1. Since I first got to know the library gang in Parkes, Australia, we’ve battled zombies on two occasions, travelled in time, used robots to fight off monsters, and entered the world of cinema and urban myth. We’ve also run teen book publishing workshops with professionals from Australia and the US, and hosted Australia’s first rural comics festival.  The team have demonstrated the sustainability of these projects by creating immersive activities like Paint Like Michelangelo, which then inspired Wellington Libraries in New Zealand, and by carrying out the long-term Coffee Cup Stories project.
(That’s not even to mention the ninjas, werewolves, and Angry Birds. Or Barbra Streisand).
I’m headed back down under for three months from September. See more about past and future adventures at Parkes Shire Library over at my blog.

    Since I first got to know the library gang in Parkes, Australia, we’ve battled zombies on two occasionstravelled in time, used robots to fight off monsters, and entered the world of cinema and urban myth. We’ve also run teen book publishing workshops with professionals from Australia and the US, and hosted Australia’s first rural comics festival.  The team have demonstrated the sustainability of these projects by creating immersive activities like Paint Like Michelangelo, which then inspired Wellington Libraries in New Zealand, and by carrying out the long-term Coffee Cup Stories project.

    (That’s not even to mention the ninjas, werewolves, and Angry Birds. Or Barbra Streisand).

    I’m headed back down under for three months from September. See more about past and future adventures at Parkes Shire Library over at my blog.

  2. embracebooks:

reading ninjas… (by Lilley1)

    embracebooks:

    reading ninjas… (by Lilley1)

    Reblogged from: matthewfinch
  3. urulokid:

    urulokid:

    poutineisdelicious:

    xekstrin:

    majere636:

    arachnofiend:

    marapetsrules:

    bobfoxsky:

    “You fool. No man can kill me.”

    How many times am I allowed to reblog this before it gets weird?

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    Fun facts: Tolkien constructed this scene because he came out of Macbeth thinking that Shakespeare had missed a golden opportunity with the ”Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” prophecy

    Being letdown by Macbeth is apparently a significant factor in Tolkien’s writing because the Ent/Huorn attack on Isengard was the result of his disappointment that the whole “til Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane” thing was just some dudes holding sticks and not actual ambulatory trees.

    so he basically took his favorite shakespeare headcanons and put them into his AU fic

    This revelation just knocked me over.

    LET ME TELL YOU A THING ABOUT JOHN RONALD REUEL TOLKIEN. BACK THE FUCK UP SIT THE FUCK DOWN YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING YOU’RE FUCKING JON SNOW HERE. LET ME TELL U A THING

    JONNY T WAS LITERALLY THE BIGGEST FANBOY TO EVER WALK THE EARTH. LITERALLY THIS FUCKIN NERD WENT INTO WORLD WAR ONE AND WROTE NORSEFIC EDDA FANFIC IN THE TRENCHES AND SENT IT TO ALL HIS FRIENDS WHO WERE PRESUMABLY LIKE “JOHN WHAT THE FUCK”

    BUT IT DOESN’T END THERE

    HIS WIFE? MADE HER AND HIMSELF INTO SELF-INSERT OCS IN SAID FIC. ALSO MADE HIMSELF A TOTAL TYR SELF INSERT CHARACTER. ALL VERY DRAMATIC. KEPT WRITING THIS FIC UNTIL IT WAS HUGE. AFTER HE DIED HIS SON PUBLISHED IT AND CALLED IT THE SILMARILLION. JRR YOU FUCKIN NERD

    WAIT I’M NOT FUCKING DONE YET. TREEBEARD? BASED THE WAY HE TALKED OF HIS OLD FRIEND JACK WHO YOU ALL MIGHT KNOW AS CS LEWIS. THAT’S RIGHT. THAT NARNIA MOTHERFUCKER. WROTE HIM INTO LORD OF THE RINGS AKA THE SEQUEL TO THE SEQUEL OF HIS ORIGINAL FANFIC MASTERPIECE. CS LEWIS FUCKING HATED LORD OF THE RINGS. TOLKIEN FUCKING HATED NARNIA. BASICALLY THEY STARTED THE OXFORD PROFESSOR LIVEJOURNAL CLUB AND THEY FLAMED EACH OTHER’S SHIT RELENTLESSLY YET REMAINED BFFS

    SHELOB? FUCKING TARANTULA BIT J-TIDDY ON THE FOOT WHEN HE WAS LIKE 3. WROTE IT INTO LORD OF THE RINGS.

    HIS AUNT’S HOUSE? NAMED BAG END. YEAH YOU GUESSED IT WROTE IT INTO LORD OF THE RINGS

    THIS FUCKING DORKUS SUPREME MADE UP HIS OWN LANGUAGE. WAIT NO IM WRONG. HE MADE UP LIKE 80 LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS AND ALPHABETS AND SHIT 

    BEST PART OF ALL?? HIS OWN LAST NAME, TOLKIEN, WAS DERIVED FROM THE GERMAN “TOLKHUN” MEANING “FOOLHARDY”. DOES THAT RING A BELL TO ANYONE FAMILIAR TO LORD OF THE RINGS??? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT PEREGRIN “PIPPIN” TOOK’S LIKE FUCKING CATCHPHRASE WAS “FOOL OF A TOOK”. TOLKIEN FIC’D HIS OWN FAMILIAL LINGUISTIC HISTORY INTO HIS WORK WHAT A DWEEB

    IN 2008 HE RANKED 6TH ON A LIST OF THE TOP 50 BRITISH WRITERS SINCE 1945. HE WAS A PROFESSOR OF LANGUAGES AND OTHER IMPORTANT STUFFY SHIT AT OXFORD

    AND JRR TOLKIEN WAS THE BIGGEST DWEEB EVER TO LIVE

    THE END

    Reblogged from: librarykris
  4. jakebartok:

Ms. Marvel & Captain Marvel
two of the best characters to come out of Marvel Now. 

    jakebartok:

    Ms. Marvel & Captain Marvel

    two of the best characters to come out of Marvel Now. 

    Reblogged from: kellysue
  5. tomscioli:

    Transformers vs. G.I.Joe #2 Covers and Process

    by Tom Scioli

    Reblogged from: tomscioli
  6. russian-style:

Leonid Brahilovsky - The Blue Moscow, 1920th

    russian-style:

    Leonid Brahilovsky - The Blue Moscow, 1920th

    Reblogged from: antenanashi
  7. And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

    The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)
    Reblogged from: mattfractionblog
  8. Reblogged from: bookoisseur
  9. Sir Henry Parkes, Founder of Australian Federation, reads THE COMPLETE X-STATIX for Australia’s 2014 Reading Hour.

    Well done Parkes Shire Library!

  10. "It too was Wonderland." - Clive Barker, Weaveworld.
Imagining the amazing in “solid, stoical, places”…one route in to what louiestowell called “an adult literature of joy”??? 
Read more at "Wonderland in Metroland: Doyle, Blake, and Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.”

    "It too was Wonderland." - Clive Barker, Weaveworld.

    Imagining the amazing in “solid, stoical, places”…one route in to what louiestowell called “an adult literature of joy”??? 

    Read more at "Wonderland in Metroland: Doyle, Blake, and Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.”

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