Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vote! for the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award

You're almost out of time to vote for the first annual Milwaukee County Teen Book Award!! So, scream through those last few pages of The Knife of Never Letting Go, and head on over to the MCTBA website to vote for your favorite of the 15 finalists before March 1st!

A direct link to the ballot is over on the right toolbar. Haven't read them all? Just vote for the one you liked best? Only read one, and loved it? Vote for that one!

The winning title will be announced April 1st.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Wii SSBB Open Items Scrimmage This Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, February 27th, at 2:00 PM in the Constitution Room for the first of the 2010 season Super Smash Bros. Brawl Scrimmages!

No need to pre-register - just show up at the door a little before 2 to sign up for gamer order. The scrimmage is limited to 24 gamers.

We'll start things off with a couple of 4-player warm-up qualifying rounds to order you guys into your scrimmage brackets, and then we'll be off! The scrimmage brawls will be 2-player instead of 4, and the bracket is double elimination, which means you get one loss. If you lose a second brawl, well... you're out!

What are the prizes? This time, I've got three big movie-sized boxes of candy (Nerds, Jolly Rancher gummies, and Skittles, my personal favorite candy!) - champion gets first pick, 1st runner-up second, and 2nd runner-up whatever box is left. In addition to the prizes, ALL scrimmage gamers will gain points that will seat you higher in the June tournament bracket than tournament gamers who don't scrimmage. Each scrimmage you play in earns you more points!

The March scimmage will be Regulation, which means no items, just brawl skills, and maybe a Smash Ball or two. And, for those of you who were wondering, April's scrimmage will be a Wildcard Item Scrimmage.

And, last but not least, gamers are welcome to BYO controllers, snacks, and soda to the scrimmages.

See you on Saturday!


Author Contests

Check out these two contests from authors Lisa McMann and Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!

Don't Let Your Dreams Fade Vlog Contest
Lisa McMann, author Wake, Fade, and Gone, is hosting this one. Answer the question, How are your dreams and goals like Janie's? in 2 minutes or less, and you're entered to win $1000 toward furthering your life goals. The contest closes on March 8, 2010.

Beautiful Creatures Unlock the Curse Contest
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are giving away Genevieve's locket, the locket that bring Ethan and Lena together in Beautiful Creatures. Want to win? There will be six clues on six other awesome YA authors' websites (including my personal faves Melissa Marr and Maggie Stiefvater), so head over to the contest website to read the rules of the game and get started!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bibliolympics Close on Sunday

Just a reminder that the Teen Reading Bibliolympics close this Sunday, February 28! All reading entry forms must be turned in to the adult Information desk by 5 PM on Sunday (that's when the library closes), and all trivia must either be turned in to the Info desk by 5 PM or emailed to by midnight on Sunday.

The links to the trivia are in the right toolbar, and the reading entry forms are available at the library.

The winners will be contacted and the trivia answers posted on Wednesday, March 3rd.

Good luck!

(who is averaging anywhere from 3-5 hours of hard down Olympics coverage a night - I love my DVR and the ability to fast-forward through commercials!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Book Review: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

When gentleman sorcerer Hollin Parry appears in the grungy dance hall where Nimira is performing, she imagines he has come to rescue her. But when he actually approaches her after the show and tells him he is looking is for a singer, and that she is that singer, Nimira is astounded. The very next morning, she sneaks away to meet with Hollin.

As a dancing trouser girl from Tiansher, an exotic land across the sea, Nimira is no more than a curiosity to the prim and proper people of Lorinar. But Hollin has something that is even more of a curiosity than Nimira- an automaton. And he wants Nimira to perform with the fairy-made, life-sized, piano-playing clockwork man. The only catch is that the automaton is rumored to be haunted.

Scoffing at the idea of a haunted clockwork man, and desperate for a new life, Nimira goes to live with Hollin at his country estate. When Hollin shows Nimira the automaton, she is entranced by his lifelike beauty and beautiful fairy clothes. When Hollin leaves her alone to rehearse, Nimira at first thinks she must be imagining the clockwork man's eyes looking at her. But when he begins to make noise, and play notes on the piano keys that are most definately not part of his clockwork routine, Nimira knows there must be more to him than gears. Is the automaton really haunted? Or is it more than that? Who exactly is trapped in the gears of the beautiful clockwork man?

Romance, magic, political intrigue, fairies, spirits, dark secrets, and a little bit of steampunk all combine to weave a thrilling tale in this Victorian gothic romance. Follow Nimira as she delves into the secret of the clockwork man and uncovers a twisted web of conspiracy, deceit and enchantment that reaches to even the highest levels of power.

(whose hold on The Dark Divine by Bree Despain just came in - I know what I'm reading during Olympics commercials this weekend!)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MCTBA Reminder

There is still time to vote for the first ever Milwaukee County Teen Book Award!

You have until March 1st, 2010 vote for your favorite book from our list of nominees. Check out the MCTBA web page for reviews of the nominated titles and other information about the award.

Stop in the library to pick up a ballot, or vote by e-mail to You can read one book or all 15, just make sure you let us know which is your favorite by March 1st!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Finally reading The Knife of Never Letting Go!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

Well, it took a little work, but... the Bibliolympics prizes are on their way!

