Thursday, March 8, 2018
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Monday, February 26, 2018
The sound is maddening. All night she has been listening to this stupid drippy faucet.
“I know he told me not to leave this room after midnight, but I cannot take this anymore. This is driving me insane.” She whispers to herself, slowly turning the warm covers back off her. The night air chilly but stale.
She shivers, “this room is like an icebox, why do they have the temperature turned down so far?”. She makes her way to the door and turns the knob.
Glancing at the clock on the dresser it flashes 1:01 AM. She twists the brass door handle and walks out into the dark hall way.
“Where IS that coming from…” She whispers to herself softly following the sound past room after room.
“Here.” She stops in front of a door just as plain as the rest. The only difference is the number plate is missing. Deep scratch marks mar the surface where the number should be.
Her hand falters just before she turns the knob remembering the old house keeper’s warning. “Whatever you do, whatever you hear do not leave this room after midnight.” She could almost hear his raspy voice even now.
Shaking her head “This is ridiculous, I’m just going to turn the faucet off and go back.” She turns the knob and walks into a room identical to her room only all of the furniture is in the opposite place. Quickly she walks to the bathroom, her fingers and toes almost numb.
She opens the door and goes to the faucet and turns the handles.
“Why isn’t it stopping.” She whispers angrily to herself, she grips the handles and twists harder.
She twists harder.
Angrily she lets go and looks up into the mirror. Her face reflected back identical except for her eyes, normally a dark green are pitch black. Startled she steps back tripping slightly unable to look away, slowly blood leaks from her reflections eyes.
She looks down at the faucet realizing the liquid dripping wasn’t water. It was pitch black and thick.
Looking back up at the mirror the reflection was no longer her face. The face was ghostly white, lines of blood running from the dark eyes and it’s jaw missing completely.
Frantically she reaches for the door knob breaking it off in her hands.
Suddenly she hears a familiar raspy voice “I told you not to leave.”
“I..” she turns around. The monster from the mirror before her. It’s limbs unnaturally thin and iridescent.
“Too late” the familiar voice distorted now coming from the creature before her. She screams as lightening quick it grabs her and the room goes pitch.
Written by Teen Librarian Tiffany
Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Ring around the rosey”
She hears children giggling from the next room.
“A pocket full of posey”
Her breathing erratic and her hands shake as she slowly turns the ancient doorknob of the hospital room.
The door creaks, her eyes watering heart pounding.
“They all fall…”
The door swings open. The room is empty aside from turned over beds, the wall paper seemily torn from the walls lay scattered all over the floor. In the middle of the room sat a small doll in a pink pettifore. Then her breath catches.
The word unmistakably came from right behind her. In tears now she slowly turns around, what stood before her was no child. It’s legs twisted out at odd impossible angles, it’s torso stretched thin, a gaping black whole where it’s mouth should be. Then everything went black.
Written by Teen Librarian Tiffany
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Appreciating the Little Things
by America Malacara
The truth is that, collectively, people tend to be more pessimistic when they notice all the things wrong with their lives instead of noticing the small good things that happen. I've more than once fallen into a vicious cycle where I can't seem to outweigh the negatives with the positives in my brain. It's like I can't wrap my brain around how lucky I am to be living the life I have now.
Something I fail to remember every day is how not every kid my age is fortunate enough to be living with any of the privileges or even rights that I have. Things I take for granted, like freedom of speech and freedom of religion and a right to an education, are all things that even some people in the world today still have not experienced. In some places of the world, girls my age aren't allowed to go to school and learn how to read – leading eventually to their entrapment into a life of poverty and homogeneity. Within even the lower portion of the American continent – for example, in Mexico – the students who want to succeed and escape the life they were unfortunately born into don't have that ability. Some schools don't have an adequate supply of educators, much less walls or air conditioning.
And I take this for granted.
I take for granted how the United States government, though flawed, is much less corrupt than its global counterparts. Referring again to Mexico, since it's the country I know best, corruption within the government has led to a disgraceful loss of resources for the people and a deteriorating quality of life. Essentially, the wealthy upper class has all the power to make the
decisions, while the lower class is left standing in the dust. Countless revolts and plans for uprisings show how unstable the country currently is, and the market for drugs has only worsened the condition of what used to be a beautiful Mexico.
I don’t live in these conditions, and I take this for granted.
The point of this entire rant is that I don't believe we appreciate how fortunate we are. We live in a downright okay country, and yet we still find ourselves complaining about our grades, or our social lives, or how there's no air conditioning, or the Wi-Fi went out, or this, or that, while there are hundreds of people who have it way worse than we do.
I'm sure you're thinking, "Okay, America. So, our generation is becoming less appreciative. Why does this matter and why should I care?" The thing is, people are less likely to get involved with issues outside of them if they don't even realize the disparity experienced by many. Why would you help a homeless man if you thought you had it worse than he did? So, here's what I'm suggesting, take it or leave it: find opportunities to reach out to those around you. There are COUNTLESS resources through which we can find ways to help those who are less fortunate. Just Serve and Volunteer Match are both great websites through which you can find a way to help. Helen Hall Library also has brochures with information on how to volunteer in your community today. Find a way you can make a difference, and you'll learn to not only appreciate what you have, but know what to do with that knowledge.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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Friday, February 9, 2018
“Honey are you okay?”
