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Monday, November 30, 2009

Watch The Half-Blood Prince on Dec. 8


We will be showing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on DVD on the date of its release: December 8. Join us in the Balkansky Room for popcorn, beverages and the film - all free!
The movie will start at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

Check out the reviews of the film at Rotten Tomatoes!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Coming October 30: A Masquerade Mystery!

Masquerade Mayhem

A Teen After-Hours Mystery at the Manitowoc Public Library

Friday, October 30

6:30 p.m.

On October 30, 1998, a young woman was found murdered in the Manitowoc Public Library following the Library’s annual Halloween Masquerade fundraiser. Now, after 11 years of haunting the scene of her death, will her ghost help point out her murderer? Attend this after-hours event and see if you can solve the mystery yourself.

Either play the role of a suspect or simply try your hand as a detective. Either way, come in costume and have fun! The fun begins after the library closes for the night, so those who take part will be the only ones in the library.

Open to all teen grades 6-12. Pre-registration is required! To sign up, contact Bob at 683-4863 x-350 or rwaterbury@mcls.lib.wi.us

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Battle of the Books 2009 results

The 2009 version of the Battle of the Books took place last night at Silver Lake College on a night that included a team merger, a tight battle for second place and a repeat champion. Chilton made a strong showing in the opening rounds, amassing a large lead to easily advance into the final round. The Two Rivers/New Holstein almagam team held off a late charge by Brillion and also reached the finale along side Kiel.
the second- place Kiel squad
In the end, a single point separated New Rivers and Kiel for second place with Kiel coming out ahead 20-19. Chilton blew past them both and notched 28 points en route to a Battle of the Books title - their second straight victory and third title overall.
Chilton showed their power for title #2
Congratulations to Chilton and good job to all the competitors! If you have any suggestions for books to battle over next year, feel free to post them below!
Two Rivers and New Holstein teamed up for Third place




Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Good Reads: The Revenge of the Shadow King


Title: The Revenge of the Shadow King
Authors: Derek Benz and J. S. Lewis

Max Sumner and his friends Natalia, Harley and Ernie get together to play the card game Round Table, knowing they are part of a rare group. They are rare enough that they name themselves the Grey Griffins. When the goblins and faeries from the game suddenly start appearing in their town of Avalon, MN, they realize they are no longer just playing a game, but facing something much more real and much more dangerous. Suddenly, they Grey Griffins are thrust into a race to stop the evil witch Morgan La Fey and her attempts to unleash the Shadow King upon the world of humans.

The Revenge of the Shadow King starts the action early and keeps it going through to the very end. This is book one of the Grey Griffins series, which also includes The Rise of the Black Wolf (book 2) and The Fall of the Templar (book 3). More books will be following in the future.

The Rise of the Shadow King and other Grey Griffins books are located in YA fiction:
YA Benz

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Battle of the Books on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Just a reminder that the Battle of the Books is tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the Genrose Enrichment Center at Silver Lake College. For those unfamiliar with SLC's location, here is a map. The Genrose Center is located to the east of the main building, in a church on the hill.

Try to be there a little early since the event will get underway promptly at 6:30 p.m. Once the Battle champs are crowned, we will feast on pizza! See YA There!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Updated Wii Tournament standings

We have reached the end of August and have almost wrapped up the Wii Tournament for 2009. There will not be any more dates scheduled in September, but we may be able to set up one more before the finale on October 24. With only one more possible date to go, we have clinched two titles! Bryce has claimed hold of the Manitowoc Champion banner with decisive wins in Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Wii Sports Bowling. There is no way anyone can catch him at this point so congratulations Bryce - we will see you at the finale.

There are still 3 games to be determined so keep an eye out for a future tournament date the final rounds to pick our remaining champions!

Guitar Hero World Tour

For Guitar Hero, we are averaging the best three scores that each player can post for three different songs. The top average score will advance, though at least one of those scores must be posted at either the hard or expert level. In the unlikely event of a tie, the best note streak will serve as the tie-breaker.
1. Jacob Heili – 280,431
2. Matt Troyer – 279,389
3. Tyler Klackner – 198,037
4. Danny Sharpe – 154,003
5. Ben Rezach – 153,021

Mario Kart
Mario Kart is scored by granting one point for each race won and two points for winning circuits (four-race sets):
1. Danny Sharpe - 32 points
2. David Sharpe – 26 points
3. (tie) Tanner Sharpe - 7 points
3. (tie) Donald Goeke – 7 points
5. (tie) Josh Meyer – 6 points
5. (tie) Sarah Kordiyak – 6 points
5. (tie) Ethan Welnicke – 6 points

Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Super Smash Brothers Brawl is scored the same as last year: victories result in increased points per round (i.e. Round One=1 point, Round Two=2 points, etc.). Ultimately, the more tournament dates you can make, the better chance you have of being crowned champion.
c 1. Bryce Williams – 78 points
2. Sean Filipek – 50 points
3. Danny Sharpe – 34 points
4. David Sharpe – 25 points
5. Dallas Parker – 8 points
6. Chris Loiselle – 6 points

Bowling
Bowling is scored the same as last year: the top two games combined results in our winner.
1. Danny Sharpe – 426
2. David Sharpe - 407
3. Tony Loiselle – 385
4. Chris Loiselle - 373
5. (tie) Devin Ward - 371
5. (tie) Ryan Gorecki - 371

Boxing
Boxing is the same as Smash Brothers Brawl: points per round per victory.
c 1. Bryce Williams – 42 points
2. Ryan Gorecki – 6 points
3. Tyler Klackner – 5 points
4. Tony Loiselle – 5 points
5. Danny Sharpe – 4 points

c - game champion

The Wii Tournament Finale will be held at the Manitowoc Public Library on October 24 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pizza and prizes will be available for all competitors!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Second August Wii Tourney on Aug. 28


We will be holding another Wii tournament next Friday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be starting with Guitar Hero on both screens before moving onto the other games.

In case you didn't see them already below, here is the link for most updated standings thus far for all five games.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Battle meeting Thursday, August 20

We will have another Battle of the Books team meeting on August 20 at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Study Room. Team members should try and attend if you can!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wii Tournament August Standings

This is the first of TWO August tournament dates, with the race for library champion getting much tighter in each game (except for Boxing). The next one will be August 28.

Guitar Hero World Tour
For Guitar Hero, we are averaging the best three scores that each player can post for three different songs. The top average score will advance, though at least one of those scores must be posted at either the hard or expert level. In the unlikely event of a tie, the best note streak will serve as the tie-breaker.
1. Jacob Heili – 280,431
2. Matt Troyer – 279,389
3. Tyler Klackner – 154,993
4. Danny Sharpe – 154,003
5. Ben Rezach – 153,021
6. David Sharpe – 145,063

Mario Kart
Mario Kart is scored by granting one point for each race won and two points for winning circuits (four-race sets):
1. Danny Sharpe - 25 points
2. David Sharpe – 22 points
3. (tie) Tanner Sharpe - 7 points
3. (tie) Donald Goeke – 7 points
5. (tie) Josh Meyer – 6 points
5. (tie) Sarah Kordiyak – 6 points
5. (tie) Ethan Welnicke – 6 points

Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Super Smash Brothers Brawl is scored the same as last year: victories result in increased points per round (i.e. Round One=1 point, Round Two=2 points, etc.). Ultimately, the more tournament dates you can make, the better chance you have of being crowned champion.
1. Bryce Williams – 58 points
2. Sean Filipek – 50 points
3. Danny Sharpe – 28 points
4. David Sharpe – 24 points
5. Dallas Parker – 8 points
6. Tanner Sharpe – 5 points

Bowling
Bowling is scored the same as last year: the top two games combined results in our winner.
1. Danny Sharpe – 409
2. David Sharpe - 407
3. Bryce Williams – 385
4. (tie) Devin Ward - 371
4. (tie) Ryan Gorecki - 371
5. Taylor Lang - 367

Boxing
Boxing is the same as Smash Brothers Brawl: points per round per victory.
1. Bryce Williams – 36 points
2. Ryan Gorecki – 6 points
3. Tyler Klackner – 5 points
4. Tony Loiselle – 4 points
5. (tie) Danny Sharpe – 3 points
5. (tie) Chris Loiselle – 3 points

The next tournament date is slated for Friday, August 28 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Harry Potter Book Discussion on Monday

We will be hosting our second YA book discussion of the month on Monday, August 17. This one will focus on the entire Harry Potter series. Starting at 2 p.m. in the Balkansky Room, you can chat with others about the best (and worst) this series has to offer. We will talk about favorite books, characters, moments and more, plus stuff that you might change if given the chance.

