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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!)


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.


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!


Books to Read While Waiting in Line to Buy Halo 4

Posted on November 6th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Books, Technology.

Can’t wait to get your hands on the super anticipated Halo 4? I know many of you are pretty darn excited and have lots of questions about what is going to happen with Master Chief and the gang… Will Cortana go rampant? What will humanity and the UNSC *do* with all that Forerunner technology?

Sorry–I don’t have the answers, but I can suggest some books to read while you wait!

The Doctor and Romana receive a mysterious distress signal, leading them to Cambridge University, home of The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis. Chronotis inadvertently lets a Time Lord artifact, a book entitled The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey, pass into the hands of a clueless young student. Unfortunately, an egomanic called Skagra also has designs on the book and will do anything to get it. Can The Doctor find the book, stop Skagra's nefarious scheme, and unearth the secrets of Shada?

Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.


Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world.

Lyle, Karen, Janie, and Reese must find a way off an island while they dodge strange and dangerous things on the island.

Twenty-five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth. They gave the human race the greatest technology ever seen -- four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles into space and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.


Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence Earth and another planet are at stake.