Tag Archives: history

Our Latest Offering: Museum Passes!

8 Jun

Lower Macungie Library is now offering free admission passes to borrow to go to local museums! Adult patrons living in the East Penn School District (so if you’re under 18, ask your parent/guardian) can check out one pass at a time for one week. The passes available so far are for the Allentown Art Museum and America on Wheels.

Click the image below to find out more information!

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Ink and Bone: The Great Library, Book 1, Book Trailer

1 Aug

Fabulous Films 2013: Survival

17 Apr

The 2013 theme for Fabulous Films is Survival. Check out the great list of movies below that fit the theme. Have you seen any of them yet?

FICTION

1. 127 Hours A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

2. 28 Days Later– An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room to find that a powerful virus has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland.

3. Alive– Faced with the brutal weather conditions in the Andes after their plane crashes, members of a rugby team struggle to survive.

4. Apollo 13–  When the Apollo 13 spacecraft was seriously during an explosion, the crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth.

5. Battle Royale– A 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they are locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.

6. Big Miracle– Three whales are trapped by ice in the waters off Barrow, Alaska.  Various segments of the population come together to save the whales.

7. Cast Away– When Chuck Nolan’s plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, he finds himself stranded on a deserted island.  With few supplies, Chuck must physically and mentally adapt to his new environment in order to survive.

8. Defiance– Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

9. Devil’s Arithmetic– A teen girl learns to appreciate her Jewish heritage after being transported back in time to the concentration camp that imprisoned her ancestor.

10. Eight Below– This film tells the story of a pack of sled dogs abandoned at a research film.  These dogs must battle hunger, the extreme climate, and dangerous predator in order to survive.

11. Grave of the Fireflies–  Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fire-bombing at the end of WWII, Seita and Setsuko’s doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares.

12. Hunger Games– Katniss Everdeen, 16, volunteers in her younger sister’s place during the annual Hunger Games and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives.

13. I am Legend– Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

14. Jurassic Park– When scientists discover how to breed dinosaurs from preserved DNA and open a theme park, things go terribly wrong.

15. King of Thorn– As the Medousa Virus spreads worldwide, a handful of individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. When they awaken they find the facility mysteriously different and must fight a battle to escape a labyrinthine nightmare.

16. Rabbit-Proof Fence–  In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

17. Shaun of the Dead– Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but Shaun only cares about his girlfriend Liz, who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed, Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz.

18. Soul Surfer– After surviving a shark attack that leaves her with only one arm, Bethany Hamilton makes a comeback as a competitive surfer.

19. Tomorrow When the War Began– A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to discover their country has been taken over by an invading army and must band together to survive.

20. Wall-E– Wall-E is the last robot of the “Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class” left on earth to clean up the environmental degradation done by the former human inhabitants. When a new robot, EVE, finds plant life on Earth, Wall-E must help the human race return to their former life on Earth.

21. War of the Worlds– Ray Ferrier, a divorced father who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town, is on the road with his teen son  and preteen daughter in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion.

22. Winter’s Bone– An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

23. Zombieland– A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the Last Twinkie and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

NON-FICTION

1. American Experience-The Donner Party– This documentary by Ric Burns uncovers the tragic story of the Donner Party as they traveled across the West to settle in California.

2. Which Way Home– Among the thousands who ride the Mexican freight trains, many are children traveling alone to risk everything for the chance of a better life.

Finalists for the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 2013

17 Jan

Each year an award is given to honor a nonfiction book written for teens the year before. Check out the 2013 finalists below, and stay tuned for the winner to be posted near the end of January.

1. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by: Karen Blumenthal

Equally reviled and revered–often by the same people–Steve Jobs, the man who operated from his own “reality distortion field,” was an extraordinary “tweaker” who transcended the visionary to perfect the simple and transform the world as we know it. Blumenthal’s biography presents an intimate and fully dimensional portrait of a complex American icon and his enduring influence on the world of technology.

2. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by: Phillip Hoose

This book looks at the life of rufa red knots in general and B95, one long-lived and tough little bird in particular, and the worldwide efforts to understand and save this species of bird from extinction. Through maps, photos, and descriptions of his journey, the reader will fly with B95 from near the bottom of the world to the top and back again.

3. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by: Deborah Hopkinson

This history of the 1912 disaster reads like an action movie with cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. There is additional material ranging from the only surviving photos of the inside of the boat during its journey to diagrams and timelines and accounts of what happened to the survivors afterwards.

4. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by: Cynthia Levinson

Focusing on the experiences of four young people who were at the center of a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement, this is the story of 4,000 black children and teenagers who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963. In the end, the children succeeded where adults had failed, and one of the most racially violent cities in America was desegregated.

5. Bomb-The Race to Build-and Steal-The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by: Steve Sheinkin

This is about an international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II. This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Includes period photographs of key players and an abundance of primary sources. Sheinkin gives you insight into what happened with all of the major players after the end of the war. A thought-provoking epilogue on the long term implications of atomic weaponry reminds readers that the results of scientific inquiry have long term implications for everyone.

-From http://www.ala.org

Behemoth, Review

17 Dec

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan #2)

Plot: Aleksander Ferdinand and Deryn Sharp, two teenagers from enemy countries, find themselves allies as the Leviathan makes its way to Istanbul on a diplomatic mission. I went into this book expecting a lousy tie-over until the final book of the trilogy. Instead, what I got was a masterpiece of alternate history. This is by far the best steampunk trilogy I have ever read.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Sarah

Dodger, Book Trailer

14 Dec

Who Was Anne Frank?, Book Review

23 Jan

Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson

Plot: Anne Frank lived in a terrible time when Hitler ruled. Anne hid away for 4 years trying to stay away from Hitler.  He eventually found them and they were sent to a concentration camp.

Would you recommend this book? Yes

4 stars

–Madelyn