Monday, January 30, 2012

TUESDAY 31 January at 7pm: "The Eyes of Kid Midas" (pt 2) with Gyro Muggins



"The Eyes of Kid Midas" by Neal Shusterman.
Kevin, a shrimpy 7th grader on a school camping trip, decides to sneak out at night to climb the legendary Divine Peak.  With the school bully, Bertram, harassing him all the way they both reach the top and find ... a pair of sunglasses.  Kevin's glasses have been broken by Bertram.  He puts on the sunglasses and amazingly, he can see clearly.  During a scuffle back at the base of the mountain, Bertram inexplicably follows Kevin's advice to "go jump in the lake."  Various other things happen, all related to random comments made by Kevin.  Find out what causes all of these events when Gyro shares this story in voice!
(pt 2)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

MONDAY, January 30th @ 7pm: "Round About and Long Ago" - Tales from the English Counties

Shandon steps in tonight with stories from Eileen Cowell's  Round About and Long Ago- Tales from the English Counties.

The Collection includes short tales from the different counties of England. Funny or sad, fantastic or tragic, these stories draw from the oral storytelling tradition, and the rich folk-tale heritage of the English countryside.

Caledonia will be back next week at her usual time to begin Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of  the Pie.

Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 at Seanchai Library


Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m. - Stories with Shandon

Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. - The Eyes of Kid Midas (part 2) with Gyro Muggins

Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. - Secrets of the Magic Ring (part 2) with Faerie Maven

Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. - Paladin of the Lost Hour with Shandon Loring


And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m. - Narnia Stories at Bran (LM and slurl will be sent)


All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In November and December we will be collecting for the charity Toys for Tots Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.


Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the Library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday January 26th at 9pm: "Legends of Hawaii"

Native Hawaiian Storyteller Lani Ka Mehameha graces the Seanchai Library tonight with tales directly from the islands!
Lani has been bringing Live Voice storytelling to SecondLife for more than six years now. Her voice has been called “hypnotic” and “lilting” and “captivating”. Her writing fuses English and Hawaiian with the sounds of chants and the blending of narrative styles of both worlds. She has presented legends, chants, her stories and poetry in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the Continental United States. She grew up in Hawaii surrounded by classical western and Hawaiian music, art and culture. She speaks French, Hawaiian and English. She has done graduate studies in Hawaiian in the Hawaiian language. As an avid supporter of sovereignty she has lent her support through her voice in song, story and speech to the perpetuation and preservation of her culture.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thursday January 26th at 7pm: "Ghost Stories in Hawaii"

GHOST STORIES IN HAWAI'I

Hawai'i's ghost tales are captured in one word - Obake. Meaning strange, frightening creature. Blending Polynesian, Asian, American, and European traditions, the Obake of modern Hawai'i embody a fascinating collection of supernatural belief and lore that permeate today's island life.



from 'Obake Ghost Stories in Hawaii' by Glen Grant
ISBN-13: 978-1566470728

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25 at 7pm: "Secrets of the Magic Ring" with Faerie


"Secrets of the Magic Ring" by Karen McQuestion

When Paul finds a box stuck in the hole dug for his backyard swimming pool, the only thing he knows for certain is he has to get it out.  He is shocked by the sudden arrival of a strange boy named Henry who demands Paul hand over his newfound treasure.  There is also another twist to this fantastic story! Let's see if you can figure it out within the first couple of pages.  Story in voice.

Monday, January 23, 2012

TUESDAY 24 January at 7pm: "The Eyes of Kid Midas" with Gyro Muggins



"The Eyes of Kid Midas" by Neal Shusterman
Kevin, a shrimpy 7th grader on a school camping trip, decides to sneak out at night to climb the legendary Divine Peak.  With the school bully, Bertram, harassing him all the way they both reach the top and find ... a pair of sunglasses.  Kevin's glasses have been broken by Bertram.  He puts on the sunglasses and amazingly, he can see clearly.  During a scuffle back at the base of the mountain, Bertram inexplicably follows Kevin's advice to "go jump in the lake."  Various other things happen, all related to random comments made by Kevin.  Find out what causes all of these events when Gyro shares this story in voice!
(pt 1)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

MONDAY, January 23rd @ 7pm: The Conclusion of "Breadcrumbs"

Hazel seems to encounter barrier after barrier in her ques to find jack and bring him back from the world of the Snow Queen.  Her purpose burns deep within her, even though it becomes foggy and hard to remember at times.  Come along and find out what is lost, and what is gained, in the battle to save a friend.

Tonight, Caledonia will read the conclusion of Anne Ursu's new book, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen legend.

Presented live in voice.  Wear your boots and your wooly balaklava.

Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, January 22 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. - Breadcrumbs (part 4) with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. - The Eyes of Kid Midas with Gyro Muggins

Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. - Secrets of the Magic Ring with Faerie Maven

Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. - Ghost Stories of Hawaii with Shandon Loring

Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen with Caledonia Skytower

And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday, January 22 at noon - Scottish stories at Fig Grotto in Fruit Islands

Sunday, January 29 at 6 p.m. - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Caledonia at MagicLand 


All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In November and December we will be collecting for the charity Toys for Tots Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.


Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the Library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

SUNDAY, January 22nd @ 2pm: Tea Time w/ Jane Austen

More from Sense and Sensibility: the lives and loves of the Dashwood sisters: prudent Elinor, expressive Marianne, with the ever adventurous young Margaret and their Mother the widowed Mrs. Dashwood along with them. The novel follows the young ladies and their Mother to their new home, a meager cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

Jane Austen wrote the first draft of the novel in the form of a novel-in-letters sometime around 1795.  The novel may be read as a parody of the full-blown romanticism and sensibility (now "sensitivity") that was fashionable around the 1790s.



Curl up with a nice cuppa aorund the library fire and relax with Miss Austen and her ladies in love.  Presented Live in voice.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

FRIDAY 20 January at 7pm: Wine Stories in the CVL Wine Library


Join Derry McMahon & Bear Silvershade for a touch of the grape. Stories about wine, harvest time, good times, good food, fine women, handsome men, and more! Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine to enjoy along with the stories. Stories in voice.
Contact: Derry or Hyacinth
The CVL Wine Library http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City%20II/166/159/22

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thursday January 19th at 7pm - Poe's Birthday

Edgar Allan Poe. Born on this day in 1809. He was often drunk and always broke, but some claim it was this inner life that contributed to his wayward genius. He related to us his feverish nightmares, his macabre tales, his obsession with death. He also gave us lyrical poems of unsurpassed beauty, and he was the father of the modern detective novel. Join us tonight to celebrate this man that walked the earth for a mere 40 years and yet continues to influence the world two centuries after his death.
Tonight's Stories:
The Spectacles
and selected poems

WEDNESDAY, Jan 18 at 7pm: "A Mouse Called Wolf" with Faerie

Title: A Mouse Called Wolf
Author: Dick King-Smith

Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse ("Wolf" for short) has a big name for such a little mouse.  But the name fits: His favorite pastime is listening to Mrs. Honeybee, the lady of the house, play the piano.  If only he could sing along to the music! One day, Wolf decides to try and, to his surprise, out of his mouth comes a perfect melody.
Stories in voice.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

TUESDAY 17 January at 7pm: Arizona Nights with BigRedCoyote


Title: Arizona Nights
Author:  Stewert Edward White

One time in Arizona some cowboys "holed up" during a storm in a ranch and as they waited for the storm and night to pass sat around the campfire and traded stories.  What is contained in the book is a series of stories like in the Arabian Nights and the Canterbury Tales one will lead into another as each cowbow tries to outdo the story that was just told. Stories in voice.

MONDAY, Jan 16th at 6:00pm: "In The Words of Dr. King"

As the pre-eminent voice of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke with a voice which resounded with the thunder of the struggle of African Americans, and the passion for a dream which he saw clearly for all people. 

Caledonia presents selections from his inspiring words with the full knowledge that she can never equal the power of his oratorial tradition, or the deep personal conviction he brought to his speeches.  But his words alone have an inspiring power of their own.  While all humankind struggles in various ways, and in various places, these words still have a power which should be shared and not forgotten.

Presented live in voice.
(Presentation less than 30 minutes long)

MONDAY, Jan 16th at 7:00pm: Part III - "Breadcrumbs"

Caledonia continues Anne Ursu's modern tale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's
The Snow Queen", presented live in voice:

Hazel has walked away from home and family into a strange forest in search of her best friend Jack who has disappeared without a logical trace.  There Hazel encounters wolves, hags, a woodsman, a birdkeeper and all manner of strange beings in her quest to save Jack, and to somehow not lose herself on the way.

