Archive | April, 2010

Improv, Improv, & More Improv!

27 Apr

Join the fun with performances by three local improv troupes on Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 pm. The evening will begin with Improv Jones of Boston, a highly acclaimed professional group that appears regularly at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Teens will also have the opportunity to watch their high school friends use their creativity and humor to entertain and excite as troupes from both of Newton´s high schools take the stage.
Spontaneous Generation from Newton North High School will appear for a return engagement.  We are also delighted to welcome Children of the Candy Corn from Newton South High School for their first library performance. The groups will do a jam session together toward the end of the program. The event will end by approximately 8:30 pm and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day is Thurs. 4/29!

27 Apr

On Thursday, April 29, 2010, let’s all participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day by carrying a poem close to our hearts (or hips)!  April 29 is the penultimate day of National Poetry Month, and we intend to end April in style.  Poetry lovers across the nation will be celebrating the third annual National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Verbosity welcomes you to join in the fun.

All you have to do is:
-Write out or print out a favorite poem
-Stick it in a pocket, leaving a bit of paper peeking out
-Whenever you see another poem-padded pocket, ask to share your poems

It promises to be a perfectly poetic day!

Addicted to Social Media?

26 Apr

Perhaps “addicted” is too strong a word to describe students’ attachment to their usual means of making digital connections with the online world of information … but an interesting study out of the University of Maryland suggests that “going without media meant, in their world, going without their friends and family.”

“Students expressed tremendous anxiety about being cut-off from information,” observed Ph.D. student Raymond McCaffrey, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post, and a current researcher on the study. “One student said he realized that he suddenly ‘had less information than everyone else, whether it be news, class information, scores, or what happened on Family Guy.”

“They care about what is going on among their friends and families and even in the world at large,” said McCaffrey. ” But most of all they care about being cut off from that instantaneous flow of information that comes from all sides and does not seemed tied to any single device or application or news outlet.”

Check out this news story (and the actual study), and see what you think!

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