Come to the New Richmond Branch. We’re dedicating an entire hour every third Thursday of each month at the library for attendees ages 13-18. Come check out cool book and movie discussions, hang out with your friends and work on some of our awesome art and craft projects. We promise you’ll have a blast! For more information call the library at 553-0570.
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.
Come to the Milford-Miami Twp. Branch on Tuesday Feb. 19 and Tuesday Feb. 26 at 6:00 p.m. and you’ll get a chance to break all the rules by ripping, puncturing, painting, and gluing old, discarded books to create a recycled art masterpiece! For attendees 12+. For more information or to register, call the library at 248-0700 or register online.
No Valentine Needed! Come to the Amelia Branch on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 and enjoy food, crafts and games even if you don’t have a Valentine this year! For more information or to register, call the library at 752-5580 or register online. For ages 10 – 17.
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.
Come to the New Richmond Branch on Feb. 9 at 1:00pm to learn some babysitting basics, make and eat healthy kid-friendly snacks, and test out a variety of activities and games to play with kids. Learn about helpful library resources. For more information or to register, call the library at 553-0570 or register online.
Join us the second Friday of each month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Branch to try your hand at Guitar Hero, Wii Play, Wii Sport, Boom Blox, Maria Kart, Super Mario Galaxy, Dance Dance, Revolution and Game Party II. We promise you won’t be “board” with these games! For more information call the library at 724-1070.
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.
As an anime fan and cosplayer, my year revolves around one major event: Ohayocon. I have attended this convention six times now, and each year I come back home afterwards with my geekiness in full force (and my suitcase loaded with merchandise). This year was no exception. Back in January 2012, right on the heels of the last con, I decided on a new cosplay–Asellus from the video game SaGa Frontier–and got started.
I had an entire year to prepare for the con, but I still found myself working on my costume every spare minute I had until the night before I left for Columbus. As I patterned and sewed my outfit, I found myself delving into other forms of arts and crafts to finish the job: polymer clay-working and jewelry-making techniques for my accessories, and embroidery for the decorative blue stitching on my sleeves. I even considered learning how to knit in order to make my black and white stockings! (I ran out of time, but hey, there’s always next year!) I borrowed piles of library books as I worked to try and figure out the best way to make each piece, and I am still looking through each one for hints on future projects.
Through my experiences and talking with other fans, I learned that for many of us, loving something doesn’t stop at just watching the series, reading the books or playing the video games. We create fanfiction or fanart to complement our favorite stories and characters, and cosplayers like me have picked up more than just a needle and thread to complete our costumes. Thanks to the Internet, I have stumbled across other ways to show your love for a series, where people have used their skills in music, cooking, even mixing drinks, to make tie-ins for them. My favorite of these is Final Fantasy Recipes, a blog dedicated to dishes inspired by the Final Fantasy video games. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the series, I highly recommend giving some of the recipes a try! Each one I’ve tried has been fun to make and turned out great. As for me, I’ve most enjoyed looking through the Final Fantasy 9 recipes and imagining what it would be like to stop by the pub in Lindblum for lunch, or to dine with the nobles in Treno.
So, no matter what you like or how you’d like to show it, the sky’s the limit! Try googling your favorite series and see what other people have been inspired to do with it, and maybe you’ll want to create something all your own.