According to a statement by the Galapagos National Park Service, the last surviving Pinta Giant Tortoise has passed away, making the subspecies extinct. The age of "Lonesome George" was estimated at least 100 years. The cause of George's death is unknown, though advanced age is not likely: the 5-foot, 200-lb tortoise was expected to live well over 200 years.
A night to remember by Walter Lord
Titanic survivor: the newly discovered memoirs of Violet Jessop who survived both the Titanic and Britannic disasters by Violet Jessop ; introduced, edited, and annotated by John Maxtone-Graham
[Paper Airplanes by Stuck in Costoms is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]
Worst enemies/best friends by Annie Bryant
Sideways stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar ; illustrated by Dennis Hockerman
The case of the missing marquess by Nancy Springer
[Cat Studying by flickr user raider of gin is used under a CC BY 2.0 license]
July 18, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library. All ages. Scrabble on our insane 10x10-foot board.
From evil masterminds to enthusiastic minions, wicked plots and the ordinary people who fight against them, conquer one of these reads this summer.
Cold cereal by Adam Rex
Despicable me [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents a Chris Meledandri production
Whales on stilts by M.T. Anderson; illustrations by Kurt Cyrus
Movie Challenge 1: watch two (or more) movies/tv shows involving… Robin Hood. There have been a gazillion remakes. Make a comment to this post ranking what you watched to earn a secret badge besides your Curtains Up (see comment example below).
The story of Robin Hood [videodisc] by Walt Disney
Robin Hood [videodisc]: men in tights by Twentieth Century Fox ; a Brooksfilms production ; in association with Gaumont
The adventures of Robin Hood [videodisc] by a First National picture
Wishbone [videodisc]: Paw prints of thieves by written by Adam Felber ; produced by Betty Buckley ; directed by Ben Vaughn
- An unfashionable or socially inept person.
- A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest: "A computer geek".
We have lots of books in our Children's Library starring geeks. And quite often, they are the heros. Check one out today.
Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley; illustrations by Ethen Beavers
The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to get you started.
The real spy's guide to becoming a spy by Peter Earnest and Suzanne Harper, in association with the Spy Museum
The big book of spy stuff by Bart King; illustrations by Russell Miller
The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden
Places to Speak
- Canton Communicators Toastmasters club — Toastmasters is a great way to hone your speaking
- Speech classes at Wayne County Community College
- Spotlight Players — acting at the Village Theater
Books on Speaking
Speaking your way to success by Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts