Monday, November 20, 2017

Coming Soon: STAR WARS

Long ago in a galaxy far far away, we were all waiting for new Star Wars movies....and now they are here!

Fans of all ages are invited to join us for our annual Star Wars celebration on December 7th, starting at 6:30 PM. We will activities for Star Wars fans of all ages, including games, crafts and even some snacks.

Tickets for this free event will be available starting at 6:00 PM in the library Atrium. Doors to the Constitution Room open at 6:30 PM.

May the force be with you!

PS- Some of the posters had the date wrong. Spread the word, the Star Wars Event is December 7th, which is a Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Friday Fun: November 17 3:30-5:30 PM

It's been so long since we've had a Friday Fun, so why don't you come to the library this Friday!

Friday Fun is an event for Teens (those of you ages 12-18 or in grades 6-12) who live in Milwaukee County. We put out games, like the Wii and some other board games, provide snacks, and you hang out with your friends!

There is no registration for this drop in event!

I'll see you @ the library!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bookish Distractions: Superhero!

We just finished our Marvel vs DC Random Fandom night, and here are some Super Bookish Distractions for you!

While writing all the trivia for the Marvel vs DC night, I fell into an Internet hole all about Captain Marvel. Someone over at Book Riot must have been on the same wavelength, because here is a pretty comprehensive article about all the different Captain Marvels!

In more fun facts I found while writing trivia, here are 25-Mind-Blowing Details from Superhero movies. Some of these bits of trivia are pretty cool for movie buffs! And because we are all about books here at the library, here are 64 Completely True Facts about Comic Books! (Buzzfeed)

Speaking of Superheros, here's a quiz to figure out which superhero you are. I'm not 100% sold on the accuracy, however if I'm 75% Spiderman, I'll take it! (Superhero Quiz)

Finally, if you really want to see the new Justice League movie, and want to get caught up on what's going on, and don't have all the time to re-watch the movies, or re-read the comics, iO9 has you covered! Here is their spoiler-laden "Everything You Should Know before Watching the New Justice League Movie".

Hope you have a Super Weekend!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marvel vs DC: November 9th, 6:30 PM

It's time to don your caps, your favorite superhero T and show your colors, for team Marvel or DC!

So no matter if you prefer rescuing citizens from the city of Metropolis, or are more comfortable working for Stark Industries, stop in and celebrate all things super hero and comic books!

Heroes in grades 4-12 report for duty in the Library Constitution room from 6:30-8 PM!

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bookish Distractions:

Happy cold and sunny Monday! Here are some Bookish Distractions!

It's November, so I'm gearing up to make November Cakes, and re-read the Scorpio Races, when favorite author Maggie Stiefvater hits me up with this important story of pirating eBooks. If you can't afford to buy books (or don't want to) come to the library! We have ALL of her books, in multiple formats, that we acquire legally, so you can save some money. As those DVDs told you, pirating is not a victimless crime. (Maggie Steifvater's Tumblr)

On to happier November things, are you NANOWRIMO-ing this  year? If you come to Teen Writers Camp in the summer you know I'm a big fan of NANOWRIMO, and I've even finished it once. Here are some published  YA authors with their thoughts on first drafts, to inspire you to write! (Bustle)

If you want to stay out of drama, and have no desire to write, and just want to know what good books to get, Epic Reads has your back. Here are 14 Anticipated YA books to look forward to! Also, over at Book Riot there are 15 Books Recommended by Teens. These are mostly Brittish books, but there is some across the pond appeal!

Dumplin' is going to be a movie you all! If you haven't read this wonderful book, that I am going to re-read and review for you, come and check it out! Seriously, it's hard not to see these actors filling in the roles so perfectly. (Buzzfeed)

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Random Fandom: Marvel vs DC

In less than one week, we are getting out our capes, putting on our masks, and unleashing our secret identities. That's right, we are celebrating all things Super Hero with our Random Fandom Marvel vs DC.

