Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Look what I made!

Last night at the library we made these amazing little Mini Scrapbooks out of recycled paper tubes, scrapbook paper, and paper embellishments.  I think they would make great little gifts for friends birthdays, graduation gifts, or even for a family event!  Another craft program with Kim Romig is scheduled for Thursday, February 23 from 2-3 pm (February recess).  Also, there is a Fun with Fondue program with the Tops cooking school on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Check out the Teen Programs tab for more information.  Best of all, the programs are FREE

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys has been on several "must read" lists, and is generating buzz for awards and a movie.  After starting the book yesterday, I can say that all the praise is deserved!  In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her Lithuanian home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp.   Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experince in her art and writing.  One book reviewer, Debbie's World of Books, states "If you read only one book this year, make it this one."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2012!

1.  The Statistical Probablility of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  Isn't  this a gorgeous cover?  I can not wait to read this romance!  I had to message the author, Jennifer E. Smith and tell her how much I loved the cover design.  I actually heard back from her the same day - is that cool, or what?
2.  Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale.  Did I mention I am a Jane Austen nut?  I loved the first book, Austenland, and can't wait to read this one!
3.  A Million Suns  by Beth Revis (sequal to Across the Universe) - I am looking forward to the second book in this sci-fi romance saga. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Favorite Christmas Albums

How do you feel about Christmas music?  I am a huge fan, and have mixed my own master playlist of about 150 songs.  Here are some of my favorite Christmas albums:
1.  The Best Christmas record of all time.  Ever.
2.  I loved the show, and I loved the soundtrack.  So relaxing....
3.  Nat King Cole had one of the smoothest voices ever.  An eternal classic at holiday time.
4.  The original "techno" Christmas CD - groundbreaking, and still beautiful and timely.
5.  Dino has become one of my Christmas favorites!
6.  The Ultimate Christmas rock group - The TransSiberian Orchestra.
7.  My parents had this on vinyl, and I still love it.  Doesn't everyone know "the Little Drummer Boy"?

8.  My daughter got this CD, and I admit, I fell in love with it, too.
9.  This Treasurey has so many great songs on it:  Greg Lake's Father Christmas, Feliz Navidad by Jose' Feliciano, the Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth duet with Bing and David Bowie, and the White Christmas done by the Drifters (think The Santa Claus). 
10.  One of my favorite Country Christmas CD's - the SheDaisy version of Jingle Bells is one of my all time favorite versions of the song.
10. (tie) My other favorite country Christmas CD - I love the title song, and City of Silver Dreams.  Released in 2009 - it's a keeper!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Future of Us

I was really looking forward to reading this novel, a joint effort of Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things).  The major premise of the story, that neighbors Josh and Emma power up an AOL CD in Emma's computer in 1996 and somehow access their Facebook pages of the future was really hard to buy into, but it still intrigued me.  What I did find interesting was the way the two characters reacted to the knowledge of their future selves, and how their relationship shifted in the book.  On a scale of 1-10, I'd give the book about a 6, and recommend it as a quick read.  I finished it in one afternoon car ride, in less than 3 hours.  Click on the book, and watch the video on, and read what others had to see about this highly anticipated book of 2011! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Books I'm thankful I read in 2011

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week!  I love this holiday - food, seeing family, relaxing, watching football - what's not to like?  Here are some books that I am "thankful" I read this year.  

1.  Across the Universe by Beth Revis - a fabulous tale of science fiction, mystery, and romance.  It also had one of my favorite "covers" of the year!
2.   I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite of these three - I stayed up till 3am to finish the last one!  I never thought I would like these books, hearing about the gladiator style fight to the death games in a futuristic North America, but they were fabulous.  I can't wait to see the movie in March of 2012!

3.  One of my favorite reads of the year - a debut novel about magicians caught in a deadly game. 

4.   Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is a memsmerizing story of a modern day American girl in Paris with flashbacks to the French Revolution.  Makes me want to go explore the catacombs!

5.  An unusual book, partly told in words, and partly told in exquisite drawings.  Two stories of people that feel the need to run away that who's stories become intwined.

6.  I am fascinated with the Titanic.  This book indulges my need to pour over facts about that fateful night.  Read it and be ready for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of this magnificent ship this April of 2012.

7.  This book was so fun!  I loved it as much as "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict".  For all you secret Jane Austen fans - imagine if you got to swap places!  I liked this book almost as much as "I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend" from 2010.
8.  I am a mystery fan, and have become a huge fan of Flavia de Luce - a cheeky, 11 year old chemistry prodigy that travels by bicycle across the English countryside to solve crimes. Thank goodness it's a series. 
9.  This is a very powerful book, exposing what it must be like to be a refugee, running for your life.  I also loved the aspect of the World Cup for homeless kids that is a real international competition!

