Top 3 Right Now: Rickey’s Star Wars Graphic Novels from the Dark Side

This week Rickey – our teen services guru from our Granite Falls community library – has a list of his favorite Star Wars graphic novels… specifically, the ones that center around characters from the Dark Side.

Rickey looks so innocent holding this fluffy kitty! Who knew he had such a taste for stories from the Dark Side?

So, Rickey, where should our readers go for some great Dark Side graphic novels?

Star Wars: Captain Phasma by Kelly Thompson

“I can’t lie, the villains in Star Wars have always been my favorite (it’s definitely the costumes!) and Captain Phasma is no exception! Plus, this graphic novel gives us a glimpse beneath the chrome helmet…

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen

Doctor Aphra is one space archaeologist you really don’t want to mess with, and definitely my new favorite heroine in the Star Wars Universe. Along with her two diabolical, yet hilarious droids, 0-0-0 and BT-1, this graphic novel series is full of new stories and adventures you are sure to love!

Star Wars: Darth Maul by Cullen Bunn

Making his first debut appearance in his own original standalone graphic novel, Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith, is determined to exact vengeance on the Jedi. If you are a fan of the dark side, this graphic novel is for you!”

Ooooh, fun suggestions – Thanks, Rickey!

Stay tuned next week when our Teen Services Coordinator Danielle – AKA: The Big Cheese- will give us a list of her current Top 3 Books!

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College prep planning: everything you wanted to know about admissions part three

If you’ve missed it, Sno-Isle Libraries is partnering with Andrea Main of Main Education Consulting to provide a series of free college preparation planning programs at the Granite FallsLake Stevens, Monroe, and Snohomish libraries this spring. In advance of the college preparation programs, Sno-Isle teens brainstormed their best questions about college admissions and Andrea answered them. The first week Andrea focused the application process and last week she talked about essays and Running Start/AP to help you better understand the college admission process. This is the last week of the series and Andrea answered questions about college visits, interviews, and Early Decision.

What should I expect in a college interview?

Generally, college interviews are provided to confirm that the college is a good fit for the student. First, research the college. Understand why you chose this college and be able to tell them why the college is a good fit for you: academics, extra-curricular activities, special programs offered, the college’s philosophy or perhaps, athletics.

Then, be prepared to answer questions about these subjects and about the activities in which you are currently involved.  Do some research to find typical interview questions.  Have a couple of your own questions ready—but make sure your questions are not ones that can be answered by looking through the college’s website.

Finally, dress neatly, be on time, be polite, shake hands, be confident, relax and enjoy the conversation.  After the interview, send a thank you note to your interviewer.

What should I do when I visit campuses?

College visits can be expensive so do as much research as you can before visiting.  Book a free Admissions Information Session and Student Tour. Try to visit when the college is in session so you can get a feel for the energy of the school and you can have a meal in the cafeteria. If possible, ask to audit (sit in) on one of the classes within your perspective major, or book an overnight stay in a dorm (if offered), or interview a professor from your major or an Honors College.

Prepare a list of questions that can not be answered by on-line research: questions that will help you decide if this will be the right college for you. These questions will be quite individual. You may want to know how many students in your major get to participate in research, or you may require a specific learning environment, or you may want to see how an athletic coach interacts with the athletes.

Know what information you will need to make your final decision.

Could one be accepted into a college without declaring a major?

Yes, while some colleges and some programs require a high school senior to apply to a specific major, many colleges offer an “undecided” or “General Studies” option, and other colleges require all freshmen begin as “General Studies” or “Exploratory” in their first year and declare their major in their sophomore year. Ask the college’s admissions counselors about such policies. If you do not know what to declare as a major, look for a college that allows you the time and the credit path to explore subjects and has a strong academic advisory program to give you guidance.

Would Early Decision be more favorable in college application?

Early Decision is binding. A student may apply to only one college in an Early Decision round. If the college accepts the student, through Early Decision, that student must accept the offer.

So, when would you apply Early Decision to a college? When you have fully researched the college and you know, absolutely, that it is your first-choice school. Before submitting an Early Decision application, visit the college, talk to professors within your major, spend time on campus and run the numbers—make sure you can afford the college. Early Decision will give you a statistical advantage in the acceptance rate, but only if you are qualified! If your application will be strengthened by the grades you earn or your extra-curricular involvement in your senior year, you may be better off applying, Regular Decision, later in the application cycle.

Thanks, Andrea!

Want to learn more? The Monroe Library is hosting Andrea on Saturday, March 31st at 2 p.m. to talk about “Getting an Early Start.”

You can find more college resources on our Life After High School page, including bookliststest prep, and more!

Andrea also answered questions about financial aid last fall:

College preparation planning: all about the FASFA part one

College prep planning: all about the FAFSA part two

College prep planning: all about scholarships

College preparation planning: how do I know if I qualify for financial aid?

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Trailer Tuesday: Love and Other Alien Experiences

Trailer Tuesday: Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey

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Readers’ Corner: Ready Player One Read-alikes

This week’s teen booklist features Ready Player One Read-alikes. These thrilling and gritty novels all feature elements of cyberspace and virtual reality.

Cyberspace is the notional environment in which communication over computer network occurs while virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of three-dimensional images or environments that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by people using special electronic equipment. Both of these concepts were coined in author William Gibson’s 1982 short story Burning Chrome.

Ready Player One hits theaters Thursday, March 29th.

Enjoy!

 

Marissa @ Mariner Library

 

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Featured Event: Carnivorous Terrariums

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Darrington Library – Darrington Meeting Room
Tuesday, March 27: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Make your very own carnivorous terrariums. Mary Fosse from Carnivorous Terrariums Nursery will teach you how to create and care for a terrarium with a sundew – a plant that eats bugs!

