Meet your new Teen Services Librarian

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Hello everyone! My name is Brantley Palmer and I’m the new Teen Services Librarian here at the Keene Public Library. Sorry this blog hasn’t been updated in so long. I’m going to do my best to keep it updated regularly.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a big Boston sports fan, especially the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, and I actually worked for four years at NESN (New England Sports Network) after graduating from Keene State College in 2008 with my degree in Film. I also worked on a bunch of small independent films down there and also one big one, Moneyball with Brad Pitt.

I love movies, TV shows, comics, books, and video games and already have some fun video gaming programming lined up, including a Super Smash Bros. Tournament on Saturday, February 21st and a Retro Gaming Day which will include a Street Fighter II Tournament on Saturday, March 14th.

The Teen Advisory Group is something I’m trying to start up again too and our first meeting will be one week from today, Saturday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day I know, but it’s just a quick drop-in event to get ideas from teens in the area) from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

In the meantime, if you have any other ideas about programming or collections, please contact me at bpalmer@ci.keene.nh.us and check the library event calendar for updates on programming. I look forward to hearing from everyone!

Table Top Answers!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our table top questions.

Last Week’s Teen Table Top Questions-

What kinds of activities would you come to at the library?

Murals/Wall Paintings

Improv Workshop

Writing Workshop

Anime Club (This one is coming!)

 

Who is your favorite character from a book?

Harry Potter

Hermoine- Harry Potter

Ichigo Kurosaki- Bleach

Peeta and Katniss- The Hunger Games

Alice- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Ethan Wate- Beautiful Creatures (Come see me for a pin or pencil from the movie! I have lots!)

Alice- Twilight

Junko Enoshima- Thursday Next

 

There were a couple that weren’t from a book:

Morgan Freeman

Samuel L. Jackson

John Egbert

Dr. Phill

John Green

Johnny Depp

Hailey Arsenault

For your Listening pleasure!

Do you love audiobooks??

Check out these teen recommended podcasts and sites for online listening!

Radiolab:
http://www.radiolab.org/

99% Invisible:
http://99percentinvisible.org/

Welcome to Night Vale:
http://www.commonplacebooks.com/p/blog-page.html

What sites are your favorites for listening? Do you have a favorite podcast we should check out?

Happy Birthday Harry!

In the Harry Potter universe, the famous boy wizard was born on July 31, 1980, which would make him a man wizard in his early thirties. (J.K. Rowling’s birthday is also today.) To celebrate his 33rd birthday and her 48th, here are some Potter-related facts.

1. Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical version of Harry Potter and proposed the idea to J.K. Rowling. She said no.
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2. Rowling created Quidditch in a pub after having a fight with her then-boyfriend. “In my deepest, darkest soul,” she said, “I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger.”
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3. “Hogwarts Headache” is a thing. The New England Journal of Medicine ran a letter from a physician noting the unfortunate side effect of children reading more, and for longer periods, than they ever had in their lives.
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4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became …and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States. Other changes included “jumper” to “sweater,” “trainers” to “sneakers,” “car park” to “parking lot,” and “jacket potato” to “baked potato.”
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5. For years, an Onion article from 2000 titled “Harry Potter Books Spark Rise in Satanism Among Children” has been quoted as fact in chain emails. One oft-repeated fake quote: “Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies.”
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6. Hermione Granger’s original surname was “Puckle.”
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7. Hermione was originally going to have a younger sister, but Rowling never found the right moment to stick her into the books.
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8. King’s Cross station is where young wizards hop on the Hogwarts Express to get to school. The station holds special meaning for J.K. Rowling: it’s where her parents met.
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9. Not wanting her to be pigeonholed as a girls-only author, Joanne Rowling’s publisher asked her to write under androgynous initials. Not having a middle name, she picked “K” to honor her grandmother, Kathleen.
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10. A retired professor from Eton College translated Harry Potter into Latin. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis. J.K. Rowling’s hope for the translations is that they “will help children overcome the common dread of studying” Latin.
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11. Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist, says practicing yoga is Satanic. “It leads to evil—just like reading Harry Potter.”

Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31345/11-harry-potter-facts-our-amazing-fact-generator#ixzz2afMad8Ql