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World Refugee Day 2012

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The Teen After School event on Refugee Camps attracted 40 youth who fully immersed themselves in the experiential program, going through the various stations of food, water, health, shelter and education, trying to collect enough beads to barter their way into the final asylum station. They were assigned to family groups, working together when cholera and other health concerns, contaminated water, destroyed shelters, famine, drought and other impediments delayed their turn at the asylum station. During the debriefing over pizza, many of them expressed frustration at their struggles, but a clear dedication towards working as a family unit to leave the camp together. This program was planned by several agencies in recognition of World Refugee Day.

Before I Fall

Before I Fall

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Before I Fall

By Lauren Oliver, published by HarperCollins, 2010

Sam and her friends rule the school. They have it all – looks, popularity, boyfriends, and they don’t hesitate to lord it over everyone. They are bullies, mean girls, and won’t have anyone stand in their way. After a night of hard drinking and partying, Sam gets into the car of a drunk driver. With a blinding crash, she loses her life. Instead of being permanently dead, Sam wakes up on the morning of her last day. She proceeds to relive her last day over and over. Each day is the same, but only Sam has the power to change what happens…

Written by Lauren Oliver, who is better known for the debut novel in her dystopian trilogy, “Delirium”, “Before I Fall” was chosen as the YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2010. Combining elements of fantasy with the very real concept of teenage bullying in a fast-paced, introspective, and engrossing story, this novel causes readers to question what they know. Oliver writes about familiar themes in a fascinating, original way. Prepare to be left wanting more!

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Interested in Drawing Manga Comic?

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Manga CoverManga comics are becoming overly popular among the teens. However, I've noticed that some adults are starting to appreciate the artwork and storyline behind these books. Unlike regular books that reads from left to right, Manga comics are read from right to left and they start at the back of the book. It may seem strange at first, but after a few manga books, it becomes second nature.

One of the things that fascinate me about Manga are the drawings. A little change in the character eyes or hair can change their overall look from being happy to mad. I've attempted to recreate some of my favorite characters on paper...but...I'll just end it here. Embarassed

Now here's a chance for you teens out there to learn from a professional artist. They will show you the tips and tricks that you will need to know to recreate or even create your own Manga character. This will be a two day session on May 23rd and 30th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The AVENGERS is finally assembled!!

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We've all been waiting for this hot new movie release for far too long! Finally it's here...Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor. I just can't wait to see this in theaters. I've seen all the movies, except for Captain America (so I better see this before I head to the theaters). But I enjoyed all the other ones very much. One word... ACTION!

I can't soley pick one superhero as my favorite. But I do love how Robert Downey Jr. portrays Iron Man.

Do you have a favorite superhero? Let us know in the comment!

If you need a little refresher of the Marvel characters, why not check-out the DVDs and Graphic novels at the public library?

Captain America Thor Incredible Hulk Iron Man

Community Garden Stepping Stones

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Got some creative juices in you? Now is the time to let your imagination soar and become a memorable part of our garden. The stepping stones to paint for theArt fun Community Garden will be on sale for $50. All the supplies will be provided, so you don't need to worry about that! All we ask of you is to bring in the donation and your artistic talent.

Come join us on these dates:

Thursday April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Sunday April 29th, May 6th
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Stepping Stone Painting

Hunger Games Challenge

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The Forest Lawn Library just hosted their first

Hunger Games Challenge!!

It was an overwhelming great success.

A total of 25 people attended the program, but we only had room for 20 participants. The rest of them cheered from the sidelines as they watched each team battle to the end.

The Game started with our very own Effie Trinket annoucing the two tributes for each district and the rules.


As usual, "may the odds be ever in your favor" she said...


Round 1: Survival of the fittest!

This was our attempt at recreating the Cornucopia.

We loaded it up with all the neccessary items that each team needed to survive. It was up to the individual to choose wisely.

We started the battle with the Cornucopia challenge. This round involved each individual selecting essential items that will help them in surviving the game arenea. They also had to choose wisely, as some items were worth more points than others, and some can be detrimental.

Bracelet Making

Round 2: Battle of the knots!

Each tribute had to use their 'knot' skills to create a bracelet that will dazzle the Capital judges.


Round 3: Aim for the Target!

Think you can be the next Katniss Everdeen? Each tribute was put through the test, the player with the most accuracy points won the challenge.

Community Garden on it's way...!

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Our community garden group is officially a society, known as the Book ‘N Worms Garden Guild. Planning is well underway as our teams are busy buzzing away.

The first fund-raising initiative took place on the March 29th and attracted 22 residents. The event included a presentation by the Calgary Horticultural Society’s Community Garden staff, and a sale of cement stepping stones that the buyer can paint and decorate, then add to the garden path. So far, 9 have been sold and painting sessions are being organized for families who prefer decorating their stones in a community environment.

Another fundraiser took place on March 30th, with international best-selling author Toby Hemenway speaking on home-scale permaculture.

If you would like more information or like to get involved, feel free to leave us a comment below.

The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful Girl

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Story of Beautiful Girl

By Rachel Simon, Published by Grand Central Pub, 2011

Lynnie, a beautiful white female who was born with a developmental disability and Homan, a black man who is deaf are on the run with the baby that Lynnie just delivered. Together they escaped from the Intellectual Developmental Disorder Institution, and were taken in by Martha, a widow and retired schoolteacher. Before they were able to settle down, the police arrived and caught Lynnie, but Homan managed to escape. The only words that Lynnie said to Martha was “Hide her.” And it is from this point where the story unfolds about the lives of Lynnie, Homan, Martha and the baby over the course of 40 years.

The book is set up into chapters that corresponded to a year and a character. The set up is similar to Time Traveler’s Wife, but it’s in chronological order.

This book isn’t like a typical love story. It explored the lives of those who are less fortunate and let the reader sense what’s it’s like to be in their shoes. There are many themes portrayed in this novel such as freedom, hope, and dignity.

The Conversation Continues....

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The ESL Conversation Club at Forest Lawn Library was a resounding success. We had many people from all over the world taking part throughout its eight week run. The group’s enthusiasm was wonderful and infectious and everyone had a great time enhancing their English speaking skills with their fellow students.

ESL Coversation Club Picture

This wonderful enthusiastic group wrapped up the program with a flourishing feast for everyone – with the participants bringing in sensational foods to share on the last evening. Some notables were the wonderful melty cheesy garlicky Darth Vader Potatoe Casserole and the beautiful Vietnamese salad rolls filled with vegetables and bright red Chinese sausage and eggs. We had lovely lasagna with a gently sweet tomatoe sauce. There were dainty little homemade sweet dumplings with a slightly sweet bean paste filling. We had fabulous breads with wonderful fruit fillings and one of our volunteers managed to entice her husband into baking some tasty frosted little cupcakes. As well there was a beautifully spiced noodle dish from Ceylon and a luscious spicy asian casserole dish with tofu and spicy peppers. There were too many foods to describe but they were all delectable! Everyone had a great last meeting to remember!


Do you HUNGER for more?

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Hunger Games Tribuite Guide

Calling all teens between the ages 13-18!

The Forest Lawn Library is hosting a Hunger Games Challenge on Friday the 13th (Apirl). You must represent your district and face all the different obstacles that are ahead of you!

Challenges will include Cornucopia survival, Bracelet Making, Wii physical challenges and Trivia.

Do you have what it takes to survive? If so, please register at the Customer Service desk, spaces are limited.

Bonus points will be awarded to those who dresses up!

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