On Thursday I finally finished my month-long reading of the new George R.R. Martin book, A Dance with Dragons. And while I could sit down right now and reveal a ton of spoilers, I will instead take a different road and talk about the overarching story themes across all five novels that I’ve only just realized.
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Published on Saturday, August 6, 2011
Published on Thursday, August 4, 2011
We here at Shaw Library hope you are having a super summer, and that you took the time to enjoy books with your little one during the break. Children who read over the summer not only maintain their reading levels, but learn to read for enjoyment. Now is the time to bring your child in to pick a out a book of their choosing, before homework starts to encroach on precious free time. The freedom to follow their own interests and tastes on books is such a powerful motivator, leading to a lifetime of reading.
Published on Thursday, July 14, 2011
We love our babies. We see hundreds of parents, caregivers and children a week at Watha T. Daniel, and we see a lot of people bringing children to every program we offer. While that seems like a great way to spend the day, it may not be the right thing for your child.
Each of our programs is carefully constructed to provide the right experience for children who are at specific different stages of development verbally, educationally and socially. Children who are too young or too old for a program will not be getting the right social experience for their age group. So to help you choose the right programs for your child, here are the recommendations about which programs are geared to which age groups and why.
Ages Birth to 2 Years Old
Published on Monday, July 11, 2011
Novel Destinations is the theme of the Adult Summer Reading Program for 2011. It runs from May 21 to August 6. The Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Library will explore exciting literary landscapes from the world’s best writers – the Nobel Laureates of Literature.
Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Who doesn't like a good apocalypse? The world, tightly wound and ignorant of its imminent demise, is brought to a screeching halt by forces that cannot be contained; humanity is confronted with its own mortality on a global scale. A reckoning has come, and all of us must come to grips with the consequences of ... whichever thing it is the story is about. Nuclear fallout, pandemic disease, global warming, or the wrath of God, we eat it up -- the proof can be found in the box office results for movies like 2012, Godzilla, Planet of the Apes and even Wall-E.
Published on Monday, June 13, 2011
Loners are a breed explored again and again in literature and cinema. If such an archetype exists in order to provoke self-reflection in the viewer or reader, then it would be fair to say that loners are the vessels with which you are forced to acknowledge your own mortality. Without the company of others as a distraction, there is nothing obviating the fact that one day, as we all came from the womb, we are, of course, bound for the tomb.
Published on Monday, June 13, 2011
Remember the week you passed around Judy Blume’s Forever to all your girlfriends, covertly whispering and giggling about “Ralph”? Was it Elizabeth's squeaky-clean image or Jessica's wild streak you admired in Sweet Valley High? What exactly did you imagine Turkish Delight to be in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe? Was Holden Caulfield a hero for the youth of today, or simply a spoiled, directionless iconoclast prone nervous breakdowns?
Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.
"The black Marilyn Monroe," "The bronze blond bombshell, "the voice you'll always remember," Joyce Bryant was a singer/celebrity all of us would have known in the 1950s. With her sexy skintight gowns, metallic-silver hair, incredible voice and "pioneering stances against racial discrimination," it's shocking she's not better remembered.