Sunday, September 30, 2012

Teen Game Night

Teen Game Night with Atomic Games
Tuesday, October 2nd
3:30-6:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room

Stop in anytime to try some new games and relax with friends!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This was an interesting read. For those of you who have read The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, this have the same feel to it. (although personally, I loved Blue Sword more - I love all of Robin McKinley's work!) This is a book filled with everything: magic, adventure, romance, danger, mystery and more! Find out what everyone is talking about and check this one out!


Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Book Trailer from Hilly and Hannah on Vimeo.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

AMAZING!! This is a book I highly recommend. It is about a girl assassin, one who is the best in the whole country. A girl of 17 that terrified the entire country! Placed in the highest security prison, she is being released to compete in a competition. Celaena is a very strong character with whom we sympathize. Not only can she kick butt, but she is also extremely intelligent and witty.


When magic has gone from teh world, and a vicious king rules form his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She dones not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King's Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she'd have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle - and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival - and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Which book heroine are you?

Ever wondered which book heroine you are most like? Take this quiz and see which heroine you are like! You can see my result below. I won't tell you which other book heroines you could be until after you have taken the test. Have fun and let me know which book heroine you are!
My Result: Kelsey Hayes
You're an adventurous risk-taker, like our heroine, Kelsey Hayes, fromTiger's Curse. You trust your instincts and go with it. When under pressure, you know exactly how to handle the situation and you make sure that you take care of it. Your innocent and trusting personality draws people to you, which is why in the end you have two princes fighting over you. Can't complain about that!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Movie Review: The Artist

I have been putting off watching this movie for a while. I have checked it out two times before I finally watched it last night. The idea of watching a new black and white movie just didn't appeal to me for some reason. Don't get me wrong - I love black and white movies to a certain extent, but when I am looking for a NEW movie - I'm not thinking black and white.

ANYWAYS... I LOVED the movie! It was amazing how they took a story and created it without using words. The facial experiences were phenomenal and the pairing of the music with the story worked tremendously well! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I am so glad I took the time to watch this movie - you should too!


A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Read to Reduce your FINES at the Library!

Have you racked up some overdue fines over the years at the Manitowoc Public Library?

Are you sick of being told you can't use the computers or check out items because of fines? 

Are you looking to make those fines disappear? 

Participate in the Second Annual Read to Reduce your Fines Program!

Starting  with Teen Read Week in October, teens have the opportunity to read on EIGHT different days to reduce their fines. For every 30 minutes read, receive $3 off your fines! There is no limit to the amount of certificates you can collect!

Look for more information as the dates come closer!

*Teen Read Week is October 14-20th*

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Duct Tape Flowers!

On Tuesday, September 18th, we had a duct tape program at the library. It was a lot of fun! I have fallen in love with making duct tape flowers. I have included some of my designs in this posts. It's a very easy project that takes minutes to complete.

 The full steps can be found at under their duck tape club tab along the top. It basically consists of having a pipe cleaner or straw with which to start the flower on. From there, you make triangular petals to attach to the base. You continue attaching petals until it forms a flower.

I also added some pipe cleaner designs after I was finished. On the yellow flower, I used the pipe cleaner as petals and on the green flower, I made a funky design. Your creativity is endless. Use it to create your own duck tape works of art!

You may have notice a theme in my flowers... I'm a huge Packer fan. As a result, I create Packer flowers. With these two, that makes 3 Packer flowers that I have made so far...! :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

3 reasons to love this book:

1.  I Love the main character, Evie. She's so fun and quirky! Plus her bedazzled pink taser is hilarious!
2.The whole book is filled with fascinating characters.
3. Every cover has a beautiful dress on the front (can you tell I'm female?!)

This is the final book in the trilogy. For readers of this series, check out Endlessly today. It has a very satisfying finish. For those of you who have read this book yet, check out Paranormalcy today!

