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The Pretty Guardian of Love and Justice, Sailor Moon

Emily D : 11 June, 2014 12:53 pm : Anime, Fun stuff, Graphic Novels

Naoko Takeuchi’s classic series, Sailor Moon, was one of the first series to bring anime to the mainstream in America, back in the mid-90s.  Though the magical girl trope was not new in Japan by this time, for many of us, this was the first time we’d seen a show almost entirely about female superheroes.  And as fast as you can say “moon prism power,” this writer, and many other viewers, were hooked.  Since then, Sailor Moon was the series against which all other magical girl series were judged, and even many non anime fans at least recognize the iconic image of the five Sailor Scouts in their magical sailor suits.

Since 2012, Sailor Moon has been undergoing a 20th Anniversary project, which includes a reprint of the manga series and now in 2014, the original anime adaptation is streaming here, and a brand new anime adaptation of the series will begin airing in July.  It will premiere worldwide via online streaming on the niconico website–a true testament to how much things have changed since this series first made its debut.  It’s a great opportunity both for older fans wanting to re-experience the magic, and for the uninitiated to find out what all the fuss is about.  For those new to the series, I hope it uplifts and inspires you as much as it did me and my generation of anime fans.

An article with the details about the new series can be found here, and even if you can’t read Japanese, you can enjoy some character drawings and other prettiness here at the official site.  You can also check out the manga while you wait for the new series to premiere.

Browse our other manga here.

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Roses are Red

Meghann : 1 April, 2014 3:43 pm : Books, contest, Crafts, Fun stuff, Library program, Writing

blackoutpoetry2Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

(Oh, no. Not a poem.)

I’ve written this blog.

Just for you.

(*head desk*)

 

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, I’m going to share with you a few silly poems from our mass collection of poetry. The first and silliest poet that comes to mind is Shel Silverstein. This Chicago native began writing when he was very young and although he was also performer and a recording artist, he is best known for his silly poems for children. Here is my favorite.

 

Early Bird

Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird

And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.

If you’re a bird, be an early bird –

But if you’re a worm, sleep late.

 

Sometimes you can take an old rhyme to surprising places like the book Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty? by David T. Greenberg.

 

There Was an Old Woman

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe;

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread,

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Did things work out for that mom and her kids?

Sadly, the answer is no, ma’am,

For a giant stuck his foot in the shoe

And now they’re all in a toe jam.

 

blackoutpoetry1Feeling poetic? Visit one of our library branches all through the month of April to create your own Black Out Poetry. The best poems will be posted anonymously on our Teen blog. If you need a little inspiration check out these books on poetry or visit the American and English Literature Collection database to search for your favorite poem.

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Live Long and Prosper!

Meghann : 8 March, 2014 12:26 pm : Books, contest, DVD, Fun stuff, Library program, Movie

Do you frequently envision yourself sitting in the captain’s chair of a great star ship? Do you stop at every doorway and make a whoosh sound before entering? Have you ever shaved your eyebrows and drawn them in at an angle like Dr. Spock? If yes, then you my friend, are a trekkie.

There’s no need to be ashamed. Wear your one piece, original Star Trek: Enterprise red jumpsuit with pride. You’re not alone. Trekkies have been making a comeback in both books and movies.

Just recently theaters have seen the release of a new brand of Star Trek in Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness  starring Chris Pine as the new Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. These films have drawn new audiences and appeased many old fans of the show, but if you enjoy these blockbusters, might I suggest checking out a few of the older shows including the original Star Trek, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager.

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Amanda

New Year, New You!

Amanda : 18 December, 2013 1:55 pm : Books, Fun stuff

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Ok, so the new year is only two weeks away from us now and we all know what is coming…so prepare yourself for:

New Year Resolutions!

If you are looking for ideas, then here is a website that totally can help you find the resolution that is right for you.

Here is a few topics to choose from with a nice list of books for support.

Good luck and enjoy a better New Year!

 

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Amanda

Register, Register as Fast as You Can!

Amanda : 28 November, 2013 3:45 pm : Books, Crafts, Fun stuff, Library program

gingerbreadYou gotta catch this! How about attending a Gingerbread House program this December with your family?

Clermont County Public Library is offering many options for Gingerbread building programs this December. If you are interested in bringing your children to make a candy-covered house of yum, then why not sign up right away? Remember, gingerbread has a tendency of going rather fast.

Amelia Branch December Calender

December 14, 2013 Holiday Sweets and Treats 11:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Batavia Branch December Calender

December 2, 2013 Gingerbread House 6:30-7:30pm

Bethel Branch December Calender

December 7, 2013 Down Home Christmas Celebration & Gingerbread Houses 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm

Felicity Branch December Calender

December 2, 2013 Gingerbread House Decorating and Open House 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm

Goshen Branch December Calender

December 14, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 10:30am & 2:00pm

Milford-Miami Township Branch Calender

December 7, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 12:30pm-4:00pm

New Richmond Branch Calender

December 14, 2013 Holiday Open House 10:00am-12:00pm

Union Township Branch Calender

December 7, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

For those of you who would rather watch a performance for the Holiday festivities, Owensville Branch is offering an Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration December 14, 2013 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and Williamsburg Branch is having a Holiday Open House & 25th Anniversary Celebration on December 6, 2013 from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

 

 

 

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Amanda

Have a Crafty Crafty Christmas!

Amanda : 21 November, 2013 3:41 pm : Books, Crafts, Fun stuff

craftsCan you believe it is that time of year again? Time to put up your tree and hang up those lights! It is also time to start thinking about what to give people for Christmas.

That also means that you will probably lay down a chunk of cash for gifts that hardly have any sentiment whatsoever. Instead, why not create something truly unique using your own two hands and your creative side?

I really adore this gift idea for chalkboard drink coasters. It is a fun twist on a living room must have that even kids can enjoy! You can also make your own Christmas tree ornaments using flat ribbon and beads. They can be made using any color materials and they look super sweet on your tree.

If you still need some help igniting your crafty side, you can attend Union Township’s Crafter Dark program and make a DIY snow globe! What a beautiful gift idea! The program starts at 6:00 pm on November 25 and attendees ages 12-adult will learn how to make an easy DIY Snow Globe using simple, around-the-home materials, and send you home with instructions and other great holiday craft ideas. For more information or to register, call the library at 528-1744 or register online here.

Whatever you decide to do, here are some books on the subject of crafting that can help you save money and touch someone’s heart.

Happy Holidays!

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Amanda

Learn How to Publish and Be a Teen Author!

Amanda : 18 November, 2013 5:50 pm : Authors, Books, Fun stuff, Library program

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Local Author J.S. Bailey on Writing

Do you enjoy reading ghost stories and fantasy? Do you like Christian fiction and mystery? We have good news for you!

Local author J. S. Bailey will be visiting the Union Township branch November 26 at 6:30pm to discuss her books, writing, and the route to publication. Bailey’s suspenseful works often involves mystery, suspense and faith. Her recent novels include Rage’s Echo and The Land Beyond the Portal. For more information or to register, call the library at 528-1744 or sign up online here.

If you would like to do a bit of reading before the visit, try these two titles by J.S. Bailey:

The Land Beyond the Portal

Rage’s Echo

 

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Get Your Game On

Meghann : 14 November, 2013 12:38 pm : Anime, Books, Fun stuff, Gaming, Graphic Novels

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International Games Day is November 16th and as a tribute to this most important day I am counting down the ten best video and computer games according to my team of self-admitted library geeks.

#10: The Sims

This super addictive computer game has you keeping track of avatars while your own life drifts helplessly into neglect. Players are expected to feed, put to bed, and entertain their Sims to keep them happy.

#9: Just Dance

Whoever said that playing video games meant sitting on your butt all day? Whoever they are they never played Just Dance. This video game requires players to get up and shake their groove thing in a sometimes competitive dance off with friends.

#8: Halo

I’ll admit I haven’t played this game too much, but my team of self-admitted library geeks says it’s to die for. War games have always been popular among teens who just want to sit back, relax and blow stuff up.

#7: Final Fantasy

Which one you ask? All of them. This gaming series started off as a Nintendo cartridge game (yep, we’re talking old school before it was cool) and morphed into an online gaming experience. If you’re like me you fell in love with the PlayStation versions. This game woos players with vivid storylines, turn based fighting and mini-quests galore.

