TUESDAY, January 23rd at 7:00pm: TWENTY ONE BALLOONS Begins

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads from William Pène du Bois’ 1947 children’s classic, The Twenty-one Balloons, a Newbery Medal book in this week when the 2018 Newbery honors will be announced.

A steamship en route across the North Atlantic comes across the strange wreckage of twenty deflated gas balloons and rescue, much to their surprise, a lone man – one Professor William Waterman Sherman.

The professor had last been seen some three weeks previously, departing San Francisco aboard a giant balloon, determined to spend a year aloft and drifting on his own.

Now, as word spreads that the professor has been found alive and well – and in completely the wrong ocean to the one he had last been seen flying towards – the world awaits the story of how he came to circumnavigate the globe in record time, only to be fished from the wreckage of twenty balloons when he had started with just the one. When he has sufficiently rested and recovered after receiving a hero’s welcome on his homecoming, the good professor tells a tale most fantastic…


The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination, and the descriptions are accompanied by illustrations by du Bois.

MONDAY January 22nd at 7pm: THE WOLFEN


THE WOLFEN
- by Whitely Strieber -
They evolved alongside humanity. 
They're not werewolves but we're definitely their sheep.
PRESENTED IN LIVING VOICE BY GYRO MUGGINS
at SEANCHAI LIBRARY in SECOND LIFE

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SUNDAY, January 21st at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Robert Burns

Get out your plaids and your wee highland beasties, and come join Corwyn and Caledonia. Burns Night is next week, and we are going to celebrate early with a few little ditties from the man who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in a form of the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest. Presented live in voice.
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THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
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The Planet Jakku comes to Holly Kai Park, as Shandon continues his new series this week

All times Pacific Time, story events in Voice.


*SUNDAY, January 21st at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Robert Burns with Corwyn Allen and Caledonia Skytower in the Fireside Room

*MONDAY, January 22nd at 7pm: Whitley Strieber's THE WOLFEN Continues with Gyro Muggins

*TUESDAY, January 23rd at 7pm: William Pene du Bois' TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS Begins with Faerie Maven-Pralou.

*WEDNESDAY, January 24th at 7pm: More Selections from FRACTURED SYMMETRY with Corwyn Allen 

*THURSDAY, January 25th:

   ~ at 7pm: STAR WARS: The Force Awakens with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitelyhop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)

   ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore



All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Stories in voice. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
                _____________________________________________________

All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our current featured charity Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower

THURSDAY January 18th at 7pm: STAR WARS - The Force Awakens pt.1


"A New Threat Arises"
STAR WARS - The Force Awakens!

Many years have passed since the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance were victorious over the evil Empire, and the galaxy has been at peace. But now a new darkness is rising. The brave men and women of the Resistance must stand against Kylo Ren and the villainous First Order... Relive the excitement of STAR WARS-THE FORCE AWAKENS! with this special action-packed retelling presented by Shandon Loring and The Seanchai Library

Book: Star Wars - The Force Awakens Author: Michael Kogge

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WEDNESDAY, January 17th at 7PM: POEMS OF HOPE with Aoife


Last year was a difficult one in many ways. As we welcome the new year, Aoife reads poems of hope. Please bring your favorite examples! She will be happy to read yours too.

Aoife Lorefield, live in VOICE.
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TUESDAY, January 16th at 7PM: FRACTURED SYMMETRY Continues

Author Fernando Salazar brings an eclectic background to his writing: A life-long interest in
medieval history, 10+ years intense martial arts training, an early career as a biology researcher, and a later career as a software products developer, a love of wines and cooking, 2 years living and working in India, a somewhat maddening fixation with golf, and a regular program of re-reading the works of Jack Vance and Patrick O’Brien. His writing projects range from scattered one-off SF and Fantasy stories, to the obligatory serial novels.

Blair MacAllister and his Boss investigate mysteries based on science, in a setting that brings them into contact with all the main races of Civspace. Will Blair prove as durable as her boss?


Corwyn Allen continues, live in Voice.
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MONDAY January 15th at 7pm: THE WOLFEN


THE WOLFEN
- by Whitely Strieber -
They evolved alongside humanity. 
They're not werewolves but we're definitely their sheep.
PRESENTED IN LIVING VOICE BY GYRO MUGGINS
at SEANCHAI LIBRARY in SECOND LIFE

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THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________

Shandon dons the mask to present the conclusion of The Phantom of the Opera

All times Pacific Time, story events in Voice.


*Monday, January 15th at 7pm: Whitley Strieber's THE WOLFEN Continues with Gyro Muggins

*Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm: Selections from FRACTURED SYMMETRY Continue with Corwyn Allen 

*Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm: POEMS OF HOPE with Aoife Lorefield

*Thursday, January 18th at 7pm: STAR WARS: The Force Awakens with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely
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All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Stories in voice. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
                _____________________________________________________


All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our current featured charity Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower

THURSDAY January 11th at 7pm: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (part two)

"Love me - that's all I ask of you"
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

In 1890s Paris, the Palais Garnier is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom or the Opera Ghost. One day, the stage hand, Joseph Bouquet, is found hanged, presumably by the Phantom, after boasting about him to the corps de ballet. At the same time, Christine Daaé, a young Swedish soprano, has been tutored by what she believes to be the Angel of Music, sent by her deceased father. On the night of the gala performance for the old manager's retirement, Christine is called upon to sing in the place of the Opera's leading soprano, Carlotta, who is ill, and her performance is an astonishing success. The Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, who was present at the performance, recognises her as his childhood playmate, and recalls his love for her. He attempts to visit her backstage, where he hears a man speaking to her from inside her dressing room. He investigates the room once Christine leaves, only to find that there's no one else in the room. Book: Phantom of the Opera Author: Gaston Leroux

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WEDNESDAY, January 10th at 7:00pm: POEMS FOR NEW BEGINNINGS

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's ending."

~ Seneca

As we begin the new year, Aoife will bring poems about new beginnings to read from some of her favorite poets. Feel free to bring your own! She will be happy to include yours in the reading list.  


Aoife Lorefield, live in VOICE.
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TUESDAY, January 9th at 7pm: More from FRACTURED SYMMETRY

Blair MacAlister is an expert at Judo, a credible AI hacker, and a certified pilot of craft atmospheric and interstellar. Her favorite weapon is sarcasm, or failing that, her ever-present blaster. Her boss is Terendurr the Black Stone: technical wizard, expert in the ethnography of myriad races, fancier of rare foods and wines, and even rarer fractalites. An Entharion Quadromorph, exiled from his homeworld and under constant threat of assassination, he is also somewhat irritable.

Together they investigate mysteries based on science, in a setting that brings them into contact with all the main races of Civspace: The mysterious Junn, the affable but biologically intense Raylics, the chaotic and powerful Oro-Ka, the commercial minded Keret, and the cynical Phair. At the center of their cases are transformative genetic therapies, unlikely fossils, the linked neurology of symbiotes, and more. Terendurr is over 300 years old and has seen and endured the worst and strangest the galaxy has to offer. Will Blair prove as durable as her boss?


Corwyn Allen continues, live in Voice.
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MONDAY January 8th at 7pm: THE WOLFEN


THE WOLFEN
- by Whitely Strieber -
They evolved alongside humanity. 
They're not werewolves but we're definitely their sheep.
PRESENTED IN LIVING VOICE BY GYRO MUGGINS
at SEANCHAI LIBRARY in SECOND LIFE

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THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________


All times Pacific Time, story events in Voice.

*Monday, January 8th at 7pm: Whitley Strieber's THE WOLFEN Begins with Gyro Muggins

*Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm: Selections from FRACTURED SYMMETRY Continue with Corwyn Allen 

*Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm: POEMS FOR NEW BEGINNINGS with Aoife Lorefield

*Thursday, January 11th:
   ~ at 7pmTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Part 2 with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)


   ~ at 9pmSEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore

Qwibbles protest as the Dickens Project was cleared away on Dec 31st
We think she meant it!
All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Stories in voice. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
                _____________________________________________________


All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our current featured charity Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower

THURSDAY January 4th at 7pm: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (part one)

"Love me - that's all I ask of you"
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

In 1890s Paris, the Palais Garnier is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom or the Opera Ghost. One day, the stage hand, Joseph Bouquet, is found hanged, presumably by the Phantom, after boasting about him to the corps de ballet. At the same time, Christine Daaé, a young Swedish soprano, has been tutored by what she believes to be the Angel of Music, sent by her deceased father. On the night of the gala performance for the old manager's retirement, Christine is called upon to sing in the place of the Opera's leading soprano, Carlotta, who is ill, and her performance is an astonishing success. The Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, who was present at the performance, recognises her as his childhood playmate, and recalls his love for her. He attempts to visit her backstage, where he hears a man speaking to her from inside her dressing room. He investigates the room once Christine leaves, only to find that there's no one else in the room. Book: Phantom of the Opera Author: Gaston Leroux

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WEDNESDAY, January 3rd at 7PM: More from OLD MOTHER WEST WIND

It's been over a century since readers first ventured into the Green Forest to encounter Reddy Fox, Grandfather Frog, Jimmy Skunk, and other winsome characters. American author Thornton W. Burgess's first published work, Old Mother WestWind, and its 1911 follow-up, Mother West Wind's Children have been delighting readers for 107 years. These gentle stories offer children, and adults a like, enduring lessons about ecology and respect for wildlife.