We'll be giving away two Team USA aluminum water bottles (sorry, lemon and lime not included!),

A Miga keychain,

A Mukmuk keychain,

And, my personal favorite, a Quatchi keychain!

We'll also have a few paperbacks to throw into the mix too, especially for the reading events.

Want a chance to win one of these? You can download the trivia by clicking on the links on the right sidebar or you can pick it up in the library. Genre reading entry forms are available in the library. You've got til February 28th to enter to win the trivia or the genre reading events, so what are you waiting for?

(who's planning to watch the Olympics pretty much until I have to go to work on Monday morning!)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

When Coach McConaughy decides to switch the seating chart up in Nora Grey's biology class, she's not too happy. Instead of best friend Vee for a bio partner, she's now stuck with the transfer student, Patch. A guy who's done nothing but skulk in the back of the room all semester is not exactly what Nora needs to pass bio.

Patch is rude, arrogant, pushy, and knows just how to get under Nora's skin. He's also heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Add in that he seems to know a lot about Nora there's no way he should, and that he seems to show up everywhere she is, and there's definately something not right about him. Vee is sure that he's stalking Nora. Nora isn't, but she knows she doesn't want anything to do with him. At all. Even if Patch definately wants something to do with her.

Nora is driving home after a run-in with Patch at the library (she doesn't care if her heart speeds up when she sees him, she is not interested) when the car collides with a man in a black ski mask - who gets up, unharmed, and punches through the window before starting to tear off the door. Terrified, she escapes and drives to Vee's house. But when Vee goes outside to check out the damage, there's nothing wrong with the car. It's like the attack never happened - but Nora's sure it did.

After that, Nora can't seem to stay away from Patch. Even though he radiates danger, she feels safe with him. But who was the man in the black ski mask? Does he even exist? If he does, what if it was Patch? What does Patch want with Nora? And, perhaps the biggest question of all... who, or what, is Patch?

I absolutely devoured this book! A deeply atmospheric paranormal romance with a whole lot of mystery, you'll be frantically flipping pages as Nora finds herself thrown deep into Patch's dark world. You'll be fighting as hard as Nora does to resist Patch's more than slightly disturbing allure, but in the end, just like Nora, I bet you won't be able to tear yourself away. Fall hard for Hush, Hush, and then wait breathlessly for the publication of the sequel, Crescendo!

(who might just cave and re-read some Twilight Saga this weekend... or I might read Hush, Hush again!)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Title and Cover Revealed for the Third Hunger Games Book!

Coming to a library near you on August 24, 2010...

Are you as excited as we are?!?!!

For a bit more info, and for 5 things that editor David Levithan assures us will NOT be featured in Mockingjay, go check out the announcement on the Scholastic blog!

(who is trying to keep the excited squealing to a minimum!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Book Review: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Caitlin's life is shattered when her best friend, Ingrid, commits suicide. It happened at the end of the school year, and Caitlin didn't go back, instead escaping with her parents to a cabin in the woods up north.

But now it's September, and it's time for life to start again. Life without Ingrid.

That first day, Taylor asks Caitlin how Ingrid did it. Alicia is all false sympathy and perfumed, big-eyed tears. And Ms. Delani, Ingrid and Caitlin's beloved, perfect, amazingly talented photography teacher, the one person Caitlin thought would understand, doesn't seem to see Caitlin anymore.

That weekend, Caitlin knows she should be doing something, something to make her parents think she's okay, but all she wants to do is lie in her room. So she does. Until she reaches under her bed, and pulls out Ingrid's journal. The journal that Ingrid took everywhere, and that Caitlin knows there is no way Ingrid left in her room on accident. The journal that Ingrid must have hidden there the last night Caitlin saw her, the night the talked about college, the night she did it. The journal that is all there is left of Ingrid, and that might just have the answers Caitlin so desperately needs.

Hold Still is a haunting, heartbreaking and quietly powerful novel from debut novelist Nina LaCour. Nominated for the 2010 Morris nominee for first-time novelists, Caitlin's journey through grief, from the first crushing moment to the last hopeful one, is a must-read for anyone who's ever lost someone, or known someone who has.

(Now reading the latest Pink Carnation book, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig, while I'm waiting for my hold on Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Two New Alyson Noel Covers!

Last week on her blog, Alyson Noel, author of the Immortals series, revealed the cover of the 4th Immortals book!

Dark Flame is coming to a library near you on July 6th.

She's also working on a spin-off series starring Riley, Ever's little sister, and their dog Buttercup:

Look for Radiance on August 31st.

For more info, including Dark Flame and Radiance summaries, go check out Alyson Noel's blog!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

The shadows have haunted Luce ever since she can remember. Hovering on the edges of her vision, appearing near trees and water, Luce makes a point of avoiding the places they have appeared.

When her not-quite-boyfriend is killed in a mysterious fire, Luce can't remember anything about it. Unable to help the police, Luce falls under suspicion and is sent to Sword & Cross, a reform boarding school in Savannah, Georgia, where pretty much everything is banned, including cell phones. Luce is absolutely miserable. Cut off from her parents, her best friend Callie, and the rest of the world, Luce can't even take refuge in her classes - the run-down school and its teachers are little more than a joke to a girl who used to go to the best college prep school in the country.

