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Give a Book a Hug, Pweeze?

Posted on February 28th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Here are some exciting new reads that are brand new and waiting for you to take them home and love them *insert puppy dog eyes*.

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‘Listen With’ this! Facebook’s New Feature and Books with Playlists

Posted on January 19th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Have you heard of  “Listen with” on Facebook yet?

This new feature looks like it will be kinda cool, I think–it basically lets you play DJ and listen to music with your friends in real time. Kinda of like the mix tape 2.0. Remember mix tapes? The playlists of the pre-ipod era? Here is how Mashable says it will work…

The feature will start rolling out within the next few weeks. To use it, look for a music note in your chat sidebar. This shows who is listening to music. When you hover over someone’s name, you’ll see a “Listen with x” button that plays the song through whatever service your friend is using. When your friend chooses a new song, you’ll continue to hear what they hear.

“So”, I can hear you thinking. “Yeah, that is great and all, Mickie, but this is a book blog–where are the books?” Well, my friend…be ready to be amazed. We all know that sharing music with people really brings us closer and is a fun way to make memories together (shout out to my buds who saw NKOTB with me at the Ohio State Fair in 1989 WOOT!) and authors know it too. So how can you get closer to the characters you love in the books you read? Why listen to their mix tapes, of course!

Here are some books with playlists for your perusal and more here.

Click on the book to view the playlist. Is there a book you have made a play list for or is there a song that always reminds you of a character–give me a shout about it in the comments.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Paper Towns by John Green

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Lizzy Bennett in a Pair of Pink Chuck Taylors: Books for Teen Fans of Ms. Austen

Posted on January 13th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Do you still live with your parents, but long to spend time at a wealthy relation’s house in London? Do you have a Regency Era dress in your closet, but wonder if you can wear it to prom?  Do you find yourself attracted to guys with “brooding eyes”? Do your friends make fun of you for saying words like “brooding”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be a Jane Austen fan.

If you are an Austen fan, check out these modern teen reads inspired by the tales of Lady Jane…

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

Enthusiasm
by Polly Shulman
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

Epic Fail
by Claire LaZebnik
In this modern take on “Pride and Prejudice,” Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity couple.

Sass & Seredipity
by Jennifer Ziegler
Unlike her romantic sister, Gabby is down-to-earth and does not put her trust in relationships, but when the richest boy in school befriends her, she discovers that emotional barriers might actually be getting in the way of her happiness.

Or for some Funky Jane in Graphic Novel form, don’t miss:

Like Jane, but ready to try something new?  Try these three on for size…

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone
by Dene Low

Petronella’s fashionable friends are arriving at her country estate near London to celebrate her sixteenth birthday and her coming out party. During the festivities, important guests are disappearing, kidnapping notes are appearing, many of the clues are insects, and Uncle Augustus (who has developed a bug eating compulsion) is surreptitiously devouring evidence.

Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.
Austenland
by Shannon Hale
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

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Calling All Writers: The 2012 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

Posted on January 9th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Words & Writing.

Psst! Writers! It’s that time again! Our annual writing contest is back, in which the Arts Council of Westerville, the Westerville Public Library, and the Westerville News & Public Opinion invite participants of all ages to submit original work of 800 words or less. The entry deadline is Tuesday, March 6, %2012, at 9 p.m., so you’ve got lots of time. Full details can be found here. What are you waiting for? Write up those great stories and send ‘em in!

And if you find yourself with a little case of writer's block, be sure to check out some of our great resources, whether they are from this very blog or ye olde library bookshelf!

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During Football Season, Every Game Day is a Holiday: Books for Football Nuts

Posted on January 3rd, 2012 by Mickie.
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If you are reading this blog…

…you may live in Ohio and if you live in Ohio (especially Central Ohio) you know what I am talking about when I say we have some football nuts who live here (not just this guy). For many Ohioans the next upcoming holiday is the next game day… Ohio LOVES football and isn’t afraid to show it!

If you eat and breathe football or bleed team colors…you may enjoy these pigskin reads.

Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he’s determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field–or to discuss his past.