Faerie Maven-Pralou, live in Voice.

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THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________


All times Pacific Time, story events in Voice.

*Tuesday, January 2nd at 7pm: Selections from FRAGMENTED SYMMETRY with Corwyn Allen - "Author Fernando Salazar has written some delightful stories that are part detective story and part space opera." (quote by Dave Schroeder, author of Xenotech Rising)

*Wednesday, January 3rd at 7pm: More from OLD MOTHER WEST WIND  with Faerie Maven-Pralou

*Thursday, January 4th at 7pmTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Part 1 with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)


All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Stories in voice. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
                _____________________________________________________


All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower

SUNDAY, December 31st at 1:30pm: TEA TIME on New Year's Eve

Join Caledonia in the Fireside Room for the last stories of 2016, from Maeve Binchy's "Chestnut Street" with two favorites that have become great NYE stories.

In the first story Molly, learns the cure for sleeplessness from her pen pal from Chicago . . . then a group of strangers just happen to end up sharing New Years Eve together, and form lasting bonds of real friendship and understanding.

Live in Voice.
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THE CLOSING DAY OF DICKENS 2017

It's the Closing Day of The 2017 Edition of The Dickens Project and we have every reason to celebrate.  

No stories today?  There are not, but there have been over 25 hours of live stories including plenty of sessions of The Christmas Carol over the last five weeks.

Music?  Yes there will be music, and what's more, The Dickens Project has featured a previously unprecedented 12 hours of music presentations plus five hours of large stage dance performances.

To Date there have been 2900 visits to LEA 7 since the doors opened November 25th, and over 33% of them returned for multiple visits.  As the previous 10-14 days of Dickens expanded to 36 days, more people than ever were touched by The Dickens Project's vision of providing the opportunity to "walk in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge."

CLOSING DAY celebrates these many successes, before The Dickens Project fades into "Past."

@ 1pm - JOSIE ANDERTON, Live in Dickens Square!
Josie is a breath of fresh air on the live music scene in SL.  Her sultry voice and sense of fun along with an electric mix of blues, rock, pop and romance will have you dancing one minute and sending tingles up your spine the next. Her energy is contagious and Josie's voice defines talent at it's best. One listen and you are hooked. An incredibly interactive, playful performer who's laugh is as infectious as her singing is music for the soul.


2-4pm - THE LAST DANCE in Dickens Square, with DJ Gabrielle Riel
Gabrielle Riel is the general director of Radio Riel and the recipient of the February 2016 Avi Choice Award for Favorite SL Radio DJ.

She has been broadcasting for over 11 years and has played for Second Life Relay for Life, Fantasy Faire, Burn2 and the official 2008 Inauguration Ball for President Barack Obama. 

She plays several monthly programs on Radio Riel that feature all music genres with emphasis on Early Music, Celtic, Classical, Jazz and EDM. Learn more at http://radioriel.org .

@ 8pm - The Finale Performance by GUERILLA BURLESQUE

GB is going to help us bid farewell to this year's Dickens Project, bringing their boundless creativity and artistic joy to the stage in a stunning encore-finale performance on Dickens Square.  

Come early to grab you seat (the one you sit IN, not the one you sit ON) and be kind to your cache.  NOTE: This is burlesque, so while the show is appropriate for a Moderate sim, it might not suit all tastes.

The Dickens Project on LEA 7, at least for one more day...



FRIDAY, December 29th at 3PM; THE LAST STORIES at the 2017 Edition of The Dickens Project

@ 3PM - GHOST STORIES ~ More than Dickens!
 At The Dickens Project on LEA 7



Following a fine tradition of our friends and cousins across the pond, we've been heavily into GHOST STORIES this week, as we bring the 2017 Edition of The Dickens Project into its final days. 

Today will be the last story day on LEA 7, with stories by M.R. James and A.R. Burrage with Kayden Oconnell & Caledonia Skytower, in Dickens Square.