The discussion gets underway at 2p.m. and will run until about 3:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Battle Meeting Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

The next Battle of the books team meeting will be Thursday, August 13th at 1:30 p.m. in the Quiets Study Room. We will go over the battle format, go over the books and maybe do a couple sample questions.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Twilight Book Discussion Monday


Next Monday, August 10, we will be hosting a YA book discussion on the Twilight series. Not just one book, but the entire series! Come in and talk about all things Twilight - What do you love about these books? What don't you like? what would you change? How does the movie stack up? If it has to do with Twilight, we will be talking about it!

The discussion gets underway at 2 p.m. in the Balkansky Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Comic Books!


We have recently added some ongoing comic books into our collection which will be arriving on a monthly basis:
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Batman
The Amazing Spider-man
Fantastic Four
Uncanny X-men
They can be found on the top shelf of the graphic novel display shelves in YA.

Also, we will be adding Shonen Jump in the near future - again as a monthly publication - so keep your eyes open for that, too!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Battle of the Books meeting change - Now August 4th

We haven't had a meeting yet, but the first Battle of the Books team meeting is already being rescheduled. We are pushing it back one day to Tuesday, August 4 at 2 p.m. It will still be in the Quiet Study Room. Sorry about the change, but we will have more meetings throughout the month.

July Wii Tournament standings


July provided the largest turnout thus far for the Wii tournament. That meant more competition but less time to get everyone in on the action. We were able to squeeze out a full round for each game not named Boxing. Needless to say, the August date will see plenty of boxing on the big screen.

Guitar Hero World Tour
For Guitar Hero, we are averaging the best three scores that each player can post for three different songs. The top average score will advance, though at least one of those scores must be posted at either the hard or expert level. In the unlikely event of a tie, the best note streak will serve as the tie-breaker.
1. Jacob Heili – 280,431

2. Matt Troyer – 279,389
3. Tyler Klackner – 154,993
4. Danny Sharpe – 154,003
5. Ben Rezach – 153,021
5. David Sharpe – 145,063

Mario Kart
Mario Kart is scored by granting one point for each race won and two points for winning circuits (four-race sets):
1. Danny Sharpe - 19 points
2. David Sharpe - 17 points
3. Tanner Sharpe - 7 points
4. (tie) Josh Meyer – 6 points
4. (tie) Sarah Kordiyak – 6 points

4. (tie) Donald Goeke – 6 points

Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Super Smash Brothers Brawl is scored the same as last year: victories result in increased points per round (i.e. Round One=1 point, Round Two=2 points, etc.). Ultimately, the more tournament dates you can make, the better chance you have of being crowned champion.
1. Bryce Williams – 50 points

2. Sean Filipek – 30 points
3. Danny Sharpe – 20 points
4. David Sharpe – 15 points
5. Dallas Parker – 6 points
6. Tanner Sharpe – 5 points

Bowling
Bowling is scored the same as last year: the top two games combined results in our winner.
1. Danny Sharpe – 409

2. David Sharpe - 407
2. Bryce Williams – 336
3. Donald Goeke – 310
4. Sarah Kordiyak - 298
5. Ashley Steinmetz - 263

Boxing
Boxing is the same as Smash Brothers Brawl: points per round per victory.
1. Bryce Williams – 15 points
2. Tyler Klackner – 4 points
3. Danny Sharpe – 3 points
4. Donald Goeke – 1 point
5. Ryan Gorecki – 1 point
6. Tony Loiselle – 1 point

The next tournament date is slated for Friday, August 14 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer Finale on Monday


The Summer Reading Program comes to a close with pizza, singing and prizes on Monday afternoon. This is your chance to earn rewards for all your reading over the past two months (as well as for those hard-earned hours gained for attending YA programs here at the library). Make sure you bring in your final book slips to get all your hours counted up!

The finale kicks-off at 2 p.m. with pizza and a karaoke contest. Then things transition into a silent auction, where all your hours turn into points that you use to bid on prizes. Among those items on the auction block are: iTunes gift cards, various books (including Twilight series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, House of Night, and Generation Dead), DVDs, posters, Cd's and Movie Scene It DVD game.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Anime People Rock!

Bow down to the new rock legends of Manitowoc: Anime People! The all-girl group rocked out four songs to claim the Battle of the Bands title, narrowly edging out Hand of Doom. Anime People was the only group to successfully navigate their way through all four of their songs without failure for a 201 point total.

Despite a second-place finish overall, Hand of Doom did claim the two highest individual scores on the day of 68 and 66. Third place was claimed by Deathnote, while Blackhart placed fourth.

The bands were each given four tracks to play on Guitar Hero: World Tour on Wii. For each song, they were judged on their game score and their live stage performance for a maximum total of 80 points possible each turn.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Battle of the Books Meeting August 3

We will have our first Manitowoc team meeting for the Battle of the Books on August 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study Room. Everyone who is signed up or interesting in joining is welcome to attend. This will be the first of a handful of meetings we will have to get to know each other and familiarize ourselves with the battle books for this year. You are not required to attend all the meetings, but please try to make at least one meeting.

If you are not sure if you are signed up, you can email me (rwaterbury@mcls.lib.wi.us) or stop by the Reference Desk to check.

If there are certain days and times that work best for you, feel free to comment below!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Murder solved!

It turns out, the sleazy nightclub owner did it! Despite multiple attempts to throw everyone off her trail Vera Sin (brought to vibrant life by Jenny), did indeed commit the murder of artist Ronnie McIntosh during today's Murder program, despite her claims of innocence. Bravo for the repeated fainting spells to try and drive the point home! I do think it is interesting that Jenny started off wanting to play the role of the victim and ended up being the culprit...

Everyone did a great job getting into character and digging for clues while trying to prove their innocence. Kudos to Hunter for tackling the role of Miss Lemming and her stalkery ways - despite everyone pointing to her as a primary suspect, she still remained innocent (though no less weird and creepy). Also a tip of the hat to Angela's Amelia Fairfart - not only for dealing with so much suspicion but also taking on that name!

Really, thanks to everyone who took part:
Belinda (aka Ernest Shingleton)
Rebecca (aka Otto von Blockwurst)
John (aka Captain Pastings)
Teresa (aka Mother Inferior)
Katelyn (aka Laura Ghastly)
Haley (aka Marc D'Triumph)
Makayla (aka Hercule Perond)

Here is the site where I got that mystery from: Host-Party
Click on the "view mysteries" link to see more. We will definitely do this again - feel free to peruse their selection and give me suggestions for future murder!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Coming Monday: MURDER!


Don't miss our next YA program coming up on Monday, July 6: Murder!

This is your chance to test out your skills as a detective as we enact a murder and try to figure out the culprit. Of course, in order to solve a mystery, we need suspects - that is where you come in. We will pull the list of suspicious characters from those who attend, so be prepared to dust off your acting skills, as well!

The foul deeds get started at 2 p.m., but don't be shy about getting there a little early - every murder needs a victim, too...

June Wii Tournament standings

We are half-way through the 2009 tournament and we have a mix of runaway leaders and close battles in the standings!

Guitar Hero World Tour
For Guitar Hero, we are averaging the best three scores that each player can post for three different songs. The top average score will advance, though at least one of those scores must be posted at either the hard or expert level. In the unlikely event of a tie, the best note streak will serve as the tie-breaker.
1. Matt Troyer – 279,389
2. Tyler Klackner – 154,993
3. Danny Sharpe – 154,003
4. Ben Rezach – 153,021
5. David Sharpe – 138,130
6. Dallas Parker – 120,362

Mario Kart
Mario Kart is scored by granting one point for each race won and two points for winning circuits (four-race sets):
1. Danny Sharpe - 16 points
2. David Sharpe - 14 points
3. Tanner Sharpe - 7 points
4. Patrick Ressler – 5 points
5. Frank Salzberg – 2 points

Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Super Smash Brothers Brawl is scored the same as last year: victories result in increased points per round (i.e. Round One=1 point, Round Two=2 points, etc.). Ultimately, the more tournament dates you can make, the better chance you have of being crowned champion.
1. Bryce Williams – 45 points
2. Danny Sharpe – 17 points
3. Sean Filipek – 16 points
4. David Sharpe – 10 points
5. Dallas Parker – 5 points
6. Tanner Sharpe – 5 points

