Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chocolate Fest 2010!

Chocolate Fest 2010 took place on February 16 and saw a lot of chocolate consumed in various forms, from melted dipping chocolate and candy bars to chocolate truffles and chocolate milk. Amidst the eating, there were contests to unwrap Hershey's Kisses while wearing oven mitts and a chocolate toss into cups (placed on a teammate's head).

Given the great turnout, expect to see Chocolate Fest return next February! In the meantime, here are a few pictures from this year:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Music Spotlight - Nirvana

When Nirvana was unleashed on the world at large, the music scene in the U.S. was an odd mix of genres that didn't really have much cohesion. When Nevermind hit the shelves in 1992, grunge exploded onto radio and TV and Nirvana was at the front of a music revolution - not a small thing for a modest three-piece band.

Riding the wave of popularity, Nirvana reached almost mythic status when they walked off the stage of the UK's Reading Festival on August 30, 1992. Just days before, front man Kurt Cobain was the source of rumors as questions swirled regarding his mental health. Cobain decided to take the stage pushed in a wheelchair and dressed in a white coat. He then took his guitar and the band launched into their first song, "Breed". The rest of the concert was a high-energy show that cemented Nirvana as a top-tier rock band and showcased the raw energy that they exuded on stage.

Live at Reading is a CD/DVD combo that gives both the audio and visual from that concert and showcases what made Nirvana such a phenomenon. While primarily a collection of songs from Nevermind and Bleach, it does showcase a few songs that Nirvana wouldn't release for three more years on In Utero.

Live at Reading a is perfect fit for Nirvana fans, but also worth checking out for the casual fan, if only to get a rare glimpse at a band that burned brightly for a brief period before tragedy brought things to a halt.

Live at Reading is located in the Non-Fiction DVD section: 782.4216 NIRVANA

Good Reads - Malice

Title: Malice
Author: Chris Wooding

"Tall Jake, take me away"

With those words, the myth of the comic book "Malice" becomes a reality for Seth and Kady. When their friend Luke disappears, the only clue to his whereabouts are tied to the mysterious comic book, which is rumored to tell the stories of real teens who go missing and are subjected to the vicious whim of Tall Jake.

In order to find their friend, Seth and Kady discover that the only way out of Malice is to go into Malice and take on Tall Jake...

Malice is a fast-paced action tale that will keep you turning the page to see what happens next. Wooding spins his tale in a combination of novel and graphic novel, both of which add to the story's depth. Ultimately, is primarily a novel that creates a eerie world full of interesting characters, none more fascinating that Tall Jake, the ruler of Malice. It is definitely a story worth checking out!

Malice is located in Young Adult Fiction: YA MALICE

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chocolate Fest 2010

Get your sweet tooth ready for Chocolate Fest 2010! On February 16, swing by the library for as much chocolate as you can handle through games, contests and simply eating.

This year, we will have a chocolate taste-test, team contests, a chocolate fountain... in other words, lots and lots of chocolate to eat.

Chocolate Fest gets underway at 5 p.m. in the Balkansky room. Get there early to get as much chocolate as you can!