Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fourth of July Celebrations!

Whether you are going up north, celebrating in Manitowoc or swimming at the beach, I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July! Here are some upcoming events related to Fourth of July in Manitowoc:

Paint the Library windows for Fourth of July
Monday, July 2 @ 2 PM

Manitowoc - Fourth of July Picnic
Join others in celebrating red, white and blue at the Manitowoc Fourth of July Picnic at Washington Park, 1115 Washington Park. Spend the afternoon from noon to 4:00pm at Washington park indulging in food, games, and music. 

Fireworks begin at 9:45pm

Friday, June 29, 2012

New App Available!

New App from the Apple App Store - Teen Book Finder App

The free app highlights books and media recommend from teen awards and book lists. The app can be run on an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. This app is a great way for teens to find excellent books to read to fit their personal interests and needs!

The Teen Book Finder’s features include:
  • books and media from all of YALSA’s awards, including the Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey and Printz;
  • the past three years of YALSA’s selected book and media lists;
  • all books selected for the Teens’ Top Ten;
  • three Hot Picks, featuring different titles from the database, refreshed each day;
  • the ability to search for books by author, title, award or list year, genre, by award and by book list;
  • a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library and a book’s available format, including audiobook and e-book;
  • a Favorites button, to create an individualized reading list;
  • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Movie Review: Man on a Ledge

I loved this movie. I went into it with little expectations. I initially thought this movie was about a man committing suicide. How wrong I was! This movie has some depth to it. I was left with one question at the end of the movie, but I think that was because they didn't fully think the movie out and rushed the ending a little. Nevertheless, the movie was action-packed and adventurous! It definitely kept my interest! Check it out today!


In the film critics call a "white-knuckle action thriller," ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Clash of the Titans) escapes from prison to plan the ultimate heist: steal a $40 million diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander (Ed Harris), and in the process prove his innocence. From the ledge of the famous Roosevelt Hotel, with the whole world watching, Cassidy plays a clever game of cat & mouse with the NYPD while his dutiful brother Joey (Jamie Bell) works against the clock to extract the diamond and clear his brother’s name.

* I just checked out John Carter (DVD) today! I've heard good things....!*

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fun Video!

This video made me smile. I can only imagine how much work when into creating this video. Excellent Job!

Don't forget to sign up for the teen summer reading program and READ this summer!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Step up to the Plate Competition

For those of you who love Baseball or those of you who love competitions, check out this easy competition:

Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Step up to the Plate @ your library is a baseball trivia contest that teams up two American classics - baseball and libraries.

Think you have what it takes to answer these questions? If you do, you could win a trip for two to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!

Open to all ages!
Play Step Up to the Plate at your library

How it works:

Each week, a new question will be posted here.
  • You will have one week to answer the question. If you get stuck, visit your library for help!
  • All correct answers submitted each week will be entered into a weekly drawing for a prize package. Each Monday, the week's winners will be posted on our Facebook page at and winners will be notified through the email address provided on the entry form.
  • Remember to come back each week to answer a new question. Every correct answer increases your chances of winning the grand prize! Limit one entry per player per question.
  • In September, all players' correct answers submitted throughout the season (June 4- Sept. 8) will be entered into the final drawing for the grand prize – a trip for two to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!
  • Grand Prize: A trip for two to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to attend the World Series Gala and a behind the scenes tour of the museum and archives in Oct. 2012.
  • Weekly runners up: A prize package from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Book Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Excellent Book! Very ingenious design! The book is told entirely in pictures and snapshots with few wording throughout the book. We follow a mysterious disappearance admist a love interest. It's amazing how fully the story is told through the pictures without any wording. It's a beautiful story and very quick to 'read'!


After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."

But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along....

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

School's Out for Summer!

Enjoy you summer break!

Sign-up for summer reading program begins next monday - June 18th!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is a new book by Wendelin Van Draanen. She is the author of Flipped which was a wonderful book. It was also made into a movie. This book has a similar feel, and is just as wonderful! It's also a Battle of the Books 2012 selection. I have also included a video of the author speaking about her novel!


Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Movie Review: Chronicle

I was relatively excited to check out this movie. I went into the movie with relatively low expectations which usually ends up as a good thing because it's easier for the movie to meet and surpass my expectations. Unfortunately, this movie just did not do it for me which is surprising because gave it a high rating.
For those not familar with, it's a website where you can read critic reviews of movies as well as the audience reviews as well. Critics gave this move an 85% out of 100. The audience gave this movie a 74% out of 100. I do not agree.
The movie doesn't really have a strong plot line. There are too many loose ends left at the end of the movie and not in a good way. I'm not a fan of this movie, but see for yourself and let me know what you think!
Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. Even as they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control because their darker sides begin to take over.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, then you HAVE to check this book out!  It's slightly the same context, but it is entirely its own story!
Fast-paced, wonderful characters, intriguing plot. It has it all. The cover is misleading because it looks slightly boring, but the book more than makes up for the front cover. Give this book a chance!


What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles.

 Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths--until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Michael Vey: the prisoner of cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

I actually read this book a couple of months ago, but it has taken me a long time to post a review about it. I loved this book. It was very original and I loved that the main character was a boy. The plot is fast-paced and you really get sucked into the story. For the first half of the book, you are wondering "what is going on?" After realizing the general plot, you are taken off into the rest of the adventure, rooting for the main character but at the same time despairing that he will succeed.


My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.
Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.