Bowling
Bowling is scored the same as last year: the top two games combined results in our winner.
1. Danny Sharpe – 409
2. Bryce Williams – 336
3. Donald Goeke – 310
4. Ryan Gorecki – 172
5. Elizabeth Bellin – 160
6. Karl Salzberg - 156

Boxing
Boxing is the same as Smash Brothers Brawl: points per round per victory.
1. Bryce Williams – 15 points
2. Tyler Klackner – 4 points
3. Danny Sharpe – 3 points
4. Donald Goeke – 1 point
5. Ryan Gorecki – 1 point
6. Tony Loiselle – 1 point

The next tournament date is slated for Friday, July 24 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Book Do-Over cover results

Monday's Book Do-Over program went smoothly and resulted in some impressive covers and story ideas for some classic books.

In the cover contest, Will's Bridge to Terabithia design netted him the most votes:

Other covers spanned from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (including real elvish on the ring!):
A pair of Twilight covers:

A new representation of Roald Dahl's classic The BFG:



The classic that is Beowulf: and the more modern sinister tale Deep & Dark & Dangerous:
Overall, there were some great ideas and cool new covers. Great work by everyone who took part!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sign-Up for the Summer Reading Program!

Just a reminder that you can sign up for the YA Summer Reading Program at any time at the Reference Desk. Our official kick-off is on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. with Comedy City. You can sign-up for the summer, get a free sub and enjoy the show!

Also, you can sign-up for the Battle of the Books at the Reference Desk, as well. The Battle books count double toward the summer reading program hours and the Battle itself is a lot of fun!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Washington Middle School book list

Thanks to all you Washington students who sat patiently through and tolerated/were captivated by my book talk today. Here is the list of books that I brought with me. Most of these titles are on display in the YA area right next to the stairs for the next couple of days until they get checked out.

Let me know what you think of any of the books you read in the comments below!

Fiction
The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James by Gillian Shields
Dream Factory by Brad Barkley
Hero Type by Barry Lyga
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Resurrection Men by T.K. Welsh
Paper Towns by John Green
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Magyk by Angie Sage (Septimus Heap series)
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Monster Blood Tattoo by D.M. Cornish
The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
The Awakening by Michael Carroll (Quantum Prophecy series)
Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney
Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Non-Fiction
The Villains Guide to Better Living by Neil Zawacki
Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan by Todd Gallagher
Oval Office Oddities by Bill Fawcett
Happy Kitty Bunny Pony by Michel J. Nelson

Graphic Novels
Hulk: Red Hulk by Jeph Loeb
Superman/Batman by Jeph Loeb
Indiana Jones Omnibus 1 & 2
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

Friday, June 5, 2009

Coming in August: Book Discussions

Even though the Summer Reading Program wraps up in July, there is still plenty to do at the library in August! Not the least of which will be a pair of book discussions on the Twilight series and the Harry Potter Series.

The Twilight discussion will take place on August 10 at 2 p.m. That is where you can discuss any and all aspects of the series with fellow Twilight readers. From favorites characters and scenes to things that don't quite sit right with you, we will cover it all.

The following week, on August 17, come back for a look at the Harry Potter books. Same deal here: discuss what you like and don't like (and maybe future Potter story ideas) starting at 2 p.m.

Both discussions will take place in the Balkansky Room. You do not need to have taken part in the Summer Reading Program to take part.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

2009 YA Summer Programs


Here is a listing of all the programs we will be offering this summer as part of our Young Adult Summer Reading Program. All programs are free and open to everyone in Grades 6 through 12.


June 18 at 1:45 pm - Summer Kick-off with Comedy City

June 22 at 2 p.m - Book Do-Over
You have your favorite books, but did they end the way you were hoping? Here is your chance to do things differently: rewrite the ending to the Harry Potter series or design a new cover for New Moon. Be as creative as you can be to change the look and the story of whatever book you choose.

July 1 at 2 p.m. - Paint the Library Red White and Blue
A perennial favorite returns! Help celebrate Independence Day by decorating the Library windows. No sign-up is required – just meet at the Library Garage on Franklin Street at 2 p.m. to join the fun.

July 6 at 2 p.m. – Murder! (that’s right…Murder!)
Put on your sleuthing hat and get your acting skills warmed up as we host a murder mystery here in the library. You can take part in the action or sit back and watch as the mystery plays out before you. Either way, you still have to solve the case!

July 17 at 1 p.m. – Battle of the Bands
We’re getting the band back together – or for the first time – as rock bands of 2, 3, or 4 members will rock out on Guitar Hero World Tour. The top bands won’t only be determined by game score, but also by how flashy you can crank out the tunes. Lester Public Library in Two Rivers will join us so be sure to get there early to get your band in on the gig!

July 24 at 11 a.m.Wii Tournament
The Wii tournament continues as we battle to find the top players of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Mario Kart, Bowling, Boxing and Guitar Hero.

July 27 at 2 p.m. – Karaoke Finale
Our closing ceremony is a time to celebrate with pizza, prizes and…singing? To wrap things up, we will have a karaoke competition to hand out the final gold medals of the summer.

Just like last year, we will reward you with five hours for each of these programs you attend to add toward your reading program hours (which can be redeemed for prizes at the Finale)!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Good Reads: The Riddles of Epsilon


Title: The Riddles of Epsilon
Author: Christine Morton-Shaw

After she is expelled from her school, Jess's parents decide to move her away from her trouble-making friends and into an old house that her mother inherited far from the big city. Angry at her parents for the move, she wanders off and discovers a cabin hidden at the back of the property and begins unravelling a mystery that stretches back over 100 years. She encounters a mysterious ghost named Epsilon who helps her follow the clues, but is he friendly or dangerous?

The Riddles of Epsilon is a fast-moving mystery that keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next. Morton-Shaw creates an intriguing story and keeps you guessing right up to the end.

The Riddles of Epsilon is located in YA Fiction: YA Morton-Shaw

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Survivor photos

Here are some pictures from the YT Survivor program we did earlier in the month. Sorry for the delay in posting them, but (insert clever explanation here). Okay, I don't have a good reason, but better late than never!






Book list for Valders


For those of you who suffered through/were totally captivated by my booktalk today, here is a list of all the books I talked about, plus a few I didn't get a chance to discuss. Feel free to check the display shelves for any of these titles or stop by the Reference Desk for assistance in tracking them down.

And don't be afraid to let me know what you think of ones that you read!

Fiction
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James by Gillian Shields
Dream Factory by Brad Barkley
Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
Playing with Fire by Derek Landy
Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Moss
The First Escape by G.P. Taylor

Non-Fiction
The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman
How to be a Villain by Neil Zawacki
The Villains Guide to Better Living by Neil Zawacki
American Shaolin by Matthew Polly

Graphic Novels
Invincible by Robert Kirkman
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Indiana Jones Omnibus 1 & 2
Ultimate Iron Man by Orson Scott Card
Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
Kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer Program Kicks Off June 18

On June 18, we are going to make with the funny as Comedy City will be here to help kick off MPL's YA Summer Reading Program. We will open the doors to the Balkansky Room at 1:45 p.m., so you can get signed-in and get your free sub. The comedy gets underway at 2 p.m. and the improv professionals take over. Be prepared to laugh, shout ideas, and possibly be called on to help out in one of the skits.

Sign-up for the reading program actually starts on Tuesday, June 16 (the first day of summer vacation) so you can get on the list at any time by stopping by the Reference Desk. Attendance at any (and all) of the summer programs counts toward your reading hours. Those hours translate into prizes at the end of the program in our Karaoke & Auction Finale on July 28. Additionally, anyone who reads books from our Battle of the Books list earns double reading hours for those titles.

Keep an out out over the next few days as the entire summer schedule is revealed on this site(including a Twilight series book discussion).

To find out more about Comedy City, check out their website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wii Tournament - May Leader boards!

