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Books = Pizza

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Mickie.
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We are reading a book a month for the Teen Book Challenge.  Read with us…you don’t have to read every book, but if you want to read a bit and come to some fun hang outs, you’ll win an invitation to the book challenge party at the end of the year. Plus you’ll get to hang out with Mickie and Becky. Win. Win.

Next meeting is 1/23 @ 3:30pm. Be there.



Posted on December 19th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Are you ready for the 2013 Teen Challenge?

Each month of 2013 we will challenge you to read a book with us. Then get together with us for FOOD (yeah I said food) and fun as we bring the book to life. If you meet the monthly challenge of reading with us, you will also receive a badge of honor. Collect enough badges by the end of the year and you will earn an invitation to the Teen Challenge Bash!

So let me recap this:

Food + Book + You = Fun

Are you excited yet? You should be.

January’s Book:

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Old freaky pictures? Check. Abandoned mansions? Check. Secrets? Check.
Danger? Double check!

Sign up, get your copy of the book and meet us at the rendezvous point…the library on January 23 at 3:30.



12-12-12 Books to Blow your Mind

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by Mickie.
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You KNEW this post was coming, didn’t you? I couldn’t let this mind-blowing date pass us by with out wrangling it into a book post so here ya go…you’re welcome.

The twelve days of Christmas, it is 12-12-12 and here are your requisite 12 crazy books that have nothing to do with the holidays but are my picks to get you through those annoying lovely family get togethers…enjoy!





Give the Gift of Technology: Great Apps and Digital Books for Teens

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Looking for something to give the teen who has everything? Sneaking a new tablet into your teen’s stocking and want to load it up with some fun stuff so she can dive right in on Christmas morning? Need some way to clue your parents in to what you’d like to have as a gift? LOOK NO FURTHER! This blog post is for you.

Santa Mickie will pull gift ideas for every teen out of her big red sack–Ho Ho Ho! Want even more great suggestions? Visit School Library Journal’s Top Ten Apps list of 2012.

For the Book Worm:

YALSA Teen Book Finder- FREE for Apple

Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States!

For the Nerdfighter:

DFTBA: Hank and John’s Awesome Adventure- $1.99 for Apple

Play John or Hank Green as you battle the minions of World Suck. which have invaded the land of Nerdfighteria. Play through 8 levels of platforming awesomeness, from the video game level, to the Evil Baby Orphanage, to the Internet itself.

For the Gamer Geek:

The Oregon Trail- .99 cents for Apple and Android

An oldie, but goodie--this game lets you pack up your wagon and MANIFEST DESTINY as you travel West into the American Frontier. Did you pack enough nails? Will Mary die of dysentery?

The Dragon Slayer- FREE for Apple and Android

The Dragon Slayers are hunting once again and you have answered the call. Dragon Slayer is a visually spectacular, magic-based combat game

For the Artist Geek:

Wreck this App- $4.99 for Apple and Android

Based on the book, Wreck this app encourages kids to create outside the page. Doodle, deface and deconstruct all in the name of making something new!

For the Puzzle Geek:

Polymer- $1.99 for Apple

Polymer is a strategic shape-creating game that combines the logic of Rubik’s Cube, the sliding mechanism of Chuzzle, and the creativity of Lego.

For the Internet Geek:

Echograph- $1.99 for Apple

Wired magazine calls this app the "instagram of Internet GIFs" it allows you to make GIF (snippets of animated photos) files that are instantly sharable on social media sites.

For the Science Geek:

The Science of Reality-$13.99 for Apple, Nook and Kindle

The ultimate digital book experience from Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s greatest scientists. How do we know what is true? Explore the magic of natural science with clips, interactive demonstrations and beautiful animation and photography.

For the Big Ideas Geek:

Ted Books FREE (with in app purchases) for Apple and Android

TED Books are short original electronic books produced every two weeks by TED Conferences. Like the best TEDTalks, they're personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.

For the Hipster Geek:

Stachetastic $.99–3.99 for Apple and Android

With this easy to use photo editor, you can take a new picture or select one from your photo library and instantly add a mustache or beard from a selection of sweet facial hair.

For the Manga Geek:

Viz Manga FREE (with in app purchases) for Android and Apple

You now have the greatest manga from Japan at your fingertips, at long last in a convenient, downloadable format for your device.

For the Comics Geek:

Dark Horse Comics FREE (with in app purchases) for Apple and Android

Have your favorite Dark Horse comics at your fingertips - anytime, anywhere! Read free digital comics along with hundreds of your Dark Horse favorites starting at 99 cents.





