Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Good Reads: The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James

Title: The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James
Author: Gillian Shields

Jennifer James is a top student at her London school but is far from popular. She finds herself the target of popular and vicious Tallulah at school and uncomfortable at home as her parents drift apart from one another. Things get interesting when a production company selects her school as the site for a new reality show starring competing celebrities and students. Jennifer is shocked to find out that she is one of the students picked to be on the show and win a chance to attend a prestigious school that will only enhance her education and get her away from people like Tallulah.

The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James is told through diary Jennifer's diary entries and news clippings. Throughout, the story is funny and entertaining. It is hard not to root for Jennifer from start to finish.

The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James is located in YA Fiction: YA Shields

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Wii games, New Wii Program

We have added three new games to our Wii collection and need you stop by to try out.

On December 15 at 5:30 p.m., we will set up the big screens and fire up Mario Kart, Madden '09, and MLB Power Pros '08.

If you aren't familiar with Mario Kart, it is like the older incarnations that appeared on GameCube and N64 - only the controls are distinctly Wii and the game play is even better. Of course, since it is new, we need to unlock some of the characters, vehicles and various elements so we need your help. You come in and simply play the game to help us get things opened up.

Madden '09 is the latest version of the classic football games, complete with updated team rosters and the things you come to expect with the franchise. All Play is a little different, though. For the more casual player, you can pick up and play without getting bogged down in all the hard-core strategy and play-calling. Of course, that stuff is all there, but it really is a game for everyone. One of the newest features is a 5-on-5 mode that gives you four downs to put the ball in the end zone with your players and the first team to five wins. It is fast-paced and fun: definitely worth checking out.

The third game is one that we played here before - Power Pros '08. Generally, Power Pros is as complete of a baseball game as you will find. There are simple season and game modes, as well as an in-depth career mode to work your way from rookie ball to the Major League level. One of the most fun games, though, is the home run derby. The derby utilizes the Wii remote by making you swing as though holding a bat (like Wii Sports baseball). Unlike the Wii Sports version, however, you step up to the plate as whatever real major leaguer you want to be in whatever real major league park you choose. So if you want to try your hand as Ichiro in Wrigley Field or Ryan Braun at Fenway Park, you can.

All three games are fun and can be as quick or as in depth as you want to be - all you need to do is show up and play. Of course we will have snacks and pop for everyone.

See YA there!

December 15th at 5:30 p.m. in the Balkansky Room.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Music Spotlight: British Sea Power

Title: Do You Like Rock Music?
Artist: British Sea Power

Off the beaten path of mainstream radio, there are a lot of great bands that, for the most part, get overlooked. British Sea Power is one of those bands – an alt-indie group that crafts elaborate songs without coming across as inaccessible.

Do You Like Rock Music? is the band’s third release (after The Decline of British Sea Power and Open Season) and it presents a varied collection of song writing and musical effects that really rounds out the band’s sound. “Waving Flags’ is the best example of what makes DYLKR? so effective: it combines a vocal chorus, strings and sound effects in a way that make them seem essential to the song and not tacked on for effect. The result is a sweeping anthem that begs repeated listens. Another strong track is the longer “Lights Out for Darker Skies”, a rousing track that builds up steam, pulls back, then charges to its conclusion in a impressive fashion.

Overall, Do You Like Rock Music? is a combination of British Sea Power’s first two albums, but they effectively took the best parts of each and added new elements to create a solid disc that serves as a great jumping on point for new fans.

Standout tracks: Waving Flags, Lights Out for Darker Skies, Atom

Do You Like Rock Music? is located in the rock music collection: MR British

Good Reads - Playing With Fire

Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Derek Landy

The sequel to Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing With Fire finds the skeleton detective back in action with Valkyrie Cain as they take on a villain from Skulduggery’s past. Baron Vengeous is determined to restore the Grotesquery back to life and return the Faceless Ones back to power to destroy the world. Complete with their magical powers and smart comments, Skulduggery and Valkyrie take on the Baron and fight to save the world…again.

Playing With Fire matches the first Skulduggary book in tone and in quick-witted humor. The action and laughs just keep coming and it makes the Playing With Fire as enjoyable as Skulduggary Pleasant. Landy clearly has a strong grasp of his characters and conveys them very effectively from beginning to end. If you enjoyed the first book, Playing with Fire should be a must-read.

Playing With Fire is located in YA Fiction: YA Landy

Good Reads - Kimmie66

Title: Kimmie66
Author: Aaron Alexovich

In the 23rd Century, most people spend a good deal of their time in virtual lairs, interacting more with people online than in the real world. Telly is a teenager living in the virtual society and counts Kimmie66 as one of her closest friends. When Kimmie leaves a suicide note, Telly believes her friend is dead – so why is Kimmie showing up all over the ‘net? The search for the truth reveals the shortcomings of living in virtual environments and how knowing someone’s screen name doesn’t mean you know the person very well.

Kimmie66 is the latest in the Minx line of graphic novels. In this one, Alexovich does double duty with the writing and art, which he uses to effectively convey the kinetic energy that you would expect in a virtual reality. Things move along at a quick pace as the mystery that is Kimmie66 surges to a climax. With a cool look at a virtual-dominated future, Kimmie66 is a graphic novel that works even for those less inclined to read the format.

Kimmie66 is located in YA Non-Fiction: YA 741.5973 Alexovich

Coming in December: The Dark Knight!

On December 11, we will be screening the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight - just 2 days after it is released on DVD. We will have the big screen set up in the Balkansky Room and will get the film rolling at 5:30 p.m. There will be plenty of popcorn and pop available for all so don't miss it!
The Dark Knight is rated PG-13.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Wii Champions Crowned!

The top competitors from Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Chilton, Brillion, Kiel and New Holstein gathered at the Manitowoc Public Library on Saturday to battle for Wii supremacy as our Battle of the Boxes Tournament nears its end. In the end, five champions were crowned for Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Guitar Hero III, Dance Dance Revolution: The Hottest Party, Wii Sports Bowling and Wii Sports Tennis.

