Saturday, June 30, 2012

Once Excerpt Preview

Are you excited for Once by Anna Carey? The book comes out July 3 and I've got a special excerpt sneak peek to get you ready for the book! And don't forget you can enter to win a copy in my Once giveaway!

Once Excerpt
Anna Carey

This excerpt is from the first chapters of ONCE. After spending several months in Califia, Eve has been kidnapped by one of the King’s soldiers. She’s taken to the City of Sand, a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. Here she sees the Palace for the first time and discovers the fate that awaits her...

The Jeep was turning left, cutting up a long road that snaked toward a massive white building. Rows of government Jeeps sat out front. Soldiers were stationed along a strip of narrow trees, machine guns slung across their backs. I stared up at the expansive structure. The main entrance was lined with sculptures—winged horses, angels, women with their heads cut off. After driving so many miles we were here. The Palace.

 The King was waiting for me.

 Stark took me from the Jeep, his hand clamping down on my arm. I could barely breathe as we entered the circular marble lobby. The King’s face had haunted me for months. I thought of the photo I’d grown up with in School. His thin grey hair hung over his forehead. His skin was loose around his jowls and his beady eyes were always watching, following you wherever you went.

Soldiers milled about the lobby, some talking, others pacing in front of a fountain. Stark took me through a set of gold doors and into a small mirrored elevator. He punched a code into the keypad inside. The doors slid shut and then we were moving, up, up, my stomach rocking as the floors flew past—fifty gone, then fifty more.

 “You’re going to regret this,” I said, straining against the plastic rope around my wrists. “I’ll tell him what you did. How your men threw me to the ground in that parking lot. You threatened to kill me.” I looked down at the gash in my arm, where the blood was crusted black.

Stark shook his head. “Whatever it takes,” he said, his voice flat. “Those were my orders. Do whatever it takes to bring you here.” Then he turned to me, his eyes bloodshot. He clutched the collar of my shirt and pulled me toward him so my face was just inches from his. “Those men you killed were like brothers to me. They served with me every day for three years. The King will never punish you for what you did, but I will make sure you never forget what happened that day.”

The doors opened before us with a terrifying bing! Stark’s nails dug into my arm as he led me to a room across the carpeted hall. “You’ll wait for him here.” Then he pulled a knife from his belt and sliced the plastic restraints in two. My hands tingled from the sudden rush of blood to my fingers.

The door closed. I leapt up and grabbed the handle, knowing before I even tried it that it would be locked. A long mahogany table sat in the center of the room, surrounded by a few heavy chairs. A massive window looked out onto the City, a two-foot ledge just a few inches below. I went to the glass, wedging my fingers beneath the pane, straining against it. “Please,” I muttered under my breath. “Please just open.”

“They’re sealed shut,” a voice said. I turned. Standing in the doorway was a man of about sixty. He had gray hair and thin, papery skin.

I stepped away from the window, my hands dropping to my sides. He wore a deep-blue suit and a silk tie, the New American crest embroidered on his lapel. He stalked forward, taking one slow lap around me, his eyes scanning my tangled auburn hair, the linen shirt soaked through with sweat, the scrapes around my wrists from where I’d been bound. He studied the wound on my arm. When he finally finished his survey he stood before me, then reached out and stroked my cheek. “My beautiful girl,” he said, running his thumb over my brow. “You’re here.”

YA Movie News

Lots of movie news this week!

-The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is heading to the big screen. The movie version has a new name, Happy Smekday! and will be released by DreamWorks Animation in late 2014. The movie will star Jim Parsons and Rhianna. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-A movie version of The Alchymest, which is the first title in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series is set to start filming in February 2013 with author Michael Scott writing the screenplay. Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan is pretty excited about this news! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Zucker Productions has optioned recently released YA novel Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough, the story of a guardian angel and the girl he protects. Thanks to Publisher's Weekly for the news.

-Fake Empire has optioned From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. The novel has a "Hangover" style to it-with teens getting stranded in Mexico and trying to figure out how to get back home in time for graduation. Thanks to Publisher's Weekly for the review.

-The movie version of Wendy Mass's novel Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life  is available on DVD at Redbox and Netflix. Thanks to Wendy Mass for the news.