M.R. James' THE LOST HEARTS: a mysterious scholar welcomes an orphan boy into his home.  Yet the boy discovers he is not the first young person so welcomed, and ponders the mystery of the sudden disappearances of his predecessors, just as spirits from beyond the veil take things into their own ghostly hands.

A.R. Burrage's SMEE (as retold by Rosemary Border): What could be more playful and innocent than a game of hide-and-go-seek? Perhaps its cousin "Smee" (derived from "It's Me")?  How could a party of a dozen players suddenly come out as thirteen?  Who is the unexpected extra player?

Stories presented live in Voice.
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THURSDAY December 28th at 7pm: Dicken's Other Ghost Stories

"The Mortals In The House"
THE HAUNTED HOUSE

A Yuletide gathering in an eerie country retreat provides the backdrop for Dickens and his friends — including Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins — who take turns spinning supernatural yarns. Book: The Haunted House Author: Charles Dickens and others


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DON'T FORGET SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT @ 9PM
Join Finn Zeddmore for a little late night contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy fiction, in a relaxed atmosphere intended to soothe you to your rest, or ease you into your day - where ever you are on the globe. (SL Only)

WEDNESDAY, December 27th: Two Sessions at 1PM & 7PM

@ 3PM: GHOST STORIES ~ More Than Dickens!
Montague Rhodes James OM FBA, published under the name M. R. James, was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. James perfected a method of story-telling which has since become known as Jamesian. According to James, the story must "put the reader into the position of saying to himself, 'If I'm not very careful, something of this kind may happen to me!'"  He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre.

Dubhna Rhiadra, live in voice, in Dickens Square on LEA 7.
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@ 7PM: IF IT'S WINTER, WHY CAN'T IT BE CHRISTMAS? 
In C.S. Lewis' The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, the land of Narnia is plunged into winter, but it's never Christmas.  How does that work?

Caledonia with selections from C.S. Lewis' classic, live in voice.
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TUESDAY,December 26th at 7PM: HO! HO! HOLD ON A MINUTE!


The holidays are great, but they can get too intense and we can get too serious about them. It's time for a little post-holiday reconstruction, each piquant, twisted point made in 100 words. There's only one individual for THAT task.  

R. Crap Mariner does what he does best (well, one of them, atleast...) live in voice. Long ago, he swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. He's not dead yet.  http://oneadayuntilthedayidie.com/

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THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________


All times Pacific Time, story events in Voice.

*Tuesday, December 26th: 
     ~ at 1pm: GHOST STORIES ~ More than Dickens! Caledonia Skytower presents haunting Tales by author E.F. Benson in Dickens Square, at The Dickens Project, live in voice, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/114/149/21
     ~ at 7 pm: HO, HO, HOLD ON A MINUTE! with Crap Mariner - time for a little post-holiday reconstruction, each piquant, twisted point made in 100 words. 

*Wednesday, December 27th: 
     ~ at 3pm: GHOST STORIES ~ More than Dickens! in Dickens Square, at The Dickens project, live in voice, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/114/149/21
     ~ at 7 pmIF IT'S WINTER, WHY CAN'T IT BE CHRISTMAS?  Selections from C.S. Lewis with Caledonia Skytower (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)

*Thursday, December 28th:
     ~ at 1pm: GHOST STORIES ~ More than Dickens!  in Dickens Square, at The Dickens Project, live in voice. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/114/149/21
     ~ at 7 pm: Dickens: Other Ghost Stories - THE HAUNTED HOUSE with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)
     ~ at 9 pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT late night contemporary sci-fi with Finn Zeddmore, back at the Holly Kai Library. 

*Friday, December 29th:
     ~ at 3pm: GHOST STORIES ~ More than Dickens!  in Dickens Square, at The Dickens Project, live in voice. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/114/149/21

*Saturday, December 30th: CLOSING DAY AT THE DICKENS PROJECT
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     ~ at 1pm Josie Anderton, LIVE in Dickens Square
     ~ at 3pm THE LAST DANCE with DJ Gabrielle Riel in Dickens Square
     ~ at 8pm: Guerilla Burlesque Encore Performance in Dickens Square*

* FOR LARGE STAGE PERFORMANCES, please arrive early to grab a seat and let your cache  load.  Music will be playing for your enjoyment during these pre-show times.


All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. 
Stories in voice. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
                _____________________________________________________


All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity for October - December,  Habitat for Humanity - bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower