Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Music Spotlight: Guster

Artist: Guster
Album: Easy Wonderful

Guster is one of those bands that maintains a very dedicated fan base and continually seems to add more with each concert they play. Adept at writing hooks that stay in your head and lyrics that run from light and funny to contemplative and thoughtful, that they have fallen short of huge mainstream success seems almost criminal.

Easy Wonderful represents the band's sixth album and maintains their solid mix of songs from beginning to end. Nothing stands out more than "Do You Love Me", a brilliant slice of pop rock that shows off how to write a great hook. Every track presents something different, whether its the synths on "Do What You Want" or the ironic overtones of "Stay with me Jesus". What makes Easy Wonderful so attractive is the depth and meaning in the lyrics that add more to the tracks. Combined with solid music throughout, it is an album that demands to be listened to over and over again.

Standout tracks: "Do You Love Me", "This Could All Be Yours", "Do What You Want"

If you want more Guster, be sure to check out Keep it Together and Ganging Up on the Sun. Along with Easy Wonderful, the are located in the Rock CD collection: MR Guster

Monday, October 4, 2010

Good Reads - Green Lantern

Title: Green Lantern
Writer: Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons
Artists: Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver

Hal Jordan was once considered the greatest of the Green Lantern Corps., and intergalactic peace-keeping force that wields green power rings fueled by their willpower. After years of saving the world and universe, Jordan was driven mad by the destruction of Coast City, his home, and turned into the villain Paralax before dying to save the Earth.

Now, Jordan has returned to life and to his role as the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814 and is trying to prove himself once again. Meanwhile, the green light of the of Corps. has been joined by the other colors of the spectrum: the anger of the Red Lanterns, the greed of the Orange Lanterns, the fear of the Yellow, the hope of the Blue Lanterns and the compassionate Indigo Lanterns. As war breaks out among the various colors, a sinister force begins to rise and fulfill the prophecy of a blackest night...

There have been multiple Green Lanterns over time, but Johns brings Hal Jordan back to the forefront and makes the entire Green Lantern Corps a well-rounded storytelling element that is rich in characters and action. Johns is true to the wealth of history that was established before his taking over the character and builds from it a fascinating and entertaining universe. The stories crackle with excitement and move along at a brisk pace. Even with the focus on Jordan, the other lanterns still get attention and fit in well with the new characters, like Atrocious and Larfleeze.

Accompanying Johns in this reintroduction of Hal Jordan is Etahn Van Sciver (Green Lantern: Rebirth) and Ivan Reis. Both are more than up to the demands that Johns' scripts call for and they bring the characters to life in their detailed pencil work. Van Sciver's hyper-detailed work really lays the groundwork for Hal Jordan's resurrection and redemption in Rebirth. Reis, meanwhile, does a fantastic job of introducing a wealth of new characters and making them fit in seamlessly with the existing DC Universe.

We have collected Geoff John's entire Green Lantern run, starting with Rebirth and leading through Agent Orange and Blackest Night (which gets its own review later!). We are also proud to offer the monthly comic book to help you keep up with the story to date.

Green Lantern books (all located in Young Adult Non-Fiction 741.5973 Johns):
  • Rebirth
  • No Fear
  • Revenge of the Green Lantern Corps
  • Wanted: Hal Jordan
  • The Sinestro Corps War vol. 1 & 2
  • Secret Origins
  • Rage of the Red Lanterns
  • Agent Orange
For even more Green Lantern entertainment, check out the animated feature Green Lantern: First Flight, located in the DVD collection.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Murder Mystery November 20!

Be prepared for murder on November 20 as the library hosts another teen Murder Mystery! Things get dangerous after we close that Saturday and everyone is a suspect... Everyone must be in the building before 5pm when the library closes. No one leaves until the mystery is solved and murderer locked up. Who lives and who dies? It is all in the hands of our Teen Advisory Board, who are planning the details.

Since it is an after-hours program, all participants need to be signed up in advance. The mystery is open to everyone in grades 6 through 12. Contact us at or call 686-3053 to sign up.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good Reads - Incarceron

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher

The Incarceron is a vast prison that is self-aware and intelligent. Created to help build a utopian society outside of its walls, only one person has ever managed to escape from its walls. 17-year-old Finn awakens within the prison with no memory of how he got there. He must fight his way to stay alive and is determined to escape - no matter how impossible it may be. Meanwhile, Claudia is prison in her own right - stuck living by society's rules and facing an impending marriage that her father, the warden of the Incarceron, is anxious to make happen.