In the Smash Brothers competition, Two Rivers player Peng Yang went undefeated throughout the preliminary and elimination rounds and held off Maniotowoc's Sam Rouse to claim the Brawl Title.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl
1. Peng Yang (Two Rivers)
2. Sam Rouse (Manitowoc)
3. Jacob Endries (Kiel)
4. George Anhalt (New Holstein)
5. Jessy McWilliams (Brillion)

Manitowoc's Kara Foster held off Kiel's Carolyn Kuske in a tiebreaker to claim the Dance Dance Revolution crown.

Dance Dance Revolution
1. Kara Foster (Manitowoc)
2. Carolyn Kuske (Kiel)
3. Brody Joice (Two Rivers)
4. Jessy McWilliams (Brillion)
5. David Lefeber (Chilton)

Two Rivers claimed a second title as Justin Her held off Manitowoc's Danny Sharpe in a best of three competition to earn honors in Wii Sports Tennis.

Wii Sports Tennis
1. Justin Her (Two Rivers)
2. Danny Sharpe (Manitowoc)
3. Marshall Stanelle (Brillion)
4. Decoda Reseburg (New Holstein)
5. Carolyn Kuske (Kiel)
6. Jediah Barrett (Chilton)

Alicia Meyers of New Holstein took on all competitors and came out on top in the Wii Sports Bowling by posting the best cumulative score in two games.

Wii Sports Bowling
1. Alicia Meyers (New Holstein)
2. Samuel Creelman (Two Rivers)
3. Justin Claudon (Kiel)
4. Dillon Vanne (Chilton)
5. Forrest Hammil (Manitowoc)
6. Marshall Stanelle (Brillion)

The final title went to Kiel's Kyle Henrickson (pictured with Two Rivers' Nick Meissner) who topped Jack Anhalt of New Holstein in Guitar Hero.

Guitar Hero
1. Kyle Henrickson (Kiel)
2. Jack Anhalt (New Holstein)
3. Michael DeBaugh (Manitowoc)
4. Nick Meissner (Two Rivers)
5. Jediah Barrett (Chilton)
6. Jessica Jones (Brillion)

Congratulations to all the competitors - all of whom are their champions at their respective libraries. Our five winners now advance to a system championship against other competitors in the state. Stay tuned for details on that showdown!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Good Reads: How to Be a Villain

Title: How to Be a Villain
Author: Neil Zawacki

"Become a ray of darkness in an otherwise unbearably sunny day."

For everyone with a desire to conquer the world with an army of the undead but just aren't sure how to get started: here is your how-to guide. How to Be a Villain is the ultimate helper in getting your career as an evil genius (or even a slow-witted henchman) started. With this handy guide, you can start down the path to fulfill your plan to blot out the sun to assure world domination or to destroy the planet utilizing the latest in tractor-beam technology.

How to Be a Villain is a step-by-step manual for any wanna-be fiend. From the basics, like picking your evil name and learning an evil laugh, to the more complicated concerns, such as what creatures to use as minions to where to set up your lair, this book has all of your no-goodness.
Don't forget to check out the costume selection - a brain in a jar is hot this season!
Of course, once you have become the villain you have always wanted to be, you still need to know how to live as one. That is where The Villain's Guide to Better Living comes in. It is here that you will find helpful tips on all of those aspects of villainy that are easy to forget with plotting global annihilation:
* Health - "An extra eye or tentacle is always helpful."
* Home Improvement - "Decorate with a few dangling skeletons and your prisoners will soon be oohing and aahing over their new cells."
* Work - "There are always other warlords who need to get to their job at the photo mart, so why not band together?"
* Travel - "Towers of unending sorrow are a wonderful spot t hang your hat for a bit."
* Social Life - "To ease the pain of rejection, turn your former love into a toad."
In the end, both of these guide can take you far as your evil mind can comprehend.
"Rejoice, would-be miscreants, your time has come!"
How to Be a Villain and The Villain's Guide to Better Living are located in YA Non-Fiction:
YA 818.607 Zawacki

Good Reads: Generation Dead

Title: Generation Dead
Author: Daniel Waters

Imagine going to class each day with kids just like you, as well as the occasional zombie.

In Generation Dead, that is exactly what is happening. For some reason in America, teenagers who die are up and moving again - complete with their memories. But they are not alive. And more of them are appearing over time.

For Phoebe Kendall, a goth chick who has a penchant for dressing in black and zoning out to bands like The Misfits, the appearance of the zombies starts to change her life. Especially since she finds herself attracted to one of them! At the same time, one of her closest friends, Adam, is discovering that he is in love with her. To make matters more complicated, her best friend Margi is struggling to understand Phoebe's interest in zombies.

Generation Dead is not your typical look at the walking undead. The characters here are all unique and more than mindless beings searching for brains to eat. Waters actually portrays the zombies as victims in a world that fears them and doesn't know what to do with them.

With Halloween on the horizon, Generation Dead is definitely a good way to kick off October!

Generation Dead is located in YA Fiction:
YA Waters

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Comedy Improv on Monday!

The next YA program is coming up on Monday, September 22 - Comedy Improv!

For those of you familiar with the show Whose Line is it Anyway?, we will be playing the same games like "Scenes From a Hat", "Let's Make a Date", "Props" and "World's Worst." Each game is completely made up by you from beginning to end and the laughs are non-stop.

Things get underway at 5:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study Room. Be sure to bring your ideas and prepare to cut loose with some comedy improv!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Manitowoc Wii Champs!

Following last weekend's final round of competition, the Manitowoc Public Library has its five champions in our Battle of the Boxes Wii tournament! Next month, all five of them will return to take on the top players from the other libraries in our system: Two Rivers, Chilton, Kiel, Brillion, and New Holstein. The top system players will then compete against the champions from the Racine, Oshkosh and Sheboygan library systems.

Our Champions are:
Sam Rouse - Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Dan Rosenow - Guitar Hero 3
Kara Foster - Dance, Dance Revolution
Danny Sharpe - Wii Sports Tennis
Forrest Hammill - Wii Sports Bowling

A big thanks to all our competitors for taking part. Everyone is invited to the system title round on October 4 in the Balkansky Room. Depending on the length of the championship, we will open things up for a free play at the end of the event.

