Friday, March 17, 2017

Bookish Distractions: Luck o the Irish

It's time for some Bookish Distractions this St. Patrick's Day Weekend!

Are you clever enough to figure out the book title from the visual riddle? Buzzfeed has a quiz to keep you on your toes, these aren't all new books, or YA books but anyone who pays attention to books should get most of them!

As usual, Book Riot is keeping up us to date with all the YA books coming out in paperback. With Spring Break on the horizon, these might be fun to check out.

YA history time people. Some classic teen shows are hitting major milestones this year, and the articles are coming out to support them. Go to the YA past, and check out the oral history of Daria. If you don't know who Daria is, think angsty teen girl not understood by anyone. And one of the best animated series from the 90's. (Vice)

Second lesson in YA history, the book The Outsiders is 50 years old! To many this is one of the first YA books, and is still one of the most read, most sold YA books ever. Read about the history of the book here. (Time Line)

Because we are all about history, learning and YA, here are a thoughts from YA author Lauren Oliver on why people don't take YA books seriously. (Bustle)

Libba Bray fans, check out this excerpt from the next (yes I said next) Diviners book, coming out October 3rd! (Entertainment Weekly)

Wow that's a lot. Remember, there won't be a test on this, but someday there might be a test on something you picked up here.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friday Fun: March 17th 3:30-5:30


It's time for Friday Fun! Friday, March 17th (2017) from 3:30-5:30 PM, that is.

Friday Fun is an event for teens (ages 12-18 or those students in grades 6-12) to hang out at the library. We'll have snacks, games, and maybe some kind of other activity, but really teens just hang out!

I'll see you @ the library,
Katie

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Books: What I Want to Read


I've been in a bit of a reading rut. I've checked out a lot of books, but haven't quite finished any of them. This month has quite a bit of promise with some awesome YA books from favorite authors, or with quite a bit of buzz. Here are a few I'm looking forward too.

Hate You Give by Angie Thomas: Inspired by the Black Lives Matter moment, this book is about a black girl living in both a white and black world. Things get really messy when she witnesses a murder of  her friend by a police officer. This book is already going to be a movie, and has been recommended by John Green. Really, why aren't you on the wait list?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Things I know about Strange the Dreamer: It's by Laini Taylor. Reasons I'm going to read Strange the Dreamer: It's by Laini Taylor. I've been waiting since the last page of Gods and Monsters to read this one, and I know Laini's lush language will draw me in.

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner: Reading his debut novel, The Serpent King, was like having three new best friends. His sophomore effort is getting good buzz too, and it's about a teen who sent the text that distracted his friend while driving, him and his passengers to die.

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz: Three teens, living on the border of the US and Mexico deal with unusual families, and the way lives change due to tragedy. This is one of those books that sound heart breaking, so of course I put a hold on it.

Hopefully one of these is enough to get me reading!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Teen Events: March, April, May


Teen Events at the library slow down in the winter, and as the weather starts to get nicer... eventually...we will start to have more awesome events for you to attend!

First off, our next Friday Fun event is March 17th, so wear some green and come hang out at the library. As usual, we will have games, snacks and a place for you to hang out. 

Secondly, on April 20th, we are going to take some favorite Easter Candy and making art. We'll have all the discount Peeps we can gather, and you get to make something! This event is for teens and tweens, or ages 8-18. 

In May we are going to have a Mother Daughter craft night! Bring your mom, or mom-like-person, and be ready to craft. We have four awesome crafts for you to make, and yes, sons can come too. Like our Peeps Art night this is for teens, tweens, and their moms! 

Friday Fun is always 3:30-5:30, and both craft events start at 6:30 PM. There is no registration for these programs, but supplies may be limited.

And don't forget, Summer Reading starts June 1st! 

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bookish Distractions: March, Really, Edition

Is it snowing or is it 60 outside? No matter what the weather, here are some Bookish Distractions!