This quick read (only 48 pages!) is just one in a series of quick reads that aim to capture urban teen life–the ups, the downs and the in-betweens of High School.

Kadeem Jones is a star quarterback for Southside High. He is thrilled when college scouts seek him out. His visit to Teller College is amazing, but then NCAA officials accuse Teller’s staff of illegally recruiting top talent. Will Kadeem decide to help their investigation, even though it means the end of the good times? What will it do to his chances of playing college football?

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Twelve-year-old football stars Troy White and Ty Lewis are eager to face each other in a seven-on-seven tournament being held at the Super Bowl in Miami, unaware that bad choices made by members of their families will put both boys in danger.

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

Best friends Cassie and Greg get caught in the middle of a decades-old football rivalry between their high school teams, the Spartans and the Trojans, in this novel loosely based on Homer’s classic tale, The Iliad.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

In a small West Texas town, an Australian exchange student becomes a star on the football field and soon finds himself torn between the lure of America and the ties that bind him to his home in Australia.

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

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The Hobbit trailer: It’s time to get yer Tolkien on

Posted on December 22nd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

It’s here! It’s here! Our first glimpse of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie adaptation! Are you in a comfortable seat? Is the sound turned up on your computer? OK, now take this in:

HOW EXCITED AM I?! Enough to shout on the interwebs, that’s how excited. New resolution for %2012: I’ll be re-reading the book and re-watching the amazing movie series in preparation. More details here.

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Michael Jackson and Edward Cullen Discuss Upcoming Teen Events…Comixed Style

Posted on December 21st, 2011 by Mickie.
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"So, uh, hey Mike...I hear you are getting pretty excited about the WPL We Love the 80s party next Thursday 12/29 at 7pm?"

"Yeah...Edward, I am pretty excited about the party. I was kinda a big deal in the 80s...maybe you heard about that? Anyhoo--at the party there is going to be rad 80s food and a costume contest and music and stuff. Pretty Bad--as in good, you know like I was in the 80s."

"You know, you WERE pretty big in the 80s...if you are into that whole Thriller thing or whatever. Personally, I like classical music and tree-climbing more than werewolves doing silly dances in tacky red leather. You know, I'm kinda a big deal now and I, uh, SPARKLE."

"Oh, geesh...awkward. You see Edward, I sparkle too--'xcept when I do it, it is cool. Ouch."

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Now Read This! Gateway Books to the Classics

Posted on December 20th, 2011 by Mickie.
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Lately I have seen several teens come into the teen room looking for a “classic” for assigned school reading. These teens don’t look happy. I imagine in their minds the classic is synonymous with old, wordy, too long and B-O-R-I-N-G. And, well, yeah some of them may be (looking at you Tale of Two Cities). BUT–many classics are classics for a reason–they are the precursors of the books we love today.

Just like you can’t have a Raichu without first having Pichu and Pikachu, you just wouldn’t have The Hunger Games without first having Anthem or The City of Ember. You get a lot more understanding out of the books you love if you have read some of the giants who came before…

So still think you don’t like the Classics? I have reverse engineered some of today’s hottest reads (with some help from Figment and the famous Becky) to help you find a Classic that you can enjoy reading…even if you are forced to for school.

If you liked….

Then try this classic…

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennett meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy--Can they get it together?

If you liked…

Then try this classic….

If you liked…

Try this classic…

This is where Merlin and Arthur and the Watery Tart (if you are a Monty Python Fan) got their start.

If you liked…

Try this classic…

Pirates and villains and BURIED TREASURE! And miles of sun-stroked beaches to be marooned on--sounds like the worst vacation ever, but a really exciting read!

If you liked…

Try this classic….

If you liked…

try this classic…

If you liked…

Try this classic…

They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere! Ah...dashing and elusive...how le romantic. sigh.

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Not Your Auntie Muriel’s Holiday Reading List

Posted on December 15th, 2011 by Mickie.
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Have you already watched Elf a dozen times? Are you so full of Christmas cookies that you are likely to bust? Can’t watch one more holiday episode where something magical and beautiful happens and people twirl in their happiness under freshly falling snow? Ready to snap in half your mom’s John Denver and The Muppets Holiday CD?  Are you a little more Jack Skellington and a little less George Bailey?

