Archive for January, 2012

Get Inked! Indian Bollywood Food/Henna Teen Night

Posted: 01/30/2012 by judgeduke1912 in Events

Namaste! Did you know that India is home to several hundred languages and 18 official ones? One of them is English, the language of this post! I feel like we’re already in the Indian spirit

According to CultureGrams, a set of encylopedias about different world cultures in our Reference section, Indians are religious, family oriented and philosophical. Women generally wear saree or a colorful pantsuit, considerable jewelry, and hindu women may have a bindi, a red dot on their forehead to denote femininity, gracefulness and marital status. Men wear western-style suits or dhoti, a large piece of cloth wrapped around the waist.

In India, excessive hand gestures are considered rude. In fact, when they have to point, they often point with their chin.

When it comes to food, Indians know how to do it right! Literally – they eat food with their right hand instead of using utensils. A lot of the country are vegetarians for religious reasons. Hindus don’t eat beef because cows are sacred, and Muslims don’t eat pork or alcohol. So what do they eat? Delicious rice, roti (flat wheat bread), and spicy curries. Mmmmmm :n  <–It’s a dude with his mouth open, waiting for something scrumptious.

If you’d like to try some of this delicious food for yourself, join us for Get Inked, our Teen India Night. Come apply a temporary henna tattoo and taste delectable Indian dishes as we celebrate food, henna, and Bollywood!

Disclaimer: We will be applying the henna as a temporary tattoo. It is possible that henna application can result in an allergic reaction and can stain clothing. This application may last up to 6 weeks before wearing off, and there is no way to speed the removal. (So maybe not your boyfriend’s name if you think you might break up soon – talk about awkward)

Registration is requested.

Wednesday, February 15
7:00 – 8:30p
Calvert Library Prince Frederick


Pinterest – a community pinboard for inspiration

Posted: 01/11/2012 by judgeduke1912 in Thoughts

Everyone once in awhile, I’ll run across a website that makes me feel like I don’t know what’s happening on the Internet anymore.

For the past few weeks, that website for me has been, an online pinboard where you can keep track of the ideas you love and share them with others.

This place is cool. Like, really cool. I’m inspired by so much cool stuff that I’m on cool overload and I’m going through a cooldown (like a meltdown, but  for cool people).

I think I’ll make one of the dinner recipes and post an update about it. Has anyone here successfully made a Pinterest project?



DISCLOSURE: I don’t read romances and I’m a blunt kind of girl who (it just so happens) went to an American school overseas. I read this book after consulting a list of “good YA fiction” and this got the top slot. Why? Good question. Let’s try to answer that, shall we?

CAVEAT: If you loved this book, clench your teeth and read on. Thanks! 🙂

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is exactly what you’d expect from the cover art and not-so-transparent hook about our hero, the American transfer student in Paris and her myserious love interest:

Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


Right, so Anna, this Atlanta born-and-raised gal with daddy issues is forced (OMG what? Nooo!) to go to an American high school in Paris (the horror! THE HORROR!!) for her senior year (not my senior year, daddy!). To be fair, she’s in love with a real jerk back home, so I can understand her hesitation to leave. Oh wait, she’s not in love with him, she just really likes him and they awkwardly kissed this one time. Oh wait again… he’s also a jerk. On top of that, she has this beater of a car that she likes to drive around a lot, and she knows that she won’t be able to drive in Paris, and, darn it, that really really sucks.

So yeah, we’re super sad for Anna right now, aren’t we, guys?


Cut to Paris where she is putting in zero effort to learn French – the one thing that might actually help her adjust to life in the city – and is having a hard time fitting in for some reason. Poor Anna. But things aren’t all bad news for her. She has confusing feelings for this gorgeous piece of work boy with the oh-so-awkward name Etienne St. Clair, and he’s just as confused about her. Sigh. Too bad he has his own daddy issues…. and a serious girlfriend. But that’s ok, because, you know, she has the jerk who’s waiting for her back home.

Pffffffffft. (Ok, I’ll stop.)

Thus the scene is set for the slow but eventual realization of feelings, which doesn’t exactly lead down a straight path. In fact, it’s constantly barricaded by sabotage (from other people, but mostly from themselves).

I wish they did more to break those barriers simply than to just ignore them until everyone just forgets about them. There wasn’t too much active problem-solving or character development through the story. Ok, so she apparently understands French all of a sudden for a pivotal scene toward the end of the book (Seriously! Anna doesn’t even realize that she knows French and is surprised that – OMG – she does!). Other than miraculous language skills, we also see her realize that she likes to dump her friends when she gets upset. (But who doesn’t?)

What we don’t see is her striving to achieve her heart’s desire  – she just lives in her own world and gets upset at everyone when things don’t go her way until finally, we see the boy do all the work at the end.

Pfffffffffffft. (I know I said I wouldn’t, but I couldn’t help it.)

Am I expecting too much from YA romance books? I sure hope not.


8 out of 10 if you like YA Romances
6 ouf of 10 if you don’t

Find Anna and the French Kiss in the Calvert Library catalog.

You don’t need to have the controversial public life of Robert Downey, Jr. to dress up in Victorian clothes and solve mysteries! Just come down to Calvert Library Prince Frederick on January 18 at 7pm with your handsome sidekick (::droolJudeLawdrool::) and help us solve a murder most foul, most egregious, most treacherous, most. . . well, you get the idea.

And what about this fish? Good question. You’ll just have to come by and find out what that’s all about.  Oh, and hey, when you do, could you let me know? The murderers won’t tell me, either.


Read more about the event in our original TEEN Whodunit post, including how to dress and act … *ahem*… ::sticks out pinky finger and sips tea delicately:: … Victorian.