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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Awesome Proposal!




This really has nothing to do with anything, and I'm sure many of you have already seen this, but I have to post it anyway! This is a proposal to the song "Marry Me" by Bruno Mars where the entire group lip syncs the words to the song set to dance as well. It's beautiful and worth watching a second and third time. I know I have! :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thunder on the Lakeshore

I hope everyone's Memorial weekend was fun and restful. Mine was interesting and that's all I'm going to say about that. We have another local event coming up this weekend: Thunder on the Lakeshore!!

I attended this for the first time last year and I loved it! It was a lot of fun to see the planes and to watch the various acrobatics which the planes did. If you haven't checked this yearly event out yet, make time this weekend for it!

Thunder on the Lakeshore
June 2nd and 3rd
Gates open at 8:00 AM
Daily airshow at 12:00 PM

*Find out Even more information at their website*

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend!!!

I'm sure many of you had off of school yesterday and will definitely have off school on Monday! Exciting!!! I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your Memorial weekend break. Personally, I am hope this weekend lasts a LONG time. I start my summer semester of school on Tuesday after break...UGH! That's one way to ruin a summer...lol!

Whether you are going up north or staying around Manitowoc, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Here is a sneakpeak of my plans for this weekend:
 

 

 


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

I have been told for years that I need to check out one of Janet Evanovich's novels and read it. A couple years ago, I check out Manhunt by Janet Evanovich and was not impressed. It was okay, but it didn't leave me intrigued. I was further encouraged to read her number series since those are her best books. I finally caved a couple of weeks ago and read the first book in the series, One for the Money.

Sadly my primary reason for reading the book was because the movie was coming out and I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. As the DVD release quickly approached, I became motivated to read the book. My secondary reason was that I really wanted to try a playaway.

For those who aren't familar with playaways, they are recorded books that you can listen to. It's similar to a book on CD, but instead of multiple discs, there is only one little device which you listen to the entire book on. Having never used one of these devices, I wanted to try one out. I checked out One for the Money on Playaway and began listening to the book. It worked wonderfully, especially since I took the playaway to the gym and listened while I worked out.



The book was fabulous! There was humor and mystery and suspense. There was also a strong, quirky female character. I was very glad I took the time to check this book out and "read" it. I have since started the second book in the series and I am quickly approaching the end!

Summary:

Trenton native Stephanie Plum is out of work, out of money, and her car's in repo-hell.So what does a hardly working girl turn to when the going gets tough? Meet cousin Vinnie, bail bondsman. Stephanie figures it's nice work if you can get it -- shagging bail jumpers for $10,000 a pop. So she joins up. Not that she knows the first thing about it. But hey, beggars can't be choosers.  
But now the bad news -- there's a cranky ex-prize fighter dogging her, unfinished business with Maestro Morelli himself, and a nasty habit she has of leaping first and looking later. If Stephanie doesn't wise up fast, the first dead body she sees could be her own.
 
If you have the time, check this book out! Click on any of the pictures above to place holds on the book, movie and playaway version respectively of One for the Money by Janet Evanovich!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May Movie Premiere - The Vow

This is a two-part post: it's a review as well as it's a promotion for the teen program this Saturday.

May Movie Marathon: The Vow
Saturday, May 26th
1:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room

Knowing the viewing of this movie was coming up, I watched the movie so I had an idea of the content of the movie. It was fabulous! The story hooked me before I even sat down to watch it: Boy and Girl fall in love - Boy and Girl gets married - Girl gets in car accident and loses her memory - Girl doesn't remember marriage or Boy - Boy determines to make Girl fall back in love with him!

It's a beautiful story AND a true story. This story is based on the actual events of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter! This movie is definitely worth a viewing or two! Join us on Saturday for this movie premiere with popcorn and soda!

Listen to more of their real life story in this video!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Here is a book that is not only wonderfully written but also mysteriously creepy. The book reads quickly, but don't take my word for it - watch the book trailer and read the book summary!

Summary:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Battle Book: Can I see your I.D.? by Chris Barton



Can I see your I.D.? by Chris Barton is one of the Battle of the Books 2012 selections. If you've seen Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks, you already have a good idea of what this book is about. This book takes a look at other individuals who have attempted to alter their identification or steal someone else's. The majority of people discussed in this book are teenagers. It's amazing the journeys they take and what they accomplish! The book trailer above helps to illustrate this book further!

If you are interested in joining the Manitowoc Battle of the Books team, email Krissy at kbackhaus@manitowoc.org or come to the first meeting on Wednesday, June 20th @ 2:00 PM!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Movie Review: Obsessed

Normally when I do a review for a movie, it is usually a more recent, new release movie. Obsessed is an exception. I recently watched this movie and was thoroughly impressed! I remember when it first came out, I had friends and family members that recommended it, but I had never gotten around to it until now. I am very glad I found the time to watch this gem!
The acting is phenomenal and so is the storyline. Check it out today!\

Summary:

A successful asset manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But when a temp worker starts stalking him, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Battle of the Books 2012 are chosen!!!

