Friday, April 25, 2014

Check it out: What Do I Read Next?

One of the things I love about being a Librarian is recommending books to people who need something new to read. If you want something new to read, just let me know a couple of things about what you've liked in the past and what you want to read now by clicking on the tab "What Do I Read Next?"

Monday, March 31, 2014

2013: My Year in Books

 Here are my books from 2013 with my brief commentary-- now that it's pretty much APRIL, I have finally gotten to posting this. I have tried to mark where they were graphic novels, audiobooks, etc., and also what age they might best suit.  I'd say 66 books ain't bad.

  1. Across the Universe  - Beth Revis (half audiobook)
    • Great YA space travel dystopian novel with lots of twists and turns. Also got my husband hooked on this, muahaha.
  2. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
    • YA dystopian novel where love is illegal -- maybe not fleshed out as well as it could have been, but was fun along the way.  See #54 for my thoughts on the sequel.
  3. A Million Suns - Beth Revis (sequel to Across the Universe)
    • I don't normally read sequels, but I couldn't help myself with this one! 
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
    • My teens were obsessed with this, and it got a lot of hype, so I read it. So glad I did - funky characters, great dialogue, and totally fun to read. Great for upper elementary and middle grade readers.
  5. The Case of the Deadly Desperados - Caroline Lawrence
    • Western for the elementary set? Yes, please! Main character Pinky is hilarious and deadpan, and expect a lot of adventure, with a pinch of gruesome. Better for middle grade.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Minute to Win It Games

So, I came across the idea of Minute to Win It games as a teen program at the library, and it just instantly clicked that this is something I'd like to do. Ridiculous games, prizes, and only 60 seconds to do any of them. Yes! I have a teen advisory board (called ACT - Advisory Committee of Teens) that I started this summer, and they are awesome, because I can bounce ideas off of them, and they can tell me what they want directly. When we planned this fall's programs, I introduced them to the idea of Minute to Win It, and they all took to it.

Tonight's program went over so wildly well that I feel like I want to do one every week! Okay, maybe that's overkill.  But it was so popular, and really got them moving and having fun. I didn't think I would do this again soon, but I'm thinking it will probably need to be done again in the spring.