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Far Out Family Entertainment

It’s almost the weekend and that means time to think about what to do to keep the family entertained.  Perhaps a quick trip to Mars or Jupiter, a ride along the rings of Saturn, or a fly-by of a neighboring galaxy?  Is it a little beyond your resources and time?  No problem.  Stick some popcorn in the microwave and pop one of these animated wonders into the DVD and prepare to roam the Universe.

 

WALL-E Disney/Pixar 2008

 

 

 

Poems by Jeri Boyd

I am an American. It makes me sick to see the hate and killings of so many people in our country and in our world! I believe God can heal our sick and frightened people. We need His  help, but we have to ask and turn to Him to HELP!

 

Mass Murder – by Jeri Boyd

 

Mass Murder

Which we now see on [sic] to [sic] almost daily

Is like war

Against our

Human race!

Killing each other

Will not make this

A better world

For anyone!

Mass killings create

Fear, anger and hatred!

Books about back-to-school

First Day of School?  No Problem!

by Scott D. Strawn

 

A place that you have to go each and every day?  A person who’s going to tell you exactly what he or she expects and judge you on your performance?  An endless progression of assignments for the next 13 years or so?  Do I really want to start this “school thing”?  It’s actually terrifying!  Well, maybe not.  Maybe Mom and Dad will sit me down and help me understand that school’s a good thing, even a fun thing.  Maybe they’ll read me one of these books:

 

Weekly Read's

The Library’s More Than Just Books

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Libraries have always been the sources of information and entertainment.  It used to be that both were provided by rows and rows of shelves containing books on all subjects and for all ages.  Now, however, libraries can provide information in many more formats and forms.  Here are five electronic sources you might not know Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library provides.

 

 

Ebooks from “OneClickdigital”

Traveling the Oceans

They glided upon the waters of the worlds for most of the 20th Century.  They were the reason that people didn’t just go from place to place but rather “traveled.”  These Ocean Liners were huge and had reputations that were legendary.  Most sailed for decades.  Even those who didn’t were notable for their demise - Lusitania because of war, the Titanic because of hubris. 

 

RMS Olympic: Titanic’s Sister, by Mark Chirnside

 

See the Music/Hear the Music

See the musicians?  See the instruments?  See the music?  Probably a “no” on that last one.  We all know you can’t “see” music, but certain sights can certainly set off music in your head.  A picture of an orchestra, or big band, can help you recall a certain tune. A picture of a pop singer can recall that favorite melody.  These titles will inspire musical recall in a big way. If you feel like adding a musical effect, or an entire musical number to your experience while you read them, so much the better.

 

Weekly reads

See the Music/Hear the Music

See the musicians?  See the instruments?  See the music?  Probably a “no” on that last one.  We all know you can’t “see” music, but certain sights can certainly set off music in your head.  A picture of an orchestra, or big band, can help you recall a certain tune. A picture of a pop singer can recall that favorite melody.  These titles will inspire musical recall in a big way. If you feel like adding a musical effect, or an entire musical number to your experience while you read them, so much the better.

 

Weekly Reads: A Day for Remembering

A Day for Remembering

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Let’s admit it.  A three-day weekend is coming up and most of us already have it planned out:  going to the beach, relaxing from work, checking out the sales.  But perhaps we need to schedule a little time to remember those who Memorial Day is about – those who sacrificed their all.  Here are some reads that can help to do so.

 

The Ghosts of Hero Street by Carlos Harrison

 

Weekly Reads: Gone Fishing

 

Gone Fishing

by Scott D. Strawn

 

“The best day of work is not anywhere as good as the worst day of fishing!”  You may have seen this statement on a bumper sticker and wondered at its wisdom, but any true fisherman would tell you that it’s an absolute.  So, take off a day from work, grab the pole and the tackle box and go for it.  Not as acquainted with the subject as you would like to be?  No problem.  Just “fish” for these titles in your library.

 

Murder in the Bookstore; other novels about bookstores

Murder in the Bookstore

By Scott Strawn

 

Bookstores, old and new, with all those wonderful old wooden shelves, are filled with all shapes, sizes and colors of old texts and illustrations.  Mysteries, histories, cookbooks, love stories, horror stories. There are books for adults and teens and children, rows and rows of them under flickering lights and dusty pathways.  And in the middle of it all – a fresh corpse!  Maybe you should have gone to the library instead.  There you could have read these murder mysteries in safety!

 

Constructive Reads

Constructive Reads

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Remember when you were about three-years old or so?  Well, let’s pretend you do.

You were rather small and the whole world was pretty new and very big.  Sometimes that could be a little frightening, but sometimes it could be really cool.  Like when you saw a construction site and you saw all the big, metal machines and all the neat stuff they could do.  Wanna share that experience with your kids or grandkids? Well here’s five chances to do it.

 

A bright idea for bathrooms and genital checkers

Some states are known for things they produce in abundance. Idaho has potatoes, Maine has lobsters and South Carolina seems to have more than our fair share of politicians with loopy, if not downright embarrassing, ideas.

This is not really new for the Palmetto State as we have a long history of such loopy ideas – secession, printing our own currency, denying children an education based on their skin color, etc. – and these are just the things proposed in the last few years.

And now we are at it again.

Asian Inspired Cooking

 

Asian Inspired Cooking

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Asian food anyone?  If you’re imagining chop suey and microwave egg rolls, stop right there!  I’m talking about foods and tastes that have been experienced for thousands of years in Asia.  I’m talking about preparation of food so that the presentation is every bit astounding as the taste.  I’m talking about a unique experience you cannot get from the frozen food section at your local grocery, or from the run-of-the-mill eatery.  Here’s what I’m talking about.

 

 

Weekly reads: Mysteries of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day?  One’s first thoughts might be corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns and green beer.  Hopefully, one’s subsequent thoughts are a bit deeper.  There’s far more to Ireland than mere myths that entertain us every March.  There’s a people who have struggled to keep themselves and their culture alive, both in the Old World and the New.  Even when the mystery of Ireland catches the interest of readers, a bit of reality can only add depth to the story.  Here are five examples.

 

In the Woods by Tana French

Wild Wonders; books available at local library

 

Wild Wonders,

By Scott D. Strawn

 

Przewalski’s horses, bears, wolves, tigers…these are some animals that a young person is not likely to encounter, or want to encounter in real life.  But they are wondrous creatures all, and beg to be better understood.  Yes, one could look for some of them is zoos, or on preserves, but a young reader can also find them, and their remarkable stories, on the pages of these books.

 

 

The Winter Horses, by Philip Kerr

 

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