Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here are some of the new videogames coming out this spring, including our new addition April 1, Guitar Hero Metallica. We also have Halo Wars, which I didn't know was multiplayer only online. So come play the games, but please take turns so everyone can play. See you Thursday at 4 for gaming and for the movie, Blades of Glory, Friday at 3:30!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
After the funeral, Fat Charlie learns one shocking thing after another. He learns from one of his father's friends that his father was a spider god. ( The title of the book comes from Anansi spider stories from West Africa). Fat Charlie's also told that if he wants something, he should ask a spider for it. Fat Charlie thinks it's all crazy and dismisses it, then has a dream where he talks to a spider. The next day, he finds a man on his doorstep that says his name is Spider and that he's Fat Charlie's long-lost brother. For an average middle-management man like Charlie, that's too much for him to believe, but he goes along with Spider. Spider is handsome, charming, and fun- everything Fat Charlie isn't. Spider takes Fat Charlie on an adventure to honor their father and claim their rightful place as heirs to the Spider God's throne.
This book is hilarious, supernatural and just what I'd expect from a Neil Gaiman novel. I can't wait to finish this novel and read more from him. After I finish reading it, you can find this book in FIC Gaiman in the library.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here are some video games out this week. I wonder if the new Resident Evil is offensive ( or more offensive than it is already with the violence) because African characters are seen as zombies? Maybe that's just the way the game is because it is set in Africa. I don't know, but on a non-controversial topic, I'm getting GH Metallica for the library for the public school spring break the week of March 30 and due to popular demand, I'll get Super Smash Brothers soon for the private school spring break the week April 13-17.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Though the story is so heartwrenching, it also has many touching moments. Katniss's friendship with her best friend Peeta and her closeness to her family is heartwarming. There are also some oddly funny moments, too. Katniss makes fun of the cheerful hosts and stylists of such a gruesome show. They're there to make the ''tributes'' seem more likable so they'll be sponsored by rich people and hopefully survive, but Katniss knows that by just using her intelligence and knowledge of hunting, she stands a chance of surviving the Games. Collins makes great subtle points throughout the book about the gap between rich and poor and the "reality'' of reality shows where's people's misery is entertainment. To me, though, the story is ultimately about a girl trying to maintain her humanity in such a cruel world. We just ordered Hunger Games so it should be on the YA Fiction shelves soon or we can order it for you anytime from another library.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Here's a survey you teens can fill out this week to tell me how you use technology and how you want to use it in the library. Teen Tech Week is an event held every year in libraries in March ( this week, it's March 8-14). Young adult librarians celebrate the use of technology in libraries, especially by teenagers. From downloading pictures from your camera to YouTube to promoting your own music on your MySpace page, you're using technology to make your life fun.
Speaking of MySpace, if you have your own MySpace/Facebook page, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org ( that's not a space in the e-mail, it's an underscore ya_rgpl)so I can post a link to it right on this blog! I'll judge the coolest site and the winner gets to be the first to play the new Guitar Hero: Metallica April 1!
The big events to celebrate Teen Tech Week are the Guitar Hero 3 tournament on Thursday March 12 ( celebrating gaming) and the Teen Movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ( celebrating movies and online music). I hope you participate in all these events and Happy Teen Tech Week!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Next week on Friday at 3:30, we're showing Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist to kick off our teen movie program. Sign up or just show up next week to see it! Kids under 13, see me, Yanda to get a permission slip to give to your parents to see the movie. See you then!
I love Walter Dean Myers' stories about kids growing up in Harlem and this story doesn't disappoint. Game is about Drew, a teenager growing up in Harlem who eats, sleeps, and drinks basketball. He's a star on the team at school and hopes to go pro. It's his only escape from the bleak crime-infested world he lives in and he hopes it's his ticket out of Harlem. Everything's going according to plan until a new teammate arrives.
Tomas is the new player who shakes up everything in Drew's world. He's a good player, but he's not as good as Drew thinks. Drew also thinks Tomas is getting special treatment from the coach and the coach is racist towards him.( Drew is black and Tomas is white and from the Czech Republic. ) Drew's confidence in himself is shaken when the coach benches him during most of the games and tells Drew he may not have what it takes to go pro. On top of all that, many of Drew's friends are caught up in street life and are going to jail or on their way there. Drew has a lot of problems and doesn't know if he can count on the solution he turned to before, basketball.
I love Myers' easy, yet powerful style of writing. He mixes teenage slang with heartfelt profound descriptions of Drew. Though the story is about an African-American boy playing basketball in Harlem, it's still a universal story about a teenager trying to find his way and build a future on his special gift. You can find Game by Walter Dean Myers in the YA section under YA FIC MYERS or we can order it from another library.