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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!


Calling all Cosplayers!

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Have you tried cosplaying yet? Cosplay is short for costume play and it is a fun way to reinvent your self for a day! Come meet with other cosplayers, learn about cosplay events, share ideas and get creative! This month we will be sewing a DIY cosplay faux fur tail! It is free and we’ll supply the materials…don’t miss out!

Space is limited so sign up now!


Books = Pizza

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

We are reading a book a month for the Teen Book Challenge.  Read with us…you don’t have to read every book, but if you want to read a bit and come to some fun hang outs, you’ll win an invitation to the book challenge party at the end of the year. Plus you’ll get to hang out with Mickie and Becky. Win. Win.

Next meeting is 1/23 @ 3:30pm. Be there.


Sequel surprise: Janie Face to Face

Posted on January 20th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books.

If you’ve read a teen book in the past, oh, 20 years, you’ve proooobably read (or at least heard of) Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton. When Janie is a teenager, she sees one of those “Missing Children” pictures on a carton of milk — and recognizes it as herself (!!!). Several other books followed that one, as readers demanded to know more of Janie’s story: Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio, and What Janie Found. Well, Caroline B. Cooney was planning to stop there, but a question from her editor, Beverly Horowitz, got her wheels turning again:

I said to Caroline, ‘Gee, whatever happened to Janie and Reeve? By now they’d be in college,’ ” Horowitz recalls. “She said, ‘I’m finished with that.’ And then a few weeks later she called me and said, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m not finished with them.’

And so, the final book in the series, Janie Face to Face, came to be. Read more about it here! (Some spoilers if you haven’t read the rest of the series!) Curious? Browse and reserve all the Janie books (they even have spiffy new covers!).


Teen Book Challenge is Coming..

Posted on January 8th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Books.

Are you prepared to delve into the shady world that these children live in?

Read the book.  We dare you to come to the meeting


Pa55word5 are Ea5y 2 Gue55 so Change them!

Posted on January 4th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Technology.

Every New Year people all over the world watch a big sparkly ball drop, eat snack foods, make resolutions and change their online passwords….wait, what?  Yes, you heard me correctly–now is the time to clean up your interwebs! Change your passwords every six months to protect yourself online. You already know better than to share passwords with your friends, but do you know how to create a super strong password that is also easy to remember?

Here are some handy tips from The Daring Librarian and here are some books about computer hackers…read a few of these and you’ll be changing your passwords as often as your underwear!