Teens

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:

 

Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In celebration of Earth Day)

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the water splash up and hit her shoulders

feeling the grinning sun on her back

mixing with the dirt turning her skin a leathery brown

calloused hands

scratched and bruised limbs going unnoticed amongst the large swarms of insects

 

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the burn from her head to her toe, from the weeks of hard effort and work with little

rest

tired

hungry

sore

 

She sits on the meshed string

hearing the songs being sung by her friends

though she pays no attention

she hears the birds chirping

hears the coyotes howling

bears growling

 

She sits on the meshed string

knowing that soon they would eat

soon they would swim

soon they would sleep

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the blade of a paddles course through the water with fluid ease

noises not of industry or traffic but of swaying flora and restless fauna

 

She sits on the meshed string

driving the paddle blade in the water

pulling the paddle out

repeating the endless motion over

 

She sits on the meshed string

she sees the fishes pawing through the water

sees her friends smiling and laughing

sees the trees swaying around her

sees everything stop for just that moment

 

I sit in a wooden chair

writing this

thinking about what to write

thinking about my time sitting on the meshed string

 

Because I am her

 

Yet she is a different half of I

 

same hair

same person

same name

same likes and dislikes

 

Yet two entirely different people

 

Because she is I

 

 

Who Am I? by Beth B.

Did you see that scared looking girl today?

That is me, the daughter of Janine.

I am fourteen and go to the Metro school,

There I spend most of my days working.

 

There I am quiet, and have lost my way,

I don't know who I am anymore.

Writer, drawer, dreamer, stressor, a fool,

Maybe all, maybe none, I don't know.

 

I struggle in a sea of work and tears,

Not sure whether I'm happy or sad,

Both, neither, everyday, or not at all,

Lost, still unfound, searching for a way.

 

Here I stand,

Here I'll stay

Maybe onward

To my dying day.

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

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Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even helps to define characters and scenes. So many authors (and fans!) have begun asking: Why not soundtracks for books?

CD Cover for the Playlist for the book Relativity CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book Eleanor and Park CD Book Cover for If I Stay Book Cover for Guitar Notes CD Book Cover for Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Image of Paper Towns by John Green

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I think that is a great idea! What better way to enhance the story, add to character, bring a book to a whole new interactive level, or even be able to take a piece of the book and the characters it brought to life with you! I've found that when I am reading certain books I naturally listen to specific songs the whole way through - instinctively creating a kind of playlist as I read. It really sets the tone and immerses me in that world.

CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book RelativityRecently I read Relativity by Cristin Bishara which is a surprisingly realistic science fiction book about a girl who discovers a way to Book cover for Relativity by Cristin Basharaaccess multiple versions of her life and must choose which version she wants to be her own. It was fast paced, jumping from world to world, life to life, really giving you a lot to think about along the way. Bishara has created a playlist to go with the story, one I wished I had discovered before I read the book. Click the CD for a link to the author's website and the music playlist and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book Eleanor and Park Eleanor and Park (2014 Printz Honor Book) author Rainbow Rowell says that with every book she writes she makes a playlist to go withBook Cover for Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell them. She actually works on them at the same time she writes the story! She has created quite an extensive playlist, with links to songs, videos, and commentary for Eleanor and Park. Again this would have been awesome to read while listening to the music, as the music aspect is deeply embedded in the story, creating a beautiful dynamic between the two main characters. The mixed tapes that Park makes for Eleanor and that give her a glimmer of light in her life truly captures the ways music connects people. Click the CD for a link to the Eleanor and Park website and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

CD Book Cover for If I StayMusic was also an integral part of the book If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It's a story about a girl who looks back on her life after a tragic Book Cover for If I Stay by Gayle Formanaccident and must decide if she wants to stay or move on. She is a gifted classical musician who's father is a former rock musician so music has been part of her childhood. She falls in love with a rock musician and their relationship is bound up in the their love for music and is key to their story as is the way that music ties her to her parents and family. The author, Gayle Forman, has put together a playlist of some of the songs from the book in the order that they appear in the story. Click the audiobook cover for links to the playlists, video trailers, and a talk about musical inspirations for the book and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

YALSA LogoFor a list of books with playlists check out the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) wiki Books/Authors with Soundtracks/Playlists.

For links to the library catalog for these and other books with playlists or that have music as a central part of the story check out the links below.

