Friday, October 31, 2008

Last day for art contest!

Today is the last day to get your entry in for the Books With Bite art contest! We have some really awesome entries so far...I hope to see more still :)

4 winners will get a $25 gift card for and posters made of their art.

Libraries close today at 6pm...except at Oak Harbor and Lynnwood, where they are having a parties from 7-9 and 8-10, respectively.

(Thanks for the correction Jackie!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Costume Party!

Hey Guys,

When I asked you what you wanted to do at the Lynnwood Library you said that you liked after hours programs, that you like parties, and that you thought scavenger hunts and goth sock puppets were cool ideas.


Well, you probably figured it out already what with the title and your inherent cleverness (note the blatent sucking up on my part)... but all of those lovely things you expressed interest in are combining into one simply spectacular evening of awesome!

We shall have a Costume Contest - a Scavenger Hunt - we'll make Goth (or Emo, if that's your thing) Sock Puppets - you'll witness The Return of the Button Machine - the old favorite, Guitar Hero - and we'll screen a classic black & white Horror Movie to set the scene.

And, of course, there will be Candy Pizza. But you knew that, right? *grin*

SO HALLOWEEN NIGHT (that's Friday) 8PM - 10PM

If you want to help out, shoot me an email or show up at 6 or 7.



Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report

If you haven't read
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, well, if that doesn't make you want to, nothing will...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spooky times in Oak Harbor!

This Friday is a very special after hours event for teens in Oak Harbor.

Join us from 7-9 pm for a haunting Halloween celebration, as we wrap up Teen Read Month.

We'll have plenty of food and drink - pizza, punch, and especially something to please your sweet tooth.

There will be games, and a costume contest - with prizes!

Be there!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

author Nancy Werlin in Bellevue this Sunday

This Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 5:30pm at the Bellevue
Regional Librar
y award winning author Nancy Werlin will deliver the
2008 Kim Lafferty Lec
ture. Nancy has been a National Book Award Finalist and an Edgar Award Winner. Her newest book Impossible has received four starred reviews.

My personal favorite is her totally riveting book The Rules of Survival, about a kid who is trying to find help for him and his sisters...but no one seems to believe the terrible things that are happening to them!

She is a great author, and if you can find a way down to Bellevue, it should be a awesome presentation.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Were YOU in the 8,000+?

Last week we told you to about the Teen's Top 10 and encouraged you to go vote for your favorite titles from last year. Here are the results:
  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  9. Before I Die  by Jenny Downham
  10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
What do you think? Did your favorites get in? Dawn's did, they are numbers 8 & 10. Mine, not so much, but I knew I was rooting for the underdogs. Even so, humor me: Take a look at Wicked Lovely & Tamar. They are truly worth your time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

John Green next week in Seattle!

Teen author and unofficial King of the Nerdfighters, John Green will be speaking next Tuesday, October 28th, at 7pm at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

John's books include Printz winner Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and his brand new titles: Paper Towns.

John and his brother Hank (who will be joining him this evening) have a huge following amoungst self-proclaimed Nerdfighters...teens (and adults) who embrace their inner geekiness and declare it to be AWESOME. So expect big crowds...maybe show up early?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Meet author Richelle Mead

Come to the Mukilteo Library this Thursday to meet urban fantasy author Richelle Mead. Richelle is the author of the popular Vampire Academy series, as well as Frostbite. She will be happy to answer your questions about her books, and share ideas to improve your own creative writing. Or just talk vampires!

Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

One lucky attendee will win a free set of her books!

4pm - Thursday the 23rd - Mukilteo Library

King of the Macabre

So, if good ol' Edgar Allan Poe (you know him, right?), were alive today, he would be approaching his 200th birthday. If you've got some extra time on your hands or have been looking for an excuse to get in front of (or behind) the video camera, here's a great opportunity to wear a lot of dark clothing, dramatic makeup and surprising red accents (or am I just talking about my Halloween Costume?):

"Help Edgar Allan Poe celebrate his 200th birthday! READ magazine is creating an electronic Poe experience that calls for your genius. All students of literature (age 18 and younger) are welcome. What do you know of this master of macabre? On January 19, 2009, the oft disturbed writer will be 200! Surely that's reason enough to wish him well? The deadline for this Weekly Reader exclusive video contest is November 21, 2009. Respond with your ghoulish video tribute. Some images that might inspire you: ravens, floorboards, beating hearts, Baltimore, horror, Lenore, red death. 3-5 winners will receive publication of their Poe video tribute in READ magazine's electronic issue, a monetary reward, and lots of Poe goodies! Upload your video tributes here."

