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A "Beast" of a Contest!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

"Beastly", the new movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer was released Friday, ranking 3rd in Box Office Hits for the weekend. If you haven't heard already, it's the modern re-telling of 'Beauty and the Beast', and it's getting some really great reviews. What's more, all our copies (and E-Copies) of the original book keep whizzing off the shelves, so put yours on hold now!

CPL's TeenZone Blog, Movie Maniacs Blog and Interact PR are teaming up to bring you one 'beast' of a contest to celebrate the release of the movie!

To win one of our book prizes, just comment on this blog post with the title of one OTHER novel by 'Beastly' author Alex Flinn, which you can find through the library catalogue. Make sure to leave your full name (the one you use for your Library Card) so we can contact you and get you your prize!

You can also come to Crowfoot Library, Shawnessy Library, or the 2nd Floors at Central and Fish Creek Libraries this weekend (March 11-13), to pick up some cool 'Beastly' swag, including posters, notebooks, and some phenomenal bag charms! Come to the desk and say "BEASTLY" -- prizes will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

We be Slammin'

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

There once was a woman in Calgary,

She was OUTRAGEOUS, her name was Sheri-D

She made jokes 'bout her age,

brought her dog on the stage,

and now we all love Slam Poetry.

(Sheri-D Wilson @ The Calgary Spoken Word Fesitival. Photo by James Tworow)

Sheri-D would hate that. She would absolutely loathe it. It's too "lalalalalalalalala" and not enough "ZWEEEEEEEP deepee DA de zoop DWA da". Sheri-D Wilson, called "The Mama of Dada" (well, she certainly is surreal...) is one of Calgary's most successful spoken word poets. AND NOW (imagine this next part as if I were a radio-announcer) FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY (okay, back to normal), she is appearing at CPL's "2nd Saturday Slam" -- a series of workshops and competitions taking place on the second Saturday of every month.

Last week, youth from around the city came to the Central Library for a two-hour long workshop with Sheri-D and Tyler Perry, teammates from the Calgary Spoken Word Society. Participants received constructive (if slightly psychotic) criticism about their poetry and lyrical stylings that was well-worth the trip downtown: One guy had to translate, ON THE SPOT, every other line of his poem into his native Creole and then SING IT to a room full of people. It was suggested to another girl that she re-write her intensely emotional and angry poem as if it were a love letter. Yet another poet had to read her work as if it were a children's storybook -- Sheri-D sat on the side acting like a three-year-old to help the artist visualize the scenario better. Feedback was as entertaining for the audience as I'm sure it was enlightening and frustrating for the performers.

The day was a complete blast, with advice that ranged from language lessons ("Observe the slight cliches..." Sheri-D says, "Poetry is Manipulation") to life lessons ("Empower yourself! Get mad! Take 'em down!"), and even included some words for your L.A. and English Teachers:

"If your teacher asks you 'What does this Poem mean?', you just give them my number and I'll teach them a thing or two about poetry. POEMS HAVE NO MEANINGS".

The next Saturday Slam will take place on March 12th from 1:00-2:30 in the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Library. This event will be an actual slam competition, and some exciting news was given to prepare us for it: The ultimate winner of the Second Saturday Slam series will be given a spot on the Calgary Slam Youth team, and a chance to go to finals in 2012 as an adult performer!

If you have any questions about Slam Poetry and Sheri-D's work in particular, you can check out her homepage. The links for the Calgary Spoken Word Society and Youth Slam can be found here or here. Any questions regarding the Second Saturday Slam series at the Library can be phoned in to (403) 260-2657 (Services for Children, Teens and Families). And if you want to get a jumpstart on your entry for the competition, check out resources like this one, this one and this one.

See you on the 12th!

Kick Next Semester's @$$

by Jilliane Yawney - 1 Comment(s)

Okay. So you kind of blew it this semester. You started out with the best intentions -- this was going to be the year that you got straight A’s, this year you would try out for the team and make it, this year you would get some volunteer hours under your belt… but hey, life happens. Maybe you became a total gLeek and couldn’t peel your eyes off the tube. Maybe ‘Black Ops’ snuck into your life faster than it did over enemy lines. Maybe you are the school champion at Tap Tap Revenge and had to maintain your title at any cost. Whatever the reason, you found your drive to do better this year sink faster than Justin Bieber’s vocal range.

But it’s okay. DON’T PANIC. The Calgary Public Library is here with a ton of excellent resources that will get you motivated and help you out in the second half of this school year.

Homework Help

We’ve got loads of books packed with Study Tips and Steps to Success. Check out titles like:

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Study Skills: Do I really need this stuff?

Hacker Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper and Better

(this one is from the E-Library)

Or type “Study Skills” into the Online Catalogue Search and see what comes up! Rather not add another book to your already huge workload? We also have DVDs like:

Studying and Test-Taking

Researching, Reading and Writing and

Active Listening and Note-Taking

Only one subject got you down? Try doing a search in the Online Catalogue for the course you’re struggling with:

Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing your Mind or Breaking a NailNo Fear Shakespeare: A Companion

Don’t forget, the Library carries the most recent copies of “The Key” in all Provincial and Diploma subjects, FREE with your library card! Put a hold on yours now, they rarely make it back onto the shelves.

If you haven’t checked out the E-Library yet, that explains A LOT about why you’ve fallen behind in your homework! It’s easy to use and gets you results fast – the kind of results that are guaranteed to have true, recent and useful information, unlike some sources I could name (yeah, I’m looking at you Wiki…)

And as always, there is a helpful librarian waiting on the other side of “Info Chat” to help you with your homework questions any time the library is open. Click on that uber-happy smiley face on the main page, or the grey “Homework Helper Online” button higher up this page and a little to your left.

Don’t forget to keep checking back at the TeenZone Blog for more tips and tricks to get you through the year, as well as info about interesting news and sweet events going on around Calgary!

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