By chance, Finn and Claudia both find crystal keys that allow them to communicate, making it clear that if they are going to find freedom, they will need each other.

Catherine Fisher does a great job in creating multiple worlds in Incarceron - one inside and one outside the prison walls. She also delves into the society that would create such a structure and creates a fascinating world that is hard to step away from. At 400 pages, it is daunting to start, but once the fantasy story takes hold, it will make for a fast read!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the sequel, Sapphique, due for release on December 28!

Incarceron is located in YA Fiction: YA Fisher

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Good Reads - Hellboy

Title: Hellboy
Author: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola

During World War II, a demon child is summoned to Earth by Nazi occultists seeking to gain a supernatural advantage in battle. The child, with its red skin and giant stone right hand, is found by Allied forces and taken to the United States under the watch of Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.).

That is the background for one of the most dynamic comic books available today as Hellboy has spawned a number of comics series, movies, toys and other memorabilia. A giant red demon who refuses to accept his fate as the destroyer of mankind, Hellboy travels the world soling supernatural mysteries and fighting a wide number of creatures from every form of mythology.

From his origin in World War II, Hellboy's story leads him to confrontations with Rasputin, the goddess Hecate, the Russian witch Baba Yaga, and Koshchei the Deathless. Throughout his strange adventures, he learns more and more about his destiny and the evil creatures who wish to serve him.

At his side for most of his adventures are his fellow BPRD members: Elizabeth Sherman and Abe Sapien. Through it all, every story is packed with action, adventure and lots of humor.

We have the following volumes available to check-out:
Vol. 1 : Seed of Destruction
Vol. 2: Wake the Devil
Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others
Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Vol. 5: Conqueror Worm
Vol. 6: Strange Places
Vol. 7: The Troll Witch and Others
Vol. 8: Darkness Calls
Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt
Vol. 10: The Crooked Man and Others

Hellboy is located in Young Adult Non-Fiction: YA 741.9753 Mignola

And check out Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army on DVD

For more Mike Mignola, you don't want to miss his novel Baltimore or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Help pick our December Movie!

On December 7, we will be showing a newer release movie on the big screen. We are considering Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe and Eclipse (which will be released on December 4).

Anyone care to vote for their favorite or suggest something else? Any other suggestions must be rated G, PG or PG-13.

New Website!

Check out the Manitowoc Public Library's new website!

Here is a direct link to the teen page

Check back regularly for program dates and times!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sequels to Check Out

The last month has seen the continuation or conclusion of some great series. The second book in the Prophecy of the Sisters Series is now out: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink. The story of twin sisters Lia and Alice continues as they battle over the prophecy that could bring Samael into the world and the destruction of mankind.

The first book in the series (located in YA Fiction under YA Zink):
Prophecy of the Sisters

In Genuis Wars, Cadel's life is seems more normal than before, but he is still in danger from Prosper English. Catherine Jinks brings her Genius trilogy to a close with this title.
Other Genius books (located in YA Fiction under YA Jinks):
Evil Genius
Genius Squad

Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy reaches its climax in Mockingjay as Katniss becomes the focus of the Capital's rage after her two victories in the Hunger Games and the turmoil that has followed throughout the districts.

Other Hunger Games books (located in YA fiction under YA Collins):
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

The Poisons of Caux series continues with in The Taster's Guild by Susannah Appelbaum. Ivy has set the Noble Child prophecy in motion, but the end of the Nightshade regime has not stopped Vidal Verjouce from holding Caux in a grip of fear. It is up to Ivy to take on Vidal and find a way back to Pimcaux.

Other Poisons of Caux books (located in YA Fiction under YA Appelbaum):
The Hollow Bettle
Passing Strange is the third book in Daniel Waters' Generation Dead Series. Following the game-changing of the second book, Kiss of Life, Karen's "life" is suddenly much different. The undead kids are accused of murder and new anti-zombie regulations are making things more difficult than ever for the walking undead teenagers of Oakvale.

Other Generation Dead books (located in YA fiction under YA Waters):
Generation Dead
Kiss of Life

Monday, September 13, 2010

Comedy Improv - September 21

Try out your acting and comedy skills at our Comedy Improv on Tuesday, September 21 in the Balkansky Room. Things get underway at 5 p.m. as we play a series of games that make you think quickly and act even quicker!
In Comedy Improv, you are given a game and a small set of guidelines to play along - then you make things up the rest of the way. We will play games like Alphabet, Whose Line, Superheroes, Party Quirks, Props, World's Worst, Let's Make a Date, and Scenes From a Hat. These are games just like on the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? (check it out here and here).

