Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Ramble

I hope everyone had an amazing (and safe!) Fourth of July! Hard to believe that was already two weeks ago ... and there are only two weeks left of summer reading! This summer is simply flying by. In the spirit of Friday, here are some cool library or bookish things catching my eye this week ...

First, last weekend we had a great group of teens show up for the LEGO Robotics program. It was a lot of fun watching everyone build and program their robots to complete specific tasks. Check out our pictures on facebook!

And then there's this ...

I have been a fan of Paddington for a long, long time. So to have him coming to the big screen in a few months? Oh yeah. This Librarian will definitely be there!

Actually, there are going to be quite a few books-turned-movies coming out the rest of the year ... You know, like:

Not to mention the final installment of The Hobbit. Also, I'm a little excited about the next Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

To end my Friday ramblings on a sweet note, check out this listing of bookish cookie cutters.  Because cookies and books are a match made in heaven.

What have you found interesting this week?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Ramble

Whew! Somehow, June is already (practically) over! Next week is July 4th! Summer is flying by, and what an adventure it's been so far!

I hope you've been reading good books - I know I've been very busy trying to catch up on my substantial To Read list (and yet, it never seems to shrink). I'm reading a lot of YA, trying to keep reviews and posts hopping over on the Teen Zone blog this summer, but I'm mixing in "adult" novels and the odd nonfiction title as well. Summer is a wonderful time for reading, and I intend to enjoy every page!

In the spirit of Friday, let's have a random, rambling listing of fun things and quirky thoughts ...

We've been having some wonderful Summer Reading programs for children (and families) on Wednesday mornings at Creekside Park Rec. Center! I especially love the pictures from the "Birds of Prey" program!
Make sure you check out our facebook page, to see more pictures from our summer events!

This piece from the Huffington Post, about the "7 Things Only YA Book Fans Will Understand" makes me laugh. Because it is so true.

If you're among the many Hunger Games fans, I'm sure you've already seen the first trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 ... but if not, here you go:

And while we're looking at trailer, how about a geektastic book trailer for one of my favorite reads of 2013: William Shakespeare's Star Wars:

I seriously love this series, as both a word nerd and a Star Wars geek. You should check it out if you haven't, there's a lot more information available on their facebook page (and the Library has copies too).

Speaking of a new spin on a classic ... how about this imprint that gives classic novels pulp fiction-inspired new covers? Some of them are funny, others are perhaps a little disturbing. It's definitely an interesting concept, this notion of rebranding books with simple cover redesigns.

What have you found interesting this summer? Stumbled upon an amazing new author, or discovered you like a book more than you thought? I hope you're having good reading luck, and not having to plow your way through one that's just not working (or, gasp!, even worse leaving it unfinished - don't worry, I do it too).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Reading 2014!

It's that time of year again! Registration began yesterday for Summer Reading 2014! You can feel the excitement in the air (or possibly that's the kids' happiness that school is almost out).

We have the entire schedule posted online, as well as available in swanky printed schedules at the Library, but to make things super easy, I'm posting the schedules here as well.

Fizz Boom Read! Programs for School-age (K-8) Children (families always welcome, grown-ups too!):

Weekly Programs, Wednesdays @ 10:30am, Creekside Parks & Rec Gym
  • June 11th: NASA with Judy Walker, NC NASA Educator Resource Center (UNC-Charlotte)
  • June 18th: Birds of Prey with Liz Schmid of Wild Birds Unlimited and Wildlife Rehab Inc. of Winston Salem
  • June 25th: It's Magic! with Steve Somers
  • July 9th: Emily Byrd, Meteorologist with Fox8 News
  • July 16th: Zumbatonics with Grubb Family YMCA
  • July 30th: Mad Science of the Piedmont

Special Programs, at the Archdale Public Library
  • Thurs, June 12th @ 2:30pm: Craft Time for Father's Day (Registration Req'd!)
  • Tues, July 1st @ 7pm: Cold Blooded Encounters
  • Weds & Thurs, July 23-24th: Lego Creations

Summer Movies at the Library, Thursdays @ 2:30pm (popcorn & drinks provided!)

  • June 26th: Wall-E
  • July 10th: Bolt
  • July 31st: Up

Spark a Reaction! Programs for Teens (13-18)
Monday, June 16th @ 3pm:
The Future of Space 
NASA Ambassador, Capt. Mike Lucas

Saturday, July 12th @ 11am-4pm:
LEGO Robotics
***Limited Space
***Registration Required

And, of course, we've got reading incentive programs and weekly prizes in the works! Swing by the Library for all the details!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

What I've Been Reading ...

Hello, hello!

I think, perhaps, Spring has finally arrived in Archdale! At least the days are longer, there's pollen everywhere, and the Library Ducks are once more making an appearance. Even on chilly mornings, this sounds like Spring ... and I for one am very, very thankful.

Now that I can come out of hibernation and start to thaw out, I've noticed my reading selection has gotten rather ... eclectic. (Who am I kidding, it's always fairly random). Curious? Here's a selection of my recent reads ...