Traci L. Jones is a great storyteller.  This book, based on her own life, tells the story of a black girl that integrates almost all white high school in Colorado in the early 70's.  She handles the subject with grace and humor, and it is a very enjoyable, eye opening read.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In the mood for a fun Autumn Romance?

"Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!"  If you like a light romance with a dash of fun - this book is for you. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaƫsia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle, released on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Christian Fiction

When Finley travels to Ireland as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from the God who took her brother away and seems to have left her high and dry.
But from the moment she boards the plane and sits by Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to Finley's plan.  For the first time in her life, Finley must get honest with herself to get right with God.  Jenny B. Jones writes Christian Fiction with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. When she’s not writing, she’s living it up as a high school teacher in Arkansas.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Girl is Murder

"Take a powder, Nancy Drew. 1940s girl sleuth Iris Anderson is on the case. A stylish, slang-filled teen noir that is as entertaining as it is absorbing." --Kirkus (click on the book to see a video)
It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nine Thousand Teens voted, and the winners are:

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
  6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)
    Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between Aug. 15 and Sept. 16; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Like horror and a quick read?

Lamar takes the "late bus" home from school after practice each day. After the bus's beloved driver passes away, Lamar begins to see strange things--demonic figures, preparing to attack the bus. Soon he learns the demons are after Mr. Rumble, the freaky new bus driver. Can Lamar rescue his fellow passengers, or will Rumble's past come back to destroy them all?  Other quick reads in the Night Fall series will be at the Greece Library soon, along with many new titles from Orca Soundings and Orca Currents.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New - Nonfiction in the Teen Area!

This just in!  New nonfiction, and fiction titles in the Greece Public Library!  Look for the nonfiction where the series books used to be.  Series books are now filed in the regular teen fiction section.  We also are getting lots of great new teen fiction titles, too.  Come in and check them out!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A spellbinding tale of ghosts, mystery, and love...

Welcome to York, England, the most haunted city in the world!  Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a tragic secret.  She is hoping for a week  of vacation, not a chance to connect with the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city.  In one week Miranda manages to fall in love for the first time and uncover a very old but deadly secret.  Will she pay with her life?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Banned Books Week 9/24/11-10/1/11

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.  You might be surprised to learn that one of the most protested books in the United States is a picture book about penguins.  Here is a link to an article talking about some of the most frequently banned books in the USA this year:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Most Popular Books on our Express Summer Reading Cart

The past two years, the library has had a one-week loan "Express" Summer Reading Cart, to maximize student accessability to popular summer reading books.  This year, the most popular book on the cart was "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.  Five copies of the book circulated a total of 47 times!  Other popular books were "Bossypants" by Tina Fey, "Before I Die" by Jenny Downham, "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver, "By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead" by Julie Anne Peters, "Catching Fire" also by Suzanne Collins, "I Am Number Four" by Pittacus Lore, "Deadline" by Chris Crutcher, and "Numbers" by Rachel Ward.  If you didn't get a chance to read one of these books this summer, now is the time to check one out and see if you agree with the other teens of Greece!  Another incentive to read "the Hunger Games" is the movie will come out in March of 2012.   Here's a link to find out more about the movie:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fabulous New Fiction for Art Lovers

The new book by the author of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" is here!  For those of you not familiar with the book, it is a rare blend of stunning artwork interwoven with a story.  Here's a link to find out more about the author, Brian Selznick, news of his other books, and the upcoming movie "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".

Friday, September 2, 2011

A journey of survival...

Deo and his friends play soccer with a homemade ball on the dusty fields of Zimbabwe, cheered on by  Deo's older brother, Innocent.  It is a day like any other until the soldiers arrive and the boys are forced to run for their lives, fleeing the wreckage of their village seeking safe haven in South Africa.  Author Jewel Parker Rhodes says the book is "a thrilling, beautifully told tale of survival, brotherly love, and the redemptive power of sport.  Deo is a hero for the real world."

Monday, August 29, 2011

If you like suspense...

Do you  like scary books?  "Envy" is the first book in a new series called "The Empy Coffin Novels."  Critic Jordon Dane said this about the book :  "Dark and addictive, ENVY delivers a frightening look at online anonymity that tears families and a small town apart with tragic consequences...Olsen brings something new to young adult suspense in a promising new series." 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Paranormal Romance: "Forever"

I not only order teen fiction, I read it, too!  Recently, I read the last book in the "Wolves of Mercy Falls" series, "Forever"  by Maggie Stiefvater.  The first book in the series, "Shiver"  introduced the characters Sam and Grace and the pack of wolves that inhabit the town of Mercy Falls.  Movie rights to "Shiver" have been aquired, so judge for yourself to see if it is the next "Twilight".