Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Movie Grand Premiere Tomorrow 10/31

What are you doing on Halloween? If you're not taking a little sibling trick-or-treating, why not come and watch the grand premiere of the Ender's Game movie at the Strand Theatre?

The trailer looks pretty awesome!

Doors to the Strand open at 7 p.m. Take advantage of the specials being offered at the concession stand and participate in the pre-movie trivia that will be up on the big screen, sponsored by the Delaware County District Library. You can purchase your tickets in advance for guaranteed seating.

We look forward to seeing you there! The movie starts at 8.

"Remember, the enemy's gate is down."

Friday, October 25, 2013

November First Friday Details

Battle it out in a scavenger hunt through downtown for Main Street Delaware’s November First Friday, held November 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Or if you’re a lover, not a fighter, get in the spirit of giving and bring a donation to benefit Common Ground Free Store Ministries’ “Miracle on William Street.”

November’s First Friday celebrates the culmination of a ten-week community read collaboration, headed by the Delaware County District Library and Delaware City Schools, based on the Orson Scott Card novel “Ender’s Game.” The DelawaREADS campaign delivered over 500 copies of the title into the hands of students, teachers, librarians, and readers of all kinds throughout the county.

The “Ender’s Game” main character, Ender, is sent off to battle school as a young boy and works through many different battle school levels before reaching his final mission – to save the world from an invasive army of extra-terrestrials. During the First Friday scavenger hunt, participants will pick up a clue sheet and have to solve the riddles in order to find the army badge in participating stores.

Participants who have completed the series of riddles and collected signatures by 9 p.m. will return to the Delaware County District Library vendor booth and receive an entry to win the grand prize pack. The first 50 participants to return their scavenger hunt sheet will receive a free copy of the Ender’s Game book. The grand prize pack will come from DelawaREADS community partners, which includes Main Street Delaware, Strand Theatre, Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store, Delaware Community Center YMCA, Beehive Books and Brooklyn Heights Bar & Grill.

Beginning November First Friday and throughout the month of November, downtown “donation station” stores will be accepting new gifts, books, clothing or toys for infants through adults for the Common Ground Free Store’s “Miracle on William Street” event. This annual event on December 6 and 7 provides a festive atmosphere at William Street United Methodist Church for parents and children to shop for new Christmas gifts at no charge to Free Store families. Help local families this season while supporting your local, independent merchants.

Adding to the First Friday fun, the City of Delaware will have a number of city service vehicles on display for kids to explore before the vehicles go to use in the winter months plowing snow and throwing salt.

All events are free of charge. We hope to see you on Friday, November 1!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

If You Liked "Ender's Game"...

By now you are probably very close to finishing Ender's Game if you haven't finished it already. So what's next? You can continue reading through the rest of the Enderverse (as outlined in an earlier post) or you can discover some books that are similar to Ender's Game, but not a sequel.

If you've heard of Pandora, it's an online radio station that takes your music likes and interests and tries to create a station based upon similar sounding artists. BookLamp is a web site that attempts to do for books what Pandora does for music. You can narrow the results by fiction or nonfiction, and subgenres like action/adventure, fantasy, general fiction, historical fiction, and more. The list begins with some sequels, but continues with similar book styles. See what BookLamp recommends for you to try next.

LibraryThing offers recommendations not only from their own algorithms but also from user recommendations. After a few sequels LibraryThing suggests Ringworld by Larry Niven, Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke and Dune by Frank Herbert. Member recommendations include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Old Man's War by John Scalzi.

Finally, NoveList has recommendations developed by professionals (not just by algorithms). NoveList thinks if you like fast-paced, action-packed science fiction like Ender's Game you will also like The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill or Bunker 10 by Jan-Andrew Henderson, among many others.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Trivia Tonight!

DelawaREADS community partner, Beehive Books, hosted a teen trivia night last Wednesday that was a great time for those who came. It tested the ├╝ber-fandom of local teens and their sci-fi trivia knowledge. Questions ranged from Doctor Who to Star Trek, with many more in between.

TONIGHT, test your general knowledge skills at an Adult Trivia Night at Brooklyn Heights Bar & Grill, located at 13 W William St in downtown Delaware. Teams can be as little as 1 or as many as 6. The questions begin shortly after 6:00 p.m. and the only rule is NO CELL PHONES. This is to test your brain knowledge, not your iPhone smarts. Champions win prizes that include house cash and Ender's Game swag.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ender's Game Movie Premiere Tickets On Sale

We've got some breaking news from The Strand Theatre via their twitter account, Ender's Game movie tickets for the 8 p.m. premiere showing will be on sale starting today at 5:30.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Skype Success

Hayes High School Librarian Sarah Ressler deserves a pat on the back the next time you see her. Thanks to her hard work and organization, the DelawaREADS campaign was lucky to welcome the author of our celebrated title, "Ender's Game," to join a group for a live Skype chat. Orson Scott Card is the author of dozens of novels, series, short stories, novelettes, and even some plays, as we learned during the chat. He also has a movie coming out on October 31 based on his "Ender's Game" story. Needless to say he is a very busy man, and yet he still took the time to sit down and talk for 90 minutes about his career, life, advice and much more. Below are some pictures and videos captured from the evening.

Mr. Card shares how he got into writing and some of his other work.

Mr. Card explains why science fiction was his genre of choice. 

Mr. Card describes the difference between the strengths of movies, plays and literature. He also describes his draft process for the Ender's Game movie.

Mr. Card answers how Ender's Game will work as a movie. He gives the group a sneak peek of an upcoming audio play he will release later this month. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

YMCA Lock-In Recap

Last Wednesday night 67 teens headed over to the Delaware Community Center YMCA with sleeping bags in tow, although there was hardly any time for sleeping in between swimming, rock wall climbing, and competing in Ender's Game-inspired Battle School competitions!

The YMCA Teen Leaders Club did an amazing job planning the night's activities and you can certainly tell that all the participants had a great time! 

Rock Wall Climbing
"Bugger" Fighting
What Does the Fox Say?
Packed into a Shower Stall
Packed into Staff Offices with Dragon Squadron

Packed into the Hallway