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!

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

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

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