“Devastatingly beautiful and brilliant throughout, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs shines like a gem. Ursu has sculpted a rich and poignant adventure that brings readers deep into the mysterious, magical, and sometimes frightening forests of childhood and change. This is storytelling graced with depth and filled with wonder. Breadcrumbs is one of those rare novels that turned me on my head, then sat on my heart and refused to budge.”
—Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy

Sunday, January 15, 2012

SUNDAY, January 15 at 4:00pm: Tea Time with Jane Austen

More from Sense and Sensibility:  the lives and loves of the Dashwood sisters: prudent Elinor, expressive Marianne, with the ever adventurous young Margaret and their Mother the widowed Mrs. Dashwood along with them.  The novel follows the young ladies and their Mother to their new home, a meager cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

Jane Austen wrote the first draft of the novel in the form of a novel-in-letters  sometime around 1795 when she was about 19 years old, and gave it the title, Elinor and Marianne. She later changed the form to a narrative and the title to Sense and Sensibility.By changing the title, Austen added "philosophical depth" to what began as a sketch of two characters.

Explore the legacy of Austen's works and the rich character's she created at the following links:
JaneAusten.org
The Jane Austen Society of North America
The Jane Austen Centre in Bath
Pemberly.com

Join Caledonia for tea in the downstairs of the Library as she presents Austen's work live in Voice.


Jan. 15 to 22 at Seanchai Library


Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, January 16 at 6 p.m. - The Words of Dr. King

Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m. - Breadcrumbs (part 3) with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. - Arizona Nights with BigRedCoyote

Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. - A Mouse Called Wolf (part 1) with Faerie Maven

Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. - Poe Obscura with Shandon Loring

And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday, January 15 at noon - Western Stories at Raisin Ranch in Fruit Islands

Sunday, January 15 at 6 p.m. - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Caledonia at MagicLand   

Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m. - A Touch of the Grape wine stories at the Wine Library

Sunday, January 22 at noon - Scottish stories at Fig Grotto in Fruit Islands


All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In November and December we will be collecting for the charity Toys for Tots Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the Library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The week that was: Jan. 9 to Jan. 12 at Seanchai


Caledonia continues to read from Breadcrumbs (12-01-09)

Derry and Bear conclude The Second Weyr (12-01-10)

Faerie concludes No Flying in the House (12-01-11)

Shandon shares to old Norse tales of Romance (12-01-12)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thursday January 12th at 7pm - "Old Norse Sagas"

OLD NORSE SAGAS

During prehistoric times in ancient Scandinavia the land was divided into a number of small parcels. Over each of these a chief or king ruled. There lived a famous family of chiefs called the House of Volsung.

Tonight, join us for two tales of romance and intrigue from this ancient and noble race:
- Aslog, daughter of Sigurd & Brynhild
- Frithiof the Bold & Ingeborg the Fair

complete source at:
http://www.archive.org/details/volsungasagatran009188mbp



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WEDS 11 January at 7pm: "No Flying in the House" with Faerie Maven (pt 2)


No Flying in the House by Betty Brock

Annabel Tippens seems like an ordinary little girl, but she is actually quite unusual.  Instead of parents, she has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar.  Annabel never wonders why her life is different, until one day a cat  named Belinda tells her the truth; she is not just a little girl, she's half fairy!
Story in voice!

Monday, January 9, 2012

TUES 10 January at 7pm: "The Second Weyr" (pt 2) a Tribute to Anne McCaffrey


Along with many, many tales, one of Anne McCaffrey's most famous creations are the Dragons of Pern. Tonight, Bear Silvershade  & Derry McMahon honour the memory of the beloved writer, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2011, with the second of a two-part reading of her short story, "The Second Weyr".

Tonight, young queen dragonrider Torene leads the establishment of another community in a crater far to the north and east, named Benden Weyr for the Pern colony's founder and leader Admiral Paul Benden.  Torene's queen dragon rises to mate for the first time, and who she mates with decides who shall serve as the Weyrleader of the new Benden Weyr.  Story in voice.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

MONDAY, January 9th at 7pm: Part II - "Breadcrumbs"

The promise of magic that the winter snow brought is about to be realized, but in ways Hazel and Jack do not expect.  A mirror, beings of myth, and an unexpected friend all play into the tale.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

See what the critics say about Author Anne Ursu and Breadcrumbs.
http://www.anneursu.com/books/bk_breadcrumbs.html

Presented live in voice - bring your woolly hat and mittens, and something warn to drink.

