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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!

Out In The Community

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Teen After School Program

Last Friday, Elizabeth and I got a chance to promote Forest Lawn Library's Teen After School program at the Calgary After School Info Fair in the Marlborough Mall. It was my first time on an outreach so I was nervous with excitement not knowing what to expect. After entering the mall and unloading our two packed trolleys, we were greeted by the few organizations that were already at the long row of white tables, and by the retired men who were sitting on the nearby bench watching us set up as they mingled in their native language. A steady of shoppers were strolling in and out of the mall, and a long line of hungry people were waiting for sweet nourishment at Tim Horton’s.

Teen After School Program

Teen After School Program

The atmosphere reminded me of an open market from a foreign land: we had the aroma of sweet fried dough and strong coffee lingering in the air, and voices of children, men, and women, in different languages, overlapping each other as groups of people rushed to their destinations while others strolled by and watched.

We were not even finished setting up when a lady stopped and asked, "What is happening?" so Elizabeth jumped right in, and shared who we are and what we have to offer. She even got the retired men to come by and sign up. Inspired by her energy, I too also greeted potential customers with enthusiasm. They were suspicious and reluctant to stop, at first, until we told them about our one-time offer of a free membership and a free eco bag. By two o’clock, Elizabeth and I were parched from having to shout over the noises and from speaking nonstop as more people were streaming in. When we tallied up our numbers at three o’clock, we had talked to about 1000 people, had signed up about 300 memberships, and had way too much fun.

Teen After School Program

The Room

The Room

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Room Book Cover

By Emma Donoghue, Published By HarperCollins, 2010.

This book was recommended by the librarian from one our local schools and I reluctantly placed the book on hold. I say reluctantly as the topic of the book frightened me. Sure enough, I started reading in the evening and had difficulty putting it down but I also trouble sleeping!

The book is narrated by 5 year old Jack who has spend is whole life living inside a small room where he and his mother are held prisoner. There is a frequent night visitor named "Old Nick". Jack and his Ma live in "Room" where is she tries to protect and entertain him from the realities of their situation. This is a quick read that keeps you turning the pages.


Teen Afterschool: Come and hang out with us!

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  • Monday March 12th- Think you can Act? Come hang with us!

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday March 13th- Fashion Design

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday March 14th - Youth Toast Masters

4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday March 15th – Board Games: What's old is now NEW!

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

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The movie "Hunger Games" is going to be in Theaters March 23rd!! We are so excited to see how the book will be made into real life.

If you haven't read the Hunger Games, you are so missing out. The story is set in a futuristic world, where people are divided into districts. There are a total of 12 districts, and one ruler, the Capitol. Each year, each district draws out one boy and one girl to represent them in the Hunger Games. The winner of the game wins a years worth of luxury goods for their district. However, there is a catch... Only one person can survive.

I won't go into the details of the book and ruin the suspense. But there are 3 books in the series, and the plot just thickens after another. I just couldn't put them down!

Hunger GamesCatching Fire Mockingjay

Staff Picks: A Mother's Spirit

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By Anne Bennett, Published Long Preston : Magna,2008

A MotherGloria and Joe were the golden couple, until tragedy left them with nothing. Yet even poverty could not spoil the joy when their son is born. World War 11 rages and Joe labours on the docks by day and fights fires by night. When Joe is terribly injured, Gloria decides to take him home to his brother's farm in Ireland hoping that we will recover there. But in the remote countryside she faces her greatest challeng yet ....

Check-out our catalogue for information!

Staff Picks: The Cat's Table

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Author: Michael Ondaatje, Published by McClelland and Stewart, 2011

In the early 1950's, 11 year old Mynah is on board a liner travelling from Ceylon to London. At mealtimes he is sat at the lowly cat’s table with two other boys his age and an eccentric group of adults. Left unsupervised the boys become involved in the world and stories of the adults and move from one adventure to another. If the story doesn’t amaze you, Ondaatje prose certainly will.

To find out more about this novel, check out our Catalogue!

It that time again...!

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The Teen Afterschool Program is starting up again! First day is January 30th. Come join us every Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for some little excitement. We are offering drama and drawing workshop, robotics, fashion design, xbox, wii and much much more!

Teen Afterschool

Check our blog weekly to see what's happening.

What's Happening This week:

  • Janurary 30th: Movie
  • Janurary 31: Board Games
  • February 1: Youth Toastmaster
  • February 2: Gaming
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