Monday, December 28, 2015

Cat vs. Human


This is evidence that soon cats will take over the world.

Friday, November 13, 2015

New Arrivals!!


October 1st - November 1st


The Masked Truth
YA Arm   
Armstrong, Kelley

Manners & mutiny
YA Car   
Carriger, Gail

Happily ever after
YA Cas   
Cass, Kiera

The conjurer's riddle
YA Cre   
Cremer, Andrea R.     

Dark tide
YA Don   
Donnelly, Jennifer

Sky Key
YA Fre   
Frey, James

Wolf by wolf   
YA Gra   
Graudin, Ryan

Traffick
YA Hop   
Hopkins, Ellen

Unspoken
YA Hun   
Hunter, C.

kid : old school
YA Kin   
Kinney, Jeff

The Rose Society
YA Lu   
Lu, Marie

Twilight/Life and Death
YA Mey   
Meyers, Stephanie

Newt's emerald
YA Nix   
Nix, Garth

The murder of an angel
YA Pat   
Patterson, James

Ice like fire
YA Raa   
Raasch, Sara

Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow
YA Row   
Rowell, Rainbow

A mad zombie party
YA Sho   
Showalter, Gena

Black Widow : forever red    
YA Sto   
Stohl, Margaret

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Autotuned Physics




Aaaaaand I am going to just leave this right here. Happy first day of November!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book List: Halloween


Do you have any plans for the big night? Trick-or-Treating? Family Halloween Party? Scary movie night with friends? Or maybe you'd rather sit in and read some spooky tales instead? Well, either way it's time for a Halloween Book List! So here's a list of books that will leave you goosebumpy and a little scared to look under the bed:

Beating Heart by A.M. Jenkins

Following his parents' divorce, seventeen-year-old Evan moves with his mother and sister into an old house where the spirit of a teenager who died there awakens and mistakes him for her long-departed lover.

The Accident by Diane Hoh

A wispy, shadowy figure appears in Megan's mirror one day begging to trade places with her for just one week. The young girl begs her to let her live again. Gradually Megan comes to realize that she must grant this request.


Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

A collection of fifteen original ghost stories by award-winning author Joe Hill, son of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King.



Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.

All Hallows Eve: Thirteen Stories by Vivian Vande Velde

Presents thirteen tales of Halloween horrors, including ghosts, vampires, and pranks gone awry.




All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Travis and his sister Corey decide to boost business at their grandmother's Vermont inn by staging a few "hauntings" that soon draw tourists from across the country, but when their antics awaken a dark force, they must find a way to put to rest the ghosts they have disturbed.

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn

Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother's warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place.

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

In the small town of Ondine, Louisiana, fourteen-year-old Iris uncovers family secrets when she conjures up the ghost of a boy missing for decades and decides to solve the mystery of his disappearance.



Intrigued? Don't forget to check our library's catalog to see if they're in!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Arrivals!!


September 1st - October 1st

Six of crows
YA Bar
Bardugo, Leigh

The copper gauntlet
YA Bla
Black, Holly

The witch hunter
YA Boe
Boecker, Virginia

Lair of dreams : a Diviners novel
YA Bra
Bray, Libba

Mechanica
YA Cor
Cornwell, Betsy

The taking
YA Der
Derting, Kimberly

Michael Vey. 5, Storm of lightning
YA Eva
Evans, Richard Paul

The accident season
YA Fow
Fowley-Doyle, Moïra

The trouble in me
YA Gan
Gantos, Jack

Star wars : lost stars
YA Gra
Gray, Claudia

The tattooed heart : a Messenger of Fear novel
YA Gra
Grant, Michael

Redeemed
YA Had
Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Magonia
YA Hea
Headley, Maria Dahvana

The fate of ten
YA Lor
Lore, Pittacus

Queen of shadows
YA Maa
Maas, Sarah J.           

Scorched
YA Man
Mancusi, Marianne

Shattered
YA Man
Mancusi, Marianne

Smoked
YA Man
Mancusi, Mari

The shepherd's crown
YA Pra
Pratchett, Terry

Library of souls
YA Rig
Riggs, Ransom

Jackaby
YA Rit
Ritter, William

Eleanor & Park
YA Row
Rowell, Rainbow

The blackthorn key
YA San
Sands, Kevin

The hired girl
YA Sch
Schlitz, Laura Amy

Zom-B fugitive
YA Sha
Shan, Darren

Thirteen chairs
YA She
Shelton, Dave

The walls around us
YA Sum
Suma, Nova Ren

Trouble is a friend of mine
YA Tro
Tromly, Stephanie

Zeroes
YA Wes
Westerfeld, Scott

Paper hearts
YA Wiv 
Wiviott, Meg


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spooky Bookish Facts




It's that time of year! Time for apple cider and horror novels. I just came across this list from Book Riot of creepy bookish trivia.

2. While books bound with human skin can be found in collections in several libraries, the Boston Athanaeum holds one of the few books bound with the skin of its author. While imprisoned, a highwayman wrote of his life, but could not afford to have it bound. Upon his death, he requested his skin be used and the memoir gifted to the man who had originally caught him.

4. Virginia Poe, late wife of Edgar Allen Poe, startled the family one night while singing and playing the piano. During that time, her lungs began to hemorrhage from her Tuberculosis and she started bleeding from the mouth.

12. Though it may seem like an odd ritual now, visiting the corpse of a loved (complete with hugging) was a common practice in the 19th century. After his wife died at a young age, Ralph Waldo Emerson made it a routine to have her coffin opened every morning so he could embrace her corpse. This carried on for a year.

Head over to Book Riot for the complete list!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Literary Clothing


So I own my fair share of literary and comic book inspired clothing, but I really don't think I will ever have enough. Especially if its Harry Potter inspired.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Arrivals!


August 16th - September 1st

The copper gauntlet
YA Bla   
Black, Holly

The witch hunter
YA Boe   
Boecker, Virginia

Lair of dreams : a Diviners novel
YA Bra
Bray, Libba

Mechanica
YA Cor
Cornwell, Betsy

The accident season
YA Fow
Fowley-Doyle, Moïra

The trouble in me
YA Gan   
Gantos, Jack

Star wars : lost stars
YA Gra
Gray, Claudia
                       
Redeemed
YA Had   
Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Magonia
YA Hea   
Headley, Maria Dahvana

The fate of ten
YA Lor   
Lore, Pittacus

Queen of shadows
YA Maa   
Maas, Sarah J.

The shepherd's crown
YA Pra  
Pratchett, Terry

The blackthorn key
YA San   
Sands, Kevin

The walls around us
YA Sum   
Suma, Nova Ren

Trouble is a friend of mine
YA Tro   
Tromly, Stephanie

Paper hearts
YA Wiv   
Wiviott, Meg

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New Arrivals!!


August 1st - 15th

Never always sometimes
YA Als   
Alsaid, Adi

Me and Earl and the dying girl : a novel
YA And   
Andrews, Jesse

Every last breath
YA Arm   
Armentrout, Jennifer L.

Court of Fives
YA Ell   
Elliott, Kate

Crystal kingdom
YA Hoc   
Hocking, Amanda

Reawakened
YA Hou   
Houck, Colleen

King : a Prophecy novel
YA Oh   
Oh, Ellen

Warrior : a Prophecy novel
YA Oh   
Oh, Ellen

Fantastic Four. 4, The end is fourever
YA Rob   
Robinson, James Dale


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Books Are My Bag



Um, can I tell you how much I love this bag? No, I can't, because it's inexplicable. Excuse me while I run off and get it.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Arrivals!

July 16th - 31st

Fantastic Four
YA Agu
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto

Goodbye stranger
YA Ste  
Stead, Rebecca
           
Return to the Dark House
YA Sto
Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Trollhunters
YA Tor
Toro, Guillermo del

Monday, August 3, 2015

Spoilers as Punishment



So I just read an article that there's this math teacher in Belgium who keeps his students in line by threatening them with Game of Thrones spoilers. The Telegraph wrote "Asking his students which of them watched the fantasy drama, the majority raised their hands, to which the teacher responded: “Well, I’ve read all the books. If there is too much noise, I will write the names of the dead on the board.” Reported in the Belgian newspaper, the teacher continued: “They [the dead] are enough to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die.”

Apparently he has only needed to follow through on his threat once. Ice cold!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Geek Zodiac


Check out this Geek Zodiac! Apparently, I am an Alien, which is "+ Intelligent. Technophile. Diplomatic. - Suspicious. Secretive. Inscrutable." And this was determined according to prominent works that came out in certain years. Mine originated from 1938 when Orson Wells radio broadcasted H.G. Well's book The War of the Worlds and everyone got freaked out. Where do you fall?

