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Showing posts from October, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween from Pinkalicious and Michelangelo Sorry I didn't get my picture up earlier! It's been quite the Halloween party at the Library today! We had over 250 kids and adults come through the Library earlier this morning for storytime and our Trick-Or-Treat Parade around the branch. It was so fun seeing all the cute costumes-lots of princesses, fairies, dragons and Elmo costumes this year. We read two great books: If You're A Monster and You Know It and The Hallo-Wiener And of course we danced the Monster Mash! Hope everyone else has a blast and gets to eat lots of candy!

Day in the Life of a Librarian

I haven't posted a Day in the Life post in awhile and I thought I would share what my schedule has been like as a Youth Services Manager. (In other words-very busy!!) Day in the Life of a Librarian was started by Abby the Librarian (at least, that's where I saw it first!) This was my day yesterday: 9:30 AM-Drive to library (different branch from where I work) to attend YA meeting for YA staff. 10:30 AM-Meeting over. Call to check in with staff since I have sick employees and only one person at the desk. They're doing OK and I'll come in at my scheduled time at 12:30. 12:00 PM-12:45-Arrive at Library a bit early since we're short staffed. Check in with staff, organize my desk, check mail and unload all the crazy Printz boxes, check schedule for the afternoon, get book and questions for afternoon book club, get Wal-Mart card to go shopping for Halloween candy, find Halloween buckets to distribute to the departments for Wednesday's trick-or-treating parade.

YALSA Literature Symposium

I am so excited to be attending my first YALSA Literature Symposium this weekend! I love attending library conferences. I can geek out with my fellow librarians, talk teen lit all weekend, and get excited about program ideas and library services for teens. Be sure to attend my wonderful friends Angie , Drea , Katie , and Kelly  (with help from Abby )   presentation on Contemporary Lit-Get Real: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction as the Next Big Thing. They are going to be awesome! And if you're attending, be sure to say hi!

Picture Book Saturday: Halloween Edition

I've come across some great new picture books for Halloween at the Library that I just had to share! Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown Rating: 4/5 Stars A little bunny names Jasper loves carrots so much he sneaks into the carrot fields to eat all the carrots. He eats them everywhere and everyday. But one day the carrots start to follow him-or do they? Billed as a Twilight Zone type of read for preschoolers, Creepy Carrots is hilarious and just the right amount of scary for young readers. The illustrations are great-Jasper is seeing carrots everywhere but no one else believes him. Readers will notice how what Jasper sees as carrots turn into other orange objects. There's a very fun twist ending that cracked me up and I think preschoolers and their adults will be laughing out loud about those creepy carrots. You may think twice about eating a carrot again though! Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng, Illustrated by Sarah Davis Rating:

An Unexpected Partnership?

I'm all about cross-promotion, but this one just seems oddly funny to me. Denny's is promoting the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with a new Hobbit themed menu. Customers can order things like Gandalf Gobble Melt and Shire Sausage and Frodo's Pot Roast Skillet. They can also receive collectible cards. I guess it makes some sense-Hobbits do like to eat throughout the day and Denny's is open 24 hours. It's just not the first thing I would think of when it comes to promoting The Hobbit . So what do you think? Creative cross-promotion or not?

Fantastical Worlds Virtual Author Chat

I found out about a very cool virtual author chat coming up this weekend that I had to share the news about! FANTASTICAL WORLDS: In Conversation with Rachel Hartman, Stefan Bachmann, and Christopher Paolini 10/28/12 2PM - 3PM 2012 fantastical Rachel Hartman , author of the critically acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller  SERAPHINA ;  Stefan Bachmann , author of  THE PECULIAR  (Harper Collins), and  Christopher Paolini , author of the international bestselling series the Inheritance cycle and, most recently, the I NHERITANCE   Deluxe Edition. These three esteemed authors will discuss what inspires them & their characters and take viewer questions. - Connect with  Rachel Hartman : @_rachelhartman  - Connect with  Stefan Bachmann @Stefan_Bachmann scathingjellyfish.blogspot. com/ - Connect with  Christopher Paolini @InheritanceCP Alag

Halloween Middle Grade Halloween Tour PLUS Giveaway

Step into some creepy stories this Halloween and become your favorite middle grade character…from the ghoulish undead to mischievous pirates, the costumes are endless. I love Halloween, especially when I get the chance to dress up as book characters! So I love this tour from Penguin with suggestions of how to dress up as your favorite middle grade characters. The Book : Gustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro  Enter an exciting new world of shadows from Hugo Award nominee Adam-Troy Castro. Meet Gustav Gloom.    Fernie What finds herself lost in the Gloom mansion after her cat appears to have been chased there by its own shadow. Fernie discovers a library full of every book that was never written, a gallery of statues that are just plain awkward, and finds herself at dinner watching her own shadow take part in the feast!    Along the way Fernie is chased by the People Taker who is determined to take her to the Shadow Country. It's up to Fernie and Gustav to st

