Friday, November 30, 2012

All These Things I... Haven't Done?

Maybe you noticed that I added a nifty new feature to this blog. I created a little gadget right under the title called "What I'm reading right now...". Here you will find an up-to-date account of what I personally am reading at the time. I love YA literature, and read a lot of it (and not just because I have to for my job!). In my book basket at home, I usually have a stack of YA books, a couple of Juvenile books, and maybe 1 adult book. So if you want to be cool like me, then you can read what I read.

A little while ago, I posted that I was reading All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. I've since finished it, and it was really...different. In a really good and exciting way. It's set in a dystopian future world (again?), where resources are hard to come by (sounds familiar), crime has become rampant (no kidding), and the main character is falling in love with someone completely unsuitable (I've heard this one before!). If you're thinking what I was thinking in all those parentheses, stop! While these all sound like pretty tired plot points, Zevin takes them, adds sugar, hot sauce, and a little bit of pickle juice weirdness and produces an amazingly fresh and interesting cake, I mean story. Anya is: the 16 year old daughter of a well-loved but unfortunately deceased mafia boss, the sister and protector of her simple older brother and naive younger sister, and the last thing holding her dying grandmother to this world. On top of that, she's got to deal with school, a caffeine addict ex-boyfriend, a crazily handsome DA's son (as in District Attorney, as in enemy of the "family"), and a skivvy cousin who's trying to take over the crime syndicate. Oh, and did I mention that chocolate is now illegal? How's a girl supposed to cope with all that without some chocolate?

A really refreshing foray into the future, there will be (or maybe already is) a sequel. Can't wait!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Seriously exciting news!

While I was away for the Thanksgiving holiday, the magic technology fairy has visited our humble YA/Teen room! We have a new computer, and it's a MAC. This is a first for SLPL ---not getting a new computer, but getting a MAC. And the powers that be have decided that if anyone should have access to a MAC, it should be our teens and young adults. I feel so proud...tears coming....
Haunted by that age-old question Mac vs. PC? Don't worry, we've got them both! Here at SLPL, we believe in the freedom to choose...which computer you want to use. Thank you, magic technology fairy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some quick Thanksgiving quotes to think on:
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."
       ~ Native American saying
"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude." 
        ~ E.P. Powell
"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
        ~ Theodore Roosevelt
And one funny one ---
"The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands."
        ~ Author unknown

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy this special day with your family and friends!

Friday, November 16, 2012

November YA Special Display

So every month or 2, I do a special book display in the Teen/YA room at the library where I pick special books and take them off the shelves and put them in a special location for easy access.  I've only been doing this for a few months, as that was when the brilliant idea occurred to me. I do a Kid's special display all the time, and why should kids have all the fun?

All that to say, the Teen/YA special display for this month features STAND-ALONE GRAPHIC NOVELS. And now a word from our sponsor:
This is Pstzoorg. He is from another planet. Literally. And this is what he has to say:
"Interested in a graphic novel, but not sure you're ready to invest your life in a 58 volume series like Naruto? Then this special display is for you! Here are some great STAND-ALONE GRAPHIC NOVELS that you can probably finish in your spaceship on the way home. Two of my favorites are:
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale AND

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Read, Earthling! I command you! Or I will destroy your measly planet with my ingenious measly-planet-destroying machine!"

Thank you, Pstzoorg. I know my readers will listen to you better than me. Because they are like that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Barnes & Noble Bookfair - Dec. 1st @ Promenade

 It's that time of year again...the time of year when you have no idea what to get your friends for Christmas. Let me help you out.

Stop by the library to pick up a B&N/SLPL Bookfair VOUCHER, or get one online at our website Vouchers will also be available at B&N on DEC. 1 ONLY. When you present this to the cashier, B&N will generously donate a portion of the proceeds from your sale back to the library.

Use your voucher DECEMBER 1-6 with in-store purchasing AND online @ When shopping online, there is an area to enter your bookfair ID: 10817799 at checkout.

Buy this for your BFF who can't ever go anywhere because she has to be home to catch "her show".

Buy this for your buddy who still secretly loves Iron Man as much as he did when he was 10.

Buy this for your tweenage sister who asked for some of the dolls.

There. Done and done! Don't say I never did anything for you...and in return, do a little something for the library. Kickbacks rock!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sunday is Veterans Day

This Sunday, November 11th, is Veterans Day. Hurry in to SLPL and check out one of these books describing the life of a soldier during wartime, and the trials and joys of returning home. Understand the complicated emotions of those left behind at home to wait, and struggle with wounded warriors as they walk the long road to recovery. No matter what war they have served in, whether World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other conflict, no matter their age, no matter their current status and occupation, American veterans deserve our grateful thanks and our respect.

Click on the title for a description in our catalog. 

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two - Joseph Bruchac
Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers
Purple Heart - Patricia McCormick
Soldier Boys - Dean Hughes
Heroes Don't Run: A Novel of the Pacific War - Harry Mazer
Bull Rider - Suzanne Morgan Williams
Voices from Vietnam - Barry Denenberg
Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II - Patricia & Frederick McKissack

And don't forget about those serving our country right now all over the world. Want to do something to help? Why not become a Soldier's Angel? Find out how here

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

And we are finally back...

Well, the world stopped spinning for a while this last week (i.e. no technology!), but the library is back online and so, I hope, are all our readers! Our best wishes and thoughts go out to anyone who was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially those in New York and New Jersey. The library suffered no permanent damage, but was closed for 3 1/2 days, and without internet access for several more.

That being said, what better way to recover from a major storm than by reading some dystopian fiction set in worlds where weather has wreaked its havoc upon the earth?!!! Nothing puts your life in perspective like hearing about someone who has it worse than you. As a wise person once said, "I felt bad about not having any shoes until I met a man with no feet."

Here are 4 novels that will give you the chilly-willies when it comes to bad weather:

XIsle by Steve Augarde
In the fight for survival, anything goes. The floods have come. Some are lucky to be alive. Though they might not count themselves lucky. In the aftermath of global devastation, those left barely survive, living in fear and near starvation. They have lost everything, including their future. But there is one way out: a boat to X-Isle. And Baz is about to take it. (from inside jacket cover)
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The sea has taken everything. Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne -- a girl from the other side of the globe -- is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave. Together the two confront the aftermath of the catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. (from inside jacket cover)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state. For the residents of Wing, an isolated northern island, time is running out. As the sea swallows precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives, they must look beyond their tiny island home for refuge. Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead them all in search of new beginnings in this harsh, unfamiliar world. She learns of sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising water, and she is able to convine the islanders that they must find their way to New Mungo, the closest of the New World cities. But upon reaching the mysterious high-tech civilization, they are shut out of the city. Mara must find a way past the walls to save her people, even if it means risking everything. (from inside jacket cover)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota -- and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. (from inside jacket cover)