Author Archives: Nancy T.

September 10, 2016

Create a Caption: Monkey

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Create a captionSometimes I think I should work a little less and make a few more friends — because I find myself talking to my stuffed animal friend, Monkey, a lot.

I guess Monkey was thinking the same, because one day I came home and found him working on the computer! I can’t imagine what he was thinking — can you?

Monkey Thoughts
Photo Credit: Davin Cheng

Leave a comment telling me what you think Monkey was thinking — or what he said after I saw him!

— Nancy

December 7, 2010

Guess the Book, Holiday Style

Posted by at 7:26 am in Trivia | Permalink

6a00e55007a31488340105365a0bce970c-800wi Here’s another Trivia Tuesday Quiz for you! The theme is, of course, Holidays, Winter, and Christmas Cheer.

The virtual prize for the first commenter to get this edition of GUESS THE BOOK correct is . . . a special personalized shout-out message from the Stacks Admin, which you can totally delete if you want, or keep on your STACKS profile forever and ever! (Fine print: You must have a STACKS profile to receive your shout-out, so if you don’t have one, register now.)


For those of you not familiar with GUESS THE BOOK, these five images are parts of five different book covers. You should be able to find all of these books on Remember to use your STACKS Screen Name in your comment!

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

November 30, 2010

TRIVIA: Guess the Book

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Trivia Tuesday: It’s Trivia Tuesday again, and here’s another round of Guess the Book! No theme this time; I just liked these book covers:

Clue: All of these book covers have a person on them, and you should be able to find all of these books in THE STACKS books pages!

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

February 9, 2010

Trivia Tuesday: Letters Revealed

Posted by at 7:38 am in Trivia | Permalink

Trivia_tuesdaySo some of you guys thought my “I’m At A Loss for Letters” trivia entry was really hard, and some of you guys got it in the first hour *cough*Andyslibrary*cough* — Well, congratulations to Candysplash, blahblahblah…., treehugger17, stuffedmudkiptoy, cassandra, and of course, Andyslibrary for getting all ten correct! And everyone else, A for effort! I hope you continue to play.

  1. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  2. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  3. Seesaw Girl by Linda Sue Park
  4. Sam I Am by Ilene Cooper
  5. Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee
  6. Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
  7. Blubber by Judy Blume
  8. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  9. Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin
  10. Half Magic by Edward Eager

— Nancy T., STACKS Staffer

January 26, 2010

Trivia Tuesday: I’m at a Loss for Letters

Posted by at 11:00 am in Trivia | Permalink

Trivia_tuesdayI haven’t written a blog entry in a while, so when I agreed to do this, another staff member said, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” — “it” being this blog entry. Well, here it is! Although . . . parts of the blog entry below seems to be missing. Can you figure out which book titles and authors are listed here?

Clue: Vowels (A, E, I, O, U) have been removed from the author names, and consonants (all other letters, including Y) have been removed from the titles.

1. _ _ e _u_ _ _e_ _ _e_ _ e _ by _ l _ _ n _ r _ s t _ s

2. _ _ e _ _ _ by R _ _ l _ D _ h l

3. _ e e _ a _ _ i _ _ by L _ n d _ S _ _ P _ r k

4. _a_ I A_ by _l_n_ C_ _ p _ r

5. E _ _ _ _ o _ e _ i a _ o _ _ i _ i _ a by J _ s h _ _ G _ _

6. _ o _ _ e _ _ n _ i _ e by L _ _ s D _ n c _ n

7. _ _ u _ _ e _ by J _ d y B l _ m _

8. _ o o _ by C _ r l H _ _ _ s _ n

9. _ u _ _ e _ _ u _ _ e _ by _ n n M. M _ r t _ n

10. _ a _ _ _ a _ i _ by _ d w _ r d _ _ g _ r

Leave your answers in the comments!

— Nancy T., STACKS Staffer

June 23, 2009

UP and James and the Giant Peach

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Dug, from UPHave you seen the new movie UP yet? Because I have, and it is a-maz-ing!

The film features a house floating through the sky, held aloft by a bunch of balloons. Which reminded me of one of my favorite books by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach. Check out some of the similarities I noticed:

James and the Giant Peach The movie UP
The “Old” Dude The Old Green Grasshopper Carl Fredricksen
The Little Boy James Henry Trotter Russell
Unconventional Mode of Flight Giant Peach, by way of seagulls A House, by way of balloons
Deceased :*( James’ parents Carl Fredricksen’s darling, Ellie
There’s a scary pack of . . . Sharks Dogs
You’ll be surprised when you start chatting up . . . A centipede, earthworm, ladybug, and more . . . Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and more . . .
One of the antagonists is . . . The Cloud Man Ha! I can’t give everything away!
So go and . . . Pick up a copy of James and the Giant Peach!
Watch the movie UP!
P.S. James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie too. Rent it! Can you think of other similarities?

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

April 17, 2009

17 Things About Zac Efron

Posted by at 6:33 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

17 Again movie star Zac EfronUgh. Guess who I’m gonna be writing about, again. That guy everyone goes on and on about: Zac Efron. I’ll have to research countless articles, review movie trailers, and look at hundreds of pictures of Zac. *weary voice* Oh, the life of an Ink Splot blogger is so difficult. However will I survive?

Just kidding, obviously. I love Zac. And since 17 Again is coming out today, April 17th, I thought I’d share 17 things I found out about Zac!

17 Things About Zachary David Alexander Efron (yup, that’s his full name):

  1. His friends and family make him the happiest.
  2. He has three pets: two Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy, and a Siamese cat named Simon.
  3. He doesn’t have any (known) phobias or pet peeves.
  4. Zac recently had his appendix out in an emergency appendectomy surgery.
  5. And he was back at work after just one day of rest!
  6. He’d like to see the whole world, and specifically go on safari in Africa.
  7. He’s performed roles in the musicals Gypsy, Peter Pan, and The Music Man in community theater.
  8. Some of his favorite books: King Arthur, Catcher in the Rye, and the Hank the Cow Dog series.
  9. Zac likes to dance, but he tries not to be a showman about it. Despite all of his dancing experience from High School Musical . . .
  10. . . . he was really nervous during his performance at the Oscars.
  11. But walking down the red carpet with sweetheart and HSM costar Vanessa Hudgens was a piece of cake!
  12. His advice on learning to spin a basketball on your finger:

    “Anyone could probably do it. Start with a pen. If you really want to learn how to do it, use a pen instead of your finger because your finger is the hard part.”

  13. In high school he had friends from all different cliques, and his best friends now are four or five “geeky, fun-loving kind of guys”.
  14. At one point in 17 Again, Zac defends himself from a light saber wielding sci-fi techno-geek. He claims that if they had shot the scene with real light sabers, his co-star would now have “less face.”
  15. If he could transform himself into another version of himself at any other age, he’d like to run around like Stewie from Family Guy — a 3-year-old with lots of intelligence.
  16. He thinks that he was pretty cool until about freshman year of high school and then it was downhill until he was about 17. And then something happened and it all came back. (Uh, maybe because he became a movie star?)
  17. He has no idea where he sees himself in five years.

Well, I hope he’s still continuing to do movies in five years, ’cause he sounds like a pretty cool guy. And so nice to look at:


— Nancy, STACKS Staffer (and Zac Efron Afficionado)

Interviews conducted by Gerri Miller
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema

April 14, 2009

Zac Efron and Michelle Trachtenberg from 17 Again

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Michelle Trachtenberg, Zac Efron and Matthew Perry star in 17 AgainStarting this Friday, April 17, Zac Efron and Michelle Trachtenberg star in the new movie 17 Again — not as romantic interests, but as father and daughter! (If I were Michelle, I would have been sorely disappointed).

Well, I guess she got over it. And so did I, when I found out I would get to recap this interview about their 17 Again experience!

First, a little background on their characters:


Michelle: She’s a really fun girl named Maggie, sort of your typical 17-year-old: kind of rebelling against her parents . . . She’s angry and doesn’t understand why they’re getting divorced. She’s kind of going through everyday life not caring. A typical 17-year-old, essentially.

Zac: I play Mike O’Donnell. Mike is not thrilled with the way his life has turned out. In the beginning he had all these opportunities, so many ways he could take his life, but one day during high school that’s all stripped from him.

[Nancy] Zac plays a 17-year-old version of Mike, and Matthew Perry plays the 37-year-old version — see a resemblance?


How do Zac and Michelle compare to their characters?

Michelle: I was definitely not a party girl, nothing crazy. I stayed home and read books and watched Law & Order marathons. I still do that. I’m so lame. Boring!

Zac: I was a very regular 17 -year-old. I don’t know any other way to put it. I wasn’t fighting crime or anything!

Michelle: I was, vampires and stuff.

[Nancy] LOL! Michelle definitely kicked butt as Dawn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And there is nothing more comforting than day-long marathons of Law & Order.

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