Look around! Nature is full of patterns and shapes like the spiral symmetry of a pinecone. True, there are shapes that also appear fragmented or irregular but often there are smaller, self-similar shapes to the larger shape - for example, a tree branch has a similar shape to the larger tree. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot defined these "family of shapes" as "fractals" or the "geometry of nature."
Take time during the holiday season to practice gratitude and remembrance with this roundup of poems from the Academy of American Academy of Poets celebrating community, kindness, home, and, of course, food. We’ve included a few excerpts from titles we hold at the library.
What is the allure of horror movies and books for so many teens? Some theorize that teens feel like every day is full of dread and that the horror genre offers consolation, as clearly it must be better to go to homeroom than being pursued through the woods by an axe wielding madman! Another thought is that horror snaps us out of our comfort zones, making us feel more alive, as in Not Dead.
Lock the door, close the shades, and get ready for some eye-widening, pulse-quickening reading and listening!
Emma is the... more
Doing National History Day and looking for help with your project? The Reference Services librarians can help you research like an expert! This year's theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History, and National History Day's Theme Book (PDF) will get you started thinking about your topic. Here at DPL, we selected topics from NHD's list and created research guides showing the library's resources... more
Starting on Tuesday, October 2, the Central Library teen space is hosting weekly GLBTQ + allies hangout from 3:30-5 p.m. We'll meet every Tuesday afternoon!
Come chill in a safe, positive space! We'll have something crafty to do, snacks, nerdy board games, and video games. If you're feeling socially anti-social, that's okay too! There's plenty of places to just hang out without being in the middle of stuff. Any flavor of human is welcome!
Take care out there, friends!
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Banned Books Week (September 23 – 29) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Don't silence stories. Celebrate your freedom by reading and speaking out in support of banned books!
The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 are:
I have read these suggestions in the past 10 years or so. Or they have been published in the past 10 years. Even though many of these books may take place in different parts of the U.S. or during different eras, the themes are still something that many young Latinos can relate to. The struggle to feel connected to your culture, yet at the same time, the struggle to feel like you belong in the United States, this struggle doesn't just fall on the shoulders of young Latinos, but other children of immigrants from different... more
It's college admissions season. High school seniors around the country are getting ready to submit school transcripts and standardized test scores to their schools of choice and ask for letters of recommendation from trusted adults. They are summing up their extracurricular activities in resumes, and perhaps making a last push to improve their class rank. There is still one important, and sometimes intimidating, piece to the admissions puzzle: the college admissions essay.
Your college admissions essay can be the most important component in a well-rounded application packet. Why?... more
You’ve already got that required reading list knocked out, right? Who wouldn’t want to start right into Tortilla Flats or Lord of Flies, keeping in mind the dreaded inevitable essays to follow? Give yourself a break and dig into something fun, relatable, quirky, or thrilling, just something wonderful to escape into for a little while or a whole afternoon!
Friederike Charlotte von Brandenburg-Schwedt was born during the Age of Reason or Enlightenment with two career choices: marriage or the abbey. Her smarts may have encouraged elders to promote her as an assistant to the Abbess of Herford when only ten years old. Friederike Charlotte was intellectually curious and strengthened her science education during her teens through written correspondence with ... more