Ok, then. This book list is for you. These holiday books are full of ghosts and sinister plans…donuts and divas…velociraptors and revenge…and not a single one of them has a reindeer.

Ok, Ok…this one is technically a Christmas classic, but it has ghosts and death and scary tombstones. And what about those starving, shrunken children under dude’s coat!? Charles Dickens is seriously dark and this version is a graphic novel which means it is a pretty quick read– so get your spooky on, Christmas Style.

Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.
America’s favorite dysfunctional family is ready for Christmas. The Simpson family deals with radioactive Christmas trees, fruit cakes, happy little elves, miserly Scrooges, defective toys, snowmoms, Grinches, secretive Santas, and impossible-to-keep New Year’s resolutions as they celebrate the winter holidays in their own unique fashion.
In New York City to spend Christmas with his father, thirteen-year-old Adam Adlar discovers that he and his father are still targets of sinister forces and, despite his father’s objections, Adam finds himself drawn back into the struggle against hyper-evolved, deadly velociraptors determined to wreak havoc and spread terror.
Paul loves Christmas, but when his house almost burns down, his mom loses her job, and he catches his girlfriend kissing someone else, Paul decides to make the holiday season a time for revenge.
Upon learning on Christmas Day that their rich and imperious grandmother may soon die and disown the family unless the one who offended her deeply will confess, each of the three Sullivan sisters sets down her offenses on paper.
Ok–Ok, This one is Christmas Magic; with love and cutie pies and New York City under a blanket of beautiful snow.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.
Enjoy ya’ll! I’m off to watch a Muppet Christmas Carol…again…today. What is your favorite off-beat holiday book or movie?

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Talkin’ transmedia: multi-platform books

Posted on December 13th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Technology, Web sites to watch.

You probably know what transmedia is, even if you don’t use that word in your everyday convos (and who does?). It’s an invented word that got a lot of buzz this year, as we saw more books that jumped off the page onto many different media platforms, especially online.

This article highlights a bunch of them, from The Amanda Project (which has a tie-in web site of info gathered to help solve the mystery of a missing teen), to The Search for WondLa (whose illustrations can be held up to a webcam to unlock extras), to Pottermore (which extends and makes interactive the beloved Harry Potter universe).

Pottermore

I’d also add the Skeleton Creek series and 3:15 series (both by Patrick Carman), as well as the Cathy books.

So what do you think? Is this a future trend that will continue, or will straight-up ebooks soon rule the market? Personally, I like the idea of blending paper and other media for a while. That way there is still a piece to enjoy when you aren’t next to a computer/phone/tablet. Am I the old-fashioned librarian in saying this? Tell me in the comments!

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Yaaaawwwn: Books You Give Up Sleep For

Posted on December 8th, 2011 by Mickie.
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Does this make you yawn?

I have yawned THREE times just since starting this post.

A yawn is quite catching you see. Like a cough.
It just takes one yawn to start other yawns off.”
— Dr. Seuss (in Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, New York: Random House, 1962.)

Studies show that yawns are most contagious between family members, but books can get you yawning too.  I like to read before bed, just to transition a bit and wind down, but usually I get so into the book that I am reading WAY past my bed time.  But reading anything I HAVE to read, looking at you school-assigned reading, always makes me nod off….I never did finish a Tale of Two Cities, but I hear it is lovely.

Here are some books you might stay up all night to finish.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Three words: Battle of Hogwarts. Oh yeah. I think I read this in 7 hours…the night it came out.

How I Live Now

Trapped in England after WWIII and developing feelings for her cousin, Daisy has a lot on her plate.

Matched

Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and who to marry.

oh Stephen King...you have been keeping people up for decades--how do you sleep at night!?

The Hunger Games

May the odds be ever in your favor…but if your president’s breath smells like blood, then they probably aren’t.

Yeah...this one kept me up all night saying, "just one more chapter!"

