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10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Library

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by Becky.
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You know you can get books and movies and music, but did you know about these?

Here are 10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Westerville Public Library!

Hope there is something on this list you didn’t know and are excited to try!

1) Book baskets (or whatever you want to put in them!).

2) Bike locks (for bikes parked at the library).

3) Blu-rays.

4) Playaway Audiobooks and Playaway Views.

5) Artwork & art prints.

6) Kill A Watt EZ energy meter kits.

7) Nook e-readers (some restrictions apply).

8) Laptops (in-house only; some restrictions apply).

9) Videogames (in-house only).

10) Book Discussion Kits for kids & adults.


2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced!

Posted on April 20th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The 28 titles that are nominees for The Young Adult Library Association’s  Teen’s Top Ten award have been announced. I am really excited because I haven’t read most of them yet–YEAH SUMMER READING!!! That is the fun…now that the nominees are announced we have all summer to read the books and then voting for the top ten will begin in August.

Why should you care about this? I’ll tell ya why–because this award is chosen BY teens FOR teens…not by your teachers or your auntie…these are the books that matter to you. So, speak up!I can’t vote on these—but you can!*

Here are the nominees…reserve your copy today!


*ASSUMING that the “YOU” who is reading this is, in fact, a teenager and NOT an alien life form masquerading as a teen human in order to spend your Earth days eating chips and playing video games…or an actual human adult.


Some Doors Shouldn’t be Opened: The Apprenticeship of Viktor Frankenstein

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Books.

This April in The Teen Book Challenge we’ll be reading This Dark Endeavor by Printz Honor medalist, Kenneth Oppel.

In this dark and mysterious book we learn about Viktor Frankenstein’s teen years–before he created life, when he tried to save it. We’ll read about his doomed twin brother Konrad…his first love Elizabeth…and the beginning of the obsession that would take over his life.

This is a book club meeting you won’t want to miss. Reserve your slice of book club pizza today…

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Astrological Readers’ Advisory: Books for Aries

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Mickie.
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Are you an Aries? Do you know any Aries? If you are an Aries or you know an Aries, I don’t need to tell you about this powerful astrological sign. But what should an Aries be reading?

Running from March 21 to April 19, people born under this sign of the Ram are known to be powerful personalities. Often seen as passionate, romantic, powerful, impulsive and firey! The HATE anything boring, ambiguous or mundane. SO–what exactly do these firey busy-bodies like to read? Scroll on down for a heaping helping of Aries reads right in time for your birthday Aries!

OMG! Margo may be an Aries! She is wild and unpredictable and after a wild midnight adventure with mild mannered Q--Margo is missing! Q is obsessed with her and the clues he is sure she left him about what she is doing and where she has gone.

Everyone has a wild friend, but what if hanging out with your wild friend could get you ARRESTED!? Julie wants to be cool and doesn't want her wild child best friend to ditch her but can Julie stand the pressure of living outside the law?

As a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, high-schooler Vee is unhappy to be watched constantly but finds it exhilarating to be paired with handsome Ian taking ever riskier dares--until the stakes become too high.

Aries are often good leaders...this story finds Cassie relocating to New Salem, pursuing a romance with Adam, and assuming joint leadership over an elite coven of witches whose loyalty is tested as Cassie prepares to confront a latest evil force.

Talk about a Aries style power struggle!! In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

The dark side of an Aries...controlling and power hungry: In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

You know what else Aries are know for? They inspire people to be better and DO better! American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.

Finally--Aries are wildly romantic and passionate about their beliefs. When passions collide--then the fireworks begin: The crumbling friendship between writer Lita and entrepreneurial Adam is compromised by unexpected jealousies over each other's romantic entanglements, stolen blog posts and a premature offer to sell a new self-help book



All right–do you agree? Any books to add to Aries’ reading list? Give me a shout back in the comments.
Till next time, stay firey!