Friday, February 8, 2019

Winter Reading: Book Face Contest

That's me finishing out the cover of Leah on the Offbeat!
Whether or not you are winter reading this year you should definitely enter our Book Face contest! We are looking for people willing to meld their face with a book cover!

All you need to do is find a book that has some part of a face, body, hand, etc. and match it with yourself. Have a friend take a picture and upload it to the library Facebook  or Instagram account with the hash tag #WestAllisWinterReading2019!

If you submit your picture, we'll add you to our awesome prize drawing for local gift cards and cool mugs. 

Find some cool books, and send us your own book face pictures!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Harry Potter Book Night: 2.7.19



One more sleep to Harry Potter Book Night!

It's time for the library's celebration of all things Harry Potter! February 7th at 6:30 PM, Hogwarts will once again make an appearance at the West Allis Public Library! Show up dressed as your favorite character, or just in your favorite Harry Potter shirt, and we will have all sorts of Harry Potter related activities!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Winter Reading: There's Still Time!



It's not too late to sign up for Winter Reading!

You have a little less than a month to read for 1000 minutes, log those minutes on-line, and enter to win some prizes! Every reader that reads 200 minutes earns a free item from of the monthly book sales put on by the Friends of the Library and if you read 1000 minutes you earn a free book. Every 100 minutes you read enters you in an awesome prize drawing for mugs and gift cards.

You can read whatever you want, from fiction to non-fiction, online to physical book, traditional reading or even listening to audio books. You just count the minutes, and enter to read!

The last day to enter minutes read, and earn your free books, is March 2nd, so use these cold and snowy days to read and enter to win!

Register over at Beanstack or stop in the library!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Thursday, January 31, 2019

One Week to Harry Potter Book Night!

Harry Potter Book Night is February 7th!

Starting at 6:30 PM, we'll open our doors to witches, wizards and muggles of all ages to celebrate to wonderful world of Harry Potter!

Find the clues in our "I-Spy" headmasters office, decorate a sock to Free Dobby, be sorted into your Hogwarts House, and search for the snitch and win a prize!

Mark your calendar and we'll see you at Harry Potter Book Night 2019!
Katie

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Printz Award 2019



On Monday ALA (American Library Association) announced all their youth media awards, which is just a fancy way of saying they gave out the awards for the best books of the year!

One of my favorite awards is the Michael L. Printz Award, which goes to the best book written for young adults, and the award this year went to The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Three books were given honors, Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti, and I, Claudia by Mary McCoy. 

All of these excellent books can be found at the library, and check out the complete list of award winners here.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Friday, January 25, 2019

Book Review: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Jane McKeen grows up in a world of fear. The War Between the States ended not due to wins on the battle field, but rather the fact that the dead have risen and the North and the South have a common enemy: zombies. As a mixed race girl in the Baltimore area, Jane's opportunities are limited, and she chooses to go to the best school in the nation to train to be a lady's companion, or a zombie killer trained to act like a lady.

Of course, while the North may have prevailed, old attitudes remain, and for as much as Jane wants to move on, she is always suspicious of people and their motives.

Her suspicions seem right, and her life saving actions and instincts cause a lot of trouble. She is sent away from the world she knows to help build an ideal city, a city that is to prove that the un-dead are no match for the living. Of course, a city so perfect has to have its own dark secrets.

Dread Nation is a fast paced, page turning, action packed ride. You don't know who to trust, or who your allies are, but you have to trust someone, even if it is yourself. Jane is an awesome main characters, not defined by her gender or the color of her skin, and her partner in crime, Katherine, is a frustrating ally that you might find yourself cheering for as well.

Fans of zombies, alternate histories, and girls who kick butt won't want to miss Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday Fun: January 25th 3:30-5:30 PM



It's time for Friday Fun! Friday Fun is the monthly program where teens, or those of you in grades 6-12, are invited to the library to play games, have some snacks and hang out. We'll have all kind of games, including our new Nintendo Switch, and of course other board and card games. Join us for an epic game of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or just some simple games of Rummy with a friend!

So that's Friday Fun, January 25th from 3:30-5:30 PM, for those of you in grades 6-12.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Library Closed Monday Janurary 21st



The library will be closed on January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will be open next on Tuesday January 22nd at 12.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 MCTBA Nominees


It's time for the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award or the MCTBA!

You read some or all 15 of the nominated titles, and vote for your favorite by dropping your ballot off at the library, or e-mailing the title to mctba.votes@gmail.com. We'll have a small display and ballots in the Teen Space at the library, and be on the look out for reviews of some of the titles! Personally, I can't wait to read The Poet X, but I loved I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and have heard such great things about many of the othe titles on this list!

Check out more on the MCTBA by clicking here!

I'll see you @ the library
Katie

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Upcoming Teen Events!


Here are some upcoming events here @ the library!

Random Fandom: Pokemon
January 17th, 6:30-8 PM
Library Constitution Room
Grades 4-12 ONLY

Tomorrow night is Random Fandom Pokemon! If you are a fan of any of the Pokemon shows, games or just like the cute little pocket monsters, join us for a night celebrating all things Pokemon! We'll have games, a few crafts and even snacks. If you have cards or a game you'd like to share feel free to bring it along! Just a reminder that Random Fandom events are for students in grades 4-12 only!

Harry Potter Book Night
February 7th, 6:30 PM
Library Constitution room
All Ages

It's time for Harry Potter Book Night! Muggles and Wizards of all ages are invited to celebrate the magic of Hogwarts School. Test your luck in the Headmaster's Office, or show your house pride by making a tie. We'll open the doors for sorting starting at 6:30 PM! No registration, or tickets needed for this all ages event.

Winter Reading 2019
Through March 2nd
All Ages

Are you reading this winter? Then sign up for winter reading! Just like Summer Reading, you'll count the minutes you've read and earn raffle tickets and prizes. Sign up over at Beanstack or stop in the library!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie