March 2, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story
This morning, you found out your two so-called best friends, Megan and Kelly, are going to be co-leading the presentation in the school St. Patrick’s Day festival . . . and you’ve been assigned to dress up as a bearded leprechaun. Ugh!
You were hoping that you could be a part of the Irish Step Dancing troupe, but when assignments were announced today, you found out that Megan and Kelly would be dancing with Tommy instead. And you three were supposed to be best friends! So you’ll be leading the “folklore” segment of the presentation, whatever that means, and you are definitely NOT a happy camper. The costume alone makes you want to hide under a million blankets until March 18th. Continue reading
February 17, 2015
The Post Where I Ask Everyone Weird Quiz Questions
Today’s quiz comes from CycloneVampire7 on the Reading Buzz Board.
- What would you do if NO ONE (not even your family) would talk to you?
- Is your room messy, neat, or in between?
- What types of books do you read?
- Are you bored a lot? (I know I am.)
- Do you like school?
- If you could change your name, what would it be? (No last names!)
- Sparta or Athens???
- LEAST favorite color?
- Lucky number?
- Are you scared of Friday the 13th or the number 13? (I’m not referring to the movie, which I have not seen.)
- Are you a people person, shy, or just socially awkward?
- Is your glass half-full, half-empty, or completely empty because you drank it all?
- Any weird habits?
- You are on a deserted island. You can bring one thing with you, and it can be anything, even something you don’t currently have. What will you bring?
- Have your feet ever taken you places while your mind wandered off?
- Was there a time when you were so scared you couldn’t do anything except curl up in a ball and cry?(No details necessary . . . but just so you know I have to say “yesh” to this!!)
- Are you wondering what the whole point of this is?
- Pickles . . . or SAUERKRAUT??? (I know they taste the same; think of it as a challenge!)
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Comment if you enjoyed this, or if you want to add more questions! ~Cyclone
February 16, 2015
Create a Caption: Guinness World Record
Drum roll please! These guys are playing the world’s largest drum set! I wonder what song they are playing. If you could create a caption for the picture what do you think these drummers would be saying?
Photo Credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records
Here’s my caption: “Can somebody please get the ladder again? My solo is coming up and I need to reach the highest symbol!”
Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!
Amanda, STACKS Intern
February 9, 2015
I get so irritated when people ask me…
I’m sure you’ve all had it happen to you. Someone asks you an irritating question and you say in your head, “Did she really just ask me that?!” Maybe the first time someone asks you a question, it’s not that bad. The second time they ask you, it gets a little annoying. But by the third time, you are full-blown, all-out irritated! Or maybe it’s a question that just shows how misunderstood you are. My worst example of this is, “You know it’s just a book, right?” Ooh, I hate that question!
Which leads me to today’s Writing Prompt . . .
What are the most irritating questions people ask you?
And we promise not to ever ask you any of those questions! Let us know in the Comments below!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
January 26, 2015
Create a Caption for these Stylish Penguins
I love penguins just in their regular tuxedos (a.k.a. their birthday suits!), but these dressed up penguins look ready for a fancy South Pole party! Don’t they look like they could dance the night away?
‘These Penguins Have Style” Flickr photo by Michael Dorausch
What do you think these stylish penguins are saying to each other? Leave your caption in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
January 20, 2015
Book character truth or dare game from MagentaDolphin21!
Hi! This is a truth or dare game with fictional characters. I just thought this might be fun to do. You can dare ANYONE from any book, movie, TV show, etc. to do ANYTHING you want!!!! Literally, ANYTHING. The bizarre ones are actually the most fun! Please include what book, movie, TV show, etc. the character is from, in case I have to look them up. Oh, before I forget – you can also dare celebrities! Also, you can dare characters/celebrities who died. Sound weird? Well, this is a comedy thing, so we can abandon logic! Who wants to try one?
Write your character truth or dare question in the Comments.
MagentaDolphin21 on the Reading Buzz Board
January 19, 2015
Write Your Own “I Have a Dream” Poem
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we have a cool writing prompt challenge. Below are 25 words from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The speech is very inspiring and describes Dr. King’s dream of a world without racism and prejudice.
Your task is to take these 25 words and generate your own “I Have a Dream” poem. You can add articles (little words like “a”, and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!
Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be inspired . . . by you.
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
January 12, 2015
What are your 2014 favorites? (from Hippolyte)
So, this is very simple! Fill out the thingy below with your favorite stuff from 2014! Just for fun, you know. Remember that they don’t have to be things that were created/came out in 2014 necessarily, just stuff you yourself discovered (or maybe re-discovered) during the past year.
In the Comments, tell us your favorite ___[thingy]___ of 2014.
- Book/book series:
- Comic/manga/graphic novel:
- Fictional Character:
- Artist (other forms of art but music):
- Article of clothing:
- Class you took:
Of course you can have ties between two things, or maybe give honorable mentions. Make your answers cool! Feel free to use this quiz/thingy as an excuse to start conversations with other peoples! And happy new year!
Hippolyte from the Reading Buzz Board
January 5, 2015
Create Your Caption!
This snow monkey is really enjoying the winter weather at the Cincinnati Zoo! What do you think it is saying as it catches snowflakes on its tongue?
“Snow Monkey Catching Snowflakes” Flickr photo by Mark Dumont
Leave your captions in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
January 2, 2015
Next Stop: London’s Book Benches!
A cool thing happened in London last summer. An organization called the National Literacy Trust hired artists to create book-based sculptures called BookBenches. 50 books from Peter Pan to A Bear Called Paddington were painted onto benches all across London. They called it the “Books About Town.”
The BookBench sculptures were on display on the streets of London this summer, and then sold at a public auction. They raised over £250,000. (That’s about $390,000 in U.S. dollars.) All of that money will go to the National Literacy Trust, a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
As you can see, these BookBenches are pretty amazing – they look like they belong in an art museum!
If you could see one of your favorite books depicted on a bench in your town, what book would it be? Leave your ideas in the Comments below!
Marisa, STACKS Intern