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!

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

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