Archive for October, 2010
Imagine being told at age 11 that you belong to a world of magic. Imagine that you are supposedly famous for something that you don’t even remember. That’s how it starts off in the first book in the magical tale of Harry Potter. Continuing on, Harry has many encounters with the “Dark Lord”, Voldemort, a.k.a. Harry’s arch-nemesis. (Obviously, you wouldn’t sit down for a cup of tea with someone who killed you parents and now wants to do away with you as well.)
Throughout the years, he has many adventures in the fast-paced, fun series of Harry Potter. In this series, I love how J.K. Rowling depicts the surreal details about the adventures Harry has. These books kept me on the edge of my seat pleading for more. This series is definitely one that I would read over and over again. (In fact, I have read the series about 5 times.) I would recommend Harry Potter as a series for middle school students everywhere.
On the afternoon of Thursday, October 21st, Michael and Kristi were reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins in the staff lounge.*
As usual, neither one could agree about the book. Kristi enjoyed it. Michael did not, which led to a heated argument.
The argument reached a boiling point when Kristi threatened Michael with her copy of Mockingjay.
Her copy of Mockingjay may have found its way directly to Michael’s head rendering him dead.
Congratulations! You have solved GPL’s Books with Beat Murder Mystery.
*No librarians were harmed during this event.
Happy Teen Read Week, everyone! Teen Read Week didn’t start off so well for me. I came into work, and Bieber was still on my desk. At least that was until I checked on the Teens’ Top Ten list! I may or may not have done a happy dance in the workroom in addition to excitedly yelling at Michael about the outcome.
Your 2010 Teens’ Top Ten is as follows.
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Visit us throughout the week! We will be having an Iron Chef competition on Tuesday, October 19th from 4:00 p.m. thru 6:00 p.m. Read That is Thursday, October 21st from 6:30 p.m. thru 7:30 p.m. There also will be a GLEE-ful Teen Read Week TV Marathon on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00 a.m. thru 2:00 p.m.
P.S. Don’t worry. About one hour ago, the Justin Bieber book jacket/poster has found a new home and is gone from desk!
In May, Michael and I were visiting schools to talk about books and our teen summer reading program at the library. Michael wanted feedback on books that you would like to see in the library, and someone said, “Books about Justin Bieber!”
If you know me, you know that I left the classroom a little confused and unaware of Justin Bieber. If you know Michael, you know that he already was jealous of Bieber’s hair. So as any good librarian does, Michael checked to see if we had any Bieber books at GPL. We didn’t, which led to him placing an order for the official Bieber autobiography that wasn’t released until October.
Fast forward to October, Bieber’s book has arrived. The autobiography is titled First Steps 2 Forever: My Story and instantaneously had holds on it. Since the Bieber book’s release, I have been left with this staring at me from my desk.
This is the dust jacket from First Steps 2 Forever, which happens to unfold into a larger poster of Bieber.
The goal is to get Bieber off of my desk and into someone else’s hands. In all honesty, it’s creepy to have him staring at me day after day. Additionally, the title bothers me. If you are going to replace words with numbers in a title, you should go all out. For example, I think that the title should have been 1st Steps 2 4-eva: My Story, but I guess that we don’t always get what we want.
Anyways, the first person who comes to the front desk asking for the Bieber poster gets it! If I’m lucky, my desk will be Bieber free by Monday!
Way back when I was a teenager in the ’90’s, there was a popular trend for traditional Irish dancing. The Irish dance craze led to the creation of performances, such as River Dance and Lord of the Dance. I went to see Lord of the Dance. It was impressive, but left me wondering how people would continue to make Irish dancing interesting and relevant, which leads me to our video for the day – We Speak No Americano by Yolanda Be Cool featuring Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding.
Cleary and Harding are professional Irish dancers and the founders of Up & Over It! They take your standard Irish dancing and mix it with other styles of dance and music. Sometimes, they dance with their hands instead of their feet as you will see!