I think that, out of all the different types of patrons we get at the library, teens tend to be the most environmentally-conscious. I'm not saying that every teen we get is responsible with their recycling - I know I've spent my fair share of time picking up plastic bottles after the school crowd has left the library. But I think that, on the whole, they tend to be more aware of the different options out there for reducing waste and reusing items. They also have an eye for repurposing items. And so I thought it would be fun to share this video about about Theo Jansen's Strandbeest. Strandbeests: Beach creatures
Back in July, we had a geocaching program for teens, introducing many to a great hobby that combines technology with exercise. If you haven't heard of geocaching before, let me explain. A quick description would be that it's a high-tech treasure hunt. A longer description... well, I would suggestion watching this two minute video. International Geocaching Day Read more
I always have trouble getting into fan fiction. Maybe it's because I feel a little like I'm cheating on the author. Or maybe it's that the writing style I love so very, very much just isn't reproduced as well as I had hoped. Or maybe I just can't reconcile the strange situations fan fiction creates. What I do like, however, are fan comics. Brains, fans, and Faith Hicks Read more
Mark Twain died April 21, 1910, just a little more than 100 years ago. Why is this something to ponder now? Well, because Twain left instructions before he died that his autobiography, about 5000 pages, should not be published until 100 years after his death. You may ask yourself why someone would wait 100 years to put their own biography out; some have speculated that Twain delayed it in order to not offend friends. Others have theorized that the autobiography, which contains controversial and "cruel" opinions and a great deal of bitterness, may conflict with the image America had (and still does) of Mark Twain. Parts of the book have already been published, but we have never seen the entire work. How long would you wait?` UC Berkeley has been home to manuscript and will publish it later this year, in the form of a trilogy.
In a time where we update our status on Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis, can you imagine waiting a century to tell people about your life? Sure, people may speculate about you, maybe even debate as to why you've been so quiet about yourself. But would you be holding back just to create an air of mystery about yourself? Or could you do it to protect your friends and family?
If you'd like to read more about Mark Twain's upcoming autobiography, check out this article.