Friday, April 21, 2017

Bookish Distractions

Hey it's Friday! I hope you have great plans this weekend, whether to spend outside or hang out with family and friends. Until then, here are some Bookish Distractions:

Did you know last week was National Library Week? Book Riot gave us 17 ways to support the library! Seriously all we want you to do is check out books and other stuff, and go to programs.

Book Riot also give us 41 Ways to have a More Bookish Spring. Want to try #1? Check out the library's poetry display!

It's like Would You Rather for books. Epic Reads asks us Which book must go. It's like choosing between my children, I just can't!

Do you have feelings about things going on in the world? Here are 30 books for the activist in training, not all are YA. I highly recommend Cory Doctorow's Little Brother. (Life Hacker)

Okay, that's it for today. Go outside and read a book!

I'll see you @ the library,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday Fun: Friday April 21st, 3:30-5:30 PM

It's time for Friday Fun!

What is Friday Fun? It's the one day of the month, we open the Constitution room up to teens to hang out, play games and have some snacks. There's nothing you have to do other than show up!

Friday Fun runs from 3:30-5:30 PM, and is for teens, those patrons ages 12-18 or in grades 6-12, who live in Milwaukee County.

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Peeps Art: April 20th 6:30 PM

Join us for a night of crafting Peeps fun! On April 20th we'll have edible supplies for you to create art out of Peeps!

This event is for Teen and Tween patrons, or those ages 8-18. We'll open the doors at 6:30, and hand out Peeps until we run out!

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Upcoming Teen Events!

This is a big week y'all! We have two awesome teen evens for you to celebrate your spring break, or if you aren't on break, just celebrate spring!

First up, we are taking a classic Easter candy, and making it our own! Join us Thursday night at 6:30 PM for Peeps Art. This is for Teens and Tweens, so friends and family ages 8-18 are welcome! Again, Peeps Art is Thursday April 20th, at 6:30 PM.

Then it's time for Friday Fun! This one is just for teens. We'll have games, snacks and a space for you to hang out. Friday Fun is Friday April 21st from 3:30-5:30 PM.

No registration is required for either of these events.

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bookish Distractions:

I've been working on some awesome programs that we have coming up (Peeps! Summer Reading!) so I've been lax here at the blog. But I'm always looking out for awesome links for you to check out:

Most of you weren't even born when these bands hit it big, but for those of you who have a place in your heart for 90's boy bands, here it the perfect quiz from Epic Reads. (I only missed one, BTW.)

Sometimes it's a challenge to find books that are more for the "Y" part of "YA". Brightly has 50 great suggestions for 11 to 12 year old readers, or those readers not quite ready for YA. These books are found all over the library, and have something for every reader!

I am the worst at returning library books, and I'm here everyday! Book Riot is here for those of us reluctant to bring back books with, The 5 stages of overdue library books.

I love Buzzfeed quizzes and tests, and these two cracked me up. Can you figure out the title based on the really general description? I did horribly at both the "classic" and "children's" versions, and maybe you'll do a little better! (Click here for the Children's Version) (Click here for the Classic version)

Be sure to check back soon more information on our upcoming teen programs!

I'll see you @ the library!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Is National Poetry Month!

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? If you love or just want to know more poetry, now is a great time to start reading! Here are some fun poetry things to check out: is a great place to check out all sorts of fun stuff on poetry. Right now, you can sign up for a poem a day by clicking here. All you need is an e-mail address, and a minute or two to read a poem.

If you want more specific poems on a theme, check out Poem Hunter. I am working on a display, and wanted some spring poems, and this site really helped. Search by subject and you can even have the poems read to you as well!

No so sure about traditional poetry? Then check out some of the awesome novels in verse! Book Riot has a list of 100 YA books in verse, and while I haven't read them all, there are some classics on the list.

Of course, you can always stop in the library and check out all the poetry books on display!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie H

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Review: List of Cages by Robin Roe

Julian just wants to escape, much like his favorite character Elian Mariner, sailing off into the next adventure. At school he sneaks off to places where he can eat in peace, and not bother anyone. When he does cause trouble at school, they call his Uncle Russell, and Russell has high expectations for Julian. Who else wanted Julian all those years ago? Who else took Julian in?

Adam is a beacon of light in high school, with his infectious smile, and jovial personality. He is beloved by teachers and students, and has a lot of friends, so it's not a surprise when he is assigned to make sure Julian goes to the school counselor. What's even better, is that Adam used to be Julian's foster brother, before his uncle came into the picture.

Julian slowly opens up to Adam, and the two become friends. Both tread the water of friendship cautiously, fearful of being taken away from each other again. It becomes apparent to Adam that things are not great at home for Julian, but Julian refuses any help. He lost his parents so young, he doesn't want to lose or hurt any one else. No longer isolated with just Russel, Julian starts to wonder if he is that bad, and Adam starts to show him that he isn't as bad as Russel tells him.

Bring out the tissues for this tale of family, friendship and survival. One part The Perks of Being a Wallflower, one part I'll Be There, A List of Cages is a hit you in the gut story that will have you turning pages.

I'll see you@ the library!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Books to read...while you wait!

Here are some read-a-likes for some current in demand YA:

If you are waiting for 13 Reasons Why on Netflix try Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage.

Beautiful Broken Girls is the story of two sisters who jump to their deaths, one leaving behind clues behind for a boy. This just might hold you over until Friday March 31st.
Bonus Pick: The Tragedy Papers by Elizabeth LaBan

If you are waiting for Before I Fall try The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

A 17-year-old Physics Prodigy gets sent back in time to relive life when things were better. Sounds about right for fans of time bending stories.
Bonus Pick: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 

If you are waiting for Everything Everything try Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley.

A girl tries to win a scholarship by befreinding the boy next door who won't come outside. If you are waiting for the book on a wait list or the movie on May 19th, this might be just the holdover choice.
Bonus Pick: Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

If you are waiting for The Hate U Give try All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

When Rashad is accused of stealing, Quinn watches his beating by a police officer, who happens to be Quinn's best friend's brother. A racially charged crime is the center of this story told in two voices, which should hold you over as the holds list moves.
Bonus Pick: Dark Nights Bright Lights by Stephen Emond

I'll see you @ the library!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bookish Distractions: Spring has Sprung!

I hope you all enjoyed the Wisconsin Author Festival yesterday! Now it's time to wind down with some Bookish Distractions.

Maggie Stiefvater has a new book coming out in October and Entertainment Weekly has the cover reveal and the scoop on the new book, All the Crooked Saints!

Looking for a book summary quicker than Cliff's Notes or the Internet? Here are 15 Classic Books in Under a Minute from Sad and Useless

I know I've been hyping up The Hate U Give because of awesome reviews, and YA author support, however here is an article from The New York Times about why books like The Hate U Give are important now. My copy of the book is on it's way to me and I am looking forward to reading this book.

Whew, we got a bit deep there. Lets lighten up with a list of 25 Epic YA Fantasy books that are not series from Epic Reads. If you don't have the time or just don't want to invest in a sweeping series, these are really good suggestions.

And finally, Buzzfeed reminds us of our favorite Harry Potter Parody of all time, The Mysterious Ticking Noise, which is 10 years old. If you haven't heard this awesome YouTube video, you are welcome, and if you have it stuck in your head all day, I'm sorry.

That's all for today! I'll see you @ the library!

PS- Shout-out to Forever Young Adult, from where I got some of these links. If you are on the more "A" side of Young Adult, check out the site!

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 25: Wisconsin Author Festival!

Looking to meet some awesome Wisconsin Authors? Then join us for the Second Annual Wisconsin Author Festival on Saturday March 25th! From 1-4 PM we will have over 20 authors from Wisconsin in the library Atrium and the Constitution Room for you to meet, and possibly buy their books. Ask them how they got started writing! Tell them how much you love their books!

Check the Library Facebook page for all the authors who will be in attendance, including YA author Liz Czukas!

I'll see you @ the library!