Below are the final standings for each game. The competition was fierce but fun. Stay posted for other upcoming Wii events!

Dance, Dance Revolution
Kara Foster 66,209,175
Amanda Panosh 58,311,300
Dan Rosenow 21,245,450
Matt Troyer 16,761,940
Zach Schuette 12,454,200
Bryce Williams 12,195,040

Guitar Hero III
Dan Rosenow 308,752
Michael DeBauch 297,338
Chris Davis 209,326
Michael Schnell 182,587
Alex Grant 165,377

Forrest Hammil 396 (207, 189)
Logan Lackershire 395 (206, 189)
Dan Rosenow 388 (195, 193)
Michael DeBauch 387 (196, 191)
Katie Young 343 (190, 153)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sam Rouse 53 points
Ezra Rouse 41 points
Bryce Williams 22 points
Daniel Hemken 20 points
Luke Hemken 17 points
Michael DeBauch 7 points

Danny Sharpe 16 points
Matt Troyer 11 points
Forrest Hammill 6 points
Mary Heili 6 points
Tyler Klackner 4 points
Christian Kunz 4 points

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Next Wii date: September 6

Just a reminder that the next Wii tournament date is September 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Balkansky room. This will be the final Manitowoc competition before our system championship on October 4 against the top players from Two Rivers, Brillion, Chilton, Kiel and New Holstein. By the end of the day on Friday, we will crown our top players for each of the five games. Those players will then move on to vie for the system title and a chance to go head-to-head with the champions from the Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Racine library systems in November.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Final Battle team meeting on Wednesday, 2 p.m.

We will have one more team meeting before next week's Battle of the Books at Silver Lake College. We will get together on Wednesday, August 27 in the Quiet Study Room at 2 p.m. WE will divide up in to teams and do a mock battle to get a feel of the format.

This will be the last chance we will have to get together. If you are signed up but haven't been able to make any of the meetings, you can still take part in the actual battle on September 3.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Music Spotlight: Death Cab's new album

Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: Narrow Stairs

I know I have already posted on death Cab before, but their new release merits some attention. Narrow Stairs is their best offering to date and shows that it is possible for a band to grow and change without drastically getting away from their previous efforts. While not a perfect album by any means, it is one that show the band is getting better.

Narrow Stairs is a mix of solid singles and more experimental tracks that blend together to create a cohesive sound. Tracks like "You Could Do Better Than Me" and "Grapevine Fires" have that same Death Cab sound from Transatlanticism. Otherwise it is a mix of light tunes like "No Sunlight" and dark, like the stalker-themed "I Will Possess Your Heart". In fact, it is tracks like the latter, including "Cath" and "The Ice is Getting Thinner" that really pushes Death Cab away from their past songs down a more ominous feel. That said, they still turn out songs that stick in your head long after the music stops ("Talking Bird").

Overall, Narrow Stairs is must-listen material for Death Cab fans and something worth checking out for everyone else.

Narrow Stairs is located in the Rock Music section: MR Death

More Battle meetings Wednesday, Friday

The Battle of the Books team will be getting together two more times this week to prep for the upcoming event on September 3. We will gather at 2:30 p.m. on both Wednesday and Friday in the Quiet Study Room for about an hour. Team members are not required to attend all meetings.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good Reads - Death Note

Title: Death Note
Author: Tsugumi Ohba

While graphic novels in general and manga in particular get a bad rap for being kiddie books, Death Note is anything but. This 12-book series follows Light, a high school student in Japan who is preparing for college. He discovers a notebook called a Death Note, which enables to finder to kill anyone that has their name written in it. Light decides to use the Death Note to purge the world of evil criminals and make the world better, so he begins to use the book to make his plan a reality. Soon, the police begin investigating the deaths and bring in their top detective, a man known only as L. As the story moves along, the tension increases as Light and L try to outwit each other – L trying to catch Light; Light trying to kill L.

Death Note is a complex story, full of twists and turns that keep you turning the page to find out what happens next. Things move quickly and call on Japanese mythology to tell the story, relying on shinigami (gods of death) as key figures who set things in motion and get directly involved in the action. Obviously, with a premise based on a book that kills people, there is no shortage of character deaths and quite a bit of moral ambiguity towards killing, so this in not a kiddie book by any means. Despite being in a graphic format, Death Note best suited for more mature teens.

Death Note vol. 1-12 are located in YA non-fiction: 741.5973 Ohba

Good Reads - Born to Rock

Title: Born to Rock
Author: Gordon Korman

Leo is a top student who is lined up for a scholarship at Harvard. Just as things seem to be taking off for him, things start to go wrong, including an accusation that he helped another student cheat on a test, which costs him his scholarship. Amidst this trouble, Leo uncovers that his biological father is best known to the world as King Maggot, the controversial front man for the popular punk band Purge. Seeing his link to King Maggot as the source for all his problems, Leo sets out to meet his father and have him put up the money for Harvard. To do this, he becomes a stagehand for Purge during their reunion tour, an experience that puts him totally out of his element.

While nothing deep or complex, Born to Rock is simply a fun read. Korman creates believable characters and relationships while keeping things entertaining from beginning to end.

Born to Rock is located in YA Fiction: YA Korman

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Music Spotlight: Duffy

It's been a while since I cranked out any book movie suggestions, so I will try and get at least a few of each over the next few days.

Artist: Duffy
Album: Rockferry

Rockferry is the debut offering from Welsh singer Duffy that landed her at the top spot on the British charts. Providing a mix of classic 60’s sound with a strong blues undercurrent, Rockferry is a solid offering that shows a great deal of promise for the 23-year-old singer. Things kick-off with the title track, a bit of a slow-burn blues song on which Duffy’s voice shows a strong emotional element. Warwick Avenue follows with a similar format, though it begins to pick up the pace of the album, leading into more up-tempo tracks like Serious. It is on tracks like Syrup and Honey and Distant Dreamer that Duffy’s vocals really stand out and make you take notice.

