Category Archives: For Fun

ALA’s Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament

The American Library Association is inviting people to speak out again censorship during Banned Books Week by tweeting pictures of themselves with banned books for a chance to win prizes!

Tweet any of the following action items using the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes.Twitter Rebel Reader

You can find more information about the contest as well as the official rules at: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/rebelreader

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On this Day: August 23rd

On this day in 1814, first lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops during the war of 1812.

According to the White House Historical Society and Dolley’s personal letters, President James Madison left the White House on August 22 to meet with his generals on the battlefield, as British troops threatened to enter the capitol…Dolley wrote to her sister on the night of August 23 that a friend who came to help her escape was exasperated at her insistence on saving the portrait. Since the painting was screwed to the wall she ordered the frame to be broken and the canvas pulled out and rolled up. Two unidentified “gentlemen from New York” hustled it away for safe-keeping. (Unbeknownst to Dolley, the portrait was actually a copy of Gilbert Stuart’s original). http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dolley-madison-saves-portrait-from-british

The picture above shows the copy of the painting that Dolley Madison saved on the left, and the original painting which can still be seen in the National Portrait Gallery on the right.

You can learn more about Dolley Madison by checking out a biography, Juvenile Biography section jBiog. Madison.

National Black Cat Day!

 

August 17 is the day to celebrate your favorite black cat!  

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Black cats have a reputation for being “bad luck.”  Back in the Middle Ages, black cats were associated with witches and evil doings.  Even today some people believe it is bad luck to have a black cat cross their path!

Did you know… ?
England’s King Charles I had a “good luck” black cat, and the day after the cat died,
the king was arrested for treason.

Many people with black cats will tell you the opposite is true and that black cats are very sweet and intelligent.  Maybe that’s why despite their reputation, black cats are seen all over pop culture!  My favorite black cats are Berlioz, from The Aristocats and Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service.  Who’s your favorite black cat?

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Harry Potter Fanfiction Contest Winner

Here at the Bartlett Library, we celebrated the anniversary of the first Harry Potter book all through the month of June.  One of the ways we asked you to celebrate with us was by submitting your Harry Potter fanfiction stories and we received some GREAT entries!  Without further ado, we’d like to congratulate Matea, whose submission, The Marauders, won first place in the 4th-6th grade category.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their work.  We have some budding authors in our midst!

Read the winning entry The Marauders!  Read about the winners in the teen categories HERE.

 

 

On This Day: July 14th

On July 14, 1968, Atlanta Braves slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron hits the 500th home run of his career in a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

In 1976…after a career of remarkable offensive consistency, Aaron retired as the all-time leader in runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hank-aaron-hits-500th-homer)

You can learn more about this inspiring baseball player by checking out biographies in the Juvenile Biography section at jBiog. AARON.

Camp Nanowrimo

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!Camp Nanowrimo

If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.

You can sign up at: https://campnanowrimo.org/ Is anyone thinking about giving it a shot?