Adult Lit: Attachements by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Genre: Adult Romance Release Date: 4/14/2011 Add to Goodreads About the book: It's 1999 and e-mail is taking over the workplace. In order to make sure employees are using it appropriately, Lincoln is hired to monitor the web filter and read e-mails and report anything that is flagged. Beth and Jennifer know their e-mails are being monitored, but they don't care-they talk about anything and everything. Lincoln should report them, but he thinks they're e-mails are harmless-and fun to read. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's in love with Beth, he's been reading her e-mails for months and doesn't know how to introduce himself. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Sometimes books come along and they are the perfect book for that moment. Attachements   came at the perfect moment for me-I'd been stressed out with work and reading and wanted something light and fun and this book was just right. The characters are all characters I'd l

Irene Latham Guest Post

Please welcome Irene Latham to GreenBeanTeenQueen! I love her memories of the Library-this is one of the reason's I became a librarian-so I could help kids find the joy of reading! (And her photos make it even better!) When I was about eleven years old—Whit’s age—my parents went on a week-long trip and divided up the five kids to leave at one grandparents’ house or another. My parents were strategic in how they determined which kid would go to which grandparents’ house. They always paired one good kid with one bad kid—and honestly I can’t remember how things were decided for the fifth kid. On this particular occasion, my brother Ken and I got Grandma and Granddaddy Dykes—my father’s parents—who lived in tiny Port St. Joe, Florida, which is on the coast between Appalachicola and Panama City. My brother Ken was known to be mischievous. This was a kid who would sneak next door and cut the roses off the neighbor’s bushes. Me, well, I was supposed to be the good one, the ea

Tween Tuesday: Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham

Tween Tuesday is a meme hosted at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens! Rating: 3/5 Stars   Genre: Contemporary   Release Date: 10/16/2012   Add to Goodreads About the Book: Whit lives at the zoo. With a mom that's the zoo director and a dad who is the head elephant keeper, it's all Whit has ever known. He feels like his parents don't pay attention to him and care more about the animals. Whit wants to experience a different life. So when he's assigned a field study project, he decides to study Bird Girl, a mysterious girl he's seen at the zoo every day. Whit meets Stella, a girl who loves to draw birds, but her life outside the zoo is something she's trying to escape. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Don't Feed the Boy would be a great book for a middle grade book club. Whit is envious of Stella living outside the zoo, but Stella's abusive father makes her life something she wants to run away from. Stella on the other hand is

The Lost Prince Giveaway TheIronFey     Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey Series has taken readers by storm. I remember when the series came out and readers in the blog world and at my library had to get their hands on the books. We've heard from Meghan, and now it's her brother's turn to tell his story, pulling readers back into the world of Faery. About The Lost Prince Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and sedu

Adult Lit: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Rating: 5/5 Stars   Genre: Psychological Thriller   Release Date: 5/4/2012    Add to Goodreads About the Book: On a typical Missouri morning, Amy Elliott Dunne has gone missing on her anniversary. Her husband Nick is the main suspect. Amy has left behind a diary that includes many secrets and a peek into what kind of life she and Nick had-and it wasn't as happy as it might have appeared. Is Amy dead? If so, who killed her? And is Nick innocent? Full of twists, nothing is as it seems. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, thank you to my friend Angie at Fat Girl Reading for suggesting this book. She told me it lived up to all the hype-and she was right! Gone Girl is a very twisty thriller-just when you think you have things figured out, the story changes. Which makes it a very hard book to talk about and review, because I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is that  Gone Girl  is the book I have talked about most this year. When anyone asks me for boo

Tween Tuesday: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Adapted and Illustrated Hope Larson

Tween Tuesday is a meme that highlights great reads for tweens! Post about your middle grade pick and share the love below!   Rating: 4.5/5 Stars   Genre: Science Fiction/Graphic Novel   Release Date: October 2, 2012  Add to Goodreads About the Book: Meg Murry is different-and she knows it. She's frustrated being teased at school and she's easily angered when people around town make comments about her strange younger brother and her missing father. On a dark and stormy night, Charles Wallace introduces Meg to Mrs. Whatsit and secrets about her father's work and his whereabouts start to unravel. Soon Meg, Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin are on a journey through space and time to fight darkness and find Mr. Murry. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I adored this novel as a child-I always felt as though I related to Meg. So when I found out about the graphic novel version, and being adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson, I couldn't wait. And for the m

Trends in YA: Help! I'm Trapped in a Building!

I've been talking about Trends In YA this year and it's time for another edition! This time, it's books about being trapped in a building! This trend freaks me out-it's so easy for that plot to become very creepy. I first noticed this in YA with last year's book  Trapped  (and yes, I know, it came out last year and I'm trying to focus my trends on 2012 titles, but stick with me, OK?) Trapped by Michael Northrop -How would you like to be trapped in school during a blizzard? With the rise of the dystopia genre, more novels that have freakish accidents, strange diseases and getting trapped are becoming more popular. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz -A biological bomb in the air ducts of the mall leads to a quarantine. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne -Disasters outside and teens trapped inside a superstore. Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas -An explosion at school, a deadly virus and students quarantined inside.