#6: Grand Theft Auto

Accused of being a bad influence on teens, Grand Theft Auto snags the #6 spot. Sure all of us have daydreamed about stealing a car and causing ridiculous amounts of damage to a well known city, but we all know it’s illegal and wrong, right. Right?

#5: Minecraft

Never before have pixels been so cool. Minecraft was one of the first games to hit it big on tablets and IPads across the nation. The best part about this game is the versatility, thus earning it the #5 award.

#4: Zelda

This game has been around for years and has gone through several renovations. The creators haven’t disappointed fans. Each new game is a different world and a different quest, but still holds references to the original we all know and love. My only question is; why is it called Legend of Zelda when Link does all the work?

#3: World of Warcraft

This is another game I haven’t played, but have heard a lot about. Seriously, you would have to be living under a rock not to know about it. From what I understand this game plays a lot like Dungeons and Dragons where you pick your character’s class and race (elf, thief, dwarf, mage, ect.) then battle or complete quests to gain experience and level up.

#2: Super Mario Brothers

This game rocks. Enough said.

And the number one spot goes to….PAC-MAN!

Disagree with me if you like, but this arcade game was responsible for inspiring all those game creators out there. Without their wasted hours and money at the arcade the video game culture wouldn’t be what it is today. Pay some respect to your elders and give it up for PAC-MAN.

 

 

 

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Amanda

Have a Smart Thanksgiving!

Amanda : 11 November, 2013 2:41 pm : Books, Fun stuff

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We all know the drill. You get up early Thanksgiving Day and you start with some large greasy version of a turkey and pack it full of butter before shoving it into the oven for half a day. Then you make a bunch of sides that are packed with tons of calories and the pumpkin pie (homemade or Frisches bought) is topped with whipped cream. For the rest of the evening you spend your time stuffing your face and watching football until you pass out from a self-induced food coma.

This sounds like a great time, but maybe this year you can spend it in a healthier way at the 104th Annual Thanksgiving Day Race in Downtown Cincinnati. For those who are newly interested in marathons and running, Running a Marathon for Dummies is a good book to start with. You could also volunteer and help feed others at the Fall Feast in Cincinnati this year.  If you would like to help volunteer for charitable events and learn more about volunteering, here are some books that can help.

If you would rather spend this Thanksgiving in a traditional, but healthy way then try a few cookbooks that offer healthier options for you and your family.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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Thankful to Be Alive

Meghann : 28 October, 2013 3:17 pm : Books, contest, Fun stuff, Library program

Zombie-Prize1 This year we have a lot to be thankful for; the great weather, great books…. and of course the fact that we aren’t all zombies.

This November we want to know your plan to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Tell us where you’d go, how you’d survive and who you’d take with you all in 200 words or less. The winning plan will receive a Zombie Survival prize pack including; The Zombie Survival Guide and a Zombie Survival Kit Lunchbox. Our team of not-Zombie library workers will judge all the entries and announce a winner by December 16th. But be quick you only have until November 30th to submit your plan.

If you have a pulse, check out some of these books about Zombies. If you don’t…stay away from the library.

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Roses are Red

Meghann : 1 April, 2014 3:43 pm : Books, contest, Crafts, Fun stuff, Library program, Writing

blackoutpoetry2Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

(Oh, no. Not a poem.)

I’ve written this blog.

Just for you.

(*head desk*)

 

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, I’m going to share with you a few silly poems from our mass collection of poetry. The first and silliest poet that comes to mind is Shel Silverstein. This Chicago native began writing when he was very young and although he was also performer and a recording artist, he is best known for his silly poems for children. Here is my favorite.

 

Early Bird

Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird

And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.

If you’re a bird, be an early bird –

But if you’re a worm, sleep late.

 

Sometimes you can take an old rhyme to surprising places like the book Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty? by David T. Greenberg.

 

There Was an Old Woman

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe;

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread,

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Did things work out for that mom and her kids?

Sadly, the answer is no, ma’am,

For a giant stuck his foot in the shoe

And now they’re all in a toe jam.

 

blackoutpoetry1Feeling poetic? Visit one of our library branches all through the month of April to create your own Black Out Poetry. The best poems will be posted anonymously on our Teen blog. If you need a little inspiration check out these books on poetry or visit the American and English Literature Collection database to search for your favorite poem.

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Laura

Bracelet Making

Laura : 20 March, 2014 10:00 am : Crafts

wmbraceletsDiscover how to create your own woven chain and rubber band bracelets to keep or share with family and friends at the Williamsburg Branch on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00pm. All supplies provided. For attendees ages 11-17. For more information or to register call the library at 724-1070.

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Laura

Rainbow Friendship Bracelets

Laura : 13 March, 2014 10:00 am : Crafts

wmbraceletsCome make a rainbow bracelet at the Amelia Branch on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00pm.  We’ll be making several different friendship knotted bracelets to share with their friends or family. All materials will be provided. Call the library at 752-5580 to register or for more information.

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Laura

Teen Movie and Craft Night

Laura : 4 February, 2014 10:00 am : Crafts, Library program, Movie

TeenMovieCrafts_OEBring your friends for a movie, pizza and craft night at the Owensville Branch on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30pm. We will be making memory chains and creating memory chains while watching a movie based on the popular book series, “Beautiful Creatures”. Attendees ages 13-18 can call the library at 732-9138 for more information or to register.

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Laura

Movie and Stuff

Laura : 31 January, 2014 10:00 am : Crafts, Library program, Movie

TeenStuff_MICome to the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Friday, Feb. 7, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and join us for a movie, play games, make a bracelet, try your hand at origami, create a henna tattoo or make a Valentine. Register online.

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Laura

Mail Art 101

Laura : 17 January, 2014 6:02 pm : Crafts, Library program

mimailJoin us on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:00p.m. at the Milford-Miami Township Branch for an evening of crafting one-of-a-kind envelopes and postcards so you can start sending creative correspondence. We’ll have a wide range of fun supplies for you to use, including reclaimed and vintage materials, and examples to provide inspiration. While you’re here, learn a bit about the world of snail mail and postal enthusiasts.

For more information or to register for the program, stop by the branch, call 248-0700, or register online. All participants should bring a pair of scissors.

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Amanda

Register, Register as Fast as You Can!

Amanda : 28 November, 2013 3:45 pm : Books, Crafts, Fun stuff, Library program

gingerbreadYou gotta catch this! How about attending a Gingerbread House program this December with your family?

Clermont County Public Library is offering many options for Gingerbread building programs this December. If you are interested in bringing your children to make a candy-covered house of yum, then why not sign up right away? Remember, gingerbread has a tendency of going rather fast.

Amelia Branch December Calender

December 14, 2013 Holiday Sweets and Treats 11:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Batavia Branch December Calender

December 2, 2013 Gingerbread House 6:30-7:30pm

Bethel Branch December Calender

December 7, 2013 Down Home Christmas Celebration & Gingerbread Houses 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm

Felicity Branch December Calender

December 2, 2013 Gingerbread House Decorating and Open House 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm

Goshen Branch December Calender

December 14, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 10:30am & 2:00pm

Milford-Miami Township Branch Calender

December 7, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 12:30pm-4:00pm

New Richmond Branch Calender

December 14, 2013 Holiday Open House 10:00am-12:00pm

Union Township Branch Calender

December 7, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

For those of you who would rather watch a performance for the Holiday festivities, Owensville Branch is offering an Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration December 14, 2013 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and Williamsburg Branch is having a Holiday Open House & 25th Anniversary Celebration on December 6, 2013 from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

 

 

 

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Amanda

Have a Crafty Crafty Christmas!

Amanda : 21 November, 2013 3:41 pm : Books, Crafts, Fun stuff

craftsCan you believe it is that time of year again? Time to put up your tree and hang up those lights! It is also time to start thinking about what to give people for Christmas.

That also means that you will probably lay down a chunk of cash for gifts that hardly have any sentiment whatsoever. Instead, why not create something truly unique using your own two hands and your creative side?

