Monthly Archives: November 2014

Marvelous New Picture Books: Little Humans (Humans of New York)

From the creator of the increasingly popular Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, a photojournalist, has now published Little Humans. For those unfamiliar with the popular Facebook page, Humans of New York is a photo blog (and recently, book) with a collection of street portraits and interviews. Stanton has gained a large following—his photos and […] Continue reading

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Maybe the Future is Bright, Maybe?

In H.G. Wells’ The Time Traveler, our protagonist travels deep into the theoretical dimension of time. Coming out on the other side, he experiences a few realities that all show the fate of earth as a bleak outcome for humanity. I, like many of the narrator’s guests, do not believe the traveler’s stories. I choose […] Continue reading

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Varied Representations of Time Machines in Media

For centuries (and possibly longer) humans have written about, fantasized about, and even studied time travel. Time travel appears in many different types of media like books, movies, tv shows, games, and more. There have been many methods used throughout history for characters to time travel ranging from small devices like wrist bands to full […] Continue reading

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The Secret Life of the Time Traveller

In The Time Traveller, H. G. Wells paints a picture of a future where humanity has eliminated all struggle and strife, and spends every waking hour in mirth and merriment. Humanity is described as a smaller, dimwitted, and more feeble version of current homo sapiens, and the difference between the appearance of the sexes almost completely […] Continue reading

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When The Hero Cannot Return

By: Carly Vaughn The Time Machine is an enduring work of science fiction, but reading it again in the context of this class I was struck by the ending more than I have been before and I was reminded forcibly of the ending to Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. In The Lord of The Rings, […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Monday: Firebird by Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland has made her mark on the world as an accomplished ballerina, in fact, the first African American soloist in 20 years to work with the American Ballet Theater. On her way to stardom, she faced hardship and pushback. This year, she became the author of Firebird, illustrated by Christopher Myers, meant to inspire other […] Continue reading

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Must Be Some Kind Of.. Hot Tub Time Machine, or How Time Machine Creates Meaning in Our Modern World

By Sparling Wilson H. G. Wells’ Time Machine may at first not seem like a romance akin to the stories by Spenser and Mallory. After all, Wells’ work reminds us more of something we would expect to find in the current Young Adult section of the library. While its Divergent and Hunger Games style of […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays – Balarama: A Royal Elephant

Caldecott Honor Winners Ted & Betsy Lewin’s book Balarama: A Royal Elephant recounts the authors’ adventures with elephants surrounding the Dasara festival in India. Balarama, a young elephant, is about to participate in the royal parade for the first time. Inspired text takes the reader through Balarama’s preparations for the festival, and eventually to the […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Rumpelstiltskin

Dictionary.com defines tradition as the handing down of something from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth. Rumpelstiltskin, a story first printed in Germany in the 15th century, is a tale well known by people of all ages across the globe. The most well known version of Rumpelstiltskin was printed by the Grimm brothers […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: Smoky Night

Smoky Night, written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by David Diaz, is the 1995 winner of the Caldecott Medal. The book tells the story of a boy, Daniel, and his mother as they experience first-hand the race riots in Los Angeles. Accompanying the childlike perspective of events are beautifully created illustrations, acrylic paintings overlaid on collage […] Continue reading

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