James is shaking me awake, I can hear my breath rattling my heart feels like it is coming out of my chest.
“Yea, yea…It was just a dream”
I say shakily, trying to calm down. That was the worst nightmare I’ve had.
“Sorry I woke you up, you can go back to sleep now James.”
Suddenly I realize I can’t see anything, when did the room get so dark. I mean I know it is night time but usually there are some traces of light streaming through the blinds from the street. Then it hits me how cold it is, there is another presence in the room but it sure isn’t James.
The response gives me chills, suddenly I can’t breathe. That voice…it was the one from my nightmare. Sharp and raggedy while the rest of the room is dead silent. I can’t move, frozen in place from terror. I wish I was right before about not being able to see anything. There is a shape at the foot of my bed, it looks human but I know deep inside it really isn’t.
“please” I whisper.
The shape cackles back “please what?”
I can’t respond my mouth is the Sahara Desert, my body made of led. Oh god, what do I do.
Written by Teen Librarian Tiffany
Thursday, February 8, 2018
From Rags to Russia
For a country so politically and culturally present, Russia started from very humble beginnings. Many of the princes in Moscow started off as tax collectors for the Mongols, who had taken over and used their Russian subordinates as a source of tribute. However, even in the face of outright imperialism, Russia managed to keep its values intact. Independence from the Tatars was only the first step towards Russia becoming a superpower.
For starters, the effects of Mongol rule on Russia were clearly visible. Even after Ivan III, also known as “Ivan the Great”, freed Russia from the grasp of the Mongols, many (mostly economic) problems were still present. After Russia declared independence from Mongolian imperial rule, the peasantry fell into a vicious cycle of debt, in which they could not fulfil their payments to their respective landlords and were consequently forced into servitude. This system of servitude, or serfdom, eventually developed into glorified slavery. The reign of Catherine the Great only made the conditions for the Russian peasantry worse. In spite of the ideas of the Enlightenment that Catherine the Great adopted, she still allowed the landlords to enforce extremely severe punishments on the serfs under their control. Later in the development of Russia, this system of serfdom, however harsh on the population of peasants, served as a tool in making Russia more present in terms of the global economy.
But enough about the terrible conditions that the Russian serfs were forced into- the Russian tsars were one of the biggest highlights of early modern Russian history. Ivan III, as previously mentioned, was not only responsible for the independence of Russia from Mongol rule, but also organized a strong army, which came to be the pride of Russia. Additionally, Ivan the Great and brought back the tradition of centralization with a new desire for imperial rule.
Secondly, Ivan IV, referred to as “Ivan the Terrible”, benefited Russia in terms of expansion and conquest, though he killed his son and also ended the lives of many boyars whom he suspected of conspiring against his reign. Later Russian tsars also improved the nation; some rulers that exemplified the principles of Russian rule were namely Michael Romanov, Alexis Romanov, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. The first Romanov tsar, Michael, stabilized the internal structure of Russia, and continued the expansionist legacy that the first Russian tsars had established. Alexis Romanov interfered with the Russian church more, planning to rid the religion of faulty superstitions and other aspects that he believed came as a result of Mongol rule. His actions established a pattern of increased state control over the church, and he went so far as to exile the “Old Believers”, church-goers with traditionalist ideology who rejected Alexis Romanov’s reforms.
Later on, Peter I, known as Peter the Great, opened Russian culture and society to the influence of Westernization. However, like Catherine later did, Peter I was selective in which aspects of Western European culture he chose to adopt. He was primarily interested in Western technology and science, but preferred autocracy and absolutism over the parliamentary structure that some nations in the West had chosen. Catherine the Great also welcomed some aspects of Western culture, and had a significant influence on the lives of both the nobility and high classes of Russia (to which she encouraged education) and the peasantry (whom she affected through the policies she approved of).
Though problematic at times, the tsars of early modern Russia shaped the country to be a large chunk of land filled with the spirit of expansionism, autocracy, and the selective imitation of Western Europe. Collectively, these Russian leaders expanded their territories by some of the most effective means available, like the urging of Cossacks (peasants) into foreign lands to expand the rule of Russia in the world. In terms of autocracy, the early tsars brought many other aspects of Russian culture (such as religion) under the control of the tsars, and more generally, the state. The selective adoption of Western European principles proved to improve the conditions of some demographics (ex. women during Peter I’s rule) and influence Russian policies made regarding serfdom and the legal implications of it. Regardless of the fact that Russia eventually fell as a superpower, the entire development from a country in the metaphorical periphery to the star of the show is truly inspirational.
Written By Volunteer America
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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Why don't you write for the blog. We always need people working on the blog creating content from memes, to book reviews, and articles about anything (must be appropriate). If you are interested come to the Adult Reference desk and ask about volunteering for Teens.