Mountlake Terrace Library Blog

Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Well Do You Know the Classics? Take This Quiz!

One of my New Year's Resolutions, which you already know I am not very good at keeping, was to make my way through the classics of literature, re-reading some, introducing myself to others.

So as I make my list, I thought it would be fun to see how many of these you recognize.

See if you can match the picture and quote to the classic book.

"Such helpfulness was found in her - so much power to do and power to sympathize - that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant 'able' so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman's strength."

"Fiddle-dee-dee. I'll think about that tomorrow."

"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"

"If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved, it is because your love redeems me."

"I told you! No wire hangers, ever!"

"Hardworking folks only smell bad to people who have nothing better than [to} stick their noses in the air. Well, whenever you stick your nose in the air, Nellie Oleson, it's going to get punched!"

"I must be crazy to be in a loony-bin like this."

Elwood P. Dowd:"I've never heard Harvey say a word against Akron."

"I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes."

"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"

Here are the answers.

1. Scarlet Letter

2. Gone with the Wind

3. Treasure Island

4. Phantom of the Opera

5. Mommy Dearest.

6. Little House on the Prairie

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

8. Harvey

9. Great Expectations

10. Romeo and Juliet

How many did you get right?

You may disagree with me on what constitutes a classic, but these are definitely "classic" reads, guaranteed to amuse, delight or enlighten.

I plan to read them. Why don't you join me?
(You can place holds on these items right from the links I've provided.)

And, oh, by the way, Happy (early) April Fools Day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Know a teen who is a talented filmmaker?

Here at Sno-Isle Libraries, March is Teen Tech Month, when we celebrate teens and their amazing abilities with technology!  We offer all kinds of fun activities, booklists (one for building tech skills, one of fiction celebrating geeks), and volunteer opportunities.  But my favorite thing of all is our Teen Tech Month Video Contest!  We have had so many wonderful videos over the years, and they just get better and better.  Here is last year's winner:

If you know a talented teen who would enjoy making a book trailer or library promotion video, please refer them to this website, where they can read the rules of the contest.  They might win a Sno-Isle Teens t-shirt, or possibly a $150 gift card for Best Buy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Winter Blues

I haven’t written a blog in a while, because I have been suffering from the Winter Blues, that malady that affects those of us who rarely see the sun.

So I thought it would help to think of things that make me happy and, perhaps, if you are also down in the dumps, make you happy as well.

Mmm – let’s see.

What makes me happy?

But then I think about the calories and get depressed again.

Putting the top down on my car and playing Bob Seger really loud. Yeah, but it messes up my hair.

But then the bills arrive.

The “Real Housewives."
A guilty pleasure best not talked about.

My little grandson.
But he lives far away.

OK, that didn't help. In fact, now I feel worse.

But here's something that always makes me happy.

Talking about all that the library offers, so let's try that.

It’s a great place to take your friends and family.
It’s gets you out of the house, out of the gloom, out of the rain and offers so much!

It’s a quiet place to study and use our computers.
You can print out 70 free pages per week.

There is fax service.

It's a great volunteer opportunity.
Nothing cheers you up more than helping others.

You can take a free computer class.
Free classes are offered weekly throughout the upcoming months.

Learn to use your Kindle.
We are offering a free class on how to download free books to your Kindle - March 29 - 7pm. (space is limited so register online).

Citizenship classes.
If you are planning on becoming a U.S. citizen or know others who are, we have free classes to help you and them pass the test.

Free Tax help.
From now until Tax Day, free tax help is available on Wednesdays (by appointment).

Family Nights
Your young reader can come to one of our Family Nights and read to a gentle canine as part of our “Reading with Rover” series. Legos and stories also abound at our Famiy Nights.

And Saturdays? “There’s Always Something Going On!”
From free movies to edible book contests to poetry readings, it’s all going on at the library!

Book a Librarian.
When you need some one-on-one time to learn a computer skill, how to use our databases, set up a free email account and more, you can “Book a Librarian “ for up to an hour of one-on-one help. I just helped someone set up a free email account and she was sooo happy it made me happy.

Hey, I’m feeling better already.

And if what my husband, also known as Nature Boy, says is true, Spring is just around the corner. It doesn't take much to cheer him up. He is always pointing out the new buds on things in the yard and the little flowers that are blooming.

Speaking of which, I can’t tell you how many times I am talking to my husband and briefly walk into another room and on my return find myself talking to myself, because Nature Boy has wandered outside to survey his domain as Spring arrives.
(His not listening to me is also depressing, but that's another story).

But I kind of get his excitement about Spring.

Spring is a time of renewal, new awakenings, new beginnings.

What’s not to like about that?

Celebrate the onset of Spring with your own awakening to what your library has to offer and tell yourself, this time I am going to find out what everyone else knows!

It’s happening at the library!

Gee, I’ve cheered myself up already.

And now as I look around the house and see Tarquin playing the piano in his Liberace outfit

("You have truly been a wonderful audience.")

or Tarquin and Fred having a spot of tea

("Pip, pip.")

or Tarquin reading a magazine while finishing off a nice glass of wine

or Fred doing his Elton John impression

("And now I would like to end my set with CROCODILE ROCK.")

or Mildred practicing her modeling skills

("I wonder if this is how Heidi Klum got her start?")

I realize I have much to be happy about, even when it’s gloomy outside.

I know I said one of my New Year's resolutions was to not use dog or baby pictures in my blogs anymore but, everybody knows most of us give up on our resolutions by March, anyway.

Isn’t that right, Hubby?


Oh, the sun is out. Nature Boy has wandered outside again.