Thursday, August 25, 2016

End of Summer Reading Countdown

Did you miss the awesome invitation only party on August 19th? Don't fret! You still have chances to win prizes, earn coupons and hang out at the library with your library friends!

First off, you have until August 31st to turn in Reading Logs and Book Reviews to earn entries in the Grand Prize Drawing! I have 15 $25 gift cards that will go home to 15 different teens sometime after September 6th! If you haven't turned in anything yet, you can still stop in and pick up the awesome coupon packet! With free pizza, a sub and even a frosty treat, as well as other activities, you don't want to miss these coupons.

Secondly, we have one last Summer Fun Event! Join us on Friday August 26th for snacks, games and a back to school craft! You get an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing just for showing up, and there might be some door prizes too!

In conclusion, Summer Reading is not over yet! But it's quickly coming to a conclusion. Stop by the library today to drop off those entries, and earn some more entries!

I'll see you @ the library!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Last Summer Fun: Friday August 26th

One last Summer Fun event this summer! We'll see you Friday from 3:30-5:30 PM and we'll end summer right! We'll have games, snacks, and even an awesome back to school craft! Show up for a little bit or show up for the whole two hours!

Don't worry, we'll be back in September with Friday Fun!

I'll see you @ the library!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

It is the first of two days at the USA Olympic Gymnastic Trials. 12 girls, ages 15 to 22 years old are set to take the stage on what will be the most critical part of their young lives. In two days, 8 events will decide whether they go to the Olympics or stay home.

Grace feels like she is a shoo-in for the team. She's a World Champion all round gymnast, and normally the best gymnast out there. She's consistent, and gymnastics is her life. Well, she is usually consistent, and those new problems she's having will fix themselves by the Olympics.

Leigh is working for her dream, and going to school. Her parents insisted she have a normal life, while competing, and this is it. Of course, she has her own secrets, but no one except Grace knows.

Wilhelmina missed out on the last Olympics because of her Birthday. Not it's four years later, and she has taken an unusual path to be here. Known as a vault specialist, she's kept her all round training secret. Making the team will question everything the US team does with training, however she wants it more than anything.

Camille made the team four years ago, and then had her dreams smashed. She's back to be an Olympic gymnast, but now she's had a more normal life, and doesn't know what she misses more. Being a gymnast, or being normal. She's the best vaulter here, but does she want it as bad.

Monica is here. She'll be lucky to even be here, and has little input from her coach, who happens to also be Grace's coach (and Grace's dad). She has one goal: Don't Fall. No one should notice her at all.

5 girls with 5 different backgrounds with one goal: The Olympics. Each has her own inner demons to fight, and also has to compete with each other. Can Grace and Leigh be friends when Leigh is better than Grace? Can Camille deal with her mom and boyfriend, both wanting such different things from her? Can Wilhelmina make it, when she's angered the coach of the US team? Will anyone notice Monica at all?

Fans of the Final Five, or gymnastics in general will LOVE this book. You will see stories that feel dragged from the headlines, and be caught into the behind the scenes action. No matter if you are a 4-year fan, or follow the quad from start to finish, Tumbling is a great read. Author Caela Carter gives the reader a complete inner eye to the back stage antics, and behind the screen world of gymnastics. If you are looking for more information on gymnastics, check out the non-fiction book, The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers. I read the two together, and with the Olympics on the the background, it was a perfect 10!

I'll see you @ the library,

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bookish Distractions: Summer Reading Winding Down

Hey, the Reading Race is over! But you still have time to turn in reading logs for coupons and entries in the Grand Prize Drawing for one of 15 $25 gift cards!

Here are some bookish things I found all over the Internet this week:

Are you a Lumberjanes fan? I am, and there is going to be a movie! And it has a director! And I can't wait! Friendship to the Max! (IO9)

Are you counting down the days before you see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on the big screen? Then check out some shots from this EW article!

Epic Reads always has great news about teen books, and here's a two-for. First off a list of authors we desperately need new books from, and then 14 books to look forward to this August. John Green another book would be nice when you have time, and while I'm waiting I'll read Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia.

If you are a fan of the Netflix show Stranger Things, here is a list of books you may want to check out. I'm adding the show and some of these books to my must watch/ read list! (Book Riot)

Here's another list of books to read before you start high school, which includes my #1 getting ready for high school recommendation, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar. Check out the book and the list! (Brightly)

Finally, if you are looking for Olympic reads, here is list from the CBC. I can't get enough gymnastics, and might have to check out the Shawn Johnson's The Flip Side after the medals are all awarded!

I'll see you @ the library!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Final Lap...Summer Reading Race

Here is your daily reminder to turn in those reading logs and book review forms by August 12th, 2016 so that you can be part of the Reading Race Special Invitation Only Event!

The top 20 readers who earned points by coming to teen programs, turning in book reviews and reading logs will be invited to an invitation only event for August 19th! Everyone will leave with an awesome bookish prize! We're talking complete series, book packs, maybe even a DVD.

So how do you enter? Stop by the library and turn in those reading logs and book review forms!

What if you already did? Don't worry, you can keep reading and writing, the more you write, the more likely you are to be invited!

You have until 6 PM on August 12th to turn in those reading logs and book review forms to be part of the reading race!

(You can still turn in reading logs and book review forms after the 12th if you want to win gift cards or get the awesome coupon pack.)

I'll see you @ the library,

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

3 Days Left in the Reading Race

Is this thing on...TEENS you still have 3 days to get all your Reading Logs and Book Reviews in to the library to be included in our awesome invitation only Reading Race! 20 Teens will get the golden ticket to come to an invitation only event on August 19th.

Why do you want to come to this event? The 20 teens that are invited will each leave with a large book prize, titles include the Divergent Series, The Hunger Games Series, 5 of the Twilight Books, and even a copy of the 5th Wave book and DVD.

Everyone will leave with a prize, so what can you do to be invited? First off, make sure everything is returned to the library by August 12th at 6 PM!

1. Track your reading! Everyday you've read starting June 1st through August 12th keep track of it! Every 7 days you read for at least 20 minutes you earn one point.

2. Write book reviews! Every book you've read from June 1st through August 12th and you write up a short summary, you earn 3 points!

3. Don't worry about your points, we're keeping track and we'll let the top 20 Readers know they are invited on Monday August 15th that they are invited to the event on August 19th!

(If you attended programs in June and July you also got 5 points for every program you came to!)

So stop by the library, fill out some reading logs, write some book reviews and be invited to the Reading Race Party on August 19th!

I'll see you @ the library!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Summer Reading Countdown:

How many days till school starts? Just about as many as are left in Teen Summer Reading! So keep reading, get those reading logs in and keep writing book reviews! You have until August 31st to get your stuff in to be in the grand prize drawing and get coupons, however if you want to be part of the Reading Race, get your reading logs and reviews in by Friday August 12th at 6 PM! Invitations to the August 19th event go out Monday the 15th!

Here are a few fun back to school lists to check out!

Barnes and Nobel published this AWESOME list of books to read before you start High School. Favorites of mine include Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty and The List by Siobhan Vivian. Any of these titles would be a great way to end your summer and start your school year!

Want a few fun reminders why going back to school rocks? Check out Buzzfeed's list here of the 13 Reasons Why Going Back to School is the Best. New pens, folders and notebooks? Not to mention seeing all those friends you missed over the summer? What's not to love!

Get those reading logs back to the library!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Teen Summer Reading Prizes

Will you be taking home one of these? Some are still waiting for more books to be added!
It's that time of the summer where I start getting all the Teen Summer Reading Prizes! This year we are doing things a bit differently, including our Reading Race Party! If you have done the reading, and written reviews, maybe showed up at some of the teen events, you might get an invitation!

So get those reading logs and book reviews in by AUGUST 12th to be part of the Reading Race and be one of the 20 lucky teens to take home one of these prizes from the Super Secret Invitation Only Party on August 19th!

Don't forget, every 7 days you read for at least 20  minutes, you are entered to win one of 15 gift cards! And for the first 7 days you read, you get an awesome coupon packet with things like free pizza, a sub, a frosty and ice skating.

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Teen Summer Reading Countdown Begins

Happy August! Wait it's August already? Where did the summer go! While you are slowly count down to the start of school, here are some West Allis Public Library Summer Reading Reminders!

1. You have until August 12th to turn in reading logs and book review forms to be included in the super special invitation only program on August 19th. Remember, every week you read earns you one point and every book review you write earns you three points!

2. Super secret invitation only program will be on August 19th! Want an invitation, make sure to turn in those reading logs and book reviews by August 12th!

3. Don't forget, keep reading and writing until August 31st. That's right, you have into; August 31st to turn in your reading logs and book reviews to enter to win one of the 15 gift cards we are giving away!

So ready set READ! And turn in those reading logs and book reviews by August 15th!

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bookish Distractions

Hey everyone, it's Friday! Don't forget to fill out those reading logs and book review forms. Bring them back to the library by August 12th to be part of the Reading Race, or August 31st to just get coupons and be a part of the prize drawing!

Here are some links to check out:

Are you in AP Literature this year? Here's a quiz from the Strand Book store testing your knowledge of classic books and authors. I'm not going to lie, it made me want to brush up on my authors! (New York Times)

Buzzfeed is great for YA reading lists, and here's one for 34 Young Adult books that scream "Girl Power"! Favorites include Unbecoming by Jenny Downhan and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

BookRiot has a link for some Pokemon' book titles, if you "gotta catch 'um all" If Pokemon' isn't your thing, check out another BookRiot book list on YA "geek" themed books.

On to some movie news, did you hear that Allegiant the final movie is most likely going to be made for TV, and then spun off into a TV series based on the Divergent books? I only watched the first movie, but are you willing to the follow the series from the big to small screen?

Finally, Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer is writing another book! I think it's going to be more of an grown up mystery, but fans of the Twilight series might want to take note!

I'll see you @ the library,