Drinks and snacks will be available to all improv actors!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Battle Champs...Again!

Congratulations to the Chilton Public Library for their triumph in the the 2010 Battle of the Books competition. That makes for back-to-back titles and dynasty in the making.
The champs for the 2nd straight time

Chilton claimed the win over Brillion and Kiel by a mere 2 points - 26 to 24 - after accumulating the most points in the preliminary rounds.

Brillion finished a mere 2 points behind the winners

Kiel made a strong push to dethrone the champs

The fight to the final round was tight as well. Kiel edged out Manitowoc by a single point to compete for the win. Manitowoc (calling themselves the "Azul Ninjas") made a strong push but came up just short.

Manitowoc's Azul Ninjas fell just short

Two Rivers and New Holstein joined forces for the second year in row. After some early bumps, they made things competitive with a solid second-round performance.

The Two Rivers/New Holstein amalgam gave a late charge

Congratulations to all Battlers for a great competition and some impressive recall on obscure facts from all of the books! We are already looking forward to 2011 to see if anyone can knock off the Chilton juggernaut...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ultimate CD track list

The votes are in the the Ultimate CD has been selected. After a nomination process and moderate debate, we pared down a list of 73 songs down to a final 21 tracks. We then put the songs into a track list, as follows:

1. Check Yes, Juliet – We the Kings

2. Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects

3. Sugar we’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy

4. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

5. Why Should You Believe Me? – Loftland

6. Beautiful Girls – B.o.B.

7. Hello Seattle – Owl City

8. Billionaire – Travie Mccoy

9. Hey Ya – Outkast

10. Only Exception – Paramore

11. Secrets – one republic

12. Yellow – Coldplay

13. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

14. Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls

15. My First Kiss – 3oh!3

16. Hey Soul Sister – Train

17. Viva La Vida – Coldplay

18. 21 Guns – Green Day

19. Animal – Neon Trees

20. Contagious – Boys Like Girls

21. Janglin’ - Edward Sharpe

Think you can do better? Comment below.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

CD Demolition on June 14

We get off to an explosive start to our summer as we smash CD's to pieces - then use those pieces to create mosaics. Be sure to bring in any CD's you no longer want or are embarrassed to own and we will take a sledgehammer to them!

The demolition gets underway at 2 p.m. in the Balkansky Community Room. We will have free pizza for everyone who takes part. It is also a great time to sign up for the summer reading program, which can net you cool prizes by summer's end.

Each week this summer, we will have a different program, including a Guitar Hero 5 Battle of the Bands, DDR Dance-Off, Pop Music Trivia, Name That Tune, and Karaoke. Check back for more dates, or stop in the library to get a full schedule.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Valders Middle School Book List

Here is the list of books presented at Valders Middle School on June 1:

Heaven Looks a Lot Like a Mall – Wendy Mass

The Doppel Ganger Chronicles – G. P. Taylor
Revenge of the Shadow King – Derek Benz
Kingdom Keepers – Ridley Pearson
Poisons of Caux – Susannah Applebaum
Prophecy of the Sisters – Michelle Zink
The Riddles of Epsilon – Catherine Morton-Shaw
Dead Girl Walking – Linda Joy Singleton
Runemarks – Joanne Harris
The Wizard, the Witch and Two Girls from Jersey – Lisa Papademetriou
Soul Enchilada – David Macinnis Gill

Graphic Novels
Mouse Guard – David Petersen
Hulk No More – Jeph Loeb
The Muppet Show – Roger Landridge

American Shaolin – Matthew Polly

Washington Middle School book list

Here is the book list of books presented at Washington Middle School on June 8:


Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall – Wendy Mass

Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco X. Stork

Pop – Gordon Korman

All Shook Up – Shelley Pearsall


Revenge of the Shadow King – Derek Benz

Kingdom Keepers – Ridley Pearson

Poisons of Caux – Susannah Applebaum

Prophecy of the Sisters – Michelle Zink

The Riddles of Epsilon – Catherine Morton-Shaw

Dead Girl Walking – Linda Joy Singleton

Zombie Blondes – Brian James

You are So Undead to Me – Stacey Jay

Runemarks – Joanne Harris

The Wizard, the Witch and Two Girls from Jersey – Lisa Papademetriou

Soul Enchilada – David Macinnis Gill

Graphic Novels

Mouse Guard – David Petersen

Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns – Geoff Johns

Hulk No More – Jeph Loeb

The Muppet Show – Roger Landridge

1985 – Mark Millar


American Shaolin – Matthew Polly