Tag Archives: awards

And the Oscar goes to…

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The glitz! The glam! The tears!

It is time once again for the annual extravaganza that is the Academy Awards.  This year marks the 87th edition of the venerable awards show that honors excellence in film. Oscars will be handed out in 24 categories beginning at 5:30pm PST on Sunday, February 22, with the red carpet starting earlier in the day.  Got your ballot all filled out?

Did you know that the show was not always the spectacle that is is today?  The first ceremony was held in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles and was attended by just 270 guests.  The winners were no surprise–they had been announced three months earlier!  Although the Academy soon kept more control over the results, it was not until the 1940s those fancy sealed envelopes came into play.

And what about the award itself?  We know it as the Oscar, though its official name is the Academy Award of Merit.  How the Oscar got its name is not totally clear, but the most well-known story has a local connection.  A woman named Margaret Herrick, born in Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington, was the Academy’s first librarian.  She is said to have remarked that the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar and the name stuck.  And speaking of the statuette, ever notice that many winners seem to have trouble handling their Oscar? Well, that’s because each statuette weighs 8.5 pounds!

Want to know more? Take a look at some memorable moments throughout the years, read up on the history or check out a past winner from the library, and then test your knowledge with the LA Times’ Oscar quiz.

A Wonderful Trip to DC (Essay)

FeasibleIt was on Friday, May 10th that I participated in the Congressional Art Competition among Seattle Public School students. It was held at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle. The Competition included elementary and middle school students. When the award ceremony started I felt my heartbeat increase so fast.

I never thought that I’d win first place at the 2013 Art Competition hosted by the SAM. So When I heard my name called I was in complete shock. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was dreaming. When Congressman Jim McDermott told me to make a speech, I didn’t even know what to say. I just started thinking about my past, how many things I went through to get here, and that finally it felt like my hard work was starting to pay off.

Because I won first place in the competition I was able to visit Washington DC. to participate in the Congressional High School Art Exhibition (which included districts from all across the country), visit the ­­­US Capitol, various museums, memorials, and the White House.

I was so lucky to be able to go to Washington, DC. This was my last chance to participate in Art Competition in High School. I was so excited to go there to represent my school and my district. I am always appreciative of all my teachers at Chief Sealth International High School. They helped me a lot. Because of them I could stay strong and focus on school. Before I went to DC I made good plans to visit every museum with the help of my teacher Ms. Autenrieth. Continue reading

Cracking the Hub: My Friend Dahmer

reading challenge logo - finisher

Last week I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline elapsed.  Stay tuned to see if I win any prizes. 

Back to the books.  The twelfth book I finished for this challenge was My Friend Dahmer by Derf (Backderf).

My Friend Dahmer was honored by the Great Graphic Novels, Alex Awards, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. It is a graphic novel about the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the author who was Dahmer’s friend during high school.
 
The artwork is notable.  It imparts meaning, despair, suspense, and an overwhelming creepiness.  We know what Dahmer ended up doing, but in those carefree days of high school Backderf and his friends had no clue of what their “mascot” Dahmer would do as an adult.  The reader sees a young man isolated from society and enduring a difficult family situation while trying to restrain and dampen the disturbing urges emerging from the recesses of his mind.  His friends saw an increasingly strange and self-medicating Dahmer withdrawing from high school life.
 
This was a quick read.  It was a fascinating read, and ultimately it will be an unforgettable read.  For those of our readers who are on the queasy side of things – don’t worry, most of the disturbing events happen off the page and are merely alluded to in drawings and text.  When you read this graphic novel – don’t skip the Sources section where you learn more about how the author researched the book as well as more details of Backderf and Dahmer’s adolescence and adulthood.
 
What do you think – should the author have included more detail about Dahmer’s crimes in this graphic novel?
 

ALA visits Seattle!

Youth MediaPush to Talk would like to give a shout out to the nearly 10,000 library professionals coming to Seattle this weekend for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference held at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center.

Librarians from all over the country and world are coming to discuss how to improve library services and engage better with their communities. Authors and publishers will talk about their upcoming titles.  As a Teen Librarian though, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is the Youth Media Awards which will be announced on Monday morning.  You’ve probably been assigned to read a book that won the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, or Coretta Scott King Book Awards at some point in your education. Well, if you’re curious about who will get the honors for 2013, you can watch the webcast starting at 8 a.m. Monday morning.
 
Be warned Seattle Teens.  Librarians from all over the country and world might sit next to you on a bus asking questions about what you’re reading or what to do in Seattle.  Let’s give them a warm welcome and show them why Seattle is always voted as one of the most literate cities in the country!  🙂