Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vote now for your favorite Book Trailer!

Watch fun videos made by teens about books owned by Sno-Isle Libraries, and then vote for your favorite. The featured books are:

Rowan of Rin
The Amber Spyglass
The Frog Princess
The Mist

The winner will receive a very cool Flip video camera!

Voting goes through May 15th. Watch the videos and vote here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Mosquito

So there's some controversy about a device called the Mosquito. It's a box that emits a high-frequency sound that seems to only bother teens and people in their early 20s. It is intended to prevent young people from loitering.

Have you heard of this? Have you encountered the device? Or the sound? What do you think? Do you feel that your civil liberties are being infringed upon? What would you do if you DID encounter the Mosquito?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Gaming in Oak Harbor

Last Friday in Oak Harbor we had a fantastic turnout for our spring break boredom-busting gaming program.

Twenty-nine, count them 29 teens came out to play games, eat pizza, and socialize with their friends here at the library.

For three hours we had a frenzy of Rock Band, Wii, and Dance Dance Revolution. But that wasn't all - there were board games, hula hoops, and one guy shared his strategy game that he is designing with a few willing players eager to help him test it out.

Don't worry if you missed it - we have DDR and Guitar Hero set up in Oak Harbor every Tuesday from 3-5 pm, and we'll have more big gaming blowouts later in the year. Be there...and bring your friends!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Where IS Waldo?

Do you remember Where's Waldo? I do. I remember pouring over them with my little brother, searching for that skinny guy with the ridiculous sweater and matching hat, constantly mistaking him for beach chairs, barber shop poles, and women.

Apparently, so do these guys*. And, they've managed to parody it with something more recent that does seem to bear a sinister similarity. And, well, just try not to laugh. It's just a really good example of what you can do for a book trailer.

Isn't it convenient that we're running a contest about that very thing... Be creative. Try something new. Win a new camcorder so you don't have to steal Aunt Esmeralda's anymore.

*Standard disclaimer: The movie people would give it a higher rating due to language, so viewers, self-censor if that ain't your style.

Monday, April 7, 2008

cool author/music event

Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park is having a very cool sounding author and music event at the end of the month:

Read and Rock Night with various authors

Time: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Location: Third Place Books LFP

Audrey Wait
by Robin Benway

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty
by Jody Gehrman

by Polly Schulman

and Rock/Neo-soul/ Alternative group Shotty

What if your breakup became a hit song? As in “Audrey, Wait!” And the three “Bettys” who work at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shack have a Much Ado About Nothing-like summer. A romantic comedy ala Pride and Prejudice awaits friends when their Enthusiasm gets them in trouble.
Meet all three authors and hear the Northwest Band Shotty—together on the Third Place Stage.

I loved Audrey, Wait and have heard great things about the other books. Maybe I'll see you there!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

scary stuff

So I don't know if you know, but I tried out for Jeopardy last month. I won a copy of the home game at the tryout, so I'm already ahead on the deal. Except for the fact I had to drive to Portland, and stay in a swank downtown hotel and pay $29.00 for parking. But other than that, gravy.

So I've been tivoing and watching Jeoprady and last week they had some kind of horror movie category. One clue was "This movie has the beastly Lycans vs. the blood-sucking Death Dealers." And some dude (way more uncool than me) answered, "What is Vampires Vs. Werewolves?" Which isn't even a movie.

The correct response was, of course, "Underworld".

I can't decide if Vampires Vs. Werewolves would be the best title since Snakes on a Plane. Maybe only if it had Sam Jackson shouting, "That's it! I have had it with these mother-loving werewolves in my mother-loving crypt!"

Yes, I still find Snakes on a Plane jokes funny (maybe I'm not cooler than the Jeopardy dude).

The Ruins came out this weekend. based on a pretty great book by Scott Smith it really isn't bad at all. You should check it out.

If you are over the age of 17. This blog does not advocate buying a ticket to Horton Hears a Who and sneaking into r rated movies. Because Horton hears a Who probably sucks.