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The Fault in Our Stars: The Movie, and What to Read Next

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

So, by now most of the internet has sobbed several times over the recently-released trailer for The Fault in Our Stars movie. If you haven’t, take a moment. We won’t look.

Whether you’re counting the seconds waiting for this amazing adaptation to come out, or giving it the side-eye because nothing can be as amazing as the original book, a lot of you are asking WHAT ELSE CAN I READ? For one thing, there’s This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl:

John Green says he never would have written The Fault in Our Stars, his best-selling novel narrated by a 16-year-old girl with cancer, had he not gotten to know Esther Earl, who was 16 when she died of cancer four years ago.

However, John makes sure to clarify that TFiOS’s Hazel is fictional and NOT based on Esther directly.

Want more? Check out these books we think TFiOS fans will enjoy.

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Make it!: No-Mess Tie-Dye Bandanas

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events.

What: Tie-dye bandanas

Who: Ages 12-18

When: This Thursday, January 23, 4:00-5:00pm (that’s 1-23, 4-5, for you numerologists)

How: Register here (or call 614-882-7277 x 5006)

Why: Is it possible to tie-dye indoors in the winter without making a huge mess?! We’ll find out when we decorate bandanas in this science-meets-crafting program for teens.

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The Book Thief: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

Friends, readers, moviegoers: do you have your Kleenex handy? Because I’m about to ask you about the book that, hands down, made me cry the hardest I’ve ever cried over a book. First, though, you should know that this book, like How I Live Now (posted about yesterday), was just made into a movie. And you know the danger of books made into movies, right?

Right. So you can see what you think if you’ve bawled your way through The Book Thief book (grab your tissues and reserve it here) and then see the movie (you can reserve the DVD here if you’re not going to the theater). Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

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Mark Your Calendars: 10 Top Tips for Student Success

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Homework Help.

Got homework? (Who doesn’t?!)

Discover ten of the library’s best kept secrets for helping students Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn to access reliable information and resources quickly and easily. Once you know how, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! :)

This program will take place in the Youth Services Activity Center on Saturday, November 2, 2:00-2:30pm. Spots are still open — register now!

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2013 Teens’ Top Ten Winners Announced!

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

MORE book voting news! Can you stand it?! It’s like Oscar season in libraryland. The end of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19, 2013) means that the teen nominations have been made, votes have been counted up nationally, and the winners have been announced. Ready to tear open the envelope…er, click play? DO IT:

The best news is, you can get all these awesome teen-approved great reads from the library.

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Vote For Your Favorite Book!

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

Did you know YOU can vote for a book award that is special to Ohio? It’s true! The Buckeyes are one of the only State Reader’s Choice Awards in the country where books are both nominated and voted on by students, not adults. The students do all the nominating and voting online. Now that we’re down to the final vote, you can also pick up a ballot in the Teen Center of the library!

2013 Teen Nominees are The Fault in Our Stars, Goliath (Leviathan #3), Insurgent (Divergent #2), The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3), and Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3).

Which is your favorite? Vote online or in person by the November 10 deadline, and then watch the Buckeye Book Awards Facebook page for announcement of the winners! Go Ohio!

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Teen Read Week is here!!

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books, Events.

You guys! It’s that time! That week of the year when we already-crazy librarians get a little more crazed about one of our favorite things: READING! Teen Read Week is all about the celebration of teens reading for fun (raise your hand if your life could use some more fun reading…you too, eh?) and this year’s theme is Seek The Unknown @ Your Library. <cue spooky music>

OK, so even though you could interpret this as a little bit spooky, I love thinking of it as pursuing anything you want to know more about and can read about! What have you learned more about from reading? I’ll tell you one of mine, if you promise not to laugh: interior decorating. Yep. I think it has to do with being an artistic person and also really liking to hang out at home. At one point I got so into reading decorating books that I made my own Goodreads shelf to keep track of them. No joke!

So what about you? What new knowledge have you sought at the library or in books or reading?

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Get a CLUE at It’s a Mystery for Teens!

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Events.

Peacocks and Mustard and Scarlet, OH MY! There has been a murder in the library! Who done it?! What did they use? Where did it happen? Are you going to eat the rest of those snacks?

Find out the answers to these questions, watch the classic whodunit movie CLUE on the big screen and see if you have what it takes to solve the mystery! Space is limited so reserve today!

Work together on a life-sized game board (huge dice included) to figure out the clues and find the murderer!

 

 

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“And the award goes to…”: This year’s Printz winner & more

Posted on January 31st, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

Have you heard? Monday was the big day for award announcements in libraryland for youth, and here at WPL, we gathered around our online streams of the announcements like it was the Oscars — ’cause, well, in our world, it pretty much is! The big awards you probably know about are the Caldecott (most distinguished American picture book for children) and Newbery (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children). But did you know there are awards for teen books as well?

image via School Library Journal

The big one is The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and this year it went to In Darkness, by Nick Lake:

In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.

There’s also the Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, which went to The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd, produced by Brilliance Audio:

And don’t forget the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Believe me, when a nonfiction book gets an award, it’s GOOD. No dry textbook stuff here! Don’t miss this year’s winner, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon:

In this suspenseful combination of science and history, Sheinkin masterfully exposes the international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II.  This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep readers on the edge of their seats.  -YALSA award site

Finally, I want to mention the The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Many of you already know this year’s winner, Rachel Hartman, and her book Seraphina:

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

These are just a few of the MANY awards that were announced this week. You can see a full list of the ALA Youth Media Awards (including honor books), and you can browse and reserve all the books from the library. Happy reading!

