Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
From Random Buzzers:
"One grand prize winner will receive a full year's subscription to Netflix© and signed copies of Torment, The Dark and Hollow Places and The Iron Thorn! 5 Runners Up will receive a grab bag consisting of 9 different "Love Never Dies" titles!
All you have to do to enter is submit an essay in 200 words or less explaining which character from a novel best personifies the phrase "love never dies"."
Being a Netflix subscriber and having read both The Iron Thorn and The Dark and Hollow Places, I can confirm that it's a pretty good prize package. Of course, I thought Fallen (the book before Torment) was painfully boring and woefully overwrought, so I'm not going within ten feet of reading Torment. But I know several of you will disagree with me, and I'd love to see your reviews telling me how wrong I am.
Last day to enter is May 20th. Check out the full info here.
Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer by Mireya Mayor is by far one of my favorite books of the year. I’ll confess, I have a weakness for memoirs and this is one of the best I’ve ever read. Like the title suggests, Mireya Mayor is a cheerleader turned Ph D scientist and National Geographic Explorer. Her journey from a tomboy in Miami to a female Indiana Jones in Madagascar is pretty remarkable especially since science was never her strong point in school.
Mayor is totally crazy. She nearly dies in the jungle, not once but twice. She's charged at by an angry gorilla. There are scorpions in her shoes. The male scientists give her a hard time for packing makeup for the jungle until they need tweezers for splinters. She even manages to discover the world's smallest primate:
We do own the book and the National Geographic film Mystery Gorillas where Mireya Mayor is at the heart of the jungle to explore the great apes' secret world. Even if you don't like monkeys (who doesn't?) you should check them out today. She proves that you don't have be a genius to succeed, you just need to have passion.
-Reviewed by Danielle, Adult Teen Librarian at the Mill Creek Library
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I like it, for me there is no down side.
Whether the movie is great or lousy it has no effect on how I feel about the book.
Even if the movie is terrible, I still get to experience someone else's view of something I care about. It is just like talking with someone about a book you have both read. Even if they disagree with you, the conversation is still fun.
Don't get me wrong, I can still be disappointed when a movie falls short or screws up a book. I want the movie to be good but if it isn't......I still have the book.
My favorite book of all time is Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and I think Peter Jackson did a great job with the movies. However, I hate the way Gimli was portraited. Jackson took one of my favorite characters and turned him into a punch line. But if I want to remember Gimli the way he is "supposed" to be, I can just reread the books.
Well, another series of books I love is being turned into a movie. George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has been made into a HBO series that just started this month.
If you have HBO, check it out.
The fact that I don't have HBO is driving me crazy.
If you don't you are stuck with me reading (or rereading) the books and waiting for Sno-Isle to get the season one DVD.
How do you feel when a favorite book of yours is turned into a movie?
Does seeing a movie change the way you envision a book when you reread it?
Nate - Snohomish Library Reference
Monday, April 25, 2011
We here at the Oak Harbor library participate in the parade that is held on the Saturday morning of the festival. We gather up a big group of library staff and teens who love the library, and walk the parade route waving to friends, family, and everyone who's out for the fun.
If you'd like to join us this year, come to the Oak Harbor Library at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 30th. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather (looks like it's going to be cloudy this year). We'll have bubbles to blow, streamers to wave - and maybe even some donuts for everyone who comes out to help us promote the library!
See you there!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
This book is about 2 young Nigerian children fleeing the county after their journalist father writes about something that offends the government and military, resulting in the murder of the children's mother. This story takes place in modern day London an it follows them through the foster homes, trying to find thir father.
I liked the part when they find their uncle
Middle school kids; it is really slow
--M.M., Stanwood, grade 8
I'll be sending a copy of Girl, Stolen by April Henry to Stanwood Library for MM. If you'd like a chance at being the Teen Review of the Week, be sure to submit your reviews!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Make your own digital comic strip with Strip Generator!
See it bigger here.
Share a link to your comic in the comments, and you win The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks. You've got until midnight on May 1st to make your comic and submit it here (the comic you make does not have to be library related)!
(note, Strip Generator is all ages, and some user submitted content might be better suited to older viewers)
via I Heart Daily
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
First place, with a prize of a $150 gift card for Best Buy goes to Hardy Boys "The Secret of The Lost Tunnel".
Second place ($75 gift card for Best Buy) goes to Epic Book Time.
The Librarian's Choice Award ($75 gift card for Best Buy) goes to Venture into the Classic Tales by the Lee twins. Ella Enchanted Character Interview was also greatly enjoyed by the librarian set :)
Winners will be contacted soon to set up award ceremonies at their local libraries. Thanks to everyone who participated. We really loved all the videos, and can't wait to see what you come up with for next year!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Cammie Morgan is a 15 year old girl who attends a school called the Gallagher Academy, a school for female spies in training. Cammie meets a boy named Josh and begins a secretive relationship with him, the whole time having to keep her secret.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book. When I first picked it up I was annoyed with the author's writing style but as I read I didn't notice anymore. I was really into this book and finished it in a couple of days. Thumbs up!
