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Tesla-Mania Hits Bookdom

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books.

Famous oddball┬áinventor Nikola Tesla has gotten a lot of attention recently (possibly thanks to this viral post from The Oatmeal (heads-up: contains some salty language)). And though he’s long gone, his notoriety keeps growing. Not only has he been played by David Bowie onscreen and found his name attached to some of today’s newest electric cars, but you’ll see “Tesla” in many a new book title as well. Read on:


The Accelerati Trilogy, #1, by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman. After their home burns down, fourteen-year-old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle Victorian house they've inherited. When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he's hit in the head by a toaster. That's just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there.


By Elizabeth Rusch. Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned-rival, Thomas Edison. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World's Fair to harnessing Niagara to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time. Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, even the radio -- all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions.


Nick and Tesla series, #1, by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries.


Make it!: No-Mess Tie-Dye Bandanas

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events.

What: Tie-dye bandanas

Who: Ages 12-18

When: This Thursday, January 23, 4:00-5:00pm (that’s 1-23, 4-5, for you numerologists)

How: Register here (or call 614-882-7277 x 5006)

Why: Is it possible to tie-dye indoors in the winter without making a huge mess?! We’ll find out when we decorate bandanas in this science-meets-crafting program for teens.


The Book Thief: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

Friends, readers, moviegoers: do you have your Kleenex handy? Because I’m about to ask you about the book that, hands down, made me cry the hardest I’ve ever cried over a book. First, though, you should know that this book, like How I Live Now (posted about yesterday), was just made into a movie. And you know the danger of books made into movies, right?

Right. So you can see what you think if you’ve bawled your way through The Book Thief book (grab your tissues and reserve it here) and then see the movie (you can reserve the DVD here if you’re not going to the theater). Let us know what you think in the comments below!



How I Live Now: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 19th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

Did anyone see the movie How I Live Now? It started as a book — an award-winning book, as a matter of fact, snagging the Printz Award for best book written for teens the year it came out. Eight years later, it’s a movie!

Curious? Check out the book or reserve the DVD today!

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