Monday, July 16, 2018

Random Fandom: Popular Music 1950-2000



Join us tomorrow for the second music themed Random Fandom of the Summer! On Tuesday July 17th we are going to celebrate all things pop music that is from 1950-2000, So whether you like to listen to that old time rock n roll, or jam out to some grunge, join us for an afternoon of trivia, crafts and snacks.

That's Random Fandom, Tuesday July 17th from 2:30-4 PM, for those of you in grades 4-12.

Don't stop believing,
Katie

Friday, July 13, 2018

Teen Events Next Week!




Next week we have not one but two awesome events for you to check out!

Random Fandom: Tuesday July 17th, 2:30-4 PM

First up is Random Fandom! This month we are looking at pop music that was released between 1950-2000 so whether you ain't nothing but a hound dog or if you smell like teen spirit, this is for you! This is a Teen and Tween event, and is for all of you Rocker and Rollers going into grades 4-12. Prizes, crafts, snacks and games!

Friday Fun: Friday July 20th 3:30-5:30 PM

Looking for a place to chill this summer? Then join us for Friday Fun! This is a TEEN ONLY event where you can hang out, play games and just chill. We'll have games, snacks and some coloring sheets for you to check out! Bring a friend! This event is for those of you going into grades 6-12.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Last Teen Wrtiers Camp of the Summer!



Hey Teen Writers this is your last chance to join us for our Teen Writers Camp this summer! As it is our last week, we will talk for a little bit about publishing and editing, but most of the time will be spent writing and reading some silly stories!

No matter if this is your first or our fifth session, join us for Teen Writers Camp, Thursday July 12th from 2-3 PM.

Like all Teen Events, this one is open to all writers going into grades 6-12!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Monday, July 9, 2018

Teen Books that Rock!

We have a new display in the Teen Space of Books that Rock! These are all YA books that feature bands, musicians, DJ's or just musically minded people. Here are some of my favorites:

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Nick and Norah don't know each other yet, however one night they are thrown together when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes. Five minutes turns into one night of craziness, full of music, cool bands and maybe a connection.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going: Tony is just about to end it all when he is saved by Curt, who ends up recruiting him to be a drummer in his band. The lines of friendship and family are quickly blurred, as Tony learns to look past his size. After you read this one, check out the movie!

My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek: Three stories wind in one book about a  band called Youforia, a band that Idea makes up, but Reacher is the lead singer for, and they both are involved in a fantasy book. Confusing, crazy and just weird enough to make a rocking book.

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee: Let's go country for a while, where singer Retta Lee Jones heads to Nashville to make it big in country music. Of course the road to success is not easy, as she learns the ins and outs of the music business.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bookish Distractions:

The weekend is here, but does it matter in the summer? While you ponder that deep question, read some Bookish Distractions!

Are all the NEW books you want to read checked out? Do you want to challenge yourself this summer? Then check out this awesome list over at Book Riot of Award Winning YA books. It doesn't just pull from the Printz Award, but also some non-fiction and other awards!

Have you ever had that day, where it seems like EVERYTHING just happens? No matter what your answer is, be sure to check out this list of YA books that happen over the course of one day. (Brightly)

We all talk about the books that changed or saved our lives, but over at Outside, there is a list of books that could literally save your life! From creating survival kits, to just how to survive if you are in the wilderness, these books could be fascinating from your couch to the woods!

Some books are worth waiting for, and even though it's been about 15 years since it's been on TV, there is going to be a new Buffy book! It's by YA author Kiersen White, and it takes place in the same world as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So embrace the 90's nostalgia (even if you weren't born yet!) and put Slayer on your TBR list! (Entertainment Weekly)

And finally, in honor of the Libraries Rock Summer Reading Theme, take this tasty quiz over at Mental Floss. You'll decide if the word missing from the song is sweet, bitter, hot or sour.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Teen Writers Camp: July 5th



And just like that it's time for the penulitamate Writers Camp session of the summer!

This week we are going to be working on poetry. Don't worry if you're not quite a poet, we'll have all kinds of promps, and poetry activity that will help you think about things like word choice, meter and rhyme. 

That's July 5th, 2-3 PM for Teen Writers Camp. Don't worry if this is your first or fourth session, we're happy to have all writers going into grades 6-12!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Library Closed: 4th of July



Just a reminder that the library will be closed Wednesday July 4th for the holiday, We'll be back on Thursday July 5th at 12, for our regularl scheduled hours!

Don't forget Teen Writers Camp is July 5th from 2-3 PM. It's our penultimate session, and we'll be talking about all things Poetry. 

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Saturday, June 30, 2018

July Teen Events




Here are the events @ the library for Teens this July:

Writers Camp:

We still have two more sessions of our yearly Teen Writers Camp! July 5th will be all about Poetry, and July 12 will be editing, revising and writing games. All sessions are 2-3 PM in the Library Constitution Room, and for those authors going into grades 6-12.

Random Fandom:

Get out your boom boxes and get ready to rock old school with our Pop Music 1950-2000 Random Fandom! We'll have crafts, trivia and of course some old time rock 'n roll. This event is for rockers and rollers going into 4-12 grades, and will take place July 17th from 2:30-4 PM.

Friday Fun:

Looking for someplace to hang out this summer? Why not check out the library! One Friday a month we open up the Constitution Room for games, snacks and hang out time! Bring your friends and hang out! Friday Fun is just for students going into grades 6-12, and will be July 20th from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Pop-Up Library:

Don't forget to visit the library at various Pop Up Library Events this summer! We'll be at all kinds of West Allis Events, with chances to win prizes, register for summer reading, and say hello to library staff! Check out the library Facebook page for where we will be every week! Pop Up Library Events are for everyone

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bookish Distractions: It's Hot Outside!

It's Thursday, it's going to be a hot couple of days, and here are some bookish distractions to keep you cool!

Reading by the pool sounds ideal, and Buzzfeed has some YA books that you should read by the pool! These are all books coming out this summer, so make sure you grab some SPF and a great YA read!

Has Epic Reads ever let us down? Here are their top books for July, if you are looking for more new YA titles. Two on my list, Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart and The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas.

Have you read the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld? It's a great dystopian series, the point is there are new books from the same world! So read the Uglies series, and then come back for The Imposters! (Entertainment Weekly)
hat takes place in a world where people get surgery to be pretty at 16, and of course this isn't what everyone wants. But that's beside the point, t


I'm going to assume you haven't been living under a YA news rock, however the trailer for The Hate U Give is out, and wow, I can not wait for the movie. If you have yet to read the multiple award winning book, be sure to get your name on the list, because you will want to read the ripped from the headlines story before you see the movie this October! (Deadline)

Finally, if you have yet to sign up for summer reading, what are you waiting for? Read and get rewarded. Stop in the library, or click on the Summer Reading Icon to sign up for Teen Summer Reading!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Writers Camp: June 28th 2-3 PM



And just like that it's time for the third Writers Camp session of the summer!

This week we are going to be working on plots and dialogue for our stories. So if you have a great idea for a story, and aren't sure where it should go, this week is for you! Up next, for July 5th, is
poetry, before we move on to our last week of fun writing games along with editing and publishing!

That's June 28th, 2-3 PM for Teen Writers Camp. Don't worry if this is your first or third session, we're happy to have all writers going into grades 6-12!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie