Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Excellent Sequel - Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

I was very impressed by the sequel to Incarceron. Although Incarceron was good, I was not overly impressed. I was a little nervous about reading the sequel...But it was fantastic! A lot more progress is made concerning Era and Incarceron in this book. I have heard there is to be a third book in the series, but I can't find anything to verify that, yet!


Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside.

Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment?

And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you are?

Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chocolate Fest 2011

I don't know how well the video quality will be. To see them better, go to There is an album of photos from the event on the Teen Facebook page as well! Pudding eating contest was awesome! There were a lot of creative cupcake designs as well! Don't forget Music Mash-Ups on March 8th ~ sign up for a laptop today!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Working" at Lincoln High School

This is a little overdue, but I have been gone to Madison until today. Last week Friday, I went to see the musical, Working, performed by Lincoln High School students. It was very well done! I was impressed by the musical talents of the group. Mike Davise Jr. did a wonderful job on Lovin' Al! Some other favorites of mine were Un mejor diea vendora, Nobody tells me how, and Cleaning Women. Of course the group songs were excellent! I was impressed by all of the members of the musical. Good Job Everyone!

Don't forget Chocolate Fest tonight at 5:00 ~ Quiet Study Room!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Revist Old Favorite ~ Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

This was a book I found many years ago. It is the first book in The Darkangel trilogy. A Gathering of Gargoyles and The Pearl of the Soul of the World follows this first book in the trilogy. These books were first written in 1982 ~ before I was even born!!! Yet, they are still very captivating. A book about vampires before vampyres were cool. For those who have never read them, I highly recommend them as a great read! And for those who have, take time to revisit this timeless series!

Aeriel is kidnapped by the darkangel, a black-winged vampire of astounding beauty and youth, and taken to his castle keep. There, she must serve his thirteen wives, wraiths whose souls he has stolen away.

Aeriel knows that she must kill the darkangel before he takes his fourteenth bride and comes into full power, but she is captivated by his magnificent beauty and intrigued by the spark of goodness she sees inside him.

Will Aeriel risk damning all of humanity to save the darkangel’s soul, or can she end his reign of beautiful terror before he finds his final bride?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chocolate Fest! ~ Tuesday, February 15 @ 5:00 PM

Our annual Chocolate Fest will be held this year on Tuesday, February 15th from 5-6:30 pm. The program will be in the Quiet Study Room on the first floor. We have added a few different events this year and postponed some favorites until next year! Bring your creativity to design your cupcake from Hartmann's (and eat it too:) )!! Think you're the fastest eater? Take part in the chocolate pudding eating contest (that alone is a moutful) ~ No Hands allowed! Are you an architect? See how high you can stack Oreos before they come tumbling down!! What about a chocolate connoisseur (talk about a difficult word to spell)? Try and identify the chocolate while blindfolded!

Whether you're looking for fun, chocolate, hanging out with friends, or chocolate:) ~ Join us for Chocolate Fest on Tuesday at 5:00!

Upcoming March Program ~ Music Mash-Ups

Take audio bites and parts of song ~ mash them together to create your own unique songs! We have software which will allow you to create these unique mash-ups! Space is limited due to lack of laptops. Sign up for laptops will begin on Tuesday, the night of Chocolate Fest! Reserve one at Chocolate Fest or talk to someone at Reference - 686-3020! Bring your own laptop to avoid the space limitation. Consider signing up as a group for one laptop to free up some space for others to attend.
Make sure to bring a flash drive or cd to burn your mash-ups onto! Unfortunately CDs will not be provided! Music Mash-Ups begin at 5:00 pm in the Balkansky Room on Tuesday, March 8th!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Famous Author passed away yesterday

Brian Jacques passed away yesterday from a heart attack at 71 years old. He is the author of the Redwall series. His books focused on adventures with rats! He had 21 novels in the series that sold millions worldwide. He was a former merchant sailor who used his experience to create his novels. His novels were also translated into a t.v. series and, surprisingly, opera! Some critics compared his books to JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings and Watership Down by Richard Adams. Interesting fact about Brian Jacques - He was caned (back when teachers did that) by a teacher who could not believe that a 10-year-old could write so well when he penned a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile's teeth!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Madison supports the Green and Gold!

The dome of the State Capitol in Madison is lit up green and gold to support the Packers at night this week! Many area neighborhoods are also lighting up with green and gold! What Packer or Super Bowl traditions do you have?

Good Reads - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--is a chiling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

This is the first book of a new series by Maggie Stiefvater for teens. The trilogy is the "Wolves of Mercy Falls." I am about halfway through the book so far. Stiefvater keeps the book interesting by not revealing everything at the beginning. I am halfway through and I still have questions about what is going on. The second book, Linger, has been released and the final book, Forever, will be released in July of this year.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Have you seen it yet?!

Many people have already seen the "Teach me how to Bucky" video created by UW Madison students, but have you seen the new video in tribute to B.J. Raji, "Teach me how to Raji!" and his amazing interception touchdown during the NFC Championship game!?! This vidoe was created by staff and students of UW-GB! As we head into SuperBowl weekend, learn how to Raji!! Go Pack Go!