Friday, December 21, 2012

Not sure what to read?

Help is on the way! Stop into our YA room and pick up a recommended reading booklist -- We've got 3 new ones, and they are located on the shelf below the magazines. Take 1, or all 3...and don't say I never gave you nothin'. Happy almost Christmas!




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit..."

And so begins one of the greatest adventure stories of, well, ever. The Hobbit, Or There And Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien has been loved by generation upon generation of children, teens and adults since it was first published in 1937. What adventure! What excitement! What glory and treasure and fun! And now it is coming to a theater near you in movie format!

The place is Middle Earth. The time is tea time. The door is Bilbo Baggins'. And now it has a big scratch on it. Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is minding his own business when adventure comes along and smacks him in the face. In short order, he meets 13 dwarves and a slightly intimidating wizard who enlist him to accompany them into the wild and dangerous world in search of dragon gold. And Bilbo is the honored burglar who is going to...burgle it. Before he knows exactly how it happened, he is marching off into the strangest and most exciting days of his mild-mannered life. Who knows if he will ever see his lovely little hobbit-hole again?

As Gandalf the great wizard said to nervous little Bilbo Baggins, "I am looking for someone to share in an adventure I'm arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone." Step right up, be that guy/girl. Don't be a chicken, go along for the adventure!

And in true hobbit fashion, "May the hair on your toes never fall out!"

P.S. I'm going to see the movie tomorrow night. Super excited! Any thoughts from people who have already seen it?

Friday, December 14, 2012


I don't know about you, but this is what I do when I go to the library. I speedwalk (not run, because running is not allowed in the library) to the "NEW" shelf to see what there is to see. Sometimes I'm like:      
But some days, and these are some of the best days of my life, I'm like:
OMG! It's THE book.
It's THE book!
 The book that I've literally been waiting for forever! (Or at least 3 weeks) And it's all mine!!!
Buwahaha!!! Do the happy dance, do the happy dance. Attention, everyone! Why aren't you dancing?

So in honor of those days, I'm letting you know that the listing of all "NEW" items for December is now online. Find it here!

Most exciting (in my opinion): 2 new books from James Patterson - one is Armageddon, the next book in the Daniel X series, and the other is the first in his new series Confessions of a Murder Suspect. Also exciting: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I enjoyed her book The Scorpio Races, and I know many of you love her Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

Be #1 on the hold list!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hi! My name is Melville Dewey...

If you need info, do you know where to go? Go to your library!!! Yesterday, December 10th was Melville Dewey's birthday. Born in 1851, Dewey was a pioneer in the field of  librarianship (kind of like the Davy Crockett of library land, but without the covered wagons) You've heard of the Dewey Decimal system, maybe? If not, watch this crazy library rap.

Now that you are totally weirded out, but know slightly more about Dewey, keep reading! The Dewey Decimal system is an information classification system broken up into 10 classes, divided into 10 divisions, each having 10 sections. Books are shelved in ascending numerical order, with the addition of the first 3 letters of the author's name. For a list of the 10 classes and what they contain, click here. TMI? Maybe you should watch that video again.

Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Dewey! And thanks for being so dang organized.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today, December 7th, we pause to remember the surprise attack and terrifying battle at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii which catapulted the United States into World War II. In the morning hours of December 7th, 1941, the Japanese launched a broad-scale attack with war planes and submarines, not only against Pearl Harbor, but against the surrounding air bases and barracks.

130 ships from the US fleet lay in the harbor, brought there in preparation for a war that arrived a little bit too soon. Complete chaos reigned that day, as the US Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force struggled to rebuff the two waves of buzzing bombers. When the smoke cleared, 21 huge ships had been sunk or damaged, cluttering the harbor. 323 aircraft had been destroyed or damaged. But that loss was as nothing compared to the 2,390 people killed, and 1,178 wounded. These numbers included about 84 civilians.

One of the first ships to sink was the USS Arizona, which exploded when an armor-piercing bomb cannon-balled through her deck and into the ammunition magazine. In less than 9 minutes, she went under with 1,177 of her crew. The USS Arizona still sleeps on the floor of Pearl Harbor, and today the USS Arizona Memorial floats serenely above it.

Like a ghost from the past, the outline of the mighty warship can be seen through the clear blue water. 

Today, let's honor the courage, sacrifice and loss of the brave men and women who fought at Pearl Harbor. Some fought to repel the Japanese, some fought to create order out of madness, some fought to defend their homes on this beautiful island, and many fought to save the lives of others.

For a first-hand experience (fictionalized), try A Boy At War: A Novel Of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer

For true stories from Pearl Harbor survivors, facts, and statistics, visit this great website by the National Park Service.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Art Attack

Art. Someone's gotta do it...why not you? If you feeling creative, why not take a class at SLPL? Award-winning local artist Rose Mavis offers Open Studio Art Class at SLPL on Mondays, 1:30-4:30 pm. Winter Session I. begins Jan. 7 and is $160 for a 6 week session.  Winter Session II begins Mar. 4, and Spring Session begins April 22.

Adults and high school students can attend these classes, and you choose the medium: watercolors, acrylics, oils, pen & ink, or pencil. Students must obtain their own supplies, material list available at the library. All skill levels welcome!

Register in person or by phone at least one week in advance. A portion of the class fees benefit the SLPL library.