Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Like Crafts? Three programs coming up!

Do you like to craft?  There are three programs coming up in the next few weeks:

Make an initial craft:  Make a framed initial with your personality!  On Thursday, April 4th from 1:00 to 2:00 join Kwik Creations.  For ages 12-18.  Register here 

Join Kathy Vivianni as we make beaded bracelets on Saturday, April 6th from 11:30 to 12:30 am.  For ages 12-18.  Register Here

Join us for our first "Mother/Daughter" craft night!  We are making an awesome beaded heart shaped key chain with Kim Romig.  For daughters aged 10 and up, with a Mom or Grandmother.  Monday, May 6th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Register Here

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free Music Downloads at the Greece Public Library with Freegal!

You can now download three free songs per week with your Greece Public Library card.

On your Apple or Android device:
1. Search your app store, select and download the Freegal app.

2. Search for the Greece Public Library by entering “Greece” or zip code (14612) in the
search box.

3. Choose “Greece Public Library.”

4. Enter your library card number.

5. You are now registered. You may search and select from the thousands of songs available.

6. To download, press the arrow next to the title of the song you selected. Your song will

be downloaded and available in the “My Music” folder within the Freegal app.

On your MP3 player:
1. Connect your MP3 player to your PC.

2. Go to “” and select the Freegal link.

3. Enter your library card number.

4. You are now registered. You may search and select from the thousands of songs

5. To download, select the “Download Now” link listed next to the song you selected.

6. Locate your file, right click, choose “Send to” & choose your MP3 device from the list of

On your PC:
1. Go to and select the Freegal link.

2. Enter your library card number.

3. You are now registered. You may search and select from the thousands of songs

4. To download, select the “Download Now” link listed next to the song you selected.

5. When download is complete, locate and double click on your song. Your media player  
will open automatically and begin playing.

On your basic iPod using iTunes:

1. Connect your basic iPod to your PC.

2. Go to and select the Freegal link.

3. Enter your library card number.

4. You are now registered. You can search and select from the thousands of songs

5. To download, select the “Download Now” link listed next to the song you selected.

6. When download complete, open iTunes, locate and add your file to your music library.

7. From your iTunes music library, click on your selection & drag & drop to your device.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Middle School Monday: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

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A Pick for Middle School Monday:  One Came Home by Amy Limberlake

An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A 5 Star Read: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

I LOVED this book.  This has been my favorite book so far in 2013 (I've read 17 so far) and I know it will be one of my favorite books from this year.  Josie is a very strong personality, who is struggling to better herself in a world that sees her as a prostitute's daughter.  Josie manages to survive on her own, and surround herself with characters that help her in her quest to go to college.  There is a romance in the book, and you will be hoping that Josie makes the right choice where her suitors are concerned!  The characters in the story are portrayed vividly, and with depth.  Willie, the madam of the brothel, is a surprisingly complex character that despite her brusque exterior, is really 100% behind Josie.  Here's a review from Pixie Pageturners that sums up how I feel about Out of the Easy:

"Although I want to gush gush gush about this book....I am keeping this review short because I do not want to spoil anything and because nothing I will say will equate the awesomeness of Out of the Easy. I adored everything about this book, the story, the city and especially the characters; they are all so well developed and part of Jo's journey. Willie was by far my favorite character; she is this hardened madam, who won't take crap off of anyone...but she loves Josie and let's her make her mistakes and finds her own path; she wants what is best for her. If you read one book this this one, you won't regret it."

5 out of 5 stars *****

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

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Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

When Duncan enters his room for his senior year, he finds a suprise gift from last year's occupant, Tim Mabeth.  It is a stack of CD's with this letter on top:

Dear Duncan,

When I was told you'd be living in this room, I have to be honest, I couldn't believe it. 
Maybe you can guess what I'm going to say, but I'm going to tell you anyway.  It's important that you know why and exactly how everything happened.  Someone has to --someone might be able to use the information and not make the same mistakes I made.  Maybe.  I don't know.
Let me say one important thing I would bet money you didn't expect and then I will leave you to your senior year:  what you are about to hear, the words, the music, my downfall, as well as your perceived or actual role in it, will serve you better than you ever could have imagined.  Basically, I am giving you the best gift, the best treasure, you could ask for.  I am giving you the meat of your Tragedy Paper.
Yours truly,