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Guest blogger strikes again

Posted on April 13th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

This post comes to you from guest blogger Obito99 at Write in the Middle. Thanks for sharing, Obito99! :)

FuFu is a Ghana dish. You can have it with any stew. Also, Bonku is wonderful.

Chuck Norris is too cool for school. When he went to school, he got an A%20 for roundhouse kicking, so he graduated from school at age 9.

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High school student catches error on test

Posted on February 16th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Homework Help, Words & Writing.

Did you see this article about Geoffrey Stanford, the high schooler from Kansas who caught a mistake on his state writing test?

Stanford, a linebacker and International Baccalaureate student, alerted English teacher Jennifer Fry, who alerted the district test coordinator, who alerted state education officials, who were, as you might imagine, embarrassed.

Even though it was really just a spelling mistake (emission vs. omission), it changed the meaning of the word. Have you ever caught a mistake on a test before? Have you tried to convince a teacher that an answer might be wrong? If you saw a mistake, would you report it? (I def. would!)

Don’t forget, the library has a ton of books to help you study for tests, including the SAT, ACT, and GED. You can also look at our Online Collections and take practice tests with LearningExpress Library. Finally, check out our Events Calendar to sign up for an SAT or ACT Practice Test on March 22!

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Write or Die!

Posted on December 5th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Words & Writing.

Guest blogger Odderkid shares the following post: 

Have you ever wondered what the most evil writing tool ever invented is? 

Well, I’ve found it. 

http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html

Great for NaNoWriMo, deadlines, or whatever rocks your socks. Give it a word goal, how long you want the program to run for, and start typing. If you write consistently, you’re perfectly fine. But if you stop for a certain amount of seconds, one of three things will happen after an alert of the background turning red (depending on what function you’ve set it to).   

There’s Gentle Mode, where after you stop writing a box will come up to remind you to keep writing.

Normal Mode, where an annoying sound will blast from your computer every time you stop writing.

And of course Kamikaze Mode, where your work eventually begins to delete itself.  

So, if YOU ever have a deadline or just want to rip out some hair, go to Write Or Die!!! 

….Thanks for the tip, Odderkid! Can’t wait to try this…and I’m a little afraid…

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This post is so book.

Posted on December 4th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Technology, Words & Writing.

If you use predictive text messaging, you’ll get a kick out of this story from The Times Online:

Jeffrey Stark from London writes: “A colleague recently noticed that her teenage son and his friends were using the word ‘book’ as a term of approval, as in ‘that T-shirt is really book’. She wondered why. It transpires that if you text the word ‘cool’, predictive texting turns it into ‘book’. Being lazy teenagers they would rather change the meaning of the word than hit the options button.”

Does your predictive texting change “cool” to “book”? Either way…this is a great development for fans of books and libraries! ;)

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The POA

Posted on December 3rd, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Teen Volunteers, Web sites to watch.

What’s the POA, you ask? It’s the Protection of Animals web site, and it was started by animal<3, a local Westerville teen and Library Teen Volunteer.

animal<3 says,

Hi! Here is a great website my friend and I made discussing animal rights. You can join our group by going to the Contact Us page. We will gladly accept!

Thanks for the tip, animal<3! Visit the site today! 

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TGI…Tuesday…Minute Mystery!

Posted on December 2nd, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Minute Mysteries, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

Whoops, I messed up my usual schedule and haven’t been blogging as much last month — so here I offer you, along with my apologies, a special Tuesday edition of TGIF Minute Mysteries.

First, the answer to our previous mystery: The man has hiccups; the bartender scares them away by pulling a gun. No one quite guessed it…although I liked the theory that it was a water gun!

And today’s mystery: A man is holding a box. Though he cannot see into it, he knows exactly what’s inside. How is this possible? Leave comments with your theories!

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NaNoWriMo is back!

Posted on November 3rd, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Words & Writing.

If you haven’t heard before, November is National Novel Writing Month. Challenge yourself to write an entire novel in 30 days. Think it can’t be done? Think again! Writers all over the world will be subjecting themselves to the same challenge, so you won’t be alone. Dust off your pencils, markers, and/or keyboard, and let me know how you do!

Totally blocked? Try Write in the Middle, our Library’s very own writing club for those in grades 6-9! The next meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Future meetings can be found on our events calendar. Hope to see you there!

