Monday, June 30, 2008

Finished Your 15 Hours?

For any Summer Readers who have finished 15 hours of reading, you can stop by to pick up your prizes starting tomorrow, July 1st. For those of you who haven't signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program, you still have time -- until July 31st in fact.

Stop by to see Lisa or myself at the Young Adult Desk to pick up prizes or sign up or just for ideas of something to read!*
*I am frantically reading the Twilight series in anticipation of the new book release in August! Have you put your name on the list for Breaking Dawn yet? Don't know how? Ask Lisa or me for help!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Separate Worlds

Young Vidya is a happy student, hoping for a chance to attend college (a feat for most women of 1940s India), with the support of her progressive family. All that changes when her father, a doctor, is severely brain damaged during a non-violent protest against British occupation. Fifteen year old Vidya and her family move into her uncle's traditional household where the men and women live on separate floors of the house. The only time Vidya has to speak with her brother are small exchanges while she serves the men their meals and at festivals. Vidya's one escape from the oppressive atmosphere is the library, tucked away on the men's floor.

Will Vidya be able to attend college or will she be married? Should Indians join British troops in the fight against Nazi Germany or continue their own fight for independence? Will her father regain his health or remain a shell of his former self?

With beautiful descriptions of historical Indian life, insight into traditions, and the spunk of a heroine who seeks her own future, Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman is a fascinating and enjoyable read.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cherry Heaven (or is it?)

Flash forward to a new colony, where humans have gills and genetic testing dictates your social status. Tired of war and genocide, salvation seems to be at hand with the help of a bottled water company, promising no one will go thirsty. A new family is moving to the new frontier, with teenage girls Kat and Tanka, hoping for a new start after losing both of their parents. Things are perfect here in the New Frontier. Or are they? The voice of Bottler Seal 55 is looking for a new start, a hope of escaping the brutal work conditions of the Factory. What happened ten years ago at the home Cherry Heaven? Who was behind the systematic shootings that left ten dead and a man brain-drained?

Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington is the companion novel to The Diary of Pelly D (which I haven't read). This sci-fi mystery was suspenseful, dark, and entertaining. You know from the first sentence that everything is not as perfect as it seems.
"the last birthday i ever had, years ago, was the one where i got shot instead of presents."
For fans of Uglies (Westerfeld), City of Ember (DuPrau), House of the Scorpion (Farmer). Other titles to try Avielle of Rhia (Calhoun) and The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Just arrived...

New books have been flooding into the library, just in time for Summer Reading, so I thought I'd share a few with you. You can always peruse the Young Adult New Book Display if you want to see more! I've also listed some upcoming titles to look for later in the summer , so read on!

Brand, spanking new:

The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riorden: This is book four of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and there are a-gazillion holds already, but we do have two copies downstairs in the bestsellers section, so check for those next time you're in the library.

Absolute brightness, by James Lecense: In the beach town of Neptune, New Jersey, Phoebe's life is changed irrevocably when her gay cousin moves into her house and soon goes missing. "Once Leonard Pelkey disappeared, he was everywhere."

Fake Boyfriend, by Kate Brian: Lizzy's friends, determined to make her forget her terrible ex-boyfriend unaffectionately dubbed "Sluttig", create a new man for her through a Myspace page. He's absolutely perfect. If only he were real.

Total Constant Order, by Crissa-Jean Chappell: A teen with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder has to face the most difficult challenge of her life so far, moving to a new state and learning that you cannot always order the chaos.

Winter War, by William Durbin: During the Soviet invasion in 1939, Finnish boy Marko volunteers to help on the front line, and, despite a leg weakened by polio, his skiing prowess may help save his country.

New Graphic Novels:

Life Sucks, by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece: Dave is a poor vampire, who's life as an eternal wage slave is in sharp contrast to the romantic visions of the goths who befriend him.

La Perdida, by Jessica Abel: Carla Olivares, a young Mexican-American woman, travels to Mexico to get in touch with her roots. She crashes with a former fling who soon realizes (to his dismay) that Carla, who spends her days soaking in the city, exploring Frida Kahlo's house, and learning Spanish, has no intention of leaving.

Skim, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki: Suicide, depression, love, gayness, crushes, cliques, and finding a way to be your own fully human self. The fully illustrated life of a teen.

A Classic:

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver: A chronicle of a U.S. missionary family living in the center of a war in the 1959 Belgian Congo. Told from the perspective of the mother and four daughters, this is a captivating tale of adventure, religion, and hypocrisy.

Coming Attractions:

Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer: That's right! Place your hold now for the August 8th release date.

Edymion Spring, by Matthew Shelton: A boy in an Oxford library touches a strange, centuries-old chest that is covered in images of mythical beasts, and can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood. As he feels the prick of the book, words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see.

Gone, by Michael Grant: From the co-creator of the bestselling "Animorphs" comes a gripping new series in which everyone disappears in an flash on their 14th birthday. It's a terrifying new world, and time is running out.

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show: Bestselling writer Card founded the online magazine "Intergalactic Medicine Show" in 2006. This collection showcases the zine's science fiction and fantasy from new talents and well-known writers from the past year.

The Time Paradox, by Eoin Colfer (Book Six of Artemis Fowl): Artemis's mother has contracted a deadly disease -- and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet...his younger self.

SRP Kick-off and Horror Movie Marathon

58 of you attended the Summer Reading Program Kick-off, and it was a blast! Look to your right for pictures. It was great to see some new faces. We had fun with the new Sing Star game and there was quite the impromptu Smash Bros. tournament. Now that the summer is in full swing (finaly), we have lots of other great programs to keep you entertained. This week we'll have our tee-party (see post below) from 2-4 on Thursday the 26th, and on Friday we will have our...
That's right! Come to the community room from 4-8 for a double feature of classic (meaning cheezy) insect horror films.

Hope to see you there!

Fashion 101 @ your Library

Put the sweaters away and bring out the flip-flops! Spruce up your summer wardrobe with this week's Tee Party for Teens, Thursday June 26 from 2-4pm. Transform your our t-shirts (or cut up some of the ones we provide) into stylish new creations.

In the virtual world is offering Design a Gown, a chance to mix, match, color and then share your online designing talents. The styles! The colors!

If you're looking to update other parts of your real world wardrobe, check out the 646s (clothing and design) and the 746s (crafts). You'll find guides to knit, rip, and sparkle whatever you have on hand.

Check out Not Another Teen Knitting Book by Vickie Howell (746.432), Generation T:108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt (646.404) by Megan Nicolay, or Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues by Nancy Flynn (646.4).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Non Fiction Round Up

With school not in session, here are a few new non fiction titles for your reading list. I promise, not a textbook among them!

map: satellite by Philip Eales (912 EAL). More than an atlas, this guide brings you aeral views of New Orleans after the devasting floods from Hurricane Katrina, Niagra Falls, the world at night and other breathtaking views from around the world.

Street Scene: How to Draw Graffiti-style by John Lee (741.2 LEE). With inspiration from manga and graffiti artists, the book delivers the how-to on creating characters, giving them a style, and developing a background. Take your drawing to the next level with this creative title.

Voices of Protest: Documents of Courage and Dissent edited by Frank Lowerstein, Sheryl Lechner, and Erik Bruun (322.4 VOI). What does it mean to disagree? Throughout history people have spoken out about things that are very important to them. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gandhi. Muhammad Ali. Socrates. More than 250 of these documents of protest have been collected in this powerful book.

Microcosmos by Brandon Broll (502.82 BRU). This collection of images from The Science Photo Library is astounding. From the gross (tongue bacteria magnified 23000X) to the fascinating (butterfly scales magnified 585X), explore the world in magnificent detail.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Kick Off Party

Teen Summer Reading kicks off this Thursday, June 19 from 4-6 p.m. with a Game Fest. Stop by the Community Room of the library for a little DDR, some Singstar (!!!), WII Sports, bingo, and of course sign up (if you haven't already) for your reading log.

