Author Archives: Ratha M.

December 17, 2013

Time Period Personality Quiz Results

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trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: What time period do you belong in?

Last week, we asked you a bunch of questions to find out which time period you should have been born in. Count up your answers and get ready to travel through time to your true destiny! Behold the results of your Time Period Personality Quiz.

You should have been born in Ancient Egypt! Starting around 3000 BCE, you would have lived in the land of pharaohs and pyramids. You could float down the Nile River and carve your stories in hieroglyphics. When you’re feeling hungry, you could go fishing or snack on dates and honey. You might have rubbed shoulders with King Tut or Cleopatra. If you were wealthy, when you died, your body would be mummified. A good career for you might be an archaeologist or professor of Classical Studies!

You should have been born in Medieval times. This time in history spanned from the 5th – 15th centuries CE across Europe. Some people call it the Middle Ages. It was a time of chaos, but also chivalry. Barbarians attacked; rulers were overthrown, and knights developed their code of honor. A system of feudalism developed where peasants farmed the land for the rich lords. You might wear your armor to a royal jousting tournament, and then relax with a fancy dinner of exotic pigeon or peacock, or more everyday fare like meat and potatoes. You’d eat with your hands, and then throw the scraps to the floor for the dogs. Yum!

You should have been born during the Renaissance. During the 14th – 16th centuries, it was an amazing time for art and culture. You might have gone to church at an enormous European cathedral. You might have seen Michelangelo painting the roof of the Sistine Chapel, or Leonardo Da Vinci working on his famous “Mona Lisa” painting. Or you might have read sonnets while floating down the waterways of Venice. Perhaps you were even lucky enough to attend an opera, and then feast on a light dinner of pasta, fruit, and goat cheese. Perhaps one day you will make your way to Italy to see where it all began. Ciao!

You should have been born during American colonial times. In July of 1776, the 13 American colonies declared independence from England. Obviously, England was not too happy with that, so the Revolutionary War began! You might have watched the founding fathers sign the Declaration of Independence or create the U.S. Constitution. You may have bumped into the first famous Americans like George Washington, or Benjamin Franklin, or Alexander Hamilton. Hopefully you don’t mind itchy white wigs though – that was the style!

Your time is in the future! You would fit right in a futuristic society. Your day might consist of checking your iDevice for your schedule, and jumping into your flying spacecar for a day of fun or work. You and your BFF might zoom around the galaxy, or play laser tag jumping from building to building. When you get hungry, you could press a button from your automatic food machine and – presto – spaghetti and meatballs appear. So enjoy this time, and know your FUTURE is bright!

What do you think? What time period would YOU love to live in? Tell us in the Comments.

–Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 10, 2013

Time Period Personality Quiz

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trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: What time period should you have been born in?

Have you ever thought that you might have been born in the wrong era? Take our Time Period Personality Quiz today to find out your true time period personality.

  1. You want to go on vacation to . . . A) the pyramids of Egypt. Exploring tombs and cozying up to mummies is just your style. B) backpack across Europe. C) Italy. Explore the Colosseum, lean on the Tower of Pisa, gaze at the Sistine Chapel, and float along the waterways of Venice. D) road trip across the United States. E) Are you kidding? Just park the video game truck in my backyard for a week, and I’m good to go!
  2. If you could have a wig you’d have . . . A) a jeweled headpiece. B) a metal helmet. C) a long braid like Rapunzel. D) perfect shoulder-length curls. E) a green Mohawk.
  3. What’s your clothing style? A) The less the better; you’re always sweating. B) Relaxed & comfy. C) Dressy & formal. D) Preppy & all-American. E) Edgy & fashion-forward.
  4. You’d rather do a school report on . . . A) King Tutankhamen. B) Vlad Dracula. C) Michelangelo. D) Ben Franklin. E) Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple Computers.
  5. You and your friends are into . . . A) mystery, books, and discovering hidden secrets. B) sports, hiking, and being outdoors. C) shopping, dance, art, and music. D) helping people and contributing to good causes. E) robotics and tech-y stuff.
  6. Which quote appeals most to you? A) “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.” B) “Use strength in the service of justice, but tempered by humanity and mercy.” C) “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” D) “Give me liberty or give me death!” E) “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
  7. Pick a movie! A) The Mummy (rated PG-13) B) The Princess Bride (rated PG) C) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (rated G) D) Pocahontas (rated G) E) Star Wars (rated PG)
  8. You’d like to travel by . . . A) majestic river cruise. B) There’s no place your feet can’t get you! C) sailboat. D) horseback. E) spaceship.
  9. Your last meal on earth would be . . . A) falafel, chickpeas, something flavorful. B) steak and boiled potatoes. C) pizza with all the toppings you want! D) turkey and stuffing, a nice Thanksgiving feast. E) freeze-dried ice cream that never melts.
  10. At a costume party you would dress as. . . . A) Cleopatra. B) a knight or princess. C) Leonardo da Vinci. D) George Washington. E) a three-headed alien.

