Pyjama parties, canoeing, dating and a twist of science-fiction

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 23rd 18:00: Magicland Storytime

With Holmes apparently lost in a fall from a path above the Reichenbach Falls, Caledonia, Corwyn and Kayden take a break from Baker Street, and Sunday’s events move to Magicland’s 100-acre wood, where Caledonia is hosting a very special Pooh Bear pyjama party! So get your jammies on, grab your nightcap and a jar of honey and head on over!

Monday August 24th, 19:00: Roadless Areas

Gyro Muggins follows the adventures of some brave souls canoeing in Minnesota circa 1942.

Tuesday August 25th, Not That It Matters

AA Milne by Howard Coster, 1926
AA Milne by Howard Coster, 1926

Corwyn Allen continues to read AA Milne’s 1919 collection of humorous essays. Best known for his tales of Wnnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and the 100 acre Wood, Milne in fact wrote widely in bother fiction and non-fiction.

Here he passes observation on wide range of topics, starting with a reflection upon his own writing, “Sometimes when the printer is waiting for an article which really should have been sent to him the day before, I sit at my desk and wonder if there is any possible subject in the whole world upon which I can possibly find anything to say.”

With considerations ranging from why a gentleman’s collar might squeak, or the fact that Isaiah most certainly didn’t carry a notebook, with assorted thoughts on goldfish and daffodils along the way, this is a book of essays wide-range in topic and content. Some of it may, nigh-on a century since the essays first appeared in this book, appear dated and as solidly dated and trapped forever in the opening decades of the 20th century. Other are perhaps as relevant today in their insights and commentary as they were when freshly written. All of them come with Milne’s familiar humour and jovial observations.

Wednesday August 26th, 19:00: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

PenderwicksCaledonia Skytower opens the pages of  Jeanne Birdsall’s 2014 volume about the Penderwick family, the second in the series.

When the four Penderwick sisters learn that, encouraged by his sister-in-law and the wishes of their late mother, their father is going to start meeting other women, they fear the worst, and so enact the Save Daddy Plan. They set their Dad up with dates he won’t get on with, while he, also not overly convinced of things, goes out on pretend dates.

However, things start to change as the sisters meet and get to know Ben from next door, and his mum, Iantha. Added to the mix the adventures and challenges each of the four sisters face, and it turns out to be quite a series of events and changes for the Penderwicks – one of them very much turning out for the best.

Thursday August 27th: Skin Folks

skin folkShandon Loring reads from Nalo Hopkinson’s  2001 collection of 15 short stories connected by a central theme of skin-shedding.with a distinctly Caribbean flavour, these are stories where nothing is quite as a it seems and illusion rules the perception.

Starting with a delightful twist on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, these stories carry the reader and listener through this world of illusion and magical change, with often surprising conclusions being reach in a hot and spicy style in what can only be described as a meeting of science-fiction and folklore.


Saturday, August 29th: Adventures from the Twlight Zone – Seanchai InWorldz

Join Shandon and Caledonia in the story of a man sentenced to solitary confinement on a distant asteroid for 50 years, his only visitors the crew of his resupply ship, who visit four times a year – but only for 20 minutes. To try to make the man’s life a little easier, the captain of the ship delivers a feminine robot to help keep him company. Then the news comes that the man has been pardoned and he can return to Earth – but only at a price.



Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for August / September is Water for People, “When one person or one family has clean, accessible water, their lives are changed. But when entire regions and countries have water, the world is changed.”

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