-Courtney Summers announced that her recently released novel, This Is Not A Test, has been optioned for a TV Movie by Sony.

And just for fun:

-A new Sesame Street movie is in the works!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

ALA Annual 2012 Recap

I'm back home from ALA Annual. I really think each ALA I attend gets better and better and this conference had some amazing highlights!! (Also, I apologize that my pictures turned out very blurry-that's what I get for using my phone!)

After I registered and picked up my very awesome tote bag that zips up into a nice little foldable bag (nice touch!) I went to lunch with Kelly where we talked books of course.

Then I wandered around the area for a bit to stake out where my meetings would be the next day (I have to plan things out!) and scoped out eating options since I have limited options sometimes (I have to eat gluten free). My best non book related find was discovering Annie's gluten free snickerdoodle bunny cookies at Target! 

So back to the real ALA stuff! After my adventures, I went back to my hotel room to prep my notes and get everything together for my first committee meeting. Friday evening I went to the Anaheim White House for dinner hosted by Simon & Schuster (thanks for inviting me guys!) 

Our guests of honor were Neal Shusterman and Kenneth Oppel. One of the best parts of this dinner was passing on a message to Kenneth Oppel from one of my teens about how awesome he is and how amazing Airborn is. I also got to sit with some amazing people and talk books, movies, and geeking out at ALA. 

There were also these amazing cracker towers, which sadly I did not get to eat. But they look cool,don't they? Thanks again to Simon & Schuster for a lovely dinner!

Then it was off to Downtown Disney for the famed Little Brown Dance Party! First, Angie and I had to stop at the Lego store because there was a giant Beauty and the Beast display-(perfect for ALA!)

The Dance Party was in honor of Libba Bray and her new book, The Diviners

Drea, Me and Angie got into the 1920s fashion! And of course there was dancing!! Thanks for the invite Little Brown-it was awesome!

After some dancing, Drea and I headed off to the Macmillan Dessert Party (thanks Macmillan!), where I ran into lots of cool librarians and got to talk books and committee work.

Saturday I was up early to attend the HarperCollins breakfast (thanks Harper!) This is always a fabulous event with getting to meet librarians and talk books.

Then I attended Angie's session on "Not Another Boring Vampire Romance" She moderated a panel of authors that included Jackson Pearce, Kenneth Oppel, Cindy Pon and Kendare Blake. 

I especially loved hearing Jackson talk about building friendship first before romance and Cindy talking about unrequited love. Her panel was awesome and funny and engaging. 

Since I had lots of committee meetings this conference, I headed off to the exhibit hall to talk to vendors and track down the three books my teens asked for. I was very lucky to be able to come back with all three! (If you're wondering, they asked for The Rise of Nine, Promised, and Prodigy. I love getting to talk to the book reps and see what books they're looking forward to and looking at upcoming picture books. 

I met up with Sarah and Meghan for lunch before we headed off to our first Printz Committee Meeting! I can't say anything about that though. 

After the meeting was the Tor Dinner which was amazing! Thanks to Tor for the invite-I had a great time! I got to meet author Bruce Campbell and talk to him about his book A Dog's Purpose which is nominated for our state book award. Then I got to talk to author Blake Charlton and he told me how his books have been called "Harry Potter in the Special Needs Classroom" (I need to read them now!)

And then the event that made the most of my friends jealous on Facebook: I got to meet George R. R. Martin!! Pre-dinner there were cocktails when I got to spend time talking to Mr. Martin about his books, his writing for the TV show Game of Thrones, sex in YA lit (I asked what he thought of lots of YA books being referred to as "Game of Thrones for teens" and he joked "what is that? The story without the sex? Because that's the part the teens want to read!"), how The CW is bringing back Beauty and the Beast, a show he had written for, and how he has to travel back to the East Coast to get pizza every year. Then once we went inside, guess who was seated at my table?? Yep, George R.R. Martin again! It was wonderful and amazing and I had an awesome fangirly time. Plus, I got to meet some amazing librarians.

Sunday morning I was up early for the  I had more committee meetings, then lunch with Meghan and Sarah again (those girls are awesome!). Then I made a quick round in the exhibit hall to chat with some vendors (Demco and Big Cozy Books about library furniture, School Library Journal about an upcoming webinar) and ran into some of my favorite YA authors! (Lindsey Leavitt, John Corey Whaley, Jessi Kirby and Lisa Schroeder

Lindsey, Lisa and I have "known" each other via online and met at previous ALA conferences, so we decided, along with Cindy Pon, to organize a pre-Newbery cocktail party. It was awesome! I got to meet some fabulous librarians in person after talking them online (I love Twitter!) and I got to hang out and chat with Lisa about how cool it is that her book Chasing Brooklyn is nominated for our state book award.

Then it was Newbery time! I was very excited to be invited along as a guest of Bloomsbury books (thank you, thank you to Bloomsbury-it was lovely!!) I got to meet Leslie Margolis, Cylin Busby, and Sarah J. Maas, along with the wonderful team at Bloomsbury who is awesome. And of course, Lindsey and I had to take a picture to show off our (non-planned!) color coordinated dresses!

The speeches were amazing-Jack Gantos made me laugh and cry and it was everything you want in a Newbery speech! It was a wonderful evening and celebration of books!

Monday was my major session day! I attended sessions all day and even learned how to fold a five fold Origami Yoda! 

One of the highlights of my sessions was attending the Odyssey Award Reception which is a wonderful reader's (and listener's) advisory session. The narrators were there and read portions of the winning audiobooks. It made me want to rush back to my library and order all the titles and listen to them immediately! 

Odyssey winner Kirby Heyborne even wrote and shared a song about librarians which was hilarious!!

Then it was dinner time, this time thanks to Little Brown Books for Young Readers-thanks Little Brown-it was a blast! Dinner was attended by some of my favorite librarians which is always awesome and our guests of honor were Paolo Bacigalupi, Malinda Lo, and A.S. King
Then it was my favorite time of ALA Annual-Printz time! The speeches were amazing, the authors wonderful and John Corey Whaley was charming and hilarious. It was a Printz speech to remember!! It was a wonderful ALA Annual and I had a blast meeting everyone. I can't wait until next year!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Once by Anna Carey Giveaway

I know, the sea of dystopian lit is very full. Which means a book really has to do something to make itself stand out. Which is excatly what Eve by Anna Carey did-there's a scene in the book that still haunts me (and if you've read it, you know which scene I mean!!) And the book ends with cliffhanger, so of course I can't wait to see what happens!

About the Book: From the Publisher—SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ EVE!!!!!!

When you're being hunted, who can you trust?
For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleepsoundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.
But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves,wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.
Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.
In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

Want to read it? One lucky winner will receive a copy of Once!
-Open to US Mailing Addresses Only
-One Entry Per Person
-Ages 13+
-Contest Ends July 3
Fill out form below-good luck!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Storytime Sunday: Dream Big Storytime

Our library Summer Reading Theme is Dream Big! so many of our summer storytimes are themed about night and bedtime. So far, this toddler time bedtime storytime plan has been my favorite!

Opening Song (we use Finger Poppin' by Georgiana Stewart)

Early Literacy Skill: Sing & Rhyme (typically we do crafts and stations, but for this plan, I didn't use any activity stations or crafts and concentrated on lots of action rhymes and songs)

Read: Time to Say Goodnight by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jane Chapman-this is a sweet bedtime book with great illustrations. I also liked that it had some animal noises we could make!

Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner (I repeat this song every week and the kids love it! We took the month of May off from storytime and the first week back, when I mentioned we would sing this song, there was this murmor of excitement that went through the room from the kids and parents-it was hilarious!!)

These Are My Glasses (make circle glasses around eyes with hands)
And Here Is My Book (hold up hands like a book in front of you)
I Put On My Glasses (put on glasses)
And I Open Up My Book (open hands like a book)
And I Read, Read, Read,
And I Look, Look, Look,
Then I Take Off My Glasses (pretend to remove glasses)
And Whoops...Close Up My Book (shut hands to close up book)

Rhyme: Five in the Bed-traditional rhyme-I borrowed Katie's adaptation of this one and counted down five instead of ten.

