Friday, June 23, 2017

Bookish Distractions

It's time for some Bookish Distractions, or fun stuff I find on the Internet, that you might want to
check out.

First up, fans Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters need to head over to Buzzfeed and check out their interview with her. Favorite pairing, and upcoming books are mentioned!

Also over at Buzzfeed,a quiz to help you figure out your career in the wizarding world. I am apparently a Magizoologist, traveling and studying magical creatures.

Love the new Wonder Woman movie? Then Epic Reads has 14 books for you to check out, including Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman YA book!

Is life getting a bit rough right now? Then fall into these 5 YA books that are just simple romances, from over at Book Riot.

Finally it's road trip season, and I'm sure you are ready for the family fight over the radio. Book Riot offers audio books for the whole family, and hopefully some relief from the radio!

That's all for today!

I'll see you @ the library!

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Okay YA fans, hold on to your hats, and get ready to spend October reading, JOHN GREEN has a new book coming out. 

Counting down the days to Turtles All the Way Down,

PS- It's not on Amazon yet, so don't try to pre-order a copy like I just did...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teen Event: Friday Fun, June 23rd 3:30-5:30 PM

Hey, it's the first TEEN ONLY event of Summer Reading, and it's Friday Fun!

What is Friday Fun? It's a monthly program where teens are invited to hang out at the library! We have games, snacks and maybe even a craft or two. You show up and hang out. That's it!

Like all teen only events, Friday Fun is open to teens,those of you going into grades 7-12 (roughly ages 12-18) who live in Milwaukee County.

So if you are looking for something to do this Friday, then check out Friday Fun!

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Reading Update

Hello all Summer Readers!

Just wanted to give a few updates, and hopefully address some questions you might have.

1. If you are doing the Teen program online only, be sure to stop at the adult information desk to get your prizes! Just give the staff member your name, and we'll look you up "in the system" and get your your prizes!

2. Don't forget, after you get your first coupon packet, you can keep reading for entries into the grand prize drawing! This summer we'll be drawing for three $25 gift cards as well as some pretty cool book sets, like all 4 Raven Boys books, some popular YA fiction (13 Reasons Why anyone?) and at least one other set of books.

3. Be patient if you don't see your book reviews on line! I didn't realize I have to go in and allow them to be posted, and I'm trying to do that at least once a day, now that I know I need to do that!

Thanks for reading with us this summer, and it's not too late to sign up! Click here, or stop in the library today!

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Teen Events!

Now that summer is off to a ROARING start, how about some teen events?

First up we are keeping up with Friday Fun program on Friday June 23rd, from 3:30-5:30. This is time to just use the library as a place to hang out. Bring your friends, and we'll have some snacks and games out for you to play. There might even be coloring sheets or a craft to do! All Friday Fun events are for students going into grades 6-12.

Secondly, our first Teen and Tween Event will be June 29th from 6:30 to 8. We will be making Candy Sushi, or taking things like Rice Krispy treats, Fruit Rollups and Swedish fish to make things that look like sushi but taste like candy. Delicious is what I say. This program is for those students going into grades 4-12.

Finally if you want something to do TODAY (June 16th, 2017), we will be showing a movie in the Library Constitution room from 2:30-4 PM. This is for patrons of all ages. (Click here to find out the title of the movie, yes there are odd rules about how we can publicize this.)

Want to know more about what's happening @ the library this summer? Stop in and pick up our Green events flier, or check out the library calendar on line!

Don't forget. this July we will be starting our 5 week Writers Camp!

I'll see you @the library!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Erdemoglu Selim is not sure what he wants, more than a life with good tea and perhaps out of the Janissary Corps. But life in the 1800's Constantinople is going to be a bit more interesting when he is asked to translate for a prisoner. Especially what than prisoner is Delilah Dirk, adventurer. She's been everywhere, done about everything, and is on the run.

After she escapes, and she saves his life, they are both on the run, from the King's men, and off to steal pirate treasure in her flying ship. So much for a life of good tea and peace for Selim.