Leave your answers in the Comments and click here to find out your results.

–Ratha, STACKS Writer


December 2, 2013

Book Nerd Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_bookBook Nerd and Proud!

You’d rather finish your book than watch TV. You drop food on your book because reading and eating dinner at the same time is challenging (my sincere apologies to the Pleasant Hills Public Library!). Your mom tells you you’re going to Disney World, but you just look up from your book and say . . . “Huh?” Admit it – you’re a book nerd, and proud of it!

Today’s Writing Prompt is for you. Finish this sentence. . .

booknerd We can’t wait to hear what you guys say in the Comments below! Be proud and read ON!

–Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 21, 2013

Family Volunteer Day

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make_a_differenceFamily Volunteer Day

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Family Volunteer Day! It’s a good way to kick off the holiday season with giving and service. It is also a chance for families to spend time together helping their neighborhoods and communities.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to come up with your own ideas for ways your family can volunteer? We know how incredibly connected you are to things you are passionate about. And we know you guys MAKE things happen! So what would you do for Family Volunteer Day, if you were to mobilize your family?

Some ideas (with your parents’ permission, of course)

- Sell Rainbow Loom bracelets, or have a sidewalk bake sale (or hot chocolate stand if it’s wintery where you live). Donate the money to the Philippine Red Cross to help the victims of the devastating typhoon there.

- Have a “closet-cleaning day” and donate clothes and toys to a homeless shelter.

- Clean up a local park by picking up garbage, and recycling recyclables.

- Make cookies or crafts and bring your treats to a home for senior citizens.

- Collect gently used coats to donate to a shelter.

- Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.

What are other good ideas for Family Volunteer Day? We wanna know!

Weekends are busy, but it only takes an hour or two to volunteer . . . and touch someone’s life or make a mark on our world. Let us know what YOU think in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 18, 2013

Name Your Device Day

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writing_prompt_rainbow_penName Your Device Day

iTouch, iPhone, iPad, tablet, Mac, PC, Kindle . . . chances are you spend time cozying up to your favorite device (that is when you’re not busy with school, family, sports, and a million other things). Well Wednesday, November 20th is officially known as “Name Your PC Day.” We thought we’d make it fun, and change it to “Name Your Device Day.”

C’mon, take the plunge. Let us know what you’d name your device! Or maybe you already have a nickname for your device? Let us know in the Comments below.

BONUS – what’s the device you use the most? Curious Splotters want to know!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 4, 2013

School Love Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_rainbow_penWhat I Love About My School

Maybe it’s not the cafeteria food. Maybe it’s not that smell of sweaty socks that comes from the locker room after boys’ football practice. But we know there are reasons that live deep in your heart . . . why you love your school!

Every school is awesome in its own way, so tell us what’s cool about your school!

Let us know in the Comments below . . .


—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 15, 2013

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt Answers

Posted by at 1:41 am in Goosebumps, Trivia | Permalink

halloweenGoosebumps Scavenger Hunt Answers

Last week, in an attempt to summon the spirits of Halloween, we posted a Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt. How did you do? Did you get some answers, or run away scared out of your pants? See below for the official word.