Overall, Rockferry is an impressive debut album that could be signs of great things to come from Duffy. Even if it isn’t, she has at least put forth a good set of tracks that bring forth comparisons to greats like Dusty Springfield.

Rockferry is located in the rock music collection: MR Duffy

Monday, August 11, 2008

Next Battle meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The Battle of the Books team will meet twice this week: Wednesday, August 13 and Friday, August 15, both days at 3 p.m. in the Quiet Study Room. We will try another set of sample questions as well as some other things to help get ready for the September 3rd battle.

Updated Wii Tournament Results

The August edition of the Wii tournament took place on Friday and some shifting has occurred on the MPL leader board. The most drastic change is Sam's surge to the front of the Smash Brothers scoreboard, collecting 17 (!) points on his way to two championships. Bryce falls into a tie in second with Daniel while Ezra makes his presence known with a 15 point surge to push into third. The only other significant change is Danny's move into first on the tennis leader board.

Just a reminder of the scoring: DDR and Guitar Hero are based on the top individual song scores by each player. Bowling is a combination of the top two games bowled by each player. Tennis and Smash Bros. are head-to-head tournaments where a victory in each round earns points (1st round=1 point, 2nd round=2 points, etc.).

August Leader boards:

Dance, Dance Revolution
Kara Foster 66,209,175
Dan Rosenow 21,245,450
Matt Troyer 16,761,940
Zach Schuette 12,454,200
Bryce Williams 11,001,380
Micaila Leigh 6,867,520

Guitar Hero III
Dan Rosenow 308,752
Michael DeBauch 297,338
Chris Davis 209,326
Michael Schnell 182,587
Alex Grant 165,377

Forrest Hammil 396 (207, 189)
Dan Rosenow 388 (195, 193)
Michael DeBauch 387 (196, 191)
Logan Lackershire 375 (206, 169)
Katie Young 343 (190, 153)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sam Rouse 31 points
Bryce Williams 20 points
Daniel Homben 20 points
Luke Hemken 17 points
Ezra Rouse 15 points
Michael DeBauch 7 points

Danny Sharpe 13 points
Matt Troyer 11 points
Forrest Hammill 6 points
Mary Heili 6 points
Tyler Klackner 3 points

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Teen Advisory Board Meeting today at 3 p.m.

We have to bump up the teen advisory board meeting today from 3:30 to 3 due to some staffing issues. This gives us more time to discuss programs and the like. The meeting will be in the Quiet Study Room and go until just before 4 p.m.

We will go over the summer programs for this year - what was good, what was bad and wht was ugly. We will also talk about the upcoming fall schedule and plan out program through the end of the year!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Battle meeting reminder

One last reminder about our Battle of the Books team meeting on July 31 at 3:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study Room. We will go over the Battle format and take a first look at each of the books that are on the battle list. It should last about an hour.

We will have few more meetings between now and the September 3 battle at Silver Lake College. We will pick the next meeting date on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Going out on a high note

The Summer Program closed to sound of karaoke yesterday, with a number of brave souls willing to sing in public after loading up on pizza and pop. Medals were handed out on two categories: technical and performance. Matt and Melissa tied for the gold in the technical as they both sang to perfect scores. Forrest netted the silver and Angie walked away with the bronze. As for the performance, the crowd selected Angie as the big winner, followed by the all-girl group, the Diamonds. Matt snagged a bronze for his efforts. Big applause goes to Forrest who was willing to break the ice by performing first and going big by belting out Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

As for the summer totals, Jeannette cleaned up with a whopping 313 totals hours (adding reading hours, program attendance hours and doubled Battle Book hours). She claimed the Now 27 CD as her top prize. Hunter earned second prize with 83 hours and chose the origami kit. Logan finished third to claim a LaDeDa Books gift certificate by reading 78.25 hours. Close on his heels at 77.25 hours was Sarah, the owner of the Now 28 CD.

That brings the summer programs to a close, but there is still plenty going on. The Battle of the Books is set for September 3 and we are still taking sign-ups. We are also reconvening our teen advisory board and the Wii tournament rolls on August 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Battle meeting next Thursday @ 3:30 p.m.

I haven't had time to get a call out to all the team members yet, but our first Battle of the Books meeting will be Thursday, July 31 at 3:30 in the Quiet Study room. We will use the time to get to know each other and get a feel of the Battle format.

Don't worry if you can't make it to this meeting, we will be getting together multiple times between now and September 3. There will be plenty of time to get together and plot out a Manitowoc victory at the Battle of the Books!

Teen Talkback returns...sort of

For those of you who don't know about Teen Talkback, it is a teen advisory board that gives input on the library's teen programs and collection. Anyone in Grades 6 through 12 are welcome to take part and express their opinions on the goings on with all things YA.

TT went on hiatus for the past two months while the summer programs were in full swing, but we are going to reconvene in August, but on a trial basis. We want to make sure we have good turnout for the meetings each month (which can be difficult once shcool is in full swing). Next month, anyone interested is welcome to take part in the meetings and see if TT is for them. If enough people are on board, we will continue it as a monthly organization.

Next month, we will discuss the summer program (what worked, didn't work, etc.) and the upcoming fall schedule. We are also, as always, looking for input on the collection, from books to DVDsto CDs.

I will post the first meeting date next week, as well as announce it at the Karaoke Finale on Monday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Battle Reminder

Just a reminder that the Battle of the Books is fast approaching but you can still sign up. Thus far, we have a solid team put together, but there is always room for more.
For those of you signed up, you should be getting a phone call over the next couple of days as we plan a few team meetings to get to know each other and prepare for battle. We are planning at least 3 meetings, but we can squeeze in more if need be.
The Battle will take place on September 3 at Silver Lake College at 5:30 p.m. There will be free pizza and drinks for all competitors and you will get a t-shirt for taking part. The books are:
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Peak by Roland Smith
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Re-Gifters by Mike Carey
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
You do NOT have to read all 8 books to take part. To join, just stop by the Reference Desk to sign up. Keep checking back for team meeting dates!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Karaoke song list

For the finale, we will be using the Wii and the game Karaoke Revolution presents American Idol. The song choices are as follows:

"Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden
"Black Velvet" - Alannah Myles
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen
"Close My Eyes Forever" - Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford
"Come Sail Away" - Styx
"Copacabana" - Barry Manilow
"Glamorous" - Fergie and Ludacris
"Heart of Glass" - Blondie
"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" - Fuel
"Holiday" - Madonna
"How to Save a Life" - The Fray
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - Rolling Stones
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" - Cutting Crew
"In the Air Tonight" - Phil Collins
"Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé
"It Ends Tonight" - All American Rejects
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" - Billy Joel
"Knocking on Heaven's Door" - Guns N' Roses
"Lips of an Angel" - Hinder
"Midnight Train to Georgia" - Gladys Knight and the Pips
"More Than a Feeling" - Boston
"My Cherie Amour" - Stevie Wonder
"My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
"Over the Rainbow" - Katharine McPhee
"Put Your Records On"- Corinne Bailey Rae
"Rio" - Duran Duran
"September" - Earth Wind & Fire
"Sister Christian" - Night Ranger
"Sweet Dreams" - Eurythmics
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell
"These Words" - Natasha Bedingfield
"Time of the Season" - The Zombies
"Tiny Dancer" - Elton John
"Too Little Too Late" - JoJo
"Unfaithful" - Rihanna
"Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina & The Waves
"What is Love?" - Haddaway
"You Can't Hurry Love" - Diana Ross and The Supremes
"You're Beautiful" - James Blunt

Summer swan song - Karaoke style

After a lot of chocolate medals were handed out for the Wii Olympics and the Scavenger Hunt the past two weeks, the summer programming wraps up next Monday with the Karaoke-laden, pizza-loaded Finale. Starting at 2 p.m. next Monday, we will turn the microphone over to you as we distribute the final medals of the summer in a singing (and performing contest). At the same time, you can enjoy pizza and use your reading hours that you earned over the summer to bid on numerous prizes.

Don't forget that the Finale is the last chance for you to get your reading slips turned in! While the first warbled strains of karaoke are being belted out, we will tally up the last slips and get you poised to claim whatever prizes you have earned. The prizes include books, DVDs, CD, gift certificates to LaDeDa Books, Family Video and iTunes, jump drives, games, and more.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Wii Olympics on Monday

The medals are polished, the Wii is warmed up and the chocolate is, well, chocolaty. That means it is time for the Wii Olympics - our next YA summer program event. Things will get underway at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 14th in the Balkansky Room where we will have everyone go head-to-head in their favorite Olympic events and find out who the top cyber-Olympians are.

You will get to choose three events from the following list:

Running events - 100 M, 110M hurdles, 400M, 400m Hurdles, 4x100M relay

Field events - long jump, triple jump, hammer toss, javelin

Swimming events - 100M Freestyle, 4x100M Freestyle Relay

Other events - Rowing

This is how it will work: Each player will compete at least once in each of the events they sign up for. The top four competitors in each event will then go head-to-head in a medal competition. Due to time constraints, we won't be doing some of the other time-consuming events, like ping-pong, high jump, or trampoline. Nonetheless, there will be plenty of Olympic events for everyone - plus plenty of pop and snacks to keep you fueled up.

The Updated Wii leader board

Friday marked the third tournament date for our ongoing Wii tournament and the leader board was shaken up a bit by the end. We have new leaders in DDR, Guitar Hero, Tennis and Bowling. In addition, the Smash Brothers point totals have tightened up as well, though Bryce still holds a slim lead.

Just a reminder of the scoring: DDR and Guitar Hero are based on the top individual song scores by each player. Bowling is a combination of the top two games bowled by each player. Tennis and Smash Bros. are head-to-head tournaments where a victory in each round earns points (!st round=1 point, 2nd round=2 points, etc.).

July Leader boards:

Dance, Dance Revolution
Kara Foster 66,209,175
Dan Rosenow 21,245,450
Matt Troyer 16,761,940
Zach Schuette 12,454,200
Shane Hailer 6,797,580
Bryce Williams 6,022,500

Guitar Hero III
Dan Rosenow 308,752
Michael DeBauch 297,338
Chris Davis 209,326
Alex Grant 165,377
Max Kaczkowski 160,078

Dan Rosenow 388 (195, 193)
Michael DeBauch 387 (196, 191)
Forrest Hammil 368 (189, 179)
Katie Young 343 (190, 153)
David Sharpe 318 (164, 154)
Stephanie Troullier 282 (156, 126)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Bryce Williams 18 points
Luke Hemken 17 points
Sam Rouse 14 points
Daniel Homben 14 points
Michael DeBauch 7 points
Eric Hernandez 6 points
Matt Troyer 6 points

Matt Troyer 11 points
Danny Sharpe 10 points
Bob Waterbury 6 points
Max Kaczkowski 3 points
Crystal DeBauch 1 point
Michael DeBauch 1 point
David Sharpe 1 point

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Use the Force...and eat popcorn!

Don't forget to check out the Star Wars Movie Marathon on Monday, July 7. We will get things started with Episode I at 10 a.m. and run through to the end of Episode III sometime later in the afternoon. Along the way, we will do some Star Wars trivia and give away some prizes, like movie candy and some Star Wars goodies.

As always, attending the program counts towards your Summer Reading Program hours. As a bonus, anyone who has the fortitude to sit through all three movies will earn an extra 15 hours - that's 20 hours total just for watching Star Wars movies!

Pop and popcorn will be in abundance so be sure to test your endurance and make your way up to the Balkansky Room at 10 a.m. on Monday!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Red, Wet and Blue

Today is day for the Paint the Library event. As it stands now, we will make a final decision on whether we will be actually painting the windows sometime after 1 p.m. Regardless of the weather, we will have a YA program this afternoon at 2 p.m.

If the painting gets rained out, we are going to hold a "wrap" party in the Quiet Study Room. Not unlike the bubble Wrap Decathlon, we will be holding various contests using bubble wrap, toilet paper and cling wrap. As the name suggests, there will be some wrapping going on so feel free to come in and check it out.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good Reads: The Plain Janes

Title: The Plain Janes
Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Jim Rugg

After a bomb explosion forces her family to move from Metro City to the suburbs, Jane has trouble fitting in at her new school. When she meets three other Janes (all of whom are as out of place as she is), they form a group called P.L.A.I.N. that tries to create simple art around town to make people happy. Unfortunately, not everyone in town loves their work and officials begin cracking down to prevent more "art attacks."

Castellucci creates a believable set of characters, each unique and enjoyable. Her straight-forward story meshes well with Rugg's art. The art stays away from the over-exaggerated superhero style and presents the characters in a clean, normal look that enhances the story.
Keep an eye out for Janes In Love, which is released in August.
The Plain Janes is located in YA non-fiction: 741.5983 Castellucci

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Music Spotlight: Flight of the Conchords

Artist: Flight of the Conchords
Album: Flight of the Conchords
As musical comedy acts go, it is much easier to come by a group or performer that really hits the mark with one song and fills an album with mediocre tracks to sell that single good one. Flight of the Conchords , however, is much more than one or two funny songs. In actually, their entire self-titled album is full of hilarious moments.
Flight of the Conchords is made of the duo Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement, who stake claim as "formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo." After a handful of features on HBO, the duo landed a TV series called, surprisingly enough, Flight of the Conchords, which received critical acclaim and allowed them the chance to showcase their unique music.
That music is collected here and shows an impressive array of musical parodies, from hip-hop spoof "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros" and the reggae-inspired "Boom" to the Pet Shop Boys-like "Inner City Pressure", they mimic the stylings of various genres perfectly while laying down humorous lines over and over. The 70's message songs are hilariously skewered on "Think About It" (Killing each other using knives and forks/ And calling each other names like dork), as is David Bowie on "Bowie" (Is it lonely out there in space man, or is there life on Mars? /Wouldn't that be weird coz you wrote that song, 'Is There Life on Mars'. /You could write a follow up tune and call it 'And There Is' ).
To get the full effect of Flight of the Conchords, you can also check out the first season the TV show on DVD. The songs on are mixed in throughout each episode and the dry, witty humor is in good supply.
Flight of the Conchords (music) is located in Rock Music: MR Flight
Flight of the Conchords (DVD) is located in fiction movies: F (Humor)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Music Spotlight: Panic at the Disco

Artist: Panic at the Disco
Albums: Pretty. Odd., A Fever You Can't Sweat Out

Anyone familiar with Panic at the Disco's first album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, may not recognize the same four guys on the band's follow-up, Pretty. Odd. Where Fever is a fairly straight-forward collection of emo-pop that doesn't stand out among the countless other bands out there, Pretty. Odd. is a leap forward in songwriting and production that is both memorable and noteworthy.

From the outside looking in, Pretty. Odd. almost looks like a hodge-podge of songs thrown together to fill an album - from Brit-pop to folk to almost pure pop. Listening to it, however, produces an smoothly flowing collection of songs that make for an utterly enjoyable experience. From the opening introduction where they pronounce that they are the same band they always were, Pretty. Odd. moves along at a steady pace that does a masterful job of balancing the up-beat tunes like "Nine in the Afternoon" and "That Green Gentleman" with the slower "Behind the Sea" and "She Had the World". Of course, Panic at the Disco never takes itself too seriously, but that sense of humor helps make Pretty. Odd. an album that makes you sit up and take notice of a band that previously was almost interchangeable with so many others.

Panic at the Disco is located in Rock Music: MR Panic

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Good Reads - Baltimore

Title: Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
Authors: Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden

During World War I, Henry Baltimore led a sneak attack on Hessian soldiers to try and gain an advantage for the Allied Forces. The attack failed. With his soldiers around him gunned down and his own leg severely wounded, Baltimore finds himself confronted with a terrible evil which will alter his life forever.

This sets the table for the book Baltimore, the story of a vampire hunter and how his life is changed on that fateful day. What makes Baltimore intriguing is how Mignola and Golden unveil the title character through the recollections of three of his associates. The tale alternates between flashbacks and the present as all three characters divulge more and more insight into not only Henry Baltimore but also the supernatural creatures he is committed to destroying.
Those of you familiar with the Hellboy books and movie should recognize Mignola - he is the creator of the character and his illustrations fill out Baltimore, giving it an additional ominous touch. The story moves quickly and almost reads like a collection of short stories that make up a larger tale. Either way, it helps makes Baltimore a good read.
Baltimore is located in YA fiction: YA Mignola

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bubble Wrap Bash!

There was a whole lot of popping going on at the Bubble Wrap Decathlon yesterday - and a lot of medals were awarded for it. We had a lot of fun, even though we didn't get to all 10 events.

The big winner of the day was Matt, who walked away as the most decorated bubble wrap decathlete with 3 gold medals (iron man, sprint and javelin) and a bronze medal (sprint relay). Other gold medals went to April (hurdles), Shane (shot put), Rebecca (long jump), and the winning relay team of Katie, Claire, Shae and Macaila.

Check out the photos of some of the medal winners below. And don't forget to let us know what you thought of the decathlon - did you like it? Should we do it again (there is still plenty of bubble wrap to be popped), what should we change? Post your comments and let us know!

Shot put winners display their hardware

The hotly contested sprint

Bubble wrap + jump ropes = hurdles?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Updated Wii leaderboard

With Friday's Battle of the Boxes tournament in the books, we have an updated leaderboard for our top competitors. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before the Tennis bracket was completed, but the other four games are posted below. The next tourney date is set for July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dance, Dance Revolution
Dan Rosenow 21,245,450
Zach Schuette 12,454,200
Shane Hailer 6,797,580
Bryce Williams 6,022,500
Paul M. 5,850,750
Ryan Brandes 5,767,155

Guitar Hero III
Michael DeBauch 297,338
Dan Rosenow 283,000
Alex Grant 165,377
Max Kaczkowski 160,078
Sam Von Arx 123,508

Michael DeBauch 387
Max Kaczkowski 258
Ryan Brandes 235
Bryce Williams 207

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Bryce Williams 15 points
Sam Rouse 10 points
Michael DeBauch 7 points
Eric Hernandez 6 points
Daniel Homben 3 points

Friday, June 13, 2008

Who's the top Decathlete (with Bubble Wrap)?

The Library's YA Summer programming rolls on with the first of our Olympic events: the decathlon. In the real Summer Olympics, the decathlon is a ten-event competition to determine the best track and field athlete. At the Library, the decathlon is all about testing your prowess in one thing and one thing only - popping bubble wrap!

Come in on Monday and test your mettle in all ten bubble wrap popping events:
Sprint Relay
Long Jump
Shot Put
Hurdle Relay
Timed Intermediate Race
The Iron Man

Want to know what each event consists of? You need to stop in the Balkansky Room at 2 p.m. on Monday to find out. For a hint, let me tell you they involve throwing books, throwing bubble wrap, jumping, and an awful lot of finger squeezing. As for the Iron Man...well, that is going to be up to you.

The top finishers in each event will score gold, silver, and bronze medals with chocolaty goodness in the middle.

Remember that attending the Bubble Wrap Decathlon counts towards your reading hours this summer. It's not too late to sign up, either.

The decathlon gets underway with opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. in the Balkansky Room on Monday, June 16.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great Big Fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our summer kickoff and the return of Paul Merklein's Great Big Faces! If you didn't make it here, you missed out on a lot of fun, including Paul's drawings of Mark Twain, The Cat in the Hat, Elvis Presley, and two audience members (Jared and Macaila).

As they were leaving, I received a number of comments on Paul's show, including:
"The program was entertaining and funny. His drawings were really good!"

"This program was really great! I loved it! I liked how interactive he was with the audience and his humor!"

"His drawings were awesome! So much fun to watch! Do it again next year."

"Awesome Elvis face!"

"This guy rocks!!!"

Five people summed it up as "Great"

and my personal favorite: "Wicked Sweet!"

So a Great Big thank you to Paul Merklein, who will be out and about Wisconsin this summer, so check out his website to find out where he will be. And keep an eye out for the new faces around the library this summer.

You can still sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Reference Desk through the end of July. Don't miss our next program: The Bubble Wrap Decathlon on Monday, June 16 at 2 p.m. in the Balkansky Room. To borrow a phrase, it will be a "wicked sweet" event!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Music Spotlight - They Might Be Giants

Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album: The Else

In the early 90's, They Might Be Giants were definition of quirky, indie music, with their odd humor and strange yet appealing mix of vocals, guitar and accordion. They built up a huge cult following with their Dial-A-Song (callers could listen to a song recorded on an answering machine) and on early alternative radio stations with "Don't Let Start", "Birdhouse in Your Soul", and "Istanbul, Not Constantinople."

In recent years, the band has shifted to children's music (with great success). The Else is their return to the rock music scene and there are definite signs of what made them an underground success. The Else starts slowly, almost as though the band is getting reacquainted with their old ways. By the time the first strains of "With the Dark" come over the speakers, all the things that made They Might Be Giants popular before seem to snap into place. The entire second half of the album takes on a comfortable feel and really makes The Else worth the listen. "Bee of the Bird of the Moth" is vintage Giants music, while "The Mesopotamians" and "Withered Hope" demand to be listened to over and over. While the first half may be forgettable, the latter part of The Else makes this disc worth checking out.
They Might Be Giants is located in Rock Music cd's: MR They

Monday, June 9, 2008


School is out and summer is here (in spirit if not in the weather) so that means it is time for the Library's YA Summer Programming.

Don't miss our Big kickoff with the Great Big Faces program on Wednesday at 2 p.m. You can sign-up for the reading program, grab a sub, then sit back and try and guess the faces that Paul Merklein will be drawing. It is a fun program and it may result in you having your own face posterized in the Great Big format.

We are following that up with the Bubble Wrap Decathlon - 10 events set to test your bubble popping skills. From sprints and hurdling to shot put and the wild Iron Man, we will see who reigns supreme in this Bubble Wrap beat down. Gold, silver and bronze medals (re: chocolate) will be awarded to those with the fastest thumbs. The decathlon gets underway at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

Even if you can't make the programs, you still need to sign up for the YA Reading Program, which could net you some prizes, like books, Cd's, DVDs, gift cards, and other cool stuff. Just count up the hours you spend reading and turn in books slips so we can keep a tally. Top readers are guaranteed to walk away with cool swag while others can turn their hours into bidding chips in the Finale auction. As a bonus this year, attending programs will get you additional hours (each program you attend will earn you five hours toward the reading program).

Sign up at the Great Big Faces program on Wednesday, or at the Reference Desk to get your summer off and rolling!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Good Reads - Dream Factory

Title: Dream Factory
Author: Brad Barley & Heather Hepler

What would happen if the workers at Walt Disney World went on strike? Who would put on the character costumes? In Dream Factory, they are filled by teenagers, including the two main characters: Ella (who is the stand-in Cinderella) and Luke (the Dale part of Chip and Dale). In what sounds like a dream job, Ella and Luke find the work less that dream-like, due in no small part to their own personal issues that led them here. Ella finds herself working alongside the gorgeous Prince Charming while Luke is partnered up with his seemingly perfect girlfriend in the Chip costume. All is not well in either relationship as Ella and Luke find each other more interesting than their significant others. How will their friendship affect their relationships?

Dream Factory is located in YA fiction: Barley

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kickoff the Summer with Great Big Faces!

Just a reminder that our summer programming gets rolling in a BIG way next Wednesday with Great Big Faces. Artist Paul Merklein is back for the second straight year to show off his artistic skills and entertain us as he draws great big faces. You've seen his handiwork from last year - the big Harry Potter, Count Olaf and Abe Lincoln faces are hanging from the second floor. Paul will be doing new faces this year and one of them might be your face!
Our Great Big Faces kickoff is at 2 p.m. on June 11. We will have free subs and pop and you can sign up for our YA Summer Reading Program. As a bonus, attending programs during the summer count toward your reading hours, so you will earn a bonus 5 hours just for coming in and watching Paul work while you eat.
You can check out Paul's website here.
As for the rest of the summer, we have something going on almost every week through July. Here is what we have on tap:
June 16 - Bubble Wrap Decathlon
July 2 - Paint the Library Red, White and Blue
July 7 - Star Wars Movie Marathon
July 14 - Wii Olympics
July 21 - Scavenger Hunt Relay
July 28 - Finale & Karaoke Competition
Each program will start at 2p.m., except for the Star Wars Marathon, which will start at 10 a.m.
Check back here for more info on these programs and be sure to stop in at the Reference Desk to sign up for the YA Reading Program.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Good Reads - Happy Kitty Bunny Pony

Title: Happy Kitty Bunny Pony
So, Happy Kitty Bunny Pony may be better classified as an interesting read. This one really depends on your sense of humor and how twisted it is.
Using cute animal illustrations from advertisments over many decades, the odd folks who put this book together combined them with the humor of Mike Nelson. Nelson provides a running commentary on the images, adding insight into the lives of various creatures such as bears, lambs, and horses in addition to the title creatures.
To really describe Happy Kitty Bunny Pony doesn't do it justice. Instead, here is an example:
Under a picture of a kitten seated next to a Christmas Tree it reads - Buying a gift for a cat is hard, because cats only have the dimmest awareness of their surroundings. Give them a bell, or if that is too extravagant, a clump of earth. It will hardly matter.
How interesting you find this book is solely up to what makes you laugh. If you are looking for a more twisted quality to your reading, this is the place to look.
Happy Kitty Bunny Pony is located in YA non-fiction:
704.9432 Charles

Valders Book Talk

Thanks to all of you Valders Vikings who sat through my book talks today. You had lots of great questions and were great to talk to (at). The following is a list of books I brought in with me today, though I didn't get a chance to talk about all of them. They should be on the display to the left of the stairs or on the shelf under the author's last name. If you need help tracking down a book, ask at the Reference Desk and we will try and find it for you:

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Peak by Roland Smith
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Dream Factory by Brad Barkley
Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang
Last Shot by John Feinstein
Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James by Gillian Shields
Heaven Looks a Lot Like a Mall by Wendy Mass

Graphic Novels:
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
Planet Hulk by Greg Pak
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Awakening (Quantum Prophecy) by Michael Carroll
The Wizard, the Witch and Two Girls From Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou
Magyk by Angie Sage

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Series updates

For those of you entrenched in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, book 4 (Breaking Dawn) is scheduled for release on August 2. As of yet, the cover design is still not known.

A month later, the next book in the Christopher Paolini's Eragon series, Brisingr, comes out. The release date is September 20.
We have multiple copies of both Breaking Dawn and Brisingr on order so you can place holds on both books now to get on the list.

One other popular series, James Patterson's Maximum Ride, already has its next installment out. book Four, Final Warning, is available, though not easy to get so far since it was only released on April 17. To get a copy through the library, you can place a hold on the title either through our on-line catalog or by asking at the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Music Spotlight - Paramore

Album: Riot!
Artist: Paramore

While the radio waves are full of neo-punk music in the vein of Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Plain White T's, many of them begin to blend together in their sound and similar song format. One of the latest entries in the genre in Tennessee-based Paramore, a four-piece set that cranks out the music, but with a slight twist. Think Avril Lavigne fronting Fall Out Boy but with a stronger voice and more vocal control and you have Paramore.

Riot! pounds through its tracks with that familiar heavy drum underlay and power guitar chords from the first note. What sets Paramore apart, however, is the strong vocals of front woman Hayley Williams. She can belt out the power notes with authority but still shows off great control and mastery of the lyrics. Riot! rocks consistently, with tracks like the kickoff "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic," "Misery Business," and "Born for This."" Unlike other bands out there, Paramore can crank out a mean power ballad as well, highlighted by "We Are Broken." While most newer bands are too busy trying to be smart and ironic, Paramore is more focused on just rocking, which makes them a band worth following.

Riot! is located in the Rock Music collection: MR Paramore

Music Spotlight - Feist

Album: The Reminder
Artist: Feist

You may be familiar with Feist through the iPod nano video commercial that was in heavy rotation last fall. In it, her video for the song "1234" was featured prominently and sent that single up the iTunes sales chart.

The Reminder is Feist's latest full-length album and includes the track "1234," a light, poppy tune that floats along effortlessly on Feist's airy vocals. Overall, The Reminder gives a broad look at the Canadian singer's range, from the mellow tones of "So Sorry" and "Brandy Alexander" to the upbeat "I Feel It All." The entire CD flows smoothly from beginning to end with a light touch that can make you wonder where the time went when the disc stops spinning. For those looking for a change of pace from the heavier neo-punk sounds on the radio, Feist is a solid choice for a lighter, more summery feel.

The Reminder is located in the Rock Music collection: MR Feist

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Weekend Watch

With a holiday weekend upon us and some nice weather finally here, the Watch is struggling to come up with some suitable movies. Nonetheless, here are a couple for you that feature some actors and directors currently starring at the theaters.

Disturbia is a new take on the classic Hitchcock film Rear Window. Starring Shia LeBeouf, (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Disturbia tells the story of Kale, a teenager who is placed under house arrest. Unable to leave his home, he begins to watch his neighbors and becomes convinced one is a murderer. A nice suspenseful flick that keeps you guessing to the end. For those who like their movie history, compare it to the original Rear Window, starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.

Disturbia is rated PG-13 and is located in new fiction DVDs under D (Mystery)
Rear Window is rated PG and is located in fiction DVDs under R (Mystery)

For those looking for something lighter, we will go tot he other end of the spectrum with the Steven Spielberg-produced film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This one was pretty unique for its time in creating a story that relied on meshing real actors with animation for the entire story. It also is a rare occasion when characters owned by so many different companies (Disney, Warner Brothers, etc.) were placed into the same story. Set in 1930's Hollywood, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is the story of detective Eddie Valiant who takes the case to solve murders in Toontown and prove famous toon Roger Rabbit is innocent. For a film that stars a cartoon rabbit and features appearances by Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop and almost any other cartoon character you can think of, you know you are in for a funny, non-stop movie that will keep you entertained to the credits.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is rated PG and is located in fictions DVDs under W (Humor)