Lost Socks and Other Random Things

Meghann : 25 April, 2013 3:50 pm : Books

Ever notice how you always end up with an odd number of socks coming out of the dryer. We put them on as a pair, we dirty them as a pair and they go in the washing machine as a pair but emerge from the dryer as a single. I’m not sure why the toll for clean clothes costs exactly one sock, but it is one of those random things that we as humans tend to overlook for the good of our sanity.

Take for example the pigeon. These trash can scavengers are everywhere, literally, but when was the last time you saw a baby pigeon? Never!

Among other random things is the unpredictability of Ohio weather. Our state is the mecca for the most seasons crammed in one month. Just take March for example. We had early summer weather in the mid 60’s, snow and ice and even a period of typically wet Spring.

Whereas the weather is one of those things we can’t control we can shed a little light on its randomness. Register for the “All About Weather” program at the Amelia Branch library on Saturday, April 20th from 2:00 – 3:00 for a chance to talk with Fox 19 meteorologist Katy Morgan. All ages are welcome at this event, but space is limited so register early!

Now onto the mystery of pigeons

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A Day Just for YA

Meghann : 17 April, 2013 2:19 pm : Books, Fun stuff

Here in the library biz, YA stands for Young Adult or in other words Teen books. Young Adult books haven’t always been around, so count yourself lucky, whippersnapper. I remember, back in the day after you read through chapter books the only thing left was the adult fiction section. (And the walk to the library was always unhill and covered in snow.) I got more than a few glances reading Steven King at the ripe old age of 12.

But now Teen Literature is here and we love it! That’s why we celebrate Teen Literature Day on April 18th. It’s a day where we librarians double our efforts to reach those kids reaching for Stephen King when they might like Divergent by Veronica Roth, or Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins better. There are a lot of really great Young Adult books out there that you and even your parents might enjoy. I promise it’s still cool if they do. Check out a few of our favorites and celebrate Teen Literature Day every day.

(Alphabetical by title because I’m a librarian.)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Fault in our Stars by John Green

Gone by Michael Grant

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Rotters by Daniel Kraus


The Program

Laura : 11 April, 2013 7:19 pm : Books

programIf you enjoyed Delirium by Lauren Oliver, you might like The Program by Suzanne Young.

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

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A Little Retro Never Hurt Anyone

Meghann : 1 April, 2013 2:22 pm : Books

Ever notice how you’re the only one who loves this really awesome old movie or book and then everyone and their brother jumps on the bandwagon to try and duplicate your awesomeness. No? Me neither. But I have seen quite a few retro movies checking out like mad lately. I’m not sure if it’s the ever growing list of bad movies debuting in the theaters or a simple desire to get back to your roots, but either way retro seems to be rocking now and not Granny style either.

Just a few of my favorite retro movies are: The Labyrinth starring David Bowe and yes, he does sing in the movie, Legend starring a very young Tom Cruise and the ultimate Jim Henson production, The Dark Crystal.

Now before any of you start whipping out your calculators to prove that these aren’t “old” movies, I will state that all of these movies were made in the early 80’s and therefore around 30 years old. You know what else is around thirty years old? The first IBM personal computer. So, while in human years thirty isn’t old, in technology years you might as well give them an AARP subscription.

A few books that seem to be re-living the glory days are The Hobbit, popular now because of the movies, Sabriel by Garth Nix, and A Wrinkle in Time which celebrated its 50th birthday last year and is rocking a great new cover.

So as a lesson to all of us quietly hording our Saved By the Bell episodes and our Street Fighter Trapper Keepers, stay the course. Soon enough those things will be cool again…maybe.

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Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Cristy Mack : 28 March, 2013 4:54 pm : Books

wanderloveWanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Bria Sandoval thought her future was art school with Toby at her side.  This all changes when Toby shows his true colors. She has left Toby and art school to backpack in Central America and considers her future.   After a random encounter with local backpackers, Bria ditches her tour group and hooks up with Rowan.   She learns all about the culture and washes her clothes in chipped sinks and eats fried plantains.  There is romantic tension between Rowan and herself and she sets out on a journey of self discovery while trying to maintain her true self.


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Clockwork Princess

Laura : 25 March, 2013 8:24 pm : Books

clockworkClockwork Princess, the latest book by Cassandra Clare. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

When seventeen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray is kidnapped by the villainous Mortmain in his final bid for power, the London Institute rallies to save her, but is beset by danger and betrayal at every turn.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

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25 Years Young

Meghann : 22 March, 2013 2:11 pm : Authors, Books, DVD, Fun stuff, Library program, Movie, music

amanniversaryOn March 26th the Amelia Branch Library will be celebrating its 25th birthday. For some unfamiliar with all that the Amelia Branch has to offer that may seem a long time – too long to stay relevant. Blasphemy! I say to them.

The library is wearing its age well. At the Amelia Branch you can download the latest e-book to your device, put a hold on the new Hobbit movie, make a work of art from Peeps, and listen to some creepy cold case stories from a local author. We have computers with internet access, Playaway Views which allow you to take television shows anywhere on a preloaded player and databases that connect you to everything from your ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition to a fixed lawn mower with Small Engine Repair Reference Center.

The Amelia Branch Library has never looked so good! In fact 25 isn’t so bad. Check out these other things that are also 25 years young.

“A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking.

The Hubble Space Telescope is used for the first time.

Laser Eye Surgery is invented.

Crocodile Dundee II, Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Beetlejuice appeared in theaters.

Sweet Child of Mine by Guns n’ Roses and Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin topped the music charts.

If you’re a fan of our library, or if you just want to see some old goofy pictures of us, stop by the Amelia Branch on March 26th for our birthday open house.

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Requiem, Sequel to Pandemonium

Laura : 20 March, 2013 8:18 pm : Books

requiem Requiem by Lauren Oliver. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

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Take a Peep

Meghann : 17 March, 2013 3:38 pm : Books, Crafts, Fun stuff, Library program

ampeep Sometimes in this profession I get a chance to eat candy and other times I get to be really creative. And sometimes I get to do both. I mean, really, what’s better than making edible art out of candy? Nothing. Except maybe Dr. Who.

So join me in my quest for edible cuteness at the April 3rd Take a Peep program where tweens and teens ages 10 – 17 can create a scene from their favorite book or movie, better known as a diorama, out of peeps and candy. Supplies will be out and available from 4:00 to 6:00. Arrive anytime during those two hours to get started, but you must register to attend. Peep diorama contests are held each year by The Washington Post and if you’re up for deliciousness and culture you should check out the pictures of previous winners.

But if you’re just into cute here are some books about fluffy things that kinda look like peeps, or cute characters that are named Peep. Get your fill of Peepy goodness and sign up for our Take a Peep program, because who doesn’t love Peeps?

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New Dystopian Anthology

Laura : 3 March, 2013 8:54 pm : Books

shardsIf you’re looking for some well written dystopian stories, reserve a copy of Shards to Ashes with stories by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong among others.

From the publisher: The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.

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