Let's go to the movies, YA edition. Did you know the awesome, Before I Fall is a movie? That's in theaters right now? First, check out the book at the library and then go see the movie. Or if you are like me, just wait for the DVD release.

For those who are more into staying at home, 13 Reasons Why is going to be released on March 31st. Here's the trailer, and you have enough time to read the book!

Here are some books from over at Barnes and Nobel that are coming out this month. I'm hoping to read Strange the Dreamer and The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

Finally, Epic Reads is bringing us some pretty Epic pairings: Choose a Girl Scout Cookie, get a book recommendation. Too bad there isn't a choice for "all".

Hopefully that will keep you reading until next time!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Thursday, March 2, 2017

ACT and Study Skills: Redux

Okay teens, is it that time of the year when you have ACT and AP tests on the horizon? Are you looking to bolster your study skills or just want to practice taking tests in preparation for finals?

If you said yes to either one of these questions,  be sure to check out the Learning Express Library over at Badgerlink.

Learning Express Library is a great resource that will help you get up to speed on tests like the ACT...but wait there's more! You can do basic skills test for subjects, like Math, and even check out some practice AP tests.

I covered this last year, in more depth here:
https://waplteens.blogspot.com/2016/02/database-hightlight-learning-express.html

Don't forget, the library should have real books on this subject too!

Good luck on your tests, and I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bookish Distractions Ideas

March is roaring in like a Lion, which means we will have all four seasons this week. Stay seasonal with these Bookish Distractions!

Harry Potter by any other author would not be the same, however Buzzfeed has imagined what the books would be like if other authors wrote about the Boy Who Lived.

How do you feel about bad boys or girls in teen books? Pro or Con, here are some of the most popular from YA literature from Brightly!

Looking for some deeper subjects to read? Here are three fiction books on Money, Class and Power from Book Riot. 

Don't forget you have until March 3rd to vote for your favorite MCTBA book! Check out the display in the library or the Tumblr to see what titles could be the best YA book in Milwaukee County!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Select Reads: Book Lists!


Are you always looking for good books to read? Then look no further than Select Reads

Select Reads is a new service the library is providing to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest books. You sign up for lists, and once a month you'll get a list of 10 books sent to you. These may be new books, old titles you may have forgotten, or books across all kinds of non-fiction subjects.

Check out the main page for all the lists you can get e-mailed or preview the teen list. You can also check out librarian staff generated lists. Want my picks? Look for Katie H!

There is so much you can do with Select Reads, from following favorite authors, to checking out award winning titles. Here at the library we are going to work on different book lists for things like Summer Reading, and other programs we have at the library.

All you need is an e-mail address, and you can get these lists straight to your inbox! Or just check them out on the website!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bookish Distractions

Happy Friday. Are you ready for the weekend? I am, and here are some bookish distractions to get you started.

Are you experiencing Lego nostalgia, or just excitement because of Lego Batman? Check out this list of books to help you build, from Book Riot. (Hint, I think the library has most of these titles!)

Have you read the Phillip Pullman Books starting with The Golden Compass? If you haven't checked out this awesome trilogy, now might be the time, because new adventures starring Lyra will be coming out this fall! I09 has the details.

Because we don't have enough books on our to be read list, and so many of them not quite published yet, Epic Reads has a list of books coming out this fall.

Looking for something to read now? Not quite over Valentine's Day, or just a helpless romantic? Then check out Buzzfeed's list of Romantic Books, with a lot of favorite YA titles.

And because it's not a bookish distraction without a quiz, find out which minor Harry Potter character you are by taking this quiz. Don't worry, they tell you where your minor character shows up so you can read all about yourself! (Buzzfeed)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday Fun: February 17th, 3:30-5:30 PM


Heads up, this Friday is Friday Fun! Get ready to hang out, play games and have snacks @ the library! This is an event for teens, so those of you in grades 6-12, or ages 12-18. There is no registration, so just stop in and have fun!