Thursday, May 25, 2017

One Week to Summer Reading...

Summer Reading Begins in one week! Don't panic. That's my job, here's what you need to do:

1. Get your reading lists ready. Put books on hold. Find your eReader, dust off your headphones. Do what you need to do to be ready to Read.

2. Sign up for the program after June 1st. You can do this on line or in the library. We'll have more details next week.

4. Read. Write short reviews. Turn in reading logs. Win Prizes.

What are those prizes you ask? Well this year, the first 50 Teens to turn in a reading log get a Ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair. That's right, a ticket to the State Fair. This comes with some other coupons as well, and a raffle ticket.

What if you are #51? Well, you also get a pack of coupons, just not that awesome State Fair Ticket. Oh, and everyone is entered to win some pretty cool prizes. We'll have at least 6 prizes to raffle off at the end of summer, including gift cards and book sets!

You can keep reading and reviewing for more raffle tickets!

Summer Reading; Read and Win!

I'll see you @ the library!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Teen Books!

Just in time for summer reading, we have so many new teen books! Here are some I'm looking forward to reading!

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruze: Got Hamilton fever, but not the cash to see the musical? Then check out this love story!

Maude by Melanie J. Fishbane: With the new Anne of Green Gables reboots (sorry, not sorry the original is better), you will want to read this novel inspired by the life of L. M. Montgomery.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: Julie Murphy is back with Ramona Blue, a girl who is so sure of who she is, until she isn't. I have this one at home, and if it's half as deep and sassy as Dumplin' it will be love at first read!

Note Worthy by Riley Redgate: Life at a performing arts high school can be rough, but Jordan makes her own way when she auditions for an all male a cappella ensemble. Fans of Pitch Perfect, this one is for you!

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein: Fans of Code Name Verity get your name on the list for this new book by Elizabeth Wein, all about Julie before the war!

Happy Reading!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bookish Distractions

It's a rainy Friday here at the library, and we are getting ready for Summer Reading (Starts June 1st, for all ages!) and here are some bookish distractions:

Did you read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweller when you were a bit younger? Were you obsessed with the idea of making the museum your home, like Claudia and Jaime? Then check out this article with a bit about the inspiration for the classic children's book. (Smithsonian Magazine)

Here's another fun list for those of you young at heart, Common Sense Media has a list of 50 Books you should read before you turn 12. With classics such as a Wrinkle in Time and Harold and the Purple Crayon, this list might inspire some family summer reading! (I've only read 32!)

If you are 100% over kids books, and want something more mature, check out this list of 100 Must Read Books that were adapted for TV or the movies. This list definitely has more Adult titles, but there are some YA gems on here as well! (Book Riot)

If you prefer getting one relate-able story to read, take Epic Read's quiz to find out Which YA Book is Literally the Story of your life. I got Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which is a great book, if not the literal story of my life.

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Friday Fun: Friday May 19th, 3:30-5:30 PM

May's Friday Fun is Friday May 19th from 3:30-5:30 PM, in the library Constitution Room. Like all teen events, this one is open to teens (patrons ages 12-18) living in Milwaukee County.

Friday Fun is a time where teens can hang out @ the library and play games and have snacks at the library. We'll have board games and the Wii out, and you just show up!

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Reading Countdown...

Can you believe it's May 15th already?  This means one thing in library world, that Summer Reading is starting soon!

Summer Reading for all ages begins on June 1st. This year we have a few new and different things for all ages, and teens!

1. There will be online registration! Starting June 1st we will have a link where you can sign up and start tracking all the books you read.

2. New for 2017, teens will be reading three books, writing a one sentence review, and turning that in for your prizes. The first prize is a packet of coupons, and additional reading logs can be returned for entries into our grand prize drawing.

3. Speaking of prizes, the first 50 Teens to turn in their first reading log will receive a ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair!

4. What if you are #51? Well, we will have a packet of other tickets for you.This includes pizza, subs and other free opportunities in Milwaukee County.

The Summer Reading Kick-Off will be June 3rd from 2-4 PM, where you can start to "Build a Better World!"

So we'll see you June 1st for Summer Reading 2017!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bookish Distractions:

Happy Mother's Day Weekend! Be sure to do something nice for your mom this weekend. Want some suggestions from a real mom? Try making her a card, taking a walk with her or letting her pick the movie out.On to our Bookish Distractions:

Epic Reads has their best of May books up! I'm super excited for Julie Murphy's Ramona Blue, and so many series have new books out! Check the list to see what you cant' miss this May.

Graduation is right around the corner, and with graduation comes the question, "What am I going to do next", Book Riot has some books to help you figure that out, or at least 20 books to help you figure your life out.

13 Reasons Why is coming back for a second season. There's enough buzz and the author said yes, so be ready to talk about big issues, and have a few more months of "is it really for teens?" (Hollywood Reporter)

In more book to read (summer is coming, I promise) Buzzfeed gives us "11 Books to Read After Harry Potter", or hey there are only 7 Harry Potter books but thousands of other awesome books out there.

Are you a fan of the Graphic Novel Series, The Runaways? Then check your Hulu, as it is coming to a streaming device near you, soon! (Variety)

I'll see you @ the library,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Reminder: Mother Daughter Craft Night

Don't forget our Mother Daughter Craft Night, Thursday May 11th starting at 6:30 PM! We will have 4 different crafts for you and the mom or mom like people in your life!

The crafts at this event are geared for ages 8 and up, and despite the name it is open to moms, dads, sons and daughters.

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother Daughter Craft Night!

Thursday May 11th, starting at 6:30 PM, bring your mom or mom like person to the library to make some awesome crafts!

The library constitution room will be open at  6:30 PM for you to make cards, decorate flower pots, make cute magnets or even a spa scrub.

This event is open to patrons ages 8 and up, and while we are calling it Mother Daughter Craft night, we wont turn away dads or sons.

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bookish Distractions

It's time for some Bookish Distractions!

Save the date, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to New  York, April 2018. Now if only I can get tickets. (Mashable)

Epic Reads is at it again with an awesome quiz "Which Fairy Tale Stereotype Are You". Of course, I'm a fairy godmother.

It's teacher appreciation week, so why don't you take a moment to thank an English Teacher who maybe pushed you to be a better reader. I know my AP English class was a highlight of my very long ago high school career! (Book Riot)

Looking for some inspiration, here are 26 inspiring quotes from literature. (Buzzfeed)

In article titles that are more descriptive than I am, "Here's Why Pizza Makes You Happy, According to Science". (Bustle)

I'll see you @ the library,

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

13 Reasons Why: Links about the Netflix Series

Many of you are familiar with a Netflix show called 13 Reasons Why. Based on a book by Jay Asher, it is about a boy named Clay who receives 13 cassette tapes from a girl Hannah after she commits suicide. It is a powerful story, and one that I reviewed way back in 2007.

There has been a bit of backlash against the TV series, even though it was well reviewed before its debut on March 31st of 2017. I will be honest, I have yet to watch the series, and it has been around 10 years since I read the book. Because memory is a fuzzy thing, Here are some links, and other perspectives on the show.

The Associated Press published an article on April 28th, looking at fears parents, teachers and school psychologists have about the series and its depiction of teen suicide. (New York Times)

Producer Selena Gomez has been called to defend the show, and it's popularity has it picked up for a second season. It is important to note that the show is for a mature audience and there are issues highlighted in the show that should be discussed with teens. (

Here is a post from a librarian who has watched the series, and can hopefully shed some light on the importance of watching the whole series, including the 30 minute segment "Beyond the 13 Reasons." (Kara the Librarian)

If you are a parent concerned about your teen reading the book or watching the series, check out the article from JED regarding things to consider before watching the show.

I also recommend the site Common Sense Media, where parents and kids/ teens can weigh in on all sorts of media. Here is their positive review of the Netflix series, for older viewers (ages 16+).

Lastly, if the content in 13 Reasons Why is triggering for you, or you feel like you don't have anyone to turn to please call Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They are there 24 hours a day to help you realize that you do have something to live for.

Finally, whether you are a teen who wants to read or watch 13 Reasons Why, or a parent concerned about your teen and 13 Reasons Why, please talk about it. Books (and TV shows) can serve as a window to the world outside, as well as a mirror reflecting what is going on inside a person. Talk to the people you are worried about, and don't just assume the worst. Use this book/ show as an opportunity to reach out to others.

Additional Links:

Hollywood Reporter's Review of the Show
13 Reason's Why Tumblr
13 Reasons Why Netflix Adding More Content Warnings (Hollywood Deadline)
13 Reasons Why Talking Points (JED)