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