Friday, December 31, 2010

The Grimm Legacy

Through a series of good deeds and hardships, Elizabeth gains a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository. This is pretty much one of the coolest libraries, with collections of items from throughout history available for check out or reference. Need to create an authentic 17th century costume? Just check out an original to get the details. (There were so many things I wished I could check out!)

Elizabeth even gains access to one of the special collections...the Grimm Collection of magical objects collected by the brothers when they collected the stories. But not all is well at the library. People have disappeared and so have magical items. Someone seems to be stealing these items and selling them to private collectors. Elizabeth, of course, gets pulled into the mystery. A mystery, some magic and a little drama, The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman was an adventure of a tale.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Celebrate the New Year -- with Anime!

It's become an annual tradition here at the library -- the All Ages Animanga Fest, happening this year on Thursday, Dec. 30 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room. Watch a Miyazaki classic The Cat Returns, sample Japanese treats, make some crafts and play traditional Japanese New Year's games.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chilly Reads

When the temperatures dip down, I enjoy reading stories of people much colder than I. Yep, it makes me feel better, maybe even a little warmer. Here are my top three picks.

Ice by Sarah Durst. This modern-day retelling of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" follows Cassie as she finds out that her grandmother's fairy tales of the Polar Bear King are real and he's come to claim her as his queen.

Peak by Roland Smith. After Peak gets into trouble again, his mountaineering father shows up to keep an eye on him. What Peak finds out is that his father really wants to make him the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Great detail of mountain climbing, which isn't as glamorous as it may sound.

Shackleton's Stowaway by Victoria McKernan. Based on the true story of the 1914 Antarctic expedition, this fictionalized account weaves the story of an 18-year-old stowaway with the facts of the two-year journey of the crew over sea and ice after their ship is crushed.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Long Walk to Water

The year is 1985. The country is Sudan. Eleven-year-old Salva is forced to leave his village due to the war going on. He does not know whether he will ever see his family again, but has come to accept that they are probably dead. He walks and walks with other refugees across the war-torn country, rows home-made boats across the Nile, and walks and walks some more across a desert until he reaches a refugee camp in Ethiopia. He experiences and witnesses terrible horrors, but never loses hope.

The year is 2008. The country is still Sudan. Eleven-year-old Nya walks and walks every day to get water for her family. Three trips a day to the pond which is miles away from her village and eventually dries up so that every year her family then has to camp by a lake that is days away from their village. The only reason they don't permanently stay by the lake is because it is too dangerous because of the war.

The lives of Salva and Nya eventually intersect. Little did Salva know when he was Nya's age that he would do so much for his war-torn yet beloved country years after he left Sudan for the United States.

Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Award winner A Single Shard, wrote A Long Walk to Water, based on the life of Salva Dut. It is a heartrending story about hope, at times difficult to read because of the horrific events the reader experiences with Salva.

Reviewed by Holly, Youth Services Librarian. Cross-posted on Family Book Bag Blog.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Computer Game Fun

Relax after a hard day of school work with a little Casual PC Gaming at the library. We'll open up the Technology Room on Tuesday, December 7 from 5-7 p.m. so you can solve puzzles, dodge traps and explore new worlds with a few computer games. Try some classics like Beneath a Steel Sky and newer stuff like Spelunky. 

Back in the day I was pretty awesome at some game that involved a city skyline, large gorillas and throwing bananas. If you know the name, add it in the comments! Otherwise, see you then!

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