Friday, July 31, 2015

New Arrivals!

July 1st - 15th

Ink and bone  
YA Cai   
Caine, Rachel

Silver in the blood
YA Geo   
George, Jessica Day
           
Edda  
YA Kos   
Kostick, Conor
           
Deceptive : an Illusive novel
YA Llo   
Lloyd-Jones, Emily
           
Shadowshaper
YA Old   
Older, Daniel José

Lights out
YA Pat   
Patterson, James

The heart of betrayal  
YA Pea   
Pearson, Mary

Outrage
YA San
Sandford, John

Return to the Dark House
YA Sto   
Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Suicide notes from beautiful girls
YA Wei   
Weingarten, Lynn

Monday, July 27, 2015

LEGO X-Men


So, LEGO has really been killing it lately. Have you seen the Simpsons LEGO set?! They haven't made an X-Men set yet, but LEGO Cuusoo user DarthKy has shown the X-Men possibilities by building Xavier’s Institute for Higher Learning. The giant X-Mansion is built to fold out and is four stories tall. DarthKy wants to include 45 mini-figures and locations like the Danger Room and Cerebro.  Let's hope it gets made!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Redheads in Literature


I had never thought about it before, but a lot of my favorite literary characters (like, EVER) have been redheads, which is interesting since such a low percentage of the general population are red-haired. 
Young Adult author Alison Cherry has put together a great list of the best fictional redheads. "Perhaps my favorite thing about the group of characters listed below is that it shows just how different redheads can be. Underneath those fiery locks and freckles, there are introverts and extroverts, firecrackers and daydreamers, badasses and sweethearts."

Who is your favorite red-haired literary character? 

Friday, July 10, 2015

New Arrivals!


June 1st - 30th

99 days 
YA Cot
Cotugno, Katie

Fire with fire 
YA Han
Han, Jenny
           
The hunted 
YA Hig
Higson, Charles
             
Finding Audrey 
YA Kin
Kinsella, Sophie
           
To hold the bridge 
YA Nix
Nix, Garth

A book of spirits and thieves 
YA Rho
Rhodes, Morgan

The stars never rise     
YA Vin
Vincent, Rachel

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Travelling Through Books


Sometimes we need to be reminded of one of the simplest and most powerful abilities of a book. When we are sick in bed or financially unable to explore the world, anyone can always escape to any time or place through books. I would love to have this framed so that I can always remember the simplest magic of books.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Silent Reading, YAY!


Raise your hand if you were also this kid. Yeah.. me too.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Goosebumps Movie

Did you know that Goosebumps is going to the big screen? Jack Black will be playing R.L Stine! What do you think?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cats Who Read


So, I don't know if it's because I love books and cats, or if it's a real phenomenon, but it seems as though there is an abundance of photos and gifs on the internet of cats with books. Perhaps they secretly can read? I'd like to think so.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Arrivals!!

May 16th - May 31st

The wrath & the dawn    
YA Ahd
Ahdieh, Renée
                               
Royal wedding 
YA Cab
Cabot, Meg
               
Lion heart 
YA Gau
Gaughen, A. C.
               
The edge of the shadows 
YA Geo
George, Elizabeth

P.S. I still love you 
YA Han
Han, Jenny
               
Off the page     
YA Pic
Picoult, Jodi
               
Daughter of deep silence 
YA Rya
Ryan, Carrie
               
The good girls   
YA She
Shepard, Sara


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

25 Famous Movies You Didn't Know Were Books



The lovely people over at Buzzfeed have put together a great list of 25 Famous Movies You Didn't Know Were Books. There were a few that even I as a librarian didn't realize were books! Such as Planet of the Apes (whaaaa?) and Rambo. Wow!

How many of the list did you already know were books? How many were you surprised about?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Which Book Next...


Once again, I am here to save the day! Here's a brilliant flow-chart for you to find the perfect book. And the answers are blank, so you won't find yourself cheating to avoid certain books or authors. You're welcome.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Deadliest Marvel Characters



Dang Wolverine!

Monday, May 25, 2015

New Arrivals!

