February 26, 2014
Choose Your Fictional Character Dream Team!
While it’s awesome to see trained athletes tearing up the ice in a team sport like hockey, here at the STACKS, it is day 3 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games, and we have to wonder: what would it be like to have an Olympic team made up of characters from our favorite books?
Since hockey is probably the team sport on ice that I understand best, I’m creating my dream sports lineup as a hockey team. My picks?
- Percy Jackson, obviously, because he can control water and would therefore be a speed demon on ice.
- Clarisse La Rue (of the Percy Jackson series) because she’s super-aggressive and would have no problem knocking out an opposing player.
- Hagrid (of the Harry Potter series) because he’d be an amazing goalie.
- George and Harold (of Captain Underpants) because they are fast thinkers and you need to be a fast thinker on ice!
- Harry Potter because he’d probably discover he had the ability to do something awesome halfway through the game and totally take down the opposition.
How about you? What would YOUR fictional character dream team look like? Share in the Comments below! And come back tomorrow to participate in the next Winter Reading Games event!
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
February 24, 2014
Page 32 Writing Prompt
It’s day 1 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games and I am proud to present your first event! Reading competitors, on your mark! Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:
“It is more fun to read than to ________ !”
For example, my book is Gold Medal Winter, so taking a phrase from page 32, mine would say . . .
Post your sentence in the Comments so everyone may enjoy! Don’t forget to include the title of the book you are reading. Come back tomorrow and every day this week for a new event in the STACKS Winter Reading Games!
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer
February 17, 2014
Writing Prompt: What would you change if you could?
Is there anything near and dear to your heart that you would change if you could? I’m a big believer in “no regrets” but for some things — like the things beyond your control — don’t you just wish you had a magic wand to zap away?
Maybe you would take back something mean you said that hurt someone’s feelings . . . or maybe you would change the world so no one ever goes hungry again . . . or maybe you would just change your freckles. Serious, silly, or somewhere in between, let us know your answer to today’s Writing Prompt:
What Would You Change if You Could?
Inquiring minds want to know, so let us know in the Comments below! And then go see what you can do to make that change a reality!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
February 10, 2014
Olympic Ice Skating Photo
We’ve got a fever . . . Winter Olympics fever, that is! There have already been so many amazing photographs of athletes doing cool tricks and performing to the crowds in Sochi that we just knew we had to use one for Create a Caption.
Here’s a photo of Russian skater Evgeny Plyushchenko, competing in the Figure Skating Men’s Short Program. There’s a whole lot of drama going on here, but here’s what I think he’s saying. . .
“Dude, I know the skating competition is fierce, but I’ve got WINNER written all over me. I mean, look at this outfit! LOOK AT IT! Do you know how long it took to BeDazzle this? Do I get points for BeDazzling? I should get points for BeDazzling.”
What do YOU think Evgeny is saying? Share your caption in the Comments below!
–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
Photo courtesy: XXII Winter Olympic Games
February 2, 2014
Create a Caption for Bran G
Look how precious Bran G is snuggled up in his puppy pillow! It seems as if he is about to lie down for his nap. Do you agree? What do you think he is saying? Add YOUR own caption in the Comments!
Here’s my caption: “Who says cats are the only ones that can take naps? This bed is sooo comfortable! I’m just gonna snooze for a bit. Don’t wake me; don’t wake me zzzzzzzzzz!”
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
January 30, 2014
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!
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 28, 2014
The 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
It’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.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Button image courtesy Portland Button Works
January 24, 2014
This post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.
The LEGO Movie (rated PG), hits theaters on February 7, 2014, and we have some images from the movie for you to fill in with your captions. Write what YOU think the characters are saying.