Second Chances

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When a student drops out of high school, what are the costs to that student personally and to society in general? The Adult Learning Center is bringing awareness to the dropout crisis in America, especially among older adults.  On March 8 from 7-8 pm in the auditorium, the Adult Learning Center will present the first episode of the “Dropping Back In” series developed by Kentucky Educational Television (KET). The episode, “Second Chances” discusses the aftermath of dropping out.

It’s often easy to dismiss high school dropouts without taking time to understand how they arrived in that position. Discovering and attempting to understand the situations that led people to leave high school is vital to helping these adults get back to learning in the future.

My hope that this program will be inspiring for those without a diploma or equivalency and attract more tutors to the Adult Learning Center.

One of our current Adult Learning Center tutors dropped out of high school when she 17 and almost finished with school. She was pregnant and, at that time, girls were not allowed at school if they were 17 or older and pregnant. She went on to have her baby about a month later, and with an infant at home, went to Ball State to take her GED tests.

There are closer opportunities for testing now, and the state of Indiana no longer uses GED and instead uses the TASC test. What is inspiring about our tutor’s story, however, is that even with an infant at home and night shifts, she still made sure to get her equivalency since she was unable to complete high school.

If you want to learn about the repercussions of high school dropouts or want to get your equivalency, join us on March 8 and let’s start the conversation.

Molly Gore is the Adult Learning Center Coordinator. Interested in becoming a tutor or learning a new skill? Contact her at mollyg@nchcpl.lib.in.us or (765) 529-0362, ext. 1315.

Teen Winter Reading 2016

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Okay, so maybe the snow isn’t falling…yet. However, I hear it’s on its way! With this time of year comes our Teen Winter Reading Program. For all of you who have partaken in previous years’ Teen Winter Reading Programs, welcome back! For those of you who are new, welcome!  Loads of prizes are to be won during the Teen Winter Reading Program. The grand prize this year is a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Second and third prize winners will each win $25 Visa Gift Cards. A weekly prize drawing for a surprise will happen Monday mornings. This year the rules are going to be a little different, so here goes:

  1. All forms and the ballot box are at the Main Circulation Desk (that’s the desk upstairs where you check out your stuff!)
  2. Grab a registration card (YOU ONLY NEED TO DO THIS ONCE!) and turn it in at the same desk listed in step 1. Congratulations! You are now signed up for Teen Winter Reading at this point!
  3. Once you’ve completed steps 1 and 2, grab a review sheet… or multiple if you think you’ll be snowed in and have a huge stack of books to read!
  4. Once you’ve read a book, or attended a teen program, fill out your review sheet and turn it into the TEEN ballot box. The way to fill out a review slip is listed on the back of each slip, but you fill in the title, circle whether you loved or hated the book (or teen program), and write 2-3 sentences explaining why you loved or hated it. DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR NAME AND PHONE OR EMAIL ON THE REVIEW SLIP!
  5. Tell the staff at the Main Circulation Desk that you’ve completed (x) number of review sheets and collect your candy:

1 Completed Review Slip = 1 piece of candy.

  1. Grab more review slips and get to reading!

~Krystal

Coming soon: Teen Picks

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That’s right… we want to know what you’re reading. Did you like it? Did you hate it? Do you want to share your opinion with other teen readers? Shoot Krystal an e-mail at krystals@nchcpl.lib.in.us.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Goodreads Synopsis:  “Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.”

Carry On, Chapter 1, Sentence 1: “I walked to the bus station by myself.”

I HATED this book. This was an “I almost gave up and quit” book because Simon was such a “git”. I almost never give up on a book. Seriously, I kept comparing him to Harry and couldn’t take it. With that being said, I’M SO GLAD I STUCK TO THIS BOOK! I ACTUALLY LOVE THIS BOOK SO, SO, SO MUCH! It literally took me twenty-nine chapters, but the entrance of Baz made it all worthwhile.

For fans of Rowell’s Fangirl, you’ll already know that this is based off of a fanfiction book written by Cath. If you haven’t read Fangirl yet, you really need to! It isn’t necessary for this book, but it’s a fantastic book and you’ll at least be prepared for the aspects of fanfiction that you see in this book. After reading the synopsis, you’ll know that there are strong similarities between this book and the Harry Potter series: boy wizard as “The Chosen One”, arch nemesis, super evil character threatening to destroy all of magic, smart best female friend, a head wizard “The Mage”, and a wizarding school. Now, take all of those elements and throw them into a blender…out comes Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow.

Baz (whom I think of as the Malfoy character) is actually Simon’s roommate (for seven years) and a vampire. They have the same antagonist views toward each other as Draco and Harry…only that changes drastically as the story goes on. The Mage is no Albus Dumbledore, and that’s all I’m saying because spoilers are begging to spill over my fingertips. As to Penelope (the Hermione character), she pretty much stays the same. I mean, Hermione was perfect, why change her character?

If you’ve read my previous book reviews, you know that I listened to the audio book version of this. Just so you’ll be prepared, (unlike me, whose eyebrows constantly stayed raised for the first quarter of the book until I was immune to it) ‘f’ bombs get dropped. A lot. Those brits sure do enjoy their cursing. Also, if you listen to the audio book, you’ll have a hard time trying NOT to affect an English accent for days afterward. You’ve been warned.

Read the book: it’s got one of my favorite kissing (snogging) scenes of all time, it’s snort-stop-snort because you snorted-stop-bust out laughing funny, and has just the right amount of action to keep the plot going (starting from Book Two…aka “The Entrance of Baz”).

~Krystal

 

Downhill Racer

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Downhill Racer (1969) was the work of four notable talents – actor Robert Redford, director Michael Ritchie, writer James Salter, and cinematographer Brian Probyn. Together, these four men welded the film’s steely attitude and astonishing look. Racer began life as a pet project of Redford’s, who selected writer James Salter (The Hunters) to write the screenplay. As developed by Redford and Salter, ambitious skier David Chappellet is not a team player. Much to the concern of old-school coach Eugene Claire (Gene Hackman), David’s single-minded strive to be among the famous sports champions is more important to him than team comradery. With his defiant, anti-authority personality, David Chappellet ranks among the antiheroes common in Hollywood movies from 1967 to 1975 – Clyde Barrow in Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde, Ben Braddock in Mike Nichols’s The Graduate, Wyatt and Billy in Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Hawkeye and Trapper in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, and R.P. McMurphy in Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Downhill Racer was Michael Ritchie’s debut as a feature film director. Ritchie had an unconventional, unique approach to shooting scenes. In a style akin to documentary-type filmmaking, Ritchie worked with cinematographer Brian Probyn on capturing some amazing images – from the freeze-frame shots of skiers in the opening credit sequence, to the beautiful Alpine scenery that adorns much of the film, to the awesome climax. Ritchie would go on to direct many other sports-related films – baseball in The Bad News Bears (1976) and The Scout (1994), football in Semi-Tough (1977) and Wildcats (1986), and boxing in Diggstown (1992). Much like his contemporaries Hal Ashby, Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, and William Friedkin, Ritchie achieved much success in the 1970s.

Commended for its dedication to authenticity by real-life skiers, Downhill Racer is also a rather good character study boosted with some impressive kinetic imagery. This should make the film appealing to viewers with only a passing knowledge in skiing. Staff member review by Josh D.

Language Learning Classes at the Adult Learning Center

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The Adult Learning Center is currently providing Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) classes to its students thanks to the commitment of two tutors. The Spanish class is led by tutor Jerry DeHart and has five sessions. The class is designed for those who want to connect with the Spanish-speaking community in Henry County. The ASL class is 24 weeks long and is taught by tutor Adam Meyer, who has had an interest in sign language since his teen years and is now proficient in this language.

 

When I started as the Adult Learning Center Coordinator, these classes were already in the works. Students had already shown interest in these kinds of classes and my predecessor left notes about tutors willing to take on the task. Both tutors were still willing to donate their time and from there it was simply a matter of figuring out what days worked and reserving the space in the library. I’m thankful for the opportunity to bring it all together and make it happen.

 

Interest for both of these languages is high in our community, and with limited tutors with these skills, the classes are a valuable tool to meet demand. These classes are a new addition to the Adult Learning Center, and I am hoping that they will be successful for helping those wanting to learn these languages. Ideally I’d like to see people able to use their new skills in their lives and to the benefit of the community.

-Molly Gore is the Adult Learning Center Coordinator. Interested in becoming a tutor or learning a new skill? Contact her at mollyg@nchcpl.lib.in.us or (765) 529-0362, ext. 1315.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.”  (Goodreads Synopsis)

“So in order to understand everything that happened, you have to start from the premise that high school sucks.” (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Chapter 1, Sentence 1)

This is a story about a boy telling his story of knowing a girl with cancer. No, this book is NOTHING like The Fault in Our Stars. Yes, they both feature a girl with cancer. That is about as far as the similarities go. Oh, and the fact that this was made into a movie as well. I swear, that’s all the similarities I can think of.

As many of you know, or will know immediately, I commute to work…about an hour each way. As such, most of my reading gets done via audio books in my car. This was one such book. I would like to warn anybody reading this review that listening to this on audio is not a good idea if you are driving—driving while having your head thrown back in laughter is not safe. No accidents occurred during the listening of this book, but a squirrel nearly bit it.

Another warning, the main character and his friend Earl do their best to gross each other out. This means that you will read very creative and highly inappropriate insults and references to things that, depending on your humor, will offend or amuse you. I would love to give some examples here, but I’ll just say that anytime Earl is about to eat Pa Gaines’s food or something Vietnamese, there are references to donkey genitalia.

I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads because it has its moments of awkward high school humor, but I wasn’t overly fond of any of the characters at the end of the book. I like my characters with spunk and drive…I do not like my characters to meekly accept what life has thrown at them. In short, this book was just too realistic for me. Give me my fantasy novels any day of the week.

So, reader of this review, read it or don’t read it. If you do read it, you will get some chuckles– but don’t expect life to have new meaning.  And if you decide that you’d rather re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the fifth time–you can always just watch the movie. -Krystal

 

 

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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In the grand sixth chapter of the epic Star Wars chronicles, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) travel to the desert planet Tatooine to free Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from cryogenic sleep. Infiltrating the fortress of the vile racketeer Jabba the Hutt, Luke and Leia rescue Han and join forces with a community of Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor. While the heroes battle a squadron of the Empire’s imperial army, Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader plot to turn Luke to the dark side. But Luke has a plan of his own, determining to reawaken the spirit of Anakin Skywalker within the corrupt psyche of his father. The galactic civil war climaxes in an exciting, action-packed confrontation that will decide the destiny of the galaxy. Staff review by Josh D.

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