April 16th - May 15th

Empire of night
YA Arm
Armstrong, Kelley

Guardians of the galaxy : Cosmic Avengers / vol. 1.
YA Ben
Bendis, Brian Michael

The cemetery boys
YA Bre
Brewer, Heather

Captain America : winter soldier
YA Bru
Brubaker, Ed

Undertow
YA Buc
Buckley, Michael

Rook
YA Cam
Cameron, Sharon

The heir
YA Cas
Cass, Kiera

City love
YA Col
Colasanti, Susane

The Isle of the Lost : a Descendents novel
YA Del
De la Cruz, Melissa

Saint anything : a novel
YA Des
Dessen, Sarah

Dangerous deception
YA Gar
Garcia, Kami

Dream a little dream
YA Gie
Gier, Kerstin

Palace of lies
YA Had
Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Palace of Mirrors
YA Had
Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Ice kissed
YA Hoc
Hocking, Amanda

Rogue
YA Kag
Kagawa, Julie

Catalyst
YA Kin
Kincaid, S. J.

Beyond the veil
YA Lof
Loftis, Quinn

Out of the dark
YA Lof
Loftis, Quinn

A court of thorns and roses
YA Maa
Maas, Sarah J.

The novice
YA Mat
Matharu, Taran

Dorothy must die
YA Pai
Paige, Danielle

Dorothy must die : stories
YA Pai
Paige, Danielle

The wicked will rise
YA Pai
Paige, Danielle

Maximum Ride forever
YA Pat
Patterson, James

Challenger deep
YA Shu
Shusterman, Neal

An ember in the ashes
YA Tah
Tahir, Sabaa

Bad island
YA Ten
TenNapel, Doug

Black dove, white raven 
YA Wei
Wein, Elizabeth

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Everything!


Can I please just get everything book themed? Including my coffee mugs? Someday I will own this and hundreds like it!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Arrivals!!


April 1st - 15th

Empire of night 
YA Arm
Armstrong, Kelley

Guardians of the galaxy : Cosmic Avengers / vol. 1. 
YA Ben
Bendis, Brian Michael  
               
The cemetery boys 
YA Bre
Brewer, Heather

Captain America : winter soldier               
YA Bru
Brubaker, Ed

Palace of lies     
YA Had
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
               
Catalyst    
YA Kin
Kincaid, S. J.

Dorothy must die 
YA Pai
Paige, Danielle
               
The wicked will rise 
YA Pai
Paige, Danielle
                               
Black dove, white raven 
YA Wei
Wein, Elizabeth

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Still Middle Earth to Me



Since the final Hobbit movie came out, I've been feeling such a lack. No more Tolkein to look forward to! Even though I didn't love the last movie, it's "still Middle Earth to me." What franchise have you been most sad to see end?

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Arrivals!!


These are the newest additions to our Young Adult collection.
If you'd like to place a reserve or locate a book in our collection, please visit our online catalog.

For new additions to our Book and Audio CD collection, 
visit our New Books page!
For new additions to our DVD, Video, and Blu-Ray collection, 
visit our New Movies page!

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March 1st -19th
   
Red queen    
YA Ave   
Aveyard, Victoria

Doll bones
YA Bla  
Black, Holly

Prudence
YA Car   
Carriger, Gail     
     
The seventh magpie    
YA Cha   
Chase, Nancy

Burning kingdoms
YA Des   
DeStefano, Lauren         
     
Perfect ruin    
YA Des   
DeStefano, Lauren   
     
The dead I know    
YA Gar   
Gardner, Scot         
     
Shadow scale
YA Har   
Hartman, Rachel         
     
Hostage run    
YA Kla   
Klavan, Andrew         
     
Crystal keepers      
YA Mul   
Mull, Brandon     
     
Vanishing girls      
YA Oli  
Oliver, Lauren

The winner's crime
YA Rut   
Rutkoski, Marie         
     
The winner's curse : a novel
YA Rut   
Rutkoski, Marie         
     
The Alex crow    
YA Smi   
Smith, Andrew          
     
Kin : a tale of beauty and madness
YA Stc   
St. Crow, Lili


Monday, March 9, 2015

How to Avoid Cracking the Spine of a Book




Lately I've been OBSESSED with Booktube. There's just something so inspiring about listening to other people talk about their book loves. Whenever I am in a reading slump, I just listen to Jean talk about the Argonautica or head over to BookRiot. And so often, you can find helpful tips on Booktube, like how to read a book without cracking the spine. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

New Arrivals!!



