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Shakespeare.... but it's manga!

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The Manga Shakespeare series can be enjoyed both as a fresh approach to discovering Shakespeare and as a great way for lovers of traditional literature to discover manga. Each of the nine titles presents a truly original adaptation of the Bard's work, setting the stage in dystopian futures, the North American frontier and even modern Tokyo. The text is abridged to fit the format, but the best speeches are still intact while the illustrations themselves fill in for the missing text. The drawing ranges from the wide-eyed, illustrations of traditional manga in Romeo and Juliet, to the unconventional scrawlings of Julius Caesar (my favourite of the series).

If this sounds like a series for you, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Macbeth

Samurai from post-apocalyptic future kills his King and usurps the throne after hearing the prophecy of three aliens. Four-armed mutant not "born of woman" disagrees with this arrangement.

Romeo

Fair Verona gets yet another makeover whilst two star-crossed lovers defy their warring Yakuza families. Maybe this time it will end happily?

King Lear

An Algonquin chief decides to leave the largest part of his kingdom to the daughter who loves him most. Hilarity does not ensue.

Othello

It's Othello..but he has wings, Iago shoots magic daggers and Roderigo is a giant fox... coyote... wolf... thing.. it's awesome!

Volunteer at the Library!

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The Library is looking for teens to share their time and skills to make a difference! Gain job experience, build new skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others by volunteering with our Reading Buddies and Computer Buddies programs!

Hands up!

Reading Buddies is a fun 7-week program that pairs teen volunteers with young readers in Grades 1-3. Under the supervision of library staff, the trained volunteers meet their little buddy at the library once a week to participate in group literacy activities and one-on-one mentoring.

Volunteer for Computer Buddies and develop your mentoring abilities, meet new people, and help younger students in Grades 1 to 6 improve their computer skills. It’s a great opportunity to help elementary students discover that there is more to computers than just playing games – but we do a little of that too! From Internet Search Techniques to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, Computer Buddies combines skill-building with fun.

See the Program Guide for dates.

Contact 403-221-2036 (Computer Buddies) or 403-221-2062, 403-260-2709 (Reading Buddies) for more information or to volunteer.

Tell me what your favorite books is

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Reading Outside

This summer we are having a teen summer reading club which means that you will get prizes for reading. We will give you more information about the club in June so stay tuned. In the meantime, I want you to email me your favorite books. As part of the summer reading club we are going to have a book survivor challenge. Basically, we’ll ‘send your books to the island’ and then every two weeks you can vote a book off the island and in the end we’ll know which book is the best. So—send me your favorite teen book! Email the title and author to jilliane.yawney@calgarypubliclibrary.com

Horry for Aussie authors!

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Is it just me, or are Aussie authors exceptionally fabulous?

Aussie #1: Melina Marchetta Jellicoe Road

A couple weeks ago I finished Melina Marchetta’s “Jellicoe Road.” In this book Taylor Markham faces just about every demon you can think of: a mother who abandoned her, a creep who tried to get her involved with child porn, a boyfriend who doubles as her sworn enemy, being a school dorm leader when she really doesn’t want to, nightmares about her mysterious past—you name it. Taylor has never met her father and doesn’t know anything about him and because her mother abandoned her at such an early age, she only has faint memories of her past. In her final year of school, Taylor decides it is finally time to unravel the mystery of her birth and childhood. Hopefully she can do this before her own life unravels.

Aussie #2: Markus Zusak The Book Thief

Markus Zusak hails from Sydney. I’d talk about The Book Thief, and I Am the Messenger—but I’m pretty sure you all already know how awesome they are.

The Lost ThingAussie #3: Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan is Author and illustrator of The Arrival, The Rabbits and The Lost Thing. I love them all, but right now I’m just going to talk about The Lost Thing.

A small boy is collecting bottle caps on a beach when he encounters a large lost thing. Against his better judgment, he begins to feel sorry for the thing and decides to help it find its home. He asks the people around if they know where the thing is from, he talks to his trusted friend—but no one can help. In fact, people don’t even seem to notice the lost thing. His friend suggests that some things are, “just plain lost.” Still, the boy continues his search for a place where the lost thing will belong.

Tan explores ideas of belonging versus being lost and asks readers why lost things are often invisible. He conveys this all with a whimsical prose and quirky illustrations.

As you can see, Aussies authors are tops.