Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Battle of the Books Featured ~ Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

When in a rush of uncommon bravado high school senior Piper offers to manage Dumb, her school's most popular student rock band, her family thinks it must be a joke. A retiring student and member of the chess team, Piper is neither the stereotypical band manager nor a typical teen: she is profoundly hearing impaired. After she discovers that her parents have spent the majority of her college money to treat her infant sister's deafness with cochlear implants, Piper's quest to get Dumb a paying gig leads her to consider her managerial role as a potential source of income.

John's novel is written with a reverence for popular music–particularly the work of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain–and a respect for its ambitious teen characters. Although Piper's hearing is a detail that could have been used solely to add a type of politically incorrect and screwball humor to the story, her abilities are seen as assets: while lip reading allows her access to public conversation, she is not above using sign language to obscure her intentions. Set in the Pacific Northwest, this rock-and-roll novel is a hilarious read! Pick it up today ~ Don't forget to sign up for Battle of the Books!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Teen Read-In ~ Franklin Street Room

Tonight is your second chance to come and read to reduce your fines! Every half hour read gives you a $5.00 certificate!

I will be in the Franklin Street Room (aka Quiet Study) from 4-5 PM for anyone interested. Don't forget the scavenger hunt at Reference to reduce fines as well!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Battle of the Books Feature ~ Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I will admit I got hooked on this series. It grabbed me from the first page and has held me through the end of the second book, Demonglass. The third book does not have a title yet nor a release date :( but I am thinking sometime in 2012. Hex Hall is also one of the choices for Battle of the Books this year!


Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Arkansas Man to Save his Home!

I must first apologize for the delay. I had planned to post this last week, but did not have a chance.

Russell Petty of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas spent weeks builting a moat around his property to stop the flooding. With the record flooding along the Mississippi River, many families have vacated, and many homes have been completely flooded. Mr. Petty decided to save his home and property from the flooding damage. He, along with 100 friends and volunteers, dug a moat around his property to keep it dry and safe. The picture below shows the moat he dug. I also have the link below for those who want to find out more, see more pictures, and/or watch some clips about this man and his project.

Best Luck to you, Russell Petty. I hope your moat works!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Battle of the Books Featured Book ~ Fahrenheit 451: The authorized adaptation

Fahrenheit 451 is a book about burning books! Talk about ironic! Guy Montag is a fireman in this dystopian world.

His job: start fires instead of putting them out.

His motto: "Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashesh, then burn the ashes."

His target: books - burn them at 451 degrees Fahrenheit.

For Guy Montag, a career fireman for whom kerosene is perfume, his job is essential for the safety of his society and people until he meets Clarisse, his next door neighbor and antisocial. Clarisse has a unique outlook on life. In a world where everyone is taught to think, act, and believe uniformly, Clarisse stands out in a dangerous way. Thus begins Montag's awakening to the evil of government-controlled thought and the value hidden within books.

This is one of the Battle of the Books choices for 2011. It is a graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel. It is a very quick and engaging read. Click on the picture to place your hold on a copy of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Program - Board Game Shut In

Tuesday, May 17th at 5 pm in the Balkansky Community Room!

Atomic Games will be bringing board games over to the Manitowoc Public Library. Come with friends to enjoy a night of board games, fun and snacks! See you on Tuesday at 5 pm!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Upcoming Program!

6 Days until Board Game Night!!!! Mark your calendars!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Battle of the Books --> Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

This book was phenomenal. Unlike many other books, this book's main character is a boy, Nailer. Nailer is living in a futuristic U.S. Global warming and natural disasters have shaped an entirely new world. Nailer works everyday on "light crew", scavenging old oil tankers which line the beach. It's a dirty, dangerous job crawling deep in the wrecks, scavenging for copper wire and turning it over to his crew boss.

After a particulary brutal hurricance, Nailer and his friend, Pima, stumble upon the wreck of a luxurious clipper ship. It's filled with valuable goods - a "Lucky Strike" that could make them rich, if only they can find a safe way to cash it in. Amid the wreckage, a girl barely clings to life. If they help her, they lose their lucky strike and their ticket out of their current situation. If they kill her, the "Lucky Strike" is all theirs if they can safely cash it in. The "swank girl" tells them they will be rewarded for saving her. But can they trust her? And if so, can they keep the girl safe from Nailer's drug-addicted father?

Click on the picture of the book above to place a hold on one of the copies. Sign up at the Reference Desk to join the Battle of the Books Manitowoc team this year OR email Krissy at mplya@manitowoc.org!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Krissy Recommends....Tangled!

I believe you will notice on the "About Me" section, I mention that I love anything to do with Disney. Tangled is no exception. If truth be told, I love animated movies including Pixar and DreamWorks. The fairy tale, Rapunzel, never ranked as one of my top stories. I don't know if it was the whole "damsel in distress" thing, but I was never hooked. Disney turned this into a hilarious adventure. My favorite character in the movie, by far, was Maximus, the horse. He was a hilarious addition. I highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone.

As you can tell, I couldn't even decide between two different pictures to put on the blog! The movie trailer is here for your perusal as well :)


When the kingdom’s most wanted bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.