Good luck, novel writers!

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Even more Chuck Norris

Posted on October 29th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Words & Writing.

Guest blogger Obito99 wanted to share this story beginning from our Library club Write in the Middle. You may recognize the subject matter. ;) Thanks, Obito99!

Hello readers this is me. I HAVE A STORY FOR YOU TO READ. I HOPE YOUr READY FOR IT. I AM A LITTLE BOY NAME CHUCK NORRIS YES CHUCK NORRIS. I AM GOING TO BE A COOL GUY ONE DAY. I AM WAY COOLER THAN JACKIE CHAN. I HAVE MET JACKIE CHAN YES I HAVE THAT IS RIGHT. AND HE IS NOT THAT COOL. YEAH HE KNOWS KUNG FU BUT HE CAN NOT BEAT ME. SO WHEN I SEE HIM AGAIN I WILL BEAT YOU UP JACKIE CHAN. SO WATCH OUT JACKIE CHAN YEAH I SAID IT JACKIE CHAN. SOME FACTS ABOUT ME WHEN I DO Pushups I PUSH THE EARTH DOWN.

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TGIF Minute Mysteries

Posted on October 24th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books, Events, Minute Mysteries, Movies, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

After a looooong break (sorry about that!), the Friday Minute Mysteries are back!

A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink. The bartender pulls out a gun and points it at him. The man says, “Thank you,” and walks out.

What happened? Leave a comment with your theory!

(If you happen to be old enough to remember the last mystery I posted (yeah, it was a while back), the answer is: The room is the ballroom of a sunken ocean liner. The rays are manta rays. The man ran out of air while scuba diving in the shipwreck. al guessed it! Go, al!)

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A peek into dsquare’s mind

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

Guest blogger dsquare shares the following thoughts and links. Fans of the random…enjoy.

August 5 should be National National Holiday Day!

www.googleblue.info – A tranquil alternative to your daily Google

www.googleyellow.info – A sunny alternative to your daily Google

Random Word Generator

(For more addictive word fun, have you tried www.freerice.com? I can’t…stop…playing!! Thanks, dsquare, for the links! -Becky)

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Fav superheroes and supervillians

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Random Fun.

Guest blogger preetycrazybabe conducted an informal poll during our writing club Write in the Middle. Here are the winners!

Superheroes: Superman, Underdog, Supergirl, Batman, Green Lantern

Supervillains: Joker, Venom, Green Goblin, Two-Face, Mystique

Who would you vote for? Check out some of our Marvel Comics and additional giant selection of graphic novels, comics, and manga to make sure you haven’t left out any options. Thanks, preetycrazybabe, for the post!

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Some recommended books

Posted on October 21st, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Guest blogger.

Guest blogger flights_of_fantasy brings you monthly good reads! The awesome books for October are:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Growing Wings by Laurel Winter

Abarat by Clive Barker

Click on any title to find or reserve it from the library!

….More to come! Got anything else to recommend? Comment! Thanks, flights_of_fantasy!

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Flamingnet book reviews

Posted on October 20th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

Alert reader (thanks, Dave Barry, for that phrase) and guest blogger Novelwriter65 discovered the web site Flamingnet Book Reviews.

Flamingnet’s mission is to promote reading among young adults; making reading more fun by highlighting books that young adults may enjoy and fostering literacy through charitable work.

Its founder was only in 5th grade when he started writing book reviews, and you too can apply on the site to be a Student Reviewer for Flamingnet!

If book reviewing’s your thing, don’t forget you can also post reviews on the WPL web site by clicking “Write a Review” on the left of any item that you find in the catalog. Post early and post often — we love to hear from you! You can also find the Library and many of our librarians posting to www.goodreads.com.

Thanks, Novelwriter65, for the tip!

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What’s happening in this picture?

Posted on October 17th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Caption This Picture, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

(this picture via The Red Green Show)

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ThinkB4YouSpeak

Posted on October 16th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

Have you ever said “that’s so gay!”? Or heard your friends saying it? The site ThinkB4YouSpeak.com challenges you to say something that’s original, unique, and not negative. The English language is huge, so show off your vocab and express your opinion without dissing a whole group of people!

Also, never underestimate the power of an invented word (talk about unique!). I give points to “awesometastic” and “craptacular.” ;) Got any other ideas for replacing “that’s so gay”? Comment me!

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