroughly.
They find that something is wrong at the gathering and that the legendary Kalkara have been killing important people of the nation, like the leader of the cavalry and the generals. Will, Halt and Halt’s former apprentice Gilan have to hunt down these creatures, but there is no telling that they will be successful, or that they will survive this hunt.
The Ruins of Gorlan is a book that I would recommend to everyone, whether they read fantasy or not. It is suspenseful and full of imagination and is without doubt one of the best books I have ever read.
The Jane Mayse Scholarship is offered to high school seniors who are valid Goshen Public Library cardholders (a resident with a card or a nonresident who has purchased a card – it is not available to reciprocal buyers).
Students must submit an application and complete an essay using the following topic.
In order to achieve success in life, it will be necessary for you to make a commitment to lifelong learning. In an essay of 200-300 words, discuss your plans for your undergraduate education, explaining how these plans relate to your personal views and to your commitment to lifelong learning.
Essays will be judged on how well they are developed, the expressiveness in writing, the competency in writing (i.e. grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.) and the thoroughness in following directions given in the paragraph above. Please double space the essay and have someone proofread it! Do not put your name on the essay page.
Goshen High School seniors may pick up an application at the GHS guidance office and return it there. Application deadline at GHS is March 18, 2011. Home schooled seniors or those attending other area high schools that are resident or non-resident library card holders may also obtain an application at the Goshen Public Library front desk and return it there. The application deadline at GPL is April 1, 2011.
Jane Mayse was a Goshen educator who helped found the Goshen Adult Literacy Program as well as Friends of the Goshen Public Library. She believed that education was the key to every door. For more information about this scholarship, please contact Ann-Margaret Rice at the Goshen Public Library at (574) 533-9531 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, the Interwebs are smiling upon me! I thought that I had peaked for the day when I discovered that National Geographic recreated the flying house from Up. BUT THEN, I found Empty School by Ben Meyers. Ben is a music student who not only turned an abandoned school into his recording studio, but also as his instrument. Enjoy!
How Hard Can It Be? is a new series on the National Geographic Channel, where people try to figure out how hard it would be to accomplish certain feats. The latest challenge was to see if they could get a house to fly in the air with balloons similar to what the main character did in Up.
The crew was able to get their house to fly with the assistance of 300 helium balloons. The balloon were 8′ high, and it took an entire helium tank to fill a single balloon! Once it was up in the air, the house flew for over an hour and went at least 10 stories up into the sky!
Check out the video below showing the project and click here to see photos of their challenge.