Monday, November 29, 2010

I'd avoid this if you don't like snakes (or prizes)

'Cause it will totally freak you out.

via Bookshelves of Doom

And, while this snake, and others like it are primarily found in Asia, if you are of hearty stock, you can find books about snakes in every Sno-Isle library.

Meanwhile, now that I've probably scared the boots off of many of you (including myself...), what scares you? Share your fear in the comments, and one answer will be randomly drawn to win a hardcover copy of Darren Shan's new THE SAGA OF LARTEN CREPSLEY: Birth of a Killer.

You have until December 7th at midnight to enter! Good luck!

Only students in grades 6-12 who can pick their winnings up at one of the 21 Sno-Isle Libraries are eligible to win.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great Readers Wanted

Every year the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA, part of the American Libraries Association or ALA)releases the The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Or as I like to explain it to folks, it is like the Newbery Award, but for teen books. Librarians love to speculate what will win, and it is always fun to see what makes it.

The last few years the staff of Sno-Isle Libraries took part in a Mock Printz discussion where we get together and talk about some of the books we felt had the best chance. This is always great fun, but we decided this year we want to open it up to teens and other community members who love teen books as much as we do.

So, if you love teen books, I'm formally inviting you to take part in our Mock Printz Discussion Thursday January 6th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Mukilteo Library. We have 10 books we will be discussion and participants are expected to have read at least eight of the ten books. Think you can get through them by then? Here is what we will be talking about:

1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
2. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
3. Happyface by Stephen Emond
4. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
5. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
6. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
7. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
8. They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American
orist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
9. White Cat by Holly Black
10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

This should be a ton of fun for teen book lovers.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Teen Read Month Winners

Here is our final round of winners:

Teen Art Contest Winners

Michelle D. - Arlington Library

Chelcie E. - Mill Creek Library

Jenna L. - Mukilteo Library

Lily A. - Snohomish Library

Honorable Mentions
Melissa B. - Arlington Library
Julia N. - Oak Harbor Library
Angeline M. - Mill Creek Library
Michael R. - Mill Creek Library
Garret M. - - Monroe Library

Thank you to everyone who submitted their wonderful art! There were over 100 entries, and so many of them were fabulous. Our judges had a difficult time deciding.

Ceremonies will be held for the four winners in their home libraries later this month, where they will receive copies of their art as posters, Sno-Isle Teens t-shirts, and gift cards as prizes.

Honorable Mentions will receive a Sno-Isle Teens flash drive.

And to completely wrap up Teen Read Month, here are a few more book review drawing winners:

iTunes Gift Cards
Jaskiran G. - Mill Creek Library
Ashley C. - Marysville Library

Starbucks Gift Cards
Kyanna S. - Snohomish Library
Oceana A. - Marysville Library

Thanks to everyone who attended programs, submitted reviews, shared their creative talents, or just checked out teen books for fun this month! We love celebrating the joys of teen reading with you.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scott Westerfeld Online TODAY

This afternoon, Scott Westerfeld will be chatting, answering questions and talking about Leviathan. You can check it out here. If you are on Twitter, you can submit questions for him using the tag #chatss

If, like the Westerfan I spoke with yesterday, you've completely missed out on the fact that your favorite scifi author has a new series, you can check out Leviathan(look for it on the Explore shelf, too!) and Behemoth from your local Sno-Isle library.

The chat starts at 3pm, so get ready!