Thursday, March 7, 2013

Teen Tech Week

March 10-16 is Teen Tech Week!

Join us on Tuesday, March 11 at 5 PM for FREE PIZZA, a short presentation on Facebook Privacy, an opportunity to use the library's tablets and eReaders, and a chance to participate in our Teen Tech Scavenger Hunt. 

You'll have Monday - Friday to complete the Teen Tech Scavenger Hunt. Forms will be entered into a raffle and the winners will receive Best Buy Gift Cards. 

Scavenger Hunt forms will be available at the YS Desk. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Upcoming Carolyn Crimi Program, Some Fun Kids Books and a Great YA Book!

I am doing a "Celebration of Carolyn Crimi Party" February 23 for ages 4-7 in the youth services.  Crimi has some wonderful books!  She has a great sense of humor and fun story lines.  Often they have an autobiographical slant to them and a positive message behind them, too.

Here are a few of the titles that I want to recommend: 

Pugs in a Bug (her newest one)
Principal Fred Won't Go to Bed
Get Busy, Beaver!
Tessa's Tip-Tapping Toes
The Louds Move in!
Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies
Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates
Don't Need Friends
Boris and Bella
Outside, Inside
(her first book ever)

How will ever limit it to my favorite 5 for the book party?! 

-Janice, Youth Services

Dog's colorful day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
You and your child will enjoy this colorful story about a messy dog and his adventurous day. 
No worries though, you can count on a happy ending.

The Shadows (Book 1 in the series of The Books of Elsewhere)11 year-old Olive and her quirky parents move into a crumbling Victorian mansion full of strange antique paintings on the walls.  When Olive finds a pair of old spectacles she discovers the most peculiar thing yet: she can travel inside these paintings to a world that's strangely quiet and eerily like her own. Olive discovers that "Elsewhere" hides dark secrets and she is trapped in a plan darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined.  Can Olive save the house from the dark shadows before the lights go out for good?

-Regina, Youth Services

The Breakable Vow by Kathryn Ann Clarke
Eighteen-year-old Annie McGowan is your typical teenager. She is witty, charming and loves to have a good time. One night changes her life, and it begins to spiral out of control. She is in a violent relationship with her boyfriend Kevin and is facing an unexpected pregnancy. Realizing Kevin's behavior is getting worse, she finds the strength to fight back. This book about domestic violence is a real eye opener, especially for teens not knowing that there is help out there for them. 

-Becky, Youth Services

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trends in Children's and Young Adult Books for 2013

Anna of Youth Services/Tech Services came across this video a few weeks ago, and it is worth a listen! 

Of the trends named, I have to say I am most excited about #7-Tough Girls.  We're over the heroines who all about their paranormal boyfriends, and not much else.  Katniss definitely kicked off this trend back in 2008, but thankfully her influence is far and wide.  Some of my favorite tough girls we'll be seeing more of this year is Lena of Lauren Oliver's Delirium Series, Rhine of Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden Series, and Tris of  Veronica Roth's Divergent Series.  All of these series will be concluding this year with the release of the final books in each trilogy. 

Another great trend is #5-Kid Lit on the ScreenBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card are due out this year,  and of course, Catching Fire is coming out in November.  Only 10 more months! 

Finally, a timeless trend is #1-Bullying.  As Allender states, every child will be exposed to bullying at some point in their life, and it can be one of childhood's biggest hurdles.  There is a fantastic wealth of materials available for all ages on the topic, and can be found here.

What trends in children's literature are you excited about?