SUNDAY, January 8th at 4pm: Tea Time with Jane Austen

It is a New Year, winter is upon us and somehow Caledonia is feeling "Jane Austen-ish."  You are invited to join her for tea in the Library's comfy downstairs for selections from Austen's works.

This week: Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen is considered a pioneer of the romance genre of novels, and for the realism portrayed in her novels, is one the most widely read writers in English literature. A work of romantic fiction, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England in 1792 through 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, daughters of their father Henry's second wife, Mrs. Dashwood. The sisters are starkly different from each other; Elinor is the epitome of prudence and self-control while Marianne embodies emotion and enthusiasm. Elinor, Marianne, and their younger sister, Margaret, are left in reduced circumstances when their father dies and his estate is passed onto their half-brother, John.

Jan. 8 to Jan. 15 in Seanchai Library

Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, January 8 at 4 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, January 9 at 7 p.m. - Breadcrumbs (pt 2) with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. - The Second Weyr, a tribute to Anne McCaffrey (pt 2) with Bear and Derry

Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. - No Flying in the House (pt 2) with Faerie Maven

Thursday, January 12 at 7 p.m. - Old Norse Legends with Shandon Loring

Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen with Caledonia Skytower  

And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday, January 15 at noon - Western Stories at Raisin Ranch in Fruit Islands

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Raisin/203/164/452

Sunday, January 15 at 6 p.m. - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Caledonia at MagicLand   

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bracket/182/56/31


All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In November and December we will be collecting for the charity Toys for Tots Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.


Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the Library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The week that was: Jan. 2 to 5, 2012

Caledonia with author Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs (12-01-02)

Bear and Derry share Anne McCaffrey's The Second Weyr (12-01-03)

Shandon with And Still She Sleeps, from Black Heart, Ivory Bones (12-01-05)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thursday January 5th at 7pm - "And Still She Sleeps"

AND STILL SHE SLEEPS...
From Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's book Black Heart, Ivory Bones
come beguiling tales for the child-that-was and the adult-that-is, stories from some of the most creative artists in contemporary literature. Dissected here are the darker anatomies of the timeless, seemingly simple stories we have long loved. Here wonder and truth have serious bite. Lusts and jealousies, foibles, hatreds, and dangerous obsessions, the things that slyly lurk in the midnight interior of oft-told tales. 

from "Black Heart, Ivory Bones" by Greg Costikyan
ISBN-13: 978-0380786237

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

WEDS 4 January at 7pm: "No Flying in the House" (pt 1) with Faerie Maven


No Flying in the House by Betty Brock
Annabel Tippens seems like an ordinary little girl, but she is actually quite unusual.  Instead of parents, she has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar.  Annabel never wonders why her life is different, until one day a cat  named Belinda tells her the truth; she is not just a little girl, she's half fairy!
Story in voice!

Monday, January 2, 2012

TUES 3 January at 7pm: "The Second Weyr" (pt 1) a Tribute to Anne McCaffrey


Along with many, many tales, one of Anne McCaffrey's most famous creations are the Dragons of Pern. Tonight, Bear Silvershade  & Derry McMahon honour the memory of the beloved writer, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2011, with the first of a two-part reading of her short story, "The Second Weyr".

Years after the first dragon–rider couples move out of Fort Hold and establish Fort Weyr in a nearby volcanic crater, young queen dragonrider Torene leads the establishment of another community in a crater far to the north and east, named Benden Weyr for the Pern colony's founder and leader Admiral Paul Benden.
Story in voice.

MONDAY, January 2nd @ 7:00pm: Part 1 - "Breadcrumbs"

"Breadcrumbs" Cover Art by Erin McGuire
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. 
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind. Author Author Anne Ursu's touching novel was the NPR Kid's Book Club recommended choice for December 2011. 
 
Learn more about the Author Anne Ursu,  and the Illustrator Erin McGuire, by clicking!

Presented live in Voice.