Fold-A-Story is like the game “Telephone”. Each player starts with a sheet of paper and writes a one sentence start of a story. The players then pass the piece of paper someone else. You have to draw a picture describing the sentence on your paper. You then fold the paper to hide the sentence and pass the paper to a third person. That person looks at the picture and writes a sentence describing the picture and passes it on. This repeats until the page is full. You can then unfold the paper and see how the sentence has evolved.
Monday, October 15th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library Multipurpose Room
Just like the name implies, come and make some miniature scarecrows, just in time for Halloween.
Tuesday, October 16th 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library Multipurpose Room
For youth in sixth through twelfth grade
Lights, action, zombies! With all the great and not so great
zombie fiction out there, we thought it would be fun to make
you up as zombies and film a book trailer. We will discuss the
books as we get our make-up on and then pick a direction
for our filming to go. You will then be able to watch the trailer
on our Teen webpage. To register, please stop in or call
(216) 226-8275, ext. 140.
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Main Library Multipurpose Room
If you’re a fan of Shakespeare looking for an addendum to one of his famous works, then look no further than Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Stoppard’s play takes the age-old story of Hamlet and turns it on its head, telling the story from the view of two minor characters. Most people who read Hamlet would say that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unimportant characters whose only part in the play is to show the influence the king has over his subjects or to highlight Horatio’s loyalty. But Stoppard argues that while these men may not play a main part in Hamlet’s drama, they still have their own stories to tell.
The play begins when we join Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on their way to…someplace. The men know they are supposed to be on a quest, but they are unsure as to its final destination, or why they are traveling in the first place. This is the first of the men’s hilarious misadventures through both new and familiar scenes, and their experiences only get crazier as the play continues, leaving them questioning the purpose of their quest, their free will, and even the importance of their own existence.. The more people they meet, the more they realize that they might only exist to be unwitting players in someone else’s story.
To fully enjoy Stoppard’s clever references to Shakespeare’s play, I recommend reading this play after reading Hamlet. The dialogue is witty, the characters are hysterically enigmatic, and the mystery that shrouds Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s quest kept me reading in anticipation. Stoppard stays very true to the original story and offers his own interpretation of the scenes that Shakespeare does not allow us to see. It was fascinating to read this story from a new perspective, and it was certainly an enriching addition to one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I thoroughly enjoyed this new, existential twist on an old story.
Check out Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead from the Lakewood Public Library today!
I have never been one for scary stories.
When I was younger, my overactive imagination conjured up visions of the monsters, ghosts and serial killers I saw on TV and at night, all alone in the dark, I was convinced they were real. Now, thankfully, I know better. I am still not a huge fan of the horror genre in general, but one scary book or movie every once and a while no longer bothers me as much as it once did. I am glad for this change of heart, however; for without it, I would not have picked up this thrilling ghost story.
The Light is DJ MacHale’s first book in the Morpheus Road trilogy. It tells the story of a boy named Marshall or “Marsh” Seaver and his best friend, Cooper Foley. The boys’ plans to have an amazing summer are ruined when Cooper gets into trouble and as punishment is sent to his family’s lake house for the rest of the summer. However, strange things begin to happen when Marsh discovers that his friend has suddenly gone missing.
Inanimate objects move of their own accord. Visions of his dead mother plague his thoughts. A character he created in his comic books, called the Gravedigger, is stalking him. At first Marsh sees these occurrences as nothing more than frightening coincidences, but after Gravedigger’s first attempt on his life Marsh quickly realizes that someone, or something, is out to get him.
With the help of Cooper’s beautiful but icy sister Sydney, Marsh struggles to solve the mystery behind his friend’s disappearance and discover why he is being haunted. He frantically searches for the truth, hoping he finds his answer before Gravedigger finds him.
As an avid fan of MacHale’s other series, namely Pendragon, I found this book chilling but enjoyable. I felt the characters showed the right amount of fear and uncertainty in their questioning of the paranormal, which allowed for Marsh’s plight to become more believable. The book starts off slowly, but there is plenty of action and scares that kept me awake at night, out of both excitement and fear. MacHale’s writing style is straightforward and easy to understand while also allowing for natural character development. His dialogue flows, and he is able to accurately express how each of the characters are feeling at the time. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-developed, creepy ghost story.
Will Marsh be able to discover the circumstances behind Cooper’s disappearance, determine the reason for the hauntings, and survive Gravedigger’s attempts to kill him? Check out The Light from the Lakewood Public Library to find out!
Even before I read the first page of Derek Landy’s novel Skulduggery Pleasant, I knew I would like it. “Magic, wit, razor-sharp dialogue and dark humor” the review blared on the front cover. Being a big Harry Potter fan, I knew this series would be right up my alley.
Skulduggery Pleasant is the tale of a twelve-year-old girl named Stephanie Edgley, who discovers a startling secret after the mysterious death of her novelist uncle. The “fictional” stories that her Uncle Gordon wrote about magic, sorcery, ancient curses and powerful beings are anything but stories, and she is about to be introduced to a world that will change her life forever.
Stephanie meets Gordon’s best friend, Skulduggery Pleasant, who happens to be a walking, talking skeleton. He tells her that sorcerers and magic exist in the world around them, hidden from mortal eyes. Because she is Gordon’s niece, Skulduggery allows her to join his adventures as a detective, and he begins to teach Stephanie magic. But when evidence of foul play in Gordon’s death comes to light, Stephanie finds herself thrust into a dangerous case that has her scrambling to understand the rules and dangers of the magical world in which she now lives.
When an old enemy of Skulduggery’s resurfaces and begins searching for an ancient weapon, it is up to the skeleton detective and his new partner to stop him. The clues lead the duo around Dublin, resulting in hilarious misadventures and dangerous expeditions. Along the way, Stephanie meets a host of sorcerers and monsters that add humor and depth to Landy’s already rich story.
As Stephanie and Skulduggery get closer to the truth, the friends find that the stakes have risen. Now, in addition to solving Gordon’s murder, they must save the world from imminent destruction.
I absolutely love this book. Not only is Landy a master storyteller, but he expertly balances witty dialogue and suspenseful action scenes to create a story that will please all manner of readers. Much of the banter between the characters had me laughing out loud, and I could not put the book down during the many epic battle sequences. His writing style is simple but clever, and he deftly weaves surprising plot twists into his tale without stretching significant plot points. His villains, perfectly devious and cruel, match both brains and brawn with our two heroes and force them to go above and beyond to save the day. Fans of the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Pendragon series will gobble up this hilarious, magical, dark and action-packed ride.
So, will Stephanie and Skulduggery manage to save the world and solve the mysterious circumstances surrounding Gordon’s death? Pick up Skulduggery Pleasant at the Lakewood Public Library to find out!
Stressed about the Ohio Graduation Tests? Are you looking for some extra resources to make sure you are truly prepared? The Ohio Department of Education offers full and half-length practice tests complete with answers. You can take a look at the practice tests here OGT Practice Tests
Meet the robots and humans from St. Edward High School’s pre-engineering department who compete annually on the national stage. Learn how the robots are built and programmed. Then see them in action!
Saturday, April 21 at 3:00p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room