BIRDMAN

Birdman or ‘The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance’ is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.  Winner of several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence; 1 hour 59 minutes.

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March 6, 2-4 pm.

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This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of—time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking.  Winner of several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama.

Rated PG-13 (for some thematic elements and suggestive material); 2 hours, 3 minutes.

March 20, 2-4 pm.

 

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The Franklin Township Public Library is happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with more than 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.  Parents who are interested in improving their children’s ability to write clear, grammatically correct prose are also invited to attend.  Registration is required for both events!

SAT Review Part I: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay”
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 7 – 8 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley is this week’s Staff Pick.  A refreshing take on vampires, this is a unique fantasy and very well done.  It’s an all time favorite of our staffer.

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it’s unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don’t, when they’re vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion – within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she’s to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day…”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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This spring New Jersey schools will experience a change in standardized testing.  The NJ HSPA and NJ ASK are being replaced by the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).   This new test is based on the common core, and you can find more information about it at their website.  You can also get information on a grade by grade level at the NJ Department of Education website. You can also find sample test questions online in the educator’s section of the PARCC website and sign up for the newsletter. You may also want to check out this PARCC online resource site.

There are online practice tests available as well through Pearson.  These appear to be free, but there may be a charge.

Also, the MCAT exam changed as of January 23, 2015.  The Library has 2015 materials available at 378.1662 MCA, as does the Khan Academy.  There are other links to free MCAT prep online, like at iCollaborative.  You get a discount if you register early.  This also has deadlines and the year’s registration schedule.

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