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
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!
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
Photo Credit: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records
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
The printers of the future are here!
Are you a fan of How to Train Your Dragon? I most definitely am! But probably not as big a fan as Australian girl Sophie, who loved the How to Train Your Dragon books and movies so much she wrote a letter to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (also known as CSIRO), asking them to make her a real-life dragon.
“Hello Lovely Scientist,” she wrote. “My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me? . . . I would keep it in my special green grass area where there is lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school.” Continue reading
January 20, 2014
Writing Prompt: I’ve seen every episode of . . .
Ok, this is it: your chance to come clean!! What TV show or cartoon are you obsessed with, and can make the claim that you have absolutely-without-a-doubt-and-not-afraid-to-admit-it seen every episode of?
I’m guessing there are some obsessed Good Luck Charlie fans, Jessie fans, fans of Victorious, Ninjago, SpongeBob (Wait, aren’t there, like, a million episodes though?), Adventure Time, and Austin & Ally. Or maybe when you were younger, you watched every single episode of Thomas the Train or Dora the Explorer. (It’s ok to admit it; we’ve all been there!)
So let us know YOUR answer to today’s Writing Prompt:
I’ve seen every episode of . . .
We’ll eagerly “tune in” to the Comments below to see what you guys said!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
January 16, 2014
Happy New Year to all my fellow reading-obsessed STACKers!
At the beginning of a new year, everyone talks about making resolutions. I love making resolutions and I love reading books, so this poster of reading resolutions just represents me perfectly.
How about you? Do you have any reading resolutions for 2014? Leave them in the Comments!
PS. In case you don’t know, “TBR” stands for To Be Read — you know, that pile of books you are waiting to read next. I have a very, very large TBR pile!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
January 13, 2014
Create a Caption: Toby
Look at little Toby wearing his tiny striped shirt! Do you think dogs like wearing clothes like people do? What do YOU think Toby would be saying? Write your own caption in the Comments!
I think he is saying, “Who is the wise guy that put this ridiculous t-shirt on me? And do I really need this fuzzy white blanket? Hey! I may be cute and little, but darn it, I’m a man!”
–Amanda, STACKS Intern