Seanchai Library Celebrates a Decade of Stories with “Volume 10”

 

Issued: March 15, 2018

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Seanchai Library Celebrates a Decade of Stories with “Volume 10”

 

Second Life – On March 20, 2008 Shandon Loring presented the very first story in voice at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center, which would become Seanchai Library. A decade later, Seanchai Library is still presenting literature, stories, and poems live in voice every week. March 15th begins Seanchai’s ten day celebration of stories brought to life in virtual worlds, featuring a light-hearted quest, music events and, of course, stories. “Volume 10” kicks off today with the opening of a quest, and at 7pm PDT with Chief Storyteller Shandon Loring beginning the first of a two part presentation of Frank Delaney’s The Architect of Newgrange.

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Seanchai Library on the Move!

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Issued: May 31, 2017
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Seanchai Library On The Move

 Second Life – Seanchai Library, one of Second Life’s oldest spoken word programs –  now in its tenth year, is relocating from its current home on the Bradley University, hosted by the Community Virtual Library (CVL), to Holly Kai Park on the Blake Sea, part of the vast USS Regions and Estates.

“Both Seanchai and the CVL are currently facing crossroads in their organizational lives” said Caledonia Skytower, representing Seanchai Library, “Such transitional times involve challenging processes of review, reflection, and analysis in our best efforts to keep our presences in the virtual world relevant. Done well, it leads to healthy change.”  Seanchai Library engaged in just such a review and discussion process, and decided to take advantage of an offer to join the arts programming on Holly Kai, which includes the Art Hill, music events at The Pavilion, regular DJ gatherings at Catinara Bar, and larger community events such as the recent “Filling the Cauldron” fundraiser in early April.

 

“Seanchai Library is the perfect compliment to what we already present here.” said Holly Kai Curator Inara Pey, “We have enjoyed the storytelling programs that we have already offered, and are excited about having a greater spoken word presence here as part of our portfolio of features.”  Seanchai and Holly Kai have already collaborated on several events including last October’s “The Great Boo” ghost stories, “Dragon Tales” at the recent fundraiser, and an ongoing series of “Stories at the Park” presenting original micro-fiction and poetry inspired by, and presented concurrent to, the regular series of art installations.

In 2010, Seanchai accepted an invitation to make the CVL its home.  From locations on Info Island International, Imagination Island, and in the last two years on Bradley University, the Library has produced over 1,800 hours of live programming promoting literature, stories, and poetry.  Seanchai Library has supported cooperative programming with the CVL; producing numerous fundraising events, and twice producing The Dickens Project as a benefit for the CVL.

“This move is not a ‘good bye and good luck’ move,” Skytower clarified, “One of the great strengths of virtual worlds is the ability for it to break down barriers, including those of proximity.  While the move to Holly Kai provides Seanchai Library with some new opportunities, it does not do so to the exclusion of other relationships. We believe that all of our cooperative relationships, including with the CVL, will benefit by this change.”  Seanchai Library has already reached an  agreement regarding this year’s edition of The Dickens Project, scheduled to take place in a LEA Core Region this December, with the CVL contributing background resources on Charles Dickens and Victorian England that will be available to all visitors.

Seanchai Library will present its last story on Bradley University on Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm slt with Chief Storyteller Shandon Loring’s presentation of Ron Rash’s “The Southern Thing,” opening in the new location the following Sunday, June 25th.

Seanchai Library (Shawn-a-key, which means “Storyteller” in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. Thousands of stories, and hundreds of authors later, the program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life.” Learn more about the program at Seanchai Library’s website – seanchailibrary.com

Look for landmarks and slurl for the new library in announcements in-world, facebook, Google+ and at the Seanchai and Holly Kai Park websites.

