Posted on December 12th, 2012 by Mickie.
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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!
Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Mickie.
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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.
YALSA Teen Book Finder- FREE for Apple
DFTBA: Hank and John’s Awesome Adventure- $1.99 for Apple
The Oregon Trail- .99 cents for Apple and Android
The Dragon Slayer- FREE for Apple and Android
Wreck this App- $4.99 for Apple and Android
Polymer- $1.99 for Apple
Echograph- $1.99 for Apple
The Science of Reality-$13.99 for Apple, Nook and Kindle
Ted Books FREE (with in app purchases) for Apple and Android
Stachetastic $.99–3.99 for Apple and Android
Viz Manga FREE (with in app purchases) for Android and Apple
Dark Horse Comics FREE (with in app purchases) for Apple and Android
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 telling...like 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…
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 (email@example.com) or stop into the library to see me and I’ll help you out!
Happy GIF giving!
Posted on November 29th, 2012 by Mickie.
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….NO librarian ever. Until now!
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (that means Reserve it!)
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!
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.
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.
Happy shopping day!
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!
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!
Posted on October 31st, 2012 by Mickie.
What are you dressing up as this year? Let me see your costume and I’ll predict your next good read…
Ah, the classically misunderstood female character! Persecuted throughout history for not meeting social norms, you have seriously Feminist leanings and are good at chemistry! You should read:
The hero/scoundrel scourge of the sea is a wonderful choice for those who like adventure and struggle with the complexities of grammar…you should read:
Oh, geesh…really? A sexy firefighter? A sexy Abe Lincoln!? What is WRONG with you? You should be spending more time with the witch and your parents should roll back your curfew. Here…read about how to be sexy and still wear a ton of clothes:
Poor vampires–they think they want to drink blood like the creatures of the night, but what is really going on? Iron deficiency! Make a sammy!
Wow…phone it in much? You can’t wear your regular clothes for Halloween–that is cheating! Get a real costume…like a MICHIGAN sweatshirt, then we will all know that you are in disguise. Read about someone who is a classic geek masquerading as a successful actor, writer, director and cool guy extraordinaire!
Oh a spooky ghos—what? you aren’t dressed as a ghost…you are a goth? Oh. uh…sorry *awkward silence* HERE–read this!
Aren’t you precious? You secretly suspect that you were adopted by peasants to hid your identity! Too bad you have to put up with pretending you are just an average Jo….read this:
Those of you who came to this month’s Beta Books meeting got to pick the brain of a special guest speaker: YA writer Jody Casella! Her book Thin Space will be out in September 2013, so she was the perfect person to talk to us about the real world of generating ideas, writing books, revising them (and revising again…and again…and again!), getting published, and — a topic that never gets old with us — what makes the best cover art?!
Jody wrote an awesome post about her visit on her blog — be sure to hop over and check it out. As she writes,
These kids were smart and talkative and interested, with their own stories to tell. We talked about unreliable narrators and books we liked and things that got stuck up our noses. Also, how to come up with titles and unlikely names for killers and what to do if the middle of your story starts getting boring. (Answer: make a character die.)
Aw, shucks! Thanks, Jody, for sharing your book and your wisdom with us (and playing along with our crazy nametags and icebreaker games!). Beta Books will be counting down to the release of Thin Space right along with you…and then, of course, we would love to have you back to gab about the final cover.
Posted on October 18th, 2012 by Becky.
So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know alllll about The Hunger Games book series and movie. (And if not, oh no! It seems you have a giant rock on top of your life! Get out from under there and get some fresh air — quick!) We’ve blogged about books you’ll like if you liked the HG series, and we’ve tagged a bunch of readalikes in our library catalog, too.
But what I really want to mention today is the series that came before all the HG madness: The Giver series, by Lois Lowry. That’s right: long before Katniss strung her first arrow, Ms. Lowry penned a novel about a dystopian community in which authoritative control wasn’t doing the people all that much good. Sound like a familiar theme? The book was so amazing that it won the 1994 Newbery Medal, and the recent publication of Son joins Gathering Blue and Messenger to complete what is now called The Giver Quartet. Lois Lowry talks about it, and the inevitable Hunger Games comparisons, in this article in The New York Times Magazine.
So whether you read The Giver back in the day, or are just discovering it as you realize what a cool lens dystopias offer for speculating about our world and what it could become, it’s time to pick it up and see the apple again (read it and you’ll know what I mean).
Posted on October 17th, 2012 by Mickie.
Is life in this after-the-boy-who-lived time getting you down? Are you feeling less magical and more Muggle? Are your friends planning an intervention if you don’t stop inspecting the school bathroom sinks for “The Chamber of Secrets part II?” If any of these things describe you, you may be suffering from Post Potter Problems or PPP for short.
We feel your feel–it is sad knowing that the fun is over, but believe us–there are other GREAT magical reads waiting to be asked to dance. So stop shouting, “Accio Book 8!” to the heavens and check out these other great magical reads!
It’s a happy day when there’s a new book by Raina Telgemeier! Lots of readers at WPL loved her graphic novel Smile, about her own experience as a girl when she fell and knocked out her two front teeth, resulting in years of braces, headgear, and surgery.
She’s just released her latest book, Drama, in which main character Callie does the set design for her middle school play — and as much of the drama happens off-stage as on-stage! Check out the trailer below! Have you read it yet? Tell us what you thought in the comments!
Are you a math geek? I’m not, but I still appreciate a good equation now and then…and I love a good math doodle. Have you seen this cool doodle video by math-fun guru Vi Hart? Check it out – you’ll never look at your in-class doodles the same way again.
All excited about math now? Go read these! Ok, ok – these aren’t all “math” books, but hey sometimes math is the story and sometimes math just makes the story better!
Posted on September 29th, 2012 by Mickie.
Banned Books Week is upon us! But why should you care? Everyone should care about book banning or, more commonly, book challenges. What am I talking about? Here is how The American Library Association explains it:
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
Choosing what to read is a personal thing and if you are a teen–personal decisions may still involve discussion with your parents, your religious leader, your friends, your teachers or anyone else whom you look to for guidance. Most librarians take your freedom to read really seriously–that is why we celebrate Banned Books Week. It is a way to bring awareness to issues of censorship and have community discussions about books and why every citizen should value his or her freedom to read them.
You might be surprised by which books have been challenged or banned–often they are considered classics! Frankly, once I hear that a book has been banned, I can’t WAIT to read it! Can you name these famously banned books by their descriptions? Give me your answers in the comments and be entered to win a signed copy of Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi. It hasn’t been challenged that I know of…it is just a wicked good book!!