Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 24 - 27

Help!  The Library is under attack by DINOSAURS!!!
Can you find all 19 dinosaurs  to save the Librarians?

Monday:    Story Time @ 10 is "Roar, Roar, Dinosaurs!"
                   Movie @ 2 is "Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs"
Tuesday:    Geocaching @ 2
Wednesday:  Excavation @ 2
Thursday:   Join Dinosaur Jack @ 10 to talk all about Dinosaurs!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Beautiful Creatuers by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a fantasy, romance YA book.  I enjoyed this book.  I listened to it years ago and it was a great audiobook, but decided to actually read it this time because the movie recently came out on DVD.

This is a love story about Ethan and Lena set in a small town in South Carolina.  This is a town where they don't take to outsiders or people who are different than everyone.  Ethan has lived there his entire life and can't wait to escape.  Then, Lena Duchannes comes to town.  Lena is the niece of the town recluse, Macon Ravenwood.  Lena and Ethan have an almost instant connection, which puts him at odds with his friends and town members.  Saying they don't like Lena is an understatement.  Parents and class members go to great lengths to try and remove Lena from the school.

Weird things, like mysteriously shattered windows, occur around Lena and she warns him to stay away, but of course he doesn't.  What kind of story would that be?  We come to learn that Lena has magical powers and is part of a family of what are called Casters and on her 16th birthday she will be claimed for light or dark.

There is a lot that happens in this beginning book of a 4 book series.  There are some very interesting characters that really come alive in the writing.  The love story is sweet.  Some of the story and characters may seem a bit stereotypical of what we expect a small, southern town to be like, but overall it's a good story with some complexity.

Now, just as a warning, the movie is very different than the book.  If you are or become a fan of this book at all, I would stay away from the movie.  Characters and plot points are combined or omitted from the movie.  Other parts are added that were never in the books.  It was somewhat confusing and disappointing for the book lovers.

You can find Beautiful Creatures in the YA section under Garcia.  For more information on this title check out:


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Awesome quote from a patron today:  "You must be doing something right because look at all the young faces in here!"

So tomorrow - Thursday, June 6, come prepared for all things WORM!  Kristin Simon is presenting "Earl the Earthworm Digs for His Life!" at 10 am.  This presentation is following Toddler Time at 9 am.  See you then!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

'Twas the Night Before Summer Reading

'Twas the Night Before Summer Reading
Adapted from the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore
By Becky Cheesman and Sarah Sellon

‘Twas the night before summer reading when all through the Library,
Not a book was stirring, not even a dictionary.
The posters were hung by the shelves with care
In the hopes that summer reading would soon be there. 

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While  visions of prizes danced in their heads
Books, magazines and DVD’s all shelved in a row
Had just settled down in hope of being loaned.

When out on Dows Street there arose such a clatter,
The librarians sprang from their beds to see what was the matter
Away to the window to turn on the sign,
Open the doors and then it was time.

With registrations and reading logs ready to go
They looked all around, it was time for the show!
More rapid than eagles the patrons they came
And whistled and shouted calling librarians by name.

On Ali, on Carolyn, on Paula, on Becky
On Liz on Sarah, and Friends of the Library.
To the coffee pot, to the children’s spot
Now, check out, check out, check out the whole lot.

The librarians were all dressed in shirts of bright color
 That  shouted “Read”  to every girl and boy who came with each other.
 A bundle of prizes they were giving out
And they all give a whopping big shout.

Their eyes how they shined, their demeanor how merry,
Their smiles were contagious, they were not even scary!
They were busy keeping track of all the books being read,
While handing out prizes and trying to keep ahead.

They spoke kind words while going straight to work,
And filled all their bags and turned with a jerk
While handing out bookmarks to also be used
So to keep the page and not get confused.

The patrons they left with all they did need
And away they all ran with great, great speed
But they heard the librarians exclaim as they ran out of sight,
“Happy reading to all, may your books be a delight!”

Please dig into reading,
Don’t waste any time,
 Dan Wardell wraps it up July 25th

1:30’s the time!