Saturday, January 29, 2011

Teen Video Design Challenge

Are you technology crafty? Do you like to design interesting movies? Are you between the ages of 13-18? If you answered YES, Join the Teen Video Challenge 2011! Create a video promoting summer reading at the Library this year and you could win $250! Design a short Public Service Announcement, using this summer's library theme, "You are Here!" One winner is selected from each state. Represent Wisconsin today! More Information on eligibility and requirements can be found by following this link:
Deadline is March 1, 2011 ~ Start today!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Visiting Manitowoc Today!!!

President Obama drove past the library today at 12:51! I was all ready and waiting in the cold to take a picture with my phone camera. Unfortunately, my camera froze up so I was not able to get a picture and post it! (Even if I had known which car he was in!) They drove past pretty quickly (I'm sure for security reasons) and are headed off to their next stop. What an honor for Manitowoc that the President should visit here and use our city as an example for the rest of the nation! Go Manitowoc!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Change MPL YA Facebook Page Name!

The Manitowoc Public Library Young Adult Dept. Facebook page is in the process of changing its name! Cast your vote for the new name on the YA blog poll! You have until February 2nd at 6:30 PM to make your choice known! Vote now!

Don't like the options available ~ join the discussion on our facebook page:!/pages/Manitowoc-Public-Library-Young-Adult-Dept/244729554681

Friday, January 21, 2011

Brain Camp by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

I have achieved a new milestone: I read my first graphic novel last night! With no previous experience, I have nothing to compare it with, but I loved Brain Camp! It was original! It was funny! And it was amazingly quick to read! I recommend this book to those who have never read a graphic novel and to those who read them all the time!

A quick and quirky graphic novel with a bit of an identity crisis. Two misfits, Jenna and Lucas, are sent to a summer-camp-of-last-resort by their respective, exasperated parents. Despite some hate-at-first-sight, the pair, in a predictable fashion, soon start up a friendship and eventually fall for one another. Unfortunately, something funny is going on at Camp Fielding: some kids disappear while others become suspiciously more intelligent. This is a fun story, one that moves well and is illustrated with excellent full-color artwork. Check out this book and other graphic novels at the Manitowoc Public Library!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Despicable Me

Young Adult Libray Item Choice of the Week: DESPICABLE ME!!
I have now seen this movie two times and have loved it each time! It is hilarious! I highly recommend it to everyone of all ages!!

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Next TAB meeting is set for Tuesday, January 18th at 5:00pm. We will be meeting in the Quiet Study Room. Items on the agenda for this month include: Chocolate Fest in February, Battle of the Books, summer library program, teen tech week, and future program ideas!

Teen Advisory Board is a group of teens led by teens developing programs for teens at the Manitowoc Public Library! If anyone is interested in becoming a TAB member, email Krissy at

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Series by Robin McKinley

Call me a dork but I have always loved the books by Robin McKinley. As a young child, I was enthralled with the fairy tales and fantastical creatures. And if I'm honest, I'll admit I still enjoy books about these subjects; thus my love of Harry Potter and the Twilight series. Robin McKinley always brings a new modern twist to these beloved fairy tales and science fiction stories! I loved her retelling and twist of Beauty and the Beast in Rose Daughter. She also has fantastic novels about Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty. McKinley has also written novels about vampires and dragons. She recently released in November 2010 a novel about pegasuses (or pegasi:)) - horses with wings. It is aptly titled, Pegasus! It was a very interesting read and well worth the time to read it. She took a subject which could end up boring or childish and made it into a novel worth reading. The readers are able to connect with the pegasuses in the book and understand them. I'll admit I began reading the book already loving it because of my previous experience with McKinley's novels, but the book really lived up to its potential. The only drawback was reading the last page and realizing it is part of a series and I will have to wait until 2012 to continue reading about Sylvi and Ebon!