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

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2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by Prudence Shen, art by Faith Erin Hicks  

It is war: cheerleaders vs robotics club for their funding for the year, what could go wrong?

2.) A Devil and Her Love Song. story and art by Miyoshi Tomori  Manga from Shojo Beat.

3.) Primates:the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. story by Jim Ottavani, art by Maris Wicks

Birute Galdikas was also featured in the documentary: “Born to be Wild” which we also have available on DVD or Blue-ray!

4.)  Laddertop. (Volumes 1&2) story by Orson and Janice Card illustrations by Honoel Ibardolaza  New sci-fi series from the author of Ender's Game

5.) Boxers. and Saints. the new 2 volume set by the author of “American Born Chinese”, Gene Luen Yang.  

In graphic memoir fashion it chronicles the bloody Boxer rebellion from in China at the end of the 1800's.

6.) Little Fish: a Memoir From a Different Kind of Year.  story and art by Ramsey Beyer

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

7.) Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. story and art Tony Cliff 

Delilah Dirk is a world traveler in a time where most women stayed home.  She uses her skills learned on the road to plunder and rob the corrupt and injust.

8.) Battling Boy. story and art by Paul Pope

New demi-god vs monster action!

9.)​Dawn of the Arcana. story and art by Rei Toma

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”

10.) Will and Whit. story and art by Laura Lee Gulledge

​From the author of “Page by Paige” comes the story of Will (Wilhemina) who crafts whimsical lamps to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

11.) ​Sherlock Bones. story by Yuma Ando and art by Yuki Sado

New manga! Mystery solving Sherlock Homes is reincarnated into a cute dog with his owner, Takeru as Dr. Watson

12.) Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

For the horror fan, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's tale of Frankenstein.  

Please also check out YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for their enormous list of great graphic novels of the past 2 years.

It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

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Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun! (Links open in a new window)

And for some online fun check out the Website (and App) ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf!

Elf Your Self APP

Books about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun!

Book Cover for Me, My Elf, and I by Swain   Book Cover for The Runes of Elfland by Froud   Book Cover for Lord of the Rings by Tolkien   Book Cover for Don't Expect Magic by McCullough   Book Cover for Winter's Child by Dokey   Book Cover for Shayla Witherwood by Torero   Book Cover for Bones of Fairies by Simner   Book Cover for Frost by Delsol   Book Cover for Let It Snow by Green, Johnson, and Myracle    Book Cover for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn    Book Cover for Decked with Holly by Bates    Book Cover for Winter's Kiss      

Happy Winter Reading!

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

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Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?WBN book logo 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!  

Teen Video Challenge

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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. 

Trick or Treat: Visit these strange, dark, and sometimes even humorous, reads for Halloween. You never know what awaits you!

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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

Book Coverf for Shadowcry   Book Cover for the Rithmatist   Book Cover for Beautiful Decay   Book Cover for The Gathering Storm   Book Cover for Lily Dale: Awakening    

Dark Mysteries at the Academy

   Book Cover for Spookygirl   Book Cover for Last Academy     Book Cover for Nightmare Affair

When Death (and Others) Come Calling

Book Cover for The Wrap Up List   Book Cover for Coraline   Book Cover for Death Watch   Cover for Unnatural Creatures   Book Cover for The Halloween Tree

The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures

Book Cover for Fang Girl  Book Cover for Bras and Broomsticks   Book Cover for Eighth Grade Bites   Book Cover for Vampire High    Book Cover for Hex Hall

Happy Reading!

 

Smoothies

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berry smoothie in a glass with blenderA 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 banana

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!

Book Detective: Unscramble the Jumble to Reveal the Book

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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)

Happy Unscrambling!

Example: UDAELD    Answer: Dualed

        Book Cover for Dualed

HSLAF ONIPT            DRCIEN          HISP RAKBERE        DREOCS                          

  Book Cover for Flash Point     Book Cover for Cinder      Book Cover for Ship Breaker        Book Cover for Scored

 

OTROSELS             DLSTEA       ETH SALT RCEPISNS     RAHET RGIL

Book Cover for Rootless        Book Cover for Slated       Book Cover for The Last Princess        Book Cover for Earth Girl

 

HET RLIG HOW WOEDN A YCIT      HET UTFUER EW FTEL HNBDEI

Book Cover for The Girl Who Owned a City                                      Book Cover for The Future We Left Behind

Happy Reading!

 

 

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