When she meets Arriane, Penn, and Cam, things start looking up a little. Arriane is flippantly friendly, Penn is fun, earnest, and the only non-con at the school, and Cam is cute with intense green eyes and definately interested in Luce.

And then Luce locks eyes with Daniel Grigori. Golden and gorgeous, almost too perfect, Luce can't shake the feeling that they've met before. She also can't take her eyes off him - until he meets her eyes with his own... and flips her off. Shaken, confused and embarrassed, Luce can't figure Daniel out. She also can't stop thinking about him. More chance encounters with Daniel - in the library, at a party - only leave Luce more confused. One minute Daniel seems affected by the eerily familiar attraction she feels drawing them together, and the next he clearly wants nothing to do with her.

But when it seems as though maybe Daniel can see the shadows too, even control them, Luce knows something is happening. Especially when the shadows start to behave in ways they never have before. The thing she doesn't know is why the shadows have suddenly become so bold, what could be stirring them up, and what the mysterious Daniel Grigori could possibly have to do with it all.

Deeply atmospheric, the tangled kudzu, misty Sword & Cross cemetary, and smouldering tension that builds between Luce, Daniel, and Cam until the final battle will leave you breathless. Haunting, mysterious, and intense, you'll be frantically flipping pages 'til you reach the end of this gothic romance, and then you'll be flipping for more. Not to worry, Fallen is the first in a planned series of four, with the second, Torment, scheduled to be out this September!

(finally making time for the fourth Blue Bloods book, The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz, this week!)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bibliolympics Trivia Contest Open Today!

Sharpen your pencils and get ready to get your Google on - the Winter 2010 Teen Reading Bibliolympics open today!

Posted below are the three sets of Bibliolympics trivia. Find the answers to one, two, or all three sets, and turn them in to us either at the adult Info desk or via email at to be entered into a drawing for a Winter 2010 Olympics prize. Each set of trivia turned in is an entry for the drawing, so you can enter up to three times, once for each set of trivia.

What are the prizes? They're so secret, even we don't know what they are yet, so stay tuned to the blog for more info - we'll let you know when we do!


Bibliolympics Matterhorn Event Trivia (hard/expert level)

Find the answers to the trivia questions below for a chance to win a 2010 Olympics prize! When you’re done, turn your answers in to the adult Information desk or email your answers to by Sunday, February 28, 2010.

1) What was the nickname of British ski jumper Michael Edwards?

2) Who was the first African-American athlete to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympics?

3) Which country has won more gold medals at the Winter Olympics than any other country?

4) Who is the most successful American female Olympic athlete?

5) Which Olympic figure skater’s skating dresses were designed and sewn by her mother?

All trivia MUST be returned to the adult Info desk at the library OR emailed to no later than Sunday, February 28.

Want more? Pick up the Bunny Hill (easy) and Alpine (medium) Event Trivia for two more chances to win!

Bibliolympics Alpine Event Trivia (medium difficulty)

Find the answers to the trivia questions below for a chance to win a 2010 Olympics prize! When you’re done, turn your answers in to the adult Information desk or email your answers to by Sunday, February 28, 2010.

1) Who was the first athlete to win five individual gold Olympic medals?

2) The biathlon requires two skills, cross country skiing and _______.

3) What four Winter Olympics events are held indoors?

4) Who won the only gold medal for the United States in the 1968 Winter Olympics?

5) Prince Albert of Monaco has competed in which Winter Olympics event?

6) Which West Allis athlete carried the American flag in the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony?

7) Which Winter Olympics events involve skiing through a series of gates?

8) Which Winter Olympics event requires the use of a “stone”?

All trivia MUST be returned to the adult Info desk at the library OR emailed to no later than Sunday, February 28.

Want more? Pick up the Bunny Hill (easy) and Matterhorn (hard) Event Trivia for two more chances to win!

Bibliolympics Bunny Hill Trivia (easy level)

Find the answers to the trivia questions below for a chance to win a 2010 Olympics prize! When you’re done, turn your answers in to the adult Information desk or email your answers to by Sunday, February 28, 2010.

1) Which country did the United States defeat in hockey in the 1980 Olympics?

2) True or false? Dog sled racing is not a Winter Olympic sport.

3) True or false? Basketball is a Winter Olympic sport.

4) At what West Allis facility are the Olympic speed skating tryouts held?

5) What is the hometown of Olympic speed skaters Dan Jansen and Chris Witte?

6) The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in which country?

7) Short track speed skating gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno has also won what non-Olympic competition?

8) Where were the 2006 Winter Olympics games held?

9) In which Winter Olympics did the Jamaican Bobsled Team first compete?

10) What is another name for freestyle skiing?

11) Double axel is a term used in which Olympic sport?

All trivia MUST be returned to the adult Info desk at the library OR emailed to no later than Sunday, February 28.

Want more? Pick up the Alpine (medium) and Matterhorn (hard) Event Trivia for two more chances to win!