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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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We DOUBLE DOG DARE you….

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

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.

 

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Got your library card? You can check out this art. No, really.

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Did you know you can check out artwork from the library and take it home for a month…just like a book?!? It’s true! Take a look at our 380+ check-out-able (yes, I just made up that word) art pieces. Some are prints of famous works, while others are originals by local Westerville and Ohio artists. Click each title to see a thumbnail image of the piece. Never whine about your bare walls again!

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12-12-12 Books to Blow your Mind

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

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!

 

 

 

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

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

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.

 

 

 

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