There were five in the bed (Hold up five fingers)
And the little one said, “Roll over, roll over!” (Make rolling motion)
So they are rolled over and one fell out. (Hold up one finger & surprised face)
// Count down until
There was one in the bed (Hold up one finger)
And the little one said, “I’ve got it all to myself!” (Spread out arms)

Read: The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes This book is a great companion to Goodnight Moon, which we had read the week before. Plus, any time I can add an award winner into storytime, I'm happy!

Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear-traditional-I used this version from Lovettsville Library
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around; (turn around)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground. (touch the ground)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe; (hold out foot)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, I love you. (hug yourself)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, climb upstairs; (pretend to climb stairs)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers. (fold hands in prayer)*
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light; (switch out light)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say, "Good night." (tuck hands to face in sleeping position)

*this line is optional. Can be substituted with "jump in the air" or left out completely.

Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-traditional

Read: Goodnight Me by Andrew Daddo, illustrated by Emma Quay-how can you resist this cute monkey??

Song: The Freeze by Greg and Steve-I love this song! And to make it fit with our theme, I've made "daytime" and "nighttime" stick puppets (one with a sun, and one with a moon). When it's daytime and the sun is up, we can dance and play, but when the moon comes out and it's night, we have to "rest" and freeze.

Parachute Activity: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with the parachute!! (I use the version on the For the Kids CD) I put paper stars in the parachute for the kids to toss around and this is always a huge hit!

Song: If You're Happy And You Know It-traditional

Read: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle-my every storytime closing book!

Closing Song: Skinamarink

-Note-I repeat all songs and rhymes (except for The Freeze) twice, because repetition is great for toddlers!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Shadow of Night Giveaway!

I love my book club! It's a group of librarian friends and we call ourselves the NOprah book club. We read whatever we want (typically fantasy and YA) and we don't worry about having literary discussions about the book-it's OK if we just want to gush over the hot literary boys! It's seriously the best book club ever.

Last year, a book came out that my book club was all abuzz about. We read and loved A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. So of course, with the sequel coming out, my book club is eagerly anticipating the release! You know what we'll be reading in July!

I know we're not the only ones waiting to read Shadow of Night, so I'm thrilled to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of the book (plus some very awesome swag!) thanks to Penguin Books.

About the Book: (From Publisher) SHADOW OF NIGHT picks up right where A Discovery of Witches left off.  Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont, a witchhistorian and vampire geneticist respectively, have timewalked to Elizabethan England on their hunt for a magical alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782—its sudden appearance and sudden disappearance have upended the delicately orderedworld of magical creatures (witches, vampires, and daemons), threatening tounleash unprecedented metaphysical chaos. 

Though Diana and Matthew have escaped thethreats of the present, they soon find the past holds its own challenges—Dianamust find a witch to continue her magical education, a task made difficult by arash of witch hunts across the British Isles.  And Matthew finds himself back in a life he thought he left behind, reuniting with friends and familythat had long been reduced to memory, opening wounds he thought hadhealed.  Some of those friends comprise the infamous School of Night, acoterie of visionaries that includes Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh. Together, Matthew and Diana must navigate the new dangers of an oldcentury—bringing them closer and closer to solving the mystery of Ashmole 782.

Want to win?

-One lucky winner will receive a copy of Shadow of Night as well as an "Ashmole 782" temporary tattoo and a set of buttons:

Want to win? Fill out form below. Good luck!

-One entry per person
-Ages 13+
-US Mailing Address Only
-Contest ends August 1

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Break Today!

No Tween Tuesday today! I'm prepping for ALA Annual and it's crunch time with committee reading and note taking, which means not a lot of time for MG reading.

I'd love to know what great tween books you've read recently so I can add them to my pile of after committee reads.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Picture Book Saturday: Candlewick Rocks Edition!

I love reading picture books! And as much as I try to write about them on the blog, I haven't had much chance. But I had to share these books from Candlewick Press-they are publishing some of my favorite picture books!

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

Rating: 5/5 Stars

If A Ball For Daisy was the book for dog lovers in 2011, Oh No, George! is the book for dog lovers in 2012. George is left at home and he really wants to obey and be good, but there are so many tempting things around-a cake! a cat! trash! What's a dog to do?

