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New DVDs

Laura : 10 July, 2013 1:55 pm : Books, DVD

Check out these new DVDs coming soon!

alphas Alphas: Season 2. Dr. Lee Rosen must re-assemble his now-defunct team, which had been discredited by the government, to face the growing threat of Alpha extremist Stanton Parish. With the help of tech genius Skylar and memory recorder Mitchell, Rosen and his team must work together to uncover Parish’s chilling plan. But with a mole in their midst, can they overcome the dangers that surround them and stop Parish before it’s too late?

gijoe GI Joe: Retaliation. The greatest American heroes are back, and they’ve been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit. Now, Roadblock, Duke, and the other G.I. Joes must once again face their mortal enemy, COBRA, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains: Retaliation.

flashpoint Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. The Flash gets a chance to go back in time and right a violent, decades-past crime against his mother. However, the ripples of his good intentions prove disastrous, as a fractured, alternate reality now exists in place of the familiar one. Superman is nowhere to be found, and Batman is a grittier, more violent Dark Knight. Together, with Cyborg, they race to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline, while this new one is ravaged by war between the armies of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

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Laura

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Laura : 5 July, 2013 12:49 pm : Books, Movie

cityofbonesThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on August 21. Based on the book by Cassandra Clare, it’s the story of how Clary Fray discovers a secret world of demons and those who hunt them.

From Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Check out the official movie companion.

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Laura

New SF/Fantasy Books

Laura : 20 June, 2013 4:50 pm : Books, New

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Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. From Goodreads: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them.

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Twice Lost by Sarah Porter. From Goodreads: Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco.

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Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard. From Goodreads: Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again.

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Laura

I Know You Are Week 3

Laura : 16 June, 2013 2:11 pm : Books, Library program

iknowyouare Identify the objects in these photos and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a bubblewrap keychain! Enter as often as you’d like. New photos to guess each week. Week 3 Photos

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Need some help on your required reading?

Emily D : 13 June, 2013 2:36 pm : Books, Graphic Novels, Summer Reading

eyes After finishing the fabulous Theatre Illuminata Trilogy, I realized I was a little rusty on my plays.  A lot of the books I’ve read lately give references to the classics, but with this series set in a theater with characters practically living and breathing Shakespeare, I noticed plenty of references to things I read in school.  And plenty of things I’d only heard about but never read.  It was time to fix that.

While browsing the library’s collection of classic literature, I noticed the ever-present cliff-notes and other study guides printed in order to help people “translate” Shakespearean and other forms of Ye Olde English listed along with the originals; then I discovered an entire collection of Shakespeare plays had been made into manga!

Since the main character of the series that sparked my newfound interest in Shakespeare is named Beatrice, I went first for the play with the character she is named after:  Much Ado About Nothing.  This manga version uses direct quotes from the play, and while there is a short summary in the back, rather than relying on paragraphs of footnotes to parse through the text, you use the pictures to get the gist of the story.  With this light introduction to the story, I’m looking forward to reading the original text and knowing a little bit of what’s in store.  Not to mention the art was just plain fun to look at!

During my search I found comic book versions of other classics, like The Iliad and Pride and Prejudice, biographies of historical figures like Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank, and even an action-packed comics version of the Bible!  Mixed in with the superhero comics and manga, just waiting to help you with your required reading for school.  Instead of taking shortcuts with cliff-notes and Wikipedia, why not try some comics?

…But seriously, read the originals too.  You might end up liking them, especially with a visual already in your head!  And then the next time you read a book with a character talking about Cathy and Heathcliff, or see a chapter beginning with a quote from The Odyssey, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about!

You might also enjoy our manga adaptations of modern series, including Vampire Kisses, Maximum Ride and Twilight.  Have a look through more of our graphic novels here.

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Laura

New Victorian/Steampunk Books

Laura : 27 May, 2013 7:55 pm : Books

.New Victorian/steampunk books hitting library bookshelves soon:

clockwork The Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey. From Goodreads: When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.

nobody Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl. From Goodreads: One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn’t seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. “Nobody” until he turns up dead in her family’s pond. She’s stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he’s condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger.

ironThe Girl With the Iron Touch by Kady Cross. Third in the Steampunk Chronicles. From Goodreads: When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends’ lives.

princess  Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Third in the Infernal Devices series. From Goodreads: Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

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Laura

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen.

Laura : 20 May, 2013 6:14 pm : Books

moonIf you enjoy novels by John Green or Lauren Myracle, you might enjoy The Moon and More  by Sarah Dessen.

From the publisher:

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

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Laura

Nameless : A Tale of Beauty and Madness / Lili St. Crow.

Laura : 14 May, 2013 5:43 pm : Books

namelessNameless : A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow. If you like Cassandra Clare or Kelley Armstrong, you might enjoy this new book by the author of the Strange Angels series.

From the publisher: When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

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May the 4th Be With You

Meghann : 2 May, 2013 12:55 pm : Books, DVD, Fun stuff, Gaming, Graphic Novels, Library program, Movie

starwarsDo you have the opening scroll for each Star Wars movie memorized? Do you often wear a robe, sandals and light saber to run your errands? Do you regularly practice your Jedi mind tricks on your boss, friends or parents? Do they work?  (Because if they did that would be cool.)  If you answered yes to any of these then you probably already know that May 4th is Star Wars Day and is considered a holiday to everyone living in deep space.

What’s that? You’ve never seen the Star Wars movies? Then I suggest you correct that mistake by checking them out from one of our many library branches. (We forgive you, but only if you’ve been frozen in a block of carbonite for forty years.)

After you re-watch the Star Wars movies check out our May the 4th Be With You trivia contest for teens ages 11 – 18. Each completed quiz is an entry for a prize drawing. The trivia contest runs through May 31st and it isn’t necessary to get all the questions right in order to win. The winner receives a large Talking Yoda Doll which spouts out tidbits of advice at the touch of a button.

Need more ways to celebrate? Try the Origami Yoda chapter books, books about the making of Star Wars and even party planning Jedi style.

Have a Happy Star Wars Day and May the 4th be with you.

 

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Laura

A Darker Wonderland

Laura : 1 May, 2013 8:02 pm : Books

splinteredSplintered by AG Howard. This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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