1. Fill in the blanks: Night of the Living _______ and Say Cheese and ____ are two of R. L. Stine best known titles.
ANSWER: Night of the Living Dummy (total classic!) and Say Cheese and Die.

2. How long does it take R. L. Stine to write a Goosebumps book? Hint: search under “Books & Audio” and “R. L. Stine.”
ANSWER: 10 days! (whoa!!). He says he also spends 2-3 days first outlining each book.

3. The HorrorLand series is set in a creepy ________.
ANSWER: theme park. Where thrills turn to chills, you could say!

4. What does R. L. Stine give out at Halloween in addition to candy? Hint: read the R. L. Stine Q&A!
ANSWER: Copies of his books! Kids come to his apartment in New York City because he has a skeleton, a cupful of eyeballs, and lots of creepy stuff. He gives out candy and copies of his books. How cool is that?

5. Play the Ghost Hotel game. How many ghosts did you get before time ran out??
ANSWER: No wrong answer. . . unless you didn’t play!

6. Name you favorite episode from the Goosebumps TV show.
ANSWER: No wrong answer. You’re entitled to your own opinion!

7. What’s the newest Goosebumps book out?
ANSWER: Goosebumps Most Wanted #5: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now. (Uhh . . . I think I’ll go to my regular doctor instead!)

8. Watch “The Ghost Next Door” trailer clip in the TV/DVD section. (Click on the fuzzy TV screen.) What happens at the very last moment?
ANSWER: Something comes crashing through the window!

Look for tons of great Halloween episodes of Goosebumps and R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour on The Hub network all October long. With a bucket of popcorn and some orange soda, nothing could be creepier. Happy Halloween!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 14, 2013

October 15: National Grouch Day

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writing_prompt_genericGet in a bad mood. It’s National Grouch Day!

According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day. Finally, an excuse to be grouchy!  If you’re tired of always seeing the bright side of things, then this (kind-of-sort-of) official holiday is for you.

Legend has it that Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) used to go to a restaurant where the waiter was so grumpy that it was almost comical. He kept going back because he was so interested in the waiter, and he eventually developed Oscar the Grouch after him. The name of the restaurant was Oscar’s Tavern! See? Grouches can be inspiring!

How does one celebrate National Grouch Day, you might ask? Well, according to Oscar the Grouch’s recent Internet posting (yes, Oscar the Grouch posts online!) you should do the following:

  • When someone says, “Good morning!” respond with, “What’s good about it?!”
  • If asked, “How are you feeling?” reply with, “None of your business.”
  • When someone inquires, “What time is it?” tell them to go buy a watch.

Wait. What? That’s kind of mean! I know most of you are not naturally grouchy so celebrating this day might be tough. But everybody, even the nicest person in the world, gets grouchy sometimes. For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know. . . .

GrouchyLet us know in the Comments below. And have a rotten day! Just kidding!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 7, 2013

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt

Posted by at 7:16 pm in Goosebumps, Trivia | Permalink

halloweenWith Halloween creeping up around the corner, we thought we’d summon up the spirit of spookiness by turning to the master of spookiness himself, R. L. Stine. We love his sinister site on the STACKS, so all the answers to this Scavenger Hunt can be uncovered on the Goosebumps site.  Ready? Dare ya!

1. Fill in the blanks: Night of the Living _______ and Say Cheese and ____ are two of R. L. Stine’s best-known titles.

2. How long does it take R. L. Stine to write a Goosebumps book? Hint: search under “Books & Audio” and “R. L. Stine.”

3. The HorrorLand series is set in a creepy _____________.

4. What does R. L. Stine give out at Halloween in addition to candy? Hint: read the R. L. Stine Q&A!

5. Play the Ghost Hotel game. How many ghosts did you get before time ran out?

6. Name your favorite episode from the Goosebumps TV show.

7. What’s the newest Goosebumps book out? Hint: There will be a Sneak Peek in Ink Splot 26 on Wednesday!

8. Watch “The Ghost Next Door” trailer clip in the TV/DVD section. (Click on the fuzzy TV screen). What happens at the very last moment?

Now scavenge through the Goosebumps site and leave your answers in the Comments below. Click here for the alarming answers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer