Thursday, March 31, 2011

Most Famous April Fool's Hoax - SPAGHETTI HARVEST

On April 1, 1957 the British television programme Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil. The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the shows highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.

To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fools Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time television was used to stage an April Fools Day hoax.

Unfortunately, I was not able to post the video on the blog - follow this link to watch the video on YouTube - it might take awhile to load since it's from 1957!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

One Billion Poets Website for Teens

I recently heard about this website for teenagers to post their poetry. The blurb describing the website is below. It was created by a teacher in California which allows teen poets to share their creations with each other. They also have contests on the site as well.

"Approximately one billion people in the world are teenagers. Therefore, there are approximately one billion teenage poets in the world, young adults who can inspire and shape the world through their writing. Teenagers are often labeled as disaffected, disgruntled, and disengaged. However, we see numerous teens around the around the world striving to effect positive change. And frankly, if you are feeling a bit disaffected, that's okay too. The world is complex and tough, and it can be doubly so for teens. One elixir for the disillusionment and frustrations we face is the potency of poetry. Focusing on the four following prompts: Where I'm From, What I Carry, Why I Laugh, and What I Wish, One Billion Poets invites all aspiring poets to connect with each other and to share and reflect on each other's poems. We hope you will all see that although we certainly come from very diverse backgrounds-- sometimes extraordinarily different-- we all share many of the same dreams, burdens, loves, hopes, and emotions. Whether you live in Tunisia or Detroit, Moscow or Mexico City, we believe you all have something salient and beautiful to say about the teenage experience in the 21st century."

Check out this site at!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paranomalcy by Kiersten White

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency... her ex-boyfriend is a faerie... she’s falling for a shape-shifter... and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours...

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal~

This is the first book in a new trilogy by Kiersten White. It is excellent. I started it on Tuesday night and stayed up late on Wednesday to finish it! I can't wait until July 26th when the second book in the series, Supernaturally, is set to be released. This is the first published work by Kiersten. I'm excited to see what else she is going to publish!

Official Rock Song of Ohio! - Hang on Sloopy by The McCoy's

Ohio is the only state to have an official rock song! The McCoys were originally from Dayton, Ohio. The song was about Dorothy Sloop of Steubenville, Ohio. A singer, Sloop sometimes used the stage name Sloopy.

The resolution establishing "Hang on Sloopy" as Ohio's rock song had a number of references to the song's lyrics and to the song's importance to Ohioans. If you have an extra couple of minutes, read the official resolution @ - it's unique?!

Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Trivia/Facts

So...1 Day late, but still fascinating as ever!

The longest town name in Ireland is... Muckanaghederdauhaulia, Co., Galway - now that's a mouthful!

St Patrick wasn't Irish at all. His father was Italian and his mother was a Scot. He was born in Scotland!

A leprechaun is really an Irish shoemaker with a reputation for being rich, but mean.

Irish coffee was not invented in Ireland. Instead it was created in San Francisco!

The color green for Ireland stands for nature and/or hope. It depends who you ask:)

The Irish are credited with bringing Oatmeal to America.

The Celtic cross has a circle in the center to represent the sun.

St Patrick's Trivia

What is a shillelagh?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

2nd book in the Caster Chronicles! Just checked it out today at the library! I'm excited to read the next book in the series. Beautiful Creatures, the first book, was great. Hopefully, this second book will live up to the first.


Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Music Mash-Ups

As I had mentioned earlier this week on the Blog - Music Mash-ups were on Tuesday night at the library. The software is fun to use. For those who didn't attend or want the websites, here they are:

Audacity - software for recording and editing songs - free download

Freesound - find audio pieces on this website

ccMixter - find parts of songs - just to warn you these are generally older songs and remixes

Big Huge Labs - create cd covers and designs for other projects

All of these sites are free and legal to use. Have fun!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Series: Matched by Ally Condie

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

Second book in series, Crossed, to be released in November 2011 with the final edition in November 2012!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Music Mash-ups ~ Tuesday, March 8th at 5:00

In honor of Teen Tech Week, we will be using websites and software to mash songs and sound bites together to create your own unique creations. Burn these songs onto CDs which will be available. All of the software and websites are free and easy to use. We still have laptops available or bring your own! The fun starts at 5:00 pm in the Balkansky Room!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Throwback to Childhood

Dr. Seuss's birthday is tomorrow! People all over the world will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's superior wit, rhyme and adventures. Visit to enter the world of Dr. Seuss!

Read Across America day coincides with Dr. Seuss's birthday! What better way to celebrate this day than pick up your favorite Seuss book and read it or try one you haven't read. Dr. Seuss wrote 46 different children's books from Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham to Oh the Places You'll Go which is one of my personal favorites of Dr. Seuss's books. I plan on reading Gerald McBoing Boing ~ this is one of the books I have not yet read by Dr. Seuss.
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?