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Photography Now and Then

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Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling in the photos. Then the image had to be processed with casutic chemicals in an extremely dark room. Photography was a time-comsuming, expensive process that often lead to more failed images than successful ones.  

In a new biography of one of the first professional female photographers, Stand There! She Shouted  by Susan Goldman Rubin, we learn how Julia Margaret Cameron turned failure (fuzzy, slightly out of focus photos) into a trademark style. Many of her photographs now hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum in England, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Often using family members as her subjects, a portrait of her great-niece Rachel Gurney taken in 1872 entitled “I Wait” is among one of Cameron's most recognized images.

"I Wait" by Julia Margaret Cameron (1872)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these titles to learn more about how photographs have impacted history and how to take awesome photos of your life and times.

Trick or Treat: Visit these strange, dark, and sometimes even humorous, reads for Halloween. You never know what awaits you!

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It's that time again. The air is cool and crisp, the days are growing shorter, and the night is coming to life. What mysteries lie in dark? What stories will you uncover deep in the piling leaves? As the shadows come alive, magic awaits around corners and in the pages of new found books. For the macabre, the dark, the mysterious, the magical, and even the spookily funny check these out:(Note: Links open in new window)

Strange, Dark, Other Worldly Abilities

Book Coverf for Shadowcry   Book Cover for the Rithmatist   Book Cover for Beautiful Decay   Book Cover for The Gathering Storm   Book Cover for Lily Dale: Awakening    

Dark Mysteries at the Academy

   Book Cover for Spookygirl   Book Cover for Last Academy     Book Cover for Nightmare Affair

When Death (and Others) Come Calling

Book Cover for The Wrap Up List   Book Cover for Coraline   Book Cover for Death Watch   Cover for Unnatural Creatures   Book Cover for The Halloween Tree

The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures

Book Cover for Fang Girl  Book Cover for Bras and Broomsticks   Book Cover for Eighth Grade Bites   Book Cover for Vampire High    Book Cover for Hex Hall

Happy Reading!

 

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Super Powers

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Welcome to Super Power Saturdays. Throughout Summer Library Club I will be posting a blog the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July that will highlight teen books with a focus on all things super powers. I will highlight teen powers in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as feature some books that can help you write your own stories and create your own graphic novels. For today’s post I will feature super powers in fiction novels because a lot of great superhero books have flown their way from graphic novels and comics into fiction novels. A few great picks are:

 

Logo for the Website Real Life Super HeroesIf reading about superheroes inspires in you the desire or dream to be a superhero yourself or do amazing things in the world check out The Real Life Superhero Project. It is a website that highlights real life people who have become superheroes in their everyday lives. Each one is out there doing real things, such as helping the homeless, dedicating time to charities, working to make their communities safe, and helping kids find their own sense of honor and giving inspired by the comic books they grew up on. Each person is photographed in their favorite superhero gear. Supercool! For a sneak peak at some of these heroes and their mottos check out the video below.

 

For a list of these and other great teen super power books see our Teen Powers fiction book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back the second Saturday in June (June 13th) for a look at Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All! and the fourth Saturday (June 27th) for the post Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

May is National Bike Month

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May is Bike Month Logo

It is time to ride! The weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. What better way to kick start the summer than with biking! National Bike Month is the month of May. It is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists. Check out their site for links to bike month dates and events, guides about planning a bike event, information about the National Bike Challenge from May 1st - September 30th, bike safety tips, and more.(Note: Links open in new window)

Walk Bike to School LogoAnd to start Bike Month off pedaling fast, Bike to School Day is May 7th. The site Walk Bike to School has information about celebrating Bike to School Day as well as resources, activities, and safety tips for all year round.

The library also has a vast array of books related to biking. Check out the links below for how-to books, bike safety, history, and fiction. 

Happy Reading!

 

True Tales to be Told For Teens: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

Military Teen Fiction

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Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the WAVES during WWII and taught men how to fly planes, but because she was a woman she wasn't actually allowed to fly them herself; and my husband, who served on the USAF for 20 years, during which he engaged in three wars and a number of insurgencies around the world, often in combat. 

Here at the library we get a number of teens who are curious about the military, and are interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books about life as a soldier. Need some suggestions? Here ya' go! 

Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold  I know, you're thrown by the fact that this is about a doll; don't be. The soldier doll is simply used to guide the reader through a number of wars, and to introduce us to the lives of the soldiers and civilians effected, and as a symbol–for hope, or death, only the reader can decide. 

 

The Right Fight by Chris Lynch  Readers who like to read about WWII will enjoy the newest Chris Lynch,  about a young man who is drafted immediately before the beginning of WWII and sent to the North African campaign. 

 

Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley  Fans of spy novels will enjoy this WWII fiction about 17-year-old Betty who parachutes into German-occupied France to join the underground Resistance as a spy. 

 

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft  This book is awesome; it is actually on my Mock Printz list. Arlo Santiago lives life a moment at a time. His sister is slowly dying of a debilitating disease, and he and his family are still grieving over the death of his mother. To settle his mind he rides dirt bikes and plays drone warfare video games, both very well. So well in fact that the US military have taken notice and want him to fly real drones. 

 

 

 

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