Tuesday, October 18, 2011

APPS: tools and toys for the iPad

An App that allows you to have up to 4 applications open and visible on the iPad screen.  Great for pulling together a list of sources on a blog, or comparing two articles.  Cost: $2 

A version of Jack Kerouac’s classic road trip tale has been published for the iPad. The app includes the full text of the book along with Kerouac reading sections of the book, editorial commentary, newly published family photos, and more. Cost: $17

A Review of the App from the Guardian

  Demo of the Application

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

National Coming Out Day @ IHS library

October 11th is National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day was first celebrated in 1988.  The day is a chance to increase the visibility of and support equality for LGBT people. Visit our display in the library to see a selection of  books by and about LGBT people.  Visit HRC's Website for more information about National Coming Out Day.

IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq (new book)

"I don't put my real name on this blog because I am not allowed to have a free opinion in this life.  I can't tell the truth until I am sure that no one knows who I am." 

"In front of my aunt's house a booby-tapped car exploded last week.  All the doors and all the windows and most of the walls crashed in...most of my family went to the hospital and they are OK now.  NOBODY DIED and that is something we are grateful for."

IraqiGirl Collects the blog posts of a teenage girl in Mosul, Iraq from 2004 to 2007. She is identified only by the pseudonym "Hadiya".  She writes about explosions and about tests in school, giving the reader a glimpse into the daily reality of her life in occupied Iraq.

“Despite all the news coverage about the war in Iraq, very little is reported about how it affects the daily lives of ordinary citizens. A highschooler in the city of Mosul fills in the gap with this compilation of her blog posts about living under U.S. occupation. She writes in English because she wants to reach Americans, and in stark specifics, she records the terrifying dangers of car bombs on her street and American warplanes overhead, as well as her everyday struggles to concentrate on homework when there is no water and electricity at home. Her tone is balanced: she does not hate Americans, and although she never supported Saddam Hussein, she wonders why he was executed... Readers will appreciate the details about family, friends, school, and reading Harry Potter, as well as the  ever-present big issues for which there are no simple answers."
—Hazel Rochman, Booklist

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New DVDs in the Library

New DVDs have been added to the collection in the library - see if these highlights strike your fancy, or come explore! 

Oh yeah - I meant to see that documentary . . . 

Waiting for Superman

"Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems." Written by Sundance Film Festival 

Articles about the film:

Grading 'Waiting for Superman' | The Nation
Waiting For Superman: Are Teachers the Problem | Time Magazine

 Exit Through the Gift Shop
The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. Written by Sundance Film Festival

Interview with Banksy from the blog All Things Wonderful

Get your Bard On - New Shakespeare DVDs

Hamlet - produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company
"It's to director Gregory Doran's incredible credit that his staging of that most familiar of English-language plays, Shakespeare's Hamlet, should be completely reinvigorated by a modern interpretation of the tragedy as a true psychological thriller. This Hamlet, filmed in 2009, presents the inner torment of the Danish prince Hamlet as a believable, relatable controlled explosion of emotions, each more unmanageable than the last. Besides the director, the casting is also brilliant, including the Scottish actor David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Hamlet's uncle Claudius and the ghost of Hamlet's father--who, Hamlet becomes convinced, was killed by Claudius. "  - A.T. Hurley for Amazon.com

"one of the most richly textured, best-acted versions of the play we have seen in years." Guardian UK review

Macbeth - starring Patrick Stewart
An acclaimed filmed version of Patrick Stewart's tony-nominated performance of "the Scottish play"

 New York Times Review