After two tournament dates, the leader boards are starting to fill out a bit more:

Super Smash Brothers Brawl is scored the same as last year: victories result in increased points per round (i.e. Round One=1 point, Round Two=2 points, etc.). Ultimately, the more tournament dates you can make, the better chance you have of being crowned champion. Bryce maintained his big lead after last Saturday's tournament date:
1. Bryce Williams – 25 points
2. Danny Sharpe – 13 points
3. Sean Filipek – 5 points
4.(tie)Chang Vang – 4 points
4.(tie)Donald Goeke – 4 points

For Guitar Hero, we are averaging the best three scores that each player can post for three different songs. The top average score will advance, though at least one of those scores must be posted at either the hard or expert level. In the unlikely event of a tie, the best note streak will serve as the tie-breaker.
1. Matt Troyer – 318,722
2. Danny Sharpe – 176,135
3. Ben Rezach – 153,021
4. David Sharpe – 131,625
5. Teresa Hurtienne – 95,903
6. Malynnda Goeke – 64,145

Mario Kart is scored by granting one point for each race won and two points for winning circuits (four-race sets). Thus far, Danny has a good lead, but David isn't too far behind:
1. Danny Sharpe - 14 points
2. David Sharpe - 9 points
3. Tanner Sharpe - 5 points
4.(tie)Bryce Williams - 1 point
4.(tie)Donald Goeke - 1 point

Bowling is scored the same as last year: the top two games combined results in our winner. Danny has the best two-game tally thus far:
1. Danny Sharpe – 368
2. Donald Goeke – 310
3. Bryce Williams – 164
4. Sean Filipek – 123

Boxing is the same as Smash Brothers Brawl: points per round per victory. After one Boxing tournament, Bryce has the early lead:
1. Bryce Williams – 6 points
2. Danny Sharpe – 3 points
3. Donald Goeke – 1 point

The next tournament date is June 26 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Music CD swap: Monday, May 18


On Monday, you can bring in your music CD's to trade with others. Any discs you don't listen to anymore makes for good trade fodder as you may be able to find a different dis you want instead.

The CD swap will get underway at 5 p.m. in the Balkansky Room.

We will not have CD's for sale. This is strictly a swap meet with others.

Wii Tournament continues Saturday at 11:30

On Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., we will have the Wii's back in action for the next installment of the Battle of the Boxes tournament. Once again, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Mario Kart and Guitar Hero will be available. We will also take our first crack at Wii Sports Bowling and Boxing for this year. Everyone in grades 6 and up are welcome to come and take part - just be sure to have a library card with you!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Comic Book Corner: Wonder Woman


Titles: Bitter Rivals,
Eyes of the Gorgon,
Land of the Dead,
Mission's End

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Rags Morales

Wonder Woman is an icon that is often taken for granted. When she first appeared in the 1950's, comic books were dominated by male characters who rescued damsels in distress is relatively simple action tales. The Amazons, however, were nothing like the women who were drawn before. They were strong, intelligent and didn't need men to solve their problems for them. Their champion was Wonder Woman, the daughter of the queen and an ambassador to the world. Though peace was her mission, she was more than able to resort to fisticuffs when provoked.

Now, 50 years later, Princess Diana is one of many heroic women, either in comics or in real life, so it is easy to overlook the character as boring or unoriginal. In reality, she continues to serve as an inspirational figure who is more than capable of doing anything (and many times more than) a man can.

Wonder Woman looks at Diana in her role as an ambassador and an global icon. She is a best-selling author who is respected around the world. She is surrounded by a supporting group of assistants at the Themysciran Embassy and things seem to be moving smoothly. However, a jealous rival is out to discredit her using any means necessary. At the same time, villains of various origins are always up to no good. It is us to Wonder Woman to save the day while continuing her message of peace.

Of course, half the fun of Wonder Woman is the fact that she is a superhero. Based in Greek Mythology, there is no shortage of colorful characters for her to battle, not the least of which is Medusa, the snake-headed, stone-making gorgon. Through the course of his run, Rucka forces Diana to battle monsters, lose her eyesight, travel through the Underworld, and watch as her home is swarmed over by killer robots. Ultimately, she will make a decision that goes against her peaceful message and sacrifice everything she knows for her people and the world.

Spanning 26 issues of the Wonder Woman comic book (plus one crossover issue of The Flash), some of DC Comics' biggest heroes make appearances (Batman, Superman, The Flash), as well as her arch enemies Giganta and Cheetah. Wonder Woman is a great action ride that is worth discovering.

Wonder Woman is located in YA Non-Fiction: 741.5973 Rucka