Swine Palace – “How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?”

by Louise Hilton

Swine Palace’s latest show is the musical “How Do You Run with a Shell on Your Back?”, a collaboration between Playmakers of Baton Rouge and Swine Palace, directed by resident ensemble member Jenny Ballard, with musical direction by Jason Bayle. The story follows six students from different social groups who are stuck in detention in the library (of all places!) and are deathly bored. They are also loathe to be seen with one another (“My friends’ll freak out if they saw me with you… Ew!,” they sing in the opening number). You have the jock, the teacher’s pet, the misfit, the popular (and mean) girl, the nerd, and the class clown. Think The Breakfast Club for the tween/teen set.

To pass the time, the wacky substitute teacher Mr. Sopperstein encourages the students to use their imagination to act out scenes from one of the books in the library, Aesop’s Fables. The kids join forces to do just that, enacting three of the most enduring fables through song: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “Androcles and the Lion,” – whose accompanying song “Thorn in My Paw” is a stand-out as it follows the lovesick class clown Ari as he swoons over the popular Savannnah – and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The kids realize soon enough that they’re not so different after all and the closing number, “Who’d’ve Ever Guessed,” is an up-tempo ode to friendship and finding common ground no matter how different we may seem upon first glance.

“How Do You Run” is fast-paced and short enough (60 minutes) to hold kids’ and teens’ attention and keep them entertained. With a talented cast, lively musical numbers, and its heartwarming message of acceptance, friendship, and of course, the power of imagination, this family-friendly show is definitely worth seeing.

The play opens tonight at 7:30 and runs through Sunday, August 5, in the Studio Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building at LSU. There are also 2:00 p.m. matinees on August 4 and 5. Company B will perform Thursday and Sunday. Tickets are $10, available at the door only. Get there early as the play is likely to sell out! Doors open at 7 p.m.

You Decide the Teen Digital Media Challenge

Over the last month or so our, EBRPL teens have been busily taking our digital media challenge and making videos and audio to share. The videos have all been shot, the audios recorded, and now it’s up to you to decide who wins the fabulous prizes. Go to our EBRPL Teens YouTube page and ‘like’ which projects you think should win.

The competition is in two sections. Best video will win a Flip camera, and the best audio project will win an iPod Shuffle. Voting closes on July 23rd!

2012 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Winners (3)

The 2012 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice winner for Grades 9-12 is Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Honor Book – The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Come in to the library and pick up these fantastic reads!

From the State Library of Louisiana: The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center For The Book (LCFTB). The program was founded in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books.

2012 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Winners (2)

Here are the results for the 6-8th grade award. The winner is 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. Honor Book –  Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn. Check these books out from the library and see what all the fuss is about!

From the State Library of Louisiana: The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center For The Book (LCFTB). The program was founded in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books.

Summer Reading 2012!

Summer Reading Programs start today! Pick up a reading log, read books and win great prizes! Join us for a whole summer full of exciting events. There will be crafts, games, performing arts, parties and so much more. See our monthly newsletter, The Source for further details or visit Summer Reading 2012. This year’s Summer Reading themes are:

Children’s Summer Reading: Dream Big-Read! For ages 0-11, call 231-3760 for more information

Teen Summer Reading: Own The Night For ages 12-18, call 231-3770 for more information

Adult Summer Reading: I Geek Reading For ages 18+, call 231-3740 for more information

Top Ten Teen Titles of 2011

Try saying that blog title fast 10 times! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have just come out with their top ten books of 2011, as voted for by teens. Which were your favorites? Any books not on the list that should have been? Tell us below!

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Play the Game of ‘Go’ @ the Library

Have you ever heard of the game ‘Go’? This ancient Chinese strategy board game is easy to pick up and lots of fun! Find out more about the game and the rules at the American Go Association website.

Teens are invited to try it out, we’ll be having two ‘Go’ game days at the Main Library, from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday November 22 and Tuesday, December 20.

Photo by Andres_colmen Some Rights Reserved

Featured Database: Britannica eBooks

We have a new addition to our database line-up, Britannica eBooks. Here you will find hundreds of non-fiction eBooks that cover a large variety of topics including literature, history, geography and the sciences. There are titles appropriate from preschool ages all the way up to adults.

These are eBooks that you read online, and because they don’t check out, they are always available when you need them. There is a search box to locate books on a topic or you can browse titles. When opening an eBook you’ll see multiple viewing options and pages are also printable.

All you need to access these resources is your library card. Next time you need a book for your homework, try Britannica eBooks.

ACT Practice Test

Teens in grades 9-12 can take a free practice ACT test  on Saturday, September 24, 9:30-1:30p.m. This will be followed by a review session later in the week when scores are returned. The test are offered at two locations on that day:

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. Call 763-2270 to register. Review session will be on Wednesday, September 28, 6:00-7:00p.m.

Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library. Call 274-4470 to register. Review session will be on Thursday, September 29, 6:00-7:00p.m.

Call to register asap as spaces are limited!

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.