Thunderbird House Recommends

Thunderbird House was named by Chadwick Boot after his favorite creature. The Thunderbird -- a large bird closely related to the Phoenix -- has a keen sense for danger and can make storms with its powerful wings. Students in the Thunderbird House of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry tend to have adventurous souls and the same keen sense for danger. If…
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Welcome to Horned Serpent House

7Dear Scholars, I am pleased to welcome you to Horned Serpent House!  Our house was named by the very founder of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Isolt Sayre, upon the school's establishment in 1627 after her affinity for the Horned Serpent. It is said that the creature represents the mind of a witch or…
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Welcome to Pukwudgie House

My Dearest Students, Welcome to Pukwudgie House! The Pukwudgie was the first magical companion to the founder of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Isolt Sayre. Our house was named by her husband and co-founder, the No-Maj James Steward, after hearing amusing tales of her Pukwudgie partner. The Pukwudgie is quite an independent creature with penchants for cunning tricks and mischief. It is said to represent…
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Welcome to Wampus House

Students, Welcome to the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's your lucky day to be sorted into Wampus House!  Our house was named by Webster Boot after the panther-like Wampus for its quick reflexes, strength, and stamina. The Wampus is said to represent the body of a witch or wizard and our students are known to be…
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Welcome to Thunderbird House

Dear Students, I am pleased to welcome you to Thunderbird House and I hope that you are duly pleased with your sorting!  Established in 1627, the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has a proud history with humble beginnings. Our house was named by Chadwick Boot after his favorite creature. The Thunderbird -- a large bird closely…
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Shaking Up Shakespeare

Happy birthday, Mr. William Shakespeare! This famous English playwright, poet and dramatist was born around late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His works are so pervasive and historically significant that they have actually changed the English language!   I'm not surprised that such influential writing would move other creators to try some Shakespearean spin-offs. Shake up your Shakespeare with these inspired parodies and adaptations. Enjoy!  Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on your Favorite Songs What happens when Erik Didriksen turns 100 famous pop songs from artists like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift into Shakespearean sonnets? A…
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A Rosy Future for Libraries?

Can libraries continue to endure and possibly even thrive among rapid changes in technology, shrinking budgets, and contentious world events? The hosts of the HowStuffWorks podcast Part-Time Genius say 'Yes!'  In the Part-Time Genius episode Is There a Rosy Future for Libraries?, knowledge seekers Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur explore how libraries have evolved throughout history and impact our communities today. This brief episode is packed with interesting historical facts and meaningful present-day statistics…
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The Word is Out: 2017 Audiobook of the Year!

Attention fellow audiobook lovers: Winners of the 2017 Audies are announced! As a shameless audiobook snob, I have been impatiently looking forward to the announcement of the winners for the 2017 Audies. The Audio Publishers Association honors the best titles, narrators, and production efforts in audio publishing with the annual Audie Awards. The awards cover 27 categories that include the…
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Ask and You Shall Receive

Have a real need for a really good read? We have recommendations from real people...really! If you are looking to complete another reading category for our 10 to Try Reading Challenge, then try reading a book recommended by KCLS staff. Connecting readers to books happens to be one of our many specialties at the library…
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Let’s Get Graphic

Make no mistake, comic books and graphic novels can definitely be enjoyed by grown-ups! Fun, dark, kitschy, or artistic- whether you want something quick and entertaining or involved and thought-provoking, there is a graphic novel or comic out there that fits your reading flavor. Read a graphic novel or comic book and move one step closer to completing…
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