Archive for February 23, 2010

YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: Neil Gaiman

February 23, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is creepy, button-loving Neil Gaiman!

Author: Neil Gaiman
Books: So many! Here are some of them: Coraline, Stardust, The Sandman, Odd and the Frost Giants, The Graveyard Book, M is for Magic, Neverwhere
Movies: Coraline, Stardust, Beowulf, and Mirrormask
Short Stories
Website: and

Wanna Meet Neil Gaiman? thennnn ROAD TRIP! HOP IN YOUR CAR AND DRIVE TO NAPERVILLE RIGHT NOW! He is the chosen author for this year’s Naperville Reads and will be part of numerous awesome events around town Feb. 23-24. Maybe he’ll talk about that Doctor Who episode he wrote…

Neil Gaiman Says What?!: Button Support
Finally, someone who isn’t afraid to show buttons the love and respect they deserve. “People who are scared of buttons must live horrible lives.”

Have you met Neil Gaiman? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!

3rd Annual YouTube Video Contest & IMAX Screening

February 22, 2010

The 3rd Annual Teen YouTube Video Contest and IMAX Screening is on!  Oh yeah.  Here’s your chance.  Time to start filming and get editing. 

You can fly solo or work with up to five other teens, videos need to be 5 minutes or less, and they MUST be uploaded to the QC Libraries YouTube group during Teen Tech Week which runs March 7-13th. 

Check out this year’s themes:

-Picture book comes to life

-Live-action Anime

-Day in the life of your favorite author

Choose a theme and run with it.  Also new for this year:  ALL entries must be submitted to the QC Libraries YouTube group.  So, your videos must comply with YouTube’s terms of use in order to be shown on the IMAX screen at the red carpet premiere party.  Party?

Yep, the red-carpet premiere party at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre will be Thursday, March 25th at 6pm, screening (on the GIANT screen) will begin at 7, awards ceremony to follow.  Like the past two years, we will hand out Oscar-like trophies we call ‘Deweys’ to select winners.  There will also be two grand prizes up for grabs–Librarian’s Choice Award and Viewer’s Choice Award.  Each of the grand prize winning vids will be awarded $100 cash.  For all of the event details print off one of the registration forms today!! 

Also, we’re hosting several filming and editing labs at the Fairmount St. Library starting tomorrow night at 5:30.  If you don’t have a camera, don’t know the first thing about editing, have no idea what you’re doing we will happily walk you through every step.  Serious.  You can even use our green screen for a little special effects action!  Here are the dates/times of all open labs:

2/23 Tuesday 5:30-7:30

2/25 Thursday 3:00-5:00

2/27 Saturday 3:00-5:00

3/4 Thursday 3:00-5:00

3/6 Saturday 3:00-5:00

3/11 Thursday 3:00-5:00

3/13 Saturday 3:00-5:00

If you have any questions, or to submit entry forms, contact your local library or call DPL Teen Specialist Christie at 563.326.7893. 

Make a video.  Do it.  Trust me–this experience is one you’ll want to tell your kids about…


YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: Justine Larbalestier

February 16, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is Justine Larbalestier!

Author: Justine Larbalestier
Books: Liar, How to Ditch your Fairy, Love is Hell, First Kiss (Then Tell), Magic’s Child, Magic Lessons, Magic or Madness, and for you Buffy fans: Seven Seasons of Buffy:Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss their Favorite Television Show and Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Favorite Recent Twitter quote: Today’s guest blogger, @thesarahcross has gone too far. My blog is now infested with uni***ns. Not happy. 4:01 PM Feb 12th

Sadly, I have not met Justine ::frown:: so instead of an Amber Adventure we will call this feature Awesome Author Says What?! where we will highlight a discussion by the Author (usually on their blog) that makes us think or laugh or stand up and clap our hands.

Justine Larbalestier Says What?!: The Cover of Liar:

Last summer, a controversy broke out when readers who were lucky enough to score an advanced reader’s copy of Liar realized that the girl they were reading about did not have the same skin color as the girl portrayed on the book’s cover. Here is what Justine had to say about the cover:

“Every year at every publishing house, intentionally and unintentionally, there are white-washed covers. Since I’ve told publishing friends how upset I am with my Liar cover, I have been hearing anecdotes from every single house about how hard it is to push through covers with people of colour on them….How welcome is a black teen going to feel in the YA section when all the covers are white? Why would she pick up Liar when it has a cover that so explicitly excludes her?” Check Justine’s blog post for the rest of her comments.

Also, take a look at this video “concerning the standards of beauty imposed on today’s black girls and how this affects their self-image” produced by Kiri Davis in 2005 for her high-school literature class:

Have you met Justine Larbalestier? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!

Meg Cabot! Twitter! Book! What?!

February 15, 2010

Those are like three of my favoritest things! Tomorrow (February 16, 2010), Meg Cabot will twitter the first line of a novel and then we other twitterers will twitter the rest! So interactive, super-collaborative!!!

-To read the story, you just need to go to the BBC Audiobooks America twitter page: @BBCAA

-To add to the story, you will need to have a twitter account. Click here to join! Then send your contribution to @BBCAA and end it with the #bbcawdio tag. For example: @BBCAA And then the zombies arrived wearing princess dresses. #bbcawdio

-And to REALLY get how the collaboration is happening, search twitter for the #bbcawdio tag and you’ll get to see everybody’s contributions and compare them to the ones that get chosen for the actual story. Crazy stuff!


Check out more details here at the BBC Audiobooks America page.

The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza

February 13, 2010

I like lots of nonsense and humor in my poetry, so no joke I am LOVING Eugene Ostashevsky’s recent collection titled The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza. Part screenplay, part sketchbook, part mathematical treatise…but ALL POETIC. Check out Bookslut’s review here and get a taste of the poetry below where I have transcribed the ending of one poem and the beginning of another.


The ending of Act Two:
Rejoicing at the window, DJ Spinoza falls onto the flowerbed and sprains his ankle.

The beginning of Act Three, Scene 1:

The woodchuck and the woodpecker
met each other in the wood.
The woodchuck and the woodpecker
could not make themselves understood.

The woodchuck and the woodpecker
walked away really bumming.
Alas! No two species of animals
have a language in common.

And now a sidenote from Amber: One time I wrote a poem about a pineapple air freshener in my car–it wasn’t very good. the poem, that is. the pineapple air freshener was divine. <—-that was kinda a poem, wasn’t it?

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

February 12, 2010

Get out the black construction paper and scotch tape.  It’s time to make yourself a top hat because today is Lincoln’s B-day!  Why not celebrate full force by sportin’ your homemade stovepipe hat and sauntering on over to DPL to check out the fascinating new Young Adult non-fiction thriller, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Just listen to what the book jacket has to say…

“This story is all true.  All the characters are real and were alive during the great manhunt of April 1865.  Their words are authentic and come from original sources:  letters, manuscripts, trial transcripts, newspapers, government reports, pamphlets, books, and other documents.  What happened in Washington, D.C., that spring, and in the swamps and rivers, forests and fields of Maryland and Virginia during the next twelve days, is far too incredible to have been made up.”

So begins the fast-paced thriller that tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices.  Based on James L. Swanson’s bestselling adult book Manhunt:  The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, this version, written especially for young people, is a fascinating look at the assassination of the sixteenth president of the United States.  But there’s more to the story.  Here readers will meet Abraham Lincoln the man, the father, the husband, the friend.  And they will get a firsthand look at how Lincoln’s death impacted those closest to him.

Seems like we have a book for every occasion here at DPL.  Chasing Lincoln’s Killer is a quick, engaging read and will appeal to fans of true crime and all things Presidential.  Also a perfect choice for your next American History report!


YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: Sarah Prineas

February 9, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is sword-fighting and pyrotechnics expert Sarah Prineas!

Author: Sarah Prineas
Books: The Magic Thief, The Magic Thief: Lost, and The Magic Thief: Found which comes out this May!
Sarah does Skype or Gmail video chat visits with reading groups and classrooms! Yay! Email for more information.

Amber’s Sarah Prineas Adventure:
I lived a Sarah Prineas Adventure EVERYDAY FOR TWO YEARS! yup, when I lived down the street from her in Iowa City. YES SARAH PRINEAS IS FROM IOWA ISN’T THAT AWESOME AHHHHHHH! I get super excited when people or things or ice cream flavors are from Iowa. Sarah even designed her city of Wellmet, home of Conn and the rest of the characters in the Magic Thief books, to look like Iowa City! SEE WELLMET MAP HERE. SEE IOWA CITY MAP HERE. So of coooooooourse, you know what that means: I delusionally think that I lived in Wellmet, too…Doesn’t get more adventurousingly than that, eh?

Have you met Sarah Prineas? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!