Girls 6th grade and up.
--A.A., grade 10, Snohomish
AA will be receiving a free copy of Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett, so if you want a chance at winning a free book, be sure to submit your reviews, here!
Friday, April 15, 2011
What?? You don’t know about Record Store Day?? A few years back, indie record stores banded together to celebrate how cool record stores still are, and each year more stores are involved, there are more in-store concerts, and more bands give away FREE COOL STUFF: CDs, vinyl 7” singles, t-shirts - you name it. Take a look at a message from this year’s Record Store Ambassador, Ozzy Osborne here and make sure to check with your local indie store to see what they’ve got planned for April 16.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
How many times have you read a book that makes you laugh so hard you choke on your breakfast? This is one of those books! You will stay up late at night reading and wake up early in the morning to read more. Each adventure with 12 year old Tip (Gratuity) and her unlikely friend J. Lo. (a Boov) keep you wanting more. Find out what happens to earth, now known as Smekland, when the orange wearing, dental floss eating aliens take over.
Check out our website www.sno-isle.org for other excellent books by Adam Rex!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Like to dance? Have nothing to do this Friday night? You should...
Experience the Salsa - a fun and fiery Latin dance! See a demonstration and learn the basics from Wendy Messarina Volosin, a salsa dance instructor.
Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Arlington Boys and Girls Club, 18513 59th Avenue NE, Arlington, WA
Not sure what the salsa is? Here's one of my fave youtube clips to give you an idea:
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Yalena has been in prision for a while before she is offered a way out of being executed, becoming the general's food taster. Her choices are grim either way. If she accepts the job, she'll be slowly poisoned, if she doesn't she gets hung. Yaleana thinks it through, and chooses the choice that she thinks she can elude death in easier.
I really liked this book because it's adventurous and different than most other books I've read. Yaleana is a spirited character, and she reminds me somewhat of myself, only different. My favorite part is near the end, but obvoiusly I can't tell you about it because then you'd know how the story ends!
Fiction-romance-magic lovers. People like me.
--K.S., grade 8, Lynnwood
KS will be receiving a free copy of Captivate by Carrie Jones. If you want a chance at winning a free book, be sure to submit your review!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Our neighbors to the South at Seattle Public Library are having an awesome author program with her this coming Thursday...with cupcakes!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
But truthfully, it can be really hard to get started. I've been in a couple of bands over the years (or at least have jammed with friends many many times), and only have one song to show for it. So how is it done?
This weekend, we have a FREE class with singer-songwriter Levi Burkle! He will get you started by creating an original song where everyone gets in on the act. By the end of the workshop, Levi will perform the song for the group. Previous musical experience not required. Just bring your imagination and your rock star dreams.
Mountlake Terrace Library - 1pm - Saturday April 9th, 2011
Hope to see you there! - Dawn
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth - he's the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hands can transform anything - or anyone - into something else.
Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with City of Bones. She is here with the highly anticipated fourth book of her Mortal Instruments Series, City of Fallen Angels.
Who will be tempted by darkness? Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart? And who will betray everything they ever believed in? Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.
Tickets & Books Available 4/5/11
SIGNING LINE TICKETS REQUIRED
Doesn't that sound just fantastic? If you go, please report back and let me know how it goes? I've already got plans that night :(
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
In the meanwhile, if you think this sounds fun, but need a little boost to get going, or prefer writing with a group, come to the Mountlake Terrace Library this Wednesday at 4pm where we will have a free creative writing class focused on this topic: Recycled Words - Found Poetry.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Maggie and Kate Fox decide to play a prank on their relative by pretending to be ghost whisperers. Soon enough, the prank spreads until the nation believes they can communicate with the dead, creating an entire new subculture and the dawn of spiritualism. Based on a true story.
I thought the story was wonderful, especially because most of it was real. I thought it was a little bit too slow paced through and drawn out longer than it should have. A lot of the story was repetitive for the second half and the romantic situation was absolutely irritating. My favorite part had to be Dr. Kane's stories of adventure
historical fiction lovers; young adults; romantics
--K.R., grade 12, Marysville Library
I'll be sending KR a copy of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. If you want a chance at winning a free book, be sure to submit your review!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Just to give you a quick update, we have 27 entries we have accepted to be voted on for the video contest. They can be seen here, at the Sno-Isle Teens YouTube channel. Look for the playlist titled 2011 Teen Video Contest.
Because of the large number of entries, it will take a little longer for our IT folks to get them posted for voting. Once they do, you will find it on the poll page of our Sno-Isle Teens website.
Start watching now, so you can be an informed judge once voting starts :D
Lots of people think poetry is dead, but I believe it to be live and well. While poetry isn't making headlines or getting a reality TV show made, look around the internet and you will see lots of people are still making it, including teens. Teen Ink has an awesome poetry section that features only poems written by teens. Plus there are tons of videos of teens doing poetry slams on You Tube.
Ashley from Arlington recommended we check out this great performance, with a teen celebrating readers and geeks with healthy vocabularies:
Do you have a favorite poem or slam performance? Share the link below and what you love about it, for a chance to win!