Holiday .GIF Giving Storytelling Contest for Teens

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Have you ever used .gifs? GIFS or Graphic Interchange Formats are little repeating image files that make a few still images look a little like a movie! They are sometimes interesting and artistic…

and sometimes ridiculous and silly…

But I think they are really fun! That brings me to our challenge. I offer you…the Holiday .GIF Giving Storytelling Challenge. I challenge you to re-tell your favorite holiday story using GIFS to accent the story this example that I made where I retell Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh. Do you like how I made with the funny?

Ok. So here is how it works…

  1. Pick your story–something simple is always better, but you do what you want. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  2. Retell the story…you can be serious or funny. It is your story! Type your story out–if you have a Tumblr or you blog somewhere you can type it out there. if you don’t, no worries! You can type it in a Word doc and send it to me or come into the library and you can type it out on one of our computers.
  3. Choose your GIFs–you can start by googling a term that you want to find. For example, for the GIF above, I searched for “Thank you gif” and it sent me to a Tumblr page with a bunch to choose from. You can also search for GIFs at GifSoup and Gifbase or Tumblr.
  4. Keep it appropriate and no bad words!

Now Friends---Auntie Muriel reminds you to be careful when searching for things on the don't want to look at gross stuff so keep your searches clean! You may also want to get an OK from your adult if that is appropriate.

After you find the .GIFs you like, copy the URL for it and put it in your story. Just like you grab a URL for a picture to send to a friend or post to Facebook–if you can do that you can do this. Want a tutorial for how to do that? Check this one out. Still not sure? E-mail me (  or stop into the library to see me and I’ll help you out!

Happy GIF giving!




“Sure we have a copy of the Hunger Games available!” Said…

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by Mickie.
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….NO librarian ever. Until now!

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (that means Reserve it!)


Stories from the Mall–Just in Time for Black Friday!

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by Mickie.
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Are you going shopping before dawn tomorrow? Me either! At least I am an adult and don’t have to go if I don’t want to. Or maybe you are DYING to go and no one will let you…

Well if you are stuck waiting in the car or can’t wait to get your driver’s license so you can take yourself next year, here are some books all about the joy, the terror and the suspense of that American icon…the suburban shopping mall.

The good, the bad, the mall.

In a futuristic alternative school set in a shopping mall where video game-playing students are observed and used by corporate sponsors for market research, Katey "Kid" Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in and whether she even wants to.

When high school junior Tessa Reynolds falls into a coma after getting hit in the head during gym class, she experiences heaven as the mall where her parents work, and she revisits key events from her life, causing her to reevaluate herself and how she wants to live.

After a virus destroys most of the world's adult population, a group of children are delighted to discover a colony of adult survivors in a Florida shopping mall but soon find that they are not as friendly as they appear.

While working at the mall, organizing a school fundraiser, and trying to prove that her best friend's boyfriend is seeing another girl, high-school student Charlotte's best intentions always seem to backfire.

Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb goes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low.

Happy shopping day!



Peace, Love and Pass the Cranberry Sauce: Thanksgiving Books for Every Taste

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Do you love the holiday or hate? It doesn’t matter–we’ve got a book for that!

Want to warm you heart with stories of good people and helping hands? Look no further--read on and store up all the warm fuzzies that the holidays bring!


Hate the holiday and all that touchy-feely junk? Here is a twisted story about a detective who gets psychic impressions from everything he eats....did I mention that he solves murders? Yeah...guess how he gets clues. *shivers*

Do you feel like an alien during the holidays? Are you sure that your family is a bunch of weirdos? This book is kinda like that--it is the flock's first turkey! What can go wrong?

Are you worried about what is going on with your school friends while you are off on break? So do the girls at Waverly...drama and turkey--enough for seconds!

Mmmmm....more Thanksgiving drama than a football game in overtime!

Speaking of football---can't get enough of the couch and the game is over? Here are some short stories about that favorite Thanksgiving day past time!

Vegetarian? No turkeys were harmed in this book--in fact, this turkey stirs up a Lakota indian reservation by its presence and changes a few lives. Gobble Gobble!


You + Books with Cool Math = Awesomesauce

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Are you a math geek? I’m not, but I still appreciate a good equation now and then…and I love a good math doodle. Have you seen this cool doodle video by math-fun guru Vi Hart? Check it out – you’ll never look at your in-class doodles the same way again.

All excited about math now? Go read these! Ok, ok – these aren’t all “math” books, but hey sometimes math is the story and sometimes math just makes the story better!


Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.

