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 amazon.com, and read what others had to see about this highly anticipated book of 2011!