Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 31, 2014


Posted by at 1:48 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

THE LEGO MOVIEThis post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

The LEGO Movie (rated PG), hits theaters on February 7, 2014, and we have an exclusive interview with the Emmet, the main character from the film.

Welcome, Emmet. Thanks for answering our questions! 
Q: What is the best part about people thinking you are a “Special?”
Emmet: First off, how cool is it that you’re asking ME a question?! Before, I don’t think anyone ever even thought about me, let alone wanted to ask me a question. Second off, what was the question? I kind of forgot after being so excited that I get to answer a question.

Q: What is the worst part?
Emmet: The worst part. Geesh. The worst part? Um . . . What. Is. The. Worst. Part. Let’s pretend I didn’t hear the question. Can we do that?

Q: What does it feel like to save the world from the evil Lord Business?
Emmet: That’s easy: Awesome. Totally awesome! I still can’t believe I did that.

Q: Did you ever have any doubts about being able to save the world?
Emmet: Me? No. Never . . . Maybe a few. Yes . . .Lots!

Q: What was it like working with Wyldstyle and all the Master Builders?
Emmet: Hard at first. Then harder after that. Then it got a tad bit easier. But then it got a whole lot harder. Maybe even hardest at the end. But now, we just look back and laugh.

Q: Metalbeard looks INSANELY awesome! What was it like to work with him?
Emmet: Whenever you get a chance to work with someone with a shark on his arm, you TAKE it!

Q: Did you ever feel out of your depth?
Emmet: I still don’t know what it feels like to be IN my depth. Oh no. Does that make me shallow?

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?|
Emmet: The usual stuff: Watch TV. Grab a coffee. Save the world.

Q: What is your favorite color?
Emmet: Hmm . . . Green . . . no . . . Yellow . . . no wait . . . it’s back to green again. Definitely green. Wait, can I choose chartreuse?

Q: What is your favorite food?
Emmet: Tacos.

Q: Has your life changed now that you are the Master Builder AND the star of your own movie? Do people recognize you on the street?
Emmet: Totally. People recognize me all the time now. They say, “Hey, watch out for that car!” Or “Hey, is that for here or to go?” So, I guess my life has changed a lot now that I’m a Master Builder.
That and I’ve got the most amazing friends in the whole entire world. Life’s pretty good.

Q: How did you like making the movie?
Emmet: Are you kidding me? It was the best!!! On a scale from one to ten, I’d give it a solid thirteen and a half.

Q: Would you like to make another movie?
Emmet: Um, yeah! But next time, maybe Batman can be a little nicer to me. That guy can be really dark sometimes.

Watch the movie trailer, and tell us what you think in the Comments!
This post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

January 30, 2014

J. K. Rowling Exclusive Sneak Peek!

Posted by at 10:27 am in Authors, Harry Potter | Permalink

Check it out, Harry Potter fans!

We’ve got a sneak peek (or would it be sneak listen?) at 3 brand new clips of J. K. Rowling talking about one of her most colorful characters from the Harry Potter series.

In honor of his birthday on January 26, we bring you 3 exclusive audio clips about Professor Gilderoy Lockhart!

  1. Listen to J. K. Rowling talk about which house Gilderoy Lockhart was sorted into. Play
  2. Listen to J. K. Rowling discuss Gilderoy Lockhart’s ambitious mother. Play
  3. Listen to J. K. Rowling reveal the secret behind Gilderoy Lockhart’s hair-care range. Play


January 30, 2014

Tightrope-Walking Dog!

Posted by at 1:21 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a Caption: Guinness World Records 2014

I bet this doggy would be great at yoga. Look at that balance! His name is Ozzy, and he holds the World Record for the fastest crossing of a tightrope by any dog! (I didn’t even know that was a category!)

What do you think this pup is saying? Create a caption for this picture!

Dog walking on tightrope

Photo Credit: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records

I think he is saying, “Check me out on this rope! I’m bad to the bone! B-B-B-B-Bad. Bad to the bone!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern


January 29, 2014

January Books of the Month

Posted by at 1:37 am in Reads | Permalink

It’s Books of the Month time!

At the end of December, I asked you all to tell me what books you were reading so we could see which books were most popular. After I made a word cloud, I think it was pretty clear that Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson were in the lead! This month, however, some new titles are in the running for most popular.

January books of the month word cloud

Let’s keep this going! What books are you reading right now? Tell me in the Comments, and I’ll add them to a word cloud at the end of next month. Can’t wait to see which title reigns supreme!

January 28, 2014

Baby-sitters Club Book Cover Fashion

Posted by at 1:34 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

6a00e55007a3148834017ee5bec587970dThe Baby-sitters Club Fashion Inspiration

Everyone has a favorite character in a favorite book or series. I really, really love Stacey McGill from The Baby-sitters Club. She’s from New York City, like me, and she’s sophisticated, cool, and really smart! But Stacey, while my character of choice, is not my favorite Baby-sitters Club dresser. Not that what someone wears is what defines her coolness—like I said, I love Stacey for her fun attitude and cleverness! But over the course of 131 book covers, these girls showed some serious style and it’s totally worth another look at what our other favorite girls from Stoneybrook were wearing. Here are my five favorite Baby-sitters Club book cover outfit moments: Continue reading

January 27, 2014

Things Readers Wish the World Would Understand

Posted by at 12:12 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

book=notalk_130It’s a Reader Thing.

I am a Reader. Reading books and thinking about books and dreaming about books is normal, everyday stuff for me. But for some reason, things that seem normal to me seem kind of strange to people who are non-readers.

Here are a few examples of things I wish the world would understand:

  • If you call me while I am in the middle of a good book, I won’t answer my phone.
  • When I finally get the sequel of an awesome book I have been waiting for, I don’t want to hang out with my friends. I want to read my book and do nothing else until I finish it.
  • I always have a book in my bag just in case I get bored somewhere (like at a party, or a concert, or while I’m waiting in the cafeteria lunch line). Why is reading on the cafeteria lunch line not normal?
  • Running out of books is a serious emergency, like, life-threatening. If that happens, I must go to the library immediately!

How about you? What are the reader things you wish the world would understand about you? Leave them in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

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January 27, 2014

2014 Newbery Medal Winner

Posted by at 10:02 am in News, Reads | Permalink

Newbery2014 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2014 Newbery Medal goes to . . .

floraFlora and Ulysses: The Illustrated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K. G. Campbell

You might recognize the author’s name because she also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneThe Magician’s Elephant, and a bunch of books for younger kids, too.

Have you read Flora and Ulysses yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2013? If you were on the committee voting for the 2014 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2013 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

January 24, 2014

3D Printing Technology: Dragons?!

Posted by at 1:22 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Untitled-1The printers of the future are here!

Are you a fan of How to Train Your Dragon? I most definitely am! But probably not as big a fan as Australian girl Sophie, who loved the How to Train Your Dragon books and movies so much she wrote a letter to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (also known as CSIRO), asking them to make her a real-life dragon.

“Hello Lovely Scientist,” she wrote. “My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me? . . . I would keep it in my special green grass area where there is lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school.” Continue reading