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Accio Memories: Remembering Harry Potter in a Magicky Wordle

Posted on July 15th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Movies, Words & Writing.

Today I feel nostalgic as fans everywhere queue up to see HPatDH part II…I feel as cackly as Babbity-Rabbity and as fiery as Hungarian Horntail and I feel as happy as a boy who lived.

How do you feel?

Join us in recording our feelings and memories about Harry Potter in your own words. Take a look at the questions below and leave your answers in the comments.

The Questions

  • Describe your earliest or best Memory of Harry Potter.
  • Name your five fave characters and give one word that describes them.
  • Your favorite Harry Potter Spell is _______.
  • Harry Potter to you, means…
  • If you could tell Harry or JK Rowling anything, it would be?

We’ll take all the answers and plug them into Wordle and then we’ll post the beautiful word cloud in celebration of how Harry and Hermione and Ron and Hagrid and Dumbledore and Neville and ….well, how everyone in Harry’s world has touched ours.

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Interview with a Teen Volunteer! (+HG movie tidbits)

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Teen Volunteers.

You guys should totally hop on over to another teen-related blog, The Hub, and check out this interview with our own awesome Teen Volunteer, Luke. If you ever want to be interviewed, let me know in the comments here!

In other news, I wanted to make sure you saw all these juicy updates about The Hunger Games movie — including (possibly) District 12 pictures!! What do you think? Looking true to the book so far?

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Jeff Bridges as The Giver?! Yea or nay?

Posted on June 28th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

Whilst perusing the internets at lunch, I stumbled across this tidbit announcing that actor Jeff Bridges has finally purchased the rights to Lois Lowry’s futuristic tale, The Giver. Bridges is also considering playing the role of the elderly Giver himself:

“I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges,” says the True Grit actor, who has been eyeing the project for some time, ”however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it.”

What do you think? Is he a good fit? Do you think this 1993 book will still have a fan base? I think it will — not only is it a Newbery winner (browse our past winners online!) that many kids still read, but new readers have been discovering it thanks to dystopian fiction being The Big Thing right now!

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I’m wonderstruck by Wonderstruck

Posted on June 21st, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

I just had the chance to read the ARC of Wonderstruck, the upcoming book release from Brian Selznick, and oh. my. gosh. It might be my new favorite book. You probably remember his unique words-and-pictures storytelling method from The Invention of Hugo Cabret (currently being made into a movie), and this book is formatted similarly, only there are two storylines and 100 drawings MORE than in Hugo Cabret.

Intrigued? The final book isn’t out till September 13, but you can reserve your copy now! (Or maybe, if you’re lucky, pry it from the sticky fingers of our Teen ARC Club.) I just love this book trailer, which makes it look like Selznick is walking through his own drawings. What do you think? Amazing or what?!

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Wicked Lovely: The Movie

Posted on June 13th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

Have you heard? The popular urban fantasy/dark fairy series Wicked Lovely is going to be made into a movie! Who would you cast as the main characters? Keep tabs on this Melissa Marr fan site for the latest details. And in the meantime, enjoy the book trailer for the final book in the series, Darkest Mercy. These covers have got to be some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen!

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Fans make great book trailers

Posted on May 13th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Technology.

Stumbled across this really cool fan-made book trailer for Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (which more than one person has told me to read ASAP!). If you’ve read the book, what do you think? Does this trailer do it justice?

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But will he sparkle?

Posted on May 3rd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

So, are you going to see Water for Elephants and check out Robert Pattinson in a non-wizard, non-vampire role? Can he manage it?! Don’t forget you can check out the book the movie was based on, or just check out a book along the lines of I Love Robert Pattinson (no, seriously).

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“Who would’ve guessed that everyone in school was a professional dancer?”

Posted on April 12th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

Call me a sap, but even though I never cared for prom, I totally want to see this!! I love Aimee Teegarden in Friday Night Lights, and, well, I’m kind of a sucker for this kind of movie (insert embarrassing and outdated love for High School Musical here). Plus, the novel adaptation is already out!

You can be all about the dress and the date, or all about the staying-home-and-leaving-the-drama-to-others, and there will still be a book for you. Prom Nights From Hell? Got it. (This one also includes something rare: a non-Twilight story from Stephenie Meyer.) A modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice called (wait for it)………..Prom & Prejudice? Got that too.

What’s your take — will you see the movie, read the book, or neither?

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RIP, Diana Wynne Jones

Posted on March 28th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

Sad news for today’s post: beloved fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones died over the weekend. Her books for kids and teens have a solid following that was, in many ways, like a well-kept secret — at least until the spotlight (or was it the librarians?) found her as a great Harry Potter readalike. Boarding schools in England? Wizards? Family drama? Humor and fantasy? Check, check, check, and check.

You may also have heard of Howl’s Moving Castle, which was adapted into an anime film by Hayao Miyazaki.

If you’ve haven’t yet tried this author, you owe it to yourself! Check out all we’ve got by Diana Wynne Jones.

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Across the Universe: the book, not the Beatles song

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Music.

Check out this awesome book trailer for the new book Across the Universe, by Beth Revis. I can’t wait to read it!

Oh, and if the title sounds familiar, that’s ’cause it’s also a Julie Taymor movie and a song by The Beatles. Nothing’s gonna change my woooorrld…

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And the role of Katniss goes to…

Posted on March 18th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence! It’s official. Hunger Games fans everywhere are chiming in — what do YOU think? Have you seen any of her acting work? Can she pull off the role?

And of course, the question still remains…who should play Peeta and Gale?

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Blu-ray has landed!

Posted on February 28th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Movies, Technology.

Breaking news! Today marks the first day that WPL has offered movies on Blu-ray! Here’s what we’ve got so far. (You can also search “blu-ray” in the library catalog.)

For those who use Blu-ray…how do you like it? Better picture/sound, etc.? Do you think it is worth a special player, since they won’t play in a regular DVD player?

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Pro-Valentiners, this one’s for you

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Movies.

This Saturday is our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, but we know there are many sides to that thing called love. For a dose of the sweeping, dare-you-not-to-bawl-into-your-popcorn romance, stop by tomorrow afternoon for our 3:30 showing of “The Notebook.”

Besides, nothing makes my heart thump more than the words “FREE POPCORN.” ;)

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Don’t you ever interrupt me while I’m readin’ my book

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Music.

This…is my new favorite song:

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Kitten Needs A Job

Posted on January 14th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Movies, Web sites to watch.

Have you seen this adorable video? It’s made by local librarians from SaveOhioLibraries.com. Anyone who’s looking for a job, and/or wondering what the public library can do for them, should check it out! (And so should anyone who loves kittens. I mean, how can you resist kittens?!)

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