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A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

Check out our new books and my new HTML skills!

September 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Just Around the Corner

I know, I know!  The blog has been a little sparse lately, but it is for a good reason!  We have been visiting schools throughout the Goshen area to share Food for Though, our teen summer reading program, with area students and teachers.  Sign-ups start on Tuesday, June 1st, which is only 11 days away!  If you love reading and what to learn more about cooking, come visit us at the library this summer.

May 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

Summer reading starts in 20 days!  Here is a list of new books to get you started!

May 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

A Cake Wreck or, as Ethan R. says, a Cake Masterpiece?

I was possibly being a bit of a cranky pants with the last post about Eclipse (O.K., I was being a full on cranky pants that Michael managed to point out to me when I began shaking a copy of The Time Traveler’s Wife at him and ranting about the movie version as well.).  Then, I came into work today and found the following image as the wallpaper on one of our work computers.  WHY CAN I NOT ESCAPE THE TWILIGHT SERIES?  Although, the cake is pretty funny.  Isn’t it?

March 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment


Here it is!  The cover of Mockingjay, the final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy.  Do you love it?  Could it be better?  What do you think it means?

Since Scholastic released the title and cover last week, I have been scouring the wondrous interweb in search for clues as to what will go down in the third book.  And, there was nothing! No hints, no giveaways.  N – O – T – H – I – N – G!  You and I are left to wait in anticipation for a little over 180 days.  Essentially, Scholastic has decided to go all President Snow on us by withholding information that could be key to our literary freedom and survival (Yes, Scholastic, I went there…couldn’t you just float an advanced reading copy to this poor little old YA librarian?  I promise that I will not tell anyone what happens!).

Actually, I take back that there was NOTHING online.  I did find a little something, but that little something only referred to what will NOT be happening in Mockinjay.  In an interview, VP Editorial Director of Scholastic David Levithan (as in the David Levithan who wrote The Realm of Possibility, Boy Meets Boy, and – insert school girl scream here – the upcoming Will Grayson, Will Grayson) essentially said that his lips are sealed tighter than Fort Knox about Mockingjay.  However, he did mention 5 things that will be absent.  Here is the list:

  1. Panem is not shaken up when District 9 is nominated for a best picture Oscar.
  2. At no point does President Snow utter the line, “It’s Snowmaggedon, baby!”
  3. Despite internet rumors to the contrary, it is not revealed that Cinna has been designing outfits for a Capital operative known as “Lady Gaga.”
  4. All rumors of a crossover appearance by Geronimo Stilton are false.
  5. In a tough editorial call, we decided to not have Katniss win the Hunger Games…only to be interrupted by Kanye West.*

*Careful about throwing Kanye into the mix, Mr. Levithan.  That fella is crazy with a capital “C” and who knows what he will do!  Although, personally, I have no doubt that if it came down to a cage match between Katniss and Kanye, Katniss would be stronger and more heartless than the rapper any day!

February 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

I’m sure all of you have heard of Myspace and Facebook, but have you heard of  Well, if not, now you have! is a social networking site for readers and writers that HarperCollins created way back when in 2009.  An article in the Washington Post stated that since November, has had over 10,000 members join, and these members (who are teens just like you) have written nearly “11,000 novels, poems, essays and short stories.”  If you are an aspiring writer or an avid reader, check it out!  It seems like a great site to develop your skills or read never before published material!

January 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment


One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more organized (please note that as I am typing this I am staring down the piles of books and papers that have accumulated on my desk for the past several months and hoping that they will all miraculously organize themselves).  To go along with my decision to become the next Martha Stewart of GPL, I decided to upload photos of the Holiday Craftacular to the blog.  While searching for the  Craftacular pictures on my little Kodak digital camera, I also discovered a series of ridiculous pictures from our October Read That when we made creepcakes.

January 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm 2 comments

Teen Read, Teen Reviewed: The Hunger Games

Sorry, folks, I don’t have anything witty or insightful to say today.  Personally, I blame it on the head cold; however, instead, I have brought to you another book review.   Hope you enjoy!

I guess fighting to the death would never cross many people’s minds.  Now being forced to fight for your life is something that is never to be done.  In a couple of years North America will be nothing like anyone dreamed of especially when the Capitol is cruel and selfish.  Now the nation of Panem is divided in to twelve districts and every year the Capitol forces one boy and one girl to participate in a TV show called the hunger games a fight for your life…

Not two or three can survive but only one…

Katniss Everdeen was a young girl. She lives in District 12, is sixteen and very non-confident of herself.  As every day passed, she struggles to find food for her mother and sister, and it’s very difficult to do that when she says “The Capitol is leaving you to starve to death.”  So, Katniss needs to cross the borders to the forest and hunt for a living.  Lucky for her, her father taught her how to shoot with a bow and arrow.  Still, she suffers because it’s illegal to hunt, but there is nothing else she could do…

On the day the names are going to be selected to see who the participates in the Hunger Games (which for them is called the reaping), it never crosses Katniss’ mind that she is going to be picked and, in fact, she doesn’t expect that Primrose, Katniss’ 12- year old sister, will be picked either.

When Primose’s name is called, Katniss doesn’t expect her sister to survive.  Instead, Katniss takes Prim’s place.  While Katniss is the participant for the girls, Peeta Mellark is the participant for the boys.  Katniss never really speaks to or interacts with Peeta except for one time when he had the heart to give her some fresh (burned) bread when Katniss was starving.

Along the way Peeta and Katniss become friends and maybe a little more. That is until the Hunger Games begin…

Katniss is suffering dehydration.

Peeta forms alliances with the Careers.

And along the way Katniss learns to be confident and let go of the past.  In the Games, she has to make choices that are against humanity and against love…

She also starts to wonder why the Capitol is so cruel and she thinks it might be time to stand up for once…

Winning means fame and fortune.

Losing means certain death.

The Hunger Games have begun…

December 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I just realized that I have not posted new books in awhile!  Keep in mind that these are just a few of the new books GPL has for teens, so make sure to stop by and check out our new book area especially since the Holiday Break is T-minus 8 days!

December 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

First and Last Words

Take part in GPL’s First and Last Words Contest for Teens!  The Young Adult Display will feature the first and last lines of your favorite classics and YA books.  The first five participants who match the correct title with the correct lines will win a free book!

November 19, 2009 at 12:56 am Leave a comment

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