If you are looking for an adventure story that features an awesome female heroine, Delilah Dirk is the character for you. Her character breaks out on the pages, and the illustrations are breath-taking. Selim is the perfect straight man to her crazy antics, and it's easy to see how a life of peace and good tea would take a back seat to adventure with Delilah.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a graphic novel for fans of adventure, and great illustration!

I'll see you @ the library!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bookish Distractions: Summer Reading

Hold on to your (sun)hats, sit back with a nice cool drink, and get ready for some bookish distractions:

For starters, don't forget we are Summer Reading already! Stop in the library anytime we are open or sign up on line!

Buzzfeed gets us started with 21 YA Books You'll Want to Get Your Hands on This Summer! Some of these I've featured already, some I'm SUPER excited about, and some I've just ordered. I'll let you try to figure out which is which.

Epic Reads is here with their 16 Most Anticipated June Books, and of course there is some crossover with the Buzzfeed list, but there are some new ones too.

I love when Book Riot does 3 on a YA theme, goes over 3 books and features a title I can't wait to read. This list features covers that feature non-white main characters, and I for one think Saints and Misfits has a great cover, and a can't wait to read story line!

Are you looking to tour some awesome bookstores? Book Riot has a list of the Best Book Store in Every State, and Washington DC. I sense a road trip coming! For those of you who would rather travel in your imagination, check out this list of 12 Fictional Bookstores We Wish were real from Electric Lit. The Shop Around the Corner from You've Got Mail is part of the reason I'm a librarian!

Finally, if you are going to catch up on some of your favorite series, but have no clue what happened in the last book, here's a site with book reviews and recaps, kindly called Book Series Recaps.

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Teen Summer Reading Prizes!

You've been reading. Soon you'll be winning! That's right the Teen Summer Reading 2017 prizes are IN!

Once you fill out your Yellow Reading Log, come into the library and pick up the first round of prizes. You will get a packet of awesome coupons, as seen in the image. But wait, there's more. The first 50 Teens to turn in that Yellow Reading Log* will also get a ticket to the State Fair! And an entry into our grand prize drawing.

*Yes, you can do the online only option. Have the librarian look-up your name, and they will give you the prize as if you turned in the Yellow Reading Log. I think most of you are doing the paper logs though.

Don't forget, for every three books you read you can earn more entries into the grand prize drawing! You'll fill out Green Reading Logs for these entries, and unlike the Yellow Reading Log, you can fill out as many of the Green Reading Logs as you want.

This year three winners will get $25 gift cards and at least 3 other winners will get a set of books, which I will publicize when I have them.

So read and win!

I'll see you @ the library!

PS- It's not too late to register! Check out on-line registration here!

PPS- Just a reminder that for the Children's program, coupons will be available starting June 12th.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Books: a Party, Prom and Cosplay

It's the end of the school year, so that means parties, proms and other events. Here are three new teen books celebrating those awesome events!

Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn: To send off her senior year, and say farewell to a local restaurant, Vic is throwing a party. However things get out of hand when more people than the seniors in her class show up, and a town councilwoman wants to shut the whole thing down. For readers looking for a party more than a prom!

Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher: If you think finding a prom date is hard, trying being Deacon Locke. He can't really handle all the prom-posals, and well he'd just rather go with his best friend...his grandma. Seriously, this is a book about a guy who takes his grandma to prom, and gets famous. For anyone who is a bit awkward, but desiring fame.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston: Prom takes a backseat to a Cosplay Ball, when Elle wants to win a Cosplay contest put so she can meet the dreamy star of the show Starfield. So yes, this is Cinderella as told though the world of well, Geeks. Give this to your friend who is into Cosplay, and (insert popular series with dreamy actor in the lead here).

So go get your Party/ Prom/ Cosplay Ball on!

I'll see you @ the library!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Reading Kick Off

Summer Reading starts today (June 1st) but we are kicking Summer Reading off in style on June 3rd at our second every Summer Reading Kick-Off!

From 2-4 we are opening the library Constitution Room up to readers of all ages with some games, crafts and maybe even a snack. All of this is about "Building a Better World", our Summer Reading theme this year!

So bring the family, and get ready for Summer Reading!

I'll see you @ the library!

P.S.- If you want to start online, register here!