While Beauty Slept (Elizabeth Blackwell)
A fairy tale for grown-ups, While Beauty Slept is more than just another retelling of "Sleeping Beauty." Blackwell has done a masterful job creating a gothic novel that feels like serious historical fiction, while still maintaining familiar elements of the fairy tale. Told from the perspective of Elise, maid and companion of Princess Rose, there's depth and intrigue, and perhaps a surprise or two.

Solving for Ex (Leigh Ann Kopans)
This is a super fun YA novel based on Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, with prep school flair and the fierce competitiveness of Mathletes. I'm not a big fan of Mansfield Park (okay, I'm not a fan at all), but I *loved* this contemporary retelling. I even found myself laughing at the math humor!
(Big Sister Note: For younger YA readers, there are some "heavy" moments and themes, including bullying (with subsequent language) and underage drinking.)

The Lost Sisterhood (Anne Fortier)
Part contemporary women's fiction, part near-mythic historical fiction, this is one of those reads you think about. Diana, a scholar at Oxford, specializes in the Amazons - the mythic female warriors from legend. Only, she's fairly certain they're real, and as a mysterious archeological dig turns into a transnational scavenger hunt, she discovers that sometimes the truth is stranger than legend. Woven throughout Diana's tale is that of the history of the women who would become the Amazons, specifically Myrina, their leader.

A Mad, Wicked Folly (Sharon Biggs Waller)
An entertaining YA historical novel set in posh 1909 London. Vicky Darling is the daughter of a well-to-do family, whose desire in life is to pursue her artistic passions. This goal is a direct opposite of her parents' (and society!) expectations, and soon Vicky's single-minded determination finds her not only involved with the Suffragette movement, but questioning everything about her current life. With enough historical detail to make it real, without getting too bogged down, A Mad, Wicked Folly is a fun read with a cheer-worthy heroine. 

Vintage (Susan Gloss)
True confession? I read this in two sittings. The perfect mix of vintage fashion and real life friendship, Vintage is a novel I'd like to pop into. I'd love the chance to meet Violet, April and Amithi and chat while we sip tea and nibble on cookies. Tackling the ups and downs of life, these three women - from very different places in life - happen to meet and form connections that become deep friendships. It's hopeful and funny, refreshingly realistic and still "warm fuzzy" when it needs to be. As a debut novel, this is stunning and I look forward to Gloss's next endeavor.

So there's a peek at what I've been reading lately ... What about you? As Spring finally slips into place, what has been catching your eye? Are you in a reading slump, or a reading frenzy?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Olympic Fever!

I don't know about you, but I definitely get Olympic fever! (And I really appreciate the Winter Olympics coming so soon after the Superbowl -- helps cure the no-more-football blues). In the spirit of the Sochi Games, why not pick up a book or few? Here are some ideas ...

A Note: For some topics, I'm giving a quick link to a selection of relevant books in the catalog. Use this as a starting point for an Olympic Scavenger Hunt of sorts, because this is just the beginning ...

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics
Figure Skating: A History
The Official Book of Figure Skating
Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun
It's a Big World, Little Pig!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Youth Media Award Winners

Every year, the American Library Association gives a number of awards to authors and illustrators for books, videos and audiobooks. The 2014 winners and honorees were announced Monday at the annual Midwinter Meeting, and it's an impressive list! For more details about the individual awards (or to check previous winners), you can visit the ALA site.

Here's a list of the winners and honorees you can find in the Library (either here in Archdale, or available elsewhere in the system):

John Newberry Medal Winner
John Newberry Honor Book
John Newberry Honor Book

Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner
Caldecott Honor Book
Caldecott Honor Book
Caldecott Honor Book 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor Book

Michael L Printz Honor Book

Schneider Family Award Winner (Ages 0-10)
Schneider Family Award Winner (Teen)

Alex Award
Alex Award
Alex Award
Alex Award

Mildred L Batchelder Honor Book

Sibert Honor Book
Sibert Honor Book 
Sibert Honor Book

Stonewall Book Award Winner (Young Adult)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner 
Geisel Honor Book
Geisel Honor Book
Geisel Honor Book

Morris Award Finalist
Morris Award Finalist

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner
YALSA Award Finalist

Friday, January 24, 2014

Polar Books for Winter

Brr! It looks like the polar vortex has decided to share cold weather with us for a while, making it really feel like winter! If it's going to be so cold outside, why not check out some snowy, wintry books to read?

The Snowy Day: Ezra Jack Keats (E)
The Snow Must Go On!: Molly Wigand (E)
The Abominable Snowman Doesn't
Roast Marshmallows
Debbie Dadey (J-1st Chap)
Snowflake Bentley: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (JB)
The Abominables: Eva Ibbotson (J)
Snowboard Maverick: Matt Christopher (J-1st Chap)
The Willows in Winter: William Horwood (J)
Show Me Polar Animals (J 590.911 AMSTUT)
Cold Spell: Jackson Pearce (YA)
Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
Winterdance: Gary Paulsen (798.8 PAULSE)
Alaska: James Michener (F)
The Longest Winter: Katherine Lambert (919.8 LAMBER)
Curl up with a cup  of hot chocolate (or tea, or coffee!) and a warm blanket to stay warm and cozy while it's so cold outside -- and in your books!
Do you have a favorite winter-themed book? Do you like to read "cold things" while it's cold outside, or would you rather read "warm things"?