Here's one to inspire you. Personally, I think it's hilarious. But maybe that's just me again... hmm.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Free Book? On the Computer?

Ok, well that's not really too terribly unusual these days, but this is one I really like. If YOU like smart and snarky main characters and you haven't read Something Rotten by Alan Gratz, well, now's your chance.

In honor of yesterday's publication of the sequel, Something Wicked, they have put an electronic version online until November 30th. So you can give it a go without even moving from the chair you're sitting in right now. Give it a try.

How can you go wrong? Besides, there's a skull in that "o," and a dagger for that "i."

That's a good sign, right?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nominate your favorite!

Dread it when you get assigned a book with a medal on it? Sick of "good for you" books that are dry and boring? The CYBILS might just be the answer. They are taking nominations from the public - anyone with an email address can nominate their FAVORITE book of 2008. They take the nominations and try to find those few books that are both WELL WRITTEN and POPULAR. Books that are good AND good for you.

So, have a favorite book that came out in 2008? Through the end of Wednesday, you can nominate your favorite 2008 titles on the Cybils blog. Read the directions,
then nominate your favorite book in any of 9 categories including Middle Grade, Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Teen. Each book only needs to be nominated once, so if you see your first favorite, nominate your OTHER favorite. I know you have more than one... ;)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Get your vote on!

In celebration of YALSA's Teen Read Week, they are having the 2008 Teens' Top Ten, where you get to pick out your favorites from some great recent teen books.

Go here to vote now for the 2008 Teens' Top Ten! Voting takes place through midnight on Saturday.

Which one is your favorite? I'm torn between Extras and Twisted.

Like authors? Have questions? Just wanna Chat?

Readergirlz can help ya out a little there.

In celebration of Teen Read Week/Month Readergirlz are hosting live chats with authors EVERY NIGHT THIS WEEK. If you've got a MySpace account, you can participate. Just head on over to the group forum.

Here's the line up:

Monday, October 13:
Multicultural Bites
Coe Booth
An Na
Mitali Perkins

Tuesday, October 14:
Verse Bites
Lorie Ann Grover
Stephenie Hemphill
Lisa Ann Sandell

Wednesday, October 15:
Contemporary Bites
Ally Carter
Justina Chen Headley
Maureen Johnson

Thursday, October 16:
Fantasy Bites
Holly Black
Dia Calhoun
Ted Naifeh
Tamora Pierce

Friday, October 17:
Gothic Bites
Holly Cupala
Christopher Golden
Annette Curtis Klause
Mari Mancusi

Chats start at 6pm PST! Stop in and say hi! Hope to see you there!

And, if you just happened not to have seen it is again, simply because I loves it:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Teen Read Month!

October is Teen Read Month here at Sno-Isle Libraries, where we celebrate teens reading for pleasure! This year's theme is Books with Bite.

Here are some great Books with Bite booklists from YALSA of books with bite...including Bug Bites, Bite-Sized Books, Biting Humor, Take a Bite (food and cooking), Bite the Bullet (adventure), Get Bitten (monsters and vampires), Big Bites (creatures and dinosaurs), Biting Questions, Sound Bites, and Books with Byte.

We have a ton of great programs this month, including video gaming, monster book debate, creepy movies, Goth sock puppets, Fear Factor eating challenges, financial aid workshops, comic book drawing class, Vampire Academy author Rachel Mead, a Haunted Library event, not one but two costume parties, and more!

Plus, we have two contests going on this month:
1) Write a great book review, for a chance to win our cool new Infamous for Information t-shirt! The teen librarian at each Sno-Isle Library will pick his or her favorite review of the month.
2) Enter our annual Teen Art Contest! Four winners will be selected in early November to win $25 gift cards. This years theme of Books With Bite should be fun to work with!

Thursday, October 2, 2008