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Celebrate The Hobbit!

Posted on September 21st, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

Do you know about second breakfast? Elevensies? If you are a fan of Middle Earth you do!

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Hobbit. How better to celebrate than to nosh–Hobbit Style! Join in with fans across the world and have a celebratory nibble, but act fast it is happening at 11am! Don’t worry if you miss the time–Hobbits always have a little something tucked away for just such an occasion!

While you are snacking, enjoy this trailer for the first movie in Peter Jackson’s three part adaptation…it doesn’t come out until December so that gives you plenty of time to read the book….and pack some more snacks.

Bonus question—can you name all the dwarves? Give me a shout in the comments!



Do you like Parrots? Muppets? Johnny Depp? You are Going to Love this Post

Posted on September 19th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Events, Random Fun.

The pirate speaks,”Books and Fun about Pirates! Today be talk like a pirate day and we love pirates! Read about them, find your own pirate name, learn the lingo and sing a song o’ the high seas! Talk like a pirate day be about fun and if you don’t like it you can walk the plank!”

  • Need a good yarn? Read these books about pirates! (WPL is not responsible for your sudden desire to own a talking parrot)
  • Don’t have a pirate name? Find your name and insist that your parents call you by it! Like this, “Mother–you simple DO NOT command Captain Jane Squiddly Britches to clean her room.  Saavy?” (WPL is not responsible for groundings and/or lectures about respectful discourse)
  • Learn the lingo. Don’t Sprechen Sie the lingity? You can learn to speak pirate with our Mango Language program from our online collections.
  • Sing a pirate song! Here is a super mash up video from Pirates of the Caribbean and Muppet Treasure Island. Have you considered the life of a professional pirate? Maybe you should! (WPL is not responsible for angry guidance counselors or your sudden disinterest in attending business school)



Books about Carnivals: Creepy or Cool?

Posted on September 12th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Books.


After watching this video today  from the Vlogbrothers about an abandoned Ferris Wheel that still turns….10 years after the park closed, I started thinking about how creepy a carnival can be. I have never actually had a bad experience at one so why can they seem so creepy? Is it because it is so “other-worldly” to have garish lights and music going at all hours? Maybe because it is unnatural for our bodies to fly and twist they way they do on rides? Maybe. But those are also the reasons that make carnivals and theme parks SO MUCH FUN!

How do you feel about it? Have a story to share? Let me hear your best and worst carnival story in the comments and enjoy these top 5 YA carnival books….got one to add? Give me a shout back in the comments.

#5 The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Gabry knows it is wrong to sneak out of the compound's protection and into the abandoned theme park, but her friends are doing it and the boy she likes wants her to go and the fences will keep the zombies out, right? Wrong, Gabry....dead wrong.

#4 Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge presented there by the beautiful Cassandra.

#3 The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

It's all fun and games until you are being buried alive. Tell that to Fortunato-he was partying at Carnival with his "good friend" and by the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is too drunk and too alone and too far under the city for anyone to hear his cries.

#2 The Likes of Me by Randall Platt

Where do you find work in 1918 when you are half Chinese and half Albino and all in love with a carny boy named Squirl? You join the freak show. But does that make you a freak??

#1 Something Wicked This Way Comes: Graphic Novel Adaptation by Ray Bradbury

The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

BONUS BOOKS! Like adult reads? Check out these two creepy carnivals from the adult section…

The story of what is perhaps America's first serial killer. He stalked his victims on the grounds of the beautiful Chicago's Worlds' Fair. True Story Bro.

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.


Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom: A Beta Books Review

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events.

Edrictheninja, another book fan at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, has submitted our latest review! Check out his thoughts below. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!

Reviewer: edrictheninja

Title: Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of DOOM

Author: Marty Kelley

What did you think of the cover? It definetly made attracted your attention and the way he wrote the title made it clear that it takes place in elementary school.

What did you think of the book? the book was good and also pretty funny but had a lot of big words I understood most of them but i dont know if the target audience (young peaple according to holiday house a part of the marketing campiagn) would understand it. also the title made it sound as though it was more focused on bran muffins of doom versus the fame and fortune part

How would you rate this book? 3 stars – Pretty good. I wanted to see how it ended.


The Homework Help Center is Open!

Posted on August 30th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

Need help getting started on a homework assignment, paper or project? Stop in our Homework Help Center staffed with volunteers eager to help.

  • When: Mondays from 3:30-8pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30pm
  • Where: Youth Services Department
  • Who: This service is provided for all elementary, middle and high school students.
  • How: Students will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

Homework Help Center volunteers can assist you with:

  • Understanding your assignment.
  • Attacking your studies.
  • Finding ways to do research.

Need help now?

Can’t wait until the Homework Help Center opens? Try our KnowItNow chat reference service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t forget our on-line databases and librarian-built explore guides–don’t see what you need? Just ask–we are here to help!


Hello Mars and Goodbye Neil: Books about Space Fiction and Space Fact

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

It has a big month for space nuts what with the thrill of Curiosity landing on Mars and with the sad news that space legend Neil Armstrong has died.

In celebration of Neil’s life and of Curiosity’s success, here are some of our favorite books about space exploration – a bit of history, a bit of fiction, but I’ll wager that all of them will change the way you think of that quiet night sky for good.

In 1969 Houston, Texas, thirteen-year-old Scott learns to fly from his father, an Air Force flight instructor, but when NASA needs him for a secret space mission, Scott's elation is tempered by concern that his mother, who has moved to Florida, will find out.

Laika tells the story of the Russia's Sputnik II program and the satellite's canine astronaut, Laika. The book focuses on the dog's hard early life and her bond with a trainer named Yelena.

Astronauts describe their experiences in their own words...behind the scenes stories and great photos!

Now we are on Mars--what are we going to do? As a member of a young crew of astronauts on Mars, the reader is faced with real dangers and must make decisions that will determine the success of the mission.

n 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream is a book about thirteen women who fought to be admitted into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The United States created NASA in 1958 with the requirements of flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and being in top physical shape. The unspoken rule at the time was that you also had to be a man.

A high school senior wins a space suit in a soap jingle contest and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey.

Think you have what it takes to be a rocket scientist? Read on and then try your hand at NASA's rocket simulator






Have You Seen…er…Read This Yet? Book Trailers for New Teen Reads

Posted on August 17th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

I admit it–if the book doesn’t have a good cover, I won’t pick it up. And if it doesn’t have a good jacket description, I won’t check it out. I really need to be hooked in the first 30 seconds of meeting a good book or I just won’t give it the chance it probably deserves. Are you that way? I think most people are whether or not they admit it.

SO – this is why book trailers are so exciting to me, because they give a book a new hook. Check out these new releases that are on my radar now just because the trailer was so interesting.

Do you have a favorite to share? Link to it in the comments…







Are YOU Ready for School? Books about Living the High (School) Life

Posted on August 10th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Books.

You probably hate school (but I hope you don’t). School is something that we all try to live through and hopefully you make it to the other side with some self esteem intact and the ability to count back change.

On the bright side, school is where your friends are and that is cool, right? But on the dark side, school is where your frenemies are. *shudders* Back on the bright side, school means tater tots for lunch. Yes! But it also means homework. *sigh*

Do you often wish your school life had more drama? It isn’t all that it is cracked up to be…just ask these books.

Frankie Stein was created in a laboratory, and when she enters Merston High School camouflaged as a "normie," all she wants is to fit in, but it takes the help of another new student who believes that everyone should be treated equally before Frankie even has a chance.

Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

When fourteen-year-old Anthony "Ant" Jones from the ghetto of East Cleveland, Ohio, gets a scholarship to a prep school in Maine, he finds that he must change his image and adapt to a world that never fully accepts him, but when he goes home he discovers that he no longer truly belongs there either.

Brooklyn fourteen-year-old Kelsey Finkelstein embarks on her freshman year of high school in Manhattan with the intention of "rebranding" herself, but unfortunately everything she tries to do is a total disaster..

After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.

When a virus deadly to adults infects their high school, brothers David and Will and the other students soon break into gangs that fight each other for survival and the hope of escaping their quarantine.

Still not sure you want to go back? Take a peek at popular author and Grand Pooh-bah Nerdfighter John Green‘s “An Open Letter to Students” and as they say in John’s hometown,”Don’t forget to be awesome!”




Beta Books: The latest reviews are in!

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Beta Books, Books, Events, Words & Writing.

The readers at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, have been super-busy this summer! Read on for their latest reviews. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!

Reviewer: Emma D.

Title: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Author: Leslea Newman

What did you think of the cover? It matched the story because it was the scene of the incident that happened.

What did you think of the book? I loved the format of it being in poems but hearing the feelings of inanimate objects. Yes, I would recommend it, but to someone who could handle it.

How would you rate this book? 4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.


Reviewer: sema3

Title: The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

Author: Scott Nash

What did you think of the cover? I think the cover reflected the story well. I don’t think the cover should be changed.

What did you think of the book? My favorite part was the part where the half destroyed ship flew along with gabriel flying in front of the ship. Another good part was when they were steeling weapons from the crows armory. I think I would recommend the book to a friend.

How would you rate this book? 5 stars – Unbelievable! I’d rather read this book than sleep!

Reviewer: edrictheninja

Title: The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid

Author: Robin Mellom

What did you think of the cover? it helped you imagine all of the characters appearances

What did you think of the book? i thought it was very entertaining and funny, i would reccomend it to a friend, and my favorite part was the end where he dumped orange soda on Coreys head and he ran into the girls restroom

How would you rate this book? 4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.



Mirror, Mirror: Wardrobe and Beauty Tips and Tricks

Posted on August 7th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Fashion.

(Image by Flickr user Bram & Vera)

Calling all who love fashion! Do you know what clothes work for your body type? What colors look great with your skin tone? You’ll want to register for this event and mark your calendars!

What: Get tips and tricks and the latest trends from a personal shopper and make-up artist.

When: Monday, August 27, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Meeting Room A

How: Register here, or call 614-882-7277 ext. 5004

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Sayonara 2012 SRP!

Posted on July 29th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

You only have today and tomorrow to finish logging your hours and collecting your prizes! If you haven’t finished the program yet, get busy! After tomorrow we’ll bid adieu to the Summer Reading Program until next year!


Less than TWO Weeks Remain for Summer Reading 2012!

Posted on July 18th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

With less than 2 Weeks to go in this Summer’s Who Will Own the Night contest, Unicorns are still leading the pack with over 3,000 Hours read! All told, Westerville teens have logged 8,863 hours this Summer! So give yourself a pat on the back or a…ahem…a hoof on the back. Whatever.

If you haven’t finished the program yet there is still time, but hurry—Summer Reading ends promptly after July 30—that is the absolute last day to log or collect prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Crack open that book.



Everyone’s Beautiful: Westerville teens tackle bullying with love

Posted on July 13th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Technology, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

Many of you saw local teen Cole interviewed last night on NBC4 (in the library, even!) about the Facebook group he founded, Everyone’s Beautiful. This group has grown virally to over 11,000 members worldwide in just a couple short weeks! It provides a forum for teens to share their stories and, most importantly, be in contact with a huge support group of both friends and strangers who provide positive messages and words of encouragement. Curious? Join the group on FB and you’ll stay up-to-date on the latest events, outreach, and developments as the movement continues to grow. And when you’re not online, don’t forget what your friendly neighborhood librarian always says about tough topics: there’s a book for that.

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Someone you know wrote that: Getting published on Teen Ink

Posted on July 11th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Words & Writing.

Greetings, fair readers! Did you know that one of our own teen library patrons and volunteers, Lily, has been published on the Teen Ink web site? TWICE?!? Teen Ink publishes a magazine, web site, and books — all written by teens. Read on for the links to Lily’s stories and what she says about them:

It’s Really Not Funny

I’ve been wanting to write a “plague fiction” story for some time now, and my novel-in-short-stories-in-progress provided me with a perfect opportunity. This piece is set on the planet Theta Prime, on which a colony of humans has recently been established. They have no way to leave or communicate with Earth, and the colonial outposts are scattered widely across the planet. With isolation, overcrowding, and stress comes disease.

Long Fingers (an Editors’ Choice award winner!)

In conversation with my mom, I expressed a frustration with the lack of short-fingered geniuses in literature. She suggested that I write a story about one. This is what came out instead.

Congratulations, Lily! :D

Want to become a published writer yourself? Use the library to check out the Teen Ink magazine, submission guidelines on web sites like Teen Ink and Figment, or some books on writing! Go forth and get published!


Dear TeenScene: 3rd Edition

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.



Happy Tuesday readers and welcome to another edition of Dear TeenScene–your weekly blog post about all things Own the Night! We have three weeks left in our 2012 Summer Reading Program and I am happy to report that all participants have been reading their horns off…or..ugh..their arms off …uh..that’s not right..ugh they have been reading LOTS!

A combined 7,311 hours of reading from all teams makes this year’s program a RAGING success! But you still have questions–it’s cool. On to the letters…

Dear TeenScene,
I need your advice.  I’m a vampire.  *Technically* I’m 15 years old but really, I’ve been 15 for a very long time.  Should I sign up for the teen summer reading program or the one for adults? Also, do I get credit for pints of blood sucked?

Thirsting for Blood with no Time to Read and Eternally Conflicted

Dear TfBwnTtRaEC,
Wow that name is a mouth full, eh? Couldn’t you just go by Bob? Bob is a nice name! I know lots of Bobs and they are all pretty cool…well except for that guy I went to High School with who used to lick the lockers between classes. *shudders* Anyhooo…ugh sorry, if you are 15 for eternity you are reading with the teens for eternity too…but I think that is pretty cool! The adult program isn’t giving away cool, free books and they aren’t having a magical black light glow party either…so, like, be thankful. And MAYBE if you spent less time sucking blood and more time reading books your team wouldn’t be dead last. Just sayin. (Get it? Dead last…see what I did there? I slay me…HA-I did it again!)

Mickie the Librarian

Dear TeenScene,
Since I’m a unicorn, i can zip through books like a hurricane (cus I”m magic and all). So I read all the books in the library. (Some of them were really, really weird). Anyway, I really need some new interesting books. Can you recommend some awesome books that by any chance I did not read. Thx a lot!!  P.S. Can you tell Bella to leave me alone, she keeps bugging me about that cute sparkly boy she met at the teen place at the library. Thx!!

Speedy Gonzales…the Unicorn

Dear Speedy,
Yes, yes, yes–we get it! You are an awesome unicorn! I’m sure everything you do is amazingly magical! We’re really happy for you! If you have read all the books (even the unabridged encyclopedia? Really? What about the phone books–did ya read those?) Why not try some magazines? We subscribed to everything from Sports Illustrated to Seventeen and even Unicorn Skin Care Monthly! (Ok, no we don’t actually subscribe to that last one–but I would read it!).  Also, spending time reading magazines totally counts toward SRP prizes! Oh and yeah…I called security about Bella. Sorry ’bout that.

Mickie the Librarian

Dear TeenScene,



Dear…uh…you…I get it…ha–brains…mine…heh….heh…my brains…yeah…that’s funny…uh…

*tosses three packs of cookies at Zombies and runs*

Gotta run!! Till next time SRP fans this is Mickie signing out–reminding you to keep reading and Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!