Hey everyone! It is Kai again, and I have a review of the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
The plot is centered around an Indian boy who is shipwrecked with a full grown adult bengal tiger. Pi Patel is sixteen year old boy who is stranded in a lifeboat when their family’s move to Canada becomes a disaster. It becomes a dire situation when Richard Parker, the tiger, is introduced. He becomes Pi’s lifeboat mate. One that doesn’t enjoy sharing, and would really like to eat the Indian boy. Pi needs to fight for his survival, and tries to train the tiger. Will Pi or Richard Parker live until the end? Or will both survive?
I loved Life of Pi. It is almost the first on my favorite books list. And the main reason I love this book is the very magnificent beast we call Richard Parker. He is my favorite character by far of all the books I have read. I’ll recommend this book to tiger lovers like me, and anybody else who would like to read such a breathtaking tale of survival (and love, I think Richard Parker and Pi could totally date).
Google kicks off its Doodle 4 Google competition, which encourages aspiring young artists to get creative, and let their imagination and curiosity roam free. Students K-12 from across the U.S. are invited to submit their original doodle based on this year’s unique theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” Entries are accepted from Feb. 4 – March 20. Please share with the young artists in your life!
The national winner will:
· have his or her doodle displayed on the Google homepage, for 24 hours
· receive a $30K scholarship and $50K Google for Education grant for a tech lab in their school, along with other goodies
· and, for the first time ever, the winner will travel to Google’s headquarters in California to spend a day with the Doodle team to bring their doodle to life through animation.
Teachers can also bring Doodle 4 Google into their classroom in a number of ways, including:
· and, integrating technology by joining in a “Connected Classroom” — a Google Hangout on Air — where a Google Doodler will take the class through the creative process for one of their personal favorite doodles, from idea to final creation
More information, including all contest rules, can be found on the Doodle 4 Google site.
We want to hear from you through the Boulder 2014 Community Survey! The city is currently surveying households in Boulder about what it’s like to live in Boulder. Most people who take the survey will be adults but we also want the opinions of Boulder youth! The survey is long and if there are questions that seem irrelevant to you, you may skip them. We will appreciate your thoughtful input on as many questions as you can answer. Your participation in this process is very important. If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for a downtown Boulder gift certificate, please enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey. We will send you a message about the results later this year if we have your e-mail. Alternatively, the report will be available on the City’s website at www.bouldercolorado.gov.You may complete a paper version of the survey or complete the survey online at: www.n-r-c.com/survey/boulderyouth.htm Your responses will remain completely anonymous; none of your answers will be linked to who you are, and responses will be reported in summary form only. The results of the youth survey will be compared with the results of the random sample and will be used to plan services and programs for youth. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Jean Gatza, Sustainability Planner, at (303) 441-4907.Thank you for taking the survey. The information you provide will help us to continue to make Boulder a great place to live, work and visit.
Hello, readers! AH here, I am a senior in high school and I’ve been on Boulder Teen Advisory Board (henceforth to be referred to as BTAB), since I was in 8th grade.
Living in Boulder all my life has allowed me to visit the library often. As a child, I always loved checking out books and attending story time. The library card I use today is the same one that I originally got when I was five. At the time, I saw it as the most valuable thing I owned and in a way, that is still true. It’s my ticket to anything I want to know, without having to deal with unreliable internet sites (ironic since I’m writing on the internet). In my free time I enjoy reading, writing (which I hope to share with you), swimming, playing tennis, and being with my friends. My favorite animal is a unicorn or a White Siberian Tiger (which are endangered). I absolutely love puns (when puns are outlawed only outlaws will have puns) and I try to learn a new fun fact every day. Fun Fact: Bears don’t actually hibernate; they’re too big. Rather, they go into an extended state of lethargy. The largest thing that can truly hibernate is a marmot.
I was first introduced to Agatha Christie’s books here (the first one I read being An Unexpected Guest). If you have not yet read her books, you really should. She was crowned “Queen of Crime” for her stunning mysteries. I also come to the library for school projects. During National History Day, I practically lived at the library (non-fiction rules!).
While I have always loved the library, getting involved with BTAB was unintentional at first. My mother urged me to volunteer in the community and through her, I ended up sitting in on a teen board meeting. Let me set the scene: I walk into a big room and a large group of teens are sitting on the table. I thought it was supposed to be a little more official! You know like corporate America. Well, pretty soon I figured out that table sitting was not an every-meeting thing (though it really should be). It turned out, that was the meeting to say goodbye to the seniors on BTAB. After that crazy meeting ended, I knew it was the place I wanted to be. And not just because of the insanity of teens! The fact that I have a voice in the future of the library is important to me because no one should ever feel restricted from such a wealth of knowledge. As a BTAB member I am a part of the exciting changes for teens at the Library- Like this Blog and the new teen space. I have loved everything we do on BTAB! While members have changed over the years, it never really loses its vibe.
I love this time of year...our souls stir as we set new reading goals for ourselves. The best resolution is one that you state publicly... so..... *deep breath*
So, as your teen librarian, I will tackle 100 Teen reads in 2014 which I will track on Goodreads. I will read mostly teen fiction, but I hope to add in some nonfiction and graphic novels. I may even read the popular Attack on Titans manga series...? My approach will be to read a mix of older titles that I missed, plus the hot trending. From New York Times best sellers to award winners to books that teens actually want to read! Most of this reading will be done on my own time, so I will only finish the novels that compel me to keep reading. Then, I hope to write reviews and share them under our new "Reviews" tab on the blog.
Our teen bloggers will be writing reviews too. Can't wait to see what they think!