These are the newest additions to our Young Adult collection.
If you'd like to place a reserve or locate a book in our collection, please visit our online catalog.

For new additions to our Book and Audio CD collection, 
visit our New Books page!
For new additions to our DVD, Video, and Blu-Ray collection, 
visit our New Movies page!

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February 16th - 28th

The forgotten sisters  
YA Hal
Hale, Shannon
Published 2015         
      
The last time we say goodbye   
   
YA Han
Hand, Cynthia
Published 2015         
      
Better than perfect
YA Kan
Kantor, Melissa
Published 2015         
      
MindWar : a novel
YA Kla
Klavan, Andrew
Published 2014         
      
Inherit midnight
YA Mye
Myers, Kate Kae
Published 2015         
      
The Syndrome      
YA Pea
Pearson, Ridley
Published 2015         
      
Terminal  

YA Rei
Reichs, Kathy
Published 2015         
      
Zom-B bride  
YA Sha
Shan, Darren
Published 2015


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kansas State Can Prosecute Teachers



So, I just read an article that the "Kansas Senate passes  bill easing prosecution of teachers for distributing 'harmful material'." It is intended to be protecting kids from "pornographic material," but educators in Kansas attest that this is because of a sex-ed poster in a classroom. And now, senators are calling books by Toni Morrison "pornographic." I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cats and Books, Please and Thank You


Can I just have this as a wallpaper? Please?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Sad Valentine's Day!



So it's almost Valentine's Day, so rather than suggest great love stories, I am going to instead provide you with a list of some of the most heartwrenching unrequited love stories in literature. Compliments of Bookriot, here are 25 Painfully Unrequited Love Stories from Literature. How many of these have you read?

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Veronica Roth Books!



Have you heard!? It was just recently announced that there will be a new Veronica Roth duology. As I am sure you are aware, Veronica Roth is the author behind the hugely popular Divergent trilogy. The new two-book set is to be released in 2017 and 2018. According to The Guardian the new books are going to be Star Wars-ish. I don't even know what that could realistically mean for her books, but I am excited regardless.

What do you think? Which author do you wish would come out with something new?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reading Skillz



So it's a new year, and with the new year, I am sure you made some resolutions. Hopefully they are the bookish type! I will be participating in a few reading challenges myself. But I stumbled across this article, I thought you would enjoy. It is 7 Reading Hacks to Improve Your Literary Skills. Some of them are quite helpful and interesting, but then some... Don't read in bed?! Read aloud, or mouth along?! Some of these might take a bit of work....

Friday, January 9, 2015

Peanuts = The Smiths?



So I love Charles Schulz's Peanuts strip. I am actually in the midst of reading through all the collected strips that are currently coming out in two year volumes. And I also happen to love the 1980's Manchester, England-born band "The Smiths." But I NEVER made the connection between Morrissey's lyrics and the strips dark and existential themes.

Brava to the Oakland-based graphic designer Lauren LoPrete who began the Tumblr account named “This Charming Charlie” where she inserts Smiths lyrics into Peanuts panels. And they are seamless, my friends. Do you like Peanuts or The Smiths? What's your favorite newspaper strip?




Monday, January 5, 2015

Bill Murray Reads Poetry


Because it's Monday and the weather has been dreary lately, here is a video of Bill Murray reading poetry to a group of construction workers.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Resolution: Read More!


New Year's Day! What are your resolutions? Did you make a list?

Among others, such as learning to tat lace and learn lost wax casting, I also have resolved to read more books, particularly sci-fi and literature. This past year I found myself reading mostly comic books because of time restrictions, which was perfect for the amount of time I had at any one time. But this year is the year of READ for me! I found this excellent list for how to read more in the coming year:
  • Throw your phone in the ocean. (Or, keep it in airplane mode.) 
  • Carry a book with you at all times. 
  • Have another book ready before you finish the one you’re reading. (Make a stack of books to-read or load up your eReader.) 
  • If you aren’t enjoying a book or learning from it, stop reading it immediately. (Flinging it across the room helps give closure.) 
  • Schedule 1 hour of non-fiction reading during the day. (Commutes, lunch breaks, and any period of idle time work well.) 
  • Go to bed 1 hour early and read fiction. (It will help you sleep.) 
  • Keep a reading log and share your favorite books with others. (They will send you even more books to read.)
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