Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tune Tuesday: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One movie has had fans flocking the theaters since November, it also has an equally enticing soundtrack. The soundtrack was curated by the  powerful songstress Lorde and mirrors the movie's rebellious and fierce Katniss vibe. It features "Ladder Song" and "Yellow Flicker Beat" by Lorde and two songs she collaborated on with Kayne and Stomea. The soundtrack has an eclectic mix of other artists, such as,   CHVRCHES, Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande and Grace Jones. It's great music to listen to if you are defeating the capital or you know, just getting groceries.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack

Monday, December 15, 2014

Favorite Poems

Favorite holiday poems was the subject of the Page Turners meeting at the main library this month. Everyone read or told about their favorite poem. We certainly had a wonderful variety! One former librarian who collects illustrated versions of “The Night Before Christmas” came and showed us many (but not even a tenth of what she owns) of them. There was such a variety right there! A former 2nd grade teacher read her favorite poem from her favorite book of holiday poetry which she used to read to her students. The illustrations were just as good as the poems. A former Kindergarten teacher read us many pages from her favorite holiday picture book that she used with her students. We had touching poetry and humorous poetry, including a farcical version of a traditional poem. A couple of favorites were also songs, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.” I hope you can think about your favorites this season and use them in your celebrations!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winterland Crafterspace: Japanese Bookbinding

This evening at Winterland Crafterspace, we made some BEAUTIFUL journals and notebooks. If you missed the program and are interested in learning a new skill, check out this online tutorial for Japanese Bookbinding!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cookie Walk

La Porte County Public Library is participating in the 2nd annual Cookie Walk in La Porte on Saturday, December 13 from 10:00-noon. Get a cookie tin from the Chamber of Commerce for $10, and then go around to participating businesses and fill your tin with cookies. The lid of the tin features a picture of the library! For more information about the Cookie Walk, please contact the Chamber of Commerce, 219-362-3178. Also during this time, you may get a complimentary photo taken of you or your family against a holiday or winter scene at our new green screen.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fun with Google Translations


Translation can be funny work. Sometimes things just don’t translate well from one language to another. Some words and concepts just don’t have words or phrases that correctly express them in other languages. As such translating books and songs is a lot of work and the passion of a lot of people out there working very hard at it. On the other hand sometimes you’re at home and you’re just curious to know the meaning of a word or sentence you see in a language that isn’t yours. So for that there’s always the internet. Google translate is a popular tool that can be used to try to translate a word or phrase. However because languages are so complex the results come out a little...off. 

Some clever people have taken full advantage of this flaw to produce a lot of comedy by sending something through Google translate from one language to another and another and eventually back to English. Below are two of our favorite attempts. The first is some great works of literature all mixed up and below that is the hit song “Let It Go” from Frozen sung by a talented young lady who had Google translate all of the lyrics though several different languages. For more fun search Youtube or any video streaming site for “Google translate” and you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your funny bone.

Literary Fun With Google Translate, Part 1

"Let It Go" from Frozen according to Google Translate

And if you’re interested in learning other languages and skipping computer made mistakes why not look into Mango Languages, an online language learning tool provided to you free by your library!

Diverse Lives, Diverse Shelves

Children's author and advisory board member of We Need Diverse Books™ Jacqueline Woodson was honored with a National Book Award for brown girl dreaming. brown girl dreaming is a autobiographical account of the author's childhood set in both the north and south in the 60's and 70's. The enchanting book is written entirely in free verse. Here is an excerpt:

a girl named jack

We won't have a girl named Jack, my mother said.
A boy named Jack was bad enough.
But only so my mother could hear.
Name a girl Jack, my father said,
And she can't help but
Grow up strong.
Raise her right, my father said,
And she'll make that name her own

Jacqueline, just in case
I grew up and wanted something a little bit longer
And further away from

We Need Diverse Books™  is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diversity in children's literature. You can find out more information about We Need Diverse Books™  here.

Other books featuring diverse characters or written by diverse authors available at our library here:

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
Cora Cooks Pancit by Gilmore Lazo
A Dance Like A Starlight by Kristy Dempsey
Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle
My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Center Of Everything by Linda Urban
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Curtis
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon Flake
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Young Adult
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

Monday, November 24, 2014

Need some awesome gift ideas for the people in your life who have EVERYTHING? Short on funds and want to make them for FREE? Mark your calendars for Dec. 3, 4, and 6 at the Main Library for our Winter Crafterspace Event! 
On Wed., Dec. 3 from 4-6 make our Waterless Snowglobe with an array of unique embellishments and jars.