Friday, April 29, 2011

Battle of the Books Novels chosen!

Friday was the meeting to pick the books for this year's Battle of the Books which will be held Wednesday, September 7th at Silver Lake College. Once again this battle is open to any students entering 7th through 12th grade!

Drumroll da da dum....

Battle of the Books 2011

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The authorized adaptation by Ray Bradbury
Get Real: What Kind of World are You Buying? by Mara Rockliff

All of the books are on order. I can personally vouch for Hex Hall and Ship Breaker. I loved both of them. I am also in the process of reading the others. I will keep you updated on my progress and revelations!

Click on the title of the book to place a hold on a copy so you can start reading today. Manitowoc has yet to win the Battle of the Books. This is OUR year ~ so pick up the books, read them and show some Manitowoc pride by participating in Battle of the Books 2011!

Don't forget to sign up at the reference desk or by emailing me, ~ Weekly meetings begin in August to prepare for the competition.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I have jumped onto the band wagon. Like everyone else, I have been hearing of Beastly for awhile, especially with the release on March 4th of the movie in theatres. I finished the book yesterday. It was awesome! Read it...Read it...Read it!


I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

This is the movie trailer, but it works very well as the book trailer as well!

The movie is set to be released on DVD in June - anyone have feedback on the movie? Is it worth watching?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cookie the Penguin is Ticklish!

I'm sure that I am behind the first wave of viewers, but I thought this video was awesome! Cookie the Penguin from the Cincinatti Zoo is ticklish. Now we know ~ Penguins are ticklish AND they laugh!

Whether it's the first time or the 100th time, it's worth another view!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Alona Dare – Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star…and newly dead.

Will Killian – Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

They hated each other in high school, now Will is the only one who can and see her. Alona, used to getting her own way, haunts Will until he agrees to help her figure out how to progress from ghosthood to the big white light that she keeps expecting. Will has problems of his own; namely that every ghost in Groundsboro High, including a seething black mass of energy, now knows that he can see them, and they all want him to carry out their last wishes. Will and Alona have to work together to get the ghosts to stop tormenting Will, and to figure out exactly what Alona has to do in order to move on from this world. Their new relationship is full of surprises as they each experience a side of the other that neither expected.

This book was excellent ~ Check it out today!

The Ghost and the Goth: Book Trailer

Here is a book trailer for The Ghost and the Goth for those of you that are more visual. In my opinion, this trailer doesn't do the book justice, but it's worth a watch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Looking to volunteer for the summer? Help out at the youth and teen programs at MPL!

If you are interested in working with children or volunteering some time for the summer - go no further. The Manitowoc Public Library is now seeking teens who would like to help out at some youth and teen programs. We have a wide array of programs for teens and children this summer. Pick which events you would like to help out at.

If you are interested, read the guidelines form below and fill out the volunteer application. The application form allows you to choose which events you would like to volunteer for. Please return the forms to the reference desk by May 17th for first choice in volunteer dates. If the forms don't open, you can pick up forms at the reference desk!



Friday, April 15, 2011


Battle of the Bands next week Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the Balkansky Community Room! Bring your band of two, three or four to compete for the prize and the certificate! Mayor Justin Nickels and two MPL staff members, Judy and Diane, will be judging the bands. We will be using Guitar Hero 5 for the Battle of the Bands. See you there!

Manitowoc Public Library will be taking Food for Fines through Saturday, tomorrow, April 16th. Bring in your non-perishable items to reduce your fine and help our local food pantry!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Pan by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

An ancient Egyptian spell is turning the tony Marlowe School into a sinister underworld. Will all hell break loose?

A darkness continues to haunt the Marlowe School, and this time, someone is plotting payback. Wendy Darling, a headstrong junior, and her brother, John, a thirteen-year-old genius with a chip on his shoulder, struggle with being from the poorest family at the posh New York academy, where their father is a professor of ancient civilizations. Wendy’s new boyfriend, socialite golden-boy Connor Wirth, offers a solid step up in popularity, yet ambitious Wendy and John still find themselves longing for something more. When the Book of Gates, a mysterious tome of fabled origins, appears at Marlowe along with Peter, a dashing new resident adviser with a murky past, the Darlings are swept into a captivating world of “Lost Boys,” old-world secrets, and forbidden places. The book opens the door to a hidden labyrinthine underworld where Egyptian myths long thought impossible become frighteningly real. Suddenly, Peter, Wendy, and John find themselves captive in the lair of an age-old darkness, trying to escape the clutches of an ancient and beautiful child-thief who refuses to let go.

Brother-and-sister team Daniel and Dina Nayeri present another book in the Another Series: classic works re-imagined at the elite Marlowe School, where characters of the past take on new life, in a modern New York. I am halfway through the book currently and hooked! Don't be fooled by the cover - it's more of an Indiana Jones adventure book than a romance story.

Postcrossing Website

As part of preparing for the summer reading program this year, I ran across this postcrossing website. This website allows its users to send and receive postcards to/from people all over the world. I will be sending out postcards throughout the summer months and keep everyone updated. Some of the teen advisory board members will also be sending out postcards.

I sent my first postcard 12 days ago. I was just notified that it was received in Finland! Waiting to receive my first postcard from somewhere in the world!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley

Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henri, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the werewolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But no one is safe. When an expert wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them - it could be anyone in town. It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the Blood Moon wanes . . . or everyone she loves will die.

This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, and for readers who want even more of Valerie's riveting story, a bonus chapter that extends the drama is available at

This book is recommended by one of the members of the MPL teen advisory board!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Battle of the Bands - Guitar Hero 5 at Manitowoc Public Library

Battle of the Bands Wii style is once again at the Manitowoc Public Library. Get your band back together or get one together for the first time! Competition is on April 19th at 1:00 during spring break in the Balkansky Community Room. Bands can reserve their spot by calling the Reference Desk at 920-686-3020 or emailing

Bands will be judged on style as well as Guitar Hero scores. Bust some moves during your performance for extra points!

One of our judges will be Mayor Justin Nichols! The winning band will receive bragging rights, certificate and a prize!

Song Choices for Battle of Bands:

A-Punk by Vampire Weekend
Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World
Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys
Bullet with Butterfly Wings by The Smashing Pumpkins
Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol
Deadbolt by Thrice
Disconnected by Face to Face
Done with Everything, Die for Nothing by Children of Bodom
Ex-Girlfriend by No Doubt
Fame by David Bowie
Hungry Like a Wolf by Duran Duran
Hurts So Good by John Mellencamp
In My Place by Coldplay
Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy
Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down
Lithium by Nirvana
Make It wit Chur by Queens of the Stone Age
Medicate by AFI
Nearly Lost You by Screaming Trees
Never Miss a Beat by Kaiser Chiefs
No One to Depend On by Santana
Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage
Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
The Rock Show by Blink-182
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting by Elton John
Shout It Out Loud by KISS
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Sneak Out by Rose Hill Drive
Song 2 by Blur
Steady, As She Goes by The Raconteurs
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie
We're and American Band by Grand Funk Railroad
What I Got by Sublime
You and Me by Attack! Attack!
You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi

Any song performed that is NOT on this list will not be considered by the judges!


Want to help win $3,000 for your library and $50 for yourself. Take a look at There are hosting a contest through April 18th for teens age 13 through 18. Simply design 1-3 minute video on why you love your library. Further details are explained on the website. Due date is fast approaching - April 18th - start today!