Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy National Library Week!

Here's a big, happy, THANK YOU from the Youth Services Department to all our patrons on National Library Week! We love our jobs, and we love our library! Our faithful teen and YA patrons make the Southern Lehigh Public Library a rockin' place to work, visit, and enjoy.

Mrs. Lacock - Youth Programming
Mrs. Payne - Youth Collection Development

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mike & Ike Say "Libraries Rock!"

Here we are again at
April 14-19, SLPL will be celebrating the genius of the free library along with the rest of the country. We like to make it a special visit for any patrons that week, so there will be all kinds of shenanigans going on.

We created something extra special for our teens...a prime example of passive programming. Passive programming means a program that teens can participate in without having to invest too much time and energy, show up somewhere at a particular time, or have an overly-eager YA librarian breathing down your neck. You can do it on your own time, whenever you drop by, if you feel like it. Nice and smooth. Easy-peasy.

All you gotta do is fill out a book review on a book that you have read. Pick up a form at the front desk, fill it out and then return it. And then you get ... FREE CANDY!!!

 Reviews will be posted in the YA room afterwards to help other teens find something good to read. It's like community service, actually.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Did you know that SLPL houses a pretty impressive collection of manga? Here are some of the series available:

Full Metal Alchemist

Hikaru No Go
Zatch Bell!
Ranma 1/2
Fruits Basket
Kare Kano
Rurouni Kenshin
And more!!! Coming soon (thanks to my librarian friend who said we didn't have enough "girl" manga):

Skip Beat!
What are your favorite series? Are we missing something good?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What's New?

Unlike grass and flowers (yet), these "New" YA titles have sprung onto the shelves!

Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
The 2nd novel in Riggs' New York Times best-selling series Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. In 1940, Jacob and his new friends escape from Miss Peregrine's island and travel to London where they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Far Far Away - Tom McNeal
National Book Award finalist. When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black
When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong - Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
Graphic novel. Charlie, the captain of the basketball team, and Nate, the president of the robotics club, are best friends. Their friendship is tested when the robotics club and the cheerleading squad--who use Charlie as their figurehead--compete for student group funding.

Cress - Marissa Meyer
Book 3 of The Lunar Chronicles.Working to overthrow Queen Levana, a fugitive Cinder and her companions search for Rapunzel-like hacker Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood and who has received orders from Levana to foil Cinder's efforts.

Curtsies and Conspiracies - Gail Carriger
Book 2 in the Finishing School series. In her alternate England of 1851, fifteen-year-old Sophronia tries to uncover who is behind a plot to control a prototype that has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel, and to learn what role Mademoiselle Geraldine's academy for young spies plays in the affair.

Book blurbs and images attributed to NoveList K-8 Plus. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are You Freddy Ready?

I don't know about you, but I LOVE me some high school musicals! The Lehigh Valley is one of the best places to see high school musicals due to the hype and glamor generated by the Freddy Awards held at the State Theatre in Easton every year.
It's like the TONY awards for high school students. Performers are nominated and awards are given in categories such as Outstanding Overall Performance of a Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress, Actor, Dancer, Chorus, etc. This all happens live in a 3-hour show broadcast by WFMZ Channel 69.

Needless to say, this is a BIG DEAL for the students, parents, and staff that have worked incredibly hard for months preparing for one weekend of shows. I try to get to as many shows as I can each year, and then watch the Freddy Awards live on TV.

So far this year, I've made it to:

Shrek the Musical - Southern Lehigh High School
Awesome job! Great scenery, sets and costuming.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Easton Area High School
Also awesome! I'm feeling a "Best Actress" nomination here.

This weekend I will be seeing The Wizard of Oz @ Upper Perkiomen High School, which is not a Freddy participating school, but I have to go because it is my husband's alma mater and the little neighbor girl I used to babysit is playing the Scarecrow. I also have plans to hit up Oliver @ Liberty High School and Annie Get Your Gun @ Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Get on out there and support! For $10 or so a ticket, it's way better than the movies and the snacks are cheaper too!

For a full list of participating schools and dates, plus more info, click here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

**New Booklist Added! Sci-Fi Scenes

It's a cyborg, it's an alien, it's .... the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame!
Housed in one of the coolest buildings ever, I was fated to stumble upon and be allowed entry into this most interesting of hallowed halls, packed with sacred relics and eye-popping finds. On a trip to Seattle with my husband's family, I voted for museum tickets instead of the Space Needle. Unfortunately, my companions were a bunch of non-book-reading, un-nerds. They whisked me through the exhibits and out the other side to the Experience Music Project, housed in the same building designed by Frank Gehry.
It was a day of greatness. I could have spent hours among the science fiction miscellanea, but who can say no to a giant pillar of musical instruments? (Some of which play all by themselves)

If you ever get to Seattle, forget the original Starbucks. You can get a Caramel Macchiato anytime. But don't dare to miss these 2 fascinating and inspiring odes to man's imagination.

All that to say, I added a new booklist! Science Fiction Scenes
Also available under the "Booklists" tab.

We've got the newest, coolest, everybody-is-talking-about series...and I can vouch for many of them!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Student Art Show!

Calling All Artists

Are you an artist? Or maybe you are an artiste? (said with a fancy French accent).

Why not enter your latest masterpiece into SLPL's Student Art Show? Here's the facts:

- Runs March 24 to May 2.

 - The artwork will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

- Any 2D art, photos and small needle arts (quilts, fiber, etc.) that can be hung in the library are acceptable.

- Works must not exceed 34 in. in length or 24 in. in width, including the frame.

- The works may be placed on sale. The library requests 10% commission on all sales.

- Delivery: Saturday, March 22, between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

- Pickup: When the exhibit is over, pick up work.

This is a great way to show your latest masterpiece off to all your friends and could even make some cash! Questions, call the library @ 610-282-8825