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: Seraphina

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This is an intriquing read. It takes the original concept of humans and dragons and transforms it into a new world and concept. Dragons and humans are living together in a relative peaceful state...yet there is turmoil underneath on both the dragon AND the human side. Enter the protagonist of this story: Seraphina has one foot in both worlds. With a dragon mother and a human father, she is welcomed by neither side, yet she has the necessary desire and attributes to fix the problems. This is a book well worth the time it takes to read it. WARNING: This is a first book in a new series!


Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Writing Contest - Profile in Courage!

Deadline for Submission is January 5, 2013!

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)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Duct Tape Program Sept. 18th!!

Duck Tape Extravaganza
Tuesday, September 18th
5:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room
Manitowoc Public Library

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Movie Review: Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman was just released on DVD. In addition to this movie focusing on Snow White, another movie was released earlier in the year: Mirror Mirror. I finally had the opportunity to watch this movie and was pleasantly surprised. It definitely has an innocent feel to the movie, but that doesn't detract from the movie. Julia Roberts is phenomenal in this movie! There are many hilarious parts to this movie! In addition, I love the colors, designs and costumes used in the movie. If you haven't already, give this movie a viewing!


Mirror Mirror is a 2012 comedy fantasy film based on the fairy tale "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm. It is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean.[2] It is unrelated to the Gregory Maguire novel Mirror, Mirror.

Snow White's mother died in child birth. Her father, the King (Sean Bean), then raised Snow White so that she could rule the kingdom one day. His new wife is the Queen (Julia Roberts), the most beautiful woman in the land. One day, the king leaves to fight a great evil that has invaded the land, giving Snow White a golden dagger. He rides off into the forest and never comes back. The Queen rules in his place. Jealous and threatened by Snow White and the people's devotion to her, the Queen decides that "Snow White must do what snow does best, fall."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This book was amazing! WARNING: This is the first book in a new series! I hate when I read an amazing book only to find out it's the first in a new series which means I can't immediately read the second book! So fair warning - still, it is an excellent book with excellent character development and a fast paced plot. From page one, I was captivated and voraciously read the rest of the book!


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Duct Tape Art Program!

Duck Tape: the universal handy tool! Use it to create anything to your heart's desire!

Tuesday, September 18th
5:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room
Manitowoc Public Library

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New iphone or ipad App!

One of my favorite T.V. shows to watch is Wipeout. I think it's a hilarious show. For those of you unfamilar with this T.V. show, it is a show in which contestants compete trying to cross outrageous obstacles to be the first one across to advance. There are three obstacle courses to determine the winner of $50,000. It's an awesome television show that I highly recommend! It airs on Thursdays on ABC at 7 PM.

Here's a short excerpt from the show:

Apple has just released an iphone and ipad app for Wipeout! If you are looking for a new game app to add that is challenging, fun and hilarious, check this app out. It's $1.99 for the download.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Movie Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

This was an amazing movie! It quietly took you by surprise. I watched the whole movie and was enthralled throughout the entire thing. Check it out for a moving story on a quiet night!


Bridget (Kristin Scott Thomas), the prime minister's steamroller of a press secretary, sets the story in motion when she reads about a fabulously wealthy sheik (Amr Waked) who longs to bring fly-fishing to the desert. She believes that cooperation with his country would be good for Britain's image, while the sheik has more altruistic goals in mind. This leads her to mild-mannered fisheries expert Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor, effectively cast against type), who feels certain the endeavor is pure fantasy until hyper-efficient Harriet (Emily Blunt), the sheik's land agent, brings him some surprising data about the region. Though Fred's marriage has been running on fumes, Harriet has been seeing a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. Initially, the two are all business as they devise a plan involving a system of dams, but their feelings for each other gradually rise to the surface. Just as their impossible dream appears to be coming true, a series of unexpected developments threatens to scupper the entire enterprise. The road to a mostly happy ending isn't without its potholes, but Hallström (Chocolat) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire) make it a trip worth taking. If their scenario prizes romance over politics, McGregor and Blunt mount a charm offensive too persuasive to resist.