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Parthenon of Books: Access a database of 70,000 books banned around the world going back to 1575 — Quartz

Soon the world will have a massive physical monument to censorship.This year, Argentine artist Marta Minujín will open an installation built from books, all of which were banned around the world at some point in history. The “Parthenon of Books,” a re-creation of her 1983 installation in Buenos Aires, will be unveiled in June at … Continue reading Parthenon of Books: Access a database of 70,000 books banned around the world going back to 1575 — Quartz

Librarians in Florida went rogue to save 2,361 books from an algorithm — Quartz

Data is great. Our ability to collect metrics on human activity gives us insight into patterns of behavior and that allows us to adjust our strategies accordingly. But our dependence on analytics can be misplaced. Or at least that’s what a Florida librarian says.George Dore, a librarian in Orlando, Florida was suspended from his position as branch manager after an investigation revealed that he had created a fake identity to borrow library books that were falling out of fashion. His creation, the fictional Charles Finley, was given a career (ballplayer), a drivers license number, an address and a voracious appetite for reading. He was also endowed with a wide-ranging taste in literature.

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The most popular books at U.S. public libraries in 2016, mapped by city — Quartz

Hollywood has been good to Paula Hawkins. Following the release of a movie adapted from her novel, The Girl on the Train, the book has become one of the most widely read books at US libraries this year.A survey of 14 metropolitan libraries by Quartz shows that The Girl on the Train is the most checked-out book at eight of them, and the most checked-out work of fiction at 11.

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See out 2016 with classic tales from Seanchai Library in Second Life

Originally posted on Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World:
It’s time to kick-off the last week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library for 2016. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated. Monday, December… Continue reading See out 2016 with classic tales from Seanchai Library in Second Life

WELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIES: SUNDAY, December 18th: THE DICKENS PROJECT Finale!

Dickens’ contemporary, William Makepeace Thackeray, was as scathing a critic as ever walked the street of London, once said of A Christmas Carol, “Who can listen to objections to such a book as this? It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it, a personal kindness.” @ 11am – Traditional Dances … Continue reading WELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIES: SUNDAY, December 18th: THE DICKENS PROJECT Finale!

Seanchai Library presents the ghosts of Christmas in Second Life

Originally posted on Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World:
The Dickens Project SL 2016 It’s time to kick-off another great week of storytelling live in voice with Seanchai Library – and this week it’s a special week, with the return of a seasonal favourite:  The Dickens Project SL.  Now in its fifth season, and… Continue reading Seanchai Library presents the ghosts of Christmas in Second Life

Previewing the Dickens Project for 2016 in Second Life

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Since December of 1843, Charles Dickens’ “Ghostly little book”, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, has never fallen out of favour, or been out of print.  Endlessly adapted, its journey of redemption has broad appeal for its secular focus, rather than sacred invocation. – Caledonia Skytower These are… Continue reading Previewing the Dickens Project for 2016 in Second Life

The December Issue of Kultivate Magazine is Now Available!

The December issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue will feature 3D artist, Haveit Neox, Ghee Co-Owner & Top Model Beatrice Serendipity, poet Kile Koba, Seanchai Library’s The Dickens Project, Baycity , Winter Art, DSA Aircraft, The Wastelands Sim, the new Linden Labs experience, Horizons; and a year review of Kultivate’s fashion division, The … Continue reading The December Issue of Kultivate Magazine is Now Available!

Sunday, November 20th: Stories at the Park in Second Life | hollykaiart

Sunday, November 20th will see the next in the Stories at the Park series, jointly presented by Holly Kai Park and Seanchai Library – and I hope that you’ll pop along to the event, which starts at 15:00 SLT.

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Of Victorian investigations, supernatural quests shapeshifting children

Originally posted on Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World:
It’s time to kick-off a week of 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.… Continue reading Of Victorian investigations, supernatural quests shapeshifting children

Of signs, satanic quests, shape-shifters and childhood scams

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Christopher Marlowe credited in Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays — Quartz

The Oxford University Press will credit Christopher Marlowe as the co-writer in William Shakespeare’s three Henry VI plays, after a research conducted by 23 international scholars supported the theory of his contribution.

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Graveyards, Lucifer, the fantastic and the spooky in Second Life

Originally posted on Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World:
It’s time to kick-off a week of 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.… Continue reading Graveyards, Lucifer, the fantastic and the spooky in Second Life