If you have a dog, you'll be sure to laugh out loud as poor George tries to be good, but isn't always successful. Bold retro-style and simple text make this one perfect for storytimes. I can see preschoolers having a blast yelling out "Oh no, George!" This is one of my favorites of 2012!

Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon

Rating: 5/5 Stars

It's the ultimate game of one-up-only this time it's with robots! Two robots meet, but it's not enough to just be robots. I read this one and immediatly gave to everyone I saw to read. I can't read it without cracking up!

Robot Zombie Frankenstein! is another book that's perfect for storytime with it's bright colors and hilarious text. The endpages show the various shapes used to make the robots, which lends itself to a great craft with kids making their own robots. Pair this with Boy + Bot for a perfect robot storytime.

Not only are these books great, but Candlewick has two upcoming picture books that I'm very excited about! I got a sneak peek of them at Midwinter and I'm eagerly awaiting their release this Fall! It's going to  be a great picture book year thanks to Candlewick!

Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copies checked out from the library.

Friday, June 15, 2012

YA Movie News

After not having much news to post in awhile, we've got some very exciting movie news to share!!

 -Libba Bray shared this week that her upcoming book, The Diviners, has been optioned by Paramount. The book is set in the 1920s and from the description on Goodreads, I think this will make a fantastic movie!

-Early Word reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Havensbee in Catching Fire.

-Entertainment Weekly has a gallery of Breaking Dawn: Part 2 pictures featuring Renesmee (which, I'll admit, the child still creeps me out a bit!)

-Entertainment Weekly also has a great article about The Host, including some preview pictures. Thanks to Mammoth Advertising for letting me share them with you!

-The trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower is here! What do you think?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Scholastic's Mother-Daughter Book Club PLUS Giveaway

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight and share great reads for tweens! Join fun, add your link below, and discover a new tween read!

Parents should never stop reading with their kids, which is why I'm so excited about Scholastic's brilliant plan for the summer to keep parents and kids reading together: The Mother-Daughter Book Club!

Start a tradition of reading with your daughter with a Mother-Daughter Book Club! Scholastic’s monthly selections will help you choose books that you and your daughter will enjoy!

The book club launched in May with 4 titles and there will be 2 new featured titles each month. June’s book selections are Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski and The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Along with book selections, the Mother-Daughter Book Club website also features discussion questions and snack suggestions for your book club meetings and a monthly Skype sweepstakes where you can enter to win a Skype visit from one of the authors at your next book club meeting. June’s sweepstakes author is Sarah Mlynowski, author of Whatever After: Fairest of All.

So cool, right? I'm featuring this month's titles:

Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski: If you have a young tween reader who loves fairy tales, they will love Whatever After. It's the start to a new series about a brother and sister who discover a magic mirror in their basement. They are transported into Snow White's story, only stop Snow White from eating the apple and mess up her future. Can they put the story back together? There's tons of adventure and humor and the story is very fast paced. It also has an ending that leaves it open for more adventures to come. I read this one thinking of all the tweens who come into the library asking for fairy tales and princess stories. I'll be handing this one over for sure!

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen: This one is another start to a series, and if you have a fantasy fan, they'll be up all night reading The False Prince! I would even suggest it to readers who liked The Hunger Games-it's fantasy, but it has a competition element that I think those readers will enjoy. There are lots of secrets and the plot is fast paced. This is going to be a go to booktalk for all my fantasy fans at the library!

Would you like to win copies of the June picks?

-One winner will receive a copy of each book
-One entry per person please
-Ages 13+
-Contest ends June 18 at midnight central time
-Fill out form below to enter

Monday, June 11, 2012

Adventures in Summer Reading

If you're a regular reader of GreenBeanTeenQueen, you may have noticed that the blogging has been light this year due to my committee work. I'm gearing up for ALA Annual and lots of meetings, which means lots of reading and re-reading and note taking, and sadly less blogging. Then, add in the Library Summer Reading Program and I'm one busy librarian! I seem to get asked about being a librarian a lot and I think it's fun to share what different libraries do for Summer Reading. I'm planning on posting more about our Summer Reading Program, how we run it, how it works, etc. But I thought I'd share a bit about what I've been doing so far this month. I just finished a nine day working streak and seven of those days had programs! Here's a glimpse into what it's like to be a public librarian during Summer Reading Program:

