Thursday, September 29, 2011

Featured Book ~ Entwined by Heather Dixon

The picture on the front cover is what enthralled me first. I'm a sucker for a pretty dress as well as stories based on fairy tales! Entwined is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the 12 dancing princesses - one of their less known fables.


In the half-magical world of Eathesbury, Azalea is the oldest of 12 daughters and heir to her father's throne. When the sisters' mother dies after a long illness, the siblings find a hidden passageway to an enchanted pavilion under the castle where they can dance all night, secretly breaking the rules of mourning. The mysterious and alluring Keeper makes this possible, but he also seems to have less-than-honorable plans for the girls, especially Azalea. The tale's atmosphere becomes increasingly dark and brooding as the truth from ages past comes out, and Azalea realizes just what evil they are pitted against.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Writing Contest - Profile in Courage!

Deadline for Submission is January 7, 2012!

John F. Kennedy described eight U.S. elected officials who demonstrated political courage ~ Here's YOUR chance to write a new profile in courage. Winner receives $10,000! Second-place winner receives $1,000 with up to five finalists receiving $500 each.


Write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected offical who served during or after 1956. the essay may focus on an issue at the local, state, national or interanationl level.

The contest is sponsored by The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for students in grades nine through twelve. Find out more information about this event at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation website. Make sure to read all guidelines before submitting your essay.

GOOD LUCK!!!!Caroline Kennedy honors Kevin Kay, winner of the 2011 Profile in Courage Essay Contest. (Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Collegeland Adventure!

Are you looking at colleges and preparing for college? Are you a little confused about all the choices and options? Join us on Tuesday, September 27th at 5:00 PM in the Balkansky Community Room as we help to take the mystery out of preparing for college.

Nicole Martinez from Great Lakes Higher Education will be joining us to help you prepare for your Collegeland Adventure!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Featured Book ~ Page by Paige

A new graphic novel which was astounding! I fell in love with the phenomenal drawings throughout the book. The story follows a familar plot line: quiet girl moves to big city, meets new friends and emerges from her shell. The drawings really add to this story.

Her parents, which are writers, even name her Paige Turner...

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge:

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she's having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding

Thursday, September 15, 2011

1st e-book signing!

Okay, so I may be a little behind (May 2nd - I know! super old! but still cool!). Give me a break, I just stumbled across this information this afternoon. :)

Sarah Boynton, author of The Going to Bed Book, is the first author to sign an e-book. 8 year old Alex, in the picture, is the first person in the world to receive a signed e-book! Hosted in New York by Barnes & Noble on Monday, May 2nd, Sarah Boynton read her book, The Going to Bed Book, and had a book signing.

Some, like Alex, had an e-book for Ms. Boynton signed, but the majority still brought a hard board book up for her to sign!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rock, Paper, Scissors Evolution Tournament!

Join us today in Balkansky Room for a silly game of rock, paper, scissors at 5:00 pm. Start as an egg and work your way up to an Ultimate Human! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Golden Book Gown by Ryan Novelline!

I stumbled across a picture of this in one of the magazines I was reading and had to share. How many of you remember the Little Golden Books? They started in 1942 and revolutionized children's literature because it made good youth books available at a reasonable price. I grew up reading a lot of Little Golden Books including The Poky Little Puppy, Bambi, Little Black Sambo, etc. Little Golden Books are easily recognizable as the books with the gold spine.

Artist/Designer Ryan Novelline collected over 300 Golden Books from Goodwill and used bookshops in order to create the dress in the pictures. After removing the pages, about 1,500 in total, he sorted them by color and sewed them together using golden thread. The familiar gold spines of the Little Golden Books were used to form the bodice.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sputnik Fest 2011

I know this is a late post, but I recently found out that Sputnik Fest is today in Manitowoc. Although I have intended to go for the past two years, I have always ended up working on this day. Check it out if you have nothing to do today ~ They have the Miss Space Debris contest, cake contest, dog contest, costume creation contest, etc.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Here is the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A Lost-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

Check it out today!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Battle of the Books Competition!

Battle of the Books competition was held last night at Silver Lake College! It was an awesome night! The teens and I had a lot of fun. The competitors were Brillion, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, New Holstein, Kiel and Chilton public libraries. Brillion took home the win last night narrowly beating second place by ONE point!

I am very proud to announce that Manitowoc tied for second place with Chilton ONE point behind Brillion! Next year, we will take home the win!

Thank you also to Mayor Nickels for doing an excellent job as the emcee last night!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Week of School

To help kick off our first week of school is a Sesame Street First Day of School video - Make sure to eat your Wheaties and watch this video :) Have a great school year~

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day weekend!

Every year, I look forward to this weekend. My family always goes up north for the weekend. Unfortunately, labor day weekend is also synonymous with the start of school. Much like a lot of you, I will be starting school on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day :(

So whether you are going up north, going on vacation or hanging around town, enjoy your last weekend of summer before school starts this year. Then, on Tuesday, September 6th, start the countdown to next summer!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

I stumbled across a new young adult book the other day that I want to share with all of you. It is Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari. It is an apocalyptic adventure featuring two characters, Lucy and Aidan. You will get swept up in this thrilling adventure!



Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.