Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October is National Hispanic Heritage Month

I know, October is almost over, and Halloween is next Wednesday, but take a minute to think about Hispanic Heritage. One part of Hispanic Heritage is the writers and poets who have given us heartfelt, funny and gripping stories that allow us to stand in someone else's shoes for a day, or at least as long as it takes to finish the book.

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Gary Soto is one of the most influential Hispanic writers and poets, and has written several books for young adults. A Mexican-American born in 1952 and raised in Fresno, CA, Soto started writing poetry in college. His book, Buried Onions, is on required reading lists in high schools and universities across the country.The sequel, called The Afterlife, is on my list to purchase. I read Buried Onions in college, and it opened my eyes to the beauty, agony and danger of life in the barrio.
In 2011, the Gary Soto Literary Museum opened at Fresno City College. Check out some photos here

Other notable Hispanic authors who have written for young adults include Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street), Matt de La Pena (Ball Don't Lie), and Isabel Allende (City of the Beasts).

Friday, October 19, 2012

20,000 Remakes?

Guess what I just heard? Disney just announced their plans for another remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I say another because there have already been several movie versions, most notably the 1954 version starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land. This was the first science fiction film produced by Walt Disney Productions, and the ONLY science fiction film ever produced by Walt Disney himself. It won 2 Academy Awards and is considered "the mightiest motion picture of them all!", as clearly stated on the advertising poster.

 I grew up watching this version and loved it with a deep, oceanly love before I was ever old enough to read any of the great author's books for myself. Now, as an adult, I claim Jules Verne as my FAVORITE AUTHOR! Yes, I've said it...I've told you one of my most personal secrets, a librarian's one true treasure. FAVORITE AUTHOR...It's a big decision. But, I feel no shame to claim one of the greatest and most prophetic writers of science fiction that ever lived as my choice.

Jules Verne was born in 1828 and died in 1905. During his life, he wrote novels exploring the world of the future. Or rather, exploring his Victorian world with technology and knowledge from the future. Verne wrote in great detail about space, air and underwater travel before submarines were invented, while airplanes were just a dream in the Wright Brothers heads, and while the Moon was as unattainable as ...the Moon.

I could go on and on about the awesomeness of his books, but you should read them for yourself. My personal favorite is Journey to the Center of the Earth, with The Mysterious Island coming in for a close second. Oh wait, what about Around the World in Eighty Days? I can't choose!!!

But I to another remake, I'm willing to give it a watch. I just hope they don't turn it into a "Kids" movie. With all the special effects nowadays, they could turn this into something awesome. Rumor has it that they're after Brad Pitt for Ned Land....who would your choice be?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


OMG!!! I cannot believe that I almost missed TEEN READ WEEK (Oct. 14-20)! I guess I wasn't paying very good attention....but no matter! While I neglected to plan a super awesome event at the library like I did last year (Picture It! photo contest and Genre Challenge), I still have some cool info. YALSA (the national Young Adult Library Services Association) has just released their TOP 10 list for 2012.

These are the top 10 fiction novels of the year nominated and chosen by real teens! And the winners  are:
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Legend by Marie Lu
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8. The Scorpio Races by Maggies Stiefvater
9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
10. Abandon by Meg Cabot 

The ones in RED are the ones the library currently owns. Hmmm...I've read 4 out of 10. Guess I better get busy.

View the entire list of nominated titles for 2012 here

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dinner is on you...for us?

Now, this technically has nothing to do with the teen/ya department...except for the fact that I KNOW you really want a break from eating mac & cheese for dinner for the 1,324th time. Well, here at SLPL we aim to please. So come on out, this Monday night Oct. 15th, for our annual Copperhead Grille fundraiser! SLPL gets 10% of your bill, no coupon or voucher required. Invite your parents (and their wallets), your friends and your neighbors. Just don't sit too close to the librarian table (we're loud).
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Calm yourself...

If you are a Science Fiction/Fantasy fan, you should be jumping up and down right about now....or you will be when I tell you what 3 books we just added to our collection. 3 MAJOR series have added a new book recently, 2 of them being the final book in the series, and we've got them all!

#1 - Nevermore - The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson
     Haven't gotten to this series yet myself, but I know it is hugely popular. James Patterson is a beast when it comes to knocking books out, I don't know how he does it. But if you're ready to cry because this is good-bye, don't be. He's starting a new series for teens, called Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and we'll be getting the first book shortly.

Read 16 chapters of Nevermore FREE here

#2 - UnWholly - Book 2 in the UnWind Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
      I have read the first book in this series, and it was super cool. If you like dystopias, with some sci-fi technology thrown in, along with a serious creepy element, try this series. You might want to start with the first one, though.

Watch a crazy book trailer for UnWholly here

#3 - Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian  by Eoin Colfer
      Now you may have started this series a long time ago (1st book was written in 2001), when you were a little kid, and you may be thinking "that's a kids series, I am like 102% too cool for that. Fairies, seriously?". But you know you totally want to read this and find out what finally happens to Artemis Fowl... I'm just sayin', is all.

Watch a techno-licious trailer for Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian here

So come on in and check these out! (If I don't beat you to it!)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mad Science, Anyone?

You may not realize this, but SLPL actually has a pretty legit collection of graphic novels in our Teen/YA room. And we have a pretty legit group of patrons who like to read them. I was never a graphic novel fan, but then I decided I better see what all the fuss was about, and I've been hooked ever since. What I've been raving about lately is a series called Girl Genius, which began as a web comic and is now available online and in book format! 
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A brief synopsis:
 Agatha has no idea (at first) that she is descended from a long line of powerful mad scientists/inventors/adventurers called the Heterodynes. However, she does seem to possess an incredible talent for building crazy clockwork inventions. She also seems quite adept at getting herself into trouble. Along with her companions, which include a Baron's son, a warrior princess,  a circus full of people who may not be what they seem, a sarcastic cat, Jaggermonsters and more, Agatha sets off on the adventure of her life. Will she ever find out the truth about her parents? Will she ever assume her rightful position as Heterodyne heir? And how many times will she be embarassingly caught in her underwear? All these questions and more will be answered (maybe), if you read Girl Genius - A Gaslamp Fantasy with Adventure, Romance & Mad Science!

Entire comic available at

Library owns Volumes 1-7, 8 & 9 COMING SOON

Monday, October 1, 2012


Welcome to the brand-spankin’-new YA blog from Southern Lehigh Public Library! This is going to be THE place ….

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