Monday, July 30, 2012

Mermaid Mash Day

Guess what? Tomorrow is the last day you can sign up for the teen Summer Reading Program. Stop by the YA or Children's room to sign up, if you haven't already. And if you're looking for something to read, you might want to try out one of the newest trends in Young Adult literature: mermaids. They're everywhere, people, some of them lovely, others vicious and bloodthirsty. Wet your appetite (Get it? Wet!) with one of these new reads:

 Between the Sea and the Sky: Rebellious mermaid elopements with human beings and the winged people who try to find them.

Fins are Forever:Throne renouncing princesses seeking love wonder if they've made the right decision.

Lost Voices: From Alaskan fishing villages and abusive uncles to the sea and fins, life is hard no matter where you are.

Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale: A Princess-Mermaid-Prince love triangle with political intrigue.

The Mermaid's Mirror: A girl risks life and limb in the dangerous ocean. Why? Because mermaids are cool.

Real Mermaid's Don't Wear Toe Rings: The title says it all, right?

Tempest Rising: "I'm seventeen; Do I want fins or legs for my birthday?"

Vicious Deep: Something happened in the water, something that involves underwater people with razor-sharp teeth...

Wrecked: Typical. Girl meets boy. Boy saves girl's life. Witch tells boy to kill girl.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pop Media Mash Day

Hi there! It's been a while. The Summer reading Program has kept us all extraordinarily busy. Some highlights so far: The Voldemort band-aid mural and the ice cream coup at the Harry Potter Double Feature, surpassing last year's registration numbers, and watching as y'all play that game in the YA room, the one with the bad animations of people getting horribly slaughtered while trying to reach their goals. That game is awesome.

Anyway, if the summer of 2012 was to have a soundtrack, tracks 1-3 would be various celebrities ironically reading sections of Fifty Shades of Grey and tracks 4-12 would be that Gotye song. You know the one. You hear it everywhere, but in spite of that saturation it's still catchy, even though you kind of want to strangle someone whenever it comes on. Linda Holmes over at NPR's Monkey See blog has written a brilliant and entertaining piece of cultural criticism about that song and its parodies, and the whole phenomenon of secretly digging something you're ashamed to like. I'll admit that, like the fine fellows in the video below, when The Song comes on I roll my eyes, my finger hoovers over the radio dial (yes, I still listen to the radio) for a full minute, and then I belt out the one lyric I know ("You didn't have to cut me off.") and follow it up with random sounds that approximate the rest of the lyrics. I find repeating "numa, numa" works fairly well.

There's a giant taboo attached to being into something that the whole world is also into. We're all supposed to expressed our individualism by knowing everything about stuff nobody else knows and caring little for whatever the masses are drawn too. However, we all unfailingly flock to the same trends, whether musical, couture or literary. So, this summer I challenge us all to like whatever you like, be it cool or otherwise, and to share in the comments something you're into in spite of yourself. I'll start: I really like that Seal song, Kissed by a Rose. That song was everywhere in the mid-90s. And still, every time I heard it, I wanted to get on my knees in my flannels and combat boots and belt it out while dramatically reaching for the heavens. Unfortunately I was almost always on the bus when it popped up on the radio. So, don't be ashamed. Sing along no matter where you are, loudly declare that you still love Twilight and proudly wear your Uggs with shorts in 80 degree heat. We'll all admire your honesty!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Be Our Guest MASH Day

Youth librarian Holly has written us a recommendation for a historical fiction book. Check out her review below. This is a great crossover for folks who enjoyed Peg Kehret's wonderful autobiography Small Steps. If you love reading about the real lives of fascinating people or the fictionalized lives of people who were or could have been real, stop by the library for more biographical and historical reads!

"As a children's librarian, I have noticed that about the most-often-asked-for juvenile biography is Small Steps, by Peg Kehret. Now I just finished a book that reminded me a lot of that one, so if you liked Small Steps when you were younger, you're sure to like Breathing Room, by Marsha Hayles. This is a story that happens during WWII but with a very different subject than most historical fiction taking place during that time.

Thirteen-year-old Evvy is sent away to Loon Lake Sanatorium to recover from tuberculosis. She shares a room with grouchy Dena, princessy Pearl, always cheerful Beverly, and kindred soul Sarah. The rules of the room are simple. Don't talk. Don't move. That's about it. If you want to get better, you must follow those rules. Of course, that is not so easy for 5 teenage girls, and so of course sometimes those rules are broken.

This powerful story is one of heavy loss but also of strong friendship and hope."



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