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"Way Back in the 1960s..."

liar liar recordFor as long as I can remember, I’ve been a little intrigued by the 1960s. What exactly was going on in this decade? Politically, artistically, socially, and globally (and on the moon!), the 1960s had a lot happening and changing and the decade’s impact can still be felt – I mean, come on, there isn’t an Elvis or Michael Jackson Rock Band…it’s The Beatles’. If you’re interested in the 1960s, you might check out some of these historical fiction and non-fiction titles. And bonus points if you can name the band whose song is quoted above!
 

Mer’s 1960s Picks:

 

Fantasy for People Freaked Out By Dragons and Talking Animals

dragonI’ve never been particularly fond of fantasy as a genre. My resistance to fantasy doesn’t really make any logical sense, because I love to read just about anything and there are some very smart people in my life who love reading fantasy titles. For some reason I just have a mental block: someone starts talking about a universe that doesn’t exist or fairy creatures or dragons or names with a bunch of consonants that are hard to pronounce and I just find myself drifting off and thinking about other things. But, despite my reservations, there are some really great fantasy titles out there for those a little suspicious of or turned off by the genre. I gave them a try and I was impressed. Which genres will you give a chance?
 
 

Mer’s Fantasy

Read, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

recycle signEarth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. But you don’t need to wait until Earth Day to learn more about protecting the environment or living a more ecologically-mindful existence. What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?
 
 
 
 

Mer’s Read, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Picks:

 

Women’s History Month: Real Stories of Real Women

we the people pictureMarch is Women’s History Month and what better way to mark the occasion than to celebrate the lives of real women? Who will you celebrate?
 

Mer’s Real Stories of Real Women Picks:

 

Happy Birthday, William H. Macy!

william h. macyWilliam H. Macy has a birthday coming up this week and it got me thinking of how many movies he has been in over the years that I really enjoyed. Ever since first seeing him in the Coen brothers’ Fargo, I’ve been impressed by his talent and his sometimes unusual choices.
 

Mer’s Happy B-day William H.

Women’s History Month: Strong Females in Fiction

female symbolMarch is Women’s History Month and what better way to mark the occasion than to celebrate some strong female leads in fiction! Who are your favorite females of YA fiction?

Who Will Win the Oscars?

oscar statueThink you know? Grab an official ballot in the Teen Zone and make your best guess! Turn your selections into Meredith, Ash, or Robert on or before Friday, March 5th. The person with the most accurate ballot will win a truly award-worthy prize!

 

Flickr CC: Oscar Photo by: David Ortmann

Freeman Teens Read

nut goodieWe always have a great time discussing our favorite books, movies, TV shows, games and music in our Freeman Teens Read club and yesterday was no exception! Check out what Freeman teens recommend:

Get a Clue

spyglassI love a good mystery. Sometimes mysteries can be suspenseful and creepy. Other times they can be silly and fun. But they always have a question waiting to be answered. What are your favorite mysteries?

TAYSHAS 2010 Spotlight: Beyond Chick Lit

pink flowerThe TAYSHAS Reading List for 2010 was recently released and there are some great titles this year! The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great reads for gals or the entire 2010 reading list!

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