Monday, October 25, 2010

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing month! Participants can sign up online and, on November 1, begin writing a 175 page (50,000 word) novel. While you're writing, you get to talk to other writers on the websites forums, and if you finish, you not only get the pleasure of having completed an entire novel, you get a snazzy certificate! I'm totally doing it. How about you?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Teens Have Spoken

In August and September, 8,000 teens voted for their favorites of the Teens Top Ten nominees, and the number one pick is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, second book in the Hunger Games trilogy! The other books to win a place on the top ten include:

2) City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
3) Heist Society by Ally Carter
4) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
7) Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
8) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9) Fire by Kristin Cashore
10) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Science Fair Time

Ah, science fair time. Those fun projects that you get to research and develop for school. For me, it's the time to panic about how many scientific terms sound like foreign words to me. And time to help you find something (because all of the related books are checked out!) to help with your projects.


Enter the fantastic world of Science Online. This resource is available to you 24/7 and very easy to use. Unlike the Internet, all of the articles, terms and topics are completely accurate and up-to-date. You can search a specific idea or explore general concepts. There are even some experiments available through the site. All you need is your library card number and you can start searching!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Speaking OUT Against Bullying

The American Library Association has compiled this list of resources for teens (and their allies) who have experienced bullying because of their sexual and/or gender orientation. This, as well as the It Gets Better Project, is a response to the recent rash of teens who have taken their own lives when they lost hope. Please, don't despair, help your friends, and we are always happy to help you get the information you need here at the library. Check out the Teen Health and Wellness Database if you want to learn more.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mistwood

Isabel wakes up in the mist with a twisted ankle, helpless to run away from the riders swiftly approaching. From this point on, she finds herself in the duty of Prince Rokan, told that she is the immortal Shifter, called upon to protect the royal family in times of need. But there are plenty of secrets and no one is being honest, including Isabel who has little memory of her former life and feels more human than she should. Fans of Graceling will appreciate this strong and confused heroine trying to find the truth in her new life in Mistwood by Leah Cypess.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Imagine...

Saturday is John Lennon's 70th birthday! Such an amazing songwriter and performer whose music has lived on, light years beyond the Beatles. So here's an interesting thought experiment...The Beatles first concert appearance in America was February 11, 1964. So if there was a radio broadcast of that performance, and the radio waves moved through space at the normal radio wave rate (the speed of light), after 46 Earth years that concert can now be heard about 435 trillion miles (or 74 light years) away. Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky, lives 74 light years away. Maybe there's a planet with life orbiting Canopus, and if so, just about now, are there Canopi people rocking out as they listen to the Fab Four for the first time? Carl Sagan would say, "If not, it's an awful waste of space."

A bunch of famous folks have put together a YouTube tribute channel for the beloved Walrus (Wait, was the walrus Paul?), so watch and enjoy:


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spooky Non-Fiction Fun

   Yes, I know it's only the beginning of October, but I do love this time of year. I was looking through our non-fiction and found a few creepy titles to help inspire you.

Me Make Monster by Jenny Harada. Many, many monster crafts, both spooky and awesome!

How to Cosplay, Vol. 1. Love manga and want to dress up as a character? Tips and tricks to looking very cool.
Vampireology: A True History of the Fallen Ones by Nicky Raven. An excellent multi-media book of all things vampire.

How to Be a Zombie by Serena Valentino. The essential guide for any zombie-wannabe.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Banned Books Week


It's that time of year once again, people. The time when we reflect on how incredibly lucky we are to have the freedom to read! This was a big year for book challenges, with the Stockton, Missouri school district's banning of Sherman Alexie's brilliant book The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part-time Indian, and Ellen Hopkins being uninvited to speak at a teen lit festival in Texas. This controversy has been quite a boon for Ellen Hopkins' books, which have been flying off the shelf! Oh, the irony.

Excuse me while I launched into a very librarian-y diatribe: I know not every book is for every body, and I LOVE talking to you all about the kind of books you like to read (and the kind you don't) and connecting you to your next great read. Keep this conversation going! Find us in the YA room and tell us about the books you've loved, the books you hated, the books you found meh and the ones that shocked you. Lets all take a moment to feel grateful that we get to have these conversations, and to celebrate our incredibly diverse reading tastes.

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