The call comes in from the shadowy Ternky Tower: 13 robberies, one on each floor, all the way up to the penthouse, where obnoxious importer Bevel Ternky has been relieved of the numbers garlanding the legendary Emerald Khroniker, his priceless, ancient clock. Readers must conduct their own investigations, scouring detailed illustrations for hidden clues and knotty puzzles

After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

While hiding out from the mob in the suburbs with his mother, a singer, Jackson uses his fascination with math and numbers to make friends, but strange phone calls and even greater threats endanger not only Jackson and his mother, but his new girlfriend, as well.

"In Girls Get Curves, Danica applies her winning methods to geometry. Sizzling with her trademark sass and style"

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Celebrate The Hobbit!

Posted on September 21st, 2012 by Mickie.
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Do you know about second breakfast? Elevensies? If you are a fan of Middle Earth you do!

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Hobbit. How better to celebrate than to nosh–Hobbit Style! Join in with fans across the world and have a celebratory nibble, but act fast it is happening at 11am! Don’t worry if you miss the time–Hobbits always have a little something tucked away for just such an occasion!

While you are snacking, enjoy this trailer for the first movie in Peter Jackson’s three part adaptation…it doesn’t come out until December so that gives you plenty of time to read the book….and pack some more snacks.

Bonus question—can you name all the dwarves? Give me a shout in the comments!



The Homework Help Center is Open!

Posted on August 30th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Need help getting started on a homework assignment, paper or project? Stop in our Homework Help Center staffed with volunteers eager to help.

  • When: Mondays from 3:30-8pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30pm
  • Where: Youth Services Department
  • Who: This service is provided for all elementary, middle and high school students.
  • How: Students will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

Homework Help Center volunteers can assist you with:

  • Understanding your assignment.
  • Attacking your studies.
  • Finding ways to do research.

Need help now?

Can’t wait until the Homework Help Center opens? Try our KnowItNow chat reference service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t forget our on-line databases and librarian-built explore guides–don’t see what you need? Just ask–we are here to help!


Hello Mars and Goodbye Neil: Books about Space Fiction and Space Fact

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Mickie.
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It has a big month for space nuts what with the thrill of Curiosity landing on Mars and with the sad news that space legend Neil Armstrong has died.

In celebration of Neil’s life and of Curiosity’s success, here are some of our favorite books about space exploration – a bit of history, a bit of fiction, but I’ll wager that all of them will change the way you think of that quiet night sky for good.

In 1969 Houston, Texas, thirteen-year-old Scott learns to fly from his father, an Air Force flight instructor, but when NASA needs him for a secret space mission, Scott's elation is tempered by concern that his mother, who has moved to Florida, will find out.

Laika tells the story of the Russia's Sputnik II program and the satellite's canine astronaut, Laika. The book focuses on the dog's hard early life and her bond with a trainer named Yelena.

Astronauts describe their experiences in their own words...behind the scenes stories and great photos!

Now we are on Mars--what are we going to do? As a member of a young crew of astronauts on Mars, the reader is faced with real dangers and must make decisions that will determine the success of the mission.

n 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream is a book about thirteen women who fought to be admitted into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The United States created NASA in 1958 with the requirements of flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and being in top physical shape. The unspoken rule at the time was that you also had to be a man.

A high school senior wins a space suit in a soap jingle contest and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey.

Think you have what it takes to be a rocket scientist? Read on and then try your hand at NASA's rocket simulator






Have You Seen…er…Read This Yet? Book Trailers for New Teen Reads

Posted on August 17th, 2012 by Mickie.
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I admit it–if the book doesn’t have a good cover, I won’t pick it up. And if it doesn’t have a good jacket description, I won’t check it out. I really need to be hooked in the first 30 seconds of meeting a good book or I just won’t give it the chance it probably deserves. Are you that way? I think most people are whether or not they admit it.

SO – this is why book trailers are so exciting to me, because they give a book a new hook. Check out these new releases that are on my radar now just because the trailer was so interesting.

Do you have a favorite to share? Link to it in the comments…







Sayonara 2012 SRP!

Posted on July 29th, 2012 by Mickie.
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You only have today and tomorrow to finish logging your hours and collecting your prizes! If you haven’t finished the program yet, get busy! After tomorrow we’ll bid adieu to the Summer Reading Program until next year!


Less than TWO Weeks Remain for Summer Reading 2012!

Posted on July 18th, 2012 by Mickie.
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With less than 2 Weeks to go in this Summer’s Who Will Own the Night contest, Unicorns are still leading the pack with over 3,000 Hours read! All told, Westerville teens have logged 8,863 hours this Summer! So give yourself a pat on the back or a…ahem…a hoof on the back. Whatever.

If you haven’t finished the program yet there is still time, but hurry—Summer Reading ends promptly after July 30—that is the absolute last day to log or collect prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Crack open that book.