The books have officially been chosen and ordered for Battle of the Books 2012. For those of you unfamiliar with this competition, here's a synopsis: there's a fierce competition between the six member libraries of the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System. 8 books are chosen each year and 8 books are read each year by the teen groups at each library. In September, Battle of the Books is held to find out which team is the master of all the books chosen!

Battle of the Books will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at Silver Lake College. Once again this battle is open to any students entering 7th through 12th grade!

And the books are.....

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gear
Can I see your I.D.? by Chris Barton
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A Time for Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

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. Last year we took 2nd Place!!! This is OUR year ~ so pick up the books, read them and show some Manitowoc pride by participating in Battle of the Books 2012!

Don't forget to sign up at the reference desk or by emailing me, kbackhaus@manitowoc.org ~

First meeting will be on Wednesday, June 20th @ 1 PM!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Princess Bride

This was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid and it has continued on into adulthood. This movie is hilarious. At times it's very cheesy, but I think that was how it was meant to be. Come watch for the first time or the hundreth times as we show it at the Manitowoc Public Library!

May Movie Marathon: The Princess Bride
Saturday, May 19th
2:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room


Summary:

Heartbroken over the death of her beloved Westley, beautiful Buttercup finally succumbs to the advances of the wicked Prince Humperdink until she's suddenly kidnapped by a motley band of deviants, what gallant hero comes to save her? None other than Westley -- alive, well... and as wonderful as ever! But before these two can live happily ever after, they must first overcome formidable odds. Will these star-crossed lovers fulfill their destiny? Or, this time, will Buttercup lose Westley forever?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Review: Requiem - Poems of the Terezin Ghetto


I have a fascination with everything related to World War II. Everyone has their own special interest area - this happens to be my special interest area. I tend to read a lot of fiction and nonfiction related to World War II. A new teen novel struck my attention when I first saw it came out. The title is Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto. Originally, Nazis created the Terezin Ghetto as a waylay for Czechslovakian Jews. It was a place where culture and art of the Jews was still to "thrive." "Beautification" and "normalization" procedures were undertaken for when the Red Cross were to visit the Terezin Ghetto. What the Red Cross viewed and the actual state of the ghetto were two extremely different perspectivies. Ultimately, the ghetto was a waiting station for the Jews to be shipped out to various concentration camps.

This book holds poetry from the various people who lived or worked in the Terezin Ghetto while it was open and functioning. Some are very touching; others very shocking, but all were very worthwhile to read.

Summary:

Paul B. Janeczko’s stirring new collection of poems goes inside the walls of the notorious camp to portray the indomitable spirit of those incarcerated there.

Hitler hailed Terezín (Theresienstadt) as a haven for artistic Jews, when in reality the Czech concentration camp was little more than a way station to the gas chambers. In his second book inspired by devastating history, acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko gives voice to this heartrending creative community: its dignity, resilience, and commitment to art and music in the face of great brutality. The many memorable characters he conjures include a child who performs in the camp’s now famed production of Brundibár, a man who lectures on bedbugs, and a boy known as "Professor," who keeps a notebook hidden in his shoe. Accented with dramatic illustrations by prisoners, found after WW II, Janeczko’s spare and powerful poems convey Terezín’s tragic legacy on an intimate, profoundly moving scale.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Architecture Made From Books

You have to check out this site! It takes architecture to a whole different level. These buildings are made entirely out of books! My favorite is the Kansas City Public Library parking garage - this one isn't made from books so it's cheating a little, but it still holds the spot for my favorite. I really want to see that in person!

Architecture from Books

This the front desk at the new architecture library of Delft University of Technology!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Whoops!


I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted! Last week I was gone to Chicago for work. We took a look at Skokie Public Library's Digital Media Center as well as Chicago Public Library's YOUMedia. They both offer wonderful services to their teenagers. Hopefully with ideas in hand, we can develop something similar but on a minor scale at Manitowoc Public Library


Place HoldIn addition, I attended the Sutherland lecture at the Chicago Public Library. The speaker was Neil Gaiman!!!!!! He is the author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book among other things. He is an amazing author. His books are a little darker with some horror and mystery. In person, he is very funny. He has a sarcastic humor that was hilarious. If you haven't yet read any of his works - check out The Graveyard Book today! You won't be disappointed!

In addition, we also toured the Harold Washington - Chicago Public Library. They have nine different floors full of materials to check out - NINE floors!!! They also have an atrium which they call the Winter Garden which was beautiful. An excellent place to study and read. It was an amazing experience and I loved every minute of it! :)