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!

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!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Everything, Everything Trailer!

This trailer just makes me want finish reading Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon! The movie is supposed to come out later this year, so get the book soon! Check out Buzzfeed's breakdown of the movie trailer, if you need to analyze it a bit more.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Beauty and Lord Voldemort

Just in time for Valentine's Day "Beauty and Lord Voldermort", and epic mash up of Beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter, and really really really needs to be shared.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bookish Distractions

Happy February, the one month I will always need spell check for. If you are looking for things to love, here are some links I found, and love:

In big book news,  the Lumberjanes series is going to be made into novels. Friendship to the Max! (iO9)

Because we don't have enough things to wait for, Maggie Stiefvater has a new book coming October ! (EW)

In things you've most likely seen already, here are some weird facts about your favorite children's books. (Buzzfeed)

Here are 15 books you read in 2007...or here are 15 books I read in 2007 that you should check out, because I'm pretty sure we still have them! (Buzzfeed)

In case you are looking for some more modern literature, here are 14 books from Barnes and Noble that real teens read and loved. 

If you don't have time for a book list, play book Roulette over at Epic Reads. You press play, and pause, and you are given the next book you should read.

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

MCTBA 2017

Did you you Milwaukee County has it's own teen book award? Check out the brand new Tumblr account to get to know the titles up for this year's award! You have until March 3rd to vote for your favorite. Ballots can be found in the teen space, and check out our small display and check out some of the books!

And the nominees are:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
We Are the Ants by David Hutchinson
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by J. K. Johnston
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
All Americn Boys by Jason Reynolds
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Coret Whaley
And I Darken by Kierstin White
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review: Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Once upon a time there was a man who lived in the woods with his two grandchildren. Every night he would tell them stories, and even though they had very little they were all very happy and loved.

Once upon a time there was a king who loved his family so much he shut out the rest of his kingdom. He didn't know what to do, and when the people revolted he knew he was right. So he stayed in his castle, with his family.

Once there was a man who went to Russia to tell stories. He would send the news back to England where his family was, but he was neither of there or here. Then the war broke out. He fell in love, with both a woman from Russia, and the country Russia. But where did he belong, if not there or here?

Blood Red Snow White is not your typical fairy tale retelling. It is the story of Arthur Ransom, an author, potential spy, and a man living at the cusp of history in Russia during the Bolshevik rebellion. His involvement with both England, and Russia is questionable at most, and most of history points to him playing for both sides.

Marcus Sedgwick masterfully weaves fact and fiction, fairy tale and real life into a story that will have you reaching for history books, as well as a copy of Old Peter's Russian Tales to see what he wrote. Blood Red Snow White is not your typical fairy tale, historical fiction or non-fiction book, but a bit of all three.

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All Ages Events: Harry Potter and Book Bingo

This week is chock-full of good family fun, and it's all free!

First up we have Harry Potter Book Night! Tomorrow (Thursday February 2nd) we are going to transform our Constitution Room into Hogwarts to celebrate all things Harry Potter! This year is all about the professors, so be ready to learn some magical lessons! I've seen the future, and I think you will be there! We'll be handing out tickets to the Hogwarts express starting at 6 PM, with the "school" opening at 6:30. Festivities continue until 8:30 PM!

Saturday we have our Book Bingo event! If you entered our Winter Reading Bingo contest we will be drawing for our gift card winners. If not play Bingo to win books! Book Bingo will be in our Constitution Room from 2-4 PM, and all ages are welcome!

So stop by the library for some free fun!

I'll see you @ the library!

PS- I know the flier says Bingo is for ages 12 and up, that's just Winter Reading Bingo. Book Bingo is for all ages! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Book Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione Winters is not a victim.  She went into cheer camp ready to be the best co-captain she could be, hoping to take her already prestigious team to new heights. She did not expect to go home broken, without memories of how it happened, or who did it.

Hemione is lucky. Everyone supports here. Her team is behind her, shutting down rumors, making sure she has a safe place to be. Her parents are supportive, standing by her no matter what she decides. Every where she turns there are people supporting her, letting her know it wasn't her fault, and helping her move forward with her life, not letting the event define her.

Exit, Pursued By a Bear is the book that gives you hope, that anyone surrounded by the right people can get through any event. Hermione is a strong character, with even stronger friends who are able to lift her up and help her move on and recover. Reading the book is best if you look past the traumatic event, and look at the relationships, between Hermione and Polly, as well as her parents and cheer-leading team.

Fans of uplifting realistic fiction, and  books by Sarah Dessen will enjoy Exit Pursued by a Bear.

I'll see you @ the library,