Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: February 24, 2009

Today's Teaser comes from Evernight by Claudia Gray

"The construction worker swaggered closer, and all his friends stood up. 'You go treating your girlfriend like that in public and damn straight it's my business.'"

As always, if this one doesn't do it for you there are more Teasers here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Book Clubs?

Okay guys it's time for a little feedback. Recently we have had a few tween/teen patrons express interest in book clubs. If you live in Wythe County and are interested please let us know. We really want to be able to provide programs that you all are interested in and that you are eager to participate in as well. Depending on the various ages that want to participate we may do more that one book club. There are so many options! Obviously I am a huge reader, and I would love to see a Tween/Teen reading group happen in our library. So, if it is something that you are interested in please comment, call, or come by and let us know.

**RRPL patrons-if this is something you are interested in, please let Melissa know. If there are patrons there who want teen reading groups then we can plan programs there as well.

Gossip Girl

Here are pictures of our awesome Gossip Girl Display for those of you who haven't gotten a chance to see it in person!

Unfortunately we had to build it in the JEasy section! But it was still a really fun display to build and look at all the time! If you have suggestions about other displays that you would like to see please let us know!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Crazy Week

Oh my goodness! This week has been so insane that we have not had time to even look at this blog. Work has been stressful, Ally was sick, I had an emotional breakdown...all kinds of craziness. Hopefully next week things will be calm and we will be able to post regularly. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: February 10, 2009

Today's Teaser comes from The Boy Book by E. Lockheart. Am I on an E. Lockhart kick or what?

"And I read how there were these gay penguins at a zoo in Berlin. A number of them, actually."

If this one isn't interesting you can always get more here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:

Debate Club

Her father's "Bunny Rabbit"

A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:

A knockout figure.

A sharp tongue.

A chip on her shoulder.

And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 16:

Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

This is my question: Is YA lit just better now than when I was a teen? Or is it just that I can appreciate it more? The answer: A little of both. E. Lockhart rocked my reading world! I love strong female characters, and Frankie is certainly a strong female character. The story follows her as she questions the fairness of an all male club, and takes over as their leader-without any of them knowing it's her. It also shows how everything can fall apart when you are living a lie. Frankie's trouble starts at the very beginning of the book when she is questioning her mother's decision not to allow her to walk into town, even though her younger male cousin had been given permission earlier during their vacation. Her family sees her as "Bunny Rabbit"- one of the cutest animals out there (besides a puppy sized elephant of course.) None of them seem to take her seriously, and she really isn't happy with it. The story follows her to boarding school as she starts a new school year. It shows how her class about secret societies and her own desire to prove she is as good as the boys eventually leads her to create the best stunts that her school's secret society has ever seen. The only problem is no one knows she is the person behind them and no one really understands that they are more than just pranks. The reader can see her frustration build, can watch her relationship develop, and basically see her come to understand that love isn't always enough. We also get to see her life crumble because of her actions. However, Frankie realizes that "it is better to be alone...than to be with someone who can't see who you are." Frankie is invisible at the beginning of the book, and by the end she is invisible again. Her invisibility is the saddest thing of all; however, I don't think it will last. All in all-I love a girl who will grow up to change the world!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Teen Volunteer Information Meeting

Wythe County Teens...I know we were supposed to have a meeting tonight to kick off our new volunteer program and go over information about how the program is going to work. However, we have about 5 inches of snow (at least we do at my house) and the library is closed. Hopefully you all will check the blog (yes, I know, but I can dream right?) and see that the meeting will have to be rescheduled. I haven't actually talked to Ally today so I am not sure when we will be able to have the meeting. Storytime starts next week, but we may be able to have the meeting next Wednesday. When we get the new date scheduled we will post here and in the library. You can call the office if you have questions, or leave comments here.

*Enjoy your own snow day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: February 3, 2009

Today's Teaser comes from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Here are some of the awards that DHoFLB has won and some information about the book as well.

"She had heard Alpha talk about sex like that before, like he was having it, he'd always had it, like he'd never been a virgin and sex was no big thing. But it disconcerted her everytime he did it."

If you weren't crazy about this teaser you can always find more here.