Category Archives: Summer

August 3, 2012

Writing Prompt: Olympics Closing Ceremony

London2012The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled “A Symphony of British Music.” While the details of the August 12th spectacle are still being kept super-secret, the organizers have said that they ”will work with some of the country’s most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry’s stars of tomorrow.” There are TONS of rumors flying around – One Direction? Jessie J? QUEEN?


Personally, I would be excited to see the John Lennon tribute and Take That’s performance of “Rule the World,” my favorite song of all time (I really hope The Wanted make an appearance, too; I’m a huge fan)! Darcy Bussell, the famous British ballerina, will be dancing with 300 other members of the Royal Ballet in a grand performance while the Olympic torch is put out. I can’t wait for that, either!

So, I want to know. What rumors are you hoping are true? More importantly, what’s YOUR dream lineup? Would you have a laser light show, flying acrobats, holograms, colored mist, fireworks? Share your Closing Ceremony wishlist in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

Image courtesy London 2012

August 2, 2012

Paralympics Power!

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I’m sure by now you all know about the 2012 Olympics taking place in London this week. But do you know about the Paralympic Games? They will take place immediately following the close of the Olympic Games. “Para” is the Greek word meaning “beside,” used to emphasize how the two Games exist side-by-side. Paralympians are athletes with physical disabilities (such as vision impairment, limb deficiency, or intellectual impairment) that would otherwise prevent them from equally competing with other athletes. They compete in the same sport events (swimming, volleyball, rugby, archery, etc.) as other athletes, but in their own league.

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July 30, 2012

Olympic Athletes Funny Photos

London2012The Olympics are now underway, and we are eager spectators of every thrilling minute! We’ve saved some of our favorite photos from the first few days in London. View below the athletes battling for Olympic gold, giving their all in practice and competition. I include the official “serious” captions for each photo, but you can have fun creating your own captions in the Comments.

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July 29, 2012

U.S.A. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team

Posted by at 3:51 am in Authors, Olympics, Reads, Summer | Permalink

London2012Today’s post is written by Donna Freitas, author of Gold Medal Summer.

 In Gold Medal Summer, Joey Jordan’s best events are Beam and Floor. In order to fulfill her dream of winning gold, Joey has to find routines on both events that play to her strengths, not just what her coach values, and that means valuing artistry over tumbling, at times.

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July 27, 2012

Interview with Olympic Swimmer Lia Neal!

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London2012Olympic Swimmer Lia Neal

The Olympics are almost upon us, and we here at the STACKS are SO EXCITED!

I’m extra-excited because my friend, Lia Neal, has made the U.S. Olympic swimming team! At the U.S. Olympic Trials she made the women’s team for the 4×100 freestyle relay. After beating out her competition – a number of them past Olympic medalists, like Natalie Coughlin – Lia, at only 17 years old, was 4th to the wall in the event, securing a spot as a member of the 2012 team. It was so incredible! She immediately burst into tears. Called a “source of inspiration for a younger generation” by The New York Times and “Official 2012 Olympic Athlete of The Sports Section” by New York Magazine, the teenage girl from Brooklyn, New York is making a name for herself as an athlete to watch! She’s also one of the nicest people I know. Now training in France with the rest of the U.S. swim team, she was kind enough to take a break from her rigorous training schedule to answer a few questions for the STACKS.  

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July 25, 2012

Olympic Sports Books

Posted by at 9:42 am in Olympics, Reads, Summer | Permalink

Ssc_130The Olympics are almost here! The athletes competing in London are so inspiring they have us all hoping for gold and dreaming of world records. Did you know there is a world record being broken right now that you can be a part of? It’s true! You can still go for the gold . . . with reading!

Readers around the world just blew past the summer reading world record with the Scholastic Summer Challenge. But we don’t want to just beat it, we want to crush it! How many more minutes can we log by the end of the summer? How much can we beat the record by? We can’t wait to see where we end up but we need you to help us get there! How? Exercise your reading muscles with a literary Olympics!

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July 24, 2012

Olympic Games Trivia

Posted by at 1:51 am in Olympics, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

London2012It’s almost time for the Olympics! Ringing in day 2 of our Olympic Games-themed week is this fun trivia quiz on all things interesting, weird, and plain silly about Olympic years past. I like to joke, when people ask me if I play any sports that I do marathons all the time . . . marathons of my favorite TV shows that is! So, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, here’s a little multiple-choice action fun:

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