Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by January 5, 2014 by going to http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply! If you're accepted, choose UAPL as your preferred book pick-up location!
Calling all Teens! Spark your creativity and win some cash and fame! Create a video promoting the summer reading slogan for 2014: Spark a Reaction and you could win $275 for yourself and $125 award for your library. The contest is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Reading Program.
One winning video created by a teen or a group of teens ages 13-18 will be selected as the winner and will be available to libraries across the nation.
To get the full scoop including criteria and judging guidelines, check out this link. The deadline is February 14, 2014.
Here's a winning entry from last year.
It's that time again. The air is cool and crisp, the days are growing shorter, and the night is coming to life. What mysteries lie in dark? What stories will you uncover deep in the piling leaves? As the shadows come alive, magic awaits around corners and in the pages of new found books. For the macabre, the dark, the mysterious, the magical, and even the spookily funny check these out:(Note: Links open in new window)
Strange, Dark, Other Worldly Abilities
Dark Mysteries at the Academy
When Death (and Others) Come Calling
The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures
A smoothie is a great way to start the day. Smoothies are quick, portable, delicious and they can be healthy. Here's a recipe for a morning favorite at our house.
Quick Morning Smoothie with green tea
1 cup of cold green tea (I recommend Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride)
2 cups berries (your choice)
1/2 to 1 cup of yogurt
3 T. honey (optional)
ice as you prefer
Throw everything in the blender until combined. Enjoy!
One of the other great things about smoothies is that you can add whatever you want. We have several recipe books for smoothies at the library including Smoothies for Life which can be downloaded to your device or Superfood Smoothies.
If you're looking for some tasty, healthy eating information like smoothies, Whole Foods will be at Tremont with advice and recipe demonstrations during October. Registration is required for the classes. The first class is on Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm and sign-ups start on September 18th. We expect these to fill fast, so don't wait to register. Join us for fun and deliciousness!
It's time for some summer fun! And what's better fun than word puzzles and books! ;-) So, I have combined a great list of novels with the fun of Word Jumbles. The theme of this list is dystopia - so if you're between books and not sure what to read next, eagerly waiting for book three of Divergent, just want to check out a dystopian novel, or just love puzzles, then test your detective skills by unscrambling these Word Jumbles to reveal the title of the books. The cover of the book is underneath the scrambled title (title erased!). Once you have solved the Jumble click on the scrambled phrase or the book cover to reveal the book title and the link to it in the catalog. (Note: Links open in a new window) (Click PRINT for a printable version)
Example: UDAELD Answer: Dualed
Check out what one of our crafty teen volunteers did with her Dig Into Reading t-shirt!
We'd love to see your creative make-overs as well.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Do you want to take control of your own finances? Babysitting can be a very rewarding and profitable. However, there are a few things you need to know before you can start handing out your business cards. How do you change a diaper? What happens if there is an emergency? How can you get your name out there? What if the kids start fighting? Don't panic! The UAPL is here to help. You can find the answers to these questions, and so many more in the books below!
- Don't Sit on the Baby: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting
- Babysitting Rules: A Guide for When You're in Charge
- Babysitting Activities: Fun with Kids of All Ages
- The Babysitter's Handbook: The Care and Keeping of Kids
Want more? We also have many fiction books about adventures in babysitting. Check out:
Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in time to strange and unreal futures, give moments of their lives to another, learn about their ancestry, find romance between decades, and even jump only 15 minutes in their own pasts. So, come, explore, and tunnel through time this summer with these fun picks! (Links open in new window)
Time Travel - From the Present to the Past or Future
Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction
Romantic Time Travel
Contemplating the Effects of Time
For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long. Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic. This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein are paired with stories like Raven Boys and Rotters. You can even sign-up to get a text alert about the titles each week! Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible. Details can be found on the SYNC homepage at this link: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/sync-schedule-13/