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Love and Other Perishable Items: A Beta Books Review

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events.

Airy, another avid reader at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, has submitted our latest review! Check out her thoughts below. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!

Reviewer: Airy

Title: Love and Other Perishable Items

Author: Laura Buzo

What did you think of the cover? I think that the cover is okay.

Did you think it matched the story? Okay.

What did you think of the book?

The book was very interesting, and my favorite part is when Amelia and Chris’s relationship intensifies.

How would you rate this book? 4 stars — Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

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Out of the Easy: A Beta Books Review

Posted on November 26th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events.

Jayla, another voracious reader at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, has submitted our latest review! Check out her thoughts below. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!

Reviewer: Jayla

Title: Out of the Easy

Author: Ruta Sepetys

What did you think of the cover? I loved the book cover design of the ARC and definitely wouldn’t change it. It’s artistic and I think the birdcage is a metaphor relating to Josie Moraine’s (the main character) life.

What did you think of the book?

I thought “Out of the Easy” was very distinctive from most YA novels. While reading, it was easy to get lost in the story. I really liked Josie – she was a tough heroine, but also had her flaws which made her seem more real than fictitious. And the setting for the story, New Orleans, was perfect. The only things I disliked were the mystery elements (which were too weak and made me lose a little interest in the story) and the supporting characters could have had much more depth to them.

I would definitely recommend this to a friend who enjoys historical fiction, but not to someone who is use to fast-paced novels.

How would you rate this book? 3 stars – Pretty good. I wanted to see how it ended.

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Author Jody Casella rocked as Beta Books guest speaker!

Posted on October 25th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events.

Those of you who came to this month’s Beta Books meeting got to pick the brain of a special guest speaker: YA writer Jody Casella! Her book Thin Space will be out in September 2013, so she was the perfect person to talk to us about the real world of generating ideas, writing books, revising them (and revising again…and again…and again!), getting published, and — a topic that never gets old with us — what makes the best cover art?!

Jody wrote an awesome post about her visit on her blog — be sure to hop over and check it out. As she writes,

These kids were smart and talkative and interested, with their own stories to tell. We talked about unreliable narrators and books we liked and things that got stuck up our noses. Also, how to come up with titles and unlikely names for killers and what to do if the middle of your story starts getting boring. (Answer: make a character die.)

Aw, shucks! Thanks, Jody, for sharing your book and your wisdom with us (and playing along with our crazy nametags and icebreaker games!). Beta Books will be counting down to the release of Thin Space right along with you…and then, of course, we would love to have you back to gab about the final cover. ;)

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Do you like Parrots? Muppets? Johnny Depp? You are Going to Love this Post

Posted on September 19th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Events, Random Fun.

The pirate speaks,”Books and Fun about Pirates! Today be talk like a pirate day and we love pirates! Read about them, find your own pirate name, learn the lingo and sing a song o’ the high seas! Talk like a pirate day be about fun and if you don’t like it you can walk the plank!”

  • Need a good yarn? Read these books about pirates! (WPL is not responsible for your sudden desire to own a talking parrot)
  • Don’t have a pirate name? Find your name and insist that your parents call you by it! Like this, “Mother–you simple DO NOT command Captain Jane Squiddly Britches to clean her room.  Saavy?” (WPL is not responsible for groundings and/or lectures about respectful discourse)
  • Learn the lingo. Don’t Sprechen Sie the lingity? You can learn to speak pirate with our Mango Language program from our online collections.
  • Sing a pirate song! Here is a super mash up video from Pirates of the Caribbean and Muppet Treasure Island. Have you considered the life of a professional pirate? Maybe you should! (WPL is not responsible for angry guidance counselors or your sudden disinterest in attending business school)

 

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Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom: A Beta Books Review

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events.

Edrictheninja, another book fan at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, has submitted our latest review! Check out his thoughts below. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!

Reviewer: edrictheninja

Title: Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of DOOM

Author: Marty Kelley

What did you think of the cover? It definetly made attracted your attention and the way he wrote the title made it clear that it takes place in elementary school.

What did you think of the book? the book was good and also pretty funny but had a lot of big words I understood most of them but i dont know if the target audience (young peaple according to holiday house a part of the marketing campiagn) would understand it. also the title made it sound as though it was more focused on bran muffins of doom versus the fame and fortune part

How would you rate this book? 3 stars – Pretty good. I wanted to see how it ended.

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Beta Books: The latest reviews are in!

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events, Words & Writing.

The readers at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, have been super-busy this summer! Read on for their latest reviews. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!

Reviewer: Emma D.

Title: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Author: Leslea Newman

What did you think of the cover? It matched the story because it was the scene of the incident that happened.

What did you think of the book? I loved the format of it being in poems but hearing the feelings of inanimate objects. Yes, I would recommend it, but to someone who could handle it.

How would you rate this book? 4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

 

Reviewer: sema3

Title: The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

Author: Scott Nash

What did you think of the cover? I think the cover reflected the story well. I don’t think the cover should be changed.

What did you think of the book? My favorite part was the part where the half destroyed ship flew along with gabriel flying in front of the ship. Another good part was when they were steeling weapons from the crows armory. I think I would recommend the book to a friend.

How would you rate this book? 5 stars – Unbelievable! I’d rather read this book than sleep!

Reviewer: edrictheninja

Title: The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid

Author: Robin Mellom

What did you think of the cover? it helped you imagine all of the characters appearances

What did you think of the book? i thought it was very entertaining and funny, i would reccomend it to a friend, and my favorite part was the end where he dumped orange soda on Coreys head and he ran into the girls restroom

How would you rate this book? 4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

 

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