Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Don't Miss Destination College Savings

As you're wrapping up Summer Reading and getting ready for school, don't forget to submit your entry to win a saving account from the Oregon College Savings Plan. 15 lucky winners will receive $1000 accounts! Stop by the library to pick up a submission form if you haven't already, and make sure your submission is postmarked by September 2.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Akata Witch

Sunny has just burned off most of her hair. She was staring at a candle when suddenly she sees in the flame a vision of the end of the world. Yikes! From that moment she is introduced to another world of juju knives, Leopards and Lambs, and her hidden powers.

Sunny is an albino, born in America to parents from Nigeria; and now she and her family have moved back to Nigeria. Sunny finds out that her family are Lambs, those who have no idea of the magical world. Sunny is a free agent, a Leopard, one born with magical abilities but no family members with powers. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor mixes the reality of being a middle schooler with the fantasy of spells and dark magic.

Monday, August 8, 2011

MTV makes me feel old

Before MTV was all Snookie all the time, it was Music Television. And it was revolutionary. The TV was just a few feet from my front door, and when I got home from middle school I could not get to it fast enough. My finger would be poised to press the power button before I'd finished opening the door, and the set was always tuned to...what channel was it? Geez, I never thought I'd forget that. Anyway, that was then. When I would put up with all the Guns n' Roses videos in order to watch Tori Amos, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2 and my beloved Pearl Jam define the 90's. And then, of course, there was Nirvana. This band's signature stamp on music is indelible, and most of us 30-somethings will never forget the day we learned that Kurt Cobain was dead. Well, now MTV is turning 30, and Nirvana's Nevermind is 20, and 90's nostalgia seems to be popping up all over. We may soon see a resurgence of flannel and combat boots.

While I'm blasting through my musical past, think about your musical present. The bands you love now may still be around in 20 years, but their music will be different. What music do you love now? What bands, singers, rappers and songwriters define you? Now, please share! When I order music for the teen collection, I try to keep on top of what's hot today, but I rely on your suggestions to ensure that your faves are available at the library. Email me, or leave a comment below.

Now, I'll leave you with a couple of MTV's video highlights of 90's: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Weird Al's "Smells Like Nirvana."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Don't Forget to be Awesome

I see Nerdfighters. They're everywhere. Walking around like regular people. They definitely know they are nerds.

In 2007, YA author John Green and his musician/NASA fan/professional blogger brother Hank decided to cease all text-based communications and send each other videos via YouTube, which were, of course, available to all of us unsuspecting viewers as well. Before long, a community gathered around the Vlogbrothers and the Nerdfighters were born (though some would argue that the Nerdfighters already existed and just didn't realize they needed to be labeled.) Nerdfighteria is swiftly and cheerfully taking over the Internets with a gleeful surge of activism and global connection. Wear your Nerdfighter flair with pride and you will meet kindred spirits wherever you may travel, all of you sharing the same creed: "Don't forget to be awesome," and the same ultimate objectives: Increase Awesome and decrease World Suck.

In the video below, John Green lists just a few of the remarkable accomplishments of the united Nerdfighters, including getting his next book on bestseller lists many months before it's actual publishing date, getting his brother's indie album to chart on Billboard, and helping people all over the world. You can join this community too! Just don't forget to be awesome, and, if you like, watch the videos and join the forums. I'll see you there. And look for John Green's new book, The Fault in Our Stars, coming out in January.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wrapped in Mystery

Agnes is cutting away the wrappings of a mummy, not at an archaeological dig or at a museum, but at a 19th century garden party. It's one of the first parties of her debut year and Lord Showalter seems to fancy her. Among the wrappings Agnes finds a small iron jackal, which she hides away. Moments later she's followed by a mysterious waiter who ends up dead. Is it a mummy's curse or something more sinister? Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury is a fantastic historical mystery, with plenty of intrigue, danger and suspense (and an awesome cover - I didn't notice an important part of the picture until I finished the story).



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