On 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.
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.
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.
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?
If 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.
Sever, the third book in the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is due soon. After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, teenaged Rhine finds hope for a brighter future from a surprising source.
Neferet’s Curse is the latest story in PC and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series. Reveals the secret history of the Tulsa House of Night’s darkly seductive High Priestess, Neferet, tracing her past as a motherless girl in turn-of-the-century Chicago whose beauty renders her an object of unwanted attention and abuse, and who gains vengeful, magical strength after being Marked.
If you like the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, you might enjoy Cory Doctorow’s latest book, Homeland. When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.
The movie debuts on Feb. 14 (how perfect). If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?? If you’re a fan of paranormal romances/urban fantasy, I think you’ll enjoy Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.
Kiersten White, author of the Paranormalcy series, has a new book/series debut, Mind Games.
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.