Last summer reading program: Spirited Away movie showing

Tomorrow, Friday, we’ll be showing Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing animated supernatural adventure, Spirited Away. The movie will start at 1 p.m., and we’ll have some drinks and popcorn available. If you’ve never seen any Japanese animation (called anime), don’t worry — this is an extremely accessible story about a girl named Chihiro and her adventures in the spirit world to rescue her parents, who have been turned into animals by an evil witch.

Here’s a quick summary of the movie, taken from IMDB:
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs when her father decides to take a shortcut along a lonely-looking dirt road. After getting out of the car and walking along a path for a while, they discover an open-air restaurant filled with food but with no workers or customers present. Mom and Dad don’t hesitate to sit down and dig in, but Chihiro senses danger and refuses. As night falls, she is terrified to see the area fill with faceless spirits, but when she runs to find her parents, she discovers that they have been turned into pigs. She is found by a mysterious boy named Haku, who promises to help her. He gets her a job working in a nearby building, which turns out to be a bathhouse for the thousands of Japan’s gods and spirits. Though the work is hard and the people strange, she does as well as she can. Her parents, however, are still waiting in the hotel’s stockyard, and Chihiro must find a way to break the spell on them before they end up as the main course of some guest’s dinner. (Written by Jean-Marc Rocher)

Duct Tape Flip Flop Instructions

I promised everyone who attended my Duct Tape Flip Flop workshop that I would post the instructions, so here’s the list of supplies and the instructions for how to make them on your own. I combined these instructions from several others I found online on ehow.com.

Supplies:
Duct tape (obviously), however many colors you want
Several cardboard squares (each one bigger than your foot)
Glue (any kind) or glue sticks
Scissors and/or an Xacto knife
Black marker

Click here for the instructions

Mario Kart this Thursday, 7/8

This month, we’re playing kooky racing game Mario Kart on the Wii. Stop by the Storytime room around 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, to play with or against your friends and show off your kart racing skills. We’ll be there until 5:30, with snacks and drinks on hand.

Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Pages: 368
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Call number: Y Bracken

Goodreads summary: Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

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