Saturday: Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event!
Our theme this year is Dream Big, so I decided to host an Astronaut Academy event for our kickoff. We've never done a big kickoff at my branch before (at least since I've been there) so this was a bit new. I had various stations in the storyhour room that were put together by one of my fabulous employees! We had magnet mazes (you hold a marble above the maze, a magnet beneath and have to solve the maze), a magnet table to figure out what gets picked up by magnets and what doesn't, moonwalking on bubble wrap, spaceship building using giant foam blocks, and crater making (fill a box with flour and cinnamon and drop various weight balls, Styrofoam balls, ping pong balls, marbles of various sizes and see which ones make craters).

We also made intergalactic passports and I wrote up a scavenger hunt around the library to find different "planets" (aka the service desks). In Local History, they had to find the grandfather clock because countdowns are very important in space travel. They had to find planet circulation and tell their grown ups about the adult summer reading program (don't you love the cross promotion?) And most fun was finding the comets (aka the book carts) that traveled all over the library. Staff wore bobble headbands I ordered from Oriental Trading and posed as aliens and stamped the kids passports.

 Monday: Evening Concert with Babaloo!
Each year the library brings in special performers for the Summer Reading Program and hosts special programs. I missed Babaloo's concert last year (I was at ALA) and had heard such rave reviews, I was so excited to have him hold an evening concert on the patio. The kids danced, played bucket drums, tossed bean bags and caught bubbles. It was tons of fun and if you're a library looking for a kids musician, I recommend Babaloo-the kids and parents were laughing and dancing and had a blast!

Tuesday & Wednesday: Storytimes Start Again!
Ok, so I only did the Wednesday toddler storytime, but storytimes are such a huge draw at our library that it was a big deal that storytime was back in session! We take the month of May off so we can schedule visits to the schools and promote the Summer Reading Program. It was nice to see our regular storytime patrons back and to draw in a new crowd for the summer. As my manager always says, if you're having a bad day, go sit in the children's department during storytime-it will brighten your day!

Thursday: Summer Reading Performances with Wings of Love!
Animal programs are always a huge draw, but I didn't expect the crowd we got for Wings of Love! (What a naive librarian I am!) Who can resist live birds including parrots, a toucan and an owl? We packed out our auditorium for both programs and the children's department was crazy busy after each one giving out summer reading prizes and giving kids information about the summer reading program. My librarian perk of the day was getting to hold the perch for the owl to fly to from across the room-I felt just like Harry Potter! :)

Friday: Stuffed Animal Sleepover!
I've posted about our Stuffed Animal Sleepover before. We hosted one last year that was a huge hit, so we decided to host another one this summer. This time I better organized the picture taking and slideshow making, so it was a much smoother experience. And once again, the parents and kids loved it!

Saturday: Bibliobop Dance Party!
I love to dance, so when I saw the idea for a Bibliobop Dance Party on Storytiming, I knew I had to do one too (of course, I e-mailed and asked if I could borrow the program idea and name, and I was granted  permission!) My dance mix included a lot of Greg and Steve (you can't go wrong with The Freeze), Jim Gill, Ralph's World, Justin Roberts, and For the Kids. We danced with scarves, played instruments and I ended with bubbles. (Not sure I'd do the bubble thing again unless I had an awesome bubble machine that blew bubbles out into the middle of the room. Instead I had a group of children crowding my small bubble wand!)

Add in working the desk, finding books for kids and parents, answering questions, giving the Summer Reading Spiel a million times, giving out Summer Reading Prizes, cleaning up the stray books and straightening the shelves, and hunting down the lone copy of Magic Tree House that should be on the shelf-that's what Summer Reading is like in the Library! (And that's just week one!)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Les Mis Teaser Trailer

I know I haven't been posting YA Movie News much lately-partly because I'm so busy with committee work it's hard to find time to compile everything and also because there hasn't been a lot to report on. But I am thrilled that the Les Miserables teaser trailer is up! I was so obsessed with this show in high school-angst, love triangles, drama, war-what teenage drama geek wouldn't be in love? I need to crank up the Les Mis soundtrack and get reacquainted with the songs! So thoughts? Do you think it will be a good movie musical? Will you go see it?
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