There's ZOMBIES in them thar hills!

One wild night in the city and anything is possible...even love between the most unlikely of couples...sigh...

Water for Elephants

Love is a battlefield, but PASSION is a circus...

What book makes you give up sleep? Give me a shout back in the comments.

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Magical Cats….They are Everywhere.

Posted on November 28th, 2011 by Mickie.
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Have you noticed the clowder of cats lately? Not just any cats…MAGICAL cats.  When is the last time you read about a magical dog? It happens…but not as often as cats. More often a story about a dog shows them saving the day or being there for you when you need them the most….but cats? Cats are sneaky and full of magic…don’t turn your back on them because you’ll never know what they are going to do next. Behold the evidence:

Five original stories where strange changes occur, from a boy and a cat changing places and a young man learning the price of selfishness to an invisible princess finding herself.

A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

Young Christopher Chant, in training to become the next Chrestomanci or head controller of magic in the world, becomes a key figure in a battle with renegade sorcerers because he has nine lives LIKE A CAT..

Plain Kate's odd appearance and expertise as a woodcarver cause some to think her a witch, but friendship with a talking cat and, later, with humans help her to survive and even thrive in a world of magic, charms, and fear.

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. Her only companion...a fluffy white talking cat who may actually be a demon intent of her destruction.

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne, Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family, Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips, and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction.

Cassel Sharpe knows he killed his best friend. He also knows that the cat he keeps seeing in his dreams is trying to tell him something. Could the two things be related? This book is Harry Potter meets the mob.

What is YOUR favorite cat book–magical or otherwise? Give me a shout back in the comments, people!

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Thanksgiving hours: Happy Turkey Day!

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events.

Just a friendly reminder: we’re closing at 6 pm tonight (Wed, Nov. 23) and remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 24). We’ll be open as usual on Friday and Saturday this week, 9 am-6pm!

What are you reading over the long weekend? For some great ideas, check out our %2011 Gift Guide for teens — it’s chock-full of some librarian favs!

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The Twilight Belt: Where the biggest Twi-hards live?

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Web sites to watch.

How many of y’all use the web site Goodreads to track what you and your friends are reading? I know I do, and so does your Westerville Public Library! But even so, it took alert reader Mickie to point out this awesome post on their blog. They’ve taken their vast amount of data on the Twilight Saga and made a handy infographic to show where the most Twilight fans (and non-fans) reside. And 12 times more females read Twilight than males — surprised? ;)

If you’re all “been there, done that” about Twilight but still love you some vampire fiction or paranormal romance, be sure to scope out our list of Twilight readalikes!

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How’s that Novel Coming Along? Adventures in NaNoWriMo Land

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by Mickie.
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We are half way through November, do you know where your novel is? Keep writing! If you need a pep talk, stop by nanowrimo.org for inspiring advice like this gem from Erin Morgenstern:

Never delete anything. If you can’t stand to look at it, change the font to white and keep going.

If possible, get a running start. It gives you flexibility for later in the month when you desperately need to do something, anything that doesn’t involve writing once in a while.

Do something, anything that doesn’t involve writing once in a while. Take a walk, go to a museum, do yoga, paint your toenails, spin around in circles. Shake your brain up so the ideas can move around.

Backup. Frequently. Flash drives are your friends. Also, I hear you can store things on clouds now but I’m not sure how that works. It sounds very whimsical, though, and I am a fan of whimsy.

Take risks. (Microsoft Word wanted to autocorrect that to “Take care.” Clearly, Word does not understand NaNoWriMo. Also, this is why I normally write in Scrivener. Scrivener would never suggest such a thing.)

When in doubt, just add ninjas. (Ninjas do not need to be actual ninjas.) (But they can be.)

Let yourself be surprised.

Think you are wasting your time? Maybe not–here is a list of actual novels written as NaNoWriMo month projects. Now why are you wasting time reading blogs!? Brew some more coffee and get back to that novel!! We’re hosting a night of support and camaraderie for the final push on 11/30 @ 7pm and we can’t wait to see what you have written!

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