Also, Lisa and I will be modeling our morphed Metamorphosis t-shirts in honor of next week's Tee-Party. Find out about all of the cool programs happening this summer. You can also register for the Zine Workshop and the Martial Arts Workshop while you're there.

School's out and the party's at the library!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Northwest Film Center Young People Film and Music Festival

Any budding film makers out there? Anyone looking for a forum for the awesome YouTube video you made 4 months ago that has been languishing on your MySpace without receiving nearly the amount of attention it deserves? Well, perhaps you should submit your work to the Northwest Film Center's Young People Film and Music Festival:

Submissions are due by June 30th, and the festival is in September.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

LP's Popular Again!

All you music fans out there may like to know that due to a fortuitous faux pas, some Fred Meyers' in Oregon are now selling LPs. In fact, sales of LPs in general have been on the rise, adding more consumers to their die-hard fans. LPs are often thought to have more presence than CDs or MP3s, better sound, and, of course, you can spin them better than any CD. I like listening to them and hearing the tiny, beautiful flaws in the music that digital recordings erase. I also feel I've made much more of an accomplishment when I find a classic album on LP rather than some digital re-issue. Many of your favorite artists release albums on LP, and when you listen to them in this format, you get the experience of an entire, carefully constructed album rather than just singles. I love my iPod, but this @#&% thing breaks much more reliably than my turntable, which will play and play, at least it will as soon as I find a new needle. Read this article if you want to know more:

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Cash in your ideas!

So By Kids For Kids is featuring a super set of contests with a grand prize of $10,000! They have four different categories: Say It, Build It, Design It, Change It. Check out the contest website for more details. The deadline is June 30, so get to getting!
P.S. You could probably use your library to do the research for your project.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I saw a movie last night, District B 13, that I just had to share. It's a French action film in which the barrios surrounding cities have been sealed off behind walls because they are no longer safe enough for polite society. Leito, who grew up in Barrio 13, fights alongside his sister against the corruption in his community. The actor who plays Leito is the creator of Parkour, a martial art that involves moving from one point to another as efficiently as possible, leaping over and through obstacles, climbing walls, jumping roofs, etc. There is lots of Parkour in the movie, and it is SICK! Check out this clip if you don't believe me:
Parkour, or freerunning, is done without wires, nets, or pads. There are American Parkour practicioners, and I've even heard tell of some folks in this area who like to climb buildings. This website has more information and tutorials:

YA Author Changes the Face of Technology (Very cool)

Did any of you read the Dark Materials series and wish that you had your own personal daemon? If you did, what would it be? A cat? A monkey? A three-toed sloth? How about a computer? In the world of The Golden Compass, all humans have magical companions that cannot bear to leave their sides, and often act as their conscience. Well, some technology developers have taken this idea and adpated it into a personal electronic device that can authenticate financial transactions:

A quote from the article: "The devices called biometric daemons could carry people's personal details and replace pin numbers and passwords for everyday transactions, reacting to different levels of risk and becoming stressed and eventually dying if they are apart from their owner."

I bet even Philip Pullman didn't see that one coming...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Read, then Vote

The announcement is out - Teen Read Week 2008 will feature Books with Bite, October 12-18. I know, I know, practically forever away but...during that week teens vote on a list of nominated titles to choose the Teen's Top Ten list (last year's list included Stephenie Meyer's New Moon and James Patterson's Maximum Ride: Schools Out - Forever to name a few). What's so cool is that this list is created from teen recommendations from 15 libraries and schools.* Check out the list of titles for ideas for summer reading so you can be ready to vote this fall. Even though I'm not technically a teen, I've been highlighting titles I've read and putting holds on the others.

*Think your school or library would be great as one of the 15 to create the list? See the rules, guidelines, application, etc. on the Teen Read page.



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