Each participant will take home a carnivorous terrarium that will amaze friends and family. Plus discover library resources to help you care for your new friend and learn about other amazing carnivorous plants.

Registration required.
https://sno-isle.libnet.info/events

 

 

 

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Top 3 Right Now: Marta’s Music to Get you Pumped for Ready Player One

This week we’re featuring Marta, the teen librarian from our Marysville library, and her list of tunes to get you pumped up for the release of the film Ready Player One.

Marta has excellent taste in Sci-Fi, after all.

Take it away, Marta!

“Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion
Art3mis, one of the gamers in the book Ready Player One, names her virtual planet Benatar, after one of the first ladies of rock. (Yes, top gamers in the book get to buy a cyberspace planet!)  Pat Benatar was trained to be an opera singer but decided she had better uses for her three-octave range voice. The second video played ever on MTV was Benatar’s song ‘You Better Run’ from the Crimes of Passion album. This made her the first female played by MTV, and you can stream the album for free (without ads) using our Hoopla digital music service.

Rush – 2112
Featuring the 20-minute title song ‘2112’ about a man’s search for freedom and creativity in a dystopian world, this album helped secure Rush’s place in musical history. In the book Ready Player One, the song provides clues to help Wade find the three keys. Sharp listeners will notice the Rush’s song ‘Tom Sawyer’ used in the Ready Player One film trailer uses is from the Moving Pictures album, rather than ‘2112.’ Moving Pictures is another iconic Rush album that you can stream for free using Hoopla.

Muse – The Resistance
While not part of the book Ready Player One, The Resistance could be a sound track for a high-octane, apocalyptic love story. Perfect to ramp you up for a big block-buster of a movie, as evidenced by their presence on the World War Z and  Twilight soundtracks.

Also, if you’re interested in books that are like the movie Ready Player One, check out our read-alike list here!

Excellent tune suggestions, Marta – thanks!

Next week we’ll feature a list of Rickey’s top 3 Star Wars graphic novels, which is awesome since there are so many of them that it can be hard to find a good starting point.

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Featured Event: Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?
Sultan Library
Saturday, March 24 10:00am – 11:00am

Learn about this mysterious and iconic Northwest creature, and weigh the evidence both for and against its existence.

Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth. Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and share their experiences with this mysterious creature.

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College prep planning: everything you wanted to know about admissions part two

Last week we brought you our first installment of our college prep planning series. Most of us remember how daunting the college admission process seemed. Interviews and essays and applications might have you asking yourself, What do I do?

Good news! We have answers! Once again Sno-Isle Libraries is partnering with Andrea Main of Main Education Consulting to provide a series of free college preparation planning programs at the Granite FallsLake Stevens, Monroe, Mukilteo, and Snohomish libraries this spring. In advance of the college preparation programs, Sno-Isle teens brainstormed their best questions about college admissions and Andrea answered them. Each week we feature new questions to help you better understand the college admission process. This week we’re focusing on essays, AP and Running Start and extracurriculars!

What do college admission officers actually look for in an essay? What appeals to them?

What do they look for? They are looking for a well-written essay that fully answers the prompt. What appeals to them? In a word: authenticity: be yourself and write in your own voice. College applications often require different types of essays. Personal statements give you a vehicle to tell the college more about who you are—so, be confident, tell a story that engages, use personal details, stay away from clichéd subjects and predictable stories. Write the story only you can write.

What is your best advice in writing college essays, particularly for the Common Application?

My best advice in writing college essays is to know the prompt, then write from your heart and edit from your brain. What I mean is, write an essay that is authentically you (from your heart); write (or record yourself telling the story). Once complete, edit it thoughtfully (edit from the brain) for structure, tense, grammar, syntax, storyline, and ensuring it fully answers the prompt.   Note: You can submit your essays to the Writing Lab on our Brain Fuse Help Now resource and have a tutor edit it and provide feedback. All you need is your library card!

How importantly are extracurricular activities viewed in the admission process?

The level of importance and scope of extra-curricular activities varies from college to college. Generally, colleges are looking for students who engage in activities beyond their high school academics. They look to see how each applicant might contribute to the fabric of the college. Colleges do not look for any one specific activity—they look to see how students become involved in their own activities and how the skill they develop in those activities might transfer to the campus.

How do colleges view Running Start and College in High School courses?

Running Start, College in the High School, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are ways for a student to pursue a higher level of course rigor and college readiness while in high school.  Colleges value students who are willing to challenge themselves, work hard, and are intellectually curious.

What is the ideal amount of AP classes for a creditable university?

The ideal amount of AP classes is the number of classes where you can challenge yourself academically, maintain a strong GPA, keep a balance with other aspects of your life (family, friends, jobs, hobbies, sports, and other commitments) and are happy. Academic achievement and happiness are both very important. Allow some time in your high school curriculum to use different parts of your brain and explore new skills (music, arts, physical activity, cooking, woodwork…).

Next week Andrea will answer questions about college visits and interviews. Want to learn more before then? Andrea will be offering a class called “Researching a College,” on Saturday, March 24th at the Mukilteo Library.

You can find more college resources on our Life After High School page, including bookliststest prep, and more!

Andrea also answered questions about financial aid last fall:

College preparation planning: all about the FASFA part one

College prep planning: all about the FAFSA part two

College prep planning: all about scholarships

College preparation planning: how do I know if I qualify for financial aid?

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Trailer Tuesday: The Hate U Give

Trailer Tuesday: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Post your book trailer suggestions in the comments below.

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Readers’ Corner: Books to Read Before the Movie

Inspired by the recently released movie Love, Simon which is based off of the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this week’s featured booklist is full of great Books to Read Before You Watch the Movie.

        

          

 

Marissa @ Mariner Library

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