I really adore this gift idea for chalkboard drink coasters. It is a fun twist on a living room must have that even kids can enjoy! You can also make your own Christmas tree ornaments using flat ribbon and beads. They can be made using any color materials and they look super sweet on your tree.

If you still need some help igniting your crafty side, you can attend Union Township’s Crafter Dark program and make a DIY snow globe! What a beautiful gift idea! The program starts at 6:00 pm on November 25 and attendees ages 12-adult will learn how to make an easy DIY Snow Globe using simple, around-the-home materials, and send you home with instructions and other great holiday craft ideas. For more information or to register, call the library at 528-1744 or register online here.

Whatever you decide to do, here are some books on the subject of crafting that can help you save money and touch someone’s heart.

Happy Holidays!

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Laura

Painted Tile Craft Night

Laura : 24 October, 2013 10:00 am : Crafts, Library program

nrtilesCreate a beautiful painted tile using alcohol paints. The paints expand and mix with each other to create bright, delightful patterns. All supplies for the program are provided by the library. Bring your creativity and sense of fun! Join us at the New Richmond Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Register for the program by calling 553-0570 or registering online.

 

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Laura

Steampunk Crafts

Laura : 16 October, 2013 1:56 pm : Books, Crafts, Library program

The LibrariCon (complete with costume contest!) is October 19 and Halloween is just two weeks away so now is the perfect time to make yourself some steampunk accessories. Remember, just because you slap some gears on something, that doesn’t make it steampunk! So check out these books for some inspiration and DIY directions.

creations1,000 Steampunk Creations. The Steampunk movement seeks to recapture the spirit of invention, adventure, and craftsmanship reminiscent of early-nineteenth-century industrialization, in part to restore a sense of wonder to a technology-jaded world.

Packed with 1,000 full-color photographs, 1,000 Steampunk Creations features a stunning and mind-boggling showcase of modified technology, art and sculpture, home décor, fashion and haberdashery, jewelry and accessories, and curious weapons, vehicles, and contraptions.

jewelrySteampunk-Style Jewelry. This how-to jewelry-making book features the work of an array of invited jewelry designers influenced by the growing Steampunk trend. In Steampunk circles, jewelry-makers are often master metalsmiths who combine found objects with fine metals to create elaborate pieces. In Steampunk-Style Jewelry, the projects focus on “no fire” techniques—like simple stringing, wirework, hammering, stamping, gluing, stitching, and off-loom beadwork—so that even a beginner can create pieces in the style. Each project provides a complete materials and tools list, step-by-step instructions, and clear illustrations. This book offers a broad overview of a growing design trend that is part of the literary, industrial design, fashion, and popular culture scene.

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Laura

Are You Game?

Laura : 12 February, 2014 10:00 am : Gaming, Library program

Areyougame_FECome join other teens and get in the game at the Felicity Branch on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3:00pm! Test your skills and up the fun with our variety of games including our life-sized Candy Land game, Corn Hole, and lots of other exciting card & board games. For ages 12-18. For more information call the library at 876-4134.

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Laura

Xbox Gaming

Laura : 26 December, 2013 10:00 am : Gaming

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XBox Gaming
Owensville Branch
Monday, Dec. 30, During Library Hours

Attendees ages 8-18 are invited to join us for a week of Xbox Gaming at the library during winter break.

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Laura

Gaming at the Williamsburg Branch

Laura : 14 December, 2013 1:53 pm : Gaming, Library program

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Gaming at the Williamsburg Branch

Laura : 22 November, 2013 1:51 pm : Gaming, Library program

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Get Your Game On

Meghann : 14 November, 2013 12:38 pm : Anime, Books, Fun stuff, Gaming, Graphic Novels

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International Games Day is November 16th and as a tribute to this most important day I am counting down the ten best video and computer games according to my team of self-admitted library geeks.

#10: The Sims

This super addictive computer game has you keeping track of avatars while your own life drifts helplessly into neglect. Players are expected to feed, put to bed, and entertain their Sims to keep them happy.

#9: Just Dance

Whoever said that playing video games meant sitting on your butt all day? Whoever they are they never played Just Dance. This video game requires players to get up and shake their groove thing in a sometimes competitive dance off with friends.

#8: Halo