Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Friday Fun! 3.23.18

Looking for something to do this Friday, March 23? Then join us for Friday Fun, the once a month teen program where you just hangout with friends!

Friday Fun is for teens only (that's those of you in grades 6-12), where you can  come and play games, have a snack and just hang out at the library. Seriously, you just show up!

Friday Fun runs from 3:30-5:30 in the library Constitution Room, and you can stay for all two hours, or just stop in for a little bit.

I'll see you @ the library!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bookish Distractions!

It's spring! It's March Madness! It's St. Patrick's Day! It's Bookish Distractions!

The library doesn't have a separate section for teen non-fiction, however that doesn't mean there aren't great books written for teens that you can find in the non-fiction collection. Who better than Epic Reads to highlight some timely topical teen books! (Say that five times fast!)

Are you a reader who loves a great plot twist? Well EW has a list of YA books that have awesome plot twists! The few I read are pretty amazing, so if you like books like Everything, Everything and We Were Liars, than this list is for you!

Do you ever wonder what YA books the people that write YA books read? Then check out this list of  18 Feminist books that YA authors  you should read. I second the recommendation for Beauty Queens by Libba Bray! (Buzzfeed)

Did you read and love the Book Thief? Well, sit down because author  Markus Zusak finally has a new book coming out! It's called Bridge of Clay and your over ten year wait is now down to a few months, as it will be out on October 9th. (New York Times)

Because we are posting on St. Patrick's Day, here are some facts about St. Patrick's Day! (Mental Floss)

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Random-Fandom: Nintendo

It's time for another Random Fandom, and this time we are celebrating all things Nintendo!

Whether you've played every version of Mario, or just dabbled with Wii Fit, we will have something for you! Create 16-bit Art using perler beads, or try your hand at some games with our Wii!

Like all Random Fandom Events, this is intended for Students in grades 4-12. We will be in the Library Constitution Room at 6:30 PM. This event is just for students, so parents, we'll see you at 8 PM!

I'll see you @ the library!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Bookish Distractions: It's March!

A new month, and some better weather, and it's time for some Bookish Distractions!

Get your TBR lists ready, and check out Epic Reads Anticipated March titles. This has been an awesome year for YA books, and I'm still catching up on last year's award winners! This is a great mix of new and favorite YA authors, as well as stand alone, and series books.

Science Fiction fans, here are 100 Must Read Young Adult Science Fiction Books from Book Riot. It's a good mix of older and newer titles, and fans of Science Fiction, as well as newbies, should find something to love!

For those of you wondering what to read for Women's History Month, here is a list of some biographies for teens from A Mighty Girl. Don't forget to check out the lists for younger readers as well!

And for those of you who just want to laugh, here is a Buzzfeed article with some funny book nerd Tumblr posts!

I'll see you @ the library!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Remider: 3.2.18 Last Day to Turn in Winter Reading forms!

Just a heads up that tomorrow, March 2nd, 2018, is the last day to turn in Winter Reading forms! If you've been logging online, be sure to stop in the library and "claim" your prizes so we an enter you into the grand prize drawing!

If you have been wondering what the prizes are, we have four awesome mugs, paired with four gift cards and that means we should have four happy Winter Readers out there! Winners will be contacted on Monday March 5th. Check out the library's Instagram Page for pictures of the Mugs!

I'll see you @ the library!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Unnamed City, Weep, or the Lost City: a great city that stood for hundreds of years, and then something happened. 200 years ago they disappeared. The rich history of the city turned into a fairy tale, and over time the memory of the city is little more than stories. These are the stories that enchant orphan Lazlo Strange as he grows up in a monastery.

The stories give him hope in an otherwise bleak existence, and when a chance leads him to the Great Library of Zosma, he never returns to the monastery, and is kept at the library as an apprentice. He spends his days in the stacks assisting academics, and nights dreaming of the Unnamed City, looking for proof that it was real, and that the stories are not just fairy tales.

One day, warriors from the Lost City come for help. Lazlo longs for a chance to go with them, but what can he offer to a caravan of people looking to save their city?

Sarai lives with her brother and sisters. There are 5 of them, and the ghosts. It is her job to ensure that the five of them remain in the memories of the people below, by haunting the dreams of the residents. Her talent, just like theirs, gives them the ability to survive when the world below wants nothing more to end their existence. But her world changes when someone notices her in their dreams. Who is this stranger who can sense her, and seems to understand her?

Dreamy, lush and exciting, Strange the Dreamer is a fantasy, wrapped in an adventure with a love story peaking outside the edges. Anyone who wishes fairy tales were real with love this start of a two book series. It was even awarded a Printz Honor for how amazing it is!

I'll see you @ the library!

PS: Lani Taylor has announced the sequel, Muse of Nightmares, will come out October 2nd, which is fine. No really, I'm busy. I can wait. Check out the preview over at Entertainment Weekly!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Winter Reading: The Final Countdown

Winter Reading is in it's final week! If you have read two books, all you need to do is write a few reviews, and your can be entered to win an awesome prize of a cool mug, a gift card for some sort of treat, and perhaps some coco!

It's not too late to sign up, so sign up over at: https://westallislibrary.beanstack.org/reader365. If you did summer reading this summer, your log-in is the same. Of course, you can always sign up in person at the library!

The contest runs until March 2nd, so read some books, write reviews, and enter to win!

I'll see you @ the library!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Friday Fun: 2.23.2018

Looking for something to do this Friday? Then check out Friday Fun! Friday Fun is our monthly Teens Only program where you can hang out @ the library! We open our Constitution Room from 3:30-5:30, and have games, snacks and a space for you to hang out.

There is no registration for this event, however it is just for teens, ages 12-18, or those students in grades 6-12.

So I'll see you @ the library, Friday, February 23rd from 3:30-5:30 PM!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine's Day: Love it or Hate it

Do you LOVE Valentine's Day? Are you dressed from head to toe in pink and red? Do you hand out Valentine's to everyone, just like in grade school? Even if you don't have that someone special, are you super excited to show your friends and family how much you love them?

Or do you HATE Valentine's Day? Is black the color of both your clothes and your soul. Are you avoiding school because some people will give you Valentine Cards, just like in grade school. You might even have someone special, but no matter what this is just a holiday the greeting card people made up to get more of your money. 

No matter if you are team Love it or team Hate it, we have something for you! Make cards for your friends, and take our famous pairs, couples and enemies quiz. We'll even have some themed Minute to Win it Games!

Teens and Tweens, those of you in grades 4-12, are invited to our Love it or Hate it Valentine's Day event. We'll be in the Constitution Room from 6:30-8, so stop in and make a craft, take the trivia and have some fun!

I'll see you @ the library!