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Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this…

FYI. Time to change passwords, everyone!

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verityreviews:

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys★★★★☆It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.New Orleans is pretty high up on my list of places to travel to, despite the stories of dirt and crime in the city. Josie’s New Orleans isn’t without dirt and crime of its own, but it has a charming side, too - surprisingly found in a brothel. Sepetys describes the setting well, but the book’s real strength lies in its characters.The characters in this book are downright brilliant. First off, you have the prostitutes. Sepetys doesn’t write them as simple, sex-minded women; they’re funny, loving, and most definitely not cookie-cutter. The brothel madam, Willie, is just as uniquely imagined. Instead of fitting the stereotype of a cruel and unfeeling boss, Willie is both tough as nails and sweet as pie, acting as a mother figure to Josie. The cast of colorful characters continues, from Sadie, the mute maid, to Cokie, the lovable cab driver, to Josie herself. Josie is my favorite part of this whole book. She’s realistically flawed and absolutely lovely, the perfect heroine for a book like Out of the Easy.The book doesn’t have one central plot line, instead, it has a jumble of stories that make up Josie’s life. Because of that, it feels much more realistic than a lot of books that focus on just one thing, but it also isn’t what a lot of readers would be expecting. From Josie’s longing to go to college and escape the Big Easy, to her horrendous mother’s troubles with the mob, and a few other plot lines, there’s a lot going on in Out of the Easy. Sepetys does a great job of keeping the numerous plots from overwhelming readers. Usual a book with as many plot lines as this would be too all-over-the-place, but in Out of the Easy, it takes the attention of the events and puts it on the characters. More than anything, Out of the Easy is about Josie, and because she’s such a great character, it works really well.The moment I saw that Ruta Sepetys was the author of this book, I knew it was going to be good. The same raw emotion and subtle but powerful prose from Between Shades of Gray is part of Out of the Easy, and although the two books are about very different subjects, they both leave a lasting impression on readers. Those who love historical fiction will devour Sepetys’ books, and anyone on the fence about the genre will love it after reading her work.

Instead of my reblogging all of verityreviews posts, just follow her. She’s one of the Teen Friends of the Library and is an excellent book reviewer.

verityreviews:

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
★★★★☆

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. 
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.


New Orleans is pretty high up on my list of places to travel to, despite the stories of dirt and crime in the city. Josie’s New Orleans isn’t without dirt and crime of its own, but it has a charming side, too - surprisingly found in a brothel. Sepetys describes the setting well, but the book’s real strength lies in its characters.
The characters in this book are downright brilliant. First off, you have the prostitutes. Sepetys doesn’t write them as simple, sex-minded women; they’re funny, loving, and most definitely not cookie-cutter. The brothel madam, Willie, is just as uniquely imagined. Instead of fitting the stereotype of a cruel and unfeeling boss, Willie is both tough as nails and sweet as pie, acting as a mother figure to Josie. The cast of colorful characters continues, from Sadie, the mute maid, to Cokie, the lovable cab driver, to Josie herself. Josie is my favorite part of this whole book. She’s realistically flawed and absolutely lovely, the perfect heroine for a book like Out of the Easy.
The book doesn’t have one central plot line, instead, it has a jumble of stories that make up Josie’s life. Because of that, it feels much more realistic than a lot of books that focus on just one thing, but it also isn’t what a lot of readers would be expecting. From Josie’s longing to go to college and escape the Big Easy, to her horrendous mother’s troubles with the mob, and a few other plot lines, there’s a lot going on in Out of the Easy. Sepetys does a great job of keeping the numerous plots from overwhelming readers. Usual a book with as many plot lines as this would be too all-over-the-place, but in Out of the Easy, it takes the attention of the events and puts it on the characters. More than anything, Out of the Easy is about Josie, and because she’s such a great character, it works really well.
The moment I saw that Ruta Sepetys was the author of this book, I knew it was going to be good. The same raw emotion and subtle but powerful prose from Between Shades of Gray is part of Out of the Easy, and although the two books are about very different subjects, they both leave a lasting impression on readers. Those who love historical fiction will devour Sepetys’ books, and anyone on the fence about the genre will love it after reading her work.

Instead of my reblogging all of verityreviews posts, just follow her. She’s one of the Teen Friends of the Library and is an excellent book reviewer.

fishingboatproceeds:

The nice people at Atlantic Records are creating a music video for the soundtrack of The Fault in Our Stars and are offering you the chance to be in it! All you have to do is share a word or phrase of encouragement via instagram with #TFiOSencouragements in the image description. The contest team will pick their favorite entries and include them in the music video.
The April 11th deadline is coming up pretty quickly, so if you’re interested, find out more here: http://thefaultinourstars.atlanticrecords.com/

This Tumblr is turning into TFIOS central, but I hope no one minds. More ways to participate in the film! Also, BY THE WAY, if you sign up for summer reading this summer, you will be entered to win the movie poster that you CANNOT BUY. Just FYI.

fishingboatproceeds:

The nice people at Atlantic Records are creating a music video for the soundtrack of The Fault in Our Stars and are offering you the chance to be in it! All you have to do is share a word or phrase of encouragement via instagram with #TFiOSencouragements in the image description. The contest team will pick their favorite entries and include them in the music video.

The April 11th deadline is coming up pretty quickly, so if you’re interested, find out more here: http://thefaultinourstars.atlanticrecords.com/

This Tumblr is turning into TFIOS central, but I hope no one minds. More ways to participate in the film! Also, BY THE WAY, if you sign up for summer reading this summer, you will be entered to win the movie poster that you CANNOT BUY. Just FYI.

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brkteenlib:

Just a little over two weeks away!

Prepare to don your own mask and return to Laini Taylor’s complex, richly imagined world in the final installment: Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

We are delighted to be hosting Laini Taylor here at the Public Library of Brookline!

  • Who: Laini Taylor!  In all her glory.
  • When: Wednesday, April 23, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Where: Public Library of Brookline, 361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Upstairs in Hunneman Hall.
  • What: Join us for an evening of a Q&A session with Laini Taylor, masked visitors, a themed costume photo booth, trivia (with prizes!), decadent snacks, and the opportunity to buy books and get them signed (the truly important bit).

Books will be available through our partnership with the Children’s Bookshop, and Laini Taylor is appearing courtesy of her publisher, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

There is no charge for this event, but be aware that we will be opening the doors at 6:30pm, and the seating will be first come, first serve. Photos the author will be allowed (within reason).

Any questions? Contact Teen Librarian Robin Brenner at teenlibrarian@brooklinelibrary.org or send her an ask here.

If you’re inclined to go to Brookline and meet Laini Taylor, GO FOR IT!

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stgeorgelibrary:

April is National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month!

stgeorgelibrary:

April is National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month!

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entertainmentweekly:

GUYS, ELEANOR & PARK IS GONNA BE A MOVIE.
AND RAINBOW ROWELL IS WRITING THE SCREENPLAY.
GUYS THIS IS ALL CAPS NEWS GUYS.

Another teen book into a movie! Place a hold here if you haven’t read it yet!

entertainmentweekly:

GUYS, ELEANOR & PARK IS GONNA BE A MOVIE.

AND RAINBOW ROWELL IS WRITING THE SCREENPLAY.

GUYS THIS IS ALL CAPS NEWS GUYS.

Another teen book into a movie! Place a hold here if you haven’t read it yet!

(via figmentdotcom)

figmentdotcom:

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This is cute!

figmentdotcom:

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This is cute!

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LOOK WHAT ARRIVED TODAY! I am so psyched! Place a hold on it here&#8230;as more libraries catalog their copies your hold will be filled that much faster!

LOOK WHAT ARRIVED TODAY! I am so psyched! Place a hold on it here…as more libraries catalog their copies your hold will be filled that much faster!