Random Fandom events are for Teens and Tweens, meaning you need to be in grades 4-12 to enjoy the Super event. We'll have Super Snacks, Super Crafts, and Super Trivia.

So whether you are team Justice League or team Avengers, come on out and join us for Random Fandom on November 9th from 6:30-8 PM.

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bookish Distractions: It's Almost Halloween!

Halloween is coming, and her are some bookish distractions, all treats, no tricks!

If you are looking for some awesome Halloween entertainment, look no further than this Buzzfeed quiz to help you figure out which Disney Halloween movie you should watch! I got The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is one of my favorites!

Are you still looking for costume ideas? Why not turn to your favorite books? Over at Pop Sugar they have a bunch of bookish theme costumes for you! If that's not enough, check out this list from Buzzfeed.

For those of you (still) looking for scary reads, here's a look of 9 books scarier than any movie. Some are teen, some are adult, but I think they all will keep you up...reading! (Mashable)

And to make this completely educational, here are some facts about Halloween you may not know. So make sure you have your fortune telling cabbages, and carve your beets! (Huffington Post)

Finally, I know, you are tired of me talking about Turtles All the Way Down, but spoiler alert, better than any book review here are "144 Thoughts I had While Reading Turtles All The Way Down", and yes. (Total team Daisy, and I am team, John Green writes the best Best Friends ever). (Epic Reads)

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book Review: Spinning by Tillie Waldon

Tillie used to be a competitive skater. Early mornings at the rink, paired with after school sessions with her synchronized team kept her isolated from life at school. Skating was something that gave her a place, and a chance, until things changed.

It starts with a move, to a new state, a new rink and a new team. Friends come quickly, but not it's not the same. Slowly she finds her self finding friends, still struggling with who she is. It's not just the skating, it's something else, and how she knows she's attracted to girls, but afraid to say anything. It's how she isn't sure if she wants to keep skating, but does it for the sake of doing it. It's everything she wants, and not all at the same time. It's the rink moms, and the costumes, and the make-up.

Told in isolating but beautiful illustrations, Tillie Walden tells her story in a way that makes you feel the like Tillie, all the  stress and confusion of her life. Anyone who is involved in a sport, whether it is ice skating, gymnastics, or something with a team will recognize the commitment, and the lack of time to just be.

Spinning is a look at a mid-talent athlete who is also figuring out who she is. Tillie Waldon's memoir is beautifully illustrated, haunting and moody. Pair with books like Devora Myers The End of the Perfect 10 or just read while waiting for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza is mostly a normal girl, until she gets caught up in her own mind. When she eats, she starts to think about digestion, and all the different things in her body that help her digest, to the point where it doesn't feel like she's real, so she has to break that skin, so she can make sure she is real, until it might get infected, so she has to make sure she gets out all the infection, and then she needs to sterilize it and get a band-aid on it right away.

Daisy, her best friend, is desperate to solve the disappearance of Russell Pickett, missing CEO billionaire, where information regarding his disappearance is worth $100,000. And his son just happens to be an old friend of Aza's. Daisy thinks that the two of them can work together to solve the crime, and get the money. Aza isn't so sure, but is willing to try.

Romance, mystery, friendship and life all happen, but Aza and her spirals are the main attraction here. The world, from Aza's point of view is not clear or easy. Things like first kisses or just being their for a friend becomes catastrophic events, and although she is supported by great friends and family, Aza finds her self moving farther and farther into her own mind.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of John Green's. Looking for Alaska came out about the time I became a librarian, and I've read every book as it was published. Before TFiOS, I was even able to hear him speak and get books signed at a couple of library workshops. That being said, I loved Turtles All the Way Down in a way that I don't feel I can do the book justice. There are been better reviews out there*, and if you are a fan of John Green, you are going to read this.

For those of you just reading John Green for the first time, I hope you find Turtles All the Way Down to be as wonderful as I did.

I'll see you @ the library,

*In a VlogBrothers